Picking Up the Pace!
As the weeks go on, the thought of running a marathon doesn’t seem as crazy as it once did. No, I’m nowhere close to 26.2 miles but I can definitely see improvement because of my training regimen. I’m currently up to six miles, a quarter of the way there. I feel stronger and faster as each week passes and know that once the weather gets a little better and I can start running outside that my distance will only progress more rapidly.
Last week we had a few signs of warmer weather with temperatures just above freezing. The sun was actually out and some of the snow started melting. Still, it wasn’t exactly ideal conditions to go out for a run. A lot of ice and snow still covered the ground so each evening was still spent on a treadmill. Even with a busy schedule at home, I was still able to run three days. I set the bar high, trying to get up to 7 miles but it just wasn’t in the cards yet. Close, but no cigar.
This week was all about running, so I didn’t get a lot of strength training done. To be honest, I was still a little sore from all the shoveling from the prior weeks. You’d think by now that sore feeling in my lower back would be gone. Luckily, when I run, I don’t feel pain. I mostly feel a little stiff after sitting down a few hours at my desk at work. It probably means I just need to do a better job of stretching before and after each activity.
Here is a rundown of Monday-Sunday
Monday – Four miles on the treadmill. I really thought I’d be able to do more but it just wasn’t happening today.
Tuesday – No running today. I performed a few core exercises such as planks and sits ups, and push ups. Nothing too intense, just enough to work up a sweat
Wednesday – Ran 6.5 miles today. Four miles straight and then I walked a quarter of mile. I then continued to run another 2.5 miles. It sure wasn’t easy but was very glad to accomplish that goal.
Thursday – Today I did squats, leg lifts, curls and a few other upper body exercises.
Friday – Rest day.
Saturday – Planned for today to be a seven mile day but it wasn’t in the cards. After running a good two miles my body just didn’t have it to go much further. Once I completed the two miles, I went to the basketball court and shot around for a good half hour. I must say that while I was tired my shot was pretty darn good.\
Sunday – Rest day.
Here’s a rundown of some of the foods I ate this past week. It’s not everything I had but just some of the basics so you can get an idea. You will see many of the same items from week one.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Bananas, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Fruit Smoothies.
Lunch: Salad with Carrots and Sweet Peppers, Chicken Cutlets, Vegetables, Turkey Sandwich, Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Dinner: Turkey burger with Sweet Potato Fries, Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, Ground Turkey and Black Beans, Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables.
Snack: Pistachios, Almonds, Trail Mix, Yogurt Parfait, Bananas, Carrots, and Almond Milk.
My weight continues to fluctuate. I’m back down to 183 after getting up to 185. Obviously, more miles is going to do that but just have to remember to keep eating. I’ve been packing a little more food in my lunches and having a few snacks each day. Even if I’m not hungry, I make sure to finish my food.
For week five, I will be doing more conditioning drills and distance running. It’s supposed to be in the 50’s and 60’s by the end of the week so I hope to be running outside very soon. Hoping we get the kind of weather we’ve been promised.
More Than Kale News:
My wife Jennifer, the other mastermind of More Than Kale has been hard at work! Yesterday marked nine months since she gave birth to our son Jakob. She has been shedding the baby weight and revealed how she’s doing it in her recent 7 Day-Low Sugar Meal Plan post.
In the post, she gives a complete rundown of how she lost the weight and provides a simple 7 Day Meal Calendar. Feel free to share this with a friend!