Friday, September 03, 2010
Hi friends! It seems this fall that I am fitting plenty of time to exercise into my schedule. Along with my recent clean bill of health after 7 years of metabolic syndrome my doctor said, "keep doing what ever you are doing because it is working!" Really? Seven days a week of strenuously working out and a strict diet is working? No kidding? It was my hope that I could let up on things a bit. Relax. Eat a chocolate chip cookie. Keep doing what I am doing? Okay then, I better settle in and make it the thing I do for fun!
Even though I have thought about lightening up a bit it seems that my schedule is allowing me to get all my workouts in and, well, there isn't any reason not to go. This week I was at the gym three times and got some good cardio in including a 20 mile spin in one hour on Wednesday. Tuesdays an Thursdays have always been my busy days where I had to get out the door too early for a good morning workout but this year I don't teach until third and fourth period so I have some time in the morning to get a good workout in. This will be key in helping me to maintain my fitness level because normally when school begins I loose those two days and start to settle into to the fat and happy fall season of comfort food and a fuller schedule which takes me away from the gym. I have found a running partner for those days and so far we are doing a quick three miles which is twice around the big circle in our neighborhood. Fridays, today, is my big cardio day where another friend and I take off in the hills for a nine mile hike with a 30 minute run at the end. It feels SO good to accomplish that long distance each week! This morning we left at 6:30 so we were startling all the creatures off the trail as we walked. Lots of deer, and thankfully, no mountain lions.
Yes, I carry mace
No, I have never used it
My friend is now trying to talk me into doing a half marathon with her in November! As I look at this week's miles - a total of 15 running and 20 biking plus three additional days at the gym I am starting to think this might be a good idea. It would be a great milestone for me, even a celebration, of my good health. I still remember when a friend approached me about 5 years ago about doing my first sprint tri. I laughed in her face but a few days later after I got over the initial shock I was on my bike doing my first 20 mile ride. I've never run 13.1 miles at one time but my friend says we can walk some if needed, and it's only 4.1 over what we do already. Plus, what we do is more hilly than this route would be.
Weighing the pros and cons, I am getting very close to saying YES.
I'm glad my doctor is encouraging me to "keep doing what I have been doing." I am so grateful for this body that is healthy and strong. I'm grateful for direction and the knowledge of how to take care of it and keep it moving. When it comes to working out, from now on my moto will be "It's what I do for fun!"
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