Hey, my friends! It's a new week and Spring is HERE!
Hopefully to stay... (crossing all my fingers and toes!)
I just got back from an amazing training weekend with some friends and am ready to hit it hard in the gym again! Are you with me?
This weekend was such an incredible experience! I learned that I can do hard things, especially with a little help from my friends! I've been nursing a pesky hamstring injury this winter and it has been a bit rough not being able to run.
Okay, really rough!
But I've learned that I can maintain my fitness in other ways. I was completely shocked when I was able to swim 2700 yards, bike for 2 hours two days in a row, and run 10.5 miles total, over the course of 2.5 days this weekend! Well, run-walk, but my average pace was still around 8:25, including the walking time.
Even though I haven't been running on the ground or swimming laps, I've been pool running 3 days a week. I haven't ridden my bike on the trainer much this winter, but I was still able to ride up all the hills, climbing about 2000 feet each day. But I have been consistently lifting each week, doing the workouts I post, working on my leg and upper body strength, explosiveness, and core.
I don't say any of this to boast. I'm just making the point that as you are consistent with completing your workouts, you may be surprised at what you are able to do! I was shocked (and seriously doing a happy dance) when I swam 2700 yards! I was soooo happy to be able to ride all of those hills without really training for it. And I was elated to be able to run-walk at a decent pace despite dealing with an injury all winter!
I was exhausted, and I had to take a nap... But I did it! And was SERIOUSLY surprised!
This made me realize how important CONSISTENCY is! I've been physically active and working out for over 20 years now. It's a habit and a way of life for me. But because of that habit, I am able to do things without specifically training for them. (Well, some things...)
What have YOU noticed from doing the workouts? Have you tried anything new to test out your strength or cardiovascular endurance?
Let me know if you've been able to accomplish something you thought was hard or "impossible!" I want to hear about your success stories!
Ready to head outside and PLAY? Let's nail this week and get ready for the warmer weather!
Monday: Lower Body Blast #8
Tuesday: Tabata #10
Wednesday: Upper Body Sculpt #1
Thursday: Sevens #9
Friday: 20-minute Full Body Stretch
Saturday: 30+ minutes Activity of Choice
Sunday: Mat Pilates