As I mentioned in my previous blog, I intend to use my #FitnessFriday blog post space for keeping track of -and accountability toward- my marathon goal. November 8 is the big day, and I'm already well in to Week 1 of 24 total weeks.
Sunday, May 25, was the official first day of training, but it started off with a rest day, so my first run was on Memorial Day. Three miles. Easy enough, except after two months of hit-or-miss workouts in general, I very much noticed where my progress had slipped after having been so dedicated to my treadmill and workouts through the winter. I'm still getting re-acclimated to running outdoors in general, too.
Tuesdays are cross-training days, and this past Tuesday, I decided on Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, level 2. It'd been a while and though I know I can do all the exercises pretty well, again I plainly saw what two months of "slacking" had done to the progress I'd made with my physical strength and endurance.
Wednesdays are pace/tempo runs. Wednesday this week I had a 3 mile pace run and kept a 9:59 pace. It's amazing how quickly my body can bounce back even after 2 months "off". My calves hurt like heck on this day too, but it didn't affect my running.
Thursdays are the other rest day of the training plan week. I'm writing this on Thursday in preparation for tomorrow (which is now today, by the time you're reading this!). I just have to say it feels so strange to take a day "off" after only working out 3 days in a row. But, I'm trusting the process. I'm trusting the training plan.
Which reminds me, "Trust the Process" has been my theme... from the time I began this whole journey, that which I thought was simply about losing weight and feeling better physically, but I've since found out that it's about so, soooo much more!!
Friday, today when you read this... Fridays are my long run days. I must must must run early. Six miles. I'll treadmill it if I have to, but I will get it done early because I have a lot of plans for the day!!
If you've read this far -- please check in with me to make sure I ran my six miles this morning!!!
Saturdays are cross-training days and I plan to rotate between many various workout DVDs and such to mix things up along the way. P90X, P90X3, Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, bellydancing, yoga, pilates, walking, biking, swimming. So many options!!
No, I still don't feel bad about taking a couple of months off of the exercise/workout focus. The Anais Nin quote I posted above really hit home and comforted me in the fact that yes, we DO grow unevenly, and YES it was perfectly okay for me to let go of growth (temporarily) in one area to grow and learn in another area or several. Now I'm better able to integrate everything I've learned in the past two months in to a refocused physical training plan, which will also aid in further mental and spiritual growth. It's okay and I don't have to beat myself up... instead, I'm moving forward with many lessons learned and most assuredly NOT giving up on myself this time!!! I'm NOT okay with settling for my "comfort zone".
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Onward toward week 2 of training..... and happy weekend! June is near!!
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