Back At It

I did not go for a run on Monday or Tuesday because of work and family stuff that I needed to attend. And, yesterday, Wednesday, I was in the city for 9 hours. Tack on 3 hours commuting, and that was the whole day. Worse, I ate like a PIG in the city. WAY TOO MUCH food for one day. And, bad choices.

So, it was important to get out there today. And, I went for a 5K run just after breakfast and not too far after sunrise.

I covered the 3.1 miles without stopping in 27:51 and it didn’t seem that hard. Go figure?

I now have 541.1 miles to go on my goal.

I do need to step up the frequency of my runs over the next two months before our summer end vacation.

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Wow

I had to take the last 4 days off because of a respiratory infection. (A gift from my wife and daughter.) But, today, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

I had to do it without music since my Nano battery was dead. Can’t remember the last time I did that?

It was cool out this morning. And, I was running in a light, misty, rain.

Guess what? I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:16. How did that happen, coming off being sick, without music, etc.?

I now have 544.2 miles to go on my goal.

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Waiting On The Scale

I got on the scale this morning and it read 185.6 pounds. But, I have been sick and dehydrated for the past week. So, is that a real number? Did I really lose 2.3 pounds? Probably better to see what the number is next week before planning any weight loss celebrations.

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Bad Day Or Good Day?

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a cough. But, I have no idea if it’s hay fever or the killer respiratory thing that my daughter, wife, and everyone else seems to have? So, I pushed myself and went for a 5K run after breakfast.

It was hot, sunny AND humid. Actually, it felt MAJOR HUMID. One mile into the run and I was dripping with sweat.

This one was not good. My legs felt heavy. Overall, I was just not feeling good. And, man, was I sweating.

At the 2.25 mile mark, I just gave up. I can’t say that I hit the wall. It’s really more like just not having the will and giving up. From there, I did the alternating walk/jog thing. My time for the 3.1 miles was 30 minutes on the nose.

That’s the bad part. I guess the good part is that I went out and did it.

I now have 547.3 miles to go on my goal.

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Better Day

I never got to run this weekend. Too much baseball stuff on Saturday and Father’s Day. So, it was important for me to get out there today. Plus, the last couple of runs were not good.

It was sunny and hot. But, I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was hard. But, I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:22. Granted, at the end, I really felt like I was going to puke.

I need to get out there more frequently. And, maybe earlier in the day.

I now have 550.4 miles to go on my goal.

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Weight The Same Last 3 Weeks

I was 187.9 on the scale today. Pretty much where I have been for 3 weeks now. Stuck there – even with all my running.

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Still Bad

I took yesterday off.

Today, it was hazy and humid out there. I was tired – got very little sleep again last night. And, I had a very stressful morning. Those are all excuses. But, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.

Broke down again. It was hard to breathe and I wasn’t into it. This time it was at the 2.5 mile mark. My total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:06.

I now have 553.5 miles to go on my goal.

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Step Backwards

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was not good.

I was tired – up very late last night and up early today. And, the sun was very strong. Excuses? Maybe? But, I hit the wall at the 2.4 mile mark and had to do the alternating walk/jog from there. My time for the 3.1 miles was 29 minutes on the nose.

I now have 556.6 miles to go on my goal.

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Push It

I did not feel like going for a 5K run today. I was tired and a bit stressed. Worse, I feel like a fat whale because of all the cake and junk I have been eating for the past 4 days. Literally, I feel like I am lugging a spare tire around my waist.

But, I pushed myself to get out there.

There was no sun. But, it was CRAZY stupid SUPER humid out there.

Running was hard. However, my mind was full of racing thoughts on three different issues that I am dealing with now. And, that helped. My time was actually 27:44 for the 3.1 miles and I ran the whole thing – working up a monster sweat.

Go figure.

I now have 559.7 miles to go on my goal.

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Good Night

I did not run on Saturday or Sunday. Worse, I ate like a pig all weekend – chowing down my daughter’s birthday cake.

But, I got back on the horse today. This time, running at night after dinner since it was raining all day and I had to wait for it to clear.

It was hard and SUPER HUMID. And, I had to really trick my mind. But, I covered the 5K in 28:38, running the full 3.1 miles.

I now have 562.8 miles to go on my goal.

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Step Backwards

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I really wanted to get one in since this may be the last chance I have to run until Sunday night.

It was hot, humid and hazy today – probably more humid than yesterday. And, the air quality was not great.

Is that an excuse? I don’t know. But, I know that I failed running today. At the 2.4 mile mark, I caved and had to do the alternating walk/jog the rest of the way. My time was 29:18 for the 3.1 miles.

I now have 565.9 miles to go on my goal.

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Still The Same Weight

My weight this morning was 188 pounds. It’s basically the same since last week.

I wonder what would happen to my weight if I went a week without eating any potato chips or french fries? I think I will try it this week.

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Best Run Yet Since My Comeback?

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was hot and SUPER HUMID. Only one-third into the run, and, I was covered and dripping with sweat.

With about 7/10th’s of a mile left, I was really feeling it bad. Actually, by half way through, I was starting to feel it. But, I pushed, and pushed, and a ran the whole 3.1 miles in a time of 28:04 – which may be my best time since I got back to running.

Considering the humidity, this is amazing for me. And, I feel good about it.

I now have 569 miles to go on my goal.

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6-10 Run

I was not feeling great yesterday and I had a lot on my plate. So, I never got to run. But, I did go out for a 5K run this morning after breakfast.

It was hot and the sun was bright. Worked up a monster sweat. I ran the 3.1 miles in 28:27 – which seems to be my going rate these days.

It was hard. The trick was keeping my mind super busy with thoughts of what I have to do tonight and the rest of the week. The distraction helps.

I now have 572.1 miles to go on my goal.

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Back At It

When I woke up on Friday morning, my left knee was throbbing. Actually, it was the throbbing that woke me up. And, my right knee felt stiff. So, I took Friday off – from running.

I would have liked to have gotten back out there over the weekend. But, Saturday and Sunday were wall-to-wall baseball stuff. Literally, on Saturday, we were doing baseball stuff from 10 AM until 6 PM, and, on Sunday, it was baseball from 2 PM to 8 PM.

So, it was important to get back out there today. After breakfast, I went for a 5K run. Nice day out – and I worked up a sweat. I actually felt strong running today. And, I did the 3.1 miles in 28:34 – running all the way.

I now have 575.2 miles to go on my goal.

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Not Losing Any Weight

Last Friday, the scale had me at 186.8 pounds – although it was before breakfast. Today, the scale has me at 189 pounds – after breakfast.

In a perfect world, my weight would be 172 pounds. But, I would still be thrilled to see it around 175 or 176.

So, I am still at least 14 pounds overweight. And, I know it’s because of food choices and portion control.

I really want to lose this weight between now and the end of July. I need to get cracking on it.

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Nooner

I could not get out this morning for a run. (Work stuff.) So, I went for a 5K run before lunch. It was sunny – but, cool and breezy.

It was hard in the beginning. Actually, the first half was hard. My body just didn’t feel into it. But, I pushed and it got a little better in the second half. I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 28:21 – which is better than last time.

My left knee felt stiff through the whole thing. And, towards the end, my right knee didn’t feel great.

I doubt that I will get out for a run this weekend – too much baseball stuff. That means it’s important to get out there tomorrow. I just wish that my knee wasn’t sore.

I now have 578.3 miles to go on my goal.

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Running For The Last 3 Weeks

Three weeks ago, after being inactive for beyond what was the longest time ever, I got back to running.

And, in the last 21 days, I have gone for a 5K run 12 times.

Wouldn’t it be great if I could keep up the pace of 4 times a week for a year, or, better yet, forever?

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Rain Delay

I really wanted to go for a run yesterday. But, it rained, steady, all day. So, it was a no-go.

I did get out for a 5K today after breakfast. The sun was not a factor today. And, it was cool – but, also humid. (If that makes sense?)

It was hard today. Even though it was cool, I was sweating a lot. And, both my knees felt stiff. But, I got through the 3.1 miles, running all the way, with a time of 28:58 for the route.

I now have 581.4 miles to go on my goal.

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Rain Man

I never got out to run on Saturday or Sunday – too much baseball stuff with my son. So, I really wanted to get out there today. But, when I woke up, it was raining out.

Just before lunch, the rain changed to a light rain, heavy mist, situation. And, it was cool out there. But, I sucked it up and went for a 5K run. I am pretty proud of myself for getting out there.

I ran the 3.1 miles in 28:28 and felt pretty strong through the route.

I now have 584.5 miles to go on my goal.

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The Power Of The Mind

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was hot, humid, and the sun was bright. But, I ran the whole 3.1 mikes in 28 minutes and 57 seconds.

There was a trick today. Just before I went, someone sent me an email that pissed me off, royally. And, while running, it was all that I could think about – my mind raced.

Not once did I have the need to check my breathing, pace or consider breaking it down to a walk. In fact, this run was easy. It felt like it was over seconds after it started.

The mind is a powerful ally…or foe.

I now have 587.6 miles to go on my goal.

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Lost Some Weight

Last Friday, the scale had me at 190 pounds. This morning, although it was before breakfast, the scale reads 186.8 pounds. It’s possible that I have lost 3 pounds with all this running? But, let’s see where I am next Friday before we plan any parades on the weight loss.

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Back On Track

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was hot and humid – so, I worked up a sweat – but, at least, the sun was not as bright.

I saw my new waive hello run buddy again this morning. That was a good push. And, I was very busy mentally today. I find that when I am running, if I fill my head with racing thoughts, losing my touch with reality, that I seem to have much more endurance and I do not fall prey to breaking down.

In fact, today, I ran the whole 3.1 miles. My time was 29:07 for the route.

I now have 590.7 miles to go on my goal.

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Step Backwards

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was hot and the sun was blistering.

It did not go well. At the 2.45 mile mark, I broke down into a walk. From there, I did the alternating walk/run thing and finished the 3.1 miles in 30:42. I really thought I was past all this?

Tomorrow is going to be an off-day due to work and family obligations. So, on Thursday, I really need to get out there and do better.

I now have 593.8 miles to go on my goal.

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And, It Begins Here

I went for a 5K run at 10:30 AM today. I should probably start earlier. The sun was blazing.

About one-quarter mile in, another runner – much younger than me – crossed my path, smiled, and waved hello. That made an old fat man feel like he was part of a community. About one mile in, the sweat was pouring off of me.

This one was hard. But, with the aid of my iPod Nano, I pushed and ran the whole 3.1 miles without stopping. Time was 29:36 – which is not good.

When I got home, I drank 32 ounces of water. No joke. I would have drank more – but I feared it would make me sick. Thirty minutes after the run, I was still sweating like a pig.

I now have 596.9 miles to go on my goal.

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