Torture Report: Bouncing Back Wearing Mismatched Shoes and Eating More Protein

(G) Last week was uneventful for me. Another recovery week post-race is always a bonus! I did do a few walks during the week just to try to make my return to running a little easier. It did not.
Let me preface this by saying that Saturday was beautiful here in Ohio. It was nearly 80, which is awesome unless you haven’t run in 80-degree weather since probably September of last year. It’s an adjustment, let’s just say. So Swaggy and I hit Highbanks, our favorite park, and slugged out 10 miles. It was not pretty.

Then Sunday I got up early to do another 10. I got 7.5 in before I had to call it off in order to shower before an appointment. I did end up getting the other 2.5 in later in the day but clearly I was tired. I showed up at my appointment and looked down to see this situation.


Yes I did, indeed, leave my house with two different shoes on. In my rather weak defense, they are the same shoe just a different color.
But my poor running, often walking, over the weekend leaves me feeling completely ill-prepared and out of shape for my upcoming race. I know I always say this but it’s hard to determine if your lack of pep in your step is being out of shape or just coming off a long race a little more than a week ago. Guess it doesn’t matter cause May 2 will arrive whether I am ready or not. Probably much like my mom felt on that day almost 41 years ago. Boy did she get more than she bargained for on that one.


One more week of middle distances and then a tapering we will go!

(L) Last week I told you I was back on track and this week once again I was able to get my 6 days of training in.  I am consistently getting 3 miles of walking in and then 3 of those days I also run.  The other 3 days are weight training.  I find myself loathing the run for some reason.  I am not sure if it’s just that I love the weight training or if 2 miles of running albeit very fast intervals, feels like I am going nowhere.  This week I might try to run before I do my walk.

I have noticed that my love handles have diminished just a tad and my stomach feels a little flatter.  All of this is the good news.  The bad news is that I weighed myself this week and I am NOT losing any weight.  I am so irritated because I have been so consistent with my workouts.

SOOOOO, I am amping up the protein and the cardio and I am going LOW... very, very low on the carb count.  You may want to avoid me for the next week or so because it’s not going to be pretty folks.  And a special note to my walking/therapy partner, Jenny:  I apologize in advance for my grumpy attitude.  I promise I will be back to myself sometime in the near future. 

To make matters worse, my hubby just started some high protein, low carb, exercise your butt off plan and I am sure he will shed 20 pounds in the first week.  That is just how it always works in my house.  I work my butt off for months with nothing to show for it and he sweats his excess poundage of in a matter of days.  Don’t get me wrong I am super happy he has decided to workout and jump on the fitness wagon, it’s just that he is always successful on the wagon…Life can be so unfair.  Another special note to Jenny:  It may take me a mile or so before I stop complaining about my hubby and his weight loss.  

I can’t wait to let you know how things are going next week in the house of horrors…I mean, on our fitness journey.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G


The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

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