30 Day Challenge Day 27

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This time, I followed the mission exactly with some extra barbell moves thrown in. I also did some high knees and leg lifts in-between sets in the mission.

These types of workouts don’t feel as intense as running until the next day. Then I’m wondering why my arms feel like noodles. But it is worth it because I can see the change in the way my arms look already. Not so much in my abs yet, though but I know that will take a lot more than just 30 days to see results.

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30 Day Challenge Day 26

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Today was supposed to be another c210k but I did not have the stamina for it. As I’m doing this challenge, I’m also doing intermittent fasting using the Body Fast app. I was supposed to fast until 4pm (starting from 8pm the night before) but I ran around 1. I just couldn’t make it six miles when I was struggling at mile 2.

In the future, I’ll make sure to time these long runs better. I know running on a full stomach is a bad idea but still. I had zero energy and shitty form. Not doing this again.

Later on tonight, I’ll add some arm workouts before bed. Only my legs hurt after a run so I have no problem taking on 15 more minutes or so at the end of the day.

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30 Day Challenge Day 18

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This is week 12 of c210k and holy SHIT; do I ever feel this in my hips. Maybe it’s pairing these with the long bike rides but I ache in a way that makes me concerned but I don’t wanna skip a day. I did try adjusting my posture as I ran and it did seem to help.

I misplaced my posture belt in my cleaning bouts so I have to rely on self-checking to make sure I’m keeping my core engaged and I don’t hurt my back. It’s working so far but I’m still on the lookout for it. It really is the best way to keep my form.

With these runs being so long, I’m still impressed I can make it through them without any extra breaks. I did screw up this one by accidentally pausing the app and not noticing for 10 minutes but that’s my own fault for repeatedly checking the app to see my progress. I need to learn to leave it alone.

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30 Day Challenge Day 17

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Today I let the mission play while I got on the bike so I’ll probably repeat it and do the exercises in the mission properly that time.

I also snuck in some arm exercises with my 5 pound weights so I can tone there as well. Since I’ve been clearing away a lot of junk in my room, I have more space to workout and it just feels better to have some clear areas. The only problem is going through things kicks up dust I didn’t know what were and I keep sneezing all over the place. Not a big deal since I have a minivan to get rid of it all.

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30 Day Challenge Day 15

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It’s the official halfway point! And what better way to mark the occasion by running my fastest mile EVER. I finally passed the one-mile mark in under 14 minutes! I don’t remember the exact number (I should have made a note of it) but I beat my previous fastest mile; which was 14:03.

Halfway in and a few things to note:

  1. Everything from my hips down aches. All the time. I’m not nearly as sore as when I was trying to make it through P90X; but still.
  2. I am starting to notice sagging skin in my inner thighs and the muscles in my legs are getting really pronounced. This makes me think I need to re-evaluate and spend more time to toning and building muscle. Running and biking are all leg work. I need to do abs and arms.
  3. I sincerely doubt this will be sustainable once I go back to working out of the house. It’s easy to do a shift, use my lunch hour to run, then eat while at the laptop. Not so much once we return to “normal.”
  4. I honestly do not think I could be dealing with this whole pandemic deal as well without choosing to take up this challenge. It gives me a firm goal with visible results. It’s a thing I can control when everything else is out of control.

I didn’t do a weigh-in or take measurements since this is PMS week and any numbers I take will be WAY off. All that bloat is real so we’ll have to wait a week or so before I trust the scale again.

All in all, it’s been an interesting experiment so far. And I think this is the first self-imposed challenge I actually stuck to. Yay for me!

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30 Day Challenge Day 11

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Today’s run was a failed attempt to do the next c210k run as well as the Spring 2020 race in the same run. The c210k runs are longer than the distance it took for me to complete the race and I didn’t wanna mess up my leader board time so I just ended it. I’ll have to make up the day another time.

But as for this run, I felt pretty good about it. I wonder what my time would have been if I didn’t take the breaks in the c210k app but I’m not disappointed. I’m shocked that after a 5k, I felt like the run was short. That’s a long way from me being afraid to start the later weeks of the program because the runs were so long. I just may be able to run a 10k after all!

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30 Day Challenge Day 9

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With this session, I tried to knock out some miles in my Yes.Fit 2020 challenge with my desk bike and basically did as many miles as I could stand. I was aiming for 10 but around 6 (obviously) my legs were trembling from the hip down. I could barely stand and almost hit the floor trying to dismount the damn thing. I don’t know if this is a sign that I’m pushing myself too hard or that I’m not pushing myself hard enough.

Either way, DAMN my legs hurt!

Today’s Run: They got the Crown Jewels!

Today I ran the training mission for this month’s virtual 5k! I finished the first mile in 14:30! But after that, my back started really hurting me from moving that dresser/closet out of my kid’s room the day before yesterday. I can’t exactly remember what the second mile was (I need to put a notepad in the gym…) but the second mile was faster than my last run.

It seems 3.7MPH is still a struggle for me but I gotta push through it. I shouldn’t expect a difference in my stamina so fast but I’m betting my aching back had an impact.

Now, as for food:

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At my kid’s request, I made a tray of lasagna and we’ve been nibbling off that since last night. It may not be pretty, but man, is it just amazing comfort food. The best is when I’d take a bite and catch a bit of chopped, roasted garlic.

And I didn’t forget about the “Japanese” soup I made the other day. I wrote down the steps and took in progress pictures so I will post what I did to make it soon.

This week made me tired. And not just from moving furniture! But I have 4 miles left to go this week! Gotta log ’em in!

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Today’s Run: 2 outta 3…

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I upped my speed as planned and I finished my first mile in 15:03!! I hit mile two at about 30:10. However, I was flagging in that third ten-minute stretch. I only made it to 7 minutes before I had to slow it down. But hey, that’s what it was like when I bumped up my speed the first time.

My heart rate was up, I maxed out my reps, and I am feeling pretty damn proud of myself! I’m sure in a couple weeks, this speed will be as easy for me as 3.5. I’m betting the weight loss I’ve had has helped me so far and this push will help me lose more so I can get to where I want to be.

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Today’s Run: Slow and Easy

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Ugh, I gotta clean that mirror again…

Anyway, today I strapped the waist trainer belt thing and put the one pound gloves on for my run. I was reading how if you are going run every day, at least some of those days need to be short, easy runs to prevent injury and spare my joints. As I am a plus size gal, I have to take a great deal of care with my knees and ankles. I put the treadmill at 3.3 mph and left it there for ten-minute intervals with a one-minute break in between and a three minute cool down at the end. My heart rate stayed around 150-157 and even my arms got some extra work with the weights on. It may have been a short run but it felt productive.

As for my food, I was bad and skipped breakfast today and just had almonds and popcorn for most of the day. I was not hungry at all but I made up for it at dinner.

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Baked chicken breasts and broccolini with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. I had enough left over so I get to have it for lunch tomorrow. I tasted delicious so, I don’t mind at all.

I had enough calories left over for a cup of cookies and cream ice cream afterward, too. And yes, actually ONE cup. Not just ‘ZOMG CALORIES’ but I don’t enjoy large amounts of sweet things. I will actually eat a proper serving because that’s all I can take. In fact, I usually don’t bother to buy ice cream because it takes me so long to finish a container, it gets that ice fuzz on it before I’m even halfway through it and I end up throwing it out.

Or, my kid sneaks and eats it when she thinks I don’t know.

If I had a complaint to myself about today, it would be that I didn’t move around over the whole course of the day. I have my Atlas Shape set to vibrate every 30 minutes if I’m being lazy and I was so sleepy, I did not care.

But hey! I finally finished season 2 of Zombies Run! And that’s including all the special Halloween and other side missions. The app is currently up to season 6 so I have plenty to catch up on. And I have the Spring virtual race coming up. It would be nice if I could set a personal record with this race but I am not stressing it. I’m just moving forward.

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