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

Running: Week 4, Days 2 and 3

Hey everyone, I missed telling you about yesterday’s run, so I’m going to tell you about that one and today’s run in one post. It’s just more efficient that way ;-).

The field and track

A lot easier on the knees than concrete!

So yesterday was day two, and it was another one of those days where I kind of considered skipping, and giving in to the fatigue that had plagued me the whole day. I’m glad that up to this point I have been able to fight the urges to skip a day, as in my prior attempts at losing weight and/or getting back into exercise, such days would have started the snowball effect of skipping workouts, and eventual binge eating.

I’ve decided that I will be using the track at the local college to do my running from now on until I drop a few more pounds, and get proper running shoes. It’s going to be better for my knees and feet in the long run anyway.

Last night’s run was a bit difficult in that I was pretty tired to begin with, so it became a mental struggle as much as a physical one. I hit the wall pretty early on, so I had to motivate myself to just get through the rest of the workout.

I always listen to music when I run as I feel it helps pass the time, and can be really motivating depending on the song. Well, when I was into my fourth set I felt like my legs were made of lead. I just wanted to drop when, totally unplanned, “Eye of the Tiger” comes on. Corny, I know, but it motivated the hell out of me. I picked up the pace, and got through the rest of the set strongly.

Today’s run was a whole lot better. I just felt stronger overall, and had considerably less discomfort in my feet and legs at the end of the workout. I even challenged myself, increasing the tempo of the run on every other set, and challenging myself to maintain that pace for the whole five minutes. It worked, and I managed to log about another 2 miles of run time today.

I really noticed that I’m starting to feel a whole lot better while I’m out on the track and, after today, I can actually see myself accomplishing my first goal of running for 30 minutes straight. If I can do this, I know I can make it to marathon training.

That’s all for now folks. Questions, comments, or suggestions are always welcome.

-therunningfatguy

Eye of the Tiger (album)

And he's watchin' us all in the eye... of the tiger!

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