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Tuesday check in, C25K day 4

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yep...I ran today. The good news, best time yet for the loop I've been doing - speed at 17 minute mile. The bad news...that means I need to add some distance in there. What started as a 25 minute loop is now getting done in 20 it's time to go just a little farther. Not much, 2 or 3 tenths of a mile is all I'm adding - just enough to take a little more time....

I'm definitely running farther on the running intervals every time I do it. This indicates to me I really am building my cardiovascular capacity.

Cool, eh? I think so.

Do I love it? No, no I don't. Same battle every run day "I don't wanna". Same sigh of relief on non-run days "thank god I don't have to do it today!" Will that change? I hope so, but if it doesn't it doesn't. This isn't quilting or knitting or going to the movies. Those are the things I do for FUN. This is what I'm doing for my HEART. My BODY. My LIFE.

I'm proud of myself too...and that's actually even better than fun.

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SHAR140 7/27/2011 1:01PM

    You could add another partial-loop for distance, then turn around (if that's possible). Or start further away before you hit the loop? I admire your ability to run outside - unless I have someone else running with me (even my dog is better than no one!), I HATE running outside alone! lol

You might eventually learn to like it....I like the feeling of accomplishment when I am done!


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MINIDRIVER63 7/26/2011 2:48PM

    It is cool! There will be days you don't feel like running. There will be days when you have to drag yourself through, hating every footfall.

But there will also be glorious days when you feel like you're running on air, when each step energizes you, and you feel like you could keep going forever.

I still dream about those days, even though I haven't run in about 5 years.

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Monday Monday...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ah Monday..back to routine.

This is week 2 of C25K...however, I will be repeating week 1. I can't yet run a full minute all five cycles of the workout, so I'll be repeating it until I CAN. Saturday's run I was able to do it it's improving. I knew going into it that I would take longer than 5 weeks and I'm good with repeating until I am really THERE.

My cross training needs to get stepped up. Last night I did one of the "boot camp" workouts ...and had my butt handed to me on a platter. I hadn't done one for weeks and boy, could I tell! So I'm trying to set a reasonable goal there...reasonable being the key word. I basically work two jobs and have a family...setting myself up for an unreasonable goal is not good for me. I'm going to give myself a few days to think about what reasonable looks like and form the goal.

You know, rather than saying "I'm going to do the bootcamp EVERY DAY!" which is what I tend to do...set a very unreasonable goal and then burn out. See, old dogs can learn new tricks!

In that same vein....I'm thinking about the 100 pounds I want to shed. I weigh 250ish on any given day...I've gotten down to 239 but popped right back up. The weight is not falling off me, depsite significantly increasing my exercise and making some pretty significant dietary changes as well. My main goal has been to lose X amount in a few months time. Perhaps I need to overhaul my entire goal structure. I'm thinking about the Slowest Loser team...and considering resetting my goal to losing 100 pounds by my 50th birthday, March 11, 2014. Now...that is SLOW. Like 3 pounds a month. I'm thinking about it. I want results RIGHT NOW. But....I've wanted results RIGHT NOW for a very long time. Perhaps I need to approach weight loss as I'm learing to approach running: Go slower than you think you can.

This is looking pretty good at 11 weeks of cycling the same 2 pounds.

At any rate, again, I'm THINKING about it. What is reasonable? What is doable? What will make me feel good about myself instead of feeling guilty and a failure?

Here's to a new get life right.

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MINIDRIVER63 7/25/2011 10:06AM

    You are doing awesome! Repeat week 1 of C25K as many times as you need to. And then do the same for week 2.

You are so inspiring!

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Weekend check in..

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I am sooo happy to see the weekend! I've had little down time in the last month and today I'm taking a day off! I'll do a couple chores, do day 3 of C25K, and that is IT... I may spend the rest of the day on my butt with a book!

My walk/jog schedule is Tues, Thur and Sat...even tho some blog posts make it look like I'm training on consecutive days - I promise, I'm not! I NEED that day in between for my joints, believe me!

Weigh in reflects the same 2 pounds down. It is discouraging, but I'm not letting it be the focus of what I'm doing. I noticed last night at dance rehersal, my cardio fitness is definitely improving! I was able to run through the routines repeatedly with MUCH less huffing and puffing at the end, and didn't need a break in between every run through. I'm noticing my clothes are fitting differently and two people at work this week said "You're losing weight aren't you?" I just replied "oh I don't know, I try not to weigh too often" LOL. The reality is I've lost and regained the same 2 pounds about 10 weeks in a row! But they don't need to know that! I suspect, one week I will step on the scales and there will finally be a difference and I'll start loosing then. My body apparently really enjoys being fat and wants to keep it!

Emotionally, things have been hard. Money is extremely tight..which makes my partner stress like crazy and she doesn't keep that stress to herself! My son has been up and down with the mood swings...I've been working too much....and sleep has been a problem as well. I can say this week I didn't eat over things, which is a HUGE success for me. So the scales? Eh, I'm not going to sweat that!

Anyone on Pinterest? I'm sort of addicted, LOL! you can save webpages you like in different categories..and I'm really enjoying it - probably too much, "Step away from the computer..."

Have a GREAT weekend!

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WONDEROONA 7/23/2011 10:27AM

    Don't stress about losing the same 2 lbs. You may be losing inches, not pounds. You are probably adding muscle.
As far as the stress goes, take it one day at a time. You can't deal with everything at once. Money is an issue for a lot of couples. Including me and my wife. I'm learning not to buy as much and ask for as much. If I ask for something, I usually get it and then that leaves us short for bills.
Try not sweating the small stuff, including the scale, you'll drive yourself crazy!! Hope you enjoy your down time!!!

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Thursday check in, C25K Day 2

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I will be so freakin' glad to see the end of this week! WHEW. Work dysfunction....fatigue.

As seems to be the way for me, the alarm went off and my first thought was: It's run day. I don't want to....

But I did it anyway.

On my way out the door, my partner said "have fun on your walk" and I stopped and said "mmmm, I don't really find it fun. Yet. I don't know that I ever will. But I have to do's good for me....and it makes me feel good about myself".

That's it in a nutshell. It doesn't matter that it isn't doesn't matter that the scale continues to play with the same 2 matters that running 3x a week makes me feel good about myself. That's something I've struggled to find my whole life...and this works.

I learned a lesson today. Because of a huge event (the Cascade Cycling Classic), my usual walk/jog route was out of the question - around 1,000 extra people (literally) right in the middle of my route. I used the map thingy here on Spark to map a route in my neighborhood and the most resonable route was 1.18 miles. My usual is 1.27. 11/10ths of a mile less, no biggie.

Well, I got smarty pants on myself. I thought, this is a little shorter route, I'll work HARDER!! I ran sooner and longer than usual....and burned myself out. Instead of the usual 5 reps of walk/jog, I could only do 4 reps of jogging...and I was badly winded the last half of the route...which slowed me down. I did the exact opposite of what I thought. As I was panting and kicking myself I recalled a running article I read here by Coach Nancy Howard that said "Go slower than you think you can".

lesson learned.

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SHAR140 7/21/2011 8:52PM

    I'm glad you are still sticking with it!!

But...aren't you supposed to skip at least 1 day between workouts on the program? Your body needs that rest!! I just don't want you over-working yourself and getting burnt out too fast.


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HAPPY_HANK 7/21/2011 10:25AM

    I am glad to see that you are still motivated even if the scale is playing around with 2 lbs. You are doing AWESOME. And your attitude makes me want to do more.

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Walk/Jog C25K Day 1

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yesterday, the weather finally broke and it stopped raining. I'm hearing from some of you that you'd appreciate it coming your's hoping it does! I truly don't mind a little rain - I go out for walks if it's sprinkling -it's not like I'm going to melt, LOL...but that full bore rain thing? Nope. Can't see through my glasses (which I can't see without!) and I feel blind - er, more blind than usual.

It had been four days since my last walk/jog and true to form I was dreading it. I was afraid I would have dropped the bit of stamina I had gained and it would be really hard again....But, in fact, I did the 1.25 mile loop in 24 minutes, just like last week's best time. I will admit, it FELT hard again...but if it was easy, none of us would need this site - we'd all be healthy and fit and run everywhere.

Likely the hardest thing? I usually go in the early a.m., like 5:30 a.m., and there are few people out. Last night, there were a LOT more people out and it was not pleasant to try to jog in front of people. I huff and I puff and I can't go very far...and I imagined the ugly things ugly-minded people could say. But I did it anyway. Part of this loop along the river ends up by a "destination outdoor mall" kinda thing...with a lot of tourists and teenagers....I think you can get the feeling.

As for the C25K walk/jog program, I will likely be taking longer than the prescribed time to complete it - but that's fine, I hear from many others it often takes longer. Yesterday should have been walk 4 min, run 1 x 5 for a 25 minute walk/jog. I think maybe one of my run times might have been a minute...but the others? Nope, couldn't go that long. However, I really booked the walking segments and ended up finishing in 24 minutes so that was pleasing.

My schedule is to train thusly on Tu, Th, and Friday...and cross train in between, likely with dance because I have a LOT of dance rehersal to get through. I'd like to pull out my bike too...but time has been an issue. Remember when you were a kid and the summer seemed to last forever? Not so much anymore, the weeks FLASH by and I can't fit everything i want to do in there!

Here's to one more get it right. Not just diet/exercise...but LIFE.

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DEGENNAN 7/20/2011 12:23PM

    HOORAY! Congrats on getting out there last night. And you know what? It will get easier. It is so hard at first, especially when you're carrying extra weight. I was probably 30-40 pounds heavier when I first started jogging and it was a lot harder then it is now. And every time in the last 6 years that I've stopped and had to start again, it felt hard again for the first few weeks. But I've found that if you plug away at it and go consistently, it does get easier. You may not even realize it at first, but one day you are going to do that 1.25 mile loop and come to the realization that you are not breathing hard and you feel GREAT. Who cares how long that takes? I am confident that you'll be able to push yourself to complete your program three times a week and that a month from now, you will be amazed at how far you've come and how much easier it has all become emoticon emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/20/2011 10:00AM

    It took me longer to get through the C25K program too!

I'll tell you what I think when I see someone running who is huffing & puffing......I think, Good for you then I smile and give them a thumbs up! Everyone out there exercising had to start someplace......most of them huffing and puffing. I was too embarrassed to leave the house when I started this journey......I so wish I had gone out among others. When I'm at the gym or on the trail I'm so encouraged watching the people around me.

Yay for you for getting out of the house and running! I love your attitude. Here's to life!

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KBEHUNE 7/20/2011 9:05AM

    Good luck to you! I haven't totally finished the C25K yet, but I can run longer than I used to! I get bored running for so long and I like the interval training of running and walking to burn fat way too much to try to do an entire 5K run!

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