Friday, September 07, 2012
I know I am a little bit late with my August review... but the beginning of September has just been so busy for me, time is hard to come by.
August was a great month for me. I did an awesome amount of biking riding, getting in shape to do the MS bike ride. I did complete the WHOLE MS bike ride.... no giving up and getting a ride home. WOO HOO!! I was riding as part of a team, so I don't how how / if that affected the amount of time it took us (as times I thought I could have gone faster or gone without so many rest breaks), but at the same time, it probably helped me to get through the whole ride easier. Also I was so proud of myself, as a newbie I was worried that I would be slowing down the team, and I wasn't!! I was always able to keep up with the others!! Double WOO HOO!! (PS - until this summer I really had never done much biking, and usually it was just slowing putting around the neighbourhood on family rides.)
The other major event in August, is that I RAN in my first 5K. My husband had come across a local 5K that was a Twilight Run (which was usually when I got a chance to do my running or walking) and thought it would be fun to sign us up. It was also a great motivational thing - there were times when I wouldn't have worried about running except I knew I had this run coming up. Of course once I signed up for the bike ride, my running training suffered - enough that I only went for 2 or 3 runs in August!! I was VERY surprised that we were able to run the full 5K the day of it without too much trouble. My guess that all the bike riding helped build up my legs and lungs.
I was shocked that I was able to hit 2000 fitness minutes in August. I had some rest days that I didn't do anything, but then I had days when I was putting in hours of exercise. It all balanced out. I didn't do as much of my strength training or my daily pushups / crunches as I wanted to. But I'm okay with that. I still did them fairly regular throughout the month.
I didn't lose any pounds. I was bouncing up & down on the scale the whole month... enough so that I didn't know if I was losing or gaining. But with my focus on being on completing the bike ride & 5K - I didn't worry about it. I just kept on eating what I needed to fuel my body (as well as a few summer treats!!). I am happy to say that the scale has finally decided to keep at the downward path, and I am hopeful that I will have some pounds lost soon to report.
Not sure what I should have as my September goals, right now I am still trying to muddle through the whole back to school change to the schedule - all three kids will be in school this year, a first for me!! Not sure how all my days will be changing!!
Good bye summer - I sure had a good time this year!!