Keep on keepin’ on…

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Here’s to you, Gladys Knight…I really gotta use my imagination…for a better blog post title! 😉

Friends, I ran today, and though I felt completely sluggish the entire time, I did a good distance with a decent pace.  I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t get 20 minutes down yet.  It’s going to be a while.  So, instead of trying to run until I get the 20 minutes down, I’m going to finish out the days of Couch to 5k that are interval runs…and then try to run 20…then 25…then 28…the finally 30 minutes straight. I know I can do it…I just need to do it in a manner that my body will let me.

SO, I found out that I’m going to be a dad TOMORROW. Like, yes, we’re going to the hospital and Ms. Fat Guy (who is, not-so-ironically, neither fat, nor a guy) will be induced and hopefully our little boy (whom we sometimes lovingly refer to as Chico) will arrive quickly and without too much discomfort. Wish us luck!

Since we’re not going to have our last date like we had hoped for, we’re going to choose one of our favorite teenage girl, soccer movies…either Bend It Like Beckham or She’s The Man…to watch tonight (JohnT if you’re reading this, remember I told you my man card was taken from me a long time ago…slowly, but surely, I’ll get it back).

I know everyone who reads this might not be religious (or a Christian for that matter), but I hope you’ll indulge me in sharing something with you that has kept me going all these weeks…

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.  –Isaiah 40:31

Here’s to running and not being weary!!

OK, guys…this post was replete with my ADD, so I’ll stop here. Hope your weeks are off to great starts and I’ll be back as soon as the little guy is here!

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I did it! Finally got the five-minute interval down…

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Wednesday morning I woke up feeling (and probably looking) like a chubby Keith Richards.

It was the first time in the six weeks I’ve been doing this that I deliberately decided I wasn’t going to run in the morning.  Maybe I was adjusting to the time change from our trip, but I just wasn’t having it. After a somewhat crappy day, I decided I wasn’t going to miss a day of my program so long as I was healthy and able to run, so I went out in the evening.

I didn’t have any plans in mind other than to do what Couch-to-5k asked for that week.  I tried my first five minute interval, and it wasn’t quite successful.  I managed four minutes, walked for 45 seconds, and then ran another minute.  After the other intervals, I walked for a while and then on the way back home, I felt a new kick of energy and decided it was time to try again.  I didn’t look at my watch, and my music was too loud to hear the time go off, but the time was all zero’s when I checked it.

I’ll be darned. I ran for five minutes straight.

On top of that, I was able to do 3 miles in exactly 45 minutes. Needless to say, I was highly satisfied!

Initially, I wasn’t going to push it, but as I was approaching mile one, I saw two firefighters from the nearby station running toward me. Anytime I run past someone, I usually greet them and pause my music so I can hear. I did so, and they both kind of nodded and smirked. “Dude looks like he’s gonna die,” one of them said as they passed, “maybe we should run him in…ha ha ha.” Great, I thought…these ripped Mario Lopez and John Cena lookalikes just mocked me…and that’s all the motivation I needed to turn it up a notch. I went out again this evening and did it again. Believe me when I say, I am on cloud nine…

Furthermore, I happy enough knowing that I don’t have to compete with Slater and a pseudo-wrestler…my wife is more than content picking this sweaty guy over anyone any day…

Am I blessed, or what?

It’s an improvement, but I’m still repeating…

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Well, I needed a little downtime yesterday to get some thoughts together, and have come to the conclusion that I will definitely repeat a week or two of the Couch-to-5k program. This morning I went out and did 2.5 miles with a 14:44 pace…a personal best up to this point, and a major improvement from the 16:07 I recorded just two days ago. These things take time, I know, and that’s why I’m willing to invest more time to improving and getting more comfortable with running.

Today I went back to the 60s run/90s walk intervals and it seemed to work in my favor time and distance wise.  I don’t know if I’ll do that next week, but I just might. I haven’t made up my mind yet, because I want to work on the 90s run/120s walk intervals, and try to improve.  But if something works in my favor–how long should I stick with it before I move on to the next step?

Either way, I feel pretty darn good about a longer distance and shorter time. A thankful shout out to MizFit for the inspiration to get over my bad day the other day and make this one much better!

Now for something a little different…

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You all are going to think I’m nuts, but bear with me for a second.

This whole weight loss/running/health/self-improvement thing has provided a lot of emotions for me lately (maybe a little too much). You have to understand that I’m having a hard time believing that my body or weight could ever change, despite the fact that I am, in fact, running and losing weight. I can’t afford to give up…I really just can’t. So, I heard a song today very atypical to my listening pleasure that nearly brought me to tears.

What song could that possibly be, you ask? No, not Eye of the Tiger or any other Rocky song, and no Chariots of Fire

Bet On It sang by Zac Efron (as Troy Bolton) from Disney’s High School Musical 2.

It’s okay, you can laugh.  I give you permission, because it is funny, but I listened to the words and they just touched a nerve…here’s a small sampling:

I’m not gonna stop, that’s who I am
I’ll give it all I got, that is my plan
Will I find what I lost?
You know you can
Bet on it, bet on it
Bet on it, bet on it
(Bet on me)
I wanna make it right, that is the way
To turn my life around, today is the day
Am I the type of guy who means what I say?
Bet on it, bet on it
Bet on it, bet on it

And the video clip in it’s full glory (you’ll definitely find this funny…perhaps the mirror effect when he’s singing at the pond?)

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For a guy who typically has a very eclectic taste in music and movies, I can’t say this song or movie is anywhere near my favorite, but it definitely asked the right questions.

As I’ve said before, I’m in this for the long haul. I will change. I will be healthy. I will lose weight. I will become a runner. I will kick fat’s ass like no tomorrow.

Am I the type of guy who means what I say?

Bet on it.

Cheesy, but true. Happy weekend, everyone!

OK, OK…by request…

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I had a friend e-mail me today and tell me I couldn’t get away with using “Fat guy in a little coat” without paying homage to Chris Farley. So, without further ado, here’s the inspiration for my blog’s moniker…

Perfect Strangers – “Weigh to go, Buddy,” Part 3

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Perfect Strangers – “Weigh to go, Buddy,” Part 1

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