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C25K 2:3, The City

Tomorrow I have to start week 3. Week 3 is where you have to run for 3 mins straight. 3 minutes is not a lot of time but when you psych yourself out running 1 minute, 3 minutes is the longest time any one has ever had to run. I am sad that my week 2 ran into my week 3, but if I run 3 times by Sunday I’ll be back on track.

I really need to start eating better, I can run until the proverbial cows come home but if I don’t work on my eating habits I’m just going to be a fattie who can run 30 minutes without getting too winded. I don’t want to go on a diet. Diets are the worst. I just want to work on portion control and limiting the delicious bad stuff. Like pop. I need to quit pop again. I didn’t drink pop for about 3 years in my early 20’s. I quit it cold turkey during Lent. I’m not a practising Catholic but I still like the idea of having a set amount of time to try and accomplish something for yourself and I figured Lent was as good a time as any to give up pop for 40 days. Lent is a big liar though, because you actually have to fast for 44 days if you include Sundays, which you aren’t supposed to and are instead supposed to just do whatever you want on the Sundays that fall in Lent, but how is that helpful? You can’t quit something if every 7 days you’re allowed to go back to that thing. Pretty sure drug addicts going through NA would be thrilled if that were the case. This time I don’t know when I’m going to give up pop. Pop is definitely my biggest fat-thing. I can’t even switch to diet pop to wean myself off real pop, I get wicked headaches on diet pop.

So, I guess after this delicious carbonate lemonade I’m having currently I’ll quit pop. Again. Maybe I can switch to carbonated flavoured water? I do really like sparkling water, it’s just way more expensive than pop.

Today I tried to sign up for an Aqua Cycle class run through the City of Mississauga. I wasn’t allowed to register, however, because my postal code isn’t recognized as a valid one within the Peel Region. After 10 minutes of arguing with a clerk on the phone I sent a really mean email to the City. I feel like I’m being stopped at trying to participate in my community and be healthy. Amazing. No wonder no one ever tries to do anything in life, it’s too complicated. I guess on Saturday I’ll have to go in and register in person, which defeats the purpose of having the online registration open up a week early, but hey what do I know? Maybe this is how you run a City, no one knows what the other person is doing and a lot of money gets wasted. Sounds kinda accurate.

C25K 2:2

I went outside for this run. There is a little park up the road from my house, it’s almost exactly a 5 minute walk, which is perfect because that’s the length of the warm up/cool down. It’s called Kariya Park. I really like it there, I ran there a lot last time I did C25K. There are normally not very many people around, no matter what time of the day you go. There is however ALWAYS a class doing Tai-Chi. So you end up running by the about 20 times or so as you make your way around the loop.

I wasn’t very fast outside, or very consistent. On a treadmill it’s so easy to go the pace you feel good at, outside it’s another story. I was anywhere between 16 min/mile and a 12 min/mile. This was the first run where I actually felt it the next day. I wonder a lot when I’m going to start doing other things on non run days. I’m not losing any weight, I’m just building up my endurance, I guess.

I should really give it more effort than I’m giving it. Ugh, I just don’t feel like it. I want to lose weight, but I’m not really committed to losing weight. I don’t know how to change my mind set. I don’t like watching what I’m eating, in fact that’s one of my most hated things. I like food, I think it’s super awesome. Should I go back to eating well 6/7 days out of the week and go mental 1 day a week? Should I go back to Keto even though I wasn’t very happy? I don’t know. I’m not very good at motivating myself.

C25K 1:3 and 2:1 and Nesting

Last night I started week 2 on C25K. I really didn’t feel like doing it but Nicole went out with the kiddo and if she can push a kid really far and run then I can go on my treadmill and do a 29 minute work out.

It felt good. I always hate the initial run but the next 5 are great. I want to call myself a runner, I wonder when I’m allowed to do that? Sometimes I think on the days I make the effort to run I get to call myself a runner. And on the days I only think about going to run I can call myself an almost runner. I also really want this hoodie.

I need to start walking or biking on the days I’m not doing C25K. That was how I lost all the weight 2 years ago. I worked out daily. Mind you I didn’t have a job and that makes things a lot easier (and harder). Eventually when I get up to 30 minutes I’m not sure what I’ll do. I can’t imagine running for longer than that because I want to do other things during the day. But at least this time I won’t give up. I also plan not to go longer than 3 days between runs. I’m pretty sure that’s how you build up endurance.

The other thing Dave and I have been working on over the last week is de-cluttering, or as Dave calls it “Steph’s Nesting”. We cleaned out our kitchen and got rid of all our old tupperware and dish towels and anything else that we didn’t need and had multiples of. We bought new tupperware and dish towels and now everything has a place. We are a 2 person household, we don’t need 14 dinner plates. That felt great. We are donating most of it and the rest we threw down the garbage chute.

We also tackled the storage locker. We can now fit our bikes in it. We didn’t have a lot to give away but we re-structured how it was all in the small locker and were able to free up more than 1/2 the space. We even got rid of 2 dining chairs that didn’t fit at our table and were just taking up room. They were destroyed from the cats anyway. Eventually we’re going to get rid of the other 4 and move to wood chairs, something the cats won’t scratch up and destroy. We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that they hate fake leather and will stop at nothing to claw it to death.

After we had completed so much work we moved on to the spare room closet. A few months ago we had already gotten rid of the big desk and book shelf that didn’t fit the room and bought a much smaller, more functional desk. The room is much better for guests now. It’s amazing how much space you can free up by having the right sized furniture. We took everything out of the closet that we put on shelves to get it out of the way, knowing we’d be back to go through it when we had time. Dave had to do most of this himself because all my hobby stuff fits in a little pantry we have in the room and I don’t know how to sort his things at all. A few weeks prior I had cleaned out the kitchen bookshelves and thrown out lots of stuff we didn’t want any more so he had lots of space to work with. At this point he has 1 blue bin to go through and we’re done. We’ve organized every part of our small condo. It feels great. The more organized my home is the more I want to keep it organized, I’m staying on top of laundry and dishes. I’m not having to clean after work from the night before so I can actually work out. We probably got rid of about 100+ pounds of junk over the last 2 months. Next up: clothes.

I might not be any lighter but I certainly do feel lighter following all this nesting.

C25K 1:2

Sometimes after I accomplish a work out I want to sing the Dora the Explorer song We Did It. Sometimes after I accomplish a work out I *do* sing the Dora the Explorer song We Did It. Last night was one of the latter times.

I really didn’t feel like working out, and I know I can slack because you only have to do 3/7 days in a week which leaves a lot of rest days if you’re not careful but Nicole started C25K last night and is doing it while pushing a stroller carrying her 18 month old daughter, so I really had no excuse not to go do day 2 in my condo gym which no one uses.

This time I even installed a real playlist and used Dave’s Bluetooth headphones, which are awesome.

When I got down to the gym, at 9 pm, I tried to initially go outside but it was pouring. Now I have run in the rain previously but I didn’t have a 700 dollar phone and 70 dollar headphones at that point, so I was less cautious about getting wet. I didn’t feel like frying all my stuff and electrocuting myself so I stuck to the treadmill.

The only other guy in the gym was a serious runner (although how serious can he be, he wasn’t running outside on a highway in a rain storm holding a life jacket he found on the side of the road in front of his chest so his nipples stopped being pelted with rain — my dad, true story) and ran way faster than me, but I bet I had more fun. I find it really hard not to dance along while I run and I really liked my playlist, it was full of hip-hop. I’ve tried to run to Radiohead and Bob Dylan before but I get really sad and don’t run nearly as fast, so I definitely have to stick to my other love, rap, to keep me motivated. So I danced the entire time I ran and I mouthed the words to the songs. He was probably so mad at me.

I ran at a pace of 7km/hour and walked at 5.5kms/hour, and then on the last run I did 7.5kms/hour. I know this isn’t fast or anything but it feels like a good pace for where I’m at so I think I’ll stick to it.

I have 1 more day of week 1 and feel like I could probably run about 10 minutes straight already but am going to stick with the interval program because that’s how you burn the most fat and build up your endurance.

I should never have given up running, I really do like it.

Couch to 5K 1:1 or How I Woke Up In The Morning Feelin’ Like P-Diddy

Last night, while laying around with Dave and the cats, I was excitedly telling him how we had booked the first of our 4 needed hotels for our trip to Italy in October. We’re spending the first 3 nights in Rome at a little B&B very close to the this¬†and walking distance to most things Rome. Needless to say, I was pretty happy about it. Until I realized how much walking we’re actually going to be doing.

4 years ago Alana and I went to Scotland. I was in full workout mode back then and had no problem running (sometimes literally) around the country, looking at really cool things. I never felt out of shape the whole trip. It dawned on me that I would need to get back to that physical state in order to have the same level of fun in Italy that I had in Scotland.

So I got up and put on work out clothes and decided to start Couch to 5K again. 2 years ago I had completed the program and was regularly running 30 minutes every other day. I felt great, my legs were in great shape, I was never out of breath. I looked pretty OK, I thought. In 9 weeks I had lost close to 20 pounds. I watched what I ate, but wasn’t on a real diet of any kind, just moderation and eating slow and drinking lots of water and working out daily. I am STILL kicking myself for quitting after 3 months and gaining back all the weight. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

So back to my triumphant return. I went outside to my rooftop running path (I have no excuses for not running, I even have a built in sponge path on a rooftop terrace), put on the app, stuck in my headphones and went for it.

Now, before I had started the app had asked if I wanted to upload a playlist that it would cycle through during the program, but I never keep music on my phone so I said no, seeing as how there wouldn’t be any songs anyway. It turns out I did have 1 song on my phone, which I had forgotten about completely and which then played for all 28 minutes and 30 seconds of the program: Tik Tok by Ke$ha. Weeks ago I had loaded it on there to bring to a wedding rehearsal and hadn’t bothered to take it off. Try imagining listening to Tik Tok 6 or 7 times in a row while a British voice tells you whether to run or walk at different intervals, all while your head phones keep cutting out and Ke$ha is blaring through your phone in your pocket.

I couldn’t stop laughing. If I didn’t know the words before (I did), I definitely know them now. So I finished Week 1 Day 1 of Couch to 5K. I’ve learned my lesson and will be putting on a real playlist. I can’t see myself not completing the program, since I did it once before, but I’ll be blogging my way through it this time just in case I need a kick from my readers not to quit (re: my mom).

Tik Tok – Ke$ha