The past four days have been a bit difficult because I was very tired at the beginning of the week. Since I did absolutely nothing fitness related on Sunday, it was important to do some kind of workout on Monday. A flashback routine seemed to be an appropriate way to spice up my routine, so I fired up my old iPod and cranked out The Jane Fonda Workout Record (Beginners). It was a pleasant session although the Abs exercises were a surprising challenge, but I was more than up for them. The floor exercises were easier to do now that I have an exercise mat, especially the Halasana yoga pose at the very end. Afterwards, I got back into the groove of Holly Perkins’ Thirty Days of Lunges project with forty-one walking lunges. The next day, I intended to run but was utterly exhausted. It was ridiculous how tired I felt and decided to do the required forty-two walking lunges and nothing more. Not only was I conflicted by this decision, it was also very frustrating because it felt like I wasted the day. In hindsight, I should have done Yoga Energizer from the Fitness 360 DVD. I’ll be smarter about it the next time.
On Wednesday, I was determined to get back in the saddle. A night run with my nephew was out of the question, so I walked 1.5 miles on the treadmill but increased the incline to 1.5 in order to make it challenging. I was sorely tempted to run but I knew that there were forty-two walking lunges to be done and more importantly, I was going to run with him outside the next day. He’s almost a foot taller than me, and it would be unwise to exhaust myself beforehand. It was crisp that night but I didn’t need any extra layers. By the end of the session I was a little sweaty. Papa, those lunges were tough to do but I took my time and met the quota. I was very happy and looked forward to the next day.
I woke up relatively early in the hopes of a morning run but it was cold. Okay, I’m a Caribbean woman so going for a run when the outside temperature is somewhere around 12° Celsius requires weeks of preparation…as in weeks from now and closer to the Daytona 5K, but definitely not on this day. Thank God it warmed up after lunch, so the youth and I headed out. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the sun shone brightly while simultaneously the wind blew coldly. Since this was his first run with me, I tried to go easy on him. However, his height means that he easily outpaces me. My goal was to increase my pace trying to keep up with him. We alternated brisk walks with easy runs and kept it to just 1.5 miles or so. He had to throw in a sprint that made me feel old and slow, but that’s because he’s young and fast. Such is life, right?
As we were still outside, I decided to teach the kid how to do a walking lunge and casually suggested that he do twenty. That was a mistake and I almost broke my sister’s boy child. I did my forty-four and then we went indoors where he needed to do some stretches for his quads and hamstrings. I played Exercise TV’s Sports Cool Down video on the Xbox for us, while he did some other stretches to recover. Poor kid, I left him on the floor and hit the shower. Eventually, weary bodies ended up at the dining table where a fabulous Thanksgiving lunch spread awaited us. Kudos to his Mom for making sure we had a little of everything. I was happy to get down on the turkey breast. Oh yes, give me that protein and a small glass of wine led to a fabulous nap. Fatigue has been successfully fought and tomorrow will be all about strength training. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! These were My Fitness Revolution Days: 388 to 391.