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Hiking: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:31:49

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Hiking: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:50:29

My current (and latest) fitness and weightloss plan

Last week, I recommitted to intermittent fasting (IF) and even shook hands with my buddy Mike over it. Then, I met an Uber driver, Ralph, who had great success with Keto.

Yesterday, I took a long, slow, 5 mile run, walk, shuffle, sit, snack, walk, jog, run, shuffle, amble, scuttle, walk from where I live in Columbia Heights, Arlington, Virginia, down to Whole Foods prepared foods—for my one meal a day (OMAD)—and then back.

What I’ll Call a Plan

I’ll call my plan: the Lazy Athletic OMAD IF Keto diet (LAOIK?) and I’ll be tracking calories on MyFitnessPal, I’ll be tracking my fasting using Vora (it’s the most flexible), I’ll leverage public humiliation by stepping onto my Withings WiFi scale and tweeting my shameful failures or proud successes onto Twitter in ponds, kilos, and BMI.

I’ll attend as many classes as I can every day of the week at CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike with all my fave Spin Coxswains, and I’ll make sure I use the time before and after the Spins—it’s a mile each way by foot—to take a 4 mile+ run as well every day, maybe 3 miles before spin if I have the time or 3 or 4 after, and I’ll bring my headlamp.

So, instead of my lovely black canvas duffle, I’ll be wearing my running backpacks to and fro, to carry my Bontrager SPD bike shoes.

So, I’ll be sporting, like the geek that I am, some form of Hill People Gear kit bag, some form of hydration pack-enabled backpack, depending on how much stuff I expect I’ll need to schlep, and any number of festive colorful cotton terry headbands and PBC caps and visors and some form of Hoka, Adidas, New Balance, Mizuno, or Nike shoe.

And I’ll be very careful to not only get enough sleep but I’ll take a day or two off when I approach exhaustion, even remotely, and I’ll be lazy wherever a friend wants to go grab a beer, a drink, lunch, or dinner—and even breakfast—with me.

Wish me luck! 

Morning Walk-Run with Errands and Breakfast and Coffee and Laundry Stops

Sort of more of an outing and a visit to the pharmacist and then to breakfast in the park and then laundry and coffee and then pick up laundry and then home. Ha ha!

  • Activity: Running
  • Distance: 3.52 mi
  • Duration: 03:49:21
  • Average Speed: 0.92 mph
  • Average Pace: 05:09 min/mi
  • Calories Burned: 1237
  • Heart Rate: 105
  • Start Time: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:39:11

Second Run of the Season but Same Day

Red as a beet but basically jog walk run shuffle stumble on the way back home on the second part of my first run of the bloody season. 1.43 miles in. Huzzah!

  • Activity: Running
  • Distance: 2.29 mi
  • Duration: 01:02:08
  • Average Speed: 2.21 mph
  • Average Pace: 27:07 min/mi
  • Calories Burned: 532
  • Heart Rate: 123
  • Start Time: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:18:40

My First Run of the Season and 2019

My first run of the season! Huzzah! Yes, my patented slow jog, ultra shuffle, zombie amble! So pumped!

  • Activity: Running
  • Distance: 2.61 mi
  • Duration: 01:04:34
  • Average Speed: 2.43 mph
  • Average Pace: 24:44 min/mi
  • Calories Burned: 553
  • Heart Rate: 109
  • Start Time: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:41:44
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