Torture Report: Thorns in the Side

(G): Another week down and it did not disappoint! My running interval training continues to keep me on my toes and wearing me out at every turn. This is my last week focusing on VO2max training and the only thing happier than me is my lungs. Oh it’s been an adventure.
I am sure once I get through this section of training I will be able to feel the improvement but right now it’s keeping me mostly so beat up I am just trying to get through it.
I did have one bright spot on Sunday. I went to acupuncture on Saturday and told my practitioner how run down I was and her needling did just the trick. I woke up on Sunday morning feeling so much better. I did my 2-hour endurance run and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was easy. I did feel less like I was dying than the week before. Plus I was able to run just a tad further this week in 2 hours than I did the previous.


The thorns that remain in my side, however, are burpees and that pesky food logging.

The burpees are flat out difficult but I do see their value. I am not completely abandoning them in February but this daily beat down must cease. I think I am going to reduce them to a few days a week. I haven’t quite decided but this is the last month-long siege for a while.

Speaking of siege, My Fitness Pal continues to electronically nag me day to day about what I am eating, not eating, and when I need to stop. Here’s the thing: I like food. In fact, I am pretty sure my biggest motivator for running long and far is that I want to eat more. But I also want to drop some pounds so there are all kinds of competing commitments at play.

I am happy to say that, while I am only weighing myself once a week, I am down 1.8 pounds. I know, it’s so much work for not a lot of payoff. But I will persevere.

I have maintained my running/walking streak. I haven’t missed a day and have now accumulated more than 100 miles for the month.

I think I can call this week a win but first I want to nap and have a snack before I am sure. Low blood sugar and fatigue can really mess with your brain.

(L):  Yes, I am still on the wagon, but my wagon slowed just a bit this weekend.  By Thursday, I was downright tired from the multiple workouts each day.  While there wasn’t anything that was inherently exhausting, doing yoga, walking for an hour, and then running and/or doing my strength training was wearing on me.  Not to mention spending 2.5-3 hours each day working out takes up way too much time.  So, I am still working out, but I have cut back.

I have an eating problem though.  I like to eat and the more I work out the more I want to eat.  I may need to resort to downloading the food log that G is using.  The thought of having something nagging me about what I am eating though sounds…terrible.  I already have so many voices in  my head nagging me, why would I willingly download an app to nag me?

I start off well in the morning by having a smoothie for breakfast, which usually gets me to late morning or lunch just fine.  By afternoon though the Kraken gets released and it is difficult to contain her.  She wants to eat anything and everything.  So, as I was saying I may need to download that app or find a way to keep the Kraken in her cage.


The other bane of my existence is lunges.  I hate them.  Then I started thinking about that burpee challenge that G continues to suffer through and I remembered that lunges are awesome.  Actually, now that I think about it I am going to go do some lunges and duct tape my mouth shut.  See you next week!


Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

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