Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day 2 - I'm still here (and still sore)

So, Kristen gave me a workout to do on my own. I have to say - one thing that's great about working with a really good trainer is even when they're not there, you still hear their voice, pushing you to run just a little faster, push just a little harder, sweat just a little more. At least, that's what it's like for me.

Today, I was scheduled to do interval training on the treadmill and I ran 3 miles in just under 35 minutes. I started off slow - I was still so sore from yesterday's arm workout. My first interval was a slow 4.5 mph jog. Okay, it was actually a 3.0 mph walk for the first minute and a half. Fine. Anyway, suffice it to say that by the time I hit the 1-mile mark, I was doing my slow interval at 5.0 mph and was cranking it up to 7.0 mph for my 1 minute sprint. I heard Kristen's voice during my last set - push it! push it! push it! I ran my last mile at 8.0 mph! I thought I was gonna take off for 30,000 feet, my stumpy little legs were booking along so fast.

After I finished my run, I still had abs to do. Kristen wanted me to do three sets of three different ab exercises: plain crunches, Starfish crunches (where you touch your hand to your opposite foot), and then 25 second planks. I don't know where my inner strength came from. I was in so much pain, but I was determined to finish strong. It was weird (and continues to be weird) to look in the mirror. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I see muscles that I know weren't there before. Other times, I just see pudge.

I have to believe. My body is changing. I will be a buff mama.

Later, all. I'm falling asleep at the keys.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Great job on the run yesterday! I wish I could have been there next to you, but I'm glad you pushed yourself. I know you have a lot more strength deep inside you we just have to continue to bring it out...

Next time you look in the mirror and only see pudge I want you to drop down to the floor, right there in front of the mirror in whatever you are wearing, and do 10 pushups, while repeating out loud "I love my body." By the time you are done, you won't be thinking about the pudge anymore...

I am giving you this assignment because I want you to start breaking your habit of thinking negatively about your body and focus on the positives, like how friggin' strong you are. This is the only body you will ever have, so you have to take the good with the bad and love it no matter what.