I have a passion for living. Or as the song says, "Lust for Life!" I want to do things and experience all I can. I spent a good time on this blog worried about counting every calorie and stepped on the scale every time I walked past it. My focus has shifted more to staying active and having fun! Now if I incorporate healthy eating I think I might just get that athlete's body I've always wanted. Time will tell. Either way, I'm not stopping what I'm doing. This is way too much fun!
Tuesday I woke up sore. My arms and rear mostly. (TMI??) It hurt to brush my teeth! But I had an "easy" run scheduled for 20 minutes so no excuses. Just do it!
Easy? There was nothing easy about it! Never did find my groove and it felt like I was plodding along. Imagine what a zombie would look like running. That was my form. Plod, plod, plod. I may have had my mouth hanging open and drooling too. I don't remember. It was not the run of a Kenyan, I'll tell you that much!
I guessed I was probably running in the 14 minute per mile pace. I just kept telling myself that at least I was doing it. The legs didn't really hurt they just didn't want to be involved in the program. They had a conversation with my lungs and both agreed that running sucks. (Later that night I actually ordered a shirt that says "Running Sucks".)
I posted my run on dailymile.com and mentioned going to the store to look for M&Ms with a chewy Vicodin center. Imagine my surprised when I found out that I ran an 11:39 pace! It's not fast for most of you peeps out there but for me that's pretty awesome. Especially since it felt like I was going so slow. Speed racer I am not. But I'm improving.
20 minutes, 11:39 pace, 1.72 miles.
running interval paces were 10:50, 11:06, 11:25, 10:34
I felt pretty good about myself after that! Even wore the necklace that Chuck had given to me after I completed my own challenge of completing a 5K every single day for 30 days last fall. I mostly walked them but it was a sense of accomplishment to get out there every single day no matter the weather or circumstance and get in my 3.1 miles. Sometimes I'd be out there at 11pm or in the rain or cold but I did it! And this necklace was perfect and I felt like I earned the opportunity to wear it again Tuesday.
Chuck came home early so we could go to the doctor and get the MRI results for his knee. His has a meniscus tear in his knee. In other words, there is a piece of cartilage that is torn and needs to be clipped off. It's a minor surgery and he should be able to take up all normal sports (running, biking, etc) in three weeks. Now to get it scheduled!
After the doctor's appointment we went to the gun range and shot Chuck's new toy: a Glock 34 9mm. This will be his new competition pistol I think. I have trouble keeping up with that.
|Checking for accuracy.|
Then to the steel plates to shoot a .22 with a red dot scope. That's my favorite. It's a "blast"! (see what I just did right there? Blast? LOL)
Then the expert comes along and shows me how it's really done.
It was such a pretty day to kill paper.
Wednesday is a scheduled rest day from running which means I am supposed to cross train. Biking for me!
I rode all over the place. I even got on a scary major highway again. I realized that I can peddle really fast when fear motivates me!! My legs don't hurt at all! Adrenaline takes over and I'm Lance-ette Armstrong!
14.02 miles, 13.6 avg pace, 87 rpm average cadence, 1 hour 1 minute.
Very nice ride and I felt great!!! Can't wait to try riding a road bike.
Have yourself a great day and have fun while staying active. There are so many new things to try! It's pretty much limitless. :)