It’s almost the end of another Sunday night and Monday is lurking around the corner. Why must the weekend fly by so quickly? Just….why?
As mentioned, on Friday I had plans to go to dinner and drinks with my friends. I stuck to my pre-planned menu choice, as well as only having one drink. (Because liquid calories in the alcohol form are the easiest to over consume when you’re out with the girls.)
I got home kind of late because I ended up having to take a friend to the emergency room, don’t worry – it had nothing to do with our girls night out and everything turned out okay. But ultimately it was the start of another near-sleepless night. It made getting up for the group run on Saturday a little harder this week. But, I still made it out, joining my sister and 2 friends for a 5.91 mile walk/jog combo. In case you were wondering, yes it bugs me that I didn’t do a full 6 miles.
We went back to a 1 minute run, 5 minute walk interval because we had a brand new runner-to-be with us, and also after Disney – my foot
probably needed a little R & R.
I had fun as usual, and am looking forward to the next one. Afterwards we had lunch and went to the farmers market, which has kind of become the routine.
In the evening I met up with my family to have a post-celebratory birthday dinner for my dad. I got the Cherry Chipotle Salmon, and was happy with my choice.
Today, I planned to get up early to go to the gym…
I really should just accept that I’m not really a morning person anymore. I’m now a night owl…it’s kind of weird. Anyways…
I woke up at 330am with a huge headache, which ultimately turned into me laying awake for hours and struggling to get out of bed by 830. I had somewhere to be around 1pm and a lot to get done before that, so I felt a little pressured.
This last week just felt really off, and I didn’t stick with any normal routines. Which meant my housekeeping also suffered. When I got out of bed, the mess overwhelmed me. I cannot function in a messy home. So I immediately started cleaning. 4 hours later, I was finally done, but nearly out of time to hit the gym.
The familiar thoughts of “just skipping one workout” went through my head. But I fought with myself over it. I told myself that that kind of thinking is what has kept me from meeting even the simplest of goals lately. So, I made a quick decision…without really thinking it through.
I downloaded the Nike+ Training App and picked a 30 minute circuit for sweating and strength. I chose the beginner level, since I haven’t done anything like this since before October. (Per the doctors orders.)
Without really thinking it through.
The Nike+ app is a good one. It has some pretty legit circuits and it has a lot to choose from, which is great.
But I quickly realized that I am so completely out of shape… It’s almost shameful.
Gone are the days that I could do 100 burpees in 14 minutes. Or real push ups. Or legit lunges…
It was such an eye opening experience. A huge slap in the face… Where I used to be able to do the intermediate and advanced levels on the app, today I almost died during the beginner level.
I struggled, I shouted out in anger/pain. I shed a tear or two. I cursed at the mean Nike+ trainer lady that made me do burpees for a minute after push ups, and planks.
But I powered through and pushed myself. Even though my arms quivered in resistance…
But then the b*tch made me do squats…and jump squats too!!! I have always hated jump squats. Now that I pretty much have no muscles left…it was even worse than before!!! This is where tears were shed.
And yet, I completed those too.
Strength training, core building and strong glutes are all necessary to be a better runner. Even more so, when you are recovering from an injury, as it helps prevent recurring injuries from happening. After today I realized just how much work I need to do. So the Nike+ app is staying and will be incorporated into my weekly plan.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day per my calendar…but I’m sure I can get it done.