I Forgot Where I Packed My Sneakers When I Moved

I moved to a new place in Austin this week, and when I started getting ready for the gym yesterday morning, I realized I couldn’t find my running shoes anywhere.

Lesson learned – know where you packed your sneakers when you move.

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I considered skipping the gym for the day, but I need it to be a regular habit, so I pulled on my Adidas Sambas and hit the bike.

Usually, I will walk on alternate days, after a run, but I think I will mix in more indoor and outdoor cycling, because I like it, and I’d love to challenge more muscles.

Today, I was back with my regular running shoes for a few miles, so all is restored in the world.

The Heat Index of the North East is Nasty for a Run

I woke up around six in the morning yesterday, and it was pouring rain. So, I had a quick, healthy breakfast of an Atkin’s bar and a Diet Dr. Pepper, as I waited for the weather to clear.

It would have been better to run into the rain, because as soon as it stopped, the heat blasted and the air was thick.

I felt like I was going to puke from running in this heat.

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The temperature was probably about 90 when I was out there, and so with a relative humidity of 70% (I don’t actually have any idea how to calculate that, so I’m just guessing), it felt like 105 degrees. This is based on the NOAA Heat Index chart.

Anyway, it reminded me of my high school soccer practices and two a days in the humid August sun. Sometimes, I’d puke from the running in those elements, and I felt like that today.

So, it’s going to be a necessity to get out earlier, or head to the gym for the treadmill. While I dislike being inside, the upside is going for a jump in the pool at the gym after.

Training for a 10k

I’ve been slowly increasing my distance as I do 2:1 intervals, where I go 2 minutes running alternated with 1 minute walking.

For the past several times, I went a little over five miles.

Soon, I will find a 10k to run for as much as I can, and eventually I’d like to work up to a half marathon.

Inching towards a 10k – intervals in the heat this morning for 5 miles.

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Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 220

There are Two Seasons in New Jersey: Cold and Hot

I just knocked out another four miles of 2:1 intervals, but it was super hot, and that made it tougher.

So, for anybody questioning climate change, I can tell you for sure that we’ve moved to a two season year, at least in New Jersey.

There is cold and hot.

A week ago, it was in the 30s in the morning, and now it’s in the 80s in the morning.

It went from cold to hot really quick, and there was no mild in between. I am hoping this doesn’t send me to the treadmills too soon in the summer.

There are two seasons in New Jersey – cold and hot

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Switching to Intervals to Build Running Distance

I have been running 5k at a time lately, which is six laps around the path of my local park (actually, each lap is a little more than a half mile, but it’s easier to think of it as a half mile).

It has not been getting any easier, which is frustrating, so I’ve decided to switch to 2:1 intervals, where I’ll alternate running two minutes and walking one.

So my latest run was stretched from three miles to four.

The breaks helped out a lot, but they sure did end too quick.

Knocked out 4+ miles doing some 2:1 intervals. I want to work up to 10k.

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Maybe It’s Crazy to Do a Tough Mudder

I was just cooling down from a run the other day and I had worn a shirt that says, “I Will”. It was a training shirt from the Tough Mudder last year.

As I passed a lady on the path, she said, “I Will, what?”

After a second, I realized she was talking about my shirt. As I described what it was about, she looked at me like I was crazy.

And when I think about that day, it does seem sort of crazy to volunteer for that unpleasantness, but it was sure a nice feeling to finish.

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 222

Best and Worst Alcohol Drinks for Diets

I will say this up front, so nobody feels like they need to clarify it – I get that it’s ideal to not drink alcohol with a diet, but since many people like to have some drinks and eat responsibly, I wanted to look into the best and worst drinks.

GQ posted an article, The Best and Worst Booze to Drink if You Want to Lose Weight, so since they did the legwork, I’ll share the highlights.

Of course, this is all relative, and you should check the numbers on each drink to be sure you’ve got a grip on the calories.

Anyhow, the “best” drinks:

  • Red wine
  • Vermouth
  • Straight liquor
  • Light beer

And the “worst”:

  • Sugar packed cocktails
  • High-Alcohol Craft Beers

Well that sucks, because I like those craft beers. But a good incentive to drink them in moderation is to think of those damn calories.

For instance, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is 18 percent alcohol by volume, and each bottle has 450 calories.

Ouch.

When Do the Runs Get Easier?

I’ve been running on and off for about 8 years now, and it’s never really gotten easier.

I struggled to finish a 10k without breaks a couple times, but that’s been my ceiling.

On a regular basis, I’ll go out for 5k on the streets or in a park, and it’s alternately doable and really challenging.

Some runs are tougher than others #fatblogging

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Age and weight are certainly not doing me any favors, but I see people that are older and bigger knocking out the miles.

Am I missing some secret?

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 222

Does This Haircut Make Me Look Fat

I went to the barber yesterday, and one of the myths I like to believe is that the scale will look better the next day after I shed the weight of my cut hair.

In reality, I know that it’s probably a matter of a few ounces, but don’t ruin my scenario.

Even if the barber shop isn’t a magical weight loss solution, it is a funny time machine.

You get the old timers with the hot shaving cream and straight razor working those neck hairs. And the barbers say goofy stuff like, “so, you want to get your ears lowered today?”.

Whatever the result, I dropped some weight yesterday with zero effort.

Back in the Saddle with Atkins

After a stunning gain last week, I’ve managed to clear off some of that weight and get back into a good rhythm.

I was eating better, protein rich breakfasts, which kept me satiated more during the day, and making better choices overall on foods.

Lots of Atkins bars and meals during the days.

Plus, the beer intake was cut way back – three total across the week, and only one of those was an IPA.

I think with some serious discipline, I can match this loss for next week, and I am planning to exercise no less than an hour a day for the next 7 days (Sunday to Saturday) to push for that goal.

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 224