I hit a wall this week. I initially thought I had just overdone myself last week and this week my body was paying the price. Now I realize my body was fighting something because here I am in bed with a sore throat, running nose, and hoarse voice. Lovely. No running this week. No Week 6 happened at all. Monday’s Boot Camp happened then Tuesday I was so so so tired I didn’t do anything. Wednesday came and I realized I had a sick child, thus no boot camp for me.
Finally Friday arrived and I had extra help with the kids so I was able to just jet off to the gym in the morning by myself and participate in boot camp (oh yay). It wasn’t that bad, it was arms which is significantly easier for me than core or cardio even. I think it was after that, pushing my body beyond what it wanted to do, that the sickness finally overcame me and I rapidly lost my voice and felt the sore throat come on full force. Ugh, just what I wanted for my three day weekend!
I hope Monday finds me healthy and energized!
Boot camp today was interesting. It almost felt like I was in junior high again and we had a sub. The assistant who was supposed to do the workout today wasn’t there. So the fitness director had a DIY workout that let her just walk around and supervise. It started with one lap around the track I normally run. Learned today that it is 0.68 miles. Then after the lap we dispersed into three different “stations”. One was core, one was arms and the third was legs. We then had to do another lap around the track between each station.
I started with the core. Very quickly I realized that I pulled a muscle in my lower stomach, very lower stomach. In fact, right near the scar from my c-section incision. I was able to do the crunches and side crunches but the V-lifts and other exercises I just simply couldn’t do. Even the fitness director came over and said stop when I did the first V-lift. She said she could see right away that I was showing the pain of a pulled muscle on my face. Hopefully it won’t hurt for very long.
The leg station sucked, my calves have never burned so much. I hate to admit it but I kinda like the arm station. I enjoy seeing my muscles pop out 🙂
Here is where the workout really sucked. The run. The very first lap around I was quickly outpaced by all the other women. I accepted this since I was definitely trying to pace myself. On the second run and third run I couldn’t run the whole thing like I did the first lap. I walked some on the second lap and walked most of it on the third lap. I was, of course, the last one of our group to get back to the station. I want so badly to be able to run a long distance. Every day that I run and see that I can’t run a long distance I get so down on myself. Am I not trying hard enough or am I really just not capable of this?
I completed Week 5 today, well, not really. What I did do was get out of the house and go for a run. I did not actually run the two straight miles the program asked me to. I have been thinking about this run since I saw what was next on Thursday. Even my husband asked me why the program had me go from running 3/4 mile to 2 straight miles. I did not have an answer for him.
Today was cooler then usual so I figured I could just run around the neighborhood instead of driving all the way to the gym. The run around here is a lot hillier and harder then the run at the gym so its not exactly “taking it easy” when I decide to run at home. Towards the end of the 5 minute warm up is a steep hill and after that my legs are usually like “really, you want me to run after this??” So two whole miles didn’t seem very possible.
I started out and felt good for a little while but the burning quickly ensued and I had to keep telling myself, just a little farther, just a little farther. Unfortunately I don’t know how far into the run I was when I gave up. I think I had gone about a mile, if I’m lucky. I walked a little (maybe 30 seconds) and tried to run again. I maybe ran a minute or two more then walked the rest of the way home. My legs felt so heavy and I was pouring sweat. I don’t even think I made it to the end of the two miles for running. My total distance today was 2.28 miles which should be more like 2.5 if you include the distance from the warm-up and cool-down. Maybe I’ll be ready next time I need to run 2+ miles straight. Maybe.
Yup, I looked like a hot mess at the end of my run.
Today I successfully completed Week 1 of Boot Camp. It’s sort of weird. During boot camp I am miserable, I am breathing hard, ready to fall over and/or pass out. Once its over, I feel like I didn’t work out in the first place. For example, after my runs, the workout stays with me. I feel that I put my body and mind thru something and feel better for it. At the end of boot camp, once I’ve caught my breath and had some water, I’m not sore or tired out at all. Of course the soreness comes in time but there is almost no effects immediately. Is that normal for a strength training type workout?
Every day thus far there has been a different assistant/leader. The fitness director of the gym is there every time and every time she says “Sally” or “Jim” is going to lead the workout that day. On Monday and Wednesday however, the workouts were led by her, unquestionably, but today the assistant was finally the one who led the workout. I just thought that was kinda funny. I just thought maybe she was super controlling but today not at all.
The assistant who led today also happens to teach some yoga classes so at the end we did some nice yoga stretches. Those felt really good and of course any thing we do where we can stand still is a win in my book. She also let us take our water bottles around the track with us which was awesome. Whenever I have to leave my water bottle behind I think I am going to die!
Friday’s, we have been told, will be concentrated to one part of the body. Today it was legs. Lots of quad work. There were some exercises that I was doing totally half-assed so I didn’t feel the stretch anywhere but I wasn’t about to complain! 🙂 At the end we did calf stretches. That is not a muscle we use on a regular basis so when you work it you really really feel it.
It was still really cool out this morning when we were working out and there was a nice breeze. It was super funny, during the end of the workout I kept hoping one of the ladies from the play center would come out and grab me to go change a diaper. I have never wanted to change a poopy diaper so bad in my life! Can’t blame me for leaving if I’m doing it to take care of my babies right?!
Tomorrow is supposed to be my first 2 mile straight run. No breaks. This will determine truly how far I’m come. Never in my life have I been able to run or even jog 2 miles straight. I almost want to reward myself with something. Probably won’t though. The reward is coming at the end of the 5k!
Holy cow! Am I really almost done with Week 5? I am so proud of myself. I set out to finish this program and I guess I am more than half way now and am still going strong!
I am sticking to my word of running on my off days from boot camp. So after the kids gymnastics class this morning we headed over to the gym. It’s already pretty warm at 10am right now but I don’t get phased by it somehow. Unless its over 100, I’m good to go.
Today I added some new accessories. I finally wore my new running skirt! I got it from Athleta a couple weeks ago, I kinda dig the skirt thing!
Athleta Aurora Contender 2 In 1 Skort
I absolutely love how I am wearing a skirt but don’t notice it at all when I’m running. The fabric is so thin and lightweight. It has a built in pocket in the back which I use to put my locker key…very convenient! Now if only I can get my legs to look that good! 😉
I’m too self conscious to post a full body shot. I also decided to start wearing a head band. When I start running its not necessary but by the end I was noticing how much I had to keep pulling back those annoying stray hairs behind my ears. With my headband I didn’t once have to do that. Headband FTW!
You’ll have to excuse the horrible photo. I neglected to close my mouth when I took the photo. But at least it truly captures how I look during a run. Mouth agape and sweaty.
I took some photos at the end of my run. It’s so pretty down there in the morning. They were setting up for the Thursday Night Concert. If there weren’t four million people there every time, maybe I’d go. But I hate crowds and even more so when I have two cranky toddlers to deal with.
Back to the subject, the run was hard. I ran intervals of 0.75 miles (2 of them). With a walking interval of 0.5 in between. I am very nervous about when I have to eliminate the walking all together. Very nervous.