Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Today I was supposed to go back to that 60 minute circuit training class at the Y. I dropped my daughter off at Child Watch and headed to the aerobics room, where I was greeted by the YMCA's fitness director. Our aerobics instructor had called; her son was sick so no CT today. I was disappointed, but completely understood.
I headed to the fitness area and was going to hop on the treadmill, but then I remembered the blog post I made last week about trying new things and challenging myself. Instead, I went over to a machine I have been DYING to try, but was too intimidated. It's that stair machine that looks like an escalator where you actually climb stairs...I got it started and MAN! I felt it in my rear immediately. I was going to shoot for 30 minutes on it, but then the fitness director came over to talk to me--she told me there was a Pilates class happening in another area, and that if I wanted to try that class instead, I could! I made the decision to give it a whirl.
So, 6 minutes on the stair machine and then a 45 minute Pilates class--it was great for toning, and there were lots of moves that were difficult for me, but it wasn't a calorie-torching workout. I thoroughly enjoyed it though! Everyone was so welcoming and I was able to laugh at myself when I struggled. I will go back again, but I'll probably use it more as a "rest day" workout instead of "cardio".
I picked up Olivia and headed home. In Minnesota it was in the 80s today, so we've spent most of the day outside. We went on a nearly mile-long walk and picked every dandelion we could find.
I got my "Spring Into Shape" toning video in over our lunch time, and after supper I'm planning to do my Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD for 30 minutes of tough cardio.
I was originally planning to run 3 miles today, but my shin is mighty tender. One more day of rest before I try to run again.
All in all it was a good day! 2 new fitness activities, both of which I enjoyed.
I forgot to mention, the Pilates instructor also teaches Yoga, and I think I'm going to give that a whirl on Monday. Mondays are normally a "rest" day on my running training schedule, and Yoga sounds like a nice relaxing way to get the blood moving.
Monday, May 02, 2011
I came across a saying recently that really speaks to me: "She BELIEVED she could, so SHE DID."
Lately I've been hit with a barrage of comments both online and in real life related to my running.
"WOW, I wish I could run but my ______(knees, back, legs, etc) hurt when I do."
"I don't have the TIME to run."
"You're going to ruin your knees."
These seem to be the 3 that I get most often. To comment number 1--when I started running I was well over 200 pounds. It hurt to run. I chose to run. You can't expect to go from not running at all to a rock star runner over night. Where I'm at currently is the product of 2 years of hard work. In 2009 when I set out for my first "run" I managed 1 block. That's it. It took almost 6 months before I could run a mile without stopping. Now I'm running half marathons. It didn't happen over night, I had to work at it.
To #2, It's all about prioritizing. I'm just as busy as everyone else. I have 2 small kids, lots of activities, and I work part time. My husband is a runner too, and on top of every day life, we're working around each other's training schedules too. It's not easy, but it's something that's important to me, so my husband and I make it work. I'll let you in on a little secret--our Saturdays are long-run days. We aren't real exciting. My husband is training for a full marathon and is running double digit miles. Saturday morning he heads out for 2-3 hours while I'm home with the kids. He comes home, we have lunch, and then it's my turn to head out.
And lastly, the comment about "ruining" my knees. This makes me laugh because I think it was just as hard, if not harder on my knees, to be carrying all that extra weight.
If you don't like to run, that's okay--find something you enjoy and do it! There's no day like to day to make a change.
If you WANT to run; truly WANT to become a runner, then I say "BELIEVE" that you can be, and you will,
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Easter weekend is a weekend that could totally derail me. I'm not going to let it!
Today I stayed within my calorie range, got an hour in at the gym, and am planning to get a good amount of sleep!
I'm looking forward to putting together the kiddos' Easter Baskets and hiding the plastic eggs. It's so fun to watch their excitement.
Tomorrow we'll be with my in-laws for Easter. On the menu is Ham--a lean meat. I was asked to bring a salad. The key for me will be MODERATION. I'm also hoping that the weather will cooperate for tomorrow--I'm bringing my running shoes so I can get a good walk in after the meal.
Have a happy Easter!
What are your tactics to stay in check over the Holiday?
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