I think I’ve hit a plateau with my running. This session is almost exactly like my #9 run. So rather than do one long sprint in there, I will try to do multiple short sprints. Or run at a fast, but steady pace I can keep. Let’s see how that improves my time.
I went for a long run last Saturday (Aug 13). It felt great; I felt strong throughout the run and had it not been for the winds toward the end, I probably would’ve gone an extra mile or so. I started the summer off at a 248-lb. weight or so and I’m now at about 239 lbs. I’m not looking to lose weight to be honest (it’s all a number game), but instead I’m looking to maintain/improve my cardio and lower my body fat. At any rate, these runs have definitely helped me out. Summer is slowly winding down so I’d like to have at least 2 more long sessions.
This weekend’s run felt a little tougher than usual (considering it was a short run). I managed to run a 9.21-minute mile in there and I’m wondering if that’s what wiped me out. (I average about a 10-minute mile.) So I want to keep pushing that 9-minute mile speed. Next weekend I will try to run two 9-minute miles in my 5-mile run. We’ll see how I feel. Regardless, it was an enjoyable run.
That said, I recently decided to incorporate it into my back workout, this time paying more attention to my form rather than the weight I was using. Another thing which I try to keep in mind while doing this exercise — you’re not pulling/jerking the dumbbell back with your arm, instead your pushing it back with your, er, back. Let your back lead your arm. I personally like the tips given in this YouTube video and I can attest that after 3 sets, your back will feel a nice swell to it.
Only July 23, temperatures in NYC hit 100 degrees. That said, I shortened my run to just 3 miles that day. It was great, I personally love running in the heat, but as I’ve said before — you have to hydrate very well and wear sunblock. Jog with your brains. This past weekend was the first weekend I skipped outdoor running, but I made up for it with my indoor run today. A minimum of 5 incline and 6 speed for 30 minutes. It wiped me out. A few people have commented that I look thinner/leaner, which is great and shocking at the same time. I wasn’t overweight before, but I think with all my runs I’m losing more weight that I thought. Not bad, but my main goal is to lose body fat. I want to get that number down to 10%.