So, I’ve completed one week. I got up to 6 minutes, and I’m feeling ok. A little tired since I haven’t done this in a while, but it’s all good. I need to get more rest in. I feel too tired when I run. Sleeping is crucial for a healing body.
I also have to improve my diet. I started eating probiotics yogurts. They’re good, but I also know that I’m getting my body back to where it should be.
So, I went back to 5 minutes of running. I also walked an extra minute. It doesn’t mean anything at the moment. I was a bit tired yesterday. Working on side projects, staying late. So, the three things you have to watch for to make sure you’re performing your best.
I’m running out of headlines to say that I’m still running once a day for 5 minutes a day. It’s still going, and I don’t really notice it getting easier yet. The shins still hurt in the middle of the run, but I’m not so exhausted that I don’t want to run anymore. It’s really no biggie. Five minutes is the minimum requirement recommended by docs.
I’ve been going at this at a rate of 100%. Granted, it’s only 2 days. Ok, so I actually did 6 minutes on accident. I say accident because I dropped my phone (music) after one minute of running. So, I had to stop, reset and go to it again.
It’s been over 6 weeks, and the lazy workout is working. 45 days and going, this means it’s a hobby.
Week 7, Day 1 (3/29)
I’ve taken another break today. Busy, busy. I’ve been too busy working on yet another new side project. I’ll see how it goes.
Week 7, Day 2 (3/30) – Almost Two Months
I did wrap up the project from yesterday. I realized that I’ve been at this for almost two months. It’s incredible. I can’t believe I made it this far. I got my scale a new battery, and I’ll find out what the results are in the morning. I don’t feel like I’ve lost any more weight, but we’ll see.
I ran 13 minutes again. It felt great again. I listened to different music. Electronic. Very up-beat.
Week 7, Day 3 (3/31) – Another break
I don’t know why, but sometimes it slips by me. I find myself at midnight or 1 AM and am just not motivated enough to go running at that time. I could have gone earlier. Let the lazy workout continue.
I feel like I’m trying to fight something. Maybe another cold? My boss wasn’t feeling well at work. He’s calling off tomorrow.
Week 7, Day 4 (4/1) – 15 minute mark
Yeah, I did it. I pushed myself… more like pulled myself… to get to that. I started out nice, no pain, no problems, breathing was ok. A bit wheezy, probably from not running yesterday.
I did the math wrong initially. I put the timer on 20 minutes. 2 minutes walk, and then I calculated 8 minutes to the 10 minute mark, and then another 3 to make it 13. Common core fail! It should be 5 minutes to 13, but that’s ok, because I went all the way to the 3 minute mark, and walked the rest of the way. That’s 15 minutes at the 11 minute mark.
I’m not doing it to force myself. I think something’s happening. I think I’m getting used to running, and my body can take more on its own. It just felt good and right to continue running. I hope I feel the same way tomorrow.
And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.
Week 7, Day 5 (4/2) – Another break
I think the idea is still ok as long as I don’t go below the expected running time. And as I see that I’m running 15 minutes now when I’m supposed to be running 11, I think I’ve earned some breaks. If my time drops, then I can worry. I’m still ahead of the curve. Tomorrow I will run. No exceptions.
Week 7, Day 6 (4/3)
Break, second day in a row. I’m going to regret this tomorrow. Even though I’ve finished one project, the other ones require my attention, and when they do, they usually go late into the night. Tonight, I stayed late into the morning. I went to bed at 4 am.
Week 7, Day 7 (4/4)
My birthday signifies the last day of week 7. Tomorrow, the start of week 8. Today, I went back down to 13 minutes. I suppose since I’m at my 12 minute mark, I should still be ok, but I can’t slack off like this. Two days in a row and I dropped two whole minutes in my run.
I’m 38 and running 13-15 minutes at once. And it’s only 7 weeks into it. Another 15-17 weeks and I’m done. 38 year old, running 30 minutes. I look forward to it. 17 weeks is about 4 months. Considering that two months passed, I’m 1/3 of the way there.
Week 8, Day 1 (4/5)
I ran 17 minutes today. That’s a great comeback. This goes to show you that you can’t stop for even a day. I mean, this is training. Training for life. I felt good going at it. I felt like I could go all the way. I took it easy and only ran 17 minutes.
Week 8, Day 2 (4/6)
Did not run today. Big mistake. I’ll pay for it later. I’m in week 8. I can’t slack off like this for too long. It has been over 40 days, so I suppose this is now a habit.
Week 8, Day 3 (4/7)
Ran 13 minutes, because yesterday I did not run. I was also tired. Did not take a nap in the afternoon. I did everything I could to make it to 13 minutes.
Week 8, Day 4 (4/8)
Back to 16 minutes. I’m learning a life long lesson here. Don’t stop even for one minute. You blink and you could miss a lifetime.
Considering I’m supposed to be doing 12-13 minutes this week, doing 16 is very good. I could just keep it going at 16 minutes for a few weeks just to not be stressed out. But then again, when I get back on the treadmill, I usually feel comfortable to do more.
Oh well, it’s the way it goes. I hope I’ve encouraged others to go down this path. 8 weeks ago I could barely run 5 minutes. Now I’m running over 15. That’s 200% improvement in just 8 weeks. Considering the average lifespan of a human (4000 weeks), 8 weeks out of 4000 is 0.2%. That’s a fifth of one percent. That’s nothing!!! 4000 weeks. That’s not a lot of time. How will you spend yours? I’ve already spent my first ~2000 weeks. I want my next 2000 to be as healthy as I can be, assuming I get to live an average lifespan.
Good night, and happy running!
Week 8, Day 5 (4/9)
A good Saturday. I went running in the afternoon rather than the weekend. Two of the three treadmills were broken. One was already taken. So, I waited… and did some weights. It wasn’t too bad. A bit of biceps, a bit of chest presses. Got the blood pumping a bit before the run.
And ran I did. Another 16 minutes. I suppose I’m used to it.
Week 8, Day 6 (4/10)
No running today.
Week 8, Day 7 (4/11)
No running today again.
Week 9, Day 1 (4/12)
Ok, I’m still at 16 minutes. This isn’t bad, considering I’ve been slacking off for the past two days. I can’t believe I’ve not run in two days. I guess once stamina builds up, it stays with you for a while.
I will probably have to thank the fact that I didn’t drink, and kept hydrated. Man, I have to stay healthy to keep running. What a catch.
Week 9, Day 2 (4/13)
Happy humpday. I have to happy to have reached 20 minutes! Wow! I can’t believe I just kept running and running. I got to the 16 minute mark and felt like I could go for a bit more. After two more minutes, I just felt like I could go another 2 minutes. Nothing hurt. Everything was going well. And, I made it! What you’re seeing below is the cooldown 5 minutes at the end. Video coming soon.
I want to mention that it’s been an amazing 8 months so far. I really can’t believe that being lazy got me to run 20 miles. I think I’m supposed to run only 13 minutes this week. Let’s see… Math… Started at 5 minutes week 1, we’re in week 9, 8 weeks later, 5+8 = 13. So, I’m 7 whole minutes above where I should be. That’s not bad!!! As long as I run 30 minutes at week 30, which means I have to keep running even after I reach 30 minutes… I’ll be happy.
Have a great night. I know I will.
Week 9, Day 3 (4/14) – 21 Minutes!
And counting! My Lazy Workout plan is working really well. I decided at the 20 minute mark that I’ll do another 10 seconds… 20 seconds… 30 seconds… what the heck, might as well go all the way to 21 minutes. I’m no longer worried about if it was a fluke, or if I was just well rested, or anything else. I basically ran.
I did notice something new. I will continue to breathe through my nose only for the first 3-4 minutes. So, my lungs and heart are getting better. The lungs can handle more oxygen and blood cleaning and in larger capacity, and the heart can pump more and more blood with less effort. This is great!
I can no longer say that I’m out of shape, I suppose. Sure, there’s still a bit of strain and effort to get running 20 minutes for now, but considering that only 2 months back… not even 5 minutes without dying.
2 months, and I’m running over 20 minutes. I never thought I’d get here that quick. And, I even skipped a couple of runs. So, it goes to show you. Start really slow, be lazy, gentle daily increments, drink your water, not your alcohol, and pretty soon you’ll be at 20 minutes. I’m basically 10 minutes away from the goal. I’m 2/3 of the way there. This feels amazing!
Week 9, Day 4 (4/15)
I skipped today. I developed some kind of pain behind my right knee. Not sure what it is, but the rest of my leg felt a bit sore as well. Could be that I’m pushing myself a bit more?
Week 9, Day 5 (4/16)
Another 20 minutes. It has to be the new norm. I almost didn’t go running, but I can’t let comfort take advantage of me. That’s not how you get to 30 minutes. I’m glad I did.
Week 9, Day 6 (4/17)
Lazy workout still going at 20 minutes. It’s getting harder and harder to find 20 minutes. I also don’t feel as motivated for some reason to run a whole 20 minutes. So I skip the whole thing.
Week 9, Day 7 (4/18)
Lazy workout still going at 20 minutes again. I think it might be better to run even 10 minutes if I can instead of skipping. Maybe I can develop lighter days instead of skipping days.
Week 10, Day 1 (4/19)
Break today. I should have at least ran 10 minutes. Lazy workout not working out as well lately.
Week 10, Day 2 (4/20)
Break again. I’m not liking these breaks. It feels like I’m getting lazy, for real. Lazy workout is becoming lazy non-workout. I should be running 15 minutes since it’s week 10. Somehow running 20 minutes steadily makes up for it. I know, it’s bad thinking, but I have to justify my lazy lifestyle somehow.
Week 10, Day 2 (4/21), Thursday
Still at 20 minutes. Going strong. Well, not too strong. I did have a rougher time running today since I skipped a whole two days, again. It’s getting harder to try to find 20 minutes at a time. I might have to split them up in two 15 minute sessions. We’ll see.
Week 10, Day 2 (4/22), Friday
No running today. I definitely plan on running in the morning. I will run in the morning, even if only 10 minutes. I’ll have to develop a 10 minute run twice a day. I hear that’s better than running 20 minutes all at once. We’ll see if it works. This means that I have to get up a bit earlier on work days, just to run 10 – 15 minutes. Well, 10 for now. 15 later when it’s time to run the 30 minutes a day. We’ll see.
Week 10, Day 3 (4/23), Saturday
My plan to run twice today failed. I only ran 15 minutes unfortunately. But at least I ran 15 minutes, which is better than no minutes. Still being lazy with my lazy workout.
Week 10, Day 3 (4/24), Sunday
I didn’t run today. I need to be more committed. However, I’m still not disappointed since I’m running way above my required time. How’s that for a lazy workout?
Week 10, Day 3 (4/25), Monday
I wanted to see if I could do 15 minutes today. I felt great, so I went the full 20 minutes… well… 20 minutes and 10 seconds. It could be anything. Could be the fact that I got a really good night’s rest, or this new thing I’m trying that my wife’s giving me. She makes this apple cider vinegar mix with water and drinks it every morning.
Week 10, Day 3 (4/26), Tuesday
I woke up today and weighed myself. Under 280. This is huge considering that when I started, I was around 290. So, whatever I’m doing must be working. The lazy workout works.
Week 10, Day 4 (4/27), Wednesday
Today was another break day. That’s what so great about my workout. You can take breaks, but no more than one or two days. It’s all about the cardio. As long as my heart is strong, I’m good to go.
Week 10, Day 5 (4/28), Thursday
Still running 20 minutes.
Week 10, Day 6 (4/29), Friday
Back to 21 minutes today. It was good to know I can push a little more than my usual.
Week 10, Day 7 (4/30), Saturday
I think I did something bad last night. I must have pulled a muscle between the left leg and the left hip. It hurts pretty bad when I try to lift the leg up.
Week 11, Day 1 (5/1), Sunday
Still out of commission. Can’t do any running. On the day that I’m supposed to be running 16 minutes, I can run zero. It’s a bit upsetting, but I know that I can still run 20 minutes if I want to. But, first, I need to rest and regain my strength and get rid of the pain. Still, the lazy workout is working out.
Week 11, Day 2 (5/2), Monday
The pain is still there, but getting better. I don’t think I want to force it.
Week 11, Day 3 (5/3), Tuesday
Did an easy 15 minutes in the morning. I probably could have done more, but I didn’t want to force myself. I’m thinking that I’m just going to work my way to run twice a day for 15 minutes each that way there’s no additional impact from the same run. I get a break in the middle.
Week 11, Day 4 (5/4), Wednesday
Did not run extra last night, or this morning. I have to get back into it, and I will definitely try to run another 15 minutes or 16 if I still feel up to it tonight.
It’s starting to feel more like a jog. Running 10 minutes which is what I was supposed to run, even though I ran 11, just because, felt like a light jog. This is good. My body’s been getting accustomed to the running. No more pain, no more huffing and puffing and wheezing type breathing. It’s really not a big deal anymore.
A happy jog at night
Even though I went running at 1:30 am, because I had projects to finish, a night jog seems to be in order. It really did relax me. I feel great, and I’m so ready to go to bed. I will definitely keep up the 11 minute pace throughout the week. I might even speed things up by trying the 10 minute mile pace again.
What a jog! Until tomorrow…
Week 6, Day 2 (Wednesday, 3/23)
I was a bit tired today. I definitely felt it. My lower stomach felt like it had gas in it. You know that feeling when you feel like you’re going to pass gas but it just won’t come.
I was pretty motivated to get my run going, so I stepped it up a bit to 5.7 mph instead of 5.6. It’s not a huge increase, but I felt it. The fact that I wasn’t hydrating in the evening and only in the afternoon might have had something to do with it. Or, that I went to sleep late last night, even through I woke up without an alarm, and didn’t have a nap.
I consider these things to make my runs better, and to have an easier time running. If I have to focus on pain during my run, it’s not fun. I intend to optimize my running over time.
Whenever I run, I find myself thinking of things. Things like, “When do I get to the 2 minute mark, so I don’t feel pain anymore?” I also started stretching my calves before and after my runs. It feels better. I also think of things I didn’t do, like, “Why didn’t I drink more water?”
Week 6, Day 3 (Thursday, 3/24)
Wife asked me if I wanted to take a break, just one day. I thought, that’s how it starts. I was tired. I still pushed myself. It’s like my tiredness went away. I actually gained energy after my jog.
Week 6, Day 4 (Friday, 3/25)
I did take a break today. I didn’t really need it, but I thought I would have all day Saturday to run. Plus, I feel comfortable running 12 minutes now. I suppose in a few days I’m supposed to start at 11 minutes. This is not too bad.
Week 6, Day 5 (Saturday, 3/26)
I suppose my writing is getting less and less, mainly because what I had set out to do works. It works so well, that I’m ahead of the curb. It seems like each time I go, if I’m well rested, hydrated, not hung over, healthy, not injured, etc, etc, I usually want to push myself to do more. I’m trying each time not to over-do myself, but I can’t help it. Sometime it’s the music, sometime, it’s because I’m running in the morning, or during the day when I’m more rested.
I stubbed my toe really bad today. I hope I’ll be able to jog tomorrow. I’m actually trying to jog twice tomorrow if I can. I stubbed it so bad that I turned the front of it over and ripped it a bit so it was bleeding. It doesn’t hurt if I don’t do anything. When I walk, if I step on the toe, it stings a bit, but then again, it stung when I was walking after falling down that one step. But running was ok. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Some Neosporin and a good threshold for pain come in handy.
I also had some lower back pain, but it doesn’t feel like a muscle. It feels like something more internal. I hope it’s nothing serious. We’ll see if it goes away in a few days.
I’m still feeling healthy and strong. No little injury, even if bleeding, will stop me from accomplishing my goal.
On the plus side, my caloric record was broken, I think. Check out what this says:
Week 6, Day 6 (Easter Sunday, 3/27)
I did not run today. It wasn’t because it was a holiday, or because I was too busy. I had time, and actually wanted to, but one thing led to another, and all of the sudden, it’s another break day. It’s ok, though. I think it will be fine, since I can do the 12 minutes now. I will try not to let the runs slip by me, but sometimes, they do.
Week 6, Day 7 (3/28)
Up to 13 minutes! Continuous. I’m almost at 15. And I’m still comfortable doing it. Nothing hard about it. Hydrating throughout the day does help. I still had Easter Cake and coffee.
My son, 6 year old Ethan, went to the gym with me. He had fun running around the gym and pretending that he’s running his own workout class. It was adorable.
It’s supposed to be the last day of the week when I’m supposed to be running 11 minutes, and I ran 13. Tomorrow, I suppose I can do 13:10, teehee.
Today, I experienced a bit more pain. But, I feel like I’m getting stronger. It could have been any of factors. I did struggle a bit to finish. Breathing was tougher, balance was a bit off, and I just felt tired. Maybe it’s because I also go running really late. Sometimes at 10 at night. I’m not a morning person.
What does it mean to be stronger?
Leg still hurts when I walk, but not when I run. Could just be the position the leg is in when I do the running vs walking. I like the fact that I can still run. I’m actually enjoying this. Not the pain, the fact that I can still run. Believe me, I appreciate my body being healthy more than anything. My mom always prayed for my health. I’m actually doing something about it.
Still fairly easy to run 9 minutes. It’s not too painful. It’s manageable. I mean, if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it. Remember, I’m lazy. I was talking with the wife a bit about possibly running twice a day, or even 3 times. Would it be better if I ran 3 times 10 minutes vs 30 minutes all at once?
Changed my music up a bit. After watching Zootopia, I really got to like the one song Gazelle (Shakira) sings. So I thought I would try it. Maybe that’s why my body hurt a bit. It wasn’t the motivating ones I’m used to.
Went to sleep earlier. But still need to go to sleep earlier than that. I don’t want exhaustion to be an issue. I don’t want to fail because I didn’t get enough rest. And, believe me, I’m noticing how important rest is.
Well, until tomorrow…
Week 5, Day 2 (3/16)
I actually didn’t go running at night. I went running the next morning. So it’s technically 3/7. But, I have to say, I don’t regret it. In fact, I learned something.
The friend I was working with on a project (reason I didn’t run at night) was telling me that I can run in the morning. Surely, I thought this was a bad idea… until I tried it.
I reached the 10 minute mark surprisingly, and not too surprisingly. I was nearing the 9:10 mark, then I went 9:20, then I said to myself that it doesn’t feel that bad… in fact, I could keep going. In all honesty, getting to 10 minutes run at 5.6 mph does not feel that bad once I pass the 4 minute mark. I suppose that’s what it means to be stronger.
A 20 minute day
Thinking about tonight, basically, if I run another 10 minutes, I’d have run 20 minutes a day. Interrupted, granted, but still. Think about it. I could comfortably run 20 minutes a day albeit broken up into two sessions.
Wow! It’s really happening. I’m becoming a runner.
Week 5, Day 3 (3/17)
This evening, I did not have time to pick up my second run of the day. That’s fine. The way I see it is if I can do 10 minutes of jogging / running, I’m already getting stronger. I would blame my 3rd side project, but it really is just me.
I will attempt to run in the morning again, but as I see myself staying up late with the wife to share some wine, not happening. It’s still ok. Let’s just say that it’s another day of break. Sort of.
Making it regular
I wouldn’t mind making it a regular thing to run in the morning… and maybe after a while to build up my stamina, since I can already run 10 minutes at a time, run at night and in the morning. Now that’s going to make my heart stronger.
The weekend is coming up, so I’m really going to try hard to achieve that goal. I need to keep running, and in 4 days time, I need to be running 10 minutes easy, which I’ve already proved that I can do if I run in the morning. But, I won’t sacrifice too much comfort. Remember, I’m a lazy runner.
For now, I will continue to beat the 9 minute mark.
Week 5, Day 4 (3/18)
I woke up this morning not making the run. But… it’s the weekend, and my main focus will be project #3, with a bit of side project #1 and #2. I think running this weekend should be included at least once a day, with the possibility of 2 times a day. Plus, running does clear the mind, I found.
Clearing the mind
What do I mean by that? Ever found yourself overwhelmed with society stuff? Busy with this that and the other? Just go for a 10 minute jog. It will definitely clear up your mind. It will definitely make your mind stronger. And, on top of it, it will make your heart stronger too.
Wow, it felt great. So great that I got used to running 9 minutes, 10 minutes, and apparently sprint of an additional minute or so. I went the extra minute, and the extra extra minute. Getting stronger every day now. I feel like running again tomorrow morning. We’ll see.
Why am I stronger?
I have been drinking about two mason jars of water daily. That could be one reason. Another could be that I wore shorts instead of sweats keeping my legs cooler? Another could be that I rested an extra half day not running last night? It could be a combination of any or all of these.
I have to say that I am really excited about running now. I look forward to it. It doesn’t feel like I’m torturing myself. So, 5th week in, and I don’t hate running. I think my program is working. I think it’s working too well. Instead of cheating to run less, I cheat by running more and going over the goal, consistently. Yes there were days when I was sick, and ran the goal, and there were days or rest… well, one day of rest… and another where I ran twice in 3 days, but I plan on getting more out of the next couple of days by possibly running twice in one day.
Let’s see how tomorrow goes.
Week 5, Day 5 (3/19)
Well, today was interesting. The gym treadmills were booked, so I just ran outside. It was gorgeous weather, so why not? One thing I learned quickly is that it’s not the same as running on a treadmill. First, the treadmill doesn’t have valleys and hills. Yes, it has an include, but it’s not the same thing. My calves were hurting the next day.
Another thing to notice was that it just simply was not as easy. Could have been the two beers I had the previous days, not being hydrated enough, or even that there’s nothing dictating my pace, so I didn’t know if I was running 5 mph or 7 mph.
I still did my 10 minutes. 5 minutes one way, 5, another.
Week 5, Day 6 (3/20)
Almost at the end of week 5, and I’m easily running 10 minutes. This is great. I went back on the treadmill. I did not push myself to run an extra time this weekend. Was way too busy. Once was enough for me. Plus, I had to do a Costco run and play a couple of rounds of mini-golf with my son. I was busy, but the thing is, I was still able to squeeze a run in somewhere.
I up-cheated again today. I’ll call it that if I end up running extra. I ran at least an extra minute at 7.5 mph. It felt great, really. At times I can’t even wait to stop running so I can walk, then sprint. I feel myself getting stronger every day I run.
Week 5, Day 7 (3/21)
Last day of week 5 and I’m running a full 10 minutes. On schedule, as planned. Starting tomorrow, week 6. Time to get stronger.
Tonight was a late night for me. I came home at midnight after working on more projects, but tonight was pretty good. I was a bit sore. Probably from the running outside bit. Who knows? Could have been from my newly gained stamina that I’ve been using with the wife, if you know what I mean.
In any case, I feel great! I feel like a million bucks. At the moment, it feels like it’s just a matter of time. It’s no longer about the stamina, and about the pain, or breathing, or anything else. I get on the treadmill, walk two minutes, and then, after running for two or three minutes, the soreness goes away.
Tonight I also stubbed my toes in one of my kids’ toys. I thought I broke it, but I still went running. It’s still a bit sore. I’ll survive. It feels like any obstacle I get thrown my way, I keep running. I suppose that I have a promise to keep to myself.
Well, congrats to me! I made it into week 6. Cheers!