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.


Week One (Again!)

I just completed my first week of training…again.

I did a Couch to 5K at the end of last year but the “most wonderful” time of the year came and went. With it came indulgence and very little exercise. I finally got back on the wagon mid January. My meal choices improved and I stopped eating out. This was my first week back to running though, this time training for a specific run – The Toronto Sporting Life 10K. My first race!

During my run tonight I was thinking about different ways to keep me accountable to my health. One way is to continue to allow the training app post statuses and tweets on my behalf. I finally figured out how to keep the app from doing this but then I had more than a few people tell me that it inspired them. In fact, I now have a cousin using the same training program as me and friends using the C25K and the half marathon app.

Another way is to write about my weekly progress here. I’ve decided to post a few things about my week and one of the songs that made my playlist for the week. Hopefully, it will keep the others (and myself) motivated.

Lastly, I was thinking (and I STRESS thinking) about posting my weight, BMI and body fat% until I reach my goal weight. Now this would make me ultra-accountable but I am just not sure if I am brave enough yet. We’ll see.

So here are the stats from my first week:

All Indoor treadmill runs

Time – 90 minutes, 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Distance – 6.2 miles (or almost 10K)

Intervals – 1 minute run, 90 second walk, 5 minute warm up and cool down

Walk speed – 3.5/mph

Run speed – I started at jogging at 5 mph but my average speed was 5.5 mph. I increase my speed as the run progresses and then go all out on the last minute. The fastest speed was only 6.5 mph this week.

Calories burned – 760

Play list song – My Wish by Rascall Flats played while stretching. This song makes me think about my kids. They are my main reason for becoming healthier.

Check back next week. It should be a fairly easy week again. I guess my body remembered more from the C25K than I thought it did.