Back into the Groove


I think that I finally have returned to running . . . kinda sorta. I managed to run four times last week and finally back to running full loops in Central Park.

Although I’m no where near where I would like to be in terms of running fitness, I’m getting there . . . I think. For now, I primarily have been using Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run method. Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, I can do less of the run-walk-run method and more continuous runs.

Since I’m not sure what’s going on with this year’s NYC Marathon, I figure that I should try to get in some sort of pre-marathon training shape so I can actually train for the marathon over the summer. Also, I would not hurt to drop a few pounds before I officially start training for the marathon.

Gym o’clock:

For the most part, I have been hitting my raggedy a** NYSC gym on a near daily basis. I gotta say that these face cartridges have been a life saver for working out indoors. Now, I can work out for about an hour without my mask becoming so wet that breathing becomes difficult. Before using these, I could workout for about 15 – 20 minutes.

It still has been a struggle to use free weights at my gym, but (for now) I’m fine with using machine weights and doing body weight stuff. Word on the street is that NYC has allowed gyms to resume group training and classes. Perhaps, I can start attending a Zumba class or two in the near future.

General fitness:

Intermittent fasting (16:8) has been going very well. On on a couple of occasions last week, I forgot to eat at the end of 16 hours and ended up fasting for about 20 hours. Also, I think that I’m getting into the groove with intermittent fasting because I have been becoming full with less amount of food. I am still having some issues with late night snacking. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Getting social:

A while ago, I wrote a post where I discussed how difficult it has been for me to integrate into my two running groups (Why I’m Anti-Running Groups) Over the weekend, I “gave” my LGBTQ+ group another shot and volunteered to participate in the group’s cheer zone for folks who were either racing or doing their long run in Central Park. I gotta say that I had a nice time time cheering for my fellow runners (I guess technically they would be my teammates). Maybe I might participate in some of the group’s weekly fun runs.

Plans for the week:

-Buy a new pair of running shoes. Yes, I know that I was supposed to do this last week. Actually, maybe I’ll do it today after work.

-Start executing a sleeping plan. The goal is to be in bed by 10/11 pm so I can wake up early and do my morning runs. The one issue with this plan is the hubby started a new job, and he typically arrives home around 11 pm. I guess it would nice to spend some time with him before we go to bed.

-Plan to run a couple of New York Road Runner or NYCRuns sponsored races in April. I think not racing has killed some of my running motivation because I’m training for anything.

Question of the day:

-Any fun “Welcome Back, Jesus” (aka Easter) plans?

-Have you participated in any in-person races recently?

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  1. I’m planning on taking Friday and Monday off! I’m self-employed and most of my clients don’t have bank holidays, so we’ll see how that goes … Glad you’re getting back into things and those mask breather things look handy.


    • The are not super great for treadmill running since I typically sweat buckets during cardio workouts. Now that the weather is getting nicer here, I’ll be able to run outdoors.

      Enjoy your long weekend.

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