C25K : Week 3 Day 2

Last night, I completed Week 3 Day 2 of the C25K program. The distance was 1.94 miles and the pace was 13:27. Even with the drizzle and the high humidity, the run was good. I’m thankful that I was able to run relatively pain-free. I was able to run a little more after I completed the session. Not much more but just a little more.

One would think that with my desk job that I would not have ‘job’ stress or other issues to deal with emotionally. After all, I write web site code and photoshop pictures and design advertisements and other stuff. It’s a great job and fits my personality. However, last night was a night to deal with job related emotional stress as there are major ownership changes coming to the place where I work. And, usually when the new Sheriff comes to town (or Sheriffs in this case) there are changes. Some good and needed and some not so good.

I had thought about ditching the run and finding something to eat to sooth the emotions. But instead, I pushed through the emotional block and walked outside in the drizzle to run this session of the C25K program. Amazingly, by the time the 30 minute session was over, I felt better about things. Not much better. But, still better.

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Blood Moon

Blood Moon, September 27, 2015.

Blood Moon, September 27, 2015.

Captured this photo of the lunar eclipse of September 27, 2015.

The visual viewing wasn’t too speculator as there were rolling clouds covering the moon.

Thankfully, however, I was able to capture this 3 second exposure. Just after the moment I clicked the shutter another cloud bank rolled in and that was it for the evening’s show. This photo was taken just before totality.

Sam Costa Logo

Sam Costa Logo

I’ve been dreaming of running a half marathon.

I know, I can hardly run around the block so why would I be eager to run a half marathon. But, I figure you need to start somewhere and why not start now. At least I can start my dreaming.

My last half marathon was the Muncie Mini Marathon. It was late October 2013. It was a cold windy day. My training had been derailed by a stress fracture that took too long to heal. Even so, I decided to run. My finish time was about 2:40. I ran the first seven or so miles and then started walking and running just to keep moving. I wish I had been in better shape on that day.

I honestly believe on that day I came to realize that my wife was ready to leave and pursue a path that didn’t include me. Although it took another 11 months to complete the split I knew then that it would eventually happen.

But I tried to make it not happen.

Anyways, I’m starting to believe that I need to get back on track and train for a mini marathon. If for anything, maybe just for my sense of well-being and purpose. Sometimes running makes everything better.

So, I’ve chosen the Sam Costa Half Marathon as a target. It is usually held in late March. Their web site still shows the 2015 race information. Since it is the longest running race in Indiana, I figure it will be around in 2016.

I’ve also thought of doing the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in 2016. You can register for the race now. If I sign up for the mini marathon and all the training runs and buy the necessary swag, it would cost about $135.

The Sam Costa mini marathon cost about $45 last year.

Anyways, those are the 2016 mini marathons I’ve been thinking about.

So, here’s to the future, here’s to dreams.

Finally … a Weight Loss

177.2

Yay. Finally. A weight loss. Four pounds. Happy dance!

After hanging out on the 181 pound plateau for the last three weeks, a four pound loss is refreshing and exciting. I feel like I’m starting to make progress again.

The total weight loss so far is 23.5 pounds. I’m 51.4% to my goal. Which means that I’m half way. Just a bit over halfway but still halfway. Still need to lose 22.2 pounds before I’m under the goal weigh of 155. My BMI is 28.6. I’m still in the overweight range but thankfully I’m getting closer to the magical 24.9 number. At a BMI of 24.9 I will be at a normal weight.

I’m been at this weight loss effort for 13 weeks. My average weekly weight loss is 1.8 pounds. Which is exactly what I originally expected, 1 – 2 pounds a week on average. Although four pounds a week like this week is even better. But that is not realistic. Although, I was discouraged while I was sitting on the 181 pound plateau and wondered how it would impact my weekly average. Even at a 2 pound weekly average it would take about 22 weeks to lose the 45.7 pounds. So, I still have a long way to go.

Overall, my eating has been in control. I did eat a cup cake at a birthday party on Tuesday night. Otherwise, I’ve kept things in control. Although, on Saturday, 9/19, I was tempted to jump off the Wagon. I’ve been on the Wagon for 93 days (as of today). No beer or alcohol. My ticket on the Wagon is for 120 days. But on Saturday, which was my first year divorce-versary I really wanted a beer. In fact, I walked to a local brewery to jump off the wagon. It’s the same brewery that I was in last year when the divorce was final. When I got to the brewery, the place was packed with people. I guess the brewery was celebrating their first place award as the best brewery at the Indiana State Fair. At least that is what I read on the sign. I was not up to pushing my way through a crowd of people just to have a beer just to drown my depression. So, I walked away.

Last night, I finished Week 2 of the C25K program. I’m still amazed at how fast my fitness faded over the 6 weeks I was laid out with the rib injury. I could run the 2x 90 second run – 90 second walk – 90 second run – 2 minute walk. But I was happy to finish. It proves to me that at my age I need to get a fitness level and then maintain it and avoid the long lay offs if possible. There wasn’t much pain in my ribs as I was running. I’m still not 100% healed. Maybe 90% or 95%. Thankfully, I can at least run. Yay!

I hope everyone is well and wishing everyone the best.

Week Two Begins

Ah so … Week Two of the C25K begins.

Didn’t I do this just a few months ago? Yes … I did.

I’m amazed at how quickly my fitness faded over the 5 – 6 weeks while I was ‘laid up’ with that rib injury. Although I’m not 100% I am able to (thankfully) get back on the road. It’s like I’m starting over again … which is what I’m really doing.

The 3x 90 second run – 90 second walk – 90 second run – 2 minute walk was crisp and refreshing early this morning. The air temperature was 52°F and the stars were very bright. I finished the session in 1.86 miles at a pace of 14:51. Not too bad for starting over.

Stuck

181.2

Exactly where I was last weight. Nothing changed. No weight gained or lost. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero.

This is my third week at or near 181.2 pounds.

Geez. Easy to give up in a time like this. I kept my calorie intake to the minimum, drank plenty of water every day. Was able to get in some exercise (although nothing like I would have like to have done). My only excess was a taste (maybe an ounce) of that new Blue Moon IPA at the Penrod Art Festival at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Saturday 9/12. Other than that small excess, I don’t believe I over ate anything or over drink at all.

Maybe this is a plateau. In all my weight loss efforts in my past I’ve really never experienced a plateau. It’s alway been an up and down roller coaster of a ride. But it is usually down. Kind of like the recent activity with the stock market.

Whatever.

On the bright side, at least I’m not reporting a major gain. I didn’t lose any weight but at least I didn’t gain any weight. Since I’m finally able to increase my activity, maybe I will be able to get out and exercise more. Maybe I can run more than I have been able to. Maybe that will dislodge the plateau and start a slide down.

Hope so.

Starting Again

So … I got up this morning at 5:00 am and ran through the Week One Day One of the C25K program.  The total distance was 1.77 miles at a 16:34 pace. Certainly slower than I was in late June when I originally started the program. But at least it is a start … again.

Why am I restarting the C25K program when I just finished the program last month? The answer is due to the rib injury of August. It’s taken about 4-5 weeks to get to the point where I feel like a normal person again.

And, I’m just now able to run again. Although not as fast or as long as I could before. There is still some pain when I breathe deep and heavy. The pain is fading with each day but not enough to allow me to run faster or longer. And, I have lost some fitness. I haven’t run or really exercised much at all in the last five weeks.

So, restarting the C25k program is the most logical choice. Although my ego doesn’t believe so. It would rather just pick up where I left off in early August. However, the logical mind would rather start slow again to avoid any new injury which would sideline me again. I know I can probably progress through the program faster than the suggested eight weeks. But, I’ll see what I can do and where I can go from here.