It's been a while since I've posted here, and, given how much I loved this place years ago, I think it's important that I at least try and keep it up ('cause I firmly believe that the values which made me fall in love w/LJ are still here- even if most people have migrated to FB). To that effect, yo! Goo to "see" you all. ^_^
Today's run was another attempt at intervals. They still aren't very structured, but I am definitely seeing improvement. Next week I'll try something a bit more organized, but today I basically did an easy 11 minute and change mile, and then did another mile that was about 9:50, and then did briefer bursts at 9:10-8:40 minute miles with rest intervals in between.
Tomorrow is definitely a rest day. Saturday I think will have me out on Sligo trail. The weather is supposed to be a lot more agreeable, and I have GOT to do some proper running.
Weight is holding steady, but I suspect that in the next few weeks it'll start to drop again. My cargo pants fit again which is a very good sign. If I keep myself going like this, I should be under 200 by early April.
Since the latest "end of the world" prediction (this time by European Viking wannabes--argh!) doesn't seem to have come true, Midnight will definitely be open again in D.C. on Saturday, March 15. We're still finalizing some of the details, but you can count on hot DJ sets spun by Retrofit, Vampkat, and C1TZN.X; great beverage and food deals courtesy of The Meeting Place; free cake in honor of several b'days; and the friendliest crowd in gothdom. Read on for more info on what we have planned for the Ides of March...
IN THE DJ BOOTH
Looking for somewhere to work off the extra pounds from the holidays and Valentine's Day? Our DJ trio on the 15th has the answer for you, since all three of the folks we've booked are well known for their highly danceable sets:
* RETROFIT-- aka Roy from the highly popular, Baltimore-based synthrock act Red This Ever (http://www.redthisever.net)--has
been wowing crowds from all over the region for years. Even if you've missed his past appearances at Midnight, you've probably caught him at The Depot, Alchemy, Elektroschock, etc. We're very pleased to have him back on board.
* VAMPKAT--a longtime gothic/industrial partier and always one of our best-dressed guests--started out as a Midnight trainee and is currently one of our "regular guest" DJs. She knows what it takes to get the dance floor moving, and she can always be counted upon to spin a request-friendly and exciting mix of clubs hits, both old and new.
* C1TZN.X is the latest incarnation of a seasoned DJ who cut his teeth spinning at some of the most popular clubs on Bourbon Street in NOLA. While he learned to mix there, he grew up in the D.C. area gothic/industrial scene. Judging from his recent appearances at Midnight, he clearly knows what our crowd wants to hear. Ask him to play his remix of one of RTE's hits!
Don't forget that there's always a request list over at the DJ booth.( Read more...Collapse )
Today felt a little rough at first. I felt like I was really struggling through my first mile even though I wasn't breathing heavily or in pain. I can't quite explain it. It was just...hard. I pushed through and made it through the other three miles and then tacked on an extra half mile because by that time I felt I had found my stride more or less. Not sure what happened there, but I'm not fretting overmuch. Between yesterday and today I covered 10 miles. If I do at least 4 miles tomorrow and squeeze in another six on Saturday, that'll be 20 miles for the week which would be pretty sweet.
Weight loss has plateaued, but I haven't been tracking calories very assiduously recently and think I've been over my caloric limit more often than not. Eh, I'm still doing well. I am starting to fit back into some of my thinner pants, though it's still a bit of a challenge. I figure if I can start averaging 20 miles per week, or close to it, that problem will take care of itself, provided I don't pig out the rest of the time.
I did my first long run on Saturday. Mind, it was only 5 miles, so it wasn't a particularly long long run, but it's longer than I've been doing up to this point. I averaged about an 11 minute mile, and felt pretty good. Really good in fact. I suspect some factors involved were that I ran at about 12 in the afternoon, had some coffee that morning, and had Thai drunken noodles the night before. (carbs!) At any rate, there's definite progress here.
I had hoped to run yesterday but the snow had other ideas, so I ran today. I actually had only intended to do 4 miles, but it wound up being a little more than that. Legs feel pretty good so I figure tomorrow will be another 4 and Thursday will be intervals. Saturday I'll likely do another 5 mile run, and then (assuming the weather stops dumping massive amounts of snow all over the place) I'll start running along Sligo. The transition probably won't be pleasant, but it's not practical to do long runs on a treadmill and I'm getting sick of running at the gym anyway. What I'd ideally like is to start using the gym for weight work and do all or most of my running up and down Sligo. We'll see. The weather is definitely not helping.
I could have done 4 miles, but I stopped at 3. Figured I'd give my legs a break today. Also, I want to do a long run on Saturday of 5-6 miles (probably 5) so I want to give my legs the chance to heal.
The gym is becoming increasingly uncomfortable to actually run in. They seem to have the heat on at full blast, making me grossly uncomfortable when I run. Of course, I should be running outside, but as old man winter is really pouring it on this year, God knows when that'll be. I probably should just suck it up and get out there, but my main concern is the snow and ice. The last thing I need is to slip and injure myself. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I'm at least getting these runs in, and they're doing something.
Weight has been fluctuating a bit which is not surprising to me, but I imagine it'll start going down again soon as I'm maintaining my caloric limits and running consistently.