Thursday, March 17, 2011
Jon (husband) and I had a good talk today. I won't bore you with great detail... but he has a chronic illness that makes sticking to a regular workout plan challenging. I am always nudging him to establish a routine. Some of the meds he takes increase his risk of osteoporosis substantially, so it's particularly imperative for him than he do regular resistance training. He has started to do yoga with some regularity lately, and he wants to continue. That's great! I told him that was awesome, but that he'd also need to make sure he was doing some more "real" strength training . Also, of course, cardio for a well balanced routine. So... suddenly it feels to him like totally overwhelming and impossible to do all of that.
It made me realize how different my approach is than him. When I started to work out... I was ALL IN right away. Jon, however, is good with living in the present. He figures he'll start by establishing a yoga routine to get his bearings and add on more as he is ready. He said for his personality, he aims to get to and maintain a certain state of satisfaction, not set a goal and aim to get there over time. His methods are very present-oriented, not future-oriented. So when things are phrased in the context of "what i need to do to keep increasing my expectations" the way he sees that is "always make sure you're never happy". He quoted Dr. Cox in an old episode of Scrubs (remember when that show used to be good?) "the most important thing to remember [about working out] is I HATE MY BODY, I HATE MY BODY, I HATE MY BODY" he went on to say "you may get an objectively great body, but you'll ruin your self image"
I think these are wise words.. so long as you do not get complacent! So I am going to try taking a little page from my husband's approach to working out. I will still set measurable goals for myself, because I personally think that is crucial. It's more about what I WONT do... which is that I WONT compare myself to where I have been in the past or where I see myself in the future... but just appreciate what my body can do for me now and know that if I continue to focus my efforts in the present and the workout that I can do now... I'll get where I need to be. I WONT beat myself up if I have bad workouts or miss a day here and there or eat a cookie. I'll just... accept it and move on. I just need to trust the process.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
... sometimes comes in the form of a beautiful new pair of running shoes:
Monday, February 14, 2011
I may have mentioned before that I am going to be pacing for the Chicago Endurance Sports Spring Half Marathon Training Program. I'm going to be leading a pace group of 11 minute mile runners. My job is just to run with them and keep them at their desired pace and keep them motivated to complete the run. We start this weekend at 5 miles. Sadly this past weekend I thought to myself "Man I hope I can do 5 miles..." I've been running a few times a week but it's been just about 3 miles at a time. This is either because it's been way too miserable to even try to workout outside for more than 30 minutes or because I've been stuck on the treadmill. The treadmill has been sort of nice on occasion, it has got me doing some speedwork this winter. I went out and ran 5 miles on Saturday though, and it was fine! Anyone who may happen to stumble across this who would like to pace... the Lincoln Square Fleet Feet location DEFINITELY needs some pacers to help out!
In late March I'm also going to get to be on the training leadership team for the Soldier Field 10 mile race. Last year I participated in this training program and this year I'm helping out! This one is even more awesome than the half training I'm volunteering with, because this race is sponsored by Adidas and we get outfitted by them! I get a long and short sleeved shirt, shorts and pants, a jacket, and SHOES! Also, my $80 race entry is comped. So.. between this and the spring half marathon training program I'll have a LOT holding me accountable. So accountability plus not having to pay for these training programs since I am helping with them makes these training programs way more awesome and do-able!
Last year it was so rough trying to build mileage back in the spring. I try to keep reminding myself, though, that I have been doing a lot more running this winter than last (even though the mileage hasn't been high) and I've also had a way way better fitness base to work off of. I'm a much more experienced runner now! I covered a lot of distance last year, and even though I might not be anywhere near marathon ready anymore... the mileage building will come much easier to me now that I've "been there done that". Also, my half marathon is still nearly 3 months away... so no sweat.
I've decided I'm gonna make up a little workout plan each week. AND stick with my goal of making it reasonable so i don't feel overwhelmed. Also so I don't workout 6 days a week and somehow manage to still feel like a failure. No good.
Monday (today) - Speedwork on treadmill after work
Tuesday - Strength routine at lunch / Yoga after work
Wednesday - Treadmill at lunch (easy jog) / Yoga Sculpt
Thursday - Speedwork at lunch
Friday - Yoga Sculpt
Saturday - Yoga
Sunday - CES Run - 5 miles
Now to tackle the whole nutrition thing......... that's my bigger project. For now I'm just trying to eat mindfully and mostly failing. So I'm gonna need to come up with a more concrete plan here. I DID just finally jump on the "smartphone" bandwagon. I downloaded the sparkpeople app so maybe that will make it easier for me!
Hope everyone is doing well!
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