Well hello there! How have you been? Life has been absolutely crazy around here. This time of year always seems to take me by surprise. I have finally started slowing down enough to write and get in a workout. Four weeks of not doing anything active can not be good for my fitness goals or running Dopey without any issues. My goals for the next few weeks are to get back on a schedule and to run as much as possible. First, I really need to stay out of the hospital! (More on that later …)
Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training
Elliptical – 1.27 miles, 15:11 minutes
NROLFW – Stage 1, Workout 1A (25 minutes)
Tuesday – Easy Run
1.66 miles, 24:14 minutes, 14:38 min/mile avg. pace, 130 BPM HR
Wednesday – Cross Training
Elliptical – 1.23 miles, 15:00 minutes
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.17 miles, 15:00 minutes
- NROLFW – Stage 1, Workout 1B (25 minutes)
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Rest
Last week was the first week of real workouts that I have had in a month. Seriously! From crazy work schedules to week long vacations to spending too much time in hospitals, getting to the gym has not been high on my list of priorities. While Pete and I were on our week long cruise, we decided that enough was enough and that we really needed to get back in the gym.
After work on Monday, I headed to the gym to do a super easy cross training and strength training workouts. I really wanted to just ease back into the swing of things and to not kill myself right out of the gate. With the Dopey Challenge approaching quickly, I was a little worried that trying to do strength training would not be the best idea. I decided that I really needed to do something to regain some of the fitness that I have lost from my lack of workouts. I reduced my normal weights and went for it.
On Tuesday, I attempted to get in a 45 minute on the treadmill after work. My plan did not go at all the way that I wanted it to. I spent 5 minutes doing an easy, walking warm up before I started running. I followed my run/walk intervals and kept my pace super easy. My body had other plans for me though. About 15 minutes into my run, I had to stop for an emergency bathroom run. I managed to get about 9 more minutes of running in before my body forced me to stop for the evening. I was really disappointed and hoped that I would have better success on Thursday.
After work on Wednesday, I headed back to the gym for another cross training and strength training. I made it through my warm up on the elliptical before my body completely gave out on me. I had a panic attack in the bathroom and it took every ounce of composure I could muster up in order to get home. Pete and I seriously discussed heading to the hospital but my body got itself under control and we decided to get a decent night’s sleep.
On Thursday morning, we headed to the hospital to try to figure out what was wrong with me. We spent 5 hours in the emergency room and I had several tests done before the doctor told me what was wrong. He sent me home with some meds and a few directions. He didn’t say anything about not exercising but I was really nervous about having another attack. I opted to stay home and take it easy for the rest of the day.
I didn’t have any problems at work on Friday so Pete and I cautiously went to the gym. I was so scared and nervous that my workout was not at my normal intensity. Thankfully, I made it through my workout without another attack. (I will tell you more about my health issues once I know more.)
On Saturday morning, I planned to run a 10k race but decided against it given what my body had been through in the last week. Instead, Pete and I spent the weekend trying to finish getting ready for Christmas. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to run over the weekend but I really do think it was the right decision for my body.
How have your workouts been going? Are you ready for Christmas?