Workout Wednesday: October 16

Exercising with Good Housekeeping by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

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!

2 thoughts on “Workout Wednesday: October 16”

  1. “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.”

    that’s so wise and beautiful! keep on rockin’, comrade xx

    1. Hi Shauna,

      I keep wanting to jump ahead to the “after” of it all, the place where I’m fit and strong and not squishy, even though I know that place doesn’t actually exist. I wake up each day and try my best to remember to put my health and happiness first while honoring and cherishing the body that I have right this second. I hope I will reach a point one day where I stop comparing myself to others – and putting myself down as a result – but it hasn’t happened yet so I try to at least limit how much time I spend in useless comparisons and “I wish”ing my life away.

      Thank you so much for the visit, your encouraging comment, and your priceless friendship!

      Denise
      xoxo

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