It’s hard to believe that it has now been 58 days since I started my Blogging Weight Loss Challenge: Cruz vs Volk. That’s 58 days down with only 12 days left. Uh oh…
Jonathan didn’t make an update this past Wednesday like he usually does, but when I asked him how he was doing on June 3rd, he told me he was at 184.5 which makes for a total loss of 4.5 pounds. If he still hasn’t made any improvement on that during the past few days then that means he’ll be forced to lose 5.5 pounds within the next 12 days!
Remember, there’s a $500 penalty if either Jonathan or me don’t lose 10 pounds within 10 weeks by June 18th, so there’s more than just pride on the line.
Yes, Another Personal Record!
I have now completed my 17th “run” around Westwood Lake. That works out to a total of 132 KM (or 82 miles). That’s just over 3 marathons!
The run before last, I finished with a new personal record of 58:23, beating my previous record by 25 seconds. I’m still really slow and am just briskly walking the vast majority of it, but at least I’m improving.
Most people who jog the whole trail can do it in around 38-45 minutes, so my time is still pathetic.
Doing 12KM Now
However… I started doing the entire trail twice now. That works out to 12KM (7.5 miles) each time… actually slightly farther since I have to do the parking lot twice.
Want to know what’s weird? The first time around I try to beat my personal record, with the second time just taking it easy, but my lap times are still very close! I’m pretty sure it’s because by the first 5KM mark my feet are warmed up and my body starts to feel comfortable and loose. The only thing that really slows me down during the second time around is my cardio.
I decided to time my second lap during my last run and I finished the first 6KM in 1:00:51 (it was so hot out) and the second one at 2:05:40 (total), so they were pretty equal. In fact, I almost feel like I can have a faster second lap than the first… is that normal? It seems so odd to me.
I’m doing 12KM now but I might actually increase that to 14KM to try to really shed the pounds down…
It’s Hot Out!
It’s beginning to get really hot here. Today it was 32 degrees Celsius which is 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s only a few days into June! See? Canada can get hot too 🙂
That has an effect on my running times as the heat actually makes me feel kind of lightheaded during the beginning. Hopefully it won’t affect me too much as I’d much rather run in the rain than the heat.
MarketLeverage Shoes Are Helping
My MarketLeverage-sponsored super shoes definitely help with my ankle and shin pain. In fact, they basically eliminated any ankle and shin paid I used to have which I’m grateful for. However, they do hurt the bottom of my right foot, underneath the arch. This is the worst during the beginning and begins to die down over time and by the 5KM mark the pain is gone, but even at the beginning, the pain on the bottom of the foot is only a fraction of the pain that my ankles used to get, so thanks again for the shoes MarketLeverage!
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2007 Best Time||1:00:34||6 KM||My previous record…|
|April 8, 2009||1:06:00||6 KM||Feet and calves absolutely painful|
|April 12, 2009||1:05:33||6 KM||Feet, shins, and calves still absolutely painful|
|April 15, 2009||59:45||6 KM||Jogged a couple extra stretches|
|April 20, 2009||1:00:45||6 KM||Off my record by a minute Shins killed me|
|April 22, 2009||1:02:30||6 KM||Shins and calves still very painful|
|April 24, 2009||1:01:45||6 KM||Came close to record but couldn’t push near the end|
|April 26, 2009||1:03:30||6 KM||Had a very bad first 2-3 KM|
|April 29, 2009||59:35||6 KM||Had a fantastic first 2KM|
|May 4, 2009||59:07||6 KM||Had great first 3KM with lots of jogging|
|May 7, 2009||1:01:27||6 KM||Lots of pain in the feet and shins, very bad first half|
|May 9, 2009||1:01:38||6 KM||Tried hard as usual but just couldn’t set record|
|May 12, 2009||1:03:15||8 KM||Had severe ankle pain. Extremely frustrating|
|May 17, 2009||58:57||8 KM||First time trying new shoes|
|May 20, 2009||58:48||6 KM||Did several sprint stretches near end|
|May 21, 2009||59:34||10 KM||First time doing 10 KM|
|May 24, 2009||59:15||10 KM||Sprinted hard the final stretch but no new record|
|May 29, 2009||58:23||12 KM||New Record! Sprinted hard the final stretch|
|June 1, 2009||1:00:51||12 KM||Was so hot out. Sapped my energy all out 🙁|
(Note: Times are 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|
|May 24, 2009||198||7||24|
|June 5, 2009||196||9||12|
Woohoo! I’m 196 now, down 9 pounds! I only have to lose 1 more pound within the next 12 days! Well, actually the rules of the contest are that we need to have lost 10 pounds on June 18th so I’m going to have to keep the weight off until then.
My chances look real good though and it’s exciting to see that I produced some results. I know how everyone has been saying that losing 10 pounds within 10 weeks is ridiculously easy, but I think that’s an unfair statement. Eating a donut is easy… losing weight is not.
Anyhow, wish me good luck on losing that final pound… and keeping it off on June 18th!