Day One ✔️

It’s the first day of a new month and a week into a new school year, so it’s the time of year when I try to fix my life (again). Why only make New Year’s Resolutions (that I can break) when I can make Summer Resolutions and Start of School Resolutions (that I can break).
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♪ Rainy days and Mondays always get me down ♪

On Saturday, I completed Week 1 of the Run 5K program. I’ve probably started a couch to 5K program at least 4 times before, but I’d never gotten passed the first workout.

I’ve never been a runner. The last time I ran for more than the bus was sophomore year in high school, and only when required in gym class. But there I was, ear buds in, running along the beach with the rest of the athletic folks in the California sunshine. The workout was hard, but doable. I had a new workout playlist and I was shakin’ my thang on the breaks. I felt like I could finally handle this running thing.

Then it got cold.

After brunching and shopping on Monday, I rushed home to do Day One, Week 2 before it got dark. The run times were twice what they were in Week One. It was cold and windy and everything hurt. I finished the workout, but just barely. There was definitely part of me that wanted to give up during the second of the six intervals, but I stuck it out. I didn’t remember Day One of Week 1 being quite so hard. I definitely did not strut during my interval breaks. And I was sore. Stretching and a warm shower didn’t cure my throbbing shins or aching quads on Monday evening.

Then on Tuesday, I skipped spin class because my knee was giving me fits when I went up and down the stairs at work. Instead of completing Day Two or going to body sculpting class on Wednesday, I skipped the gym and went to a movie with friends. Tonight, I skipped spin again to run errands and prep for my busy weekend.

And now it’s raining. It IS winter after all. No running outside for the foreseeable future and with things starting up again at work, the demand for treadmills will be crazy. Hopefully, this week is a minor set back and I can get back into a routine as work starts to get busy again. I did actually miss going to the gym and sweating out a long day, so here’s hoping next week is more productive!

Running to the future

One of my 2012 goals is to get a handle on my weight (i.e. get some of it off) and get more fit. I don’t like the feeling I get when I run three blocks for the bus and spend the rest of the ride recovering from that tiny sprint.

Before my holiday break, I had gone to two fitness classes at the gym (actually setting foot inside the gym for the first time ever!) and while on vacation, I walked the neighborhood twice with my parents. I went to spin class on Thursday, but I’m hoping to step up my class attendance (at least until the semester starts again). Thankfully, two of my co-workers are in this with me, making it SO much easier to actually go to the gym and not rationalize my way out of it.

Today, I completed Day One, Week One of my Run 5K app. I’ve completed Day One of a Couch-to-5K program at least twice before, but I’m very hopeful that I’ll actually do Day Two, Week One on Wednesday, even if I have to just run around campus since it’ll be dark when I get home.

I had planned my playlist for this week, but I came up about 20-30 seconds short. So, I need your help. Below is my current playlist. Of the middle six songs, which one(s) would you remove and what would you add in its place to make up the extra 30 seconds?

Uprising – Muse – 5:05 (Warm up)
Anthem – Superchick – 2:53
Extraordinary – Liz Phair – 3:28
Shawty Get Loose – Lil Mama – 3:33
Bulletproof – La Roux – 3:26
Shake It – Metro Station – 3:00
Hot N Cold – Katy Perry – 3:40
I Wanna Be With You – Mandy Moore – 5:02 (Cool down)

If you have general suggestions for workout music, please also let me know. I got iTunes gifts cards for Christmas and I’d love to stock up on tunes that inspire you to get your heart pumping!