Thought I’d share a few of my own treadmill work outs with you today. Do you get discouraged when people post the details of their workouts? It’s hard not to compare running paces, miles run, weights lifted. When you’re starting out, or starting over, or just someone that endurance, speed, and strength don’t come as naturally to – it’s easy to think less of your own achievements.
I’ve been planning on signing up a for a 5k this summer, and think I’m ready but committing makes me nervous. (I did one back in July and it felt ok, but I admit I didn’t feel physically ready.) I tend to stay away from set training plans these days because I might stick to them, even if my body tells me I shouldn’t. So this is my current 5k training plan – get out for a ‘move’ 2-3 times a week. Do what feels good, as long as it feels good, then stop. On race day, do the same.
Running doesn’t feel bad, but I still feel different. I’m petrified to experience symptoms of prolapse that I haven’t experienced in months, but I’m also not going to let that stop me from doing something that I’ve loved my entire life. I know that reducing impact is huge in keeping myself healthy. One way I reduce impact on the treadmill is to increase the incline and lower my pace. I walked up a steep ‘hill’ for a while, then I ran at a 13 minute mile pace up a slightly less steep hill for a mile and a half, and then I walked some more. My brag, is that I felt awesome. My lungs hurt before my body, and that for me is a great feeling.
On another day, my workout was very similar, alternating between walking up a very steep hill and running slowly up a lesser steep hill. I’m not sure if I’ll post my running workouts or not as I go forward. They aren’t scientific, they aren’t designed to help anyone else hit their own goals. But, they are real.
My other cardio workout of the same week was a two-a-day shovel session….
What are your thoughts on seeing what other peoples real workouts look like? Helpful or harmful? I honestly haven’t been interested because I’ve made huge progress in not comparing myself to others – but I have gotten ideas from other people that I then incorporate into my own workouts.
We also took Maura to a track meet this past weekend. She was in her glory to say the least. It makes me so happy that I’m able to share my love of running with her – there were more than enough months that I really felt I’d never have this opportunity.