Just keep running, just keep running…

Week three and four are behind me now.  I haven’t posted about them yet because I have been out of sorts.  A mixture of having tons o’ crap to do and being extremely tired.  Baby Sunshine has reached her six-month sleep regression.  Every night for about a week, she had us up every two hours.  She didn’t want to eat or be changed, she just wanted to be held.  The good news is that she has returned to her old sleep pattern (for the last two nights anyway) and she is very close to mobile.  She is commando crawling around the floor when she is not trying to stand up(!!!)  She has started trying to pull herself up on furniture and we had to lower the mattress in her crib.   She also started clapping yesterday.  A skill that will come in handy when I cross the 10K finish line in May.

I started week 5 today so I figured I better get week three and four posted.

Week 3

 All indoor runs (my first outdoor run will not be until March when the babysitter starts).

Five minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down.  Jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, Jog 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes.  28 total minutes.

Walking speed – 3.5, jogging speed – 5.5, running speed – 7.0 mph

Random program at level 1

Each run was 2.1 miles each for a total of 6.3 miles (10.14 km)

Playlist song – Authority Song by John Cougar Mellencamp.  A fun, catchy beat that kept me running when I was so drop dead tired.  It also reminded me of dancing with my Aunts. 

Week 4

Same as above other than:

Thirty-one minute runs with 5 minute warm up and cool down.  Jog 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, Jog 5 minutes, walk 2.5 minutes. 

Each run was 2.4 miles for a weekly total of 7.2 miles (11.6 km)

Playlist song – Float On by Modest Mouse.  This song is in my top 5 list of favourites.  The lyrics are testament to how I live my life.  Shitty things happen but your outlook affects the outcome.  “Alright, don’t worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on”.


Two Weeks Down

Only one post again this week.

I have been wanting to post at least two times per week but aspirations and reality are two different things.  This week was exceptionally busy because hard wood floors were being installed in my bedroom.  It was a lot of work and I was not even doing the installation!  We had to paint the hallway before all our furniture could be stored out there, pull up the grungy carpet, and screw down the sub-flooring.  The best part was getting to sleep in Sunshine’s room again.  She has been sleeping on her own in there again.

Since this is my one and only post, I have no choice but to update about my second training week.


Three indoor runs.  (I interviewed a babysitter this week so I can start running outdoors!)

Run 90 seconds, walk 2 minutes.

3 runs of 2.2 miles each – or a weekly total of 6.6 miles (10.6 km)

Fastest speed – 7.0 mph

Average speed – 5.5 mph

Incline – 1.0

Calories – Unknown.  My HR monitor watch has been crapping out on me.  Best estimate is  a weekly total of 350 x 3 = 1050

Program – Random (to *somewhat* simulate outdoor elevation changes)

Playlist song:  Jive Talkin’ by the Bee Gees.  This song seemed to pop up all over the place this week: on Songza, on iTunes shuffle and on the radio.  My son even took a liking to it this week.  I don’t blame him though.  This song brings me back to when my cousin taught me how to drive in her early 90s Chevy Cavalier.  There were only two tapes in the car.  A mixed tape and Rick Astley (Ha!).  Since Rick came to untimely end over the Nipigon bridge, mix tape it was.  Jive Talkin’ was soundtrack to gaining independence and car dancing.

Next week I again aspire to write more than one post.  I also hope to have time to update my weight and inches lost on my Excel file (yes, I’m a nerd like that).  A friend gave me an excellent idea – posting graphs of my progress.  Graphs definitely appeal to this geek.