I am extremely excited. Let me start from the beginning.
It all started a few days ago when I saw that my nemesis in this challenge, Jonathan Volk, finally published his post displaying his starting weight photos and video. Since it took him a few days to get the post up, I was beginning to wonder how serious he was about the challenge.
Fortunately, he posted everything correctly and I found the video pretty hilarious, especially when he started to blatantly mention his sponsor while on the treadmill, lol. I was happy to see that he followed up on his promise and is playing by the rules.
You can check out some of the photos and his video below:
Why Competition is Powerful
Immediately after watching Jonathan’s video, I was incredibly motivated to work out. I just found the whole losing weight challenge thing both funny and motivating at the same time. The videos only reinforce those things.
So what did I do? While I was actually somewhat tired, I was also so motivated to wanting to somehow respond to Jonathan’s video that I decided to go out to Westwood Lake right then and there. This is exactly why I did this Blogging Weight Loss Challenge. I never would have done that in any other situation, but seeing the video of my nemesis literally sweating buckets to try to beat me made me have to do something about it.
Now you can see why competition is such a great way to push yourself. It’s also fun as hell.
Anyway, I went to Westwood Lake with Lisa around 7:45PM or so and it was just starting to get dark. I took your suggestions and decided to wise up and try stretching before going. It wasn’t much of a stretch though… I’m assuming 2 minutes isn’t enough. But at least I did a little stretching. I basically focused on rolling my ankles and stretching my calves. So 2 minutes later, we were off.
Unfortunately for me, the rubber plug for my right earphone disappeared right at the very beginning of the run so I was forced to do the whole thing with only the left earphone, leaving the other one dangling around since it wouldn’t fit in my ear.
Since the trail is in the woods with dense surrounding trees, it is naturally dark and so the run was actually pretty spooky in some areas since it was also starting to get dark outside. When you add the fact that my eyes get blurry when I’m tired and am wearing contacts, you get one blind person. The last kilometre I was pretty much jogging blind with about 15% vision.
By the time I finished, it was nearly pitch black out.
A New Record
I am not a fitness junkie (obviously), but to say I was euphoric when I discovered I beat my record would be an understatement. It was an absolutely incredible feeling and even as I write this now, a couple days later, I still feel the thrill of beating my record. Who knew exercising could be fun?
I finished in 59:45 (I stopped my Blackberry 3 seconds too late) which is close to a minute off my best record (set in 2007) and nearly 6 minutes off my previous record and run this year! To me that is unbelievable since every time I do Westwood I try my absolute hardest so it’s not like I wasn’t trying as hard before.
What I think might have done it was that I jogged 2-3 more stretches than I normally do. The stretches are very short – roughly 130 steps – but maybe that makes a big difference? I also didn’t take a breather stop/rest once and only needed one drink of water near the very end.
My feet hurt at the end but recovered drastically quicker than in the past, and when I got home I had no problems getting up the stairs and actually felt great.
During the run, my calves, shins, and ankles hurt as usual, especially my lower shins. However, my feet were much better. I wonder if this is from them starting to get used to the walking/jogging and strengthen up, as I don’t think you can really stretch your feet.
Lisa finished in 52:30 which is a new record for her as well, but I’m catching up!
Man, beating my record was really the best feeling though, I can’t state that enough. Maybe it’s partly because it’s so painful and horrible but I fight through it and suck it up and now I’m starting to improve.
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2007 Best Time||1:00:34||My previous record…|
|April 8th, 2009||1:06:00||Feet and calves absolutely painful|
|April 12th, 2009||1:05:33||Feet, shins, and calves still absolutely painful|
|April 15th, 2009||59:45||New Record! Jogged a couple extra stretches|
Current Weight Status
Starting Weight: 205
Current Weight: 205
Goal Weight: 195
Pounds Lost: 0
Pounds to Go: 10
Days Left: 60
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