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TGIF!  You may be wondering what happened to RLR.  Well, after giving it a lot of thought, and talking it over with Scale Warfare, I’ve decided (we’ve decided) to expand our workout updates to include all the different activities we’re taking part in, beyond interval training. We have something new in the works, but I’ll wait to unveil that once we’re all set with it.

To be honest, I haven’t been loving the run/walks much lately.  I took about two weeks off, and this week when I tried to get back to it, I just didn’t feel like it.  Some of you would say that I need to push past that and get back to that great feeling I had when I accomplished a session, but really, I would rather not.

Now that the weather is nice, I simply don’t want to limit myself.  I do not want to force myself to do workouts that I’m not enjoying, especially when there are other workouts that I love that I could be doing.  Which is not to say that I’ll never do intervals of running/walking again, but for now, I don’t want to commit to doing it 3 times a week.

Plus, since I’m a member of 24 Hour Fitness, I have access to tons of group exercise classes that look fun and interesting.  My goal is to try a new class at least once a month.  I love trying new things, and I think the group classes are a good way to keep my workouts fresh.  I have lots of plans in the works, but I’ll wait until I actually do them before I write about them.

So, here’s what I’ve done so far this week (with a few planned days thrown in for good measure):

  • Sunday: hot yoga with my sis. I was sore for 3 days after the class, so anyone who thinks that yoga is just a bunch of stetching really needs to try it.  While I didn’t like this particular class as much as I have liked others I’ve participated in, the whole experience did renew my interest in Bikram yoga, and I’m going to start going to my own studio more often.
  • Monday: my attempt at RLR turned into a 15 min. walk 0n the treadmill,15 mintues on the recumbant bike + a series of ab work. I hadn’t done abs in forever, so it felt good to push myself this way.  I didn’t use the ab machines they have at the gym, because I feel like those are “cheating.”  I just got down on the mat and starting crunching in all directions. 😉
  • Tuesday: off day. I was all set to go to my aqua aerobics class, but then around 5pm (the class starts at 6:30) the wind kicked up and I  turned into a wimp.  I just didn’t want to come out of the class at 7:30 and be wet and freezing cold.
  • Wednesday: off day. I had planned to do a DVD workout, but I ended up staying at work too long and then had dinner plans.  I suppose I could’ve done something at 9pm when I got home, but I was just too tired/full to do a big workout.
  • Thursday: 30 min. of Wii Fit Plus + Cardio Level 1 and Upper Body of Biggest Loser 30-Day Jumpstart DVD. FitPlus is still my favorite way to get the blood pumping, because it’s just so fun.  It may not be the most strenuous workout, but as long as it stays fun, that’s the most important thing.  The BL DVD is still really challenging for me, and I love feeling out of breath when I’m doing with it.
  • Friday: When I get home from work today, the plan is to go to my neighborhood park and take a long (45 min. ?) walk. Just to feel the sun on my face, breath the fresh air, and enjoy the day.
  • Saturday: I have a busy day planned, which will include a much-needed facial and then spending time with my nieces, but I do want to wake up early and do 30 min. of Wii FitPlus and Cardio Level 2 + Lower Body of Biggest Loser 30-Day Jumpstart DVD.
  • Sunday: I’m excited to bring Lola, my beach cruiser, out of the basement and take her on a long bike ride with Nicey and her husband.

What workouts have you been loving lately?

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I’ve said many times before that I always want to be honest on this blog.  To that end, here goes.

This week, I only worked out once.  I did the Wii Fitplus on Wednesday for 45 minutes.  But other than that, I’ve done nothing.  Nada, zip, zilch.

I’m not sure exactly what the problem is – I start out in the morning telling myself that I am going to workout when I get home.  I think about what I’m going to do while I’m driving home from work, and then I get home and I just get stuck.  I have been having a hard time getting motivated, even though I know that without activity I won’t be able to hit my weight loss goals.

Someone recently told me that I’m too tough on myself.  While I am an admitted perfectionist, there hasn’t been anywhere near perfection happening in my life for a few weeks.  Not even close.  In fact, I feel like I’ve been way too easy on myself, yet I’m overwhelmed. I know that I’ll get past this, but right now I’m in sort of a funk.

I don’t want to be a disappointment to anyone, especially to myself.  Yet that’s the way I feel as I write this. At the same time, I am only human, and right now I’m feeling every bit of that humanness.  I think part of the problem is that I put a lot of pressure on myself.  And when that pressure gets to be too much, I tend to just let everything go.

The worst part for me right now is that it just seems so hard.  It should be easy – eat well, track your food, drink your water, and move your body.  Yet it’s so difficult for me.  I’m watching so many of you do so well and lose weight, and I feel like I’m being left behind.  Or, more accurately, like I’m leaving myself behind. And then I start looking around for that next best thing, yet I know that I could start any diet, and unless my mind is in the right place and my actions follow, I won’t be successful.

So where do I go from here?  Well I just get back to it.  All is not lost.  I just need to get my head and my heart back into the game.

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This week has been a doozy in more ways than one.  Scale Warfare and I have made a big decision regarding our training,  but you’ll have to read the entire post to find out more about that.

First, let’s get to the nitty gritty about how the training went this week. 

The intervals for this week were: Warm up for 5 minutes, walking. 3 minutes jogging. 90 seconds walking. 5 minutes jogging. 2 1/2 minutes walking. 3 minutes jogging. 90 seconds walking. 5 minutes jogging. Cool down for 5 minutes.

Week 7, Day 1: I was not looking forward to what this week’s training had in store – 5 minutes of straight jogging!  I was so intimidated by it that I actually put it off until Tuesday, February 16 which is much later than I would have normally started the weekly training.  I knew I had the week off, which meant extra time, so I wasn’t too worried about fitting it all in.  The first part of the training was not too bad – jogging for 3 minutes is still challenging, but doable.  When it came to the 5 minutes of jogging, I modified it each time to 4 minutes, which was more than enough. So my actual interval had 2 extra minutes of walking. I walked at a 3.1 and jogged at 3.8.  I really felt good about myself that I did it, but also realized that I was hitting a wall in terms of the jogging times.

Week 7, Day 2: I didn’t take a rest day because I wanted to make sure to get all 3 days of training in by Thursday, so I knew that I was going to do them back to back.  I hadn’t really done that before, but I felt good on Wednesday, February 17th, so I went for it.  It helped that I did today’s training in the afternoon, so I had some recovery time from the morning training the day before.  I repeated the modified 4-minute runs, and they were a tremendous struggle, I’m not gonna lie.  And not in a good, “you can do it, girl – push yourself” kind of way.  In a “what have I gotten myself into” kind of way.  I even had to scale back the jogging to a 3.7, and the walking to a 3.0.  I felt like I took a step backward.

Week 7, Day 3: The third day of this week’s training came after Scale Warfare and I had made some decisions (which I’ll get to in a bit), so when I did the intervals on Thursday, February 18th I changed things up completely.  The weather was gorgeous (sunny, with expected highs in the high 60s – don’t hate me.  This is why we pay so much to live in the Bay Area).  I decided to take the training outside, to the local high school track.  Jogging outside was more difficult than the treadmill, but feeling the sun on my face and the slight wind around me was invigorating.  And the spongey track was a lot better for me than jogging on the pavement/grass.  I did  the prior week’s intervals: 5 minute warm up, 90 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, repeat sequence one more time (90s j, 90s w, 3m j, 3m w), cool down. Because I wasn’t on the treadmill I have no idea what my pace was, I just jogged and walked at a pace that felt comfortable for me, and it felt great!  I felt so good, so free, and really enjoyed this day’s training.


Which leads me to the decision that Scale Warfare and I came to.

Wednesday night when SW sent me her food journal email, she mentioned that she wasn’t enjoying RLR anymore.  She said that she felt like it was a burden (I’m paraphrasing here), and that she wasn’t really sure she could make it to week 9, which had us running for 8 straight minutes on Day 2.  It was like she was reading my mind!  I had felt the exact same way, and I hadn’t even looked ahead to see what was in store for us.  All I knew was that I  couldn’t do the 5 minutes yet, and the 4 minutes were incredibly hard to get through.  She said that she didn’t want to disappoint me, and I told her that the only reason I hadn’t quit by now was because I didn’t want to disappoint her. I guess we’re both people pleasers.  🙂

SW said that her original goal was to be able to run a 5K in 2010, and that she didn’t feel like it had to be done by June 5, when we’ve both signed up for our 5Ks.  She said she wasn’t sure what we should do.  I told her that we had two options, as I saw it:

  1. Stop where we are and feel proud at our accomplishments.  Then pick it up when we’ve gotten down to 200 lbs or so.
  2. Continue on, repeating these next weeks 3 times to see if we can feel stronger.

After sleeping on it for a night, Scale Warfare got back to me and said that she wanted to do something even a bit different.  She wanted to continue with the jogging intervals, but go back to Week 6 and stay there for as long as she felt she needed to, and then incrementally adding 30 seconds or 1 minute to the jogging time.  I couldn’t agree more! So we decided to start from Week 6 and stay there as long as we need to, checking in  every 2-3 weeks with each other (and perhaps gently pushing each other) to move forward and increase our jogging times slowly.

Then I mentioned that the weekly RLR updates might get a bit boring for our readers if we’re not making as many significant changes to the training,  and so RLR +Fitness Friday was born! Each Friday, we’ll give a quick update about how our interval training is going, and then we’ll add in a bit about the other fitness stuff we’re doing.  The classes, DVDs, Wii, etc.

We’re both really excited about this new idea, and feel that it will be much more realistic for us, given our weight, fitness level, etc.  C25K is a great program, but we both feel that it’s a bit too fast for either of us to keep up with.  I know that I want to become a jogger organically, naturally.  I don’t want to feel as though it’s another commitment that I have to do.  I want it to be fun.  I want to feel proud of myself and not disappointed because I’m not able to follow a training plan that someone else designed.

By giving myself permission to be myself, rather than a dot on a training graph, I discovered it became much easier to find the point of equilibrium.  By giving myself permission to be the runner I am every time I run, I found that the answers to teh questions “How fast?” and “How far?” were obvious.  I simply ran so that every footstep was an end in itself, not a means to an end.” (John Bingham, The Courage to Start, page 103).

That quote really says it perfectly.  Be sure to check out Scale Warfare’s blog to see how her week went.

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The truth is, we can only be who we are.  There are no expectations that we can meet other than those we set for ourselves.  Running can teach us this lesson if we let it.  Running can teach us to accept who we are and to challenge who we are at the same time. Running can teach you how to be all of who you are.  In time, with care and patience, you will get closer and closer to the essential you.  Each step will take you further from the expectations of everyone else and closer to yourself.”      – John Bingham, The Courage to Start, page 62

I absolutely love this book, and I can’t thank Scale Warfare enough for giving it to me.  I am learning, slowly but surely who I am as a “runner,” and it is an amazing experience.  This week’s RLR training was daunting, because it required intervals of 3 minutes of jogging, but I told myself to “just do it,” and I did.

Week 6, Day 1: I did the first day on Friday, February 5th, because I wanted to hit the ground running (forgive the pun). It had been over a week since I’d done any RLR, and I wanted to get back on track.  The anticipation of jogging for 3 minutes was crazy,  so I decided to modify it a bit.  I jogged the first 90-second interval, then walked 90-seconds, then instead of jogging for 3 minutes, I jogged for 2 minutes and walked for 4 minutes.  It was so hard, but once I started, I just pushed through until it was over.  I stuck to the prescribed 90-second and 3-minute jog.walk intervals for the 2nd set,  and while it wasn’t any easier, the idea that I was almost finished made it a bit simpler to get through. I was sweating, huffing, and puffing, but I did it!  I jogged at 3.6 and walked at 3.0 for all of the intervals.  I burned 384 calories and went 1.47 miles (including 10 minutes of warm-up/cool-down).

Week 6, Day 2: Since I had a busy weekend, I went on Monday, February 8. I could really tell the difference between Day 2 and Day 1, because I knew what to expect, and I also knew that I had already done the intervals once, so I could do this one, too.  Sometimes it’s all about confidence in your abilities.  Today I stuck to the program and did the entire interval the way I was supposed to.  I was still watching the clock as I tried to push through to the end of the 3 minute jogging section, but I did it.  I upped my jogging to 3.7 and kept the walking at 3.0.  I am still feeling my calves cramp when I walk, even though I’m taking the time to stretch, so I am hoping that eventually that will subside, although it hasn’t happened yet.  Today I burned 415 calories and went 1.67 miles (including 10 minutes of warm-up/cool-down).

Week 6, Day 3: I did the final day of RLR training this week on Tuesday, February 9. I know that I’m supposed to leave at least a day of rest in between, but I had an all-day training on Wednesday, and I knew I would be too drained to do the training then.  I think that’s one of the things I’m learning as I go through this process – in order for it to work for me, I need to do it in a way that will work best.  Which sometimes means doing the training two days in a row, rather than skipping the 3rd day altogether.  I was a little sore when I did the training, but I managed to get through it, just barely.  At the 3 minute jog during the 2nd interval I almost gave up and started walking early, but I told myself that I needed to finish.  I thought of Scale Warfare and just got inspired to get it done.  I jogged at 3.7 (1st interval)3.6 (2nd interval) and walked at 3.0.  I burned 403 calories and went 1.59 miles (including 10 minutes of warm-up/cool-down).

I was so proud that I did the training this week.  I think taking a week off due to illness really put it all in perspective for me, because it was so difficult to regroup.  It definitely makes me want to stay on track with the training from here on out.

Here’s what I’ll be doing next week:

5 minutes?  Yikes!  But, I know I’ll get through it, somehow.  I think another modification will be in order, but I’ll see what I can do and go from there.

Next week I’m off for February Break, so I’m looking forward to being able to doing the RLR training first thing in the morning, around 8 or 9am.  How much do I love the fact that “first thing in the morning” is going to be that late next week?  Love it!!  The weather is supposed to get sunny, and I may even take the training out to the track one of the days. I’m actually really looking forward to that!

A quick fitness/fashion tip:

I wanted to give a little tip that I’ve found useful while doing this training, although it is completely superficial.  When I first started the training on Jan. 1, I was very self conscious about wearing the tight spandex running capris.  Even though they hold me in, I don’t have a ton of long t-shirts, so my thighs are out there for everyone to see.  Sometime during the 2nd week of training I got a little “light bulb” idea to wear the running pants under my regular workout pants.  That way, they act sort of like a girdle, holding in the jiggle.  But since I have my normal, baggier pants on top of them, I feel much more comfortable and I can wear any length t-shirt I want.  It’s been a huge boost to my confidence level, even though I know that no one is probably paying attention to me, I feel better knowing I look better.

So that’s it, folks.  A good week of training, and in completing it, I’m 1/3 of the way to my goal.  I can’t believe it.  It’s tough, but totally worth it for that feeling of gratification of meeting my own expectations.  Be sure to check out Scale Warfare‘s blog to see how her RLR training went this week.

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This week I wasn’t as anxious about my weigh-in because I’ve been weighing myself daily, as per Dr. Beck’s directions.  The nice thing about the daily weigh-ins is that it definitely gives me a lot more information about my body’s natural ebbs and flows when it comes to weight, water retention, etc.  This was the first Wednesday where I wasn’t feeling “in the dark” when I stepped on the scale.

I was up quite a bit on Monday, down 2lbs from that on Tuesday, and then we come to today:

Which means I gained 0.3 lb (which is actually down from yesterday), for a total gain of 2.5 lbs in 2010.

This week I knew the scale wasn’t going to be pretty:

  • Thai food (oh, coconut milk!) on Saturday
  • A small handful of Valentine’s M&Ms
  • Chinese food on Tuesday (not the smartest food choice the evening before the weigh in)

I’m shaking this off, because really, what choice do I have?  I am pissed at myself that I’m a month and a half into 2010 and I’ve gained weight, but really, it’s been my choices and lack of true momentum that has brought me here. It’s time to “shit or get off the pot” as the saying goes. So where do I go from here?

Well, luckily next week I’m off for February Break, so I am going to work my ass off in true Bella’s Boot Camp style:

  • I’m going to make sure to cook nutritious meals (been slacking on that lately), and make at least 3 new recipes, since I’ll have the time.
  • I want to hit the gym and take a few new classes that I haven’t tried before, including: 24Lift (a group weight training class), Turbo Kick (kickboxing), and 24Cycle (spinning).
  • I’ll also keep up with my RLR training.  Next week starts a new level, so the fun will really begin! 🙂
  • Of course, I’m going to drink water ’till my eyes are floating.
  • And I’ll track everything I eat, per usual.
  • I’ll also FINALLY try out the EA Sports Active More Workouts that I’ve been meaning to try for over 3 weeks.

That should be plenty to keep my busy!  I’m actually really looking forward to it because it will be a bit of summer in February, and who doesn’t love that?

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This week’s recap can be summed up in one word – FAIL!

Yes, that’s right, I didn’t do any of the trainings this week.  And no, not because the fear of jogging for 3 full minutes took over.  😛  It was because I got a nasty cold that stayed with me all week. I knew I couldn’t workout at all this past weekend, because I was feeling so lousy.  I don’t need to get into all the gory details, but let’s just say, I could barely make it standing on my feet, let alone moving them.

I did attempt to do the training on Tuesday, but I was still just too congested.  I did end up walking for 30 minutes, though, so I got some exercise in, at least.

Ok, so where do I go from here?  Well, I just go on to the repeat week that’s coming up and keep on with the training schedule.  I’m not too disappointed in myself because I definitely had the desire to train, but the cold just knocked me on my ass.  It happens.  Getting sick is just one of those things in life we can’t control.

I’m looking forward to starting the repeat week today after work.  I am going to try to do 4 days of the training (adding one day), just so I can feel like I’m making up for some lost time.

Make sure to check out Scale Warfare’s blog, because I guarantee you she had a much more successful week than I did.


In other news, I’ve made a difficult decision that is somewhat related to RLR.  Lately I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed with all of the workouts.  I feel like I never have any time to myself during the week, because every evening has something going on.  I’ve been feeling this way since January, when I started back with personal training.  My heart just hasn’t been in the training.

As much as I have loved seeing what I can push myself to do with Jimmy’s help, I really feel like I need a break from the personal training right now.  I texted him (our main form of communication) and it almost felt like I was telling him I needed a break in a relationship:

I think I have too much going on in my life right now to keep focused on personal  training.  I need to get some breathing space so I can get my drive back.  Can we put my sessions on hold ’till the summer when I’ll have more time and I can focus?  I really hate to disappoint you, but I feel like I’m being pulled in all directions right now.  Working with you has been so amazing, and I want to feel positive about training again, but I can’t put my whole heart in it right now with everything else.  I hope you know how special you are to me as a personal trainer and that you’ll let me train with you again in June when life gets less hectic.

Phew!  I really poured my heart out in the texts, but it felt like the right thing to do.  I’d been giving it a lot of thought these last few weeks, because as I said to him, I really felt like I was just going through the motions and my heart wasn’t in it.  Jimmy asked when we could talk about this, and I told him he could call any time, but he hasn’t contacted me yet.

Part of me wonders if I’m just giving up, but then most of me knows that I made the right decision.  I want to give my effort to the RLR training right now, and I feel like all of it is just too much.  I want to get back into using my Wii games – the Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active, Biggest Loser Challenge.  Not to mention the DVDs I have – the BL Boot Camp, BL Yoga, and Jillian’s 30 Day Shred.  I want to go to the gym and just get on the elliptical or take a group exercise class.  I guess I just don’t want the incredible intensity right now.

Maybe it’s just this lousy winter weather – maybe I would just rather be home and working out with DVDs/Wii instead of battling the rain and wind and cold (granted, it’s California cold, but sometimes cold is just cold no matter where you live) at 6pm or 7pm on a weeknight.

Plus, I just feel like I lose more weight the weeks when I don’t do the personal training, for some reason.  Yes, I’ve lost inches, but I haven’t really lost weight.  It’s discouraging.  I don’t want to seem lazy, but when I start feeling like this, I know that I get overwhelmed and then I just shut down and don’t do anything.  And I definitely don’t want that to happen.  I just want to enjoy working out, without any pressure.  I think putting the personal training on hold until the summer when I have more time is the best decision for me.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket What a week it’s been! The emotions had been running high after a death in the family and my admission to bingeing and then, I think it all caught up to me – I got sick. I’m feeling so much better now, both mentally and physically. Because I spent most of the weekend on the couch feeling nauseous, I didn’t eat much, but I also didn’t get any activity in. But you know what, that’s ok. I was sick, and in a way I feel like it was nature’s way of getting me to relax a bit. I guess my body and mind just needed a bit of a break.

Once I felt a bit more human yesterday, I headed straight to Trader Joe’s for some much-needed food for the fridge and pantry. Since I didn’t have the energy to cook some big meals to eat all week, I made sure to get lots of items that I can quickly put together. I don’t feel quite as prepared as I normally do, but I’ve set myself up to have plenty of well-balanced meals all week.

This week’s goals:

  • One of my main goals for today is to get back with my RLR training. I got sick Friday evening, so I haven’t done any yet this week. If I feel strong enough this afternoon, I’m going to hit the gym and get back on the treadmill. As nervous as I am about jogging for 3 minutes straight this week, I do want to stay on course with the training.
  • Begin reading The Complete Beck Diet for Life. Scale Warfare was so generous and sweet and gave me a copy. I’ve heard a lot of great buzz about this book, and I’m really interested in seeing what it’s all about.
  • Stay positive.
  • Stay binge free. I haven’t even had the urge since I made my big admission last week. I really think that coming out with it released a lot of the power the bingeing had over me. It’s no longer a secret that I’m holding in, which is a huge relief.
  • Take an hour each day to catch up on everyone’s blogs. When I don’t keep up, I feel like I’m missing out on so much. Not only the goings-on of your lives, but also the inspiration and motivation that I get from them. I look forward to keeping up this week.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday!

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Can I just say that I love repeat weeks?  They really help me feel stronger in my progress with jogging.  The first week of a new training time makes me feel like I’m out of shape, but the repeat week really makes me feel like I’m becoming more athletic.  It just shows that practice helps so much!

Week 4, Day 1: I celebrated having Friday, January 22 off by doing my RLR training around 11am.   I usually do the training either in the early morning or in the evening, so doing the RLR training in the middle of the day was nice.  I upped my walking speed to 3.0 and kept my jogging speed at 3.7.  While the jogging wasn’t easy, it wasn’t as difficult as it was the week before.

Week 4, Day 2: Completed on Sunday, January 24. I was able to have a leisurely Sunday of coffee and the newspaper and then I roused myself around 1pm for RLR training.  It was nice to make my way slowly to the gym on Sunday because it made me feel like it was all just part of me enjoying a day off.  Which is true.  I’m really enjoying seeing my body adapt to this training.  Today I decided to push myself and go a bit faster on the jog, so I increased the speed to 3.9 on the first 3 intervals and then increased it again to 4.0 for the remaining ones.  While 4.0 was tough, I could do it, so I”m going to keep the jogging speed here as much as I can.  I kept my walking speed at 3.0.

Week 4, Day 3: This last day of week 4 RLR was done in the early morning on Wednesday, January 27.  As hard as it is to get out of bed at 5:45 to go to the gym, it is sure nice to walk out of there by 6:30 knowing that I’ve completed a great workout.  I walked at 3.0 and was able to keep the jogging at 4.0 throughout all of the 90-second intervals. This was definitely the best day of RLR training I’ve ever had, and I know it’s because it was the 3rd day of a repeat week. Oh, how I wish I could get to work at 9:15 everyday so that I could wake up and go to the gym first thing every morning.  It really does give me so much energy and makes me feel so proud of myself, right from the start of the day.

One thing I forgot to do all week was take photos of my distance.  I had the iPhone with me, so I could’ve easily done it, but it just slipped my mind each time until I was already finished with the training.  Ugh.  So, I’ll be more mindful of that next week, because I really do like documenting how far I’ve gone.

Next week’s training schedule is daunting: 90 second jog, 90 second walk, 3 minute jog, 3 minute walk and then repeat.  Wow!  How the heck am I going to jog for 3 whole minutes? I’m going to have to dig deep, I guess, but I’m not sure I’m ready for it yet.  I may do 2 minutes on Day 1, 2.5 minutes Day 2, and then build up to the 3 minutes on Day 3.  That just seems more doable to me.  But I guess I’ll try to do more and see what happens, knowing this can always be my backup.


Since the goal of RLR is to run in a 5K, I finally did a search on Active.com and found a 5K that was happening in my area after my RLR training would be complete. I found the See Jane Run Women’s 1/2 Marathon and 5K, and I knew I wanted to sign up.  The philosophy and mission statement of the company is so amazing, and I mean, with a slogan like this, how could I not?

It’s on June 5th, and I cannot wait!

I signed up with the “stroller section” just because I’m not sure if I’ll be ready to jog the entire 5K and the walk/jog combo sounded less terrifying to me.  I told LC about the walk, and she said that she’s going to sign up to do it with me, which will be fun.  I’m not sure if she’ll be  jogging with me, or if we’ll just catch up to each other after the race.  Either way, it will be fun to have her there with me.  She’s always my 5K support, and I know I’ll need her on this day, too.

One cool thing about this 5K is that they allow iPods, so I’ll be able to use music to help me get through the hard times.  I’ll definitely create a special “5K jogging mix” for myself and LC to groove to as we complete the event.

Here’s a little 7 minute video all about the event and the See Jane Run company.  I hope you’ll take the time to watch it, because I find it inspiring.  It made me get teary-eyed!  The event and course described in the video is the same one I’ll be doing this year.

Be sure to check in with Scale Warfare to see how her RLR training went this week.


A huge THANK YOU to Scale Warfare who surprised me and sent me a copy of The Courage to Start, by John Bingham. I started reading it last night, and I cannot put it down.  The author has a great voice and the writing style is engaging and intelligent.  Thanks to SeattleRunnerGirl, too, because SW said that you were the one who originally suggested the book.  So, thanks to both of you.  (SW also sent me another book (so generous!!), but I’ll write more about that one in a different post).

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I can’t believe I’ve completed Week 3 of RLR already!  Time sure is flying by in 2010 so far.  This week I stuck to the training, and it was great.  Not easy, but really, really good. This week’s training had me doing this:

Week 3, Day 1: I took the training outside on Saturday, 1/16.  Since it had been over a week since I had completed any training, I couldn’t quite make it through the entire training for week 3.  I did about 3 intervals of the 90-second run/2 minute walk and then I had to bring it back down to the 60 second run/90 second walk intervals from the previous week.  My body just wasn’t ready for the full training after taking such a long break.  Plus, doing the training outside was a LOT harder than on the treadmill.  A LOT!  It was a good thing to try to do, but I’m not ready for outdoor training just yet.  I do plan to run at a local high school track (with a rubbery/spongey track) once the weather clears up, so probably sometime in March.  Since I was outside, I’m not sure how fast I was running or how far I went, but I do know that I burned 424 calories, which is great.

Week 3, Day 2: I did this training at the gym on Monday, 1/18, and it was so much easier on the treadmill than outside.  Which is not to say that it was easy, at all, but I did complete the entire training.  The jogging was difficult, but not impossible, and the recovery time was fine during the walks.  I jogged at 3.7 and walked at 2.9, which I know is slow, but it’s where I am right now.  I was putting forth all of my effort, and it was hard, and that’s really all I can ask of myself at this point.

I burned 398 calories, and went a little over a mile and a half in 30 minutes (including the warm up and cool down time). I was a sweaty mess by the time I was through with this workout, and I loved every drop of it.

Week 3, Day 3: I completed this training yesterday, Thursday, 1/21 at the gym after work.  I usually like to do the RLR training in the morning, but this week was finals week at school, which meant an earlier starting time.  So, I went yesterday when I had finished grading all the finals and submitted the final grades for the semester.  I felt so proud of myself for being able to finish everything before the weekend for the first time in 10 years of teaching!  Quite a milestone for an English teacher, because usually there are essays to grade, etc., but this year I was on top of it, and now I got to reap the rewards of a long 3-day weekend with no work obligations.  🙂  So, to celebrate, I went to the gym.  LOL, a year or two ago, the gym would be the last place I would celebrate the start of a long weekend.  Training on Day 3 was about the same as Day 2, although the jogs were a bit easier.  I went the same distance (1.58) and had the same speeds (3.7 jog and 2.9/3.0 walk).

I burned 403 calories, which is great for a 30 minute workout.  It felt good to have stuck to the training schedule and end the week feeling accomplished.

Overall, this was a tough week. The jogging is difficult, and although it is somewhat easier than it was the first week, the added time makes it really hard still.  Since I’m covering half as much ground in the 30 minutes that I’m training, it makes me realize that I’m probably not going to run a 5K in 30 minutes, which is ok.  Once I get to the “all jog” portion of this training, I’ll see where I am and then I’ll try to improve my time, if I feel like I can. I have to remind myself that I am an obese person who weighs over 275 pounds, so the fact that I’m jogging at all is something to be really proud of.  The C25K program is designed for out of shape people, yes, but for normal weight/overweight people, not the obese.  Which is why I’m glad that Scale Warfare had the idea to repeat each week of training (to do each week twice), so that it would be at a level more suitable for our sizes.

Bella’s “Tip”

A few weeks ago Scale Warfare gave a great tip about stretches that she does before running, and I’ve been using those before I begin.  They help quite a bit, although I am still feeling cramping in my calves when I do the RLR, but I think that’s just the way my legs are right now.

I wanted to share a tip with you, too.  I’ve had a couple of questions about the c25k App I’m using on my iPhone, so I figured I’d share that with you.

I did a search of “C25K” on the App Store in iTunes, and these were the results (click on any of the following photos to make them bigger/more viewable):

They all looked about the same, but something caught my eye about the brown 5K app, second from the left.  So, I clicked on it to get more info and read the reviews:

I liked that this one had good ratings, was only $2.99, and let me listen to my own music from my iPod while it was running.  It also lets you choose if you want to hear a male or female voice for the audio cues, as well as hard loud you want the cue to be.

So, to use it, I go to my iPod on my iPhone and select my workout playlist and begin listening to whichever song I want for that day.  Then I open the C25K App and hit start.  My music plays while I do the 5-minute warm-up.  Then, after that time’s done, I see this:

The female voice comes on and says, “start running now.”  I love how the screen is red, to show the intensity of the workout.  The time ticks down and then when the jogging portion is over, this comes on the screen:

After the run, this green screen and the words, “start walking now,” are the best things I can hear/see!  😉  The green is supposed to be calming, I guess? All I know is, I’m always happy to see the green screen at the end of the jogging intervals.

And the App continues in this way throughout the intervals, until I’m done.  It’s simple, straightforward, and easy to use.  For $2.99 it’s well worth the cost to be able to listen to my own music while doing the training.

So, that’s it, folks.  Week 3 done!  Be sure to check in with Scale Warfare to see how her RLR training went this week.

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You know how I said I was going to do the RLR training yesterday?  Ya, well that didn’t happen.  After an appointment in the afternoon, a stop at Whole Foods, and then fighting traffic on the way home, I was starving and tired.  So I scrapped that plan.  But, don’t despair.

I went today instead.  And because it was Saturday, and it wasn’t raining (we’re expecting a huge storm here on Sunday and Monday), I decided to take my C25K training outside.  I’ve been going to the gym, mostly because I was too embarrassed to go outside and have “unsuspecting witnesses.”  But I thought a change of scenery would be good for me.  Plus, when I eventually run the 5K I’m going to be outside, so I thought it might be nice to try something different today.

Today is the first day of my RLR Week 3 training, which means I did this:

I know that running on the sidewalk is a lot harder on the joints than running on a treadmill, and the path I was taking had a choice of either pavement or grass:

Which one should I choose?

I chose grass at first, because I thought it would be softer, and it was, but I also found that it was really difficult to get my footing.  I moved to pavement, but that was really hard, and it felt so much more difficult to run.

I  didn’t think adding 30 seconds to the jog would be that big a deal, but let me tell you, it is!  Right from the first interval, I was huffing and puffing and felt like I wouldn’t be able to make it all the way through the 90 seconds.  I did my best to keep going, but at interval 3 I decided that after a week off, I should really go back to the previous interval (60 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking), and so I did that for the remainder of the 20 minutes.

A nice thing about doing these intervals without the treadmill is that I wasn’t concerned with how fast I was going.  I wasn’t wondering if I should be going faster than 3.7 on my jog or 3.0 on the walk – I just moved as fast as I could, while still feeling fairly “comfortable.” I pushed myself and let myself get really out of breath, and I didn’t have that nagging feeling about how slow I was going. All I cared about was finishing. I think I did well because the BodyBugg showed that I burned 424 calories:

This is 34 more calories than I usually burn when I do the C25K, and I think it was because of those longer jogging intervals in the beginning of the training today. (Today’s workout earned me 4 APs on WW, too).

Another good thing about taking the C25K training outside was that I had a great view.  Instead of watching the treadmill or looking at a wall, I was able to see this: (I took these on the warm-up/cool down portions of my training)

I’m really proud of myself for getting back onto the RLR training schedule, even though I didn’t do the training regimen I was supposed to do today.  I’d rather go back one step than risk injury.  I’ve also decided that even though the views today were beautiful, and it was nice being outside and feeling the wind on my face, I’m just not ready to jog on the pavement or the grass yet.  I may eventually go to the track at the high school near my house, because it’s one of those new “rubberized/springy” tracks, so it will probably be a bit better on the joints.  But for the remainder of this week’s training, I’m going to stick with the treadmill.

The RLR training plan for the rest of this week is:

Monday, 1/18 – at the gym before my training session with Jimmy.
Wednesday, 1/20 – at 5:45am at the gym before work.

Look for my recap post on Friday.

BTW – Today I used the stretching tips that Scale Warfare suggested, and I have to say, the cramping in my calves was much less.  I’m definitely going to keep doing those stretches!

(P.S. – as far as those “unsuspecting witnesses,” I was so caught up in just finishing the training that I didn’t even worry about them once.  🙂  I am glad that my workout pants have lots of spandex, though, because it does hold in the jiggle a bit better than normal sweats).

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