Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted! Things have been really busy. I had final papers and exams, then I had to move back home from college. I have gone on an elimination diet to cure my eczema and teach myself to eat more clean food. I'm learning a lot about real hunger and what makes me feel good. It is nice to have a strict diet for me, where if I mess up I have to start all over from the beginning. It keeps me from eating things I shouldn't be eating ever, let alone on this diet.
Because I've been so busy and so focused on nutrition, I have been neglecting exercise. I at least go for a walk every day, but I'm losing a lot of my progress from no longer doing yoga, strength training, or running regularly. Tonight I am going to karate, though, and I am very excited!
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Today I ran my second 5k. It was hard, I was tired, sore for some unknown reason, and I may have not waited long enough after lunch. I really wanted to go at 8 this morning, but the gym doesn't open until noon on Sundays. But I pushed through and I did it in...
That is 2:05 faster than my time back in March when I ran my first 5k. I only walked one minute and I picked up the pace after that. I was really hoping to get below 34 minutes, and I did. I'm very proud of myself!
Where to from here? I'm not sure. The school year is almost out, so I'm going to keep running for that. But until I know where I'm going to be and what my running options are for the summer, I can't really draw up a training plan. But I have a few ideas floating around waiting to be put on paper. I'm thinking training for a 10k as a means of helping increase my endurance.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Lately, I've been working really hard on getting enough exercise in. I achieved my goal to reach 1000 April minutes (first time I've done that...ever) and I would like to do it again. Past few days, though...I haven't even been hitting 30 minutes of exercise. Not good enough, I tell myself. I'm suppose to be getting 30-40 minutes in to really reap the benefits.
Slow down there, Chloe! You did those shorter workouts for a good reason! You ended up having a physically intense rest day. Then you had an intense run that couldn't be sustained for 30 minutes, especially since you were sore from the day before. And the next time you ran, you had eaten too soon, were tired from that first run, AND you were sick.
But you did it! On Sunday, you showed up at the gym at 8 to find out it doesn't open until 12. You didn't turn around and go back to your dorm. You headed out and ran through the natural lands. On Monday you could barely move, but did injury prevention yoga, which your body thanked you for. Then on Tuesday, you ran. You pushed yourself even though you weren't feeling good, and you did what you were able to. What matters is that you did it.
Don't they keep telling us that even just 10 minutes a day is important? You should build up to 30-40, but what is important is that you do it. Keep the habit. Remind your body of what you were suppose to do that day, even if it can't do the whole thing. Not everyone can be perfect every day. Sometimes you have to go easy or take a day off. But as long as you do something, it's better than nothing.
So cheer up, Chloe. You're doing great. You're getting fitter, but that doesn't always mean going for longer. Keep up the good work. Just remember that any exercise you get throughout the day is a victory over where you were a year ago.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Today is day one of week 4 of my 5k Running training. Today is the day I needed to run for 35 minutes without stopping. I knew I could do 20. I knew that, with two rest days, if there was a day this week I could do it, it would be today. But I was still really nervous that I wouldn't be able to. I told myself I needed to do at least 25 minutes.
I started running and the first 10 minutes flew by. Around minute 16, it started getting harder, but I kept plugging along. Minute 25 came and I wanted to stop, but I definitely didn't need to. I felt a LOT better than I had when I hit minute 20 last week, after all. Minute 30: Only 5 minutes left, I can do that. And I did! I ran for 35 minutes without stopping! 3.2 miles. My heart rate was still good, I didn't feel like I was going to fall over, and I beat my previous 5k pace by almost 2 minutes, with still 5 more training days to go! I'm feeling pretty good about myself.
I spent a lot of time on the treadmill thinking about my fitness level. About how I feel like I will never be able to run as fast and for as long as I want. About how I feel weak. I want to get stronger, faster, and go longer, but I feel like I'll never be able to. That my body just won't let me.
But wait a minute, I tell myself. I'm on freaking minute 16 of a run! Earlier this year I couldn't even hold a 2/3 walk/run set of intervals! There was a time where I started to struggle after just one minute of running. Today I did 10 without even feeling it!
My brain, my poor self esteem, and 21 years of not being fit can lie to me all they want. They can tell me I won't get better. That I won't achieve my goal of a 31:00 5k and beyond. But the treadmill doesn't lie. Those number are real. And they are improving, week by week. Whether I always recognize it or not, today I proved that I can run for 35 minutes straight. Whether I feel like one or not, I AM a runner. And I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to.
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