Week 10, Day 1

So, in my last post I brought all of you up to speed with my accomplishments and current goals. I’m glad to say that I signed up for what will be my first 5k run! It’s the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, hosted by the Arthritis Foundation on December 5th. Being that I also suffer from arthritis, I figured this would be both a worthy cause, and a fun first race to enter. My initial fund-raising goal is $100, and I will need your help to meet or hopefully surpass that. Here is a link to my donation page with more information and ways to donate:

therunningfatguy’s Donation Page

On to the running…

Well, my last two runs were pretty hard. Yesterday, I decided to enjoy the nice weather with a scenic run at Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island. It is a gorgeous park, complete with ponds, trees, and all that good stuff. It also has some treacherous hills, which made the climb up the Bayonne Bridge seem like nothing. Nonetheless, I did my half-hours worth of running and went home sore, but victorious.

Today, I decided to reintroduce my kettlebell routine as a pre-run resistance workout. I had been doing this before, while I was still doing the run/walk, but stopped when I  began running 30 minutes straight. After 100 kettlebell swings, (following a proper warm-up of course,) it was off to the track for a two and a half mile run. Boy was that run HARD. I felt tired after the first lap, which usually indicates a hard run ahead. I labored through it though, and finished.

I decided to start a 10k training program, since I feel that I can handle the distance with another 8-10 weeks of training.  With this program, I could definitely handle the 5k distance by the time the Jingle Bell comes around, and I should be primed and ready for the Cold Feat 10k in February.

Well, thats all for now folks! As always, questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome.

-therunningfatguy

 

Update (FINALLY!)

So, I know I promised a beginning of week 8 update last time, but I did not deliver. I’ve been doing a pretty bad job of keeping you guys updated with this blog, and that trend may continue for the rest of this semester unfortunately. One thing I will promise you though: My running breaks won’t be nearly as long as the time between updates here! (lol)

I announced on Facebook two weeks ago that I finally reached my 8 week goal of running for 30 minutes straight. I did it! The first part in my long journey is complete. It’s such an incredible feeling to start a program like this, stick with it through the hard parts, and accomplish your goal(s). Not only am I running strong(er) now; I’m 15 pounds lighter!

I’m putting in 2 miles or so on each run now, which feels GREAT! Next up, I am training for my first 5k, which I feel I can run, (with proper training, of course,) in the next 3 -4 weeks. After that, it’s right into a 10k program. I don’t know where I will do my first 5k race yet, but there is a 10k race on Staten Island called the “Cold Feat 10k” in February that I want to run. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good 5k race coming up within the next 2 months in NYC? Beginner-friendly races would be nice, as well as a race for a good cause.

As far as my running days themselves, I must say that running the 30 minutes straight has felt a lot easier than doing the run/walk splits. I don’t really know why. Maybe it has to do with the stopping to walk, or my increased fitness? I wonder…

I did take advantage of my newly rediscovered fitness this week, and ran over the Bayonne Bridge into New Jersey. I’ll start by saying that I don’t live very far from the entrance, so it wasn’t hard getting there, but the run itself was a bit difficult. For those of you who haven’t seen the Bayonne Bridge, this is it:



Bayonne Bridge

Bayonne Bridge - So beautiful at night

It’s a marvelous piece of architecture, although there is some controversy with it now since the clearance under the bridge is only 160 feet; some cargo ships have trouble getting through, and when the Panama Canal Expansion Project finishes, some cargo ships won’t be able to fit at all.

Running-wise, it’s a tough little run. For those who are better conditioned, of course, it would prove easier, but for me it was a great challenge. You can see from the picture that the inclines are a little steep. The bridge itself is 1 mile across.



Bayonne, NJ

At the end of the bridge and entering Bayonne, NJ. Time to head back!

It was pretty much half a mile up, half a mile down. I loved the down part as it gave me a rest after the long climb. Once I got across I snapped the shot above, then headed right back!

Back to Staten Island - Bayonne Bridge

Back up and over the bridge to Staten Island!

The climb back up and over the bridge was pretty hard, but I trudged along. I decided to snap a shot of the cool view from the apex of the bridge. If I’m correct, the body of water is the Kill Van Kull.

Top of the Bayonne Bridge

The view from the top - cue Rocky music

Then it was time to head back down into Staten Island:

Back to Staten Island

Heading back home, just a little farther...

Overall, this was a roughly 2.75 mile run – my longest to date. I will be doing this one again soon! I can only imagine what it must look like at the top at sunset. I’ll probably find out a little later on!

As always, any questions, comments or suggestions are welcome.

-therunningfatguy

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday…

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I’m back. Last time I left you, I was at the halfway point of my 8 week program. Unfortunately, life’s commitments got in the way of my updating this blog.

I am happy to tell you all that I am currently nearing the end of week 7 and going into the final part of the program – week 8! I’m feeling stronger than I have in a while, I’m not as sore as I was a few weeks ago, and have significantly improved my running time and distance.

I have also introduced kettlebell training into my routine, as well as some pushups. I don’t have much more time at the moment for a comprehensive post, but if you tune in this weekend I will tell you all about what I’ve been up to lately , as well as talk about the last run of week 7 and my future running goals.

So now you all know I’m still alive and still running! Until next time.

-therunningfatguy

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