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This is my first time as a scout (normally I hang out in the druid area!)

 

Quest: Run a 5k!

 

Why? Well there are several reasons why. The first is that I was dumped in January, and my mental self is limping along. There's not much I can do to take care of myself other than keep busy. (Most of my critical needs both practical and social are ok, even if I'm super crazy stressed over everything right now) As such, I've been scouring meetup for stuff to do, and one of the things I ran across was a nifty 5k at the end of April. I'm not much of a runner, but I decided I want to do it anyway. So there ya go, that's a decision down.

 

I have just enough time to actually try to train, so I thought I probably should. I definitely cannot run a mile now. I looked into c25k, which conceptually should work fine for me, but all the pages on it were like WEIGHT LOSS!!1!!111!

 

That's fine for anyone for whom weight loss is a goal, but not only is it not something I'm after, it's something I find incredibly stressing. I was disappointed until I realized that I could use the 5k version of Zombies, Run! which will take me through the running stuff without making me constantly wade through weight loss talk. And I like their stuff (I did part of season 1 just walking, because the story was cool, so I'm sort of excited about this).

 

PLEASE NOTE: I would like people to avoid discussing weight loss in this thread. I appreciate the courtesy. Similarly, I would like to avoid discussions of food an diet, with the exception for things like: what can I eat before a run that will help me keep my energy up without upsetting my stomach.

 

Zombies 5k is 25 episodes, so I need to figure out how I want to space that out over this challenge + most of April. I also want to keep up lifting weights at the gym (usually I go twice a week) so I need to plan plan plan. Planning is hard, should be interesting. Most of my lifting goals will be maintenance or stronger focus on arms / back, most likely.

 

General plan for running gear: same stuff I wear to the gym. Might not be perfect, but should suffice. I'm most worried about my shoes, but I think they're designed to be running shoes anyway. Regardless, I'm not feeling up for spending money on more shoes for something that might not work out. Mostly I just need to keep and eye on the condition of my shoes so I can replace them if I start nuking them.

 

Due to certain stress (*cough* over the breakup), I also need to try to do better with sleeping and water intake. I've been sleeping poorly, and irregularly (though not as terribly as I would have expected) and have been dehydrated for a while now. Part of sleeping is making sure I wake up on time, and oddly, eat breakfast. I used to breakfast with steadfast regularity, and now it's hit and miss, meaning I spend a ton of extra money stopping for coffee and pastries in the morning to serve as "breakfast".

 

For sleeping: I want to wake up between 6:30 and 7 every weekday. That means I really need to be in bed by 11 whenever possible. That means I should really be getting ready for bed at 10. Getting to bed includes teeth, internet (like updating this thread). That means I need to have showered earlier in the day (I usually shower in the evening, but timing varies). Showers won't be a problem on gym / running days because I always follow stuff like that with showers. Exceptions for bed time on work nights is Thursday evenings, because I have a conflict, and will likely reach my bed at 1 am (12 if I hurry and also skip internets). Breakfast shouldn't be a problem as long as I'm waking up on time.

I'm not sure if I'm going to set a wake up time for weekends. Even the bedtime is iffy due to trying to maintain a basic social life (sadly my friends are night owls). Will play that one by ear for now, but in general want to be in bed by midnight-ish on weekends and up around 8, when possible.

 

I don't know how I want to track water intake. I am shockingly bad at just counting bottles. I am, however, really good at knowing when I'm not drinking enough water, like right now. I'll ponder this over the weekend and hopefully come up with something I will find more effective (for me personally) than just number of bottles consumed.

 

All in all, I have quite the planning to take care of this weekend, but I'm looking forward to the weirdness of my first 5k goal eva.

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I have seen loads of others use Zombies Run.  Never used it myself.  I found C25K and just downloaded a podcast that told you what to do each run and had music.  Not always music I loved but it did not focus on weight loss and I was so focused on the running it never bothered me.  LOL  
Definitely doable in 6 weeks.  I am a worrier and found running to be one of the times that I am able to clear my head and think about anything and nothing.  I do not think about stuff that is bothering me at all.  Hope running helps.

 

I know folks using HabitRPG for trying to track new habits.  It looks pretty easy to use via phone or just online.  Might be a way to track water if you decide to track it.  Not sure if it would work.

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I use an app called Argus to track all kinds of things, and water is one option. You can enter a goal and then it's a matter of opening the app and tapping the icon to register another serving. It's a good alternative if you want to avoid weightloss-focused apps.

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Signed up for the 5k today!

 

I was at a sporting goods store and shopped for shoes, but I couldn't find anything good. The only ones that seemed ok they didn't have my size. I had a discount thing, so I was hoping to find some for relatively cheap.

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Awesome you signed up for the 5K.  Shoes can be tough.  Keep trying on different shoes.  You can try a running store too.  Most will help you find a decent shoe with a fit you like.  Best thing is you do not have to buy just because they helped.  You can then take that info (what shoe you liked and so on) and then shop around or watch for the shoe to go on sale.  Getting the proper size was half the battle for me.  When I finally bought running shoes it was a result of pf and other issues.  The place I went to also had the warehouse attached.  I mentioned money was very tight and I knew I would need to be able to replace the shoes as long as they were not expensive.  The guy was awesome and with the warehouse right there found the previous years model of the shoe saving us a bunch of money.  From there I can watch for the shoe to go on sale or clearance and save money by staying a year behind the latest pretty shiny versions.  Luckily they do not change the shoe really from year to year.  I am willing not to have the most awesome colored shoes if it means having shoes that work for me.  :)

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I know folks using HabitRPG for trying to track new habits.  It looks pretty easy to use via phone or just online.  Might be a way to track water if you decide to track it.  Not sure if it would work.

 

I tried this, but couldn't figure out how to delete the default tracking goals in it. I don't really need an app for tracking, so much as I need to decide what I'm inclined to track (as in what I will actually do). I'm not asking for ideas, so much as commenting on my difficultly tracking things that should be "easy".

 

 

I use an app called Argus to track all kinds of things, and water is one option. You can enter a goal and then it's a matter of opening the app and tapping the icon to register another serving. It's a good alternative if you want to avoid weightloss-focused apps.

 

I tried Argus too and it was the most annoying thing I've ever experienced. Without even setting it up, it was harassing me CONSTANTLY. Not a fan of stuff that harasses me.

 

Awesome you signed up for the 5K.  Shoes can be tough.  Keep trying on different shoes.  You can try a running store too.  Most will help you find a decent shoe with a fit you like.  Best thing is you do not have to buy just because they helped.  You can then take that info (what shoe you liked and so on) and then shop around or watch for the shoe to go on sale.  Getting the proper size was half the battle for me.  When I finally bought running shoes it was a result of pf and other issues.  The place I went to also had the warehouse attached.  I mentioned money was very tight and I knew I would need to be able to replace the shoes as long as they were not expensive.  The guy was awesome and with the warehouse right there found the previous years model of the shoe saving us a bunch of money.  From there I can watch for the shoe to go on sale or clearance and save money by staying a year behind the latest pretty shiny versions.  Luckily they do not change the shoe really from year to year.  I am willing not to have the most awesome colored shoes if it means having shoes that work for me.   :)

 

The problem is my only hope for running shoes is to find good minimalist shoes. The store I was at only had 2 varieties, and only one that was in my size. My problem with every standard running shoe in existence is that the arch hits my foot in the wrong spot and causes EXTREME discomfort after about 30 seconds, which means pain pain pain later. I wish I was kidding when I said I have never ever found a shoe with built in arches that didn't hurt the hell out of my foot. And I'm not patient enough at all to find magical inserts to fix them - usually they just make the shoe fit worse but in more subtle ways for me.

 

Basically, I hate shoe shopping, because it usually amounts to nothing, and I haven't the energy or patience to shop around much. I don't see that changing, ever.

 

 

 

Ok, signing out for now because I'm in a crappy mood and am getting annoyed by everything. 

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Welcome :)

I really liked the Zombies 5k training app. I found it to have a bit more freedom in the free running sections, allowing you to push yourself as hard as you wanted/could. People must think I am crazy when I randombly burst out laughing when I'm running while listening to it. Right now I'm almost done with season 2, then I will start with Season 3.

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First day: meh

 

I didn't get to sleep last night until after midnight. I spent a lot of time after 11 pm looking at the clock and avoiding going to bed anyway. I woke up around 7, but only really to turn my alarm off so I could sleep in. (Not a great start). I don't know if I'm counting last night or not, but I'm hoping to do a lot better tonight regardless. I sort of have to, since I have a meeting early in the morning that it would be very bad to miss.

 

I'm doing ok on water, particularly considering I'm at home today. DRINKING WATER NOW. Go self. Go drink.

K I'm back.

Haven't been measuring water, but I did make sure to finish a bottle before lunch, which often seems to help set the pace for the rest of the day too. I switched to a different brand of bottled water, which seems to be an improvement. The other brand I got tasted funny to me. On the whole, I haven't had quite as much water today as I think I should, but if I finish off this bottle I'm at least not making it worse. I feel more or less hydrated overall.

 

I have neither planned out what days I'll be running, nor started yet. I feel like that's ok, because yesterday I wiped myself out climbing 56 flights of stairs (I did Fight For Air in Denver). I am planning on doing my first run / whatever Zombies tells me tomorrow after work (at the gym, since the cold dry air is going to be a problem, even though I'd much much prefer to run outside).

 

I need to find a way to reward or at least like sleep. That's going to be hard - I tend to ignore my reward systems by either having rewards I don't care about or deciding I want the reward even if I didn't "earn" it. Again, not looking for suggestions - just letting off a little steam : )

You would think feeling a lot better by getting enough sleep would be reward enough, but somehow it's just not (and I do feel a million times better when I get enough sleep).

 

I think I may add another goal - writing. Between NaNo burnout and breakups, the start of the year has been terrible for it. And my schedule makes it hard to depend on writing on the bus like I did before, since I'm not always able to take the bus. So I need to find a new time and place to depend on. I'll be thinking on this... Probably shouldn't over think it, since I usually only write for 15 - 20 minutes (when writing on the bus) anyway.

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Welcome, apike!

Lots of planning and figuring going on here I see. Are you normally a planner or is this relatively new territory for you?

I think you're at an advantage with knowing what you want. With the goal in mind, you will find the steps you want and need to take much easier, I suspect.

I am with you on the reward system. Dang, I don't know how people do it. I either don't care or I reward myself no matter what happens. I need to really consider if it's worth doing for me right now or if I should wait.

You have your ducks, they just need to be assigned some rows. You are quite capable of that, I can tell. We are here for whatever you need. Go rock this challenge! And make sure to outrun the Zombies!

Cheers

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My planning skills: negative 1

My ability to LOOK like I have planning skills: 3

LOL

 

 

In other news: HELP! My zombie app is flaky! I did the first run today (hooray) but the timing bugged out and played a bunch of the messages all at once instead of spaced out correctly. Anyone else run (lol pun) across this issue? I haven't had a chance to search the interwebs for info (will probably do so tomorrow at work). It made a section of the run 15 seconds then walk 1 minute go really really NOT according to plan.

 

 

 

In more related to goals news: BEHIND ON WATER. Bad. Did not drink enough today, for sure. Drinking a tea latte now, instead of water, though I'll try to counterbalance a little by downing some water when my latte's gone.

 

Sleep: Uhh. Bed was at 11:30 last night, which was later than I should have allowed, but better than the night before. And instead of getting up and getting going when I planned, I snoozed my alarm for like an hour ... It was an hour I could spare without being late to work, but was not in line with my plans for the day. Boo.

 

Running: I did that! And the app wants to kindly tell me when my next run should be (Thursday), so for now I'll just roll with it, because I really do suck at actually planning. I'll have to lay it all out on a calendar at some point, because I'm sure some of them will conflict with my other stuff. I want to get a running backpack. Do they make those? I'll have to look. I like to carry stuff with me, like my phone and water, and right now I'm outta luck. Plus then I can mime picking up zombie supplies!!

 

Writing: Uhmm.. I might have time tomorrow? NEED TO MAKE TIME. Very important.

 

 

So basically the only goal that went more or less as planned for the day was running. Will try to make tomorrow better. No running tomorrow, though I may lift weights at the gym if I have time. I haven't decided yet.

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Just my 2 cents on C2K and Zombie Run!

 

I too started off with C2K, it is a fantastic approach to running the full distance and it will get you there!  

 

The Zombie 5k was not out then so I used the regular C2k program and then just listened and ran to the regular Zombie Run story once I was training on a regular basis.  My only warning about the regular zombie run game is the timing of the zombie attacks!  To avoid them, you have to bump up your rate by 25% or something and if you are in the middle of a hill or such that can be a real drag.

 

Then again, getting eaten by zombies is not so much fun either and they may not be polite zombies, willing to wait until you catch your breath before starting the attack!   :)

 

Couple tips, "Hippie Runner" belt, bought it on Amazon, works awesome, you can put key in there, and your cell phone and has place for your racing bib AND fuel gels!!  

 

Fueling... honestly for a 5k you probably will not need any fuel during the race itself.  Your body generally has enough glycogen to fuel runs up to 10 miles or more unless you are already depleted.  Water might be a different story, I used a bottle that had a strap/glove thing, worked well for me, but again I did not really use it until I started doing 10 miles or more, but everyone may have different needs for hydration.

 

Shoes, find what you like.  Same for shorts, shirts, etc.  As a guy, I had to use bandaids to reducing chafing/bleeding of nips and bodyglide stuff in other areas as needed.  I did all my running in barefoot shoes from Merrill, and Vibram five fingers.

 

Have fun!

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Ah, so your planning is like mine! lol

 

Sounds like there's progress in the sleep goal. I wonder if you would consider something. I am reading a lot of "shoulds" and "didn'ts" and not as much, "I want to attempt this's" or I want to do's." You definitely want to notice and chart what didn't work as far as strategies, and knowing that you didn't do what you planned has its place. So, my point is in here somewhere! If you wrote your sleep post something like: "Sleep: Uhh. Bed was at 11:30 last night, which was later than I had planned, should have allowed, but better than the night before by about a1/2 hour. And instead of getting up and getting going when I planned, I snoozed my alarm for like an hour. ... It was an hour I could spare it without being late to work, but was not in line with my plans for the day. Boo. I'm considering whether to put my wake time in the goal as well or leave it and just notice and track it."

 

I think the first week is important to notice what's happening and not judging it as bad or good. I assume it helps keep the mind calmer about changes if we treat them like experiments. So "behind on water" sure, but "bad" is not helping. Not sure if that's how you roll, but I thought I'd chime in.

 

Better bras. FTW

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Shoes, find what you like.  Same for shorts, shirts, etc.  

 

Insert jealousy here!

 

I wish it was that easy. I have an absolute hell of a time finding clothing that works for me. I have skin sensitivities and some weird unidentified allergy, so finding clothing that fits my weird shaped spots and doesn't mess up my skin is seriously one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. And it's not something you get to do once and stop. That makes it a huge stressor on top of being really necessary right now (though I think I have enough to get by for my goals, my life in general requires clothing options I haven't been able to find which are hard to shop for).

 

It's hard not to be negative about it when needing clothing typically equals panic attacks. It's hard to even type this without wanting to throw things at the walls in frustration.

 

Ah, so your planning is like mine! lol

 

Sounds like there's progress in the sleep goal. I wonder if you would consider something. I am reading a lot of "shoulds" and "didn'ts" and not as much, "I want to attempt this's" or I want to do's." You definitely want to notice and chart what didn't work as far as strategies, and knowing that you didn't do what you planned has its place. So, my point is in here somewhere! If you wrote your sleep post something like: "Sleep: Uhh. Bed was at 11:30 last night, which was later than I had planned, should have allowed, but better than the night before by about a1/2 hour. And instead of getting up and getting going when I planned, I snoozed my alarm for like an hour. ... It was an hour I could spare it without being late to work, but was not in line with my plans for the day. Boo. I'm considering whether to put my wake time in the goal as well or leave it and just notice and track it."

 

I think the first week is important to notice what's happening and not judging it as bad or good. I assume it helps keep the mind calmer about changes if we treat them like experiments. So "behind on water" sure, but "bad" is not helping. Not sure if that's how you roll, but I thought I'd chime in.

 

Better bras. FTW

 

Hahaha! I honestly didn't even notice how negative and judgmental that was until you pointed it out. I'll have to work on the observation and not judging mode.

It's hard not to stress about all the things I haven't done.

 

 

Today went better (more according to plan?) than yesterday. I got to bed at 11:30, but most of the last 30 minutes was finishing getting ready for bed and waiting for a really slow page to load on my computer.

I did a pretty good job drinking water (and coffee, but who's counting) today. The only point where I fell behind what I wanted to be drinking was when I was stuck on the bus an hour longer than normal without a water bottle (which might have been a good thing, considering there was no where to go to the bathroom). It snowed a lot and the bus got stuck. I also didn't bring water on purpose, but that was assuming a shorter bus ride too. I concluded today that I should eat more dry (or salty) foods, because then I drink a lot of water.

I didn't go to the gym because of the snow. I was (rightfully) worried about the roads. So instead of catching the later bus after the gym, I just caught an early bus. Definitely the right call today.

What occurred to me much later was that I wish I brought my gym bag home, since it has all my running-capable clothes in it (not to mention my headphones), and it snowed more than expected so I'm not sure I'll actually go into the office tomorrow. I actually had a lot of plans that assumed I'd be going to work this Thursday. So I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to do the next episode for running tomorrow.

I didn't have any sort of plan for what I was going to do at the gym specifically anyway (I never do, I'm just like I haven't done squats in over a week and I see a free squat rack! Ok sometimes a little more directed than that, but that's still fairly typical). I'm thinking I'll try running followed by light weights next time, using the running instead of jump rope to warm up, at least while the episodes are only 30 minutes long. That's longer than I would jump rope, but still could work with a longer gym day. I won't know til I try, so trying is the plan right now.

 

I did write while on the bus today, but I don't know when I would write any day I don't take the bus (which is most of them right now). Tomorrow is likely to be super stressful, so I don't expect to write any (if I do, bonus points, but certainly not going to hold myself to it when it's just not realistic at all).

 

Trying to think ahead and plan and prepare and so on and on and on and I am terrible at it. This is why the sleep is such an important goal, though, because this stuff improves with my sleep. Still wish I liked that whole sleeping thing though. I still don't know what would make me actually want to sleep more than I do now (like actually desire it, rather than knowing intellectually that it's important). That would be a very worthy challenge goal all by itself: Like Sleep. No clue how to accomplish that one or improve it incrementally in any way. The only really really good thing is that I got an electric blanket for my bed, which means I at least don't avoid the bed because it's too cold.

 

Ok, been rambling for a while and I'm not going to try to reread all that. The short version is that there are many things I'm avoiding thinking about. I'm running out of ways to avoid thinking about them tonight, so I'm gonna go read or watch netflix or something.

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Made my runs on Thurs and again today, so that's going well. Smaller bra was an improvement, but not sure if I'll need more since the training just has really short drills (run 15 sec, walk 1 min, x 10). Feeling ok about that overall.

Also added in some mild weight work afterwards today, which is good at least to remind my body how to do those things. I did squats today and my shoulders were tighter than they had been, so I'll have to put some effort into making sure those stay limber to keep what gains I had.

 

Sleep: I seem to be trending to bed around 11:30 instead of 11 (except to night, but I was out with a friend for her birthday) and getting better about waking up. Going to keep aiming for bed at 11 so it doesn't slip back later, while focusing on also getting up early enough. After another week I'll try to shift it a little bit earlier.

 

Water: Struggling to drink as much as I intend to, for a whole host of random reasons that should be easy to fix, but aren't really that easy. I think I should keep trying to pay attention to how much I drink and get a little bit more, but I also need to focus on fixing the things I can (like getting a water delivery going, since the tap water here is part of the problem).

 

Writing: Have made no real progress on this. I'm still writing only on the bus, and I'm not often on the bus lately. Fixing my sleep might gain me one (or at most 2) days of bus rides, since I've have a few times where I skipped the bus because I slept in too late to catch it. Mostly, though, it's because I have stuff going on after work and need my car. So to reiterate: what I want to do is make time daily for writing. I considered writing during breakfast, but I tend to get really stressed out if I worry about being late, so I'm not sure that's as practical as it sounds. Still, as I write that I'm reconsidering, because no other time has sounded quite as good or as easy to be consistent about. And I did commit to trying to actually eat breakfast instead of running by a coffee shop. So on second thought: I will try to write during breakfast this week, just to see how it goes.

 

Overall status: actually pretty excited about the running thing, which is weird and cool. I haven't made any effort to run since I hit puberty (stupid bras!). I can't wait until it's warm enough to run outside (which will be way cooler than a track for fleeing zombies). My plan is to start by running in the area around my gym, since I have access to lockers, showers, and relatively flat terrain.

So far I've been running every other day. I know it's built in that I can take weekends off and just run MWF, but instead I'm going to try to just run every other day until I can't. That means I'll need to run next Sunday, if all goes according to plan, which will be the first time I won't have easy access to my gym. I'm sure there's a few options much closer to home (although you never know, weather might be 70 and sunny that day). Basically I need to figure that one out. (I can go to my gym, but it makes a lot more sense not to unless I need to be in that area anyway - usually it's for work or other events (in the case of today)).

 

I should probably drink a bit of water and go to sleep now. Very tired, and definitely fighting off getting sick. So far it's just in my sinus, so I'm not restricting zombie training or anything. I'm hoping it's a cold and not the flu, and that it will pass quickly and quietly without hitting my chest.

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Oh yea, let's make that tiny cold disappear! I hope it does.

Sleep sounds like there can be more progress at the challenge goes along. Cool.

I finally broke down last year and bought a cheap backpack for my second gym bag. I would inevitably leave it home or at a gig house and not have time or energy to go get them. 2 is better for me.

That would be cool to have breakfast at home and some writing time scheduled right in. Perhaps that structure will help you not stress about being late for work. How often does your morning routine change?

And as far as water is concerned, I don't have many good habits with it yet either. Some of the things I've tried are: drinking 16 oz after I get up in the morning, 16 oz before lunch (say 20 minutes before), and then again before dinner. I also have put rubber bands around my water cup and taken one off each time I finished it. Collect the rubberbands at the end of the day and that's how much you drank. I usually slip them onto my wrist so I don't lose them!

Glad you're liking the running. It's awesomeness! Alright, sleep well. Cya!

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Oh yea, let's make that tiny cold disappear! I hope it does.

 

 

Me too!

 

So far it's just the sniffles, but my friends are really sick (flu, I think) and I probably caught what they have. Will just have to sleep as best I can, drink as much water as I can, and hope for the best (pretty much my challenge in a nutshell anyway).

 

Today was my day off running, looking forward to it tomorrow although my schedule is going to be kind of tight, since I have other activities in the evening too.

 

I woke up before my alarm this morning, but not by too much (need that rest to fight off cold/flu/zombies) so I just got up and got going. I was also pretty happy with my water today. I didn't measure it, but it felt pretty good. Particularly for a Sunday.

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Just some weird running thoughts and Zombie Run in particular!

 

As I started running more from home (good solid source of bathroom) I first headed out to the shopping district which starts 1 mile from my house.  Something that I discovered was that running BEHIND the Kohls, Staples, Walmart, Target, FoodLion was very FLAT, and virtually no traffic to worry about unlike a city street!  Nice big open loading dock areas with asphalt, really long stretchs that are really flat (no hills in the stores!)

 

One benefit is that all of those have a public bathroom (which can become a sudden need when running, enuf said.) and being a somewhat self conscious person there are very few people to "watch" me running too!  

 

There is also kind of a neat tie in to the Zombie Running experience as those would all be valuable post zombie world scavenging destinations!!

 

Have fun!

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Just some weird running thoughts and Zombie Run in particular!

 

As I started running more from home (good solid source of bathroom) I first headed out to the shopping district which starts 1 mile from my house.  Something that I discovered was that running BEHIND the Kohls, Staples, Walmart, Target, FoodLion was very FLAT, and virtually no traffic to worry about unlike a city street!  Nice big open loading dock areas with asphalt, really long stretchs that are really flat (no hills in the stores!)

 

One benefit is that all of those have a public bathroom (which can become a sudden need when running, enuf said.) and being a somewhat self conscious person there are very few people to "watch" me running too!  

 

There is also kind of a neat tie in to the Zombie Running experience as those would all be valuable post zombie world scavenging destinations!!

 

Have fun!

 

Hehe. That sounds pretty awesome.

 

It's still way too snowy and cold and icy and DRY COLD AIR OF DOOM, so no way am I running outside until it warms up. I would die in so many ways, I'd prefer the zombies get me :)

 

I figured out where and how to do the track at the local rec center, so I have this weekend covered (which is neat!).

 

On the down side, I'm pretty certain what I have is the flu. Still just dealing with sniffles and stuff, but that's how it started for my friends and they got much worse (and are still not better), because the flu this year is terrible. So I'm expecting to have at least of week of unplanned downtime when it hits me hard. Meanwhile, I'll keep following the advice that I can keep going as long as it's only in my nose and throat. If it hits my lungs or I get a fever, I'll rest. I'm really hoping I don't get as sick as other people are getting!

 

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I did get lots of sleep last night. Went to bed around 10 (woh early! neat) and got up and went to work early, and actually got work done (been hard to focus because I've been so stressed, not that I like my job very much even in the best of times - but that's a different story). I didn't write during breakfast because I was worried about catching the bus (which I did, but barely). So I wrote a little on the bus this morning (2 sentences) and more on the way home. So that was ok. Also have plans to take the bus more often than not this week (first time in a while) so that should help me keep the writing up either way. Maybe breakfast writing is just for non-bus days.

On the downside, I'm out of breakfast food. I was going to get some more on the way home tonight and spaced it. It's too late (more like too cold and icy) to bother now, so I guess tomorrow will be coffee + pastry from a shop.

Also did really really well with water today. What worked better was having 2 bottles. When one emptied, I could fill it up at the fountain (which is WAY too cold to drink) and let it sit and get close to room temp while drinking from the other one.

 

I think if I keep going at this pace, I'll feel pretty satisfied. Mostly trying to focus on keeping my spirits up in general, and hoping I don't get very badly sick in specific.

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Have you ever had none breakfast foods at breakfast? I sometimes heat up leftovers for breakfast. Or heat up chicken and peas. Maybe something like that would interest you. ?

Glad sleep is improving. Yay!

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Have you ever had none breakfast foods at breakfast? I sometimes heat up leftovers for breakfast. Or heat up chicken and peas. Maybe something like that would interest you. ?

 

 

Hehe. Thanks for the suggestion, but I love breakfast food! (And actually, am pretty biased against leftovers. Just have never cared for them).

 

 

I've been pretty busy this week, but have been keeping up with my runs. My sinus is getting worse, but not by a lot, and no other signs of illness (fever, coughing, etc) so far!

 

Today I took a leap of faith an ran outside. Not sure it was a good idea, it was a bit too cold, and it was a new training exercise instead of a repeat of one I was familiar with. Overall it went ok though. I used my gps for the first time and went almost 4k! A great deal of it was still walking, but there was a fair amount of running too. It also challenged me to go slower so I could watch my footing, and generally with uneven footing. I chose an area that was pretty flat, but I still had to deal with some ups and downs. I made sure to walk when I had to go up bigger hills, which helped.

 

My sleep has been all over the place, and I absolutely hate time changes, so I'm cranky about daylight savings BS. My water has been similarly hit or miss. It's not really my water intake I need to monitor and increase - it's my thirst. I'm feeling dehydrated, but not thirsty. I have the same issue with sleep - I'm tired but not sleepy. My mind and body are weird, I guess.

 

My writing habits flopped again over the past week. I occasionally sit down and write, but am not really dedicated to it the way I want to be right now. Trying not to worry and stress over that too much, since I have plenty of other stuff to stress about.

 

On the whole I'm keeping busy, which means I'm making a priority of the things I care about. Sometimes that which I care about just isn't quite what I want it to be, as is the case for writing right now.

 

But since the running is going good, I'm pretty satisfied.

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I have a similar issue with leftovers so yea, totally get that.

Your running sounds great. 4K, sweet.

The writing is off and on for me as well. Sometimes I do a freewrite about why I'm not writing. Get interesting things to think about!

As far as water intake is concerned, I have a friend who drinks 16 oz right after getting dress in the morning, again during his first break at work, and then right when he gets home. The rest of the day he only drinks if he happens to be thirsty. If you try something like that, you may be able to bypass the, but I don't feel thirsty reasoning for not drinking often enough. Dunno. 

 

Good Luck with Week 3!

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I have a similar issue with leftovers so yea, totally get that.

Your running sounds great. 4K, sweet.

The writing is off and on for me as well. Sometimes I do a freewrite about why I'm not writing. Get interesting things to think about!

As far as water intake is concerned, I have a friend who drinks 16 oz right after getting dress in the morning, again during his first break at work, and then right when he gets home. The rest of the day he only drinks if he happens to be thirsty. If you try something like that, you may be able to bypass the, but I don't feel thirsty reasoning for not drinking often enough. Dunno. 

 

Good Luck with Week 3!

 

I did the same training run as Sunday, but it was under 3k today. I'm not sure why it's that big of a difference, though I did walk more of it. My hip was hurting (I think the knee raise things were causing problems, but I'm not sure). I was also super tired today, even though I thought I slept ok. I managed to take the bus, but instead of writing I just slept. Thinking I'm getting enough sleep is not the same as actually getting enough sleep.

 

I don't think that particular water drinking tactic would work too well for me. I would have to chug water and I hate that (unless I am thirsty and it's refreshing - but that's different). I have other smaller tactics that seem to be working well. A lot of it is OCD-driving strangness, like convincing me my water source is "clean" enough. Why can I drink tap water from location A but not location B? Couldn't tel you - but it makes a difference. But since the "clean" water is cold, I have to have 2 bottles on hand - one to drink out of and one to fill and let warm up a bit. (Seriously - it's all water from the same building. There is no reason I can drink one but not the other. Regardless, I am more inclined to actually drink the water if I fill it up at a particular location, and it's not too out of the way or burdensome, so that's what I do. I had a similar issue at my last office.) So as weird as all that is, water is going better during the week. Weekends are still dicey, but are not too bad.

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Sorry you're feeling down, sweetie. Times can be tough so I'm glad you were able to go home early and 'turn off' parts of yourself to help you recuperate some. Your water tactic sounds like it's working during the week fine, that's great. The weekend, yeah. I find myself filling glasses of water and putting them throughout the gig house I'm at right now. It's working so I ain't knockin it!

*goes to drink some right now*

Ahh...

 

Hope your weekend is relaxing and reenergizing for you. Good Luck

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