Here she is ~ Misty! Beautiful inside and out. I just love her. I felt bad that she was nursing a back injury today. Injuries suck. :(
Don't let her pretty smile fool you, she's hard-core. She doesn't go easy, and I found that out today when my shoulders felt like goo after our training session. We spent an hour in the weight room with today's focus muscle groups being shoulders and abs. After we finished, she had me do an interval run on a treadmill. After a 10 minute jogging (5.5 mph) warm-up, I took it up to a max speed for 30 seconds, which for me was 8.5 mph, then bump it up a level for the next 30 seconds - 8.7 mph. Then back to 5.5 for a one minute recovery before doing it again. After a few sets at that speed, the max speed was gradually brought down, until my 12th interval set was at 7.0 mph and 7.5 mph. Then I finished with a 10 minute cool-down at 5.5 again. 45 minutes and 4.25-ish miles later and my interval run was over.
That was a tough workout, mostly because going into the run my legs were already tired and sore from yesterday's leg work. It's all good, though. I'm no stranger to pain. I can already feel the change. ;)
I've been keeping a written journal of my food and exercise for the past few days, and will for the next couple of weeks while I'm getting used to my new training routine. I also keep a blank page in between each day so that I can write down any of my thoughts about a specific exercise, how I felt before and after, or even just some positive affirmations. I am determined to get rid of all the negativity that I've always had a tendency to hold on to. I am the queen of self-deprecation no more! Even though through these first couple of days I'm realizing how much I'm lacking in over-all body strength, I keep reminding myself that it WILL get better, I WILL get stronger. With each day I'm gaining the knowledge and tools I need to succeed at this; each 1-2 hours I spend with Misty are like a crash-course in physiology and kinetics. I'm just trying to take it all in and make the most of this week that I have with her before I'm left to do this on my own...for the rest of my life. :)