Take That, Treadmill!

December 21, 2007 · 6 comments

In Tuesday’s Don’t Skip the Cardio! I conceded defeat to my treadmill, which totally and completely kicked my butt as I made a lame attempt at Week 4 of the Couch to 5k plan.  In fact it was so lame that in my recording of the times I recorded it as yet another Week 3.  And I was prepared to stay at Week 3 for awhile until I thought I was ready to make another run at it.

That is until I read the following comment from Chris on my blog:

I’ve been following the Couch-to-5K program for the last 2 1/2 months, and I’m on week 9. Not only have I never been what anyone would call an athlete, I absolutely hated running for my entire life until I started this program. Now I can run over 2.5 miles uninterrupted.

Nothing special jumped out at me in the comment but I love hearing from new readers so I checked out his blog.  And what I found was a guy who since October has gone from 301 to 271 pounds.  He’s like me!  And damn if he didn’t just call out my manhood!

This is the kind of interaction I was talking about in my post on why you should write a weightloss blog.  Here’s someone I don’t know from Adam coming out of the woodwork and inspiring me to take another run at Week 4.

And take another run I did.  I lowered my walking and jogging speeds a little bit but I put in a full Week 4, which took 26.5 minutes, then I walked the rest of the way to 45 minutes.  My heartrate was in the 150s for the jogs but didn’t elevate into the 160s.  Damn it felt good!  My plan from here is to spend however long I need to at Level 4 as I increase the speeds to where I want them.  Then when I tackle Week 5 I’ll start out by lowering the speeds a little bit first. 

Because of my support network I’ve just got over a key hurdle.

Thanks Chris!

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John December 21, 2007 at 6:47 am

Come January we need to get a little friendly wager or competition going betwixt me, you, and several others in the blogosphere. An online weight loss challenge perhaps?

Skinny Guy December 21, 2007 at 8:40 am

Sounds like you found yourself some motivation. Good job getting back on track!

Chris December 21, 2007 at 1:47 pm

That’s terrific, congrats! Glad to be of help.

I’d be up for a weight loss challenge.

workout mommy December 22, 2007 at 2:38 pm

great job John!!!

Fat Man December 23, 2007 at 2:56 am

I’m In!!!!!!!! Come January and can hit the weights again and it will be on. Just name the time and place, um, you know what I mean.

Daissy February 1, 2008 at 2:16 am

God job John! Once again, you motivate me to have health life. I rarely do exercise but I’m thinking to start it soon. Now, you believe me that you are my legend of weight loss, and even of health life?

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