|February 28th's work (Photo by Evan Barnes)|
February brought a lot more changes and challenges. None was bigger than leaving my neighborhood course and taking it to the beach. I had been wondering if it was time because I knew that running uphill and on those curves would mean that running on the beach boardwalk would be a breeze.
First time I did it was on Feb. 11 and I ran 2.89 miles. For you mathematically challenged folks, that's just over 1.44 miles straight down and back. The last run I did in my neighborhood was 2.17. Right then, I knew I was going to have some more fun.
February 15, I passed the 3-mile barrier. The boardwalk is so peaceful and beautiful that all I need is my music and it's just following my motto. Eyes down, feet forward, clear mind and push myself to match or beat what I did the day before.
|My current weight right now. Total weight lost since starting? 18 and counting|
Oh yeah, I also bought some new running shoes. Goodbye Nike Airs that I've had for at least 4-5 years and Hello ASICS Gel Kayano. My feet have a lot more cushion on them so I feel like I'm not running on the concrete.
I'm still continuing my upper body workout every night with my pushups, situps and 15-pound backpack. 2 sets of 10 pushups and situps, 10 bicep/tricep curls, 10 shoulder lifts, 10 chest pulls and then I mix in lunges and other arm exercises when I feel it. I also stretch out my hamstrings with some exercises I learned when I had physical therapy back in 2011.
|The fresh kicks that's helping me run better. Thank you ASICS (Photo by Evan Barnes)|
But it's also reminded me not to get caught up in the praise and think I can cheat too much on my eating. I have to learn to balance the praise with my usual desire for more. It's easy to ease up when you hear the good so I have to use it for fuel, not cushions.
Last month, I said I was just doing this to do it but after talking to several friends, there's more that I can reach for. So here goes my plan for March.
- Get to 184-187 lbs.
- Run 2.5-3 miles straight before turning back (I crossed the 2-mile barrier on March 4th!)
- Increase my 2 sets of 10 to 2 sets of 12 and maybe add 3 sets of 10 before bed.
- Look into a 5K run. Seriously, this was something I couldn't even imagine but right about now, why not?
|The hallowed 4-mile barrier was passed yesterday, 3/4/13, and I backed it up with 4.04 miles today. (Photo By Evan Barnes)|