Running yesterday was AMAZING! I used Map My Walk (or run, or whatever, I think it’s the same app under different names) to get a benchmark from which to improve. At first I was a little bit dismayed that my fastest lap time is currently slower than my friend’s fastest walking time, but hey, we’ve all gotta start somewhere. Also most of my running is sadistically done uphill, so there’s that to factor in. I don’t think I’ll run the app every time, maybe once a month, because I don’t want to get obsessed with improvements and want it to happen naturally.
The first and last miles are the ones I’m most interested in. Split 3 included my friend bumping into someone he knew and stopping for a chat, and split 4 included strength training.
I honestly had so much fun this time around, even more than last time. For some reason whenever we get to the press-ups I get the giggles. It’s no bad thing, because it’s so good to laugh, and also it pulls my abs in. It’s a win-win.
I feel guilty though – I found out yesterday that my friend has other people he trains and I jokingly acted shocked that he was cheating on me. But he told me he charges the other people he trains £20 an hour whereas I get it for free. I feel so incredibly grateful to him and want to do something nice in return, though I have no idea what yet. I do hope he realises just how thankful I am though, because although at some point I will go out for extra training sessions on my own, he has made such an incredible difference already. A mutual friend commented last night that the change in me already is amazing and he’s right – there’s no way I would have run in public two weeks ago but look at me now!
My body shape is also changing drastically. In my midriff I can see contours start to appear where there were none before, and there’s a huge difference between when my abs are engaged and when I’m just letting it all hang loose! I did my measurements after Christmas and despite not having lost that much weight between now and then a whole TWO INCHES have gone from my waist. Over the last couple of days especially I’ve noticed my arms toning up, too.
Tonight will be my third night on the more physical department at work, and I’ve been finding it easier than I ever have. The last time I did it, around this time last year, there’s no way on earth I would have been able to exercise the next day.
This is my heart rate graph from yesterday. Look at all that time in the fat burning zone! I’m so pleased with that, but also dismayed that my resting heart rate shot up and refuses to come back down again. I think it’s perhaps a lack of sleep, because I’m so excitable I’m finding it hard to stay in bed. I’m trying not to worry about it, because if I stress out that’ll probably make it go higher.
That’s also the most time I’ve spent in the cardio zone since getting a Fitbit with a heart rate monitor, which was in 2015. One vague goal I have now is to be able to run or jog the whole 4.8 mile route that I do, so
if when I achieve that I’m guessing that the orange bar is going to be a lot longer!
As for food I have been perfectly on plan, and have a homemade curry scheduled for tonight, along with homemade onion bhajis. I cannot wait for that.
For now it’s time to get on the exercise bike, because I’ve scheduled in one rest day a week and this ain’t it.
Thanks for reading,