It has now been 40 days since I started my Blogging Weight Loss Challenge: Cruz vs Volk. That’s 40 days down with only 30 days left, which means that I’m past the halfway point.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this challenge. While it can naturally be frustrating getting on the scale only to see no change day after day, when you do finally start to see results it’s really quite rewarding.
I’ve been continuing to do Westwood Lake, but my ankles have not improved. If anything, they seemed to get worse. While I know that it’s normal to experience some pain, the type I was getting whenever I tried to jog was just not normal to me. I could walk fine, but whenever I jogged, even a short stretch, my ankles would give me incredible pain which would take 15-minutes of walking just to alleviate, and the pain always made me wince.
It’s extremely frustrating when your cardio feels fine to jog but your ankles prohibit you from doing so.
So, I decided enough was enough and asked MarketLeverage if they would buy me some nice shoes. There’s a popular store here called The Running Room which sells higher-end active footwear. I’ve always only bought cheap $20-30 shoes before, but I was willing to try almost anything to help my ankle pain.
The shoes came to $157 CDN which is about 4x as much as I ever spent on shoes. Dina from MarketLeverage was glad to reimburse them for me and so I’d like to thank her and MarketLeverage for supporting my weight loss challenge.
The guy at the store had me do a few leg exercises and postures and quickly spotted what he felt was the problem. According to him, I step down on my outer arch first and then fall in on my inner arch. Doing this while jogging would cause strain on my ankles and shins due to the way my foot falls. To alleviate this, he basically gave me shoes that supported my arch (unlike my other shoes).
Here’s a video of me buying the shoes (Dina made me do it):
Another Personal Record!
I have now completed my 12th “run” around Westwood Lake. That works out to a total of 76 KM (or 47 miles).
In order to expedite my weight loss as well as to help compensate for the fact that I’m still walking the majority of the trail, after finishing the first 6KM and clocking my time, I walk back to the end of the trail and do the last KM in reverse and back. That works out to an extra 2KM (actually, it’s closer to 2.8KM or so since I have to walk across the parking lot and beach twice to get to the trail again) which makes it a total of 8KM, or 5 miles.
I’m actually considering increasing it to 10KM, which would really help with my weight loss.
Lisa was working on my last run so I went by myself, and it was the first time I did it with my brand new shoes, so I was apprehensive as I didn’t want those $157 shoes to be a waste of MarketLeverage’s money.
Unfortunately, things started off terribly. Immediately after starting, my feet hurt, particularly my right one. I just wasn’t used to the arch ‘support’ in the shoes and it actually hurt just to walk. I fought it off though and trekked on, hoping the awkwardness and slight pain would subside.
After finishing the first hill, which is by far the worst part of the entire trail, my feet (again, mainly my right one) were in great pain. The first 3KM therefore ended up being really tough on me and very discouraging. I wasn’t able to jog once. The shoes took away the pain I usually got in my ankles and shins, but basically resituated the pain in the bottom of my foot (the arch).
However, as what usually happens, my feet started to get warmed up and by the 4KM mark and the pain was actually mostly gone by then. The main thing slowing me down at that point was therefore my cardio, but I managed to do some short light running stretches and little jogging stretches and surprised myself by finishing with a new record of 58:57!
That was really surprising as I didn’t think I’d be anywhere close to setting a new personal record, but near the 5KM mark when I saw I was doing decent I pushed it a bit more and tried to go for it.
I felt real good when I finished, and I had almost no pain in my ankles, shins, and even feet. It’s weird… it’s like my feet need 3-4KM to warm up first. I did stretch for 5-minutes before going so it couldn’t have been that. Anyone have any comments regarding this 3-4KM warm-up period?
So after going to my car and making the 1-minute video above, I immediately went back to the trail to do the other 2KM to finish with a total of 8KM. Since I do the last 2 KM going the reverse way on the trail (to avoid the hill), I passed the people I had passed the first time around. One guy, who was walking fairly slow with a family recognized me and said “Hey! Second time around? Good for you!” which made me feel real good.
I did the extra 2KM easily and felt awesome. I could have done another 4KM but was starting to get bored and didn’t want to overdo it. But since I felt so good I might indeed start making it 10KM from now on instead of 8KM.
I know that 58:57 is actually a pathetic time to do 6KM in, but it’s a new record for me and I am improving (albeit slowly) so I am very proud and happy with it.
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2007 Best Time||1:00:34||My previous record…|
|April 8, 2009||1:06:00||Feet and calves absolutely painful|
|April 12, 2009||1:05:33||Feet, shins, and calves still absolutely painful|
|April 15, 2009||59:45||Jogged a couple extra stretches|
|April 20, 2009||1:00:45||Off my record by a minute Shins killed me|
|April 22, 2009||1:02:30||Shins and calves still very painful|
|April 24, 2009||1:01:45||Came close to record but couldn’t push near the end|
|April 26, 2009||1:03:30||Had a very bad first 2-3 KM|
|April 29, 2009||59:35||Had a fantastic first 2KM|
|May 4, 2009||59:07||Had great first 3KM with lots of jogging|
|May 7, 2009||1:01:27||Lots of pain in the feet and shins, very bad first half|
|May 9, 2009||1:01:38||Tried hard as usual but just couldn’t set record|
|May 12, 2009||1:03:15*||Had severe ankle pain. Extremely frustrating.|
|May 17, 2009||58:57*||New Record! First time trying new shoes.|
(* = Did 2KM extra after the first 6KM, for a total of 8KM or 5 miles, but time is for first 6KM only)
Weight Loss Status
|Date||Weight||Total Pounds Lost||Days Left|
|April 11, 2009||205||0||68|
|April 14, 2009||205||0||65|
|April 19, 2009||205||0||60|
|April 23, 2009||204||1||56|
|May 3, 2009||201||4||46|
|May 8, 2009||200||5||41|
|May 18, 2009||200||5||30|
I seem to be stuck at the 200 pound mark as I’ve been there for close to 2 weeks now. I only have 30 days left to lose 5 pounds which means I need to lose a bit over a pound a week. It sounds easy, but losing weight is a tricky beast!
Other “Make Money Online” Blogger Weight Loss Challenges
In addition to my weight loss challenge with Jonathan Volk, it seems that there are a number of other bloggers in the “make money online” niche doing similar challenges, whether they be against somebody else or against themselves.
Soon we’re all going to look like chiselled Greek gods right?
Remember, There’s a $500 Bounty on Jonathan Volk and Me
In order to provide added incentive for us to lose the weight, we invited bloggers to post about our challenge and vote against one of us. The deadline for this is over so it’s too late to enter now (full details can be found in the original post), and in fact only two people ended up making posts on it.
Jay from DatMoney.com predicted that Jonathan Volk would lose, and Tim Jones predicted that I would lose. Since only one person voted for each of us, if either of them is right with their prediction, they’ll be getting an easy $500 from us!
So far things aren’t looking good for Jonathan Volk, who has only lost 3.5 pounds so far. That means he has to lose 6.5 more pounds within 30 days or he’ll be paying Jay $500 out of his pocket