Starting Again from the Beginning

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That was displayed on the scale yesterday. It’s not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s darn close.

So, I’m starting over. Again. For the last time. Again.

Here are the rules:

I will record all food and drink into MyFitnessPal. I will stay within the daily calorie goal, not the daily calorie goal adjusted by activity. That’s going to be tough.

I started Couch to 5k yesterday and a vigorous yoga practice begins today with a 75 minute vinyasa class at Infinite Yoga and Wellness (if you want to stalk me, I’ll be there most week nights and Sunday mornings). I will also be taking daily lunchtime walks with a co-worker.

I will meditate twice a day to be focused and mentally strong.

I’m determined to get to a healthy weight and be a fit person.

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0 to 50k in 16 Weeks – Week 2 Summary

Or the week that wasn’t. 

I ran 2 miles on Tuesday, per the plan, but the rest of the week was a wash. 

I was afflicted with a funk, as they say. 

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a mood funk that I’d be able to run my way out of as much as a respiratory funk. I couldn’t breathe well, or talk, from Wednesday until … Well, I’m still having a bit of trouble with deep breaths and coughing. 

I’m hoping by Tuesday to jog a couple miles. 

I’m considering changing the plan a bit. I’ve been thinking maybe training up to a 30 mile long run isn’t a great idea. 

0 to 50k in 16 Weeks: Week 1 Summary

Week 1 is complete.

It looked like:

  • Monday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Done!
  • Tuesday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Wednesday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Thursday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Friday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Saturday: 4 miles run Done!
  • Sunday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.

It was a solid week of running, even with missing out on some cross-training.

 This was an easy week to make time to run since we were on vacation at Onslow Beach Tuesday through Friday. 

The coming week won’t be as smooth, but I’m still looking forward to it. 

0 to 50 k in 16 Weeks

Today is Training Day 1 for the Southern Tour 50k.

I’ve delivered a training plan that’s certainly not a “win-the-race” plan, but I’m not a “win-the-race” kind of runner. I think it’s definitely a “finish-the-race” plan.

Here’s it is:

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Wk Total
Wk 1 2 2 2 4 2 12
Wk 2 2 2 2 6 2 14
Wk 3 2 2 2 8 6 20
Wk 4 2 2 4 10 6 24
Wk 5 2 2 4 12 8 28
Wk 6 2 4 6 14 8 34
Wk 7 4 4 6 16 10 40
Wk 8 4 6 6 18 10 44
Wk 9 4 6 8 20 12 50
Wk 10 4 8 6 22 12 52
Wk 11 6 10 8 24 14 62
Wk 12 6 10 8 26 14 64
Wk 13 6 10 8 28 16 68
Wk 14 6 10 8 30 16 70
Wk 15 4 8 4 10 8 34
Wk 16 3 2 0 31.1 36.1
652.1

There aren’t specific run workouts. It’s straight mileage. If I get comfortable, it’s possible that I’ll make the Tuesday and Thursday runs into something like “speed work”, but it won’t be much more complicated than light-post sprints.

Mondays and Fridays are cross-training/active recovery days. Those days will focus on yoga and calisthenics. Also, there will be a 10 minute calisthenic workout after the Wednesday and Sunday runs.

That’s the plan. It’s firmly set in jello, so I’m willing to change things if I think it’s needed. 

What do you think of the plan? Have any advice for a first time 50k runner?

A New Adventure …

…that really kind of scares the crap out of me. 

It’s October 1st…And I’m a sucker for using a beginning (of a week, month, or year) as the starting point for new things. 

Yesterday I signed up for the Southern Tour 50k. Yes, I’m skipping the marathon distance and going straight to ultra. I have been extremely lazy since April and I need a big, hairy-assed goal to motivate me into action.

It’s on January 30th, 2016. That gives me four months to prepare.
I have a plan that I think is workable for me (it’ll be detailed in another post). 

It’s going to be the biggest physical challenge of my life. 2016 is my year for big challenges. 

I can do this. 

The Week Ahead February 2-8, 2015

Here’s the week ahead:

  • Monday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 7 minute workout
  • Tuesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Wednesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 6 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Thursday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Friday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 5 minute workout
  • Saturday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Sunday:
    • Running – Long run of 7 miles.
    • Yoga

The last week and a half has been pretty terrible insofar as having motivation to run. I’ve got to kickstart myself and get back into a running way.

Training Tuesday: Developing a Daily Routine

If I’m going to get things done, I need a routine. This is especially true for me related to exercise, diet, and basic fitness. I could go 100 days of the exact same routine with the exact same food and activities. But if on day 17 the routine is fiddled with, I’m off the rails and there’s little hope that’ll get back on for at least a few days.

So I have to build a routine to keep my exercise plan on track.

One of the tools I’m going to use is the7 MWC as a daily morning workout. Every day, whether there’s a run workout or not.

At a minimum, I’ll have seven minutes of exercise daily. It’ll be strength and cardio, so that will help in my woefully underdeveloped biceps/triceps/pectoral muscle groups.

Maybe.

Probably not, but still…Every little bit, right?