I feel like all my posts are about workouts lately, but that’s what I’ve really been focusing on in my life, so it is what it is. 🙂 My friend Shannon bugged me this morning to do one of my old WWW posts, so here I am, capitulating to peer pressure. Ha!
At this point, I am 3.5 weeks into an 8 week PiYo/Running Challenge (PiYo is a pilates/yoga workout blend from Beachbody that I totally adore – ask me if you want more info about it!). When I started, I was running 11 minute miles and STRUGGLING with running even one mile without stopping. In comparison, this morning was a “short” mileage day, and I knocked out my first mile in under 9 minutes and my 2nd interval training mile in just about 10, so my average pace per mile was 9:29. That is a MASSIVE improvement in less than a month! I’m still working on increasing my mileage numbers in preparation for my half marathon in July, but I’m starting to believe I might actually get there! I ran 3.5 miles yesterday and felt freakin’ great about it. Those quiet early mornings running by myself around town are good for my soul in so many ways.
1 month from today I’m running in a 5k color run, and I realized this morning that I have zero fear about it. I could NOT have said that a month ago. About a week and a half after that I’m running a 10k, and though I’m slightly nervous about that, I will have run 8 miles at a time following my training plan by then, so I’m choosing to believe that will be no big deal either.
Listen to me – talking about running and ENJOYING it. That’s crazy talk!
This challenge I’m doing has helped me SO much. I laid out a schedule for everyone to follow that has us running Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday and doing PiYo workouts on Monday/Wednesday/Saturday (usually with my kids!), and every once in awhile I’ll do a double workout if I’m feeling it. The PiYo is helping so much with my strength and flexibility which I truly believe is hugely aiding me in my running. It’s pretty damn cool to be feeling stronger and healthier every week!
As for stats, I haven’t taken measurements yet, but I’m down 2#, which is better than nothing I suppose. 😉 I’ve basically hovered around 165# for the last year, so I’ll really need to dial in my nutrition if I want to see a change, and I know that. It’s all about choices, isn’t it? Ha! I do think I’m a more toned 165# than I was before, so that’s making me happy.
So there ya go – a quick fitness update from me. How are YOU doing with your health & fitness goals this spring?