Day 155: hmm

I didn’t workout today. I spent all day running errands and I got almost 10000 steps in without even taking a walk or going for a run. It was that kind of day. I can’t wait till we’ve moved and we get back into a routine.

In other news, it’s officially the beginning of the end of the end (got that?) for my much loved jeep. It’s leaking fluids (oil and transmission fluid at the least, maybe others) and today the mechanic (who I like a lot) said that with over 200,000 miles it’s not worth fixing these leaks or any other problems that come up. So at this point I’m just driving it into the ground. Sad.

Nothing structured, lots of walking

In search of my TDEE
2732 kcal


Day 154: rolling with the punches

So there I was, ready to cross the street at the apartment complex about ready to start my run, when my phone rang. If I’d already started running I wouldn’t have answered, but I hadn’t started running yet, so I glanced at the number. And I’m so glad I did. It was the letting agent I’ve been trying to speak to for the last 2 1/2 weeks about renting a house in Clearlake. She wanted to know if I could be there in 3 hours as there had been a cancellation and she could squeeze me in for a showing.

So… I turned right around, went home, changed my clothes, and drove to Clearlake. I then spent all day being shuttled around to houses all over lake county. I got home about 8pm. It has been a very long and exhausting day. It’s barely 9pm and it is my bedtime.

So, no exercise today. Having a place to live is pretty high on the list of priorities. Sad though, I was looking forward to today’s run.

Also, Clear Lake (for which Clearlake is named, obvs) is gorgeous. Wow. Photos after we move. 🙂

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Day 153: DOMS

The real kicker of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is that it gets worse before it gets better. It’s different for different people but for me it usually peaks at day 2. It is day 2. I woke up this morning and could barely move.

So… I did not go to the gym today. I could barely stand let alone do a squat. So I walked (uh, hobbled… If you’ve been backpacking you probably know the hiker hobble) to the library instead. Definitely better than nothing and I’m proud of myself for getting out and moving within my ability level. Which, today, is significantly restricted, but still.

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Day 150: five km!

This blog and my move toward better health and fat loss are 150 days old. I am pretty amazed at myself. That’s a long time and a good indication I can sustain this for the long haul. High five, self!

Today I ran 5k for the first time! It took a little over 36 minutes. It wasn’t my fastest pace but it wasn’t my slowest either and I was pretty consistent throughout which is great! It was cool and drizzly, which is my new favorite running weather–not wet enough to get you soaked and freezing, but wet enough to feel refreshing, like rubbing a cool washcloth over your face when you’re hot and sweaty. Continue reading

Day 149: lazy day

Steady rain all day today. Love it. On the downside it makes me a little homesick.

Typical Saturday: I run, I make breakfast, we watch some Burn Notice (it’s goofy and kind of dumb and doesn’t take itself seriously — like Saturday morning cartoons for grownups!), we chillax. I didn’t run today because I ran yesterday and just like I’m not interested in strength training two days in a row, I don’t want to run two days in a row. I like to give my muscles a break. (Though I would happily hike every day. Take that, muscles.) So I’ll run tomorrow instead; fingers crossed it’s still raining. 🙂

Today I baked a loaf of soda bread. It came out well! Perk of eating the food: bread (gasp carbs!), with butter (gasp saturated fat!), no guilt.

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Day 148: negative splits!

I ran this morning. It was supposed to be a strength training day but it is raining!!! And we all know how I feel about rain (love), and how sad the California drought is making me. I have not gotten to run in the rain once since starting I started my fitness training back in September. So really, it had to be done. And it was every bit as amazing as I hoped. I felt so good while I was running, I haven’t felt this good on a run in a while. I changed my route just a little bit — instead of running part of the loop twice, I made a “lollipop” – partway through the loop I turned off my usual route and made a “lollipop stick” with the normal loop as the round sugary candy part. I really liked it and I think I will make it my usual route. Anyway, I felt so energized this morning on my run, that this happened:


That’s negative splits almost the whole run (which I didn’t set out to do). It wasn’t *quite* my fastest average pace, but it’s my fastest average pace since I started running 30 minutes; and it’s the most consistent my pace has been without slowing way down. What with the rain and the results from my run today, I feel amazing.

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