Today I did two complete 15-minute intervals and felt completely ok to keep going. I think the practice is paying off! Not only that:
I completed Yes.Fit’s The Raven race! It took over a month but I did it! Another medal for the rack. I should take a picture of that soon but I have a couple more virtual races to finish and hang the medals for those. I’d like a wall full of bling!
Every time I finish a run, I remember when I would joke that I would only run if something was chasing me only to take up running with an app that tells a story about things chasing me.
If you read my blog regularly, you see me posting all this workout stuff. So, what’s the point, right?
I got my blood work back from the doctor today. Last time, there were some concerns about my cholesterol. This time?
My doctor said I have one of the best cholesterol levels she’s seen!
Not bad for someone as overweight as I am.
Now, this time the doctor was concerned about my B12 levels so I got me a booster shot and I’ll be going back every two weeks to get more. How did the shot make me feel?
According to some research, low B12 can lead to depression and fatigue, which may explain why I have been tired ALL THE TIME. And I think the deficiency is down to my diet. In order to be “healthy”, I cut way down on red meat, cheese, and I don’t drink milk because it’s gross. I used to have steak once or twice a week. I’ve been having red meat once or twice a month now; ground beef or lamb in chili or stew. Chicken does have B12 but not nearly as much as beef. I’ll have to get back to putting beef into my rotation.
With my new amazing bill of health, I have gone insane and signed up for two more virtual races. I have two going over on Yes.Fit and I had to pause one to finish the other… Yeah, I’m going a bit mad with the running thing but I like it, it’s healthy, and I don’t feel like stopping.
In my mind, I am still looking to lose weight. It’s not for health reasons at all now, since I’m healthy, it’s because I have some AMAZING outfits that I don’t fit in to. They are sexy as hell and I want them to see the light of day.
If you wanna connect with me on Yes.Fit, drop a comment and let me know. I don’t mind being social and I think it’d be cool to connect with people there.
How will I run during the holidays? Well, I ran before Thanksgiving dinner last year. I see no reason to do it again.
Despite how flaky I’ve been about my blog I’ve been lately, I have been keeping up fairly well with my running. I even started the Couch to 10k program so I can go longer distances.
I did this run on the treadmill and good thing too because there were points around the 2-mile mark where I felt like I was gonna pass out. I chalk it up to just having a whole wheat waffle with some peanut butter on it for breakfast. I usually have eggs or something.
I’ll get back to posting regularly about the 10k training since I didn’t wanna post about it then end up giving up. I start week 8 next week so I’ve obviously committed to it.
With the clock ticking, I hopped on the treadmill today and ran my virtual race!
At first, I wasn’t happy with my time. I thought I could finish in under 50 minutes and in the end, I didn’t quite make it. I felt like I needed too many walk breaks that slowed me down. But after I grumbled and hung up my medal;
I went to see my results on the leaderboard and for shits and giggles, I checked my time on my previous races. Not counting the Halloween one where I had to walk it because my knee was messed up; I compared my results from the first virtual race I ran and I was faster! Through all the damn bullshit with hurting my knee and the surgery and all that hard work and determination paid off! The 2017 race I finished in 50:50 and my leaderboard says I finished the 2018 race in 49:36!
Seeing those numbers completely lifted me out of my self-hatred at being a lazy blob and now I feel kinda awesome! Even with all the hiccups, I am getting stronger and faster.
This has me super psyched! I am SO ready to kick ass and do even better!
With my knee as messed up as it is, this was more of a power walk than a run. But after resing the knee for two weeks, I was beginning to feel lazy and I’ve gained some weight. I know my weight is not a reason I run BUT I recently had my yearly checkup and all my bloodwork came out PERFECT. Blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid; all completely normal. The doctor said to me “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” What I was doing was running. Not being active will not keep those numbers.
For now, I’m just walking fast and going for endurance. Straight up calorie burn and leg strengthening. I’m also looking into a good orthopedist to protect my knees into the foreseeable future. I would hate to have to get a knee replacement one day because I didn’t take care of them properly now.
Yesterday, I ran the Super Mom 5k from the Virtual Pace Series (a site I have been haunting, obviously). I decided to run it Friday instead of on Mother’s Day because it’s supposed to be raining all weekend here. It was a beautiful day out! Way too nice not to take advantage of it for a good run.
I used the Zombies, Run! app to track my distance and pace and I think this was my fastest time completing 5k since I started running last September! My pace is absolutely faster outside than on a treadmill and while the treadmill gives me the luxury of catching up on my TV shows while I run, I do plan to make it a point to run outside more often.
After I got home, my knees HURT. This run was rough and it is my own fault for making it so because I was trying to beat my old times. As a result, my knees ache and my entire body feels wrecked. How to people run these ultra marathons!?
Well, they’re experienced runners, Lenni. Duh…
I don’t see myself doing ultra marathons in the future. Right now, my only goal is to get my 5k time under 30 minutes. My progress has been pretty damn good so far; especially since I’m coming from “I hate running and without the threat of death, I won’t do it” I think what I’ve done so far is impressive.
It’s a strange journey I’ve undertaken but I’m glad I didn’t stick with the mentality of “I’ll do it when I lose weight” or “I’m too fat to do this.” Doing this has reminded me what my body can do and it feels awesome!
Since this would be not only my third 5k but my second one this month, I’m taking a break! From racing, at least. I will continue training but my next race won’t be until July; the End Human Trafficking 10k Challenge. It’s 1k a day for ten days so, no; I haven’t gone crazy and suddenly launched into 10k races. After that is the Totally 80’s Virtual Race, which isn’t till September 23rd.
These are so much fun. I will try not to go overboard… XD