Instead, this entry is about my running.
I'm doing pretty well. I ran three times in West Virginia, on a trail up near where my Great-Grandfather's house is located. It was noticeably more difficult, but I stuck with it and have kept it up. Since I got back to Chicago I've run another three times, one of which ended up being during a storm. I was soaking wet by the end.
Note: keep in mind that every run I mention starts with a 3 minute run/3 minute walk warm-up, and ends with a 3 minute walk/3 minute run/3 minute walk cool-down.
This evening (Sunday 6/21) I ran 22 minutes, walked 3, and then ran another 14. Friday (6/19) I did 20/3/16. If you remember, I started off with three runs of 12 minutes with two 3 minute walks in between, and I've been trying to get to the point where I can run the entire thing. So, my current goal is to run 36 minutes straight.
Here's my very optimistic running schedule for the next few weeks:
Sun 6/21: 22 - 14
Tues 6/23: 23 - 13
Thurs 6/25: 25 - 11
Sat 6/27: 26 - 10
Mon 6/29: 28 - 8
Wed 7/1: 29 - 7
Fri 7/3: 31 - 5
Sun 7/5: 32 - 4
Tues 7/7: 34 - 2
Thurs 7/9: 36
Sat 7/11: 37
It's "very optimistic" because it assumes I won't take any breaks, or injure myself, or be forced to reschedule due to inclement weather. At the very least I'll be doing something about that Friday the 3rd run - I absolutely do NOT want to go running in the days preceeding the 4th of July. Just not a good idea. I may due it on Thursday, or skip it all togeher and push the entire schedule back a day. We'll see when the time comes.
As you can see, I'm adding adding 1 or 2 minutes on alternating running days. I want to continue what I've been doing and slowly increase the amount I've been running, in an attempt to stave off injury and also improve my own running. I've been very successful thus far in avoiding injury, and I don't want to screw myself over quite yet.
My end of summer goal is 60 minutes of non-stop running. I'd also like to run 5 days a week instead of every other day, but I may make that a different goal for a later time. Although, if I do that, I'll be zig-zagging my runs - only increasing my mileage every other day, while the rest of the days will be somewhat less than the other runs. Yeah, um, I'd like to train for a half-marathon eventually, followed by a marathon, but that'll be at least a year from now, so I'm not even going to think about it now. But yeah, 60 minutes is ~6 miles, and when I get to that point I can probably work on improving my pace a bit. Until then, I'm just going to work on increasing my time.
I've been running for almost three months now, and I think I'm getting to the point where the running is really beginning to affect my body, as I've been noticing some fairly significant changes: my calves are amazing - seriously, God himself would kill for these babies - my forearms are getting defined, and my shoulders are getting bonier/more noticeable than normal. I've also spotted a bit of a change in my problem areas: my thighs and ass are slimming down quite a bit, thank god. My hips (do men even have hips? whatever) are getting kind of bony, and that area above the genitals - where you just have pubic hair - is shrinking. Shrinking to the point where it's flat. I didn't even know it was fat! Jeez. Oh, and best of all: my manboobs are shrinking and my stomach is decreasing in size. THANK GOD. Seriously. My torso is just... awful. Even when I dieted myself down to 170 I still had a gut (loose skin probably). I LOVE THIS. I love the fact that I'm seeing results and that I'm happy with myself and that I'm barely even changing my diet and still seeing results. I love that I'm not feeling fat all the time anymore. I love this.
Oh, and something interesting: I've weighed myself on the scale a few times over the last month or so (first time in a year, at least) and I've been coming in at the same weight every time, even though I'm slimming down. Yes, I can definitively say that muscle does, in fact, weigh more than fat. Thank god. I hate the scale.
Well, that's about it for now. Probably the next time I write about my running like this will be when I hit my 36 minute goal. Hopefully...
Also, on a completely unrelated note: facial hair is damn uncomfortable. And it makes me look like a total douchebag. Well, more of a douchebag than normal.