Although I ran pretty much every day this past week, I’m suffering from low motivation. The reason behind this is that I’m not seeing much improvement in my running because I’m still slow as f*ck. Well, slow as f*ck compared to where I was last year around this time. Unfortunately, I’m still walking more than I would like to during all of my runs. I guess that I just need to sit down and start comparing my times on similar routes to see if there is any improvement. Even though it was muggy as hell over the weekend (and I had to walk a bunch of times), I really enjoyed my 10ish mile run from Brooklyn back to Harlem.
It was already super hot at 7:45ish am in Brooklyn; I was sweated out before starting the damn run.
I have been doing a bit more speed workouts, mainly 1km and 400m sprint repeats. This week, I think that I’ll try to do mile repeats and add in a hill workout. To be honest last Sunday’s 1km sprints were supposed to be 1mi sprints, but I forgot to switch my Apple Watch from kilometers to miles. Oooppppss.
Since I have been running some distance on a daily basis, I am making some progress for my two virtual challenges – One NY Challenge (1000K) and NYCRuns Subway Challenge (245 miles).
I think that I’ll finish the Subway Challenge by the end of the summer, but I’m not too sure about the One NY Challenge. However, I think it will be interesting to see how far I get through NY State.
Current progress for One NY Challenge
Some good news. Over the past week, I’ve noticed that my HIIT (Shaun T’s Insanity) workouts have been getting “easier”. I guess that I meant to say that I do not have to take as many breaks during these workouts.
This photo was taken after one of my HIIT workouts; keep in mind that I had the AC on full blast. My sweat drops, instead of my finger, took this photo. I’m not sure what I was thinking doing a HIIT workout after running/walking ~10mi. I guess that I was in the zone.
Oh, I am enjoying my new toy.
After two days of use, I have noticed that my calf muscles are not as tight as they use to be. Hopefully, this relief will extend to my quads and shoulders.
A kind of funny Whole 30 diet story. The hubby is 100% committed to doing the diet; whereas, I am not. I mean all of my meals have been based off of the diet, but I have had a few cocktails, glasses of wine, frozen adult beverages since starting. Since Friday was super rainy and I was feeling a bit down, I decided to order cookies and ice cream from Insomnia Cookies. Eating a big a** bowl of ice cream after not having any dairy for about 12 days is not a good idea . . . especially if you are already lactose sensitive. Man, I had the worst bellyache and gas. I mean, some of those ice cream-induced farts were quite lethal.
How do you stay motivated when you do not see any signficant progress during a workout/training plan?