Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Not Exactly As Planned

This morning started with some of those slow cook single serve oats I bought.  This morning’s flavor was blueberry hazelnut.  It was pretty good…better than the peach almond one I ate yesterday, in my opinion.  And there was also a banana since I went last night to the store for bananas.  Food-wise, the rest of the day was not as planned.  I had planned to stick to my usual foods today, however I ended up at my favorite BBQ place (Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, TX…highly recommend if you’re ever in the area).  I ordered a half pound of brisket, like I usually do, but it was too much.  Oh I ate it, but it was too much.  I should have packed up the last slice of brisket and taken it home with me.  Hind-sight.

After my breakfast settled, my first workout of the day was a 3 mile BTG run and then my second session of 4x25’s at the gym.
Then, I showered (of course) and went to the bank to deposit a check my mom sent me to cover the shipping costs for the chair she bought from me…which actually covers the cost of the bedframe I ordered yesterday (so excited to get my bed off the floor finally!!!).  Then I went to pick up a table that a lady posted on my local virtual garage sale on Facebook that I’m going to put in a corner in the dining room.  Then I went to Hobby Lobby to buy a little ceramic owl I saw there to put on said table. 

After all that, I came home and relaxed a little.  I did NO cleaning…again.

Around 7:30pm, I got myself ready and headed out for my mileage make-up run.  I was short almost 3 miles, but the route I chose to run was 4 miles even.  Yay!  An extra mile!  You guys know how much I love getting in extra miles.  The run went quite well.  I enjoyed running after dark.  I had 5 street crossings.  Most of which I didn’t have to deal with vehicles, but one, a 4-way stop, I almost got run over by a guy not paying attention to what was in front of him: ME! 


  1. how long did it take for you to be able to run long distances? My legs hurt so badly that it hurts to walk :(

    1. that depends on what your definition of a long distance is. after about 3.5 months after i started running, i was running 3 miles straight. within 2 months of that, i was running up to 8 miles. i can't remember how long after that, but my calves started cramping after my longer runs (8.5 miles or more), so i bought compression sleeves and now i don't have that problem. when i run longer distances lately, i've had a horrible problem with barely being able to walk afterward. so, i have started walking for about 10-15 minutes after my runs and make sure you do your stretches (see my recommended stretches page). also, i recommend foam rolling. you can get a Gold's brand foam roller at wal-mart for about $20.

    2. When you started long did it take you to get even a mile non stop? Were you able to do it right away?

    3. probably 6 weeks. i didn't really chart my progress until after i started running outside. for the first 3 months, i did interval running on a treadmill. i started off running for 3 minutes, walking for 2 minutes and so on until it had been 30 minutes...and, actually, when i first started i think i was lucky to make it to 20 minutes total...also, i did a 5 minute warm up walk and a 5 minute cool down walk. i kept increasing the amount of time i was running, keeping the 2 minute walks in between. when i was able to run a full mile without stopping, i would run a mile, walk for 2 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 2, run 5 and then cool down for 5. at the end of the 3 months, i ran 3 mile straight on the treadmill without stopping. that was the first i ran that far without stopping since army training, and the last time i ran on a treadmill. some people progress a lot faster than i did, i just listened to my body and progressed when i felt it was ready to progress. also, some people progress a lot slower than me. every body is different, you just have to listen to your body and be patient.


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