And you know, it's such a beautiful day that instead on running on the treadmill I'm going to take it to the track at the Y. It's a little half mile loop on pea gravel.
Get the MP3 playing the podcast and I'm off. 5 minute walk was great. Then time for my 5 minute run. Whoa! Wait just a minute. Why is this so difficult? My legs feel really heavy and I feel each step as it pounds my joints. I start gasping for air. This is supposed to be easy! So running outside is more difficult than running on a treadmill? Well FRIG!
Make it through that 5 minutes of torture. It's time for a nice 3 minute walk to bring my breathing back under control. Nice. It goes by so quickly and then it's time for my 8 minute run. This, my friends, was difficult. It shouldn't have been but it was. Have you ever seen a fish out of water? I felt like lying on the side of the track and gasping like a fish out of water. I had to dig deep to finish that 8 minutes.
Made it through my last run, or so I thought. Began what, in my mind, was my 5 minute cool down. After 3 minutes walking the guy on the podcast announces that it's time for my final 5 minute run. I thought I was going to cry. LOL
Finished up my 5 minutes very thankful that I could still walk and breathe. I'm wondering: can you rent those little oxygen tanks and a little cart to push along as you run? I'm thinking that might be helpful. Not sure. It's just an idea.
Yes, running outdoors is much more of a challenge than running on a nice treadmill while watching the Ellen show in the climate controlled Y. But since all of the races I know are outdoors (are there any 5Ks on treadmills?? If so, sign me up) I guess I should start taking all of these runs to the streets. I was physically exhausted and a little disappointed. I was hoping this would be easy. And the whole experience made me even more nervous about the upcoming 5K. I know I'll finish but will it be on a stretcher or on my own 2 feet?
The good news is that I passed some people on the track. Well, they were walking but still! I passed them! I've always been the one to be passed in the past.
Here's a little snapshot of my red face after the run. It took 3 tries for me to finally form a half smile to take the picture. I was beat.
(week 6 day 1 complete)
Still had Turbo Jam left for the day. I was scheduled for the 20 minute session so it wasn't too bad. But afterwards my muscles were quivering a little.
I've been playing with the idea of trying to find a personal trainer. I finally called a place to talk to them and get an idea how much money it would cost. For 2 sessions per week it would cost $300 per month. ouch! I can't afford that. I felt deflated after hearing that.
I really need some help with this strength training stuff. Cardio is not an issue. But I don't know about proper form. How hard should I push myself? How often should I try to add extra weight? How many calories should I be eating to feed my body yet still lose weight? What are the different machines in the gym used for? There are so many questions. I do have The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I've read it. And it does answer some questions but I need someone there to help me out.
There is no way that I can pay $300 but I still have an appointment Friday evening to talk to them. Maybe they have other plans? Maybe we can come up with a solution? We'll see.
Saturday is going to be a huge challenge. We've been invited to be guests of one of the BBQ cook off teams at the Houston Rodeo. It's all you can eat food all day and all you can drink all day. I know beer is involved (which I can resist) but I'm hoping that wine and tequila are not around (because I usually don't even try to resist some of that). A day of nothing but eating?! I'm working on a strategy: eat a big protein & fiber filled breakfast; pack some snacks in the car; just sample a little; remember how disappointed you will be in yourself to report back that you went crazy.
Calories for Thursday were good:
Calories Burned: 2711
Calorie Intake: 1493
If you have any tips for finding a personal trainer or can tell me the expected price, please leave a comment. Thanks. Or just leave a comment anyway. :)