Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Don't Wanna!

Well, I am resting an injury, but boy am I taking full advantage of it! I'm lounging more than I should ever be allowed to. I'm realizing I'm like that after completing soccer tournaments, and it's extending to running goals. I just don't want to move after running, sprinting, jumping, and such 4-6 days a week for months. I'm pretty much rebelling, but it makes no sense. I actually enjoy all that physical activity.

Luckily it's been confirmed that friends and I will definitely be running a 42 mile relay race on the 30th of this month. This is forcing me to hit the road again starting today. Nothing like people relying on you to perform to motivate you. These people expect you perform too. Not a slackity slack bunch.

Back on track whether I want to or not, but as I log in the miles, I'm sure seeing the mile count climb towards my "1000 miles in 2011" goal will keep me going. It's getting started again that's the hardest part for me. 

Game on!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Working On My Fitness!

Yes, yes, I'm working on my marathon report, I promise. I better hurry up before I forget the details! Old fart memory and all.

I'm still recovering from it almost two weeks out. I stupidly played soccer only a week after that run. I was still feeling a bit of pain in the right calf, and I went and aggravated it to the point where it feels worse than it did while I was running. Now I'm unable to walk without pain, which means running again for at least another week it out. 

Instead I've picked up on my in home workouts again. I normally do quite a bit of work on the upper body and core muscles for the amount of pushing around I have to do on the soccer field. That was shelved during the marathon training simply because I was too tired to do anymore than run.  Man, starting back at square one was painful. Push ups on the knees, and quivering abs at number 10, hoi! The two videos I'm using are:

Jillian is such a bully that I am motivated by the sheer pleasure of meeting her challenges to get through the video. I have yet to feel confident enough to move to level 2 though. I'm still knocking myself around with the kettle bell. Once I feel like I control it instead of it controlling me, I'll stick to level 1.

Guillermo from the Hardcore Kickbox Circuit is so gangsta in the way he moves around, with his beautiful hair and the dip of a shoulder when he walks, he has my full attention. All that and his lovely Hispanic accent make working through this video tolerable. I kick and punch like a girl, but I definitely feel the burn with this workout.

So, as I mentioned in my previous post, Recovering & The Next Challenge, I'm getting myself fit for the rigors of P90X, which will be ordered here shortly (Dang, it's not cheap!). Hopefully I won't injure myself with the kettle bell, or round house myself in the head and get a concussion before it arrives.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Recovering & The Next Challenge!

6 days past the marathon and I'm still exhausted. I've only written a quarter of my race report, which I must do as it's my first marathon EVER. I've done some in home workouts, but haven't been out to run yet. The thought of it makes me do exactly like kitty up there. I just shut down and need a nap. I'm assuming it's at least a little normal? No? I'm just lazy? Anyway, I'll have to run tomorrow afternoon to play some football, so we'll see how much the legs have recovered then. 
On to my next challenge. I've decided to conquer another fear. I am a wuss when it comes lifting, swinging, pulling heavy objects, which includes my own body. Pullups, pushups, crunches, oh my! Dislike! I'd rather run 26.2 miles. So, I've decided to give the much talked about P90X a try. God help me. I will probably cry real tears, but I'm excited to see if I can get results like these:
Ok, ok. Not sure if I'll ever look that good, but I'd love to at least do the complete program. I talked my husband into doing this with me, but I have a strong feeling this will turn into a competition between us. That's not always a good thing, but at least I won't be doing it alone. Misery loves company!

At the moment though, I'm still fighting the urge to lay down and nap whenever I see a couch or bed. I'll strengthen up a bit with my lady friendly workout dvd's to prepare for the rigors of P90X. Probably for another week & slowly add in some running as I have committed to running a relay with my soccer teammates at the end of April. A little fun running with good friends. It's been a while since we've had those.

Whew! That was tiring. I need to go lay down now.