Saturday, January 25, 2014
I woke up feeling drained from a difficult week, and I decided I was too tired to go to my Zumba class. It turns out that was the right decision. It gave me time to wake up completely and start to feel better, and I was then able to salvage my exercise for the day by going to the gym after all and jogging on the treadmill. I put the incline up a little and jogged at my normal pace, and it felt good. Then for a burst at the end, I ran the last two minutes at 5.5 m.p.h., which is fast for me. I felt so happy about that, and it felt really great!
After my 20 minute jog, I did my regular weights routine. It's a nice, moderate routine that takes about 20 minutes. And when I got home, I shoveled our driveway. Yeah me!
Just about 3 years ago, I was stricken with Bell's palsy, and for weeks I was sicker than I'd ever been in my life so I'm extra proud that I was able to crawl back from that to being healthy and actually even stronger than ever. Woo hoo!
Thanks to Spark People and all the many, many people who took the time to support me! I am truly grateful!
p.s. I just checked and it turns out I got sick 4 years ago, not three. Time flies!
Monday, January 13, 2014
I ran as fast as I could for several days. Not THAT fast, mind you, but fast for me. And then I was tired, so tired, and so on Sunday I got on the treadmill and decided to jog at my old pace and for just 20 minutes. It seemed SO easy!
What lesson did I learn? I need to keep mixing it up and challenging myself just a little bit more. Not too much... My goal is general good health. But, yes, occasional challenges are very much in order.
In that same spirit, I got out of work later than expected and could have skipped my Pilates class because I was going to be 10 minutes late. But I decided to go anyway, no matter what, and it was the right decision.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
I was on the treadmill at the gym tonight and noticed that there is a setting marked "5K." Okay, that's my goal for this year so I decided to try it. I chose Level 2, thinking that would be modest but do-able. Oh, boy!!! Level 2 means running over 6 m.p.h. for 3.1 miles. Are you kidding me? I thought I was pushing it by "running" at 4.5 for most of my 1 mile....Soooo, I cranked it up to 5.0 and ran for a mile and 1/4. Not easy, but I did it! Still a ways to go!
Friday, January 03, 2014
I drove to the gym in a snow storm in order to run on the treadmill. Okay, it's crazy, but I wanted to do it. And I nailed jogging a mile, most of it at 4.3-4.5 m.p.h. Woo hoo! It was more of a challenge mentally than physically. I've been gearing up physically with interval training, but I had not tried to run non-stop for a mile since, oh, elementary school? In any case, I did it! And I can absolutely see myself doing a 5K later this year.
I went to Pilates class right after doing the mile, and since I was the only person who showed up for class, I got individualized attention and a fabulous demanding workout. Wow!
Follow that with an hour or so of heavy snow shoveling this morning, woo, can you see why I'm tired? I'm gonna take the rest of the day to recover and maybe tomorrow too. Great new start to the new year. My code word this year is "optimistic"!
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