At this point I really don't feel like I'm improving. I think I've hit a plateau and just can't push past it. I'm having a very hard time finding the motivation to actually get out there and go, even though I know when it's over I will be happy I went. Ugh, I'm so lazy.
I was even seeing a little bit of weight loss but that has stopped now as well. I haven't gone back up, so that's good, but I really want to keep losing.
To clarify, I'm not dieting at all. I don't feel that I eat badly - I could definitely use more unprocessed foods, most of all fruits and veggies, in my diet - but food makes me happy and I get very wacked out when I try to deprive myself (that's most likely a problem but one I don't know how to solve). I basically just try to eat healthy and balanced and limit my portions. If I feel like a cookie or a popsicle or some chips, I usually have them. For reference, today so far I've eaten a 4 oz yogurt and one handful of peanut M&Ms :) I usually only drink water so beverages aren't an issue. Thinking about sushi for lunch but not sure yet... I've been craving carbs like a MoFo lately so I'm trying not to indulge myself too much in that dept. I seriously could eat a giant bag of chips right now or a huge bowl of rice. yum.
Anyway, back to the running update.
Day 1 was on 5/7 and day 2 was on 5/10. Day 3 will be tonight. I am repeating week 4 and I'm thinking of repeating week 4 a third time if I continue to feel like this.
I'm so tired and uncomfortable while I'm out there - it's just miserable.
Day 1 I took River with me on the warm up loop but then left him in the rest of the time. I completed the entire thing but really had to push for the 5 min intervals. I went a little more than 6 loops / 1.8 miles because I lengthened the last loop in order to walk longer to "cool down" (but didn't do another full loop). My calves and other leg muscles have really started to burn since starting week 4. I was out of breath before but really didn't feel the burn. I do feel like I'm recovering (catching my breath) faster now.
Day 2 was basically the same but I took River with me the entire time and walked an extra loop at the end. Total was 7 loops / 2.1 miles. Still tired, still uncomfortable, still miserable.
And yet, still happy I completed another day when I finish. I still love stretching at the end and I really feel like I accomplished something. If only I could feel that feeling before I go out to give me some motivation to get out there.
My left thigh continues to hurt but the pain has not changed or gotten worse. It doesn't hurt when I walk, only when I twist or hold or lift my leg in specific ways. I try not to worry about it. My shins are still tender but only for about a day or so after a run. (I do stretch for a short time before the run and stretch for a long time after the run.) Right now they are hardly sore at all. My knees are fine. I do feel intermittent pains in my knees, feet, ankles, etc during runs but I am guessing that's all normal stuff.
It has been sucking so much lately. I DO plan to continue this. I don't want to give up. But it is getting really tempting to throw in the towel.