“Paint me in a corner, but my color comes back.
Once you go black, you never go back.
I’m a black sheep.”
–Gin Wigmore, “Black Sheep”
Miles since last time: 288.25
Miles Total: 397.25
Yes, you read that right. In the last (sadly update-less) month, I’ve been able to go nearly 300 miles. My method to upping my mileage ante is actually quite simple.
But first, some explanation.
During my last check-in, I was in a bad place. I was on week four of my 1,500 Mile Project and in a lot of pain. I was on my treadmill trying to do six to seven miles a day with the goal of doing it almost everyday, but usually about three, maybe four, times a week. My legs would kill me for nearly three-quarters of my walk–seriously, I had to stop and shake them out every few minutes–and my feet could barely move afterward.
It was not pleasant. I would tell myself that if I kept at it, it would get better. That wasn’t working. May 1 was a particularly bad day, and I barely even made it to five miles. I know this because I keep a daily log of my miles and drew this angsty face next to the date:
My theory on this is that the shoes I was wearing were probably not optimized for long periods of time on the treadmill. Nonetheless, I knew I had to do something different or I would have no hope of achieving my completely doable goal.
I made myself do something I had no real desire to do. I started going to a gym.
I tend to have mixed feelings about gyms. On the one hand, I understand that they are good because they have a variety of fitness equipment. On the other, I’m already pretty self-consciousness. Put me around a bunch of gym rats and my self-consciousness doubles, then triples, then quadruples. Everyone watches everyone in a gym–even though we all pretend we don’t when we get caught–and sometimes I don’t know how to work the machines and embarrass myself and some guy whose neck is thicker than his head smirks at me. That’s probably a story for a different day…
Anyway, I sucked it up, bought some new insoles, and went to my local YMCA, where I knew I would find ellipticals, bike machines, and gliders (OH MY) that I hoped would be a low-impact enough to staunch the urge to self-amputate my legs because really they might be more trouble than they’re worth.
Two bits of good news:
- Alternating between the bike and the elliptical seems to be working. I’m able to go a lot of miles and burn a lot of calories. So, yay!
- I think my stamina is improving. I’ve been focusing on doing intervals, and I don’t feel like cutting off my limbs most of the time. Score!
One bit of bad news:
I haven’t really lost any weight. I mean, maybe a pound or so, but basically zero. Uh oh.
I can think of two reasons:
- I play pretty fast and loose with the rest days, averaging about two or three a week. You’re apparently only supposed to have one about every three days. Oops.
- I haven’t been terribly focused on healthy eating. I’ll snack on granola bars and fruit and such, but all bets are off at dinnertime, which probably means a big giant influx of calories. I’m trying to get through this without going on an extreme diet, but making a few healthier choices could go a long way. Double oops.
Until next week–when I will for sure make my next check-in–I have to focus on starting to fix these two things. Will I succeed? Stay tuned.
Good for you! Sticking to any routine in the beginning is hard, but you’ll get to where it is second nature. You will find your groove. Congrats on joining the Y also. I really enjoyed going there. Keep it up and most importantly keep writing!!! I love your blog! 🙂
Thanks! I really want to try posting twice a week (once about miles and once not), but I’m still finding my routine there!
I think it is great what you are doing. My hubs and I have recently decided that we are tired of sitting on the sidelines when it comes to playing sports and such with our kids so we are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle too. I whole heartedly agree with you that getting into a schedule is tough! I admire you blogging about it too. It keeps you more accountable when others know your goal rather than just making a mental note of it. Major kudos to you! 🙂 Good luck! I really enjoy your writing. You are very talented.
Thank you!!! Good luck on your healthy ventures, too–though I imagine keeping up with those kiddos is already a pretty big workout! 😉