Tonight I decided to head to the gym and try one more time to beat that 1 mile time for shrinkvivor!!!!
Well I began with a 5 minute warm up and then set the treadmill to run at a pace of the 7:30 minute mile I ran Sunday. Well after 2 minutes in I started to have a hard time breathing and got a cramp in my upper left leg. I slowed the treadmill down and went to a brisk walk for 2 minutes. I was ready to give up. I do not know what the problem was. 10 minutes into my workout and I wanted to quit.
I thought about turning it off and going home to rest, I thought about getting on the elliptical instead. Then I thought about my tribe Nero girls and the shrinkvivor contest, I thought about the blog and how I would explain this, and finally I thought of my daughter and knew I had to keep going. I turned up the treadmill, turned up my headphones and set out to beat that damn 7:30 time. I set the treadmill to 7:20 minutes per mile pace and told myself finish strong! I thought I was going to fall. I thought I would not make it. Honestly running at that pace is not something I think I will ever be able to do.
It was hard. And definitely out of my comfort zone, but that's what it is all about right? Pushing your body past limits. So I finished the mile in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. I could not believe it!!!!!! I kept running at my normal pace of 9 minutes a mile and finished 2.5 miles on the treadmill in 25 minutes. I felt amazing and you know what I noticed about running that fast in the beginning of your workout? It keeps your heart rate up higher through the rest of the workout. I kept checking throughout the rest of my workout and yep it definitley works well!
I got on the elliptical after my run and cranked out another 2.5 miles in 35 minutes. I was doing some reading for one of my college courses and just kept going on it and it really did not feel like 35 minutes. I plan to start reading every time I get on it, it makes it less boring! The class is nutrition so how fitting into my journey :)
I came home after 50 tough cardio minutes exhausted and sweating. I could have said OK I did enough today. I have done Shred it With Weights with my kettle bell for the past 3 days strait. I got in good workouts. But I know tomorrow is weigh in day and rest day for my body so I chose to pop in No more Trouble Zones and get some extra muscle toning in! I forgot how different hand weights are already. I kept wanting to jump and get more into the workout LOL the kettle bell training is definitely different and in a good way than the regular hand weight training. Though my abs did burn from her ab routine I think I will add that to my normal routine on a daily basis.
All in all I felt great I worked through my pain in the beginning and got over the I cannot do it today attitude. As usual I felt better after the workout!!! Much more energy to finish my homework and take care of the baby :)