Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I will soon be starting training for a half-marathon and I certainly never considered walking during the race, but after reading an article in this month's issue of Runner's World, I may reconsider. A few excerpts from that article (paraphrased):
Walking more can make you a better runner (Jeff Galloway)
Our bodies aren't designed to run continuously for 26.2 miles, but with walk breaks, there's no limit to how far you can run.
You'll finish faster. Running continuously fatigues your muscles causing most ppl to slow down in the final 3-6 miles of a marathon. Taking regular walk breaks shifts the workload between walking and running muscles, which extends their capacity.
You'll have fewer injuries: Taking walk breaks early erases accumulated muscle fatigue, keeps muscles strong, and reduces stress around joints. It also keeps smaller muscle groups in reserve so they're able to stabilize your stride when you're tired.
You'll recover quicker: With each walk break, you're spreading the workload among different muscles, reducing muslce fatigue.
How fast should I walk? Quickly, using a short, relaxed stride.
When do I start taking breaks: Start them from the beginning.
Where should I walk? Move to the side of the road, then walk.
(Ha ha ha, my attempt to inject a little humor, I borrowed this photo from my cousin in FL facebook)
Hope these few excerpts have given you food for thought, I know they have made me rethink my strategy.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Last week I started P90X for the second go round. I had been on a break from strength training for over three months and I wanted to get back into it full swing. I did my workout every day last week - woo hoo, that in itself is quite an accomplishment since I have been so sluggish and lazy about getting back into a workout routine. So a big for consistency and effort.
Saturday day morning I went to mow my dad's lawn and I wore the heart rate monitor just to see how many calories I was burning and to my surprise - 415 calories in an hour, that's pretty good - I can look forward to 415 every Saturday morning from now until September. I was feeling good after sweating 10 gallons and was off to a great start. I was so happy I had already gotten in a workout first thing and then I could just relax the rest of the day, but I remembered that I had one last P90X workout to do - the dreaded legs and back workout.
I was so tired and sore from all the previous workouts I really didn't know if I had the strength or energy to even attempt it, but I promised myself - NO MORE SLACKING or EXCUSES.
Some words from Tony that stuck with me during this workout, paraphrasing...most people quit too soon, they don't think they can do it or don't want the pain. That stuck in my head why I was doing the workout. I didn't think I could do one more pull up or one more squat, but I kept going. Good thing about working out at home is no one sees the agonizing pain on your face as you struggle to do those last 10 pullups and no one hears the grunting and groaning and yes, yelling too. Uggghhh, I finally was done. I did it - week one down, only 11 more to go.
I knew I would be in pain the next day (DOMS) as I haven't worked the hams, glutes and quads for quite awhile. I even joked with hubby telling him he better install handicap pull up bars in our bathroom, lol. Well I seriously needed that yesterday, it hurts so bad to sit down, stand up, or even walk. I was just one miserable, pathetic mess yesterday. Should have seen me getting on the motorcycle for an afternoon ride with the DH, that was hilarious. Ya had to be there.
But, I musta done it right because I can feel every single muscle in my legs. I had truly been worked over. Well today, I can sit, stand and walk, still a little painful, but much better. I read this morning on my FB page about limits....
Do you have limits? Who has set them - YOU or someone else?
I liked this statement. Think about it. We are our own worst enemy sometimes. We are plagued with self doubt. I have "reset" my own limitations by saying "farewell to CAN'T" (last blog). The only limitations are ones that exist in our own minds. We can overcome.
I will approach this week's P90X workouts with the same hard core, go gettem attitude as last week. I'm bringing it 100% every day.
And, one last thing. I don't have to feel guilty about slipping up on the eating over the weekend. I stuck to my calories and I don't have to spend the first part of the week un-doing a weekend eating disaster. So one week of super eating to go with the workouts - hot dang !!!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I was reading a magazine yesterday and the following words caught my eye and seemed to express exactly what I have/had been feeling, so I wanted to share.
A Farewell to Can't
"This goodbye does not make me sad. I will not miss you. I have discovered what it feels like to do the unthinkable. The hard. The long. The challenging. You have NO business here anymore. From now on, difficult will seem doable. I will see the impossible as simply not-yet-conquered. Farewell, Can't. You will haunt me never again. Hello. CAN. Welcome to my world."
This about sums it up. No more can't for me. I loved this and will use as my new mantra: Difficult is doable and impossible is not-yet-conquered.
I CAN do anything I put my mind to and I started back to my workouts on Tuesday. So far, three days in a row - I CAN, I WILL continue, I've come tooooooo far to be complacent and idle. There is no room in my life for Can't.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Last Saturday my baby graduated from high school with honors. Just wanted to post a few pics to commemorate the occassion.
One proud momma bear
Proud poppa bear
My entire family was here to celebrate, thanks for traveling so many miles to be a part of the celebration. Many other family members were there too, but too many pics to include.
YES, I had a big ole piece, I earned it, lol.
We put the cake topper hat on Harley, too cute.
Got to enjoy some quality time with mom before she flew back to UT yesterday, good times.
Now that the celebrating is over, it's back to work for me. Logging the food and got back into it with a great 90 minute-power vinyasa workout last night. Tonight it's P90X legs and AB ripper - woo hoo.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Why, ole why did I have to sample the apple danishes in the kitchen here at work. Why, why, why ?????
Now I feel sick, really. I think I am suffering from a sugar overdose. I DO know better, but I still did it, I caved, I ate one and now I am soooooo sorry I did. My friend Will Power left me helpless and alone with that danish. Come back Will, help.
Yuck, that's what I get for not sticking to the plan - ugggghhh, my belly hurts. You'd think one would learn, but every now and again I guess it's good to be reminded WHY I don't eat junk.
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