31 Weeks and Counting: A Run For Your Lives Update

I can’t even begin to describe how utterly surprised and astonished I am that I have found (if not love) a strong like for running. I’m actually having to restrict myself in how often I run. I do weigh over 350 pounds, and I’ve found that if I do a 5K every day, my feet are a little achy. I still workout every single day, but I’m doing the 5Ks every other day. And I’m doing my very best to improve, at least a little bit, with each one.

When I first started this journey, I did a 5K in 56:47. On Saturday, I did one in 48:32.

I’ve got even better news about it. I ran for seven minutes straight. You have NO idea how freaking gigantic-huge that is. And, even better better yet, I then followed that up with alternating five minutes of running with three minutes of jogging. 48:32.

I know for some runners, that would be a terribly slow time for 3.1 miles. But for me, that is gargantuan mega huge. It is literally the most I have EVER run in my entire life.

On the days I don’t run, I lift weights, or do Zumba (we just got Zumba for Wii – review coming soon!), or the elliptical, or take the dog for a walk, or whatever keeps my body moving. I’m not becoming a runner, per se. I want to be fit, and I’m choosing to make running a big part of that.

Quick caveat – I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m currently going for endurance and not speed. In fact, my “running” pace would probably be a swift walk for someone else. I set the treadmill at 4.1 miles per hour for my jogging and 3.2 for my walking. At 4.1 miles per hour, it will take me over forty-five minutes to run a 5K. I am totally fine with that. I don’t expect to place in a 5K any time soon. I am completely at ease with being the last person to cross the finish line.

Because here is how I look at it – I might be the last person to cross the finish line, but there are millions of people who are choosing not to even get up and walk. Dead last at the race or not, I’m still winning. Duh. Tiger blood. (Sorry; got possessed by Charlie Sheen for a moment there.)

But as far as my speed… October is the first race I’m going to do where I think speed may be something of a factor. In Run For Your Lives, I’ll be chased by zombies. Hopefully, I’ll have sped up by then. Maybe by October 22nd, I’ll be able to run a sub-33 minute 5K. We’ll see. But I’m okay crawling across the finish line on October 22nd, covering zombie bites and on the verge of becoming undead myself, just because it will mean that I’ve accomplished something that I never thought I would do. Become a runner.

Zombie movie of the week?

Trailer Park of Terror. Seriously awesome movie. Go watch this.

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  • http://zingzangzoom.blogspot.com/ PN

    7 minutes? That is freaking awesome! Congrats 🙂
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Thanks! I was very excited about it. I love seeing myself improve!

  • http://craigversion2.wordpress.com Craig

    Is it bad that I would WANT to be bitten and become a zombie? I think that would be so cool, a lot more than crossing as a survivor at a faster time! 🙂
    I was able to get my “running” (as in=JOGGING) speed to around 14 something a mile but that’s all I could muster up. Then I started hating it. Your posts are making me want to try it again, I love your optimism about it and taking things slowly. You’re doing so good!!
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Dude, I am TOTALLY okay with getting zombied out at this thing. Even if that does happen, you still get a zombie medal. How awesome is that?!

  • http://www.truth2beingfit.com Jody – Fit at 53

    Congrats on that! Yes, you are doing & many are not. Good for you!
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Thanks! I’m amazed at how good I feel when I jog; I never suspected that would happen!

  • Erin

    SEVEN MINUTES! Hot damn. I regret to inform you (selfishly) but the longest I’ve ran was five minutes. You have now BEAT ME in running! winner winner chicken dinner!

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      What will it take to get you out on that 5K course with me? 🙂

  • http://www.hblewett.com/blog Hanlie

    I think you’re awesome! Really courageous and dedicated. Don’t worry about time – endurance is key.
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Thanks! 🙂 I like being told I’m awesome. Endurance to me is way better than speed. Some of us just aren’t built for speed. I am one of us. 🙂

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