Sunday, November 04, 2012
After putting in quite a bit of work on designs for a competition this coming weekend and surviving the longest stomach virus in history, I must say it is fabulous to get back to the gym! Didn't do anything crazy, just got on the treadmill and walked...and it felt great! Looking forward to starting back with some strength training tomorrow. If anyone has any great arm and ab routines, let me know!
Sunday, October 07, 2012
After getting back from vacation this past May, I told my cousin I wanted to do a 5K. I've never been a runner-bad knees,flat feet, etc. I always thought I was just too heavy to add anymore stress to my knees. But, I told myself I was going to get serious about my workouts and start implementing more jogging. A good friend of mine ask me about doing the Women's Only 5K in Greensboro in October...I jumped on board and as I promised myself I started jogging. I truly had to tell myself that whether it was a 7 minute mile or a 17 minute mile, it was still a mile! I worked myself up to running 2miles - and I wholeheartedly felt like a champ! Then, I strained my back and the doc said no go on the exercise, except for walking. To say the whole situation sucked would be an understatement.
I'm not one to mask issues with pain pills and muscle relaxers, so I scheduled an appointiment with a chiropractor. I have yet to go back for my follow up lol, but I made a decision that I was going to keep training as best I could- hopefully without any further injury. When I was able to get back on the treadmill, I honestly felt like I was starting over... everything was so hard. Had I really lost my stride being down a couple weeks? Had my lungs shrunk? Did I just not go in the gym with the same mojo I had previously? I still don't know...what I do know is it was hard!
I had all sorts of anxiety of about my first 5K- mostly because I had planned to run it. I was disappointed in myself because I hadn't quite gotten to a consistent place and pace where I could do it. Despite a little lingering congesting, my friend Kelly and I woke up, put on our running shoes, and headed for Greensboro NC. We met up with my friend Deana and her little angel Helena :) I had spent so much time thinking about how I would do, if I was going to pass out on a curb somewhere etc, that it wasn't until we started the race that I really appreciated the process and why I was there. The Women's Only 5k raises funds for Breast Cancer Research and awareness. Being 1 of 3,500 partcipants and getting lost in the sea of pink shirts (and lilac shirts for breast cancer survivors) was one of the most beautiful things I've ever experienced. My friends and I walked the 5k. Shouts out to my friend Deana who pushed a stroller the whole way (and broke out some Pitbull for us on the last stretch), and to my friend Kelly who has always supported me and continued to do so by doing the race with me. We crossed the line at 59 minutes even.
Now, do I wish I had been able to run the full 3.1mi? Of course! Am I disappointed that I didn't? Not at all. The race made me realize it truly is about being your PERSONAL best, and pushing until you get there. There was a time in my life when it was hard walking up the stairs to get to my apartment; I couldn't have even phathomed walking 1 mile, much less a 5k. Yesterday was a personal best! I walked (3) 20 min miles- that's consistency :) Yesterday was a milestone. I said I wanted to do a 5k and I did it. Now, I will set a new goal and beat yesterday's personal best. The moral of the story is speed bumps slow you down and detours mess up your route. But, speed bumps don't STOP you. And while detours frustrate you and make the initial route harder, they eventually get you to the road you were looking for all along. Count them as a blessing- they happened for a reason. Enjoy and remember the process! JUST KEEP PUSHING FORWARD!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Since my back is somewhat better and the weather is supposed to be great this week, I decided to take my running outdoors (FINALLY). While I knew training outdoors would be a whole different beast from running on the treadmil, I can honestly say I was not prepared to leave a lung somewhere in route! CHEST IS ON FIRE!!!! I didn't get as far as I hoped, but it's a start. And, I WILL be back out there tomorrow!
Note to self- You can crumble or you can CONQUER!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Last Saturday, I injured my back. So, my high from weighing in at 229 ( a weight I haven't been since my sophomore year of college), came crashing down. After my doctor determined exercising was off limits for at least a week, it was hard to stay motivated. I focused a lot of attention on my eating, and while I did ok, I still felt like something was missing. Yesterday, I went to the gym and got on the treadmill, being careful not to do too much twisting or bending. I felt absolutely amazing when I finished my 2.5miles! It was then it dawned on me- I've finally made exercising so routine, that I feel off when I don't do it! I don't recall ever feeling that way about exercising, but I'm glad I do now. While the back issue has set me back some, it brought me to a great realization. I go back to the doctor next week, so I plan to take it easy on the treadmill and stick with the pool, but I'm excited that I've gotten to a point where I WANT and NEED to exercise. I'll have to build back up to training for my first 5k, but I'm up for the challenge!
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