I’ve Run Once This Month

The number of posts on my blog this month is strongly correlated with the number of runs I’ve completed. It’s not a 1:1 correlation, but it’s close.

Yup, I’ve run exactly one time this month. But, there are still 2 days and 6 hours to get that number higher. Maybe I’ll run tonight just to bump it up.

Last week, Mom was visiting and I jumped out of bed around 6:15 a.m. and informed her that we were going for a walk. You see, I run at approximately the pace my mom walks … because Mom is a bad ass. I told her we were going to climb “Mount Oconomowoc,” which is a hill just under a mile from my house.

July 23 Pace & Elevation

Turns out, this “mountain” only has an elevation gain of 130 feet. However, a year ago I couldn’t walk to the top of it without stopping to rest. Now, I walked at a brisk pace after running for a mile.

This was my first run in a month because I’ve been in a love/hate relationship with summer, so I was at my super slow pace—about 15:00 per mile. I’m not concerned about my speed. I’m just happy that I was able to get out and be active with my mom. I even let her be in my post-run selfie.

July 23 Run Photo

Weigh In

It’s Tuesday, and that means weigh in day! I was very happy to see 168 on the scale this morning, which is down 3.5 pounds from last week. My weight has been all over the place this month, but I have a net loss of 2.2 pounds for July—right in line with my .4 pounds per week average. For only getting in one run, that’s pretty darn good. I highly doubt I’m going to meet my goal/dream of being 160 before we go on vacation (in 39 days!) But I can probably get to 165.

Weight Training

After running my half marathon in May, I announced that I wanted to start weight lifting. The only problem was that I didn’t have any weights, or a gym membership. Well, lucky for me one of our neighbors is moving across the country and needs to get rid of their weight bench. In 30 minutes I’m headed over to their house to check it out, but based on the pictures I’ve seen I’m 95% sure I’ll be purchasing it. It’s a bench, bar, weights (up to 45 pounds) and a bunch of rubber flooring tiles. I’m looking forward to digging back into The New Rules of Lifting for Women and actually getting started on the training plan. I know that it’s important to build muscle while losing fat, but I haven’t been doing a very good job at it lately. I’m not sure what effect it will have on the scale, but I don’t really care. More muscle means I burn more calories, which means I can eat more food. And I’m all about eating every possible calorie I can.

 

Oh, and while I’ve been neglecting this blog, I’ve started another one. Check out The Gross Travel Chronicles if you’re interested in reading about all the fun places my husband and I go. I’m currently summarizing our travel for the last three years, and hopefully I’ll be live-blogging from Europe in September.

3 thoughts on “I’ve Run Once This Month

  1. Heck yes to weights!

    I’ve been lifting on-and-off 1-2xs per week for the last 5 months. I’ve been doing a series of Strong Lifts, so barbell squats, overhead press, bench press, rows, dead lifts and increasing weight, decreasing reps. I’m about to start over at a new weight level and do the series again. (I’ll be posting more on my blog about it soon!)

    It has been fantastic but get the training and education about lifting. Have someone explain proper form and posture. Get someone to help you for sure!

    1. Way to go, Megan! I’ve had a personal trainer that did weights with me in the past, so I feel good about my form, coupled with all the instruction in The New Rules of Lifting for women. We pick up the weight bench tomorrow!

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