More Mileage

I’ve been running and walking a lot lately. I probably ran more this week than I did in the entire month of January. Maybe I’ve been too aggressive with my mileage, but I feel pretty comfortable. If it was too much, I would take time off. I felt sick Thursday and Friday so I didn’t do anything. Ran/walked today, 1.5 miles. I think I’m at 6 miles for the week. Not bad!

Sort of in a rush, I have to now shower and get ready to go to the city with my husband for a show!


Ticking away the miles

The treadmill is a blessed creation.

Wait, did I say that?

I never thought I’d be singing the praises of the dreaded treadmill, but it’s pulled me out of my no-workout rut. My relationship with running became complicated after we moved. The extra time required to go for a run started to be difficult to manage, but I still felt guilty about not going for a run. All these feelings whirled around in a big, black cloud. Running was a task, not a treat.

Glad to say that the weather has not gotten the best of me this time around! Gary brought home my new best friend… Satan’s conveyor belt! Well, not today, Satan. I’m going to embrace the dreadmill.

I’ve been logging miles all over the place! Some of them were supposed to be simple walks on the treadmill but I felt the need… for speed. Do I hear Highway to the Danger Zone? Oh, the radio is on and that actual song is playing right now, so, yes.

Today I actually logged two runs. I was supposed to run yesterday but it was cold and I cuddled under a blanket on the couch and it was all over. I woke up earlier this morning to log a mile (1.5 minutes running, 3.5 minutes walking five times, although it’s now just occurred to me that I only did it four times, and not even four times because I just flat out stopped when I hit the mile), and then my husband and I just spent some time in our basement gym; I, on the treadmill and he going back and forth from the bike to the elliptical.

I combined two of my running programs tonight – Zombies, Run! and the Run the Edge running start plan (level 2!). The Run the Edge workout kicked off with a ten minute run. Um…. It’s been a really long time since I ran that long without walk breaks. I took one look at that and said, NOPE! However, I started my mission and there were Zombies everywhere and I started running and decided to just go for the whole ten minutes! I was trying to stay positive around minute 4, got another boost of positivity around minute 6, and tried to hold on for dear life from minute 8 on. After that it was a five minute walk break and another five minute run. It was seriously tough. The only thing that kept me from quitting was not wanting to quit. Sounds silly, but that’s the simplest breakdown of my reasoning. So, I didn’t quit.

After the run, I did a strength workout – the Hero Workout, Day 2. About a week after Day 1, but I needed that much time to recover! It’s a killer leg workout… this workout also included some jab-type punches, and it was fun! My brain is slowly deteriorating as it’s late, and I woke up early, and I’m licking hummus off my fingers because I need protein, so I’m off to bed.


It’s been SUPER COLD in the northeast the last few days. Thank God we have the treadmill, or I wouldn’t be doing anything! Gary and I have been trading off time on the treadmill. I am pleased to announce I am now 10.25 / 458 miles on the way to Rivendell. It’s sort of frustrating being so slow, because I really want to get there faster! I would love to log like, 4 miles a day, but I would have to set aside like an hour and a half, and that’s just not in the time budget. Outside, changing speeds when I feel like it, I can run a 15 minute mile, but it’s way different on the treadmill. I’ve been logging more like 19- 20 minute miles, but I think it’s my own fault – I have a tough time gauging what speeds I’m capable of so I just usually hit either 2.5 mph – 3 mph for the walking bits and 4 mph for running. Awesomely enough, 4 mph used to be hard for me when I’d run on the treadmill at work, but now I can push it up to 4.5 comfortably and even 5 miles when I did a ladder workout two weeks ago. I am trying to get used to changing it up based on how I feel.

I bought a new running app – Zombies, Run! I know, I’m a little late to the game, but I really struggle with spending money on ANYTHING for my phone. I found one majorly awesome thing about it and some slightly not-so-awesome things. First, the not-so-awesome – between the bits of dialogue, there is a lot of silence where they play music from your phone. It’s not-so-awesome if you don’t have music on your phone, because then you’ve got like three minutes of complete silence. I wish there was some generic rock music track – I don’t think my old iPhone has enough space on it to put music! I believe I can plug in an iPod to the treadmill to play music, so that might be a good work-around. Also slightly inconvenient: if you’re running on a treadmill, it doesn’t keep track of your distance, even if you set it to count your paces or tell it what speed you’re running. I can enter it manually on the website, but I have to be on a computer to do it – can’t do it on my phone.

Now for the majorly awesome- while I’m listening to the dialogue, I’m not paying any attention to the time ticking slowly by on the treadmill display. I’m not waiting anxiously to see the tenths of a mile tick away slower and slower. I can just run. It’s the first time I can just run and have fun on a treadmill!

I am not sure we are still doing the fitness challenge at work – we were supposed to start a biggest loser challenge. The person organizing it sort of neglected to tell me that the buy-in changed, and one of our co-workers recently experienced an awful tragedy, so I kind of want to put any money I can toward helping them. Although I can see that everyone is making changes, sort of like that one episode of The Office where each branch was competing against the others in a weight-loss challenge… people are eating healthier, working out more… it’s unnatural.

I’m starting another six-week challenge on Nerd Fitness. My goals are: BE MORE CONSISTENT, STAY HYDRATED, WALK/RUN TO MORDOR, and FINISH WINTER PROJECTS. More on this to follow.

Ramble On

I am just getting over a cold- my second this year! I just don’t get it. I never get sick like this. At least I had Thursday and today off to recuperate a little.

I tried to keep running during my quarantine but it’s so hard to run when you can’t breathe. We just started a Biggest Loser competition at work, and it was the tail end of a February Fitness Challenge I was doing through my friend’s coaching page on Facebook, so I felt a bit guilty but sometimes you just have to cut yourself some slack!

In other news, at my first weigh-in for the Biggest Loser challenge, I determined I had lost six pounds since my doctor’s appt the week before. Score! Take that, doctor!

I ran on Thursday and Saturday on the treadmill with Netflix keeping me company. My current running must-have is Murder, She Wrote.

I also found this amazing website: Awesome workout programs. Saturday, I did the “Hunger Games” workout.

I could only do one set before I got too lightheaded. Today, I found a Hero workout program on that site – four workouts, 100 reps. It was so tough! I took many breaks. I did 50 and was about to call it a day … But I had to push myself! Managed to do the whole thing but I can barely lift my legs now!

11.5 miles / 458 miles on the road to Rivendell. According to the Eowyn Challenge website, I had a frugal supper in a birch grove, and am on my way to Stock Road. Dammit, I knew I should have tracked my mileage through IKEA to add to the total.

Feelin’ Good

One of my oldest friends is hosting a fitness challenge via Facebook. She was probably one of my first friends ever! For February, it’s about heart health and we’re checking in each day with our heart rates both resting and during exercise. I’ve not been able to work out every day, but the challenge is giving me great motivation to try to do at least half an hour of some kind of activity each day.

Wednesday: I wanted to work out, and I was just itching to run, so I geared up and drove to the nearby borough at about 9 PM to go for a quick run. There’s free parking, it’s quiet, and there’s not a lot of traffic so I can run on the road if I have to, which I did, because I guess some people don’t clear their sidewalks too well. Only had to misstep once to feel that slippery feeling under my feet, and I took to the street. Once around the block is .84 miles. I don’t know the neighborhood too well and it wasn’t the right time for exploring, so .84 miles was good enough for me. My lower back really started to bother me towards the end. Not sure what’s been going on with that, although I am guessing it’s because I put some weight on in the past few months since Gary’s dad was really sick.

I had a physical yesterday and lots of work to do, so no workout for me. I saw a different doctor than last time, who was much more awesome. I had an EKG, which was super weird, since I’ve never had one before, but they said all was normal, so that’s good. Apparently, I have strong lungs and a strong heartbeat. The doctor told me I had gained a little weight in the past two years, and I told her that I do work out regularly but the routine had gone a little haywire in the past few months since my father-in-law passed away. She was like, “why did you stop running? are you depressed? do you need medication?” …um, nope, I’m good. She also said she would give me a referral to a nutritionist, and I told her I didn’t want it. I said, “I know what I would need to do to lose weight, sometimes I’m better at eating healthy, sometimes I’m not. If I gave up soda and switched to water, that would probably make a big difference, but I run and I like it, and I don’t want to change.” She seemed shocked. In the end, I told her she could give me the referral so if I changed my mind I could call. While I was checking out, the receptionist was gathering the doctor’s notes, and I could see pages with information about “OBESITY” and I was like, “you can keep them.”

I went into this appointment telling myself, “I am going to stand up for myself and be strong and tell them that there is nothing wrong with the way I am. I will not let them bully me.” See, they checked my vitals and everything was totally normal, and if there is nothing medically wrong with me, don’t tell me to change anything. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I understand that there could be problems in the future due to being overweight, but I am fully aware of how my decisions affect me and I am happy with who I am.

I got home from work later that night to find that my husband had bought a treadmill! As the winter drags on and ice covers the world, I become so despIMG_3255erate to run that I consider going back to the treadmill.  and the one he got is WONDERFUL. We set it up tonight, threw on Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring) and I ran a mile and a half. I am in love. I can see this totally changing my workout game.

 < Me with the new treadmill after its inaugural run!

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve decided to walk (& run) to Mordor. Yes, the choice of workout entertainment might have slightly influenced that decision. Thanks to Eowyn Challenge, I’ve got my road map. The whole trip is 1779 miles from Hobbiton to Mount Doom, but I’ll start with the 458 mile path from Hobbiton to Rivendell. It’s kind of a tall order for me but I’m going to pad my mileage with long walks on the treadmill watching Lord of the Rings, and I’ll start tracking mileage hiked while geocaching. So far, 7.08/458.

The Time to Hesitate is Through

Yesterday I went out in search of new running grounds. I drove to the nearby borough, parked in the two-hour lot, and hit the sidewalks. They were mostly clear of snow and ice, but BOY, was it cold! The next running workout was intervals: 1 minute run, 4 minute walk, for twenty minutes. It seemed a little too easy for me but I figured I should just give it a go. I set up my phone to buzz every minute.

So I started my workout. After my first minute run, I realized I had forgotten to start up my GPS watch, so I just counted that as my warm-up, switched on the watch, and kept walking. I mean, it was really cold. After like, five minutes, it hadn’t even come close to finding me, and I was just about done with the waiting. Seriously, it’s the hardest part. (the waiting… is the … hardest .. part…) So I decided to forget it and just run again.

So I started my workout… again. Halfway through the first minute run, my phone starts ringing, so I stop running and talk to my mom for a few minutes, but I keep walking. At this point, I’m basically all the way around the block and almost back to my car. Also, while I’m talking to my mom, my watch beeps – GPS has finally found me and the watch is ready to begin our workout. Whenever you’re ready, expensive GPS watch.

So I started my workout… AGAIN. Went round the block another time. Then… my watch beeped.

OK, so the watch is supposed to beep to tell me when I run a mile, but it’s only been… about nine minutes. There is absolutely no way I have run a mile in eight minutes. I’ve been burned by GPS devices before, so I know better than to trust it. I assume I have accidentally set it for kilometers instead of miles, and have also just run my fastest kilometer ever.

When it beeps again after five minutes, I know it’s not set for kilometers or miles; it’s actually haunted. Either that or I’m superhuman. I’m ok with either of these things.

My next beep is after another 8 minutes, so I’m figuring that it’s kilometers, and that 5 minute kilometer anomaly was the result of running downhill. Instead of stopped after twenty minutes, I figure I’ll keep going. I mean, if the GPS watch is to be believed, I’m running the fastest kilometers of my life, so why not run a 5K?

At this point, my phone dies. I had been attempting to take pictures during each run as a sort of fun 2015 thing, but my phone’s been doing this funny thing lately, when it just up and dies when it’s too cold. Good to know it will be useful in all kinds of emergency situations.

I weave through some more streets on my way to finishing the so-called 5K, still running 1 minute / walking 4 minute intervals. When I finish up, I head to the car, fully aware that I have to go home and re-map this whole fiasco.

Saddened I was to see the jagged lines which the GarminConnect map claimed was my run. It said I ran five miles, yes, five miles, mostly through the walls of the buildings and houses of the borough. I calculated it online with mapmyrun and found it to be closer to 2.75 miles, although I can’t be sure of the time. I also updated the software on my GPS watch. I’m hoping it was just having an off day, because I have had to give up on the mapmyrun iPhone app (on my iPhone 4S), and if my Garmin Forerunner 110 stops being reliable, I might actually have to shell out money for more modern technology. But hey, I ran almost three miles in one run, and I determined that the borough will be a very good place to go running at night.