Well hello there! How have you been since we last spoke? It has been far too long since my last blog post but I really needed some time to deal with everything that was going on with my health and to handle a crazy work schedule. For the first time in what feels like forever, I actually feel normal and I think I am ready to start oversharing my life again. When my health issues started back in December, I stopped feeling like myself and I slipped in a mental funk. I focused on trying to “out run” and ignore my health problems. It didn’t seem to work at all and I think I ended up dwelling on everything. It wasn’t until two weeks after my procedure at the beginning of April that I started feeling like me again. Pete suggested that I have been mildly depressed and I am inclined to agree with him. He has been absolutely amazing through this whole ordeal and I am so glad he is by my side.
Now that I getting back to normal, I am ready to get my butt in gear and really work on my health and fitness. First things first … I AM GETTING MARRIED IN LESS THAN 19 MONTHS!!! While I am really excited to be making decisions and planning the details, one thing I am not ready to do is try on dresses. I really want to in better physical shape before I take on that aspect of the planning. Namely, I want to work on my upper body strength so that I can pull off the strapless look without any unwanted flab. I really liked the results that I saw when I followed the LiveFit Trainer program last year so I decided to start following again. I figured out that I can finish the whole program before it is time to start training for next year’s Dopey Challenge.
Monday – Strength Training + Cross Training
- Strength Training – Chest and Triceps (LiveFit Trainer Day 1, 35 minutes)
- Elliptical – 0.84 miles, 10:00 minutes
Tuesday – Strength Training
- Strength Training – Back and Biceps (LiveFit Trainer Day 2, 43 minutes)
Wednesday – Strength Training
- Strength Training – Legs (LiveFit Trainer Day 3, 37 minutes)
Thursday – Strength Training + Easy Run
- Strength Training – Shoulders and Abs (LiveFit Trainer Day 4, 33 minutes)
- 2.32 miles, 30:00 minutes, 12:57 min/mile avg. pace
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Miles for Moffitt 8k
- 4.97 miles, 1:13:15 (total time), 14:44 min/mile avg. pace, 158 BPM avg. HR
Sunday – Yoga
- Beginner Flexibility Yoga – 30 minutes
After work on Monday, I headed to the gym for the first time in what seemed like forever. I seriously can’t remember the last time I was at the gym. With a renewed focus on strength training, I headed over to the weight room to do the first workout of the LiveFit Trainer program, which focused on chest and triceps. I kept the weights light so I would be able to move the next day. After the strength workout, I jumped on the elliptical machine for a short cross training session.
On Tuesday evening, I left work a little bit later than I wanted to and really didn’t want to go to the gym. I tried to come up with viable excuses to skip my workout but decided that it wouldn’t help me achieve my goals. I headed to the gym and opted to just do the strength workout with no cross training or running. My strength workout focused on the back and biceps. Just like Monday, I tried to keep the weights light so that my residual soreness wouldn’t be too bad.
By the time I left work on Wednesday, I was exhausted and my upper body was crazy sore! I could barely move my arms. When I left work late again, I thought about skipping my workout again. Pete talked me into going by convincing me that my legs workout wouldn’t affect my upper body too much. He was right (as he usually is). I was running late so I decided to forgo the cross training again and just make sure that I did my strength workout. The first phase of the program advocates for no cardio so I knew that it wouldn’t hurt my progress.
After work on Thursday, I headed to the gym for my last strength workout of the week. The workout focused on shoulders and abs and didn’t take me very long to complete. When I finished lifting weights, I headed over to the treadmill for an easy 30 minute run. Besides lifting weights again, I really want to work on getting back to a consistent running schedule and it felt right to fit in a run after my workout. Friday was a much a needed rest day. My body was sore and needed a break to recover.
On Saturday morning, I woke up super early to run the Miles for Moffitt 8k race with my mom and a friend from work. I ran the 5k race a few years and really enjoyed running around my alma mater. My mom wanted to run this race to celebrate Mother’s Day and we both wanted to support the Moffitt Cancer Research Foundation in memory of my aunts. My friend and I ran the race together and it was a lot of fun. We started off strong but ended up slowing down a little bit towards the end of the race. It probably had something to do with neither of us running farther than a 5k in a few months. We finished and that is what matters.
To finish my week, I did a gentle yoga session that focused on flexibility. I found a beginner flexibility practice from the Yoga Studio app. Since I haven’t found a studio around the house, I think I will be using this app a lot more to work on improving my flexibility and balance. Those two areas are always giving me problems.
How have your workouts been going lately?