More desk bike today so I can write at the same time and I’m finally close to the conclusion of this novella! This one has been hard going. Sometimes a story will just fall out onto the page, sometimes I have to battle with every letter. This one is leaning more towards the latter.
The editing process is gonna suck…
But getting frustrated with writing does help the workout time go faster but I have the feeling I won’t be able to edit this one on the bike. That’s fine, I have one WIP and one outline to start writing. I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.
Unfortunately, my weight hasn’t changed much; I waffle back and forth between 217 and 219 so, I’ll hold off on posting an update until it’s under 217. I just can’t let those one or two pound daily changes drive me nuts or define my whole day.
I got on the desk bike because I didn’t feel like running.
Seriously, I don’t have an excuse. I didn’t want to skip a workout but I didn’t want to be on the treadmill either. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel motivated or sore or overtired. I just looked at the thing and went:
Not every day is going to be perfect when you’re trying to get fit and lose weight. And it’s not like I ate poorly today or ate too much. I still keep my calories low and went for an extra walk on my lunch break (to get something to eat but I picked the bagel place further away for the extra movement). I refuse to feel guilty for taking it easy since my mental health is just as important as my physical health. If I wanna blow off the treadmill to do a workout where I can write at the same time because I enjoy it, then I’m gonna do it.
Back to the under desk peddler today to burn off some calories during a webinar. I love how fast the workout time goes when I’m focused on work. Sometimes, especially in the last 5 minutes, a workout seems eternal.
One thing that annoys me is not getting my heart rate higher. I have the resistance at the highest setting and somehow, it’s not enough. My bike at home with the little desk on it has MUCH more resistance. My thighs feel like they got a workout but it’s way more intense than the bike at work.
But anything is better than just sitting and doing nothing.
I was going to run today but I slept VERY bad. When I’m so tired I can’t organize my thoughts, I don’t trust myself not to fall off the treadmill. I wasn’t about to skip a workout entirely and I need more weight training anyway. The kettlebell was a perfect quick workout before I went to bed early like an old lady.
Later on this week, I’m going to try and re-run yesterday’s failed start to week 8 of c25k because that pace time still bugs me!
I am aware that time is terrible but as other runners will know, sometimes your colon will decide to activate with a vengeance and since the room with the treadmill is right next to the bathroom, I had to pause and make a mad dash. It ruined my pacing and it sucks even more because I was on track to finish that long interval! I’m tempted to go back and try this day again because this is so damn frustrating. I know my goal with this isn’t speed, it’s endurance but that over 20 minute pace is galling to me.
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.
I’m trying to get on a schedule of running every other day instead of every day. Just to give my joints a break until I’m lighter and confuse my body into toning more muscles. Or just not get bored. Either or.
I am come to terms with the fact I’m not going to be working out 7 days a week right now. Its not feasible since I spent my weekends on chores and my writing (and trying to keep the blog updated more frequently). I’ve probably said this before but, once I’m making more with these on a steady basis, I’ll be able to spend more time on my workouts. For now, I’m trying to keep them 40 minutes or less and taking weekends off. I still eat right; I may nope the hell out of cooking but I keep my caloric deficit. It’s working for me so far but if I see a plateau, I’ll adjust.
That’s right, back to business! My back still feels a little sore but not too much to keep me off the treadmill. I kept it slow and easy but still worked up a sweat. It felt great to go back to running. And there’s even better news!
I lost more weight! I’m down to 217.2! Finally being under 200 seems within my grasp. It’s embarrassing to say that I’m down to my weight in high school but I’m still making progress and my weight is going down. I’m so happy about this!
I’ll be honest, with the pace I’ve been writing, I haven’t been working out as much. I scarf down my dinner and get to my books as soon as possible so I can get on a faster publishing schedule and maybe not end up homeless. Once I have more stories out and I’m making steady money (it’s increasing slowly but not where I need it to be) I can get back to longer workouts.
I will be getting back to C25k soon and picking up where I left off since my back is starting to feel much better after letting it rest. I bet I’ll be back in form by next week and back on that treadmill to really burn off some calories!