I’ll have to pick up properly with c210k next week (I feel kinda OCD about the weeks actually all being done in one week) because I was just off. I dunno what it is but I’m not sleeping all the way through the night, I’m generally in a cranky mood about the dumbest things but I didn’t want to skip workouts on account of being moody. So, I hopped on the treadmill for half an hour.
It’s funny how the 30-minute workouts feel so short after investing so much time in c210k. Initially when I look at the app and see how long the workout is there’s this initial resigned sigh but now I’m so used to it; short workouts feel unsatisfying. I never thought I’d see the day.
I changed the pace on this to reflect my actual abilities but got on the bike instead of running. It was just not a good day; I was cranky and tired all day, I didn’t even want to bother eating because it felt like a hassle, and everything annoyed me. I couldn’t see myself being on the treadmill for an hour so I got on the bike instead. I’ll have to go to bed early and try again tomorrow morning.
Today was a quick Home Front workout. I probably should have done something more intense but I took it easy for Mother’s Day and because I wrecked my legs yesterday. I’m just glad I’m able to keep up my challenge but I may do this one over. My normal pace isn’t 12; its more like 14. I guess speed training will be my next mission after I finish c210k.
Giving myself the option of doing a different workout was a great idea. I did a long ride on my desk bike. It messed up my stats a little in terms of finishing a mile in a certain amount of time but eh, I’m not all that concerned about that. The whole point is to make sure I move every day. And this is a great way to shave off some miles on my yearly challenges.
There is something about that third interval that always makes me wanna take an extra break but so far, I’ve resisted. I keep telling myself that if I’ve made it this far – week 11 into the program – that there’s no reason to wimp out now.
I am looking into some other sorts of training after this program is over but I’m torn between the 5k training in the Zombies Run! app or redoing c25k with the speed turned up. It’d be cool to be able to beat my best time for a 5k.
I also need to complete the 10k virtual race missions in the Zombies Run! app. It’s bugging me that my missions aren’t complete. I’m trying to unlock all the achievements in the app. We’ll see because I won’t be home forever. Eventually, I’ll be back to work and not able to use my lunch hour to go run then eat at the computer. I have no interest at all in running half marathons or full marathons. If a zombie is chasing me more than 10km, it deserves to get me or I should have bashed its brains in already.
I had to readjust my challenge to include other workouts because, for some reason, I woke up at 3am and could NOT get back to sleep. I was out of it all day so there was no way I was going to be able to coordinate for the treadmill. So, I compromised and did a Home Front workout.
It’s probably nerves that kept me up but I made the mistake of running tired ONCE and I will never do it again. I legit thought I was going to break my neck. I’ll be doing a long run tomorrow anyway so I don’t feel too bad about adjusting my challenge.
This run is the beginning of week 11 of c210k. It took me this long to FINALLY throw out a pair of running pants I had wish seams so bad, they ripped skin off. And I don’t mean they were so old that the seams wore out, I mean they came like that. I didn’t want to feel like I was wasting my money on them but I just couldn’t take it anymore. There’s no way I’m gonna do a 30 day challenge where some runs are over an hour long with shitty running gear. Fuck that…
As for my run today, it was touch and go there for the last interval. For those not in the know, these running programs deal in intervals, and week 11 is a 5 minute warmup then three intervals of 17 minutes running, 1 minute walk break. And that last interval was rough. I didn’t give up but man, it was tempting to take an extra break.
To be completely honest, I’ve gained weight this month. But I have a fancy-schmancy scale that also reads my body weight percentage. I may have gone back up to 220 but my body fat percentage went from around 42% to 39% and I am noticing some muscle definition in my thighs. And since I do my long runs earlier in the day, I do the Zombies Run! Home Front missions or my kettlebell in the evening. While my immediate reaction to the weight gain was an annoyance, I’m happy losing 3% body fat in a week. Not bad in my opinion.
In anticipation of starting week 11 of c210k on Monday, I did a short warmup, ran for 20 minutes, then cooled down for 2 minutes. The whole run felt pretty good; I had good form and energy for the whole thing and kept my average pace. Nothing really to write home about in terms of speed but it’s my endurance I’m working on now. At least till I finish c210k. Then I’m gonna work on my speed.
Not every day is going to be a run. I don’t think my knees could take that punishment but I did use this session to focus on my form and really engage my core.
It may not have been a fast-paced long run but man, is this ever helping me with my anxiety right now. I’m not around people much so my rise of exposure is low but there’s this baseline level of fear about everything. Hell, I had to talk myself down because I can’t find the beer I usually put in my chili. Usually, I just shrug that thing off like the First World Problem that it is, but I’m stuck in fight or flight mode. Working out is working wonders combating that.