I am aching a lot after Zumba Tone last night. My upper body is fine, but my lower body is stiff. Pesky squats and lunges! I thought I would suffer, as I couldn’t balance in the lunges, which is usually a sign I’m either super tired or have falling levels of fitness (muscular fitness, cardio wise, I’ve probably never been so healthy).
Fast forward through my rather miserable day at work, and I went out for a run. I got through the first 5 minutes, struggling, telling myself that I would feel better and settle into it in the next 5 minutes. 10 minutes came and went, and I felt worse. My legs were screaming out to stop. I’d slowed down so much it wasn’t even a walk. By the 12th minute I broke into a walk and just couldn’t recover. My thighs and bum just couldn’t do it.
I’ve learnt a couple of things, amidst the excuses for not completing the run:
- I was too hot. I wore my Nike baselayer thinking it was cold outside, when really I should have worn a t-shirt under my jacket. I was boiling within minutes.
- I need to eat properly before a run. An apple 2.5 hours before the run is not sufficient. At best, it makes it mentally difficult when my stomach is growling, but when you add it in with everything else, it makes it worse.
- I probably need to listen to my body when it’s crying out for a rest day more, rather than just putting my unwillingness to go out down to a mental thing. Sometimes it is physical.
I am beginning to feel a bit daunted by coming to the end of Couch to 5k. People who know I am following it are beginning to ask what I will do at the end of the podcasts. Honestly, I don’t know. I find the idea of losing Laura a bit scary. I will download the speed and stamina podcasts too, but I will have to have a think about the future plans (music wise).
My exercise is definitely doing some good though, as the scales showed a 1lb loss this week, so that’s the 1lb on from last week gone. Additionally, I have decided to get involved in a personal challenge with one of the other girls at group. There is 1lb between us, and we’ve pledged to go on a 10 week “no gain” challenge. I managed a 10 week consecutive loss, which finished 2 weeks ago. Now, we’re challenging each other. This is going to be good for me. M has gone off the boil on the weight loss front lately and I don’t feel like I am getting the support I need from him, so doing this with a friend will help.
I feel a bit “blah” about the loss, mainly because I feel “blah” having not completed the run, but it is a good thing to have lost. I need to regain my focus on the food front, and combine it with a good exercise plan.