After the duathlon last week, I was really motivated to keep moving and to step up my run training because of my embarrassment over how much I had to walk during the event itself. I wanted to catch up to my Up & Running 5K course classmates who were over a week ahead of me and also run faster, so I decided to run every day instead of every other day as is recommended by Julia, our coach. I tried back to back runs on Wednesday and Thursday and was planning to run Friday as well until I woke up that morning with hips so sore that even fast walking was not something I wanted to do.
Painful lesson learned: respect my body because it does crazy/amazing things and it will go at its own pace and not an inch further or a second faster. Patience and an openness to being humbled by others who are stronger and faster – those are the qualities required to continue my slow and steady progression toward greater strength and more happiness. No room for childish tantrums about what I think I ought to be able to do, just celebrations for the remarkable progress I’ve made in the 8-1/2 months since I started exercising regularly.
So, what did my activities look like this week?
Wednesday, October 9 – 3 miles walking/jogging for Up & Running 5K course (11,658 steps)
Thursday, October 10 – 2.5 miles walking/jogging for Up & Running 5K course plus two laps on the walking path at work (1 mile total) (16,916 steps)
Friday, October 11 – 2.7 mile walk in the morning plus 4 laps on walking path at work (1.82 miles) (17,984 steps)
Saturday, October 12 (my birthday!) – Color Run 5K in the morning (14,446 steps)
Sunday, October 13 – 2.82 miles walking/jogging for Up & Running 5K course plus 6.2 mile easy bike ride (10,768 steps)
Monday, October 14 – 2.28 miles walking (12,580 steps)
Tuesday, October 15 – 2.63 miles walking/jogging for Up & Running 5K course plus 3 laps on the walking path at work (15,683 steps)
It’s still a little amazing to me that activity has become such a big part of my life in the last few months. Not just the “must do serious workouts five days a week” kind of activity but also small things like walking to the grocery story that’s a mile from the house to do our weekly shopping instead of taking the car. Or looking for parking spaces in remote corners of shopping centers when driving is a must. I do need to get more activity into my work day still but at least I’m making the most of my leisure time!