Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define “interesting”.
Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we’re all going to die?
My workouts have been…interesting.
While I’ve been really making an effort to hit the gym on a quasi regular basis and do some form of physical activity daily, I decided not to share each and every time that I did something. First, I didn’t have the time. I’ve been busier than a one armed paper hanger and if I have to decide between blogging and actually doing the thing, then I was going to do the thing. Then I decided that I really didn’t need to share every bit of what I have been doing. No one cares. I mean some people care but no one is judging me as harshly as I judge myself when I succeed or, more importantly, fail. And really, even though I live and over-share my life, this song has been sung, this dance has been danced and well, it’s done.
But last night as I huffed and puffed through Couch to 5 K (Week 2, Day 1 to be exact…as sorta forgot to start Week 2, Day 1 which is cool because well…and once again I overshare!).
Anywho, I had a bit of an epiphany. As I was struggling with my workout, I mean really struggling, cursing, berating myself about why I looked and what my ability and level was I realized that I was acting as if I have not taken a few YEARS off from running, training and getting in shape. Here I was attempting to train as I had years ago and I was no where near the ability I was eight years ago. I’m EIGHT YEARS and Two YEARS out of shape. I can’t do what I used to do quite yet and that’s OK.
|Me after a workout.
I have an app for my couch to 5 K workout but there is a really good article on cool running if you want more information. Basically the app tells me when to run and when to walk. The program takes about 20-30 minutes including warm up and cool down.
While I was doing MY runs, I found that I would start slowly, a pace of 3.5 to 3.7 as a warm up and then bump it up to 5.6, 5.7. Which would lead me to want to quit and slide over to Five Guys (conveniently located next to the gym!) and drown my sorrows in a freshly made burger.
Once again, last night I found that while struggling, I begin to hear that evil voice of self doubt. The voice began to spew its hate and negative talk and I almost drank the kool-aid and stopped my run when it dawned on me…slow my pace. Staying at a solid 5.1 I found there was need to struggle, feel too out of breath and amazingly I was able to complete my workout without feeling like I was ready to quit and die and without the workout being interesting.
Last night I slowed down and not only was my heart rate NOT too high, I wasn’t plagued with the headaches that seem to color my runs lately. I still was able to get to two miles in 30 minutes, had a good sweat and felt like I did something.
While away at a blogging conference, I met Tina aka the Laid Back Chick. She talked about running and how she lost weight. I asked her about how to start and stay motivated and she encouraged me to push myself. Fight that feeling of Interesting and just keep going.
My goal of running a mile without stopping or feeling Interesting is still on the horizon and I am excited about the changes I am feeling in my body and soul. The gym is not a chore but something fun to do. It’s not a burden and its starting to feel like I can instead of interesting.
Is your fitness routine interesting?