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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Another couple of days...

Yesterday I was still feeling so exhausted from my workouts on Monday and Tuesday, that all I did was go for a walk at the park for about 4.25 miles.  The rest of the day I did things around the house, but mostly felt like laying down and taking a nap.  It didn't happen.

Today I went to the gym after dropping the kids at school.  I worked on triceps for about 20 minutes in the weight room, then went to my usual spinning class.  No intervals today, but still an excellent cardio workout. Then at noon I went to Muscle Fusion X.  That class never fails to completely drain whatever juice I have left in me.  Today was no exception.  We did another new mix of cardio and strength intervals, including skaters, jumps, dead-lifts, bent-over rows, squats, lunges, more jumps, running laps, barbell press, crunches, push-ups, more jumps.......

Someone in the class requested we do a little extra work on hamstrings and glutes, so we used a stability ball to do hamstring curls:


I'm realizing that one of the biggest benefits I'm getting from this class is the amount of confidence I'm building.  Each time I finish another hour of Muscle Fusion X, I feel a little bit more powerful, mentally and physically.  There are moments I find myself having to use little mental tricks to push through when my body feels like quitting, often times telling myself, "You can run a marathon, you can do this class for an hour without stopping."  It's tough and every time I do it, I feel stronger.

Right now I feel a little bit like I'm in a training limbo.  I've discussed my (tentative) goals on here already, but now that I have my last race of the year behind me, I find myself without a schedule, without a plan, once again without a concrete goal.  Thankfully (hopefully) I am supposed to finally be getting together with my trainer sometime next week.  I have been chomping at the bit to get with her and get moving on a training plan and forming some realistic goals with her help and it looks like the time will be coming soon.  In the meantime, I've just been trying to focus on doing what I already know to do - I've been doing several days of weight training, along with several hours of cardio a week in the form of spinning and some running, and I've been keeping my diet very clean.  It's starting to click in my mind that this whole thing is a daily~monthly~yearly~life long process, and that I will never actually reach an "arrival" where I can say, "Okay, that's it!  I'm exactly the person I've always wanted to be and I'm 100% content with where I'm at."  Because then what?  What would we do if we ever did find ourselves in that state of mind?  I can't even imagine it, anyway.  I always think there's room for improvement somewhere.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's a dangerous thing to think that you are fine and there's no room to improve. There's ALWAYS room to grow--physically, mentally, spiritually...

    You are doing great! At the end of the season I think it's totally normally to feel unsure of what to do next.


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