Workout – 10/21/14

The rain has yet to arrive today.  In fact, it’s beautiful outside – not too hot, not too cold, no wind, blue skies.  It’s the perfect day to go for a run – so, I did a 5K after breakfast.

I chose my “harder” route – but not my hardest one.

It was interesting.  For the first half of it, my mind was focused on work stuff.  (I have a busy day at work today.)  And, the run was easy.  I wasn’t even breathing hard.

The run didn’t start to feel tough until the 2.35-mile mark or so.  In any event, I ran the entire thing in 26 minutes and 27 seconds.  All things considered, I feel good about this one.

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Workout – 10/20/14

I took yesterday off since my legs were sore from the race on Saturday.  But, this morning, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

For the sake of wanting to accomplish something, I took my “easier” (mostly flat) 5K route.  That, combined with the fact that it was forty degrees outside, made this one less challenging than my race.  No monster sweat today.

In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 39 seconds.  I ran the whole way.

I’m glad that I got this one in today. The forecast is for rain over the next three days.  Getting out there again soon may be tough.  This is the 31st time in the last 52 days that I have gone for a run.

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My 15th “5K” Race (Ever)

I did it again.  This is the 4th 5K race in a row – although my first race in 11 months – where I could not run the whole thing.  Towards the end of this one, I want to say it was around 2 miles in, thereabouts, I broke down into a walk.  Then I ran a little, walked some more, and ran the end of it.

VERY EMBARRASSING.

My total time for the race was 26:12 (on the chip).   Of the 341 runners in the race, I finished 130th.  And, I was 81st of the 148 men running. Lastly, I was 13 out of 28 for my gender/age group (Men, 50 to 59).

I would have been happy if I had run the whole thing.  I just wasn’t mentally tough enough or smart enough to control my pace – to get it done.

I also would have been happy if my time was 25:45 (as that’s pretty much what I would do in a race that wasn’t super easy).

Funny, I only missed that time by 27 seconds.  But, I cannot be happy with it because of the walking thing.  A lot of people that I know saw me walking.  It’s humiliating.

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188.6

That’s the number on my scale this morning.

Basically, I have three goals now:  (1) get my weight down to 184, then (2) get my weight down to 179, and, finally (3) get my weight down to 172 pounds.

The first one should not be tough.  And, once done, then the second one is certainly attainable.  The last one may take a while longer.  But, that’s really my magic number, one seventy two (give or take).

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Workout – 10/15/14

The forecasted super-soaker rain has yet to appear here today.  So, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  And, I attempted my “hardest” route again – even though I failed at it yesterday and it is super humid this morning. (More humid than yesterday.)

Sadly, I hit the wall again.  This time it was at 2.65 miles.  And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 34 seconds.

I will say this – man, did I sweat today!  Monstrous lather of sweat.  It was like I was swimming in it.  Must be the hill and the humidity.

I may take the next two days off and just attempt the race on Saturday and see what happens.  If anything, and I do run tomorrow, I am not taking the hardest route.  I still need to work on that one, obviously.

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Workout – 10/14/14

I woke up this morning a tad sore and not feeling well.  My head fells heavy, congested somewhat, from hay fever.

It’s also unseasonably warm today.  And, it’s very humid.

Still, after breakfast, I pushed myself to go for a 5K run – and, I took my “hardest” route (with a monster hill).

It did not go well.  I hit the wall at the 2.3 mile mark and had to do an alternating walk/jog from there the rest of the way.  My total time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 59 seconds.

This is a huge step backwards.  The past 11 days were wonderful.  Now, it’s back to loserville.

The next two days are going to be just as warm.  And, it’s supposed to rain on Thursday.  Somehow, I need to get this fixed before my race on Saturday.

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Workout – 10/13/14

I really wanted to get out there today since I was not able to run over the past three days (due to family commitments).  So, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

I took my “harder” route again.

The first 1.3 miles felt real easy.  Then it got a little harder about a half-mile later.  Yet, I caught my pace and had some steam left for the end.  In total, I ran the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 31 seconds.

At the end, when I stopped, I felt like I was going to puke – seriously.  Not sure if that’s a good thing or not?

In any event, getting out there and running the whole thing is good.  I have a race next weekend.  Next goal is to run my “hardest” route, running all the way, three times this week before the race.  If I can get that done, I will be very confident heading into the weekend.

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Workout – 10/9/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

I really wanted to get out there.  It’s a beautiful day.  Plus, tomorrow, I know I will not have time to run.  Too many plans.  Ditto on Sunday.  And, the forecast is for rain on Saturday.  So, this may be the last chance I get to run over the next 4 days – including today.

I took my “harder” route again.  In the beginning, it seemed easy.  And, when it got hard around the 2.2 mile mark, it was not as hard as yesterday.  That’s all progress.

In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 59 seconds.  Worked up a MONSTER sweat too – I was dripping in it.  Have to say:  It’s all good news today.

I just hope that there’s a break in there, somewhere, Saturday, where I can get out there again.

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Workout -10/8/14

I was not feeling great this morning.  But, it’s a beautiful day outside.  So, I decided to push myself by going for a 5K run – and using my harder (but not hardest) route.

Man, it was hard.  But, I kept plugging away.  Around the 2.2 mile mark and the 2.7 mile mark, I almost lost it.  It was extremely close.  But, I kept reminding myself of how big that failure would be now, and, how I have a race in 10 days and I don’t want to be walking in that one.

I pulled out all the stops – not looking ahead, concentrating on the cracks in the sidewalk, listening intently to the lyrics being played on my iPod, day dreaming about upcoming events, visualizing myself running a race and being near the finish line surrounded by my family, etc.  I wanted to think about anything but quitting.

And, by the skin of my teeth, I got through the 3.1 miles, tougher route and all, in 26 minutes and 23 seconds.  How about that!

This is the four day in a row that I have run a 5K from start to finish.  And, this is the 25th time in the last 40 days when I have gone for a run.  That’s a pace of 4.4 times a week.  Considering where I was, this is great.

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189.7

This morning I got on the scale, buck naked.  And, it read 189.7 pounds.

I want to say “How did this happen?”  But, I know the answer:  Too many nuts, chips, cookies, cakes, donuts, bread, french fries, pizza and red meat.  And, not enough fruits and vegetables.

How’s that for simple?

I was really fat in 2006 and that led me to Weight Watchers.  Then, I lost it all by January 2007 and basically kept it off for SIX YEARS.  But, in February of 2013, I started working from home on a full-time basis.  And, that’s when the snacking started.

The last time I weighed what I wanted to weigh was probably March of 2013 when I was 172 pounds.    It really got bad in the summer of 2013 when my family went to Disney and I packed on some pounds there.  By the end of 2013, I was closer to 185 pounds.  And, it seemed like most of this year the number has been around 184 – until now where it’s pushing up against 190 pounds.

Bottom line, I need to lose 17 pounds.  And, I know how to do it.  Now, it’s just a matter of eating less crap, cutting out the mindless snacking, and making better food choices.

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Workout – 10/7/14

I went out for a 5K run after breakfast today since the forecasted rain was still hiding.

I ran the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 6 seconds.

This one was very hard.  I had to really push myself.  And, I had a monster sweat when it was done.

This is the 3rd day in a row where I have run a full 5K without breaking down.  And, it’s the 4th time in a row that I have been able to run 3.1 miles while running all the way.

Part of me wants to move to a harder course for the next time.  But, another part of me wants to give this route one more time since today was so hard.  I guess I will see how I feel next time and take it from there.

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Workout – 10/6/14

I wanted to go for a 5K run this morning.  But, my stomach felt sick after breakfast.  Still, the forecast for tomorrow is rain.  So, I really wanted to get out there today.  And, before dinner, I went for a run.

This one was hard.  Maybe the hardest “non-stop” one since I started up again.  However, I got through the 3.1 miles without stopping – albeit a tad slow.  My total time was 27 minutes and 6 seconds.  I know that I can do better than that rate.

This is the 23rd time in the last 38 days when I have gone for a run.

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Workout – 10/5/14

Went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  It was cool out there.  The news said it was the coldest day of the year since April 26th.

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 30 seconds.

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Workout – 10/3/14

Today is a huge milestone.

I went for a 5K run after breakfast and ran the whole 3.1 miles.  I cannot remember the last time that happened.  Could be a year…maybe/probably longer.

It was hard – and I had to push myself, especially in the beginning.  But, I got it done.  Total time was 26 minutes and 30 seconds – which was another goal, getting under 27 minutes.

It’s hard NOT to feel good about this one.  Now, my goals are (1) get under 26 minutes, (2) run a full 5K for 3 times in a row on my current route, (3) move to a harder route and run a full 5K, and, (4) run my 5K route with the big hill in less than 26 minutes.  Once I can all that done, I will consider myself a runner again.

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Workout – 10/1/14

I never got out yesterday to run – too many things to do for work.  And, it was raining this morning.

So, I went out for a 5K run before dinner this evening, once it stopped raining.

I got to the 2.82 mile mark before walking.  That’s a new high.  And, I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 37 seconds.  There’s not much more between me and running all the way now.

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Workout – 9/29/14

I as soooo not feeling it this morning.  I was tired.  And, I ate too much bad food this weekend.  Lastly, I have been a bit depressed lately.  Yet, I pushed myself and went for a 5K run after breakfast.

It was hard.  But, I got to the 2.75 mile mark before breaking down.  And, I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes (even).  So, I should feel good about it.  But, I don’t – because it was so hard.

Let’s see how I do next time out.  This is the 19th time in the last 31 days when I have gone for a run.  I should feel good about that as well – right?  Maybe I will be happier when I can do 3.1 miles without stopping?  It’s getting closer.

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Workout – 9/27/14

Not sure what to make of this one?

I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  I got to 2.5 miles before breaking down.  In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 40 seconds.

I am really not walking that much when I have to walk.  I need to learn and replace that walking with a controlled jog where I can catch my breath.

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Workout – 9/26/14

Big step backwards today.

I woke up tired. (Hay fever?)  Still, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  It did not go well.

I wanted to pass 2.7 miles today before breaking it down. But, I hit the wall at the 1.94 mile mark.  (Ugh!)  And, I did the alternating walk/jog from there.  It total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes and 10 seconds.

For what it’s worth, I worked up a monster sweat today – more so than usual.  (And, I sweat a lot when I run.  It takes me 45 minutes to stop sweating after a 5K run, usually.)  Today, it was a massive drip-fest.  Pouring off me like someone dumped a bucket over my head.

I have a 5K race in three weeks.  And, I do not want to break down in that one.  I need to get past these running issues long before that one arrives for me.

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186.8

There’s really been no change in my weight over the last two weeks.  And, that just goes to show – you can exercise all you want, but, what you put in your mouth – or not! – will determine your weight.

I’m still a long way from that magic number of 172, but, for whatever reason, my pants don’t feel as fight as they have been recently.

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Workout – 9/24/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  I really wanted to get this one in – since the forecast is for rain all today tomorrow.

I got to the 2.7 mile mark today – which was a goal!  And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 34 seconds.  My ultimate goal on time is to get under 26 minutes.  When I ran races, my time was usually around 25:45 (and that’s where I should be when I am done with all this training).

Next distance goal is “as far as I can get past 2.7 miles…if not all the way!”

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Workout – 9/23/14

I was really not in the mood for this one.  I am not feeling that well.  Part of it must be hay fever, and, the other part is my stomach.  Those pills (for 30 days) to fight that staph infection in my leg have really messed up my insides.  Seems like I am sick (more often than not) every morning.

Still, I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  I hit the wall at the 2.52 mile mark – which is acceptable at this point.  And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 29 seconds – which was a goal!

Now, I need to run at least 2.6 miles before breaking it down and I want to get under 27 minutes.  Those are my next two goals.

This is the 15th time in the last 25 days when I have gone for a run.  And, I see the progress building up.

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Workout – 9/22/14

I was tired and not in the mood for a run today after my long day yesterday.  But, after breakfast, I pushed myself to get out there on my 5K route.  It was the same as last time:  Broke down at the 2.45 mile mark and my total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 7 seconds.

This one was hard.  Maybe tomorrow will be better?  I am getting closer – too close now to give up.

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Workout 9/20/14

Today was interesting.  I wasn’t in the mood to go running.  I had a very long and busy day yesterday and woke up tired today.  And, my hay fever was so bad that my vision was blurry for the first hour I was awake this morning.  But, I went out for a 5K run after breakfast anyway – since I missed yesterday and I know that I won’t have time for one tomorrow.   (Crazy, busy, day, on Sunday.)

I was able to get to 2.4 miles without breaking down.  That’s a goal!  And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 1 second – almost another goal!

So, the plan for next time is to get through at least 2.6 miles and under 28 minutes.

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Workout – 9/18/14

Good one today, relatively speaking.  Went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  Got to the 2.25 mile mark before breaking down into the walk/jog.  Covered the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes and 19 seconds.  That’s all good news.

Between work and family stuff, that I already know about, I probably won’t get out there on Friday.  That’s a bummer.  But, if I can get back on the horse on Saturday, I truly feel like I will be running a full 5K by the end of the month – if not very sooner!

This is the 12th time in the last 20 days when I have gone for a run.  And, I see the progress building up.

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185.6

No change, really, in my weight over the last week.

Running all the time is not enough.  I need to snack more on fruits and veggies than on chips, nuts and chocolate.

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