This is the infamous bit of furniture I moved last week (if you followed my workout whining on Instagram) and in that move, I got it out of the kid’s room, down to the first floor of the house and onto the porch. Now, where I live, I gotta call special pick-up to have things such as this taken away. My neighbors must have LOOOVVEED having this thing sitting on my porch for days until I could put it out this evening…
Anyhoooooo, the very nice woman I spoke to at the sanitation office said to put it out Tuesday night and like a dutiful member of society, I obliged. I didn’t hurt myself but there is some lingering soreness there so I took it easy, did a short round of Ninja on the Atlas Shape, and the first day of this Belly Fat Blast 28 Day Challenge… Thing. Since I have said plenty of times how my belly is a part of my body that bothers me.
The first day was not so bad. I’m not gonna say my back was happy about any of this but it didn’t make me run to the painkillers either. And honestly, I’ll take ANYTHING that will shrink my middle. Or at least my lower middle so my jeans will fit again.
I will say that something I’m doing is working because I went to my friend’s house this weekend and got a bunch of jaw drops as to how my body has changed since the last time they saw me. The muscle definition I have gained is physically visible to people who know me and that’s kinda awesome! Even with the setbacks of various knee issues and my Advil Adventures; all the time I spent on running made a difference. It mattered. And I gotta say, that’s fucking surreal to me.
And I still have some glorious scars from that which itch from time to time. I take them as reminders to not push it too far. Which is why I didn’t jump on the treadmill today. I have way too many people who will show up at my door and put me in the hospital if I don’t put myself there so, don’t shame me too badly for giving it a break today.
And, as sitting in this chair typing is annoying my back, I’m going to bed early like the lame thirtysomething that I am. I’ll be a badass tomorrow.
I felt a little slower today. I hit mile one in 14:50 and mile two in 30:53. Not bad, keeping it in the same pace average. What was more important is that when the mission was done, I felt like I could go another mile to complete a 5k. And since the race starts in 10 days, that’s a really good thing.
What sucks though is my allergies are already in full effect. My eyes are all itchy, my nose won’t stop running, and the coughing interferes with my breathing when I run. I’m already doubling up on my meds to make it stop. It’s all over the news that this allergy season is gonna be terrible so I’m not surprised. I’ll just have to deal with it for the next few days till the medicine kicks in.
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:
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!
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.
I seem to be keeping my pace around fifteen minutes all the time and I’m not feeling as run down after. This obviously means I need to push myself a little harder.
I’m thinking I’ll keep the Run to Ten thing and just up my speed from 3.5 to 3.7. The last time I upped my speed a few weeks ago, I went from 3.2 to 3.5. It may not seem like much when you look at it but it shaved two minutes off my mile once I got used to it. And the whole point for me is to complete my miles faster so a 5k doesn’t take me an hour. That way starting to train for a 10k won’t seem so impossible.
As for food, I made pulled pork over the weekend and I’ve been nibbling at it. Super salty but so worth it!
Between my back aching and my head pounding, I didn’t want to bother at all today. But I did it anyway.
Part of this journey is understanding there are some days that you won’t want to workout, you won’t even want to move and those days aren’t about breaking a record; they’re about just moving. I was all cramped up, had a splitting headache, backache… And I got on the damn treadmill and moved my ass.
That’s why this run is a supply mission and not a story mission.
The entire run was just one big blech. Next time will be better!
Today didn’t feel very awesome but it still felt good to run and get those muscles working. And I’m getting closer to my first mile being under 15 minutes! 😀
The big news today is I lost another pound! I am at 215 now and, as usual, I completely forgot to have pen and paper on me when I stood on my fancy scale that takes my water and bone mass, and muscle, and all that jazz. Maybe next week but WOOHOO!! That’s five pounds down and twenty-five to go towards my goal.
I really do wonder what my little surprise was from Runner 8…
Today was one of those runs where even through the sweat and aching, you end it feeling invigorated and awesome!
Other than my posture belt straps getting all messed up and me having to slow down to fiddle with them, I was on pace, my knees didn’t even so much as twinge, and I didn’t have a single cramp. Either I’m getting stronger or I have done something to please the running gods (are there running gods? If there aren’t, there should be).
Food again was kinda boring today. Toast for breakfast, salad for lunch, chicken wings for dinner. Maybe it was the pasta I had yesterday or the protein I ate 30 minutes before my run but today was a great day. 🙂
I run intervals without a timer so I walk a minute, run to 9 minutes to the 10-minute mark, walk a minute, then run to 20 minutes. When I’m on the treadmill psyching myself up to keep going, I think “Run to ten, Lenni. Run to ten.” As in an interval of ten.
Today, I did it three times! In the past, I had to take a break at the 5-minute mark in the third ten but today I powered through! That fourth ten is still tough for now but all this work on my endurance is working! Even with having to take a break to shovel this week.
Hello, Spring? Paging Spring? Ostara happened so, where the heck are you?
Today is a great sign! I hope this means next month’s virtual race will set a new personal best for me!
I dunno what the fudge was goin’ on but my right knee was pissed off! I finished the mission but I’m not gonna pretend I didn’t have extra walk breaks this time.
Overall, the rest of my body felt completely fine. My back doesn’t hurt, my muscles aren’t cramping, it’s just that damn knee.
Also, I skipped the sweaty selfie because I jumped right in the shower to get into writing mode and no food because I pretty much ate the same thing I usually eat; salad, meat, cheese, etc… Kinda boring but a reliable go to for my meals.
Tomorrow’s run will be shorter to spare my knees (unless they feel better). I will have to mine the cupboards to see what I can make that’s more interesting than just a salad.