I powered through and made it through the full 25 minute interval! It was close there for a minute and by the end of it I felt nauseous but I made it!
The downside is now I have no excuse for not doing it again.
I put the speed at 3.5, which is where I’m most comfortable for these longer runs, and left it there for most of it. I only had to slow it down towards the end where I felt like I was cramping up. And yes, I remembered to do some stretching afterwards before hunching over my desk to write. And I bet my recovery will be all the better for it. Especially since I have to start week 8 tomorrow.
I’m still having trouble getting through these 20+ minute intervals! I know I’m not running as often as I was a year ago but it’s still frustrating to know that I could do more than one 20+ minute interval back then. It’s my own damn fault for not keeping up that same energy for this whole time. There’s nothing to do but keep training and get my stamina back to where it was so I can restart C210K. Then I’ll work on just running faster or maybe even braving outdoor running again.
Hopefully I don’t have to deal with assholes laughing at me this time around.
Not an impressive feat but man, I do NOT do well in the heat. So, this workout is just a brisk walk. It may not mean much for my running progress but honestly, I’m firmly in the camp of a walk instead of a run is better than just sitting around.
And I did manage to slide down on the scale 0.8 pounds. That’s 11.4 in total! I’ve also had to adjust how I shop for food because the Saxenda reduces my appetite so much. I may have to pay for the meds but my grocery bill is lower. I had to learn this the hard way unfortunately, since some food went bad before I could get to it.
I clicked on the wrong day. Big brain energy, there; let me tell you. But, I can even it out by running the day over on Friday.
It wasn’t easy to do that 20-minute sprint (especially since I was mentally prepared for breaks that didn’t exist) and it was rough going towards the end. I made it through only feeling like I was gonna die a little bit. I also downloaded a stretching app that will incessantly remind me to stretch daily to combat the soreness I feel. I can’t imagine what people are thinking when they see me squirming in my seat with a pained look on my face like I have ants in my clothes or something.
Sam is just adorable. I love how hyped he is about LARPing and any other assorted nerdy stuff.
Anyway, this run had two 10-minute sprints during which I had to remind myself AGAIN that I’ve done 20-minute sprints and not to give up halfway through for an extra break. Who needs a break when you have the pride of finishing a long run?
Me. I wanted a break. My muscles hate me.
But I made it through; making me realize I’m neglecting an important part of this process: Stretching.
I usually finish whatever workout I picked; jump in the shower, then get right to work on writing (yes, more reviews and stories are forthcoming). This is just to maximize whatever time I have left in the night to hit my rather lofty sales goals. But the cramps, mostly in my calves, are not fun. Those are not good pain, just PAIN pain. Way back in the stone ages when I was taking Karate, stretching was pretty damn important. Like with the weight training, I’ll need to make time for that.
On my days off, I like to go back to my lockdown habit of getting up and immediately putting on running gear to make myself workout first thing instead of waiting until the evening.
I also figured out what’s the deal with skipping weight workouts. Something in my head equates a “proper” workout with tons of movement and sweating – high cardio – and not laying on the ground with weights doing crunches. I have the cardio = weight loss idea in my head and think that it’s the only way to get to my goal when it’s not. Building muscle is important, too.
I started Saxenda on April 29th and since then, I have gone from 230 pounds to 225 pounds. This is about a pound or so a week. I am cautiously optimistic about this but I am withholding celebrations until I’m out of the 200 club. When I’m under 200 pounds and stay there, I’ll feel like I really accomplished something.
I don’t have any other metric because I didn’t think to take my measurements until 2 weeks into the meds. Didn’t take a picture, either. For the same reason I’m not celebrating the 5 pound loss:
I’ve been at this weight loss thing since… Shit, I’ve been trying to lose weight since high school when a couple little shits decided it would be cute to oink at me when I walked by. My lowest weight was 179 and then I got pregnant. I’ve been trying to get back to 179 since then and haven’t been able to. I’ve avoided a lot of talking about it since I didn’t want to end up another Amberlynn Reid. My blog is monetized after all and weight loss is a hot keyword. It’s fair for someone to assume I’m in this to make money off my story.
If you saw how little I make from ads you’d realize that’s not the case but, I can see the thought process.
To sum up, I am hopeful but diligent.
And no, oinking at me and ridiculing me did not motivate me to lose weight. It made me feel bad my progress was slow and I’d give up. Don’t do that to people, guys. It’s not helpful.
As the intervals get longer, I have to keep in mind that I’ve done 20 minute long running intervals before so an 8 minute one should be child’s play. It’s when your legs start to burn, your chest aches, and you think you can’t go another step that I have to just keep focused and realize this is doable.
Plus, despite my joints aching more during my menstrual cycle, running helps me deal with the sour mood and lethargy. All those fun endorphins kick in and I almost feel normal again. It’s worth not taking a break during this time; especially since stopping for a week makes it that much harder to start again. And in all the fitness stuff I’ve read and watched, they all say the same thing: Consistency is key.
Like what I said on my Instagram, today was a hard day to get motivated. I was tired, annoyed, hormonal… But I did it anyway and made it through my intervals without much of a struggle. Despite starting this over, I do feel like it was MUCH easier than when I did this for the first time years ago.
I am still trying to fit in a session of weights during the week. Something keeps blocking me from doing it.
Now, I’m still hovering around 216 pounds but that’s fine. Losing 4 pounds in 2 weeks is great and I can see if it stalls a little around the time of my period. I don’t expect dramatic results around that time.
Tomorrow is my off day and Friday I’m gonna try to get in some kettlebell. I’d like to have more toned-up arms but I’m not freaking out about it. I’m trying to do everything as easygoing as possible. I don’t want this to be overly stressful or I’ll end up throwing in the towel. No more crazy things like P90x, just simple cardio, weights, and being careful with my food.
For the rest of the week, I’ll be putting up a bunch of reviews so, be on the lookout for that!
Mission completed! Not only the race but the entire 30 days.
Today was another bike day. I didn’t feel up to running after moving some furniture to clean out clutter and pushing a desk up into the attic. I didn’t want to mess up my back for future workouts.
But that’s it! I did it. 30 days in a row of workouts. Now, I’m going to scale it back to 3 runs a week and weights or bike on alternating days. I’m impressed with myself that despite the unusual circumstances and several serious cases of “I dunwanna” I still made it through. I probably won’t ever do this to myself again. I decided just to try the 5k trainer with the Zombies Run chases on. That should be interesting.
In the end, I went from 220 pounds with 42% body fat to 216 pounds and 39% body fat. Not bad, if I do say so myself. I didn’t even do this to try and lose a bunch of weight but I did. I hope I don’t gain any back now that I won’t be pushing so hard. And the blog will go back to mostly book reviews with occasional fitness stuff.