I ran out of beginning rowing classes to take, and got kicked up to the "Masters" group, with a coach instead of a teacher. Well, they are all coaches, but this guy is more demanding and expects more of us. I'm once again the plumpest and least athletic of the bunch, and I'm trying to not be discouraged.
I did 45 mins on the bike, 45 on the cross trainer, and some weights at the gym today! Feel exhausted....really had to push the last 15 mins on the cross trainer, but I got there! Off to bed now I think ha ha.
Jamie, trying that “masters” group is courageous! You may get to watch yourself move from least athletic to middle of the pack, amazing to be taking these steps
MzMiNi – outdoor running on a beautiful day is a wonderful treat – glad you can do it!
Loobie – that feel good exhaustion is valuable, I almost never have worked out in the evenings - some day I want to do the super powerful workout and then to bed.
So, around 11 AM yesterday my left foot started to kill me, I could barely hobble around the office, I took Ibuprofen, changed from my respectable work shoes (small heel) to sneakers, and kept going. Every step I took killed me, and the fear that I had a stress fracture, which would impact my running for a long time killed me too, so I called my doctor, and they said “sure, come in for an X ray – how about 4:20?” – couldn’t have said a better time, it’s about half a mile across downtown, the only way to get there logically is walking, but I decided I’d have to take an expensive cab ride, because I could barely walk to the ladies room. I got in the elevator, got out in the lovely air, and suddenly, found walking easy – I felt pretty silly getting to the doctors office and saying “all cured!” – she diagnosed tendonitis, and told me to cross train “don’t use this as an excuse to not work out, but I know you wouldn’t, but stay off the treadmill for about a week, and see how it goes”.
So, today I did the fun video game bike (beat my nemesis by 25 seconds!), and then the elliptical which changes programs every minute. My thighs are pleasantly sore!
Abby, thanks for the encouragement! I knew I could count on this good group for some support. That video bike sounds fun, and congratulations on your "win"! Don't feel silly about going to the doctor - much better to get the pain checked out quickly than to let it impede your new fit life or incur a long-term injury!
Jaime: One of the good things about training with those at a higher level than yourself is you tend to improve faster than you would with a less experienced group. Hang in there you will be one of the 'good ole boys' in no time. Being the 'plumpest' of the group is only temporary too!
Abby: Glad to hear the foot wasn't serious. Having that slightly sore feeling is a great way to know you are pushing your body to be better.
Life got in the way of the gym the last few days. Saturday was spent getting ready for our First Annual Firearms Shoot for our family Firearm Business. Then Sunday out setting up, and running the shoot. Monday night I got in on the last part of moving my 27 yr old son out of my house and into his own. Hopefully, I will get back to the gym tonight. Don't want you guys to think I had been avoiding the workouts. I am actually missing them. (And thats a good thing!)
Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)
Hit the gym yesterday after work and pushed my legs pretty hard.
I also achieved a few personal best's
Leg Press: Got to 260lbs and did 2 sets of 10
Leg Extensions: Got to 170lbs and did 2 sets of 10
Sitting Calf Raises: Got to 135lbs and did 3 sets of 10
I also upped my reps on my Incline Lumbar Extension routine.
I also use a 25# plate and did 3 sets of 25-it actually felt effortless, which is good because my lower back used to ache a lot when I would run, but not anymore.
Abby- sorry to hear about the tendonitis, it's a downer when our body says enough I gave myself "Golfer's Elbow" about 3 weeks ago while pushing hard doing preacher curls and they're still pretty tender as of today.
Abby, hope the foot gets better! :S I broke and dislocated my ankle very badly about 4.5 years ago, and it still reeks havoc on any exercise I attempt to do. Grrr. It was exercising that did it in the first place (playing netball, slipped over on a wet court! ) But anyway..... I understand the frustration of having some sort of foot related injury!
Today.....I had to work late, and couldn't get to the gym, so I decided I was going to attempt to jog (for the first time in maybe forever!)
I'm a nanny, so I got the 3 year old I look after onto her bike, and she cycled and I jogged/power walked/died alongside her. She goes at just my pace..... I managed to do 5km (3.1 miles) in 40 mins and 35 seconds, which could have possibly been a bit shorter as I had to wait for said 3 y.o to catch up a lot of the time.... lol. Not sure if this is a good time (obviously about 6 hundred other joggers and runners overtook me along the way, but still....) for me, as I am incredibly unfit at the moment....
Can really feel it in my ankle though now....I even wore my support brace for it, and it still hurts, but never mind....it's still exercise.
I managed to do 5km (3.1 miles) in 40 mins and 35 seconds, which could have possibly been a bit shorter as I had to wait for said 3 y.o to catch up a lot of the time.... lol. Not sure if this is a good time (obviously about 6 hundred other joggers and runners overtook me along the way, but still....) for me, as I am incredibly unfit at the moment....
If it is a personal best, it is a great time! You were out there moving, so that's the path to being able to say "more fit" instead of "incredibly unfit".
Ron, congratulations on missing workouts (emotionally missing them that is, no congratuations are offered on actually missing them). They do become addictive.
SW sounds like a nice set of personal best!
Thanks all for your kind words on my injury – its gotton much better – I am staying off the treadmill and wearing sneakers just to be doubly sure, but seems pretty good.
Did the videogame bike again, not an impressive ride, I went for a long one, and didn’t top my personal best, much less the ghost I was chasing. Oh well, if you had a personal best every day the ceilings would get dirty. After 25 minutes on the bike I went to boot camp class, which was also challenging.
I may have to alter my eating habits to have something to digest before these – I usually eat afterwards, but I had a really low calorie day yesterday, and maybe I needed more fuel.