Sunday, April 1, 2012

More Thoughts on Last Week

Monday was an amazing day. Let's just get that out of the way first. Monday, I weighed in and had lost a majority of my weight gained over the last two weeks. And ON TOP OF THAT I ran a pretty stinking fast 1.81 mile(s?)*.

The rest of the week was a little rough, because for some reason my stomach was bothering me like crazy. A few people have suggested that it's just my body getting used to a new metabolism? I don't know. It seems to have calmed down a bit, but that's the reason for the lack of C25K workouts. I didn't want to go for a full 30+ minutes a few of those days, but I didn't want to lose my momentum, so I just went out and ran what I felt like I could do. Seems to have worked out. My run today felt pretty amazing. I started out going slow, ran for 10 minutes, took my 3 minute walking break, and ran back. I had a minute left of the work out so I sprinted to make it back to the entrance of my apartment complex. The fact that I had energy enough to sprint, and truthfully could have kept going for another few minutes felt fantastic.

A few things that really helped with my runs:
1. Using my Yurbuds. I'd been using them at the gym, but I haven't gone to the gym in a few weeks. I was nervous to use them when running outside, because I wanted to make sure I could still hear what was going on around me. Since I've started sticking to the sidewalks and not neighborhood roads, I've been less worried, and thus had my music back. Hello Glee. I've missed you.
2. Speaking of music, I cleaned up my playlist. My playlist consisted of around 4 full albums, and then random songs from other artists sprinkled in. I found myself wanting a more dynamic playlist, so I just picked one or two songs from the albums and deleted the rest. Now those sprinkled songs have become the focus, so I'm getting to hear a variety of beats and genres. I guess I like that for running, because it's helped me stay focused, weirdly enough.

Tonight I'm going to think long and hard about my goals. I don't feel like I need to make alcohol a focus anymore, because I've cut back tremendously. I'd like to keep my weekdays relatively alcohol-free, but I don't think that should be a goal-oriented thing for me anymore. Making it a goal served it's purpose, and now I need to find new goals. Or stick to the old ones I haven't conquered yet - like walking my damn dog for more than 10 minutes. I'm awful. He should just run away.

Actually, the reason we didn't go for walks this week, besides the fact that I'm an awful and lazy pet owner, is that he's been favoring his right front paw. He's been favoring it since we went on a 3 mile walk, but it's become more pronounced over the last few days. I'm waiting it out to see if it's just sore or overused or something, but if he continues to limp this week, we'll go to the vet.

Lastly, I've talked Eric's sister, Kate, into running a 5K with me in May. I ran it last year, and it was super fun. It was much earlier in the year (March, I want to say?), and ended with brunch and bottomless mimosas. Eric was a fantastic cheerleader, as was my bff Kristy. Seems like this year will be pretty awesome too, and if I can keep up my workouts I might even PR!

Anyway. That's all. My blog used be much more interesting. Now it's kind of boring and lame. Sorry about that.

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