The initial cholesterol tests were super positive though which I took as a validation of my dietary choices more than anything. At 43 I'm certainly in no need for statins. Given my heart irregularities before I started running and eating plants I'm more positive than ever that lifestyle change can drastically affect your health. I'm waiting now for the results of my ECG which could be more interesting.
Last weekend I ran a local race called Run for the Mountain. Knowing ahead of time that you had to run hard out of the gate was helpful but unfortunately I didn't run as hard as I should have. What happens on the narrow trail is you quickly get stuck behind a crowd of runners and have no hope of passing. It wasn't a big deal as I hadn't planned on running too hard anyway and had even run from my home to the race. I really just wanted to take part in a local race I hadn't tried. I still ended up placing fairly well (29th out of 223 athletes) and it left me wondering if I'll return some year to attempt a better time. I'm not of the mind that every race needs to be run as a race. Sometimes they are just a tune up run, a hard workout. Other times they can just be a lot of fun.
Lastly I've finished my Runtastic 10 day ab and 7 day butt workout challenges using their popular apps. I found them to be really good. It's helpful that they send you reminders for your workouts. I definitely noticed improvement in my glute strength or at least more proficiency in the exercises. The most challenging thing about the apps is that the pace isn't always right (they count down your workouts). I'm a big believer in form over speed and some of the exercises moved too quickly for me (backwards lunges for example) so I couldn't keep up and maintain proper form. In those cases I'd press pause and go at my own pace. Other exercises seemed to move too slowly, but I would attempt to slow my pace feeling I'd get more benefit from slow deliberate motions. As quick workouts for runners targeting two areas we tend to be rather weak I think these apps are excellent.