Monthly Archives: July 2012

Stats Update

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I probably won’t be running until Friday since I was off my inhaler for a couple of days and relapsed into some mild breathing issues. I have also been very tired and coughing due to mucus in my lungs. I just got a refill on my prescription yesterday so it might be up to a week of using my inhaler regularly before I’m 100% again.

I forgot to post the changes from my weight analysis about 1 week ago. The end of June to July saw significant discontinuity in my routine (plus lots of Taco Bell & takeout) but there has been progress nonetheless.

May
Weight:     196 lbs
Body Fat:  41.1%
Muscle:     32.2%

Week 1 of running (June 9)
Weight:     189 lbs
Body Fat:  40.1%
Muscle:     32.7%

July 20
Weight:     184.8 lbs
Body Fat:  38.8%
Muscle:     32.9%

I’m encouraged. I truly enjoy running now. I woke up fighting between my intense desire to go out and run anyway and my worry that I might find myself a mile into the run, alone, without my inhaler and in respiratory distress. So I did the smarter thing and decided to stay in. A big part of me is still itching to go, but I’ll be patient and sit on the sidelines for now.

Forget the bandwagon I’ll just walk

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My life is currently like this:


There is a lot on my mind as of late. Running helps me to relax and focus. When I’m out running it’s just me, the sound of my footsteps and the music being shuffled on my Zen. The more I run the better I feel but the more frazzled and overwhelmed I feel the less able I am to get up and run. Even though running helps me keep it together. ::Sigh::

This is part of why I started my blog. To be completely honest in tracking my journey to encourage myself and others. Even at my low points I know I want to keep going. I love the changes in my body, the muscle I’ve built and the way I feel physically. I ran today (Thursday) after a two week hiatus (this time involving copious amounts of fast/comfort food). I will make a better running schedule this time. I did 2.3km today, I plan to do 1.6 km tomorrow and then use Saturday and Sunday as rest days. I started out strong with my goals but life happens.

Cooking for myself is also helps motivate me to take care of myself. I can better control what I eat, unlike with takeout, and I find it therapeutic. I made pancakes with a fresh peach sauce instead of syrup for breakfast after my run. It was delicious and definitely helped improve my mood. I love good food! Carbs=happiness. Maybe I’ll start posting a few of my recipes now and then…

On a happier note a few weeks ago I had a complete physical done. My peak air flow was great meaning my maintenance of my asthma has been very good. I also had great cholesterol levels and everything else (!!). Only slight issue was my hemoglobin because I’m anemic. I recently bought different supplements I need so I’m back on my multivitamins and iron. It is important to provide your body with what it needs. Right now I’m keeping it simple, my only other supplement is Calcium+Vitamin D because it is an absolute necessity since loss of bone density is a side effect of my meds.

I’m frazzled but I’m dealing and life is still good. Ciao!

I fell off again

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I felt great after my 2.1km run last week. The aftermath, however, was strange. For the first two days following the run my quads were sore. I hadn’t been sore since the first week I started running but I suppose it was to be expected. On the third day was when the strangeness began. I woke up just before 8am as usual but I as I rose I felt sluggish and my whole body ached. I slept in a bit (which threw my study schedule off) but I didn’t feel any better when I woke up around 10. Throughout the day I felt head-achy and generally unwell. This continued for about two to three days so I stayed in instead of running. I still cannot figure out what was wrong with me it was just a general feeling of malaise.

Unnamed illness combined with the loss of my beloved running partner/study buddy to the dastardly organization “summer camp” kept me from running for a full week (also a factor:  July 4th excess). Today I ran for the first time in a week and it was great! I found it incredibly tiring but I completed the full 2.3km route I mapped! The last 0.5km was the hardest and I did need to use my inhaler once during my cool down walk immediately after I stopped running. I probably could have managed without it but I was very tired and my breathing was labored. I just wanted to feel better faster. All in all a success.

5km here I come!