Today’s Run: Almost there…

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Today turned out to be a kick ass day! The first interval I went at 3.2 mph, the second and 3.5 and the third at 3.2 again and my only extra break is when I slowed down to check and see if my app crashed because it repeated a scene twice and I was about to lose my shit because I lost an hour’s workout. I’m not counting that as a real break, though since it was only 10-15 seconds before I got back up to speed.

I am noticing a much faster recovery time after my workouts but I’m also noticing that now my body does not like to be still. As a librarian, my job is pretty sedentary and; as I’ve said before, now I get extra stiff if I don’t move around enough during the day. I have been incorporating more strength exercises during the week and I may have to stop using my desk bike as a clothes rack and actually get on it. I have this suspicion that spending my off days on the bike will help me as the runs get longer.

Week 11 is almost complete!

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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: They’re not all diamonds…

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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! ­čśÇ

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…

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Today’s Run: Channeling Grunkle Stan

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Today’s run made me feel old.

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“Another day, Another random body pain.”

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.

Even though I like salad…

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Today’s Run: Hit My Weekly Goal!

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I tried three times and for some reason, the app kept reloading the Canada mission… Ah well. I like that one. It has crazy┬áMargaret Atwood in it.

I am liking the idea of posting to the blog every time I do a run. I honestly feel like I NEED to make sure I run because I don’t want to skip too many days of posting.

Saturday I took a rest day… Well, less of a rest day and more of a took-my-car-in-and-was-stuck-doing-that-all-day… Day. And it cost me $900!

Thanks, fucking asshole potholes in all the damn streets!

Anyways, as the title states, this is the run that put me over my 10 mile a week goal. I use Google Fit’s measurements; which go from Monday to Sunday rather than Sunday to Saturday. Oddly enough, my knee started randomly bothering me. I just took it easy and finished the run very carefully.

I can tell my speed is increasing since it’s taking me less and less time to get to 2 miles. However, I still feel dead on my feet around 2.5 miles; making getting to 3.11 or 6 miles feel as if they might as well be a million miles. I know the adage is “your race, your time” but I don’t want to take so long to run 3 miles and I would like to spend less time walking.

I can tell my endurance is better from a couple weeks ago. I just need to be patient.

As for my food today? No pics. I had Wendy’s. Today was a #fuckthediet day.

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Today’s Run: Season 3 Begins!

Yesterday I woke up feeling like absolute crap. I got the kid to school and went back to bed for a nap before I went to work. Today, I made it up.

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I may have been slower today but I was able to stay at 3.4 miles per hour and stay there for 10 minutes without feeling like I was going to die. All that training is paying off and I LOVE it.

I also have to report that I may have gained a couple pounds (somehow I crept up to 221!?!?) but I am back down to 217.8. I am losing about 2 pounds a week which is exactly what I wanted! My fancy scale also shows my muscle going up!

No pics of that because I was tired and fuck it. Maybe next time.

As for my food today, I went for a bagel for my late breakfast but I cooked dinner:

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I really should write shit down when I cook it but I am a true kitchen witch; I add shit to the pot and smell and taste as I go without measuring.

This is basically sliced some garlic and ginger and threw it in a pot with some butter. I let those cook and before they could get brown, I added the sliced chicken. While that cooked over a low flame, I sliced up half of an onion and threw that in there. That cooked while I sliced up the bok choy. When the chicken was mostly cooked, I poured in some mirin and soy sauce, stirred it up, then poured in about 4 cups of chicken broth. Simmered for 5 minutes, added udon noodles. Let them cook for 10 minutes, then added the white parts of the bok choy. 2 minutes later I added the green parts, put it all in bowls, and sprinkled some red pepper flakes on top.

This is truly the essence of “I made this shit up” cooking.

Every so often I think I should video myself cooking and have someone who is an actual professional reason out what the hell I did but then I would have to be on video and hear the worst dregs of any YouTube comments section so… No.

That may account for only two meals today but if I am presented with a chance to sleep in, I will do it. I don’t care if I miss a meal. One of these days, I’ll post a timeline of how a typical day of mine is like for a day so you guys can see how I would nab any sleep I can.

I am pleased with today! I haven’t knuckled┬ádown to write yet but I always write better on days I workout. I’ll get to that later.

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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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Today’s Workout: I’m A Ninja! :D

And there was a zombie headless horseman.

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As promised, here’s my workout for this evening. I am very aware that for my body to make any real changes, I need to incorporate strength training with my running so I picked through the various routines on my Atlas Shape app and switched my primary routine to the toning one instead of fat burn. I already do the running for fat burn.

And yeah, I’m knock-kneed. Deal with it.

I did two rounds of the Ninja total body toning which included Alt. Right/Left Lunge,┬áRussian Twist,┬áSumo Squat,┬áProne Hip Driver, and┬áJumping Jacks. All of these are max reps. I kinda wish Atlas integrated with My Fitness Pal as seamlessly as Zombies Run so I have to add in the routine manually. That’s ok I guess but I feel like I’m missing something in the total burn for the day. But after a 500+ calorie run, that piddly 52 doesn’t seem like a big deal.

I feel sore but kinda invincible. And NO I didn’t take any Advil… I dunno what else to really say but post workout showers are the best.

 

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Start The Thing Already…

I’ve decided I’m going to be blogging about my runs more often. This is not just to pad out my blog with more posts;

 

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But also to really hold myself accountable. I have been running for almost 2 years now and while I did lose weight, I hit a plateau that bugs the crap outta me.

Currently, I am 216 pounds at 5ft 7in. On average I run a 15-minute mile and can complete 5k in about 55 minutes. I feel dead afterward, but I can do it and in a sick way, I enjoy it.

My long-term┬ágoals are to be able to run a 10k and to lose 30 pounds so I can move faster and be stronger. I could give to shits about a dress size or looking sexy because I don’t get any complaints about such things.

 

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At my last round of blood tests, I did get some worrying results for my cholesterol so my thing here is HEALTH overall. As a librarian and a writer, I spend a great deal of time sitting. Also, I’m not getting any younger; I’m 37.

Get ready for obnoxious posts about workouts and food. I’m sure you’re all super excited.

 

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Stash Busting Project: Arm Warmers

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Since my kid decided to leave her gloves somewhere right when it began to snow, I whipped these up for her in about a day. It’s the most basic of basics, I cast on 30 or so stitches and knit a rectangle, then whip stitched the sides with a thumb hole. It used almost the entire skein of Whatever Yarn This Was Because The Label Went Bye-bye.

My hands only hurt a little after making these and that may have had something to do with having to stop and go shovel. Since it was stupid easy to make these, I may start stocking my shop over at That Sinking Ship with these in various colors and sizes.

Did she like them? Yeah, I hadda practically steal them to wash them.

Since I haven’t made that much of a dent in my stash, I invested in one of these Wirk Desk Bikes:

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This way if I sit and knit or crochet all day, I can still burn calories. So far, I’ve lost 8 pounds this year and I intend to keep it up!

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