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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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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