I’m back . . . kind of sorta.

Not only did I take two weeks to “celebrate” the birth of my Lord, but it also seems that I took two weeks away from my half-marathon training plan. Very bad, KOS. Very bad, KOS. Now, I’m getting back to my routine . . . I hope.

Lol, I actually forgot the floor where my office is located. 

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Word on the street is that we have 69 days left until the United NYC Half Marathon. I didIMG_4876 complete a very struggling 3M run this morning. Man, it was cold AF this morning (24F). Although this entry is not going to be my usual weekly training recaps, because I have not done shit since the 20th. No wait, I lie. I did attend ONE Zumba class during my break. Well, I did watch over 18 seasons of The Amazing Race. So, I did “run” 18 “races”.

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Here are a few things that I think that I need to do to get back on track.

Lose some damn weight. OMG. How in the hell did I gain 18 pounds from June to last week?

Weight Loss Struggle

There were some good lows and bad highs regarding my weight in 2018.

This graph confirms one thing – Intermittent Fasting (IF) works for me, and I will start IF’ing tomorrow. During 2018, I IF’ed from February (the start of Lent) until June (my all-inclusive aka drink like a fish vacation in Cancun). It’s kind of strange that I gained weight while training for the NYC marathon. Actually, it’s not that strange (for me) because I tend to overeat while training. Just because I run 15 miles does not mean that I should eat a million tacos and wash them down with a million margaritas. Ok, I guess that I may have partied a little too much during December and January with all of the holiday parties and birthdays. I know too many people born in Dec. and Jan. Come to think of it, I have another bday party this weekend. Oh and my delicious eggnog martinis, eggnog smoothies, screwmosas, and any & all things whiskey- or gin-based did not help.

During today’s run, I noticed that the middle part of my back was super sore. I think my back muscles may have atrophied during my staycation because of my extreme couch surfing. Hang ten. I hope this is just an issue of getting back into the groove. For January 2017 and 2018, I have been cursed with flare-ups of my herniated disc in my lower back. Actually, Facebook reminded me that two years to this date, I was in the ER for FOURTEEN hours because of my back.

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To get more integrated into some running communities, I have renewed my lapsed membership for the New York FrontRunners and joined Harlem Runs. The latter starts its runs a block away from the apartment so no excuses.

I hope everyone is having a great time meeting their new year’s resolutions. Or rather new year’s intentions. Recently, I learned that you are supposed to make intentions instead of resolutions. Ummm, aren’t they both the same thing? Something you start on Jan. 1st but fall off around Superbowl Sunday. Ok, let me stop hating.

Let me see what y’all have been up to over the past couple of weeks.

Catch you in the streets.

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Quick (and dirty) weekly update

When is there time to update this thing?

Monday

Zumba

I’m kind of over this Monday Zumba class (I know that I say this every month or so). It has been a few months of the same routines and annoying folks.

Strength training

It felt nice finally to pump some iron, now that my arm has fully recovered.

Tuesday

Run

A 3 mile run around the park. I was a hot mess, probably because I was dead tired.

Friday

Run

A three mile run around the park.

Cize

I have been feeling chubby lately and I’m nowhere near beach ready for Cancun. Plus, I think that my body has reached a plateau with the intermittent fasting – I do not feel as if I have dropped anymore pounds since my last weigh in. Since I was in a state of chubbyness, I decided to do a Cize workout for a little extra cardio for the day. The routine was Britney Spears’ “Circus”. Although I’m not really a fan of that particular song, it’s one of those tunes that gets stuck in my head for DAYS.

Some advice from Shaun T, regarding the pivot-drop move.

Mr Shaun T why didn’t you give me this warning, before I threw out my back five years ago doing your INSANITY workout?

Saturday

Elliptical and strength training

Sunday

Race (4M) – Didn’t make it to the damn start line

New Rule for Dr. KOS: No sloring the night before a race. I hung out with some friends in Jackson Heights and had way too much champagNE and aguardiente.

Note: champagNE + aguardiente is not a good combination. The hell was I thinking? Mixing those two things like college drinking 101.

The next morning I could not pull myself out of bed for the race A damn shame because Central Park is like 15/20min by train.

Basically, I spent the day watching TV, feeling lonely, and ordering crappy takeout food. Since my mom passed away, Mother’s Day is a little tough for me. I’m a little annoyed that a handful of people reached out to me. But then again, I guess that I really done reciprocate those kind of actions. Eh, such is life, I guess.

What dumb thing have you done that caused you to miss a race?