Workout Update & Motivation

I’ve been really upset and depressed lately that I didn’t get to do Ragnar. I know, that sounds so trivial, but being overweight and seeing all my friends on Facebook talk about how they’ve been doing all these races and how they did Ragnar and how much fun it was, has really had me depressed. So, lately, my back has been feeling ok. The herniated disc hasn’t been giving me any pain, etc. So, last night, I really didn’t feel like doing a normal Beachbody workout, so I decided to go down to my apartment gym and try & run/walk on the treadmill.

Treadmill

Well, that lasted about 13 minutes/0.9 miles and then the treadmill BROKE!!! If you look at the picture I took, you can tell the treadmill already has issues and needs to be serviced. The belt isn’t centered, therefore it skips (if that’s the right word to use). But at 0.9 miles, the treadmill just shut down. It was like someone went and unplugged it, but it wasn’t unplugged. So…off I went to the elliptical trainer.

Elliptical

I was able to make it so when I was on the elliptical I was keeping the same pace I was as if I were on the treadmill. I normally am not a fan of the elliptical, but I didn’t really have a choice last night. I was sweating bullets and got a decent workout in. But, the GUESS WHAT? My feet did NOT fall asleep during my workout last night. I ended up going 3.07 miles and my feet didn’t fall asleep AT ALL. You know what that means, right? That means the epidural shot in my back and the physical therapy for my herniated disc are working. Yay!!!! I will take it easy, but I’m going to start running again.

I think I needed this break from running to give myself some perspective. When I tried running earlier this year, it was all about my pace and how fast I was running etc. Last night, I didn’t care how fast I was running or anything. I was just glad to be out there doing it.

While I was on the elliptical, I texted my husband to send me some motivation and here are some of my favorite motivation pictures I got from him:

 

I think my favorite is the giraffe/lion one!

Do you have a favorite motivational poster you’d like to share?

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13.1 Training – Day 1

Three years ago, I was SUPER active. I didn’t think twice about doing triathlons, marathons, 1/2 marathons, etc. But then, life took a turn. I gained two step kids, one biological kid and about 75 lbs.

blended-family

Over the weekend as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw this post about a 1/2 Marathon in March 2017. It was only $30!!! That’s a fargain-bargain! Usually they’re at least DOUBLE that.

So, I did my research. If I signed up for it, I would have 12 weeks to train for it. I asked my Idiot friends for advice to see if they thought I could do it. Of course, because they’re Idiots, they said I could. So…I signed up for it.

This will be my first race in quite some time. Well, I did do the Holy War 5k a few months ago, but before that, I had done a race since 2014.

I’ve got some personal training background, so I’ll be training myself. Yesterday was day 1.

Oh boy have I got work to do. I live in a small apartment complex, so our gym there only has one treadmill, one elliptical, one stationary bike and a BUNCH of weights (yay!). I went to the gym and someone was already on the treadmill, so I hopped on the elliptical.

When I was actively training a couple of years ago, I despised the elliptical. I felt like I just wasn’t getting a workout. Well, last night was COMPLETELY different. I guess that goes to show how out of shape I am.

elliptical

I think this will be a good intro to running again for me though. If I get on the treadmill, I feel like I have to be able to run a 10 min mile like I used to. That’s just asking for an injury. So, I think for the first couple of weeks I will stick to the elliptical and slowly introduce the treadmill.

Tonight I’m going to go do weights. I definitely need to work on my core. I know that will help with my running too.

What races do you have planned for 2017? If you could only choose between the elliptical and treadmill, which would you choose and why?