Fitness Friday: One step forward, two stepts back

I wrote this post on Friday during my trip to and from work. I had hopped to edit and post it on Friday, but with the unexpected date night I never found the time. Yesterday was filled with the trip to the baseball game and an evening at the park, so this morning I found my self looking at my blog wondering what happened to my fitness Friday. So I read it over and finished it up and decided to post it today. I’ve also decided to leave the text as it is, so think of this as if it was posted on friday. I hope to have next weeks fitness Friday actually posted on Friday next week.

As I sit down to write todays post I am unsure of what I want to write. I had planned on discussing the dilemma I am facing about my runs. Should I focus on longer runs, or do more 5ks to try to get my time running 5k down to under 25 minutes. Unfortunately, this week has been terrible for my running. Since last Friday I have only run once. That’s not acceptable. At first it was logistics, not wanting to run after Melissa got home, and not taking the time to ask someone to come site with the kids so I could run. But last night was just laziness. I just didn’t push myself. And so I have done what I never wanted to do, not run in 4 days.

On top of my not running I’ve only been semi successful with my for logging. I have managed to track 60% of what I ate, but I never seemed to track the late night freeze or bag of candy I picked up at the Banana Store. I have cut out some of my snacking and seemed to established a rhythm of tracking my Breakfast and Lunch and the failing to track my dinner and any evening snacks.

My failure to run and to get a handle on my snacking was reflected on the scale this morning, my weight is up over 3 pounds putting above my first weeks weight. I am hoping that seeing the numbers on my blog will help me focus on getting back on track. But I don’t think that’s enough, I need something more. With the prospect of a week camping with the family starting next Sunday looming I know I should establish the habits now so I can carry them through our time away.

It could have been a great week, I have taken the kids to the pool 3 times since Friday, and even went on a ride with the kids in tow. If I had added to that even 2 more runs It would have been a different result this morning. So now I am left scratching my head looking the motivation to get out every night even if that’s  at 12am when Melissa gets home from work. Going forward I have a plan, but instead of writing it out here I’ll put it into action and discuss it in next weeks Fitness Friday post.

Run of the week:


I didn’t have any choice of which run to highlight this week. My long run on Sunday went ok, until My phone die, the battery wasn’t as charged as I thought before heading out. So After 14kms my prompts stopped. Its amazing how motivating  an update ever 3 minutes and 1 km is. It gives you something to am for, something to focus on when your body is telling you its had enough. Some runs Runkeeper provides a nice boost, others it’s the boot that keeps me going. Sunday it was the later and when it failed I found a hard run harder. I know its silly, it shouldn’t matter if my run is tracked or not but it does. I managed to run an addition 1 or 2 km before my first walking brake, and from then I alternated walk a couple of minutes run a couple of minutes till I got home. I am disappointed to report that the majority of the over 5km from when my tracking stopped to home was walked and not even jogged. Still the 14km I record was good run, my pace was ok, and I managed to push myself (mostly) to run farther and harder when part of me was looking for a quick short-cut home. I hope next week I’ll have more runs to choose from.


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