Not going to lie — I’ve hated the last two weeks. They’ve been pretty sucky. Last week it was bronchitis and all that nastiness — basically I sounded like a sea lion in heat. I didn’t do any running and I stayed home to keep me quarantined. I’ve dealt with bronchitis numerous times so I didn’t think much of it — until I didn’t get better.
The sea lion bark got worse and I just didn’t have any energy come Sunday — so on Monday I went to the doctor to get on antibiotics. And, well — that bronchitis turned its self into a bout of walking pneumonia. So that took me out of work for a couple more days — and running/working out for another week.
Basically I missed four days of work (gave myself a six day weekend) and am just dying to get back at it. I want to run, I want to workout, I want to feel like I am pushing towards my weight loss and health goals. Right now — it’s basically just watching what I eat and drinking lots and lots and lots of fluids.
I have the Sweethearts 5K tomorrow and I am still debating on whether or not to do it. I guess it depends on a number of things — mainly — 1) how I feel, 2) how “clear” the air is outside and 3) if I really feel like it.
I can tell you right now — I want to do it. I am tempted to walk it regardless of the weather or how I feel — I just need to do SOMETHING. It’s been a very long two weeks. I haven’t gone over three miles on my FitBit in over a week and a half — and my body is craving activity.
I’ve been on antibiotics long enough to not be contagious and I do feel BETTER — meaning — better than I did on Sunday and even last week. Sure, I might break out in an uncontrollable seal lion mating call — but, I feel better.
Whether or not I run the 5K tomorrow — I am going to ease back into my workouts next week. I am going to have to scale back the intensity some in my workouts — and will do more strength training than cardio. The goal will be to get back to 100% effort by next Saturday or Monday.
As much I want to get back into the swing of things — I do worry about doing too much. That’s why I am going to focus more on the strength this upcoming week. But, depending on the day — well, the weather and the inversion — I am going to make sure I get my minimum of 10,000 steps in on my FitBit.
Anyways — I am still optimistic. I wouldn’t say overly optimistic — maybe impatiently optimistic? Eagerly optimistic? Impatiently eager and optimistic?
I’m just excited that the bronchitis and walking pneumonia are in the rear view mirror.
Time to get back on the horse and get at it.
You could blame it on the fact that I am going a bit stir crazy having not run in a couple weeks — or that I am just down right crazy. I think if you guessed either one, you’d probably be right … I wouldn’t argue your opinion.
But, I have decided to run the Pony Express 50 Miler in October — well — October 21-22 to be exact.
That’s a good question. I’m a glutton for punishment? I’m an idiot? I never know when to stop? Again, if you guessed any one of those — you’d be right.
I’ve known pretty much since my 50K that I wanted to do another ultra marathon. And, eventually a 50 miler — but, I had to find one that had a doable time limit and was well supported. After asking some of my running friends and a number of running groups on Facebook — I narrowed it down to a couple races, before pulling the trigger on the Pony Express.
The main reasons for choosing the Pony 50?
- I can train for the 50 and St. George (October 1) at the same time.
- There is about a 20 hour time limit — that’s with an early start for runners like me.
- Each runner supports themselves with their own crew — that are in a car!
- The course is flat trail — so a lot of my training can be trail and/or pavement.
- And, it came highly recommended by others for a first 50.
So there you have it — my first 50! Now I have to work on getting a crew together — and — of course put in the training!
I’m excitedly nervous.
But, not enough to pee myself — but, I am sure that will happen come October 20th.
Here’s the second episode of ‘Are We Prepared, Yet?’ from Schwendy and me. This episode deals with how to prepare your pets for the unplanned disasters. Pets are often overlooked when it comes to disasters — how many homeless pets did we hear about after Hurricane Katrina or deaths after unexpected snowstorms?
Not only do we give you good tips to keep your pets safe — but, we also want to adopt all the pets in the world thanks to starting off the show with a little Sarah McLachlan (NOTE: It’s not really Sarah McLachlan — she’s not on iTunes).
Give the episode a listen.
The past two weeks have KILLED me! My bronchitis turned into walking pneumonia and I haven’t ran or worked out in two weeks. I feel lardy, a step behind my training and BLAH! It also doesn’t help that this inversion is nastier than ever. I have the @southdavisraces Sweethearts 5K this Saturday and I’m hoping to be okay for it. I’d love to RUN it, but I might just end up walking instead. We shall see. #running #sicknesssucks #walkingpneumonia #sickdayssuck @ultraphatkid @fight4phat @joshuwalla
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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS
COMMENTARY: Tough week. I worked out on Monday and Tuesday, but that was about it. No running. Thus, sucky numbers. I walked between 5.5-7 miles between Monday and Wednesday — so I was still somewhat active. And, I watched what I ate, but without much exercise — not much change.
I won’t lie — numbers like these are hard to swallow. I just want to get a rhythm and get some good numbers dropping. It’s mentally tough to have week’s like this — because you just want to move forward, but the body says no. Blah!
WEIGHT: 280.2 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
LAST WEEK (1/29/16)
WEIGHT: 280.2 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
THIS WEEK (2/12/16)
WEIGHT: 278.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT: -1.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
- I guess I should acknowledge that it’s
ValentinesSingle Awareness Day this weekend, huh? And, if you’re going to express your love to me — may I suggest this gift?
- I think if we are going to pick the best president in November we should go with the best runner — actually lets hold a “Marathon to the White House” — first one there wins.
- You know what? The story of ice is surprisingly interesting. Give it a read.
- I posted a similar post like this a few weeks ago, but since the debut of Fuller House is in a couple weeks it bears repeating — Kimmy Gibbler is marathoner! And, actually will be running the L.A. Marathon this weekend. Pretty cool, eh?
- It’s never too early to start planning April Fools Day, right? Of course — it’s practically my own personal national holiday.
- Of everything that came out of the Super Bowl last week — I have to say the funniest has been the reaction to Eli’s reaction to the Broncos’ win. It’s pretty well documented that I am not a Peyton fan — but, I do like Eli … the whole thing just makes me laugh.
- Oooooh … this fascinates me — a caffeinated bracelet? I wonder what it would be like to run with that on? That intrigues me.
- Wonder what the world could look like 100 million years — wonder no more.
- I have many reasons to look forward to marriage — case in point.
- Since I am focusing on strength training this upcoming week as I recover this is a great read.
- I’ve mentioned here the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles and the whole mess regarding the Chargers and Raiders as well — this is a really interesting read from ESPN about the behind the scene story of how NFL football returned to L.A. Simply — fascinating.
- I’m going to leave you with these awesome jokes. LOL!