May was a very similar month to April so it didn’t have the same surprise factor when looking at the end results. In fact, the improvement seems almost minimal. I did have to take a break for a few days because I simply wasn’t home with access to the treadmill for a period of three days which I feel hindered a little of my progress this month. It was definitely the longest stretch of time I’ve done without running since I started doing the treadmill work at the end of November.
The new shoes bought in April were wonderful in May, it’s such a welcome relief to be running without pain and giving me the chance to work on building my speed. I spent most of the month just working on trying to get two mile runs done in less time and I’ve managed to shave some additional time off my average pace per mile.
In comparison to April, I managed to run 51.65 miles, a mere .36 miles further than the 51.29 miles run in April. The total time it took to run those 51.65 miles was 9 hours 26 minutes and 40 seconds compared to the 9 hours 39 minutes and 35 seconds in April. This represents a savings of 13 minutes and 5 seconds. My average pace in May was 10 minutes and 58 seconds per mile, as opposed to April’s 11 minutes and 17 seconds, a nice savings of 19 seconds per mile.
Calories burned as calculated by the Nike+ application on my iPod Touch showed a drop in the number of calories burned. Instead of exceeding April’s 10,519 calories burned, May saw a caloric burn of 10,377. This represents a drop of 142 calories burned. The best I can figure that the reason why this changed was because the calculations are based upon weight and since I’ve been on Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure program I’ve been steadily decreasing my weight as well. And as I’ve been dropping the pounds I’ve been updating the figure in the Nike+ application to reflect my new lower weight every time I’ve dropped five pounds.
Since I started the Belly Fat Cure program on April 20th, I’ve lost 25 pounds so far and that’s a fairly significant drop in a little more than a month’s time. As I am not at liberty to share the details of the Belly Fat Cure program since it hasn’t been released to the public yet (it’s coming out at the end of the year), the best I can do is point those interested in reading about the program to visit JorgeCruise.com where you can download a free special report that covers the basics about the program. It’s been recently changed so that you no longer have to submit an e-mail address to get the report. You can download it for free and if you’re interested in getting updates, you can sign up to be updated by e-mail. I highly recommend getting the report because it definitely works, and it’s not a hard program to follow.
To be honest, I’m not even sure if the running is even helping with the weight loss at all because I barely got any pounds to shed in the four and a half months I’d been running prior to starting the Belly Fat Cure program. And on the Belly Fat Cure program I’ve dropped 25 pounds in six weeks and six inches off my waist. So I’m kind of feeling like I need to reevaluate the running as it may not be the most effective use of my time. I’m still telling myself its to my benefit to do it, because I’m at least getting some cardiovascular activity and I’ve seen considerable improvement in my running since I first started. When I started I couldn’t even run a whole mile, I’d have to walk parts of it, but now I’m running two miles the whole way through consistently at a pace just below 11 minutes a mile. That’s definitely good progress, but I’m kind of getting bored, even though I’m continuing to challenge myself to increase the speed. Perhaps it might be time to start incorporating some weight training to build muscle mass as I don’t feel like I have much more to be gained from the running.
But, I do like the ability to keep track of my progress on my iPod Touch, and the Nike+ system is wonderful for that. If you’re interested in getting your own system, you don’t need an iPod Touch, the Nike+ system is also compatible with most generations of the iPod Nano. If you do get an iPod Nano to try the Nike+ system, you will need the kit that includes the wireless receiver that attaches to the docking port on your iPod in addition to the sensor. And of course, there’s also the fun iPod Touch if you’re interested in that route as well. Below are some links to Amazon.com that will get you what you need if you want to join me in my journey to better health and fitness.