Workout – 9/17/14

I did not get out for a run yesterday – heavy rains.  And, I did not get on Monday because of work and family stuff.  That’s only two days.  But, it felt a lot longer.  So, I really wanted to get out there today.

I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  Bad news was that I only got to 2.16 miles before breaking it down.  I wanted to get further today.  Good news was  that my total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 24 seconds.  And, cracking 29 minutes as a goal for me.

I have to get back out there tomorrow and see what I can do – as I still need to get better.

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Workout – 9/13/14

I couldn’t get out for a run yesterday – too much work and family stuff to attend, all day.  But, I did get out this morning, late, before lunch – and before the forecasted rain arrived.

I was able to get to the 2.4 mile mark before breaking down to an alternating walk/jog for the rest of the 3.1 miles.  Total time for the 5K was 29 minutes and 11 seconds.  I’m getting closer and closer!

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Workout – 9/11/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  Got to 1.94 miles before I had to breakdown to an alternating walk/jog for the rest of the way.  Covered the 3.1 miles in 29 minutes and 38 seconds.

Baby steps!

Next goals:  Running more than 2 miles without breaking down and getting the 5K done in less than 29 minutes.  Ultimate goal:  Run an entire 5K in 25:45  or less.

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185.3

I cannot remember the last time I got on the scale?

It’s been a very, very, long time – for several reasons.  But, this afternoon, I did it.

Came up as 185.3 pounds.  Honestly?  I was surprised the number was not higher.  It seems like, this year, I have been around 184 pounds.

In any event, my magic number is around 172 pounds.  That’s the number I need to shoot for – as a goal.  It would be great if I can get there by the end of the year, if not sooner.

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Workout – 9/10/14

Good one today – relatively speaking.

Went for a 5K run after breakfast.  Got to 1.83 miles before I had to break down into an alternating walk/jog.  It was more jogging than walking.  And, the walk was a fast walk.

Covered the whole 3.1 miles in 29 minutes and 38 seconds – which was a goal (getting under 30 minutes).

Next goal is 2 miles without breaking down.  And, I hope to be running a full 5K in a couple of weeks or less – as long as I keep chipping away at it.

This is the 8th time in the last 12 days when I have gone for a run.  And, I see the progress building up.

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Workout – 9/9/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  Bad news is that I hit “it” again at the 1.67 mile mark.  The good news is that I covered the 3.1 miles in 30 minutes and 24 seconds.  So, at  the least, I am closer to that immediate goal of getting under 30 minutes.  And, once there, I can start working towards getting it under 26 minutes.  (There’s no reason why I cannot make that goal – it’s what I used to run.)

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Workout – 9/8/14

I didn’t run on Friday because I had an upset stomach and the heat index was around 100 degrees.  It was just as hot on Saturday morning – and then a flooding rain moved in for the rest of the day.  That’s killed my chances on Saturday.  (Plus, I was dead tired on Saturday, for some reason?)  Yesterday, my left hamstring was really tight.  I tweaked it picking up something in the house.  (Really!)  So, I did not run on Sunday as well.

That leads up to this morning.  Having not run in three days, I went out for a 5K effort after breakfast.

It was not good – but, it was much better than my “bad” lately!

I got to 1.62 miles before I broke down into a walk/jog.  And, that was a goal.  And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 30 minutes and 51 seconds – which is inching towards my immediate goal of getting under 30 minutes.  All told, I am happy with this one today.

This is the 6th time in the last 10 days where I have gone for a run.  If I can keep up this pace for the next 12 weeks, I think I will be in a much better place, health and weight-wise, by the end of the year.  But, that’s a long way from now.

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Workout – 9/4/14

I went for a 5K run after lunch today.  (I was unable to sneak out this morning.)  I had hoped to get to at least 1.65 miles without breaking down.

But, I never got that far.  I hit the wall at 1.4 miles and then did the walk/jog thing from there.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 32 minutes and 24 seconds.

It was really hot when I was running – for what it’s worth.

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Workout – 9/3/14

I didn’t run yesterday.  My stomach was very upset and it was like a blast furnace outside.  (Hottest day of the year, per the news!)  Not exactly a good combo for a struggling runner…

I did get out there this morning after breakfast.  It was bad, but, better.

I made it to the 1.55 mile mark before breaking down to the alternating walk/jog.  And, while the walk breaks were too long, I covered the 3.1 miles in 32 minutes and 35 seconds.  Slowly – and the key word is slowly! – I am getting better.

My legs did feel like lead after a while.  Running 4 times in 5 days after being off for SO LONG will do that to a guy.  One thing I tried today, which was new, seemed to help.

I would take 3-5 “normal” breaths through my mouth while running, but, then I would do a deep inhale through my nose – filling my lungs with air.  It really seemed to help.  and, sometimes, I could get to 10 through the mouth before needing a deep one through the nose.  I am going to try it again next time – with my goals to be to get to at least 1.65 or more miles before breaking down.

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Workout – 9/1/14

Very, very humid out there today again.  And, my legs are so sore that just sitting and getting up from a chair is a painful effort.  But, I went for another 5K run this morning.  Not sure when the last time was that I went running three days in a row?

Bad news:  Hit a wall again.  And, the alternating walk/jog the rest of the way was more walking than running.

Good news:  I hit the wall at the 1.5 mile mark – and that’s better than the last two days.  And, my total time was 33 minutes and 8 seconds – which is terrible, but, the best time in the last three days.

Tomorrow, will be the real trick – it being back to work and all.

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Workout – 8/31/14

It was super humid out there this morning and I was extremely sore from yesterday.  But, in the end, those are just excuses, right?

I tried a 5K run this morning.  Hit the wall around the same mark as Saturday.  And, the alternating walk/jog to finish the 3.1 miles was much more walk than jog.  Total time was 34 minutes and 8 seconds.

I still have a long way to go with this stuff.

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Workout – 8/30/14

The night of my last run, July 7th, I got injured.  It ended up becoming a staph infection in my left shin.  It was so bad, and my doctors botched the Rx so terribly, that it took me 6 weeks to get over it.  And, that’s the main reason why I had 54 days in between my run today and my last time out.

Needless to say, today was terrible.  I hit the 1.45 mile mark and had to do the alternating walk/jog from there – and it was mostly walking.

I’m gained too much weight – which is no one’s fault but my own.  My eating habits have become beyond hideous.  But, today, I draw the line.  In fact, I am having a home-made fruit smoothie as I type this post – apple, banana, strawberries and spinach.

And, it’s going to be a long time before I eat a burger and fries again.  (I’ve had more bacon cheeseburgers in the last few weeks than I have eaten in the last few years!)

My total time for the “run” was 33 minutes and 13 seconds.  No way it should be more than 30 minutes – ever!  My immediate goal is to run a 5K in less than a half hour.

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Workout – 7/7/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  First time trying to run in over a month.  And, it was hot and humid out there.  How did I do?

Terrible, as expected.  I hit the wall at the 1.2 mile mark and did the alternating walk/jog from there for the remainder of the 3.1 miles.  It took me 32 minutes.

I used to be able to run a 5K in 25:45  (and that was not too long ago, relatively speaking).  Somehow, I have to get myself back to being able to run 3.1 miles without stopping in less than 26 minutes.

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Workout – 6/5/14

I went for a 5K run after dinner.  This is my first effort in two weeks.  I also way over ate for dinner.  And, going for run right after stuffing my face was a mistake.

I only got to the 1.7 mile mark before I hit the wall.  From there, I did the alternating walk/jog for the rest of the 3.1 miles.  And, it was hard.  My total time was 29 minutes and 30 seconds.  Ugh.

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Workout – 5/20/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  First time running in 18 days. It was perfect weather outside.

I got to 2.2 miles before I had to break down into the alternating walk/jog for the rest of the way.  It total, my time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 34 seconds.

Given the layoff between runs, how far I could get last time compared to this morning, and my overall time, this is a very good workout for me.

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Workout – 5/2/14

After two days of flooding rain, I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  It was PERFECT running weather.  Just a beautiful day to get out there.

I hit the wall at the 1.95 mile mark.  From there, I did the alternating walk/jog for the rest of the 3.1 miles.  Total time was 28 minutes and 3 seconds.

I really need to get to, at least, 2.3 miles without stopping – and soon.

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Workout – 4/23/14

I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. First time running in the last 16 days. (Been busy with family, Little League, travel baseball – and, on the days where I had nothing, the weather was not good.) And, it was sort of cool and windy outside today as well – but, I got out there.

I hit the wall at the 1.75 mile mark – which is disappointing, but, not shocking (given where I was last time and layoff, etc.).

From there, I did the alternating walk/jog to complete the 3.1 miles. And, my total time was 27 minutes and 56 seconds. (That’s about two minutes slower than my pace before I became a slug.)

My weigh, surprisingly, is still at 184 and change. That’s where it’s been for the last three months or so. But, it’s still about 12 pounds too much. And, I really feel it in my briefs and jeans. It’s not nice – nor, I suspect, pretty.

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Workout – 4/7/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Starting out, I felt really motivated and strong. And, I did not hit the wall this time until the 2.2 mile mark. That’s progress! For there, I did the alternating walk/jog and covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 20 seconds. That’s faster than lately! All good stuff.

Before the run, I got on the scale and it read 185 pounds. That’s pretty much my average (184) over the last 12 weeks. And, it’s still a dozen pounds more than I want to carry. Hopefully, once I start running more often, it will start to come off.

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Workout – 4/1/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was better than last time. But, still not great.

I hit the wall at the 2.10 mile mark and then did an alternating walk/job from there for the 3.1 miles. Total time was 28 minutes and 26 seconds. I really need to get out there more than just once a week…which is what it’s been for me for the last month or so.

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Workout – 3/24/14

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. It was better than last time. But, still not great.

I hit the wall at the 2.06 mile mark and then did an alternating walk/job from there for the 3.1 miles. Total time was 28 minutes and 29 seconds.

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Stuck At One Eight Four

On March 3rd, I weighed 184 pounds. This morning, two weeks later, I weigh 184.7 pounds.

It seems like I have been stuck at this number for the last 9 weeks. And, it’s 12 pounds too much. Hopefully, once I start running regularly, with better results, it will start to show up on the scale too.

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Workout – 3/18/14

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. My goal was to go at least 2.1 miles without breaking down to a walk. And, I failed.

It was cold and windy out there – real feel of twenty-eight. And, my breathing was a mess. My lungs were hurting.

I got to 1.65 miles before breaking down into the alternating walk/jog the rest of the way. It total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes and 50 seconds.

I need to do better than this result.

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Workout – 3/12/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. First time running in a week. I felt like crap before I left. My legs felt weak. Still, I was able to get to the 2.05 mile mark, without REALLY laboring, until I broke down into the alternating walk/run to complete the 3.1 miles. My total time was 28 minutes and 12 seconds.

My goal next time is to get within less than a mile left before breaking down.

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Workout – 3/5/14

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. It was hard – real hard. The last time I tried running was 2 weeks ago. I got to the 1.85-mile mark, and that was a struggle, without stopping. From there, I did the alternating walk/jog for the rest of the 3.1 miles. My total time was 28 minutes and 33 seconds. That’s faster than last time – but, still, way too slow compared to where I used to be, in terms of a 5K time.

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White Flag

This morning, I weigh 184 pounds.

That’s what I weighed seven weeks ago. So, I am stuck at this number. And, it’s 12 pounds more than I should weigh.

I feel like my jeans are about to explode. Worse, I saw a picture of myself on Saturday – and, I looked fat.

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