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Four mile run

Today was a nice, easy four-mile run. I’m starting to feel just a little sore. I think I can push through, though, and it will be better in a couple of weeks. Once again, this was a heart rate run on hills. I got really hungry in the third mile– supposedly that means I was burning glucose, not fat. The theory is that running below a certain heart rate trains your body to burn fat instead of glucose, so you’re not supposed to be hungry. But I’m still new at this and pretty untrained in this method, so it will probably be a while.

Starting next week, I might add in easy 1-2 mile runs on Wednesdays and/or Fridays. I need to ramp up my frequency slowly, but I want to run every day. I mean, I physically and emotionally want to run every day. Right now, I end every run wishing I could run some more. However, I need to slowly build up to daily runs, I think.

I was so hungry after my run that I came home and made gluten-free, vegan pancakes immediately (they weren’t that great.) That meant I had to delay yoga to the evening (and then cancel because my wrists said “no thank you.”). I’ve also been invited to this crazy May exercise challenge group, so I’m going to give it a try (it involves a lot of squats and crunches.)

Today’s plan is

  • 25 crunches
  • 55 Squats
  • 10 crunches
  • 10 reverse crunches
  • 10 ab twists
  • 10-second plank
  • 20 squats
  • 20-second plank
  • 20 Russian twists
  • 7 sit-ups (I’m substituting crunches because I want to work abs, not hip flexors.)

It wasn’t too difficult today, but maybe my form wasn’t very good.

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