Brace yourselves for this revelation…I hadn’t run since The Santa Hustle 5K. No really, I’ve worked out but not run. This was extremely bad especially since I have a race this month. So I got cracking and hit the treadmill. Thankfully, it didn’t hit back. I had planned on running this Friday, but my lower half was still quite sore from the two Fitsugar CrossFit workouts on Thursday night. Usually I’d run despite the pain but I’m trying to avoid that this year. What’s the sense in training so hard that my muscles are sore almost all the time? Quite frankly, that’s no way to live. I want to be a better runner and the non-run workouts are supposed to help not hinder that goal. After the Daytona 5K, I’m going to start training for a 10K and then a half-marathon. Darn it, I want a medal too.
I started out the treadmill session with a brisk five-minute walk at an incline of 2.0 and then ran until I crossed the first mile-mark at a speed of 5. It felt absolutely fantastic! The music was pumping in my earbuds and I was having a grand time. In fact, I decided to increase the incline to 6.0 and walked the rest of the distance at a speed of 3.8. I felt invigorated but not exhausted by it and followed up with a bit of strength training. Using the Iron Gym Xtreme Workout Bar, I did ten push-ups, dips and a combination of assisted chin-ups and wide-grip pull-ups. The assistance came from a step stool. Honestly, I can only pull myself up by a couple of inches if so many. It’s pathetic but I’m working on it. The objective is to do those particular exercises on my own. Although I’ll still need the step stool because I can’t reach to put the bar up on the door frame. Thank God I have marginally better luck with the floor exercises.
After throwing some caution to the wind this Christmas, I’ve redoubled my efforts to eat smarter. In addition to drinking more water, I’m eating at least two servings of vegetables every day. We have pots that are designed to steam veggies in about ten to fifteen minutes. They’re quite filling and have helped increase my metabolism as well as my digestion. I’ve also kicked sugar again and only get my sweetness from Truvia or honey. Low-fat milk is for cereal but I still use evaporated for my tea/coffee. No soda whatsoever. That stuff is the devil. You know how much I detest dependence on a scale. However in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll weigh myself on the first of each month to show you my progress or lack thereof. On January 1, 2013 I weighed 140 lbs. I’m not bummed out because it means that I only gained 1.5 lbs over the holidays. Not bad considering I exercised less and ate more junk. Let’s see what consistent workouts and clean eating can do in 2013. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! (My Fitness Revolution: Day 435)