Run To Keep Warm

Before I left for work today, I decided that I wanted to run after work as the weather was looking better and the roads should be clearer.  However, just after I left the house I (of course) realized that I had forgotten my running gear.  It wasn’t really worth going back for since I was already running late so I decided to just run a shorter run once I got home.

After I arrived home after work, I took Sparky out after getting into my gear.  While getting dressed I checked for new updates on my iPhone and lookie there – a new Nike+ GPS update!  The latest update (3.0.1) added in Nike+ Tag.  This allows you to play “tag” with someone else – either on distance-based or time-based runs.  Whoever runs the shortest or least-time is “it.”  As my only running friend on Nike+ is Jake, I started a game of tag with him then started my run with a goal of running only three miles.

Once I got going it was clear that this run wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d thought.  The roads were better than yesterday, but as two sections of road that I run on don’t have City Buses running on them, they really weren’t that great either.  As I didn’t have too much ice during the run though, it could have been worse.  When I had run about 3/4 of a mile, I was about ready to just run only two miles instead as my breath was coming right back at me (this can make it harder to breathe as you are exhaling a lot more air at a time than if you were walking which would mean that I’m not getting enough fresh air in on each breath).  However, once I did finally reach the first mile I decided that I wasn’t going to give up that easily and forged on.

During my runs, the Nike+ GPS app informs me of my distance every half-mile and every ten minutes.  Once I got to two miles, I turned around and made my way back.  I completed my run a short two miles later.  I didn’t beat my earlier run’s average pace, but I am pretty happy with the pace I was able to get – 8’09″/mi.  I’ve been slowly lowering that number over time and hope to have it around 7’/mi by the time I run the Purdue Challenge in April.

Overall, I have now ran 151.3 miles with the Nike+ GPS app and a total of 891.22 miles!

Goals: Status – Week One

Well, it’s been one week and how have I been doing? Well, when I started last week I was at 206lbs according to my scale and according to the specific way I weigh myself – sans anything that would skew the results.

Last Monday I weighed 206lbs. Today I weigh 201 lbs. Well, 5 in one week – not bad. Here’s how I was able to accomplish that in just one week.

Monday: Biked 10 miles
Tuesday: Walked 5 miles
Wednesday: Biked 10 miles
Thursday: Nothing
Friday: Nothing
Saturday: Nothing
Sunday: Nothing

Now that just doesn’t make sense. Ok, 25 miles is good for me but that could definitely not have caused that much weight loss. What helped was that Friday night I got really sick with the flu. Usually the flu only lasts for one, maybe two, days but I actually had to take a sick day today from work because of it. I am feeling better right now so hopefully will feel great for tomorrow.

Anyway, here’s a re-cap. To have great weight-loss results, work out and get the flu! 🙂


Well, it’s time to make some goals.

I know I don’t actually post much of anything to here, or anywhere for that matter, but oh well.

I’ve got a few goals that I am going to strive to achieve.

1. Loose weight. I weigh more than I want to so I’m biking more often and am going to be working out now.
2. Get healthier. This ties into the first goal, but generally, I eat a lot of junk food. I’ve lately been eating better food and I’ve been feeling better as a result. Go figure!
3. Get Certified. First up is A+. I’ve been very slowly working on this one for several months now and it’s time to kick it into gear. I’m hoping to work on this one about two hours a night for a nice steady pace.

More details should follow soon, but wanted to just get that going first.