Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Revisiting Week 5!

Last week's C25K workouts killed me. I was unable to actually complete them.

I didn't give up, though - instead I just decided that maybe what I needed was rest, and I'd restart the week Monday.

So, I did. I skipped the run Friday, let myself rest for three days, and then yesterday I was able to do Day 1 of Week 5 (5 min run, 3 min walk for three rounds) without a problem. On my last run, according to Runkeeper, I made it 2.29 miles in about 38 minutes. I need to up that to 3.2 miles before January 13th, but I'm well on my way!

Crossfit today was "Fran" again. Still used a 35# bar because I haven't been in awhile, and I finished in 14:23. My last Fran time was 11:48 so I am running a bit behind myself, but who cares? I still did it - still tried. Maybe by the time Fran rolls around again I'll be able to beat my old time.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Level 23!

Just made it to Level 23 in Fitocracy after doing "Karen" at Crossfit yesterday.

Want to play with me and be awesome? Sign up and let's keep each other motivated!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


This is week 5 of my C25K program. That would be FIVE whole weeks of running three times a week. I have honestly stuck to it. Knowing I have 5 weeks of work put into this is giving me the push to keep going.

I'm not going to lie, it's hard. It's hard to get up at 5 AM and go running. It's hard to go to Crossfit on my off days. It's hard to not overeat when I'm tired and I just want comfort food.

But I'm working too hard to quit or to sabotage myself.

My dog has seen some major improvements in his health too. At his last checkup (this past Saturday) the vet commented on his weight loss. But when we put him on the scale - he had actually GAINED three pounds! He is one lean trotting machine! And an aside, apparently dogs can suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness, too! I ran him into the ground last week and he began limping - after the vet check he was cleared as healthy but sore. After several days of rest his limp is gone and he is ready to go!

I'm pretty sore myself, too, though. Crossfit is really getting me - after a three month break, it is extremely difficult to pick it up again. I can not simply pick up where I left off - it really feels like I'm just getting started again. I'm back to my beginner weights, using extra bands in pull ups, and dying after just a few rounds.

It's hard work, but I'm going to keep at it. My arm band reports are showing the shift in my calorie consumption and exercise habits, too - and while the scale isn't showing it just yet, this has to be doing something, somewhere in my body. Having the added bonus of all the charts and graphs and other data from my arm band just gives me a progress bar I can SEE and continue working at - along side leveling up in Fitocracy!

Here's a screen shot of the past seven days. I have actually adjusted my target burn and target calories to slightly lower goals as I was consistently not reaching them. I'm much closer now, and still getting extremely close tot he 1000 calorie deficit per day that I'm aiming for. You'll note I'm nearly doubling the daily exercise suggestion, and walking a lot more.

I am not sure how to fix the sleeping issue. I go to bed early, I get up at the same time - but I wake up frequently and seem to be unable to get to sleep easily or stay asleep. I have recently replaced my bed - the frame and the mattress which certainly alleviated some back pains and is now extremely comfortable, but it hasn't made me sleep any better.

I've also taken a liking to the Daily Motivation posts over at The Berry. I used to check their brother site, The Chive, regularly - but they have a habit of posting women who are thin and hyping up their beauty while shaming larger women. The Berry does the opposite - they post highly motivational posts every single morning that help to get me out of bed.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What is love?

Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more.
I went out for a run this morning, C25K week 4 day two. It was dark, quiet. I tried a different path even, learning my neighborhood and surrounding areas by foot. My puppy (who by now is really a young man of a dog, but I'm not sure what that is for dogs, heh) plods along beside me.
I stayed out way too late last night, and I drank way too much - and I REALLY wanted nothing more than to go back to sleep. But the pup said no, he wanted to go for his walk. He whined, and pawed, and cuddled, and whined some more, and finally started barking at me to get out of bed.
So we went.
I went to Crossfit yesterday, and my legs were aching today. Really, really aching. I had trouble in the warm-up walk because I was stumbly.
Still, the hardest part is getting out the door.
Once I was out there, I remember again thinking, I can't do this. I'm too tired. I think I'm hungover. My legs hurt. My feet hurt. Still, we went.
In the first 3 minute jog, my thighs were killing me. Just each step hurt. Then the walk, and suddenly  I realized it didn't hurt so bad. Then the 5 minute run came, and the longer I ran the less I hurt.
I have no idea what sense that makes, but if I had to guess, maybe it's using my stiff, sore muscles and stretching them out, warming them up - maybe that is what helped to make me feel better.
On the way back home, my Pandora station starting playing What is Love?, and of COURSE i would think of nothing other than A Night at the Roxbury. I wanted to bob my head, I wanted to laugh.
And than it said, 'Baby don't hurt me, no more', and I felt a weird twinge of guilt and inspiration at the same time.
I need to be kinder to my body, take better care of it, and stop hurting it.
So we ran, and we'll keep running.

Monday, December 3, 2012

C25K Week Four

Today was the start of the C25K program's week four.

My Vibrams are going strong. My toes seem a little sore from being stretched apart, but the arches of my feet aren't hurting like they were in other shoes. Even with that slight soreness, which will probably go away as I keep at it, they're worlds better than anything else I've used so far.

My calves are starting to get some serious soreness after running, and I assume this is a good thing. I'm pushing past my comfort level regularly now. Each morning I go out I think 'just 10 more minutes' of sleep, but T.A.R.D.I.S. refuses to let me just roll over and go back to bed. Once the alarm goes off, he now fully expects and demands his morning run. I need all the motivation I can get, so... I get up with him.

This has really been a great training experience for him, too. We are training to compete in Agility, and he has a ways to go - but this has been tremendously useful in getting him conditioned, and training him to run along side me both on the right and the left.

Last week, I saw that there were two rounds of running 3 minutes. I kept thinking 'I can't do this, I can't do this, it's too long'. Somehow, I did it.

This week, I saw that I was to run two 3 minute rounds, and two 5 minute rounds. I was getting dressed and again thinking, 'I can't do this, I can't do this, it's too long'. But I kept getting dressed. I kept telling myself I couldn't do it, but I was up, I was dressed. My headphones were in, Pandora had been started. Runtastic was on. C25K app was on.

Then I just thought, 'well it starts with a 5 minute walk. I can walk 5 minutes'. So I did.

Then the app chimed, and it was time to run. I didn't look at the timer - I knew it would be 3 minutes, but looking at a clock makes time drag. So I just jogged. And I didn't quit until the app chimed again, telling me it was time to walk.

I never looked at the phone. I never looked at the time. I just listened to my music, listened for the chimes, and ran.

28 minutes went by, and the phone chimed again to tell me I was done. I was sweaty and out of breath, my calves and ankles hurt, but I was done.

And I thought, 'well, I guess I could do it'.