|Ah, that feeling!|
Writing on a runner's high, that is.
The crocuses are blooming. The birds are chirping. The skies are a pale cerulean blue. I ran my run in a t-shirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the first time in 2013!
Thank goodness, 'cause I needed good conditions this morning. This was the last "hill day" of my half-marathon training plan (will be replaced by "speed work" as of next week), and it involved running up 10 bad ass hills.
Total distance of the run: only about 8 km.
Length of each hill: about 300 m / close to 1000 feet.
Steepness of the hills: very steep.
Hill 1: Let's start slowly, I'm just warming up
Hill 2: Still warming up. Funny, I didn't remember this hill was that steep.
Hill 3: Getting there. Do I really have to run 10 of those? Sh**.
Hill 4: OK, J, stop thinking and just go. You know you can do this. Breathe.
Hill 5: Actually starting to feel good about this. Halfway point! Yeah! Not that hard after all.
Hill 6: Bring on the hills! I think I could run 20 of those little bastards!
Hill 7: Hmmm... beginning to feel fatigued. Maybe 10 hills will be just perfect after all.
Hill 8: Goodness, legs, could you be any heavier than that? Come on!
Hill 9: That's it, I'm dying. Someone call the paramedics.
Hill 10: Last one. Gonna kill it. Take that, bitc*! Look at me, I still have stamina!
Recovery run to the house: Feeling on top of the world! Rrrroooooaaaaarrrrr!
Post-workout snack, stretch and shower: Aaaaaaahhhhhh... this is so good...
Starting weight: 148
Goal weight: 128
Current weight: 130
Starting body fat: 22 %
Goal body fat: 15 %
Current body fat: 16.9 %
Size of jeans: tiny. But I am not fooled: they have made the sizes bigger. I'm about as big as I was in my teens and there's no way I would have fitted in a zero back then. (Of course they have also made everything stretch, which certainly helps squeezing into small sizes.)
Resting heart rate: 55
Other measurable gains (from both running and weight training at the gym): Shoulders and quads looking pretty darn good. Six-pack in the making (a shadow of it visible under certain specific lighting conditions). A nice, firm, high, rounded butt (had none before I started). Hey, who said a gal was not allowed to brag once in a while?!?
Regular push-ups (on toes): around 40
Push-ups with a clap: 3 x 15
Body weight pull ups: 3 x 8
Holding a plank: pretty much forever
Feeling empowered, energetic, strong, sexy, confident in a bikini: 100 %
Yes, this all requires hard and consistent work, but it's so worth it. Put on your sneakers and go!