30 Day Challenge Day 8

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Although I stuck with my c210k schedule, I still dedicated this run to Ahmaud Arbery.  What an awful thing to happen… And there’s not much more I can even say about that.

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30 Day Challenge Day 7

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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.

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30 Day Challenge Day 6

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Hooo boy! Did I ever make up for yesterday!

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.

But we’ll see. This program isn’t over yet.

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30 Day Challenge Day 5

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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.

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30 Day Challenge Day 4

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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.

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30 Day Challenge Day 3

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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.

30 Day Challenge Day 2

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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.

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Running Update: 30 Day Challenge

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Since I’m home – including working from home – I might as well take the chance to get on the treadmill every day for at least 30 minutes. I’m almost done with C210K so I’ll do that three times a week and shorter runs the other days. I spend too much time hunched over my laptop to not try and even it out with moving more.

I’m not really trying for weight loss or anything (considering I’ve gained muscle weight since I started C10k) just working my way through trying to get faster and stronger. I also signed up for a 2020 virtual race that needs to his 2,020 miles before the end of the year and I’m 15 miles behind, so there’s that.

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This week’s workouts

This week I completed week 2 of C210K.

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Day 1
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Day 2
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Day 3

Three days is starting to feel like not enough of a workout but I know the length of these runs is gonna go up. I’ll probably feel like it’s too much as the weeks go on but I still need to sneak in some weight training on my non-running days. I feel more fit but I’m still in the 200 club when it comes to my weight and I’d love to turn in my membership to that.

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Happy Birthday to me! And this week’s workouts

Between hurting my back and the stomach flu, I threw in the towel and started C25K from scratch.

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Week one, day one
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Week one day two
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Week one, day three

I may not have needed to start completely over since these runs felt easy but I don’t want to push too hard after coming off of the stomach flu. I’ve rushed back into running after being sick before and ended up relapsing. And I’m quite happy not to feel like I’m going to throw up every time I eat anything more complicated than broth and rice.

Week two I’ll try to up the speed and do other workouts on my off days. I’m working on two races in Yes!Fit and the Zombies Run! Spring Virtual Race is coming up. I want to be ready for it.

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