Wednesday, June 03, 2009
The day I've been training for for the past four weeks started with a whimper and ended with a bang!
I had an early PT appt today. Usually I do PT in the afternoon after my water work. But today, the Inaugural National Day of Running, it just had to be different. The primary therapist took me through a series of exercises that had me moaning and groaning; however, she did say my range of motion and leg strengh has improved. So, that was enough to send me to the pool in great spirits ready to run.
Which is exactly what I did. I ran 5K at the end of the water aerobics class with the encouragement and cheering on of my fellow seniors in the pool. A couple even ran with me a few laps.
Now that the run is done, I have a new goal to increase my stamina and shoot for 10K!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I'm thinking of an old gospel song my mother used to sing; "No, no, no! I'm not tired yet!" You'd think that after 30 days of intense workouts and challenges I would be ready for a rest. But, no, I decided to follow in the footsteps of one of my Boot Camp teammates.
I was reading the final posts of the boot camp members and ran across a post that mentioned a team that is devoted to fitness challenges. I went to the site, checked out the forums, and decided to join.
The Quick Fire Challenge Team's fitness challenge for today was to do 100 pushups in four or five sets of 20 or 25 throughout the day. I amazed myself by meeting the challenge and look forward to tomorrows.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Four Weeks of intense quick workouts and stimulating challenges and the Sweatsuit - Swimsuit Boot Camp made an athlete out of me. I may be a long way from meeting my weight-loss goal, and don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the 24 pounds and 2 dress sizes I've lost; just the same, I now consider myself -
"a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina." (Merriam-Webster) -
When I made the decision to do the boot camp I truly believed that I would become stronger and have more stamina and flexibility. I just didn't know how much I would enjoy the process. Oh yes, I've got sore muscles and I may not have the cleanest house on the block, I've learned so much in four shourt weeks.
I've learned that I can get results in a quick, intense workout using the Spark Videos. I also learned that I can start with a milder version of an exercise; and, with repetition of the same exercise, develop an ability to advance, doing the exercise with more strength and intensity.
The most important lesson that I believe I have learned is that being an athlete is knowing that by consistently challenging myself physically, and mentaly, my emotional and spiritual well-being prospers. My faith that I can do what is required is stronger and my joy is increased when I have met a physical challenge by pushing through the mental roadblocks of doubt, frustration, and fear.
Boot Camp has given me the tools I need to continue to grow as an athlete.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
For the past couple of weeks or so I've been going to the pool 30-45 minutes before my water aerobics class so I can get in some water jogging. PT advises me not to do any land running yet, but I really want to participate in the Inaugeral National Running Day on Wednesday, June 3. After reading a Spark article on preparing to run the 5K (Spark Your Way to a 5k), and some calculations with the Y's the aquatic director, I set out to consistently run for at least 25 minutes in the pool. We figured this would be a little over 3 miles or 5K.
Well, Saturday I did 25 minutes, yesterday (Tue) 30 minutes; and today 30 minutes. All without feeling like I needed CPR when I was done. So, if I can keep this up I should be ready next Wednesday to participate with the rest of the country in support of running to live healthy, happy, heart strong lives.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
My whole body is feeling the burn tonight. The boot camp workout focused on my upper body. Physical Therapy focused on my lower body. Water aerobics and water jogging worked me from head to toe. So, I am really feeling it today.
I hope I'm not coming across as a whinner. I'm really pleased with myself for being so physically active to be feeling sore. I've waited a long time to be able to get in shape and now that I'm doing it I FEEL GREAT!
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