Monday, March 26, 2012

Update From Outta Nowhere

I haven't been good at updating. I'm just slammed at work and at home and it seems impossible to find time to form cohesive thoughts.

I finished the C25k program! I did not end as strong as I'd have liked initially, and I'm still not as strong as I'd like to be, but I've found what is working for me, so I'm going to stick with it for now and then try to better it from there.

I still cannot run a full 30 minutes without stopping. In fact, I've stopped trying. The last few runs, I've focused on running a mile, then taking a minute to minute and a half walk break to towel down, get my breathing back and track and take in some water. Then repeat with each finished mile. Taking the planned breaks seems to have helped. I can run a bit faster than I was (at an 11:32 minute instead of 12) and think I'm still in need of the smaller goals. Eventually I'm going to aim for one break at a mile and a half, but today was not that day.

Since the program is completed, I signed up for my first race. I'm fortunate enough to have three people that want to do it with me! We've signed up for the Merrell down and dirty mud run and it looks crazy. My goal is to have the course finished in an hour. We'll see if that happens. I'm trying to step it up with the strength training. While an unassisted pull up is the logical goal, I certainly do not see that happening by the time this race rolls around on July 15. I'm a little concerned about how the mid July heat is going to affect me. I'm just crossing my fingers the excitement and adrenaline do they're part to drown that out!

Des is also signed up to do the kid course! So after I'm done with the adult race, there will be a quick break for me, then a parent is required to go out with any kid aged 4-6. I'm excited. It seems like it will be an amazing experience to share with him! Lots of pictures will be taken!

In the meantime, I'm trying to find a 5k that is near home and strictly running to sign up for. It just seems like every time I think I've found one something else pops up! I also haven't gotten out to train outside more than twice. I know that this needs to happen, but again finding the time seems to be the issue.

The weight has stopped coming off, so I'm sure that's an idicator that I need to change routine. I have an e-book I need to check out that a friend gave me. It's a strength training program referred to as turbulence training. I'm hoping if I do that 3 times a week, get a 3 mile jog in three times a week, and do a zumba or yoga class once a week for an easy day it'll start happening again. I'm currently at a 19 pound loss for the 2012 year.

I feel like a cheater, but I started a fat burning supplement this morning. I was taking one half-assedly (NOT by the directions on the bottle - much much less) for mornings I was going to run since I can't stomach food or coffee before running and needed something to help wake me up, but I didn't acutally attribute any weight that I lost to that pill. I've also been able to maintain all that weight lost (aside from the normal couple pound day to day fluctuation). I'm going to take this new one as directed and I'm afraid once the cycle is over it's going to come back - which to me means it was the pill losing the weight and not me. Hopefully this doesn't end too badly.

I suppose that's all I really got for right now. I'll try to check in again a bit more frequently, at least to update on the new training regimen and supplement.


  1. Have you looked into the Galloway run/walk method? I actually have alot of friends who use it. Hell, my half marathon PR involved me taking a minute walk break at every mile after mile 6. I would LOVE to be able to run without stopping, but I truly did find that if I stopped to walk when I felt like I was dying I ran faster overall. Definitely worth looking into.

    I understand your frustration with the weight loss, I have pretty much been hovering at the same weight since last August. I want to lose 10 more pounds, but I have sort of given up!

    Keep it up, you are doing great :)

  2. Thanks so much for the info. I had not heard of it. I did a quick look-up and love it!

    I've tried it yesterday, and it really helped. I'm hoping to do an extra mile tomorrow, so we'll see if this gets me there!

    I started a new training routine this week and that fat burner pill, along with being a little more observant of what I'm eating. I decided not to take the pills as directed, and to only stick to one a day to wake my butt up. But I have lost 2 pounds this week.

    The training program seems pretty good. It's meant for "busy people" so it won't take more than 45 minutes out of your day, 3 times a week. I have it in e-book format if you want me to send it to you for a looksy.