I am revising my exercise plan to 4-5 days a week. I am part of the Peak313 Team and they have this as a goal. This is a huge relief for me because I was scheduling 6 days a week, 3 days of running, 3 days of ST plus yoga, pilates, and dance. Until recently, I hadn't been getting my workouts done. I was feeling down and wasn't with the program. I have also let go of the idea of being "perfect" or having an exercise streak. I tried that in December, missed some days and felt terrible. Now, I am happy to do 4-5 days a week.
I am also not able to run right now. After my last race the Holiday Half Marathon my knee swelled up and it hurt to walk. I did a 5k race on January 1 with my dad and I had to take walk breaks and noticed my knee was bothering me. This is really disheartening because I just finished physical therapy for my ankle in late November and I am not thrilled about the prospect of possibly needing to treat another injury. I haven't gone to the doctor for that but probably need to do so. The fact that I can't run like I would like has been weighing on me, that I wasn't following my running program. I had a half marathon race scheduled this Saturday but I am not going to run. I feel relieved that I am not running but also really miss running. I know I could run it. Cardiovascular-wise I know I can do it. Joint-wise I think it is not a good idea right now. I am deciding to not worry about running right now, and just focus on getting in 4-5 days of workouts each week.
I am now breaking my 4-5 days up like this.
Day 1 cardio
Day 2 Cardio & Strength
Day 3 cardio
Day 4 Cardio & Strength
Day 5 (this is like an extra/bonus workout day) Yoga/Stretching
I joined the YMCA and they have a great Saturday morning stretch class and also a Yoga class. Also, they have spinning several days a week.
I also plan to start spinning and Zumba because they are so much fun--spinning is so high energy and challenging and I love Zumba because I literally have a smile on my face the entire workout. I laugh while dancing and it is a great feeling--so much fun!
I am not putting unnecessary stress or pressure that the cardio needs to be a certain kind. Lately, elliptical has been my go-to cardio workout.
While on vacation recently, I went to the gym both in Las Vegas (I was there Friday night-Sunday morning and exercised 2 out of the 3 days) and in Washington D.C. (exercised 3 out of 5 days there). I did strength training, elliptical, lots of stretching. I'm glad I made time for exercise while on vacation. I felt so much better that I did that.
My non-fitness related New Year's goals are to read one non-fiction book per month and I am also reading the Bible daily. I am following a one-year reading plan.
I feel like an intense workout challenge is not right for me at this time. I don't feel like I want or need to do something that is too much pressure or added stress. I am not going to follow any particular workout plan, and do 4-5 days of exercise. I am happy with my plan, and feel it is giving me permission to be happy with what makes me feel my best. Paying attention to how I feel physically is important and I think that I was too focused on races that I failed to perceive that I was not giving my body the attention it needed, the time to heal from injury.
I am also focusing my efforts on looking for guidance. During this year, I am focusing on following God's plan for my life. I am looking for guidance in several areas. Please keep me in your prayers.
Hope everyone is off to a great start! Hope 2013 is a year of dedication, continued effort, and ultimate success for you!