30 Day Challenge Day 30

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Mission completed! Not only the race but the entire 30 days.

Today was another bike day. I didn’t feel up to running after moving some furniture to clean out clutter and pushing a desk up into the attic. I didn’t want to mess up my back for future workouts.

But that’s it! I did it. 30 days in a row of workouts. Now, I’m going to scale it back to 3 runs a week and weights or bike on alternating days. I’m impressed with myself that despite the unusual circumstances and several serious cases of “I dunwanna” I still made it through. I probably won’t ever do this to myself again. I decided just to try the 5k trainer with the Zombies Run chases on. That should be interesting.

In the end, I went from 220 pounds with 42% body fat to 216 pounds and 39% body fat. Not bad, if I do say so myself. I didn’t even do this to try and lose a bunch of weight but I did. I hope I don’t gain any back now that I won’t be pushing so hard. And the blog will go back to mostly book reviews with occasional fitness stuff.

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30 Day Challenge Day 29

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Since my completionist nature is flaring up, I’m going back into season 1 to complete the race missions. It’s easier because the app allows you to complete the mission in more than one session so I hopped on the bike and did a 40-minute session.

Technically, I did 4 miles but I’m not gonna quibble or mess up my running stats by changing the mission results. I’m fine with leaving it as is and I need more lower impact cardio in my life.

30 Day Challenge Day 28

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From the sound of things, it looks like this will be the last Home Front mission and I’m sad about that. I really like these. I’m hoping they continue them in some form even though lockdown seems to be ending in some places.

A new thing for me in this session was the wall sit. I don’t do that or even think to do that in my regular routine. I didn’t have to hold the sit long so my knees seemed to tolerate it. I may have to start doing wall sits regularly. I’ll just have to make sure to use a timer to see if I make any progress.

As to why I’m not running as much? Honestly, I haven’t been up for it. Mentally, I’m trashed with all the terrible things happening in the world right now. I need a news detox or to just force myself on that treadmill no matter how I feel. I’m almost done with c210k so I might as well give that final push to finish it.

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 22

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A different sort of screenshot (because’s it’s just boring without the pictures) and did this workout again in a vain attempt to do more than 10 push-ups without it being a struggle. I still falter around number 7 but at least I’m doing them.

It also felt good to do those punches. I took karate as a teen and somewhere inside my body remembered the stance and form. Not that I could hop into a tournament or anything but the muscle memory is still there.

30 Day Challenge Day 20

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Still chipping away at c210k. Exciting stuff, I know. But I’m happy I’m close to the end of this program.

Now, when this is done, I am NOT going to start any marathon training. If I can’t get away from something chasing me by the 10k mark, let it take me. I hear marathons are absolute hell on your body and I don’t want to do that to myself.

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30 Day Challenge Day 19

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Back at it with another Home Front workout. I really hope they keep adding to this once it’s safe to run outside again. I like the variety. It reminds me to work on more than just mile times and races. I know my belly and arms need work and now that I have a mat, I don’t feel like my knees are being crushed when I do push ups.

Yes, I am terrible at push ups so I do them on my knees. I’ll have to work my way to regular form as I go.

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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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