Fear not, I haven’t jumped ship although this may be the longest I’ve gone without writing something here. Honestly, I’ve been busy with work outs, family commitment and writing about the Dakar Rally for My Life at Speed. Of course, it’s not like I actually went to the wilds of South America but this was surprisingly time consuming yet lots of fun. Perhaps it’s the sign of a true motorsports fan to get excited about a race that couldn’t be seen except for brief summary videos on YouTube. In all, I had a grand time and have a lot of gratitude for the opportunity. Over the past eleven days, I’ve had to take a couple extra rest days because of an upset stomach and tiredness due to a lack of sleep. This bothered me a bit because I’m preparing for the Daytona 5K on Saturday January 26, 2013.
On the days that I did work out, there was more focus on strength training and yoga. I hit the treadmill a couple of times but preferred to walk and run sporadically on a very high incline. An incline of 2.0 and above accommodates for wind resistance and I wanted to make sure I could handle the gusts that almost knocked me down at the Daytona International Speedway last year. Of course, I was much weaker then but this time I’m also lighter. I used the Iron Gym Xtreme Workout Bar a bit more because I like the challenge,however, I will be happy to pick up my weights again. After the 5K, I’ll make it a priority to find a proper balance.
This week, I’m definitely going to run as part of race preparation. There won’t be any CrossFit this week because I don’t want to strain myself. The goal is to be ready not broken for Saturday. I’m not pushing myself to set any PR’s for this event. I run because I love the way it makes me feel and for the thrill of crossing the finish line. It doesn’t really bother me if it takes me a long or short time to do it. Once I complete the course without puking, fainting or dying – it’s a win! Is that childish? Probably but I know there won’t be any 5K medals in my future, and I’m fine with that. I want to run and be done. That’s all.
A great way to keep track of my fitness activity is a simple spreadsheet. You’ll see a sample of mine below. I created it in Microsoft Excel and have been keeping it since I started in October 2012. In addition, plan your workouts! In Microsoft Word, you can create a document for a month’s calendar. Fill in the dates and use it to plan what you’re going to do. Even if you don’t stick to it, at least you know what you’re supposed to do in advance. It’s important because you can plan when to push yourself hard and when to take it easy. You also have a good record of what you’ve done and where you can improve your regimes. Some people keep track of their meals, but I think it’s imperative to keep track of your workouts. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! (My Fitness Revolution: Days 441 to 451)