I’m putting it out there – 3 miles a day, 5 days a week.
That’s my goal from now on. I don’t care if I run all 3 miles, if I walk the whole thing, if I do half running half walking, if it’s indoors, outdoors, or a mix. If I go by myself, if I do it with company. If I do it all at once or spread out throughout the day. All I care is that I’m covering the distance. And yes, I’m allowed to do more – 3 is the minimum. It’s an achievable goal.
I mean, it really doesn’t take that long to get 3 miles in, no?
Because those 20 pounds? Sadly, they added new friends to the mix. I increased my workouts, I stopped drinking mango shakes every time we eat out in favor of water, we have been eating at home during the week, and eating healthy when we do so (so much salad that Karl started complaining). But instead of losing weight? I gained.
(And if you’re wondering, I also have a doctor’s appointment this week to make sure that everything else is ok, because so much weight gain? I don’t care how you spin it, it’s NOT normal. It’s not like I sit at home eating ice cream and donuts – heck if I did at least the weight would have been worth it, damn it! And though I still occasionally indulge on dessert, once a week sweet treat doesn’t make anyone fat! And let’s not forget that in Makati I walk everywhere already as is.)
And instead of claiming a new goal in the blog and saying how I’m starting it tomorrow, I’m taking ownership of it NOW, and saying that I HAVE started it. Yesterday. And ran my fastest 3 miles since arriving in Manila, which hopefully means that if I keep up, I can get my old pace back (granted, those were treadmill miles on an AC room, but it all counts!).
I ran the first two miles with a 10:54 pace, 0.5 incline, then increased the speed slightly at the last mile, finishing it with an average of 10:43 pace. The first two miles felt great, the last mile I wanted to quit (but didn’t). This time, I needed to run the whole thing as I had to fit in before a doctor’s appointment (the hives are back. FML).
And yeah, the advantage of running at home is that I totally can rock the racerback top with a non-racerback bra.
Keeping it classy in Manila.