It’s been a while since I have had the time to keep up with The Workout Diaries, but now that I am done with grad school, I definitely have a lot more time to do so. Even though I stopped posting updates, I have been working out fairly consistently still. I am still doing the elliptical, have met some goals, and a few weeks ago I went on an over one mile walk, which I enjoyed, but unfortunately I also got a bad case of plantar facitis. My right foot had a lot of pain, but thankfully, after staying off of it for a couple of days and getting some inserts for my shoes, I haven’t had another flare up. I also got to see my mom last week and we went walking for just over a mile, and then we also went to a few museums together where I did a lot of walking and I didn’t need to take as many breaks. I have also found that I don’t need to lean on a cart as much when I am at the grocery store.
Monday, April 19th
It has been over a week since I was last on the elliptical, and I was not sure how that would affect my workout, but I had been doing lots of walking. I hopped on the elliptical, put on my audiobook – Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett – and started my workout. In the beginning I was feeling a little bit of a burn, but once I got into a rhythm it felt good. Usually I stop after 0.75 miles or 21 minutes, but I was still feeling pretty good, so I decided to keep going until I hit the 25 minute mark. Once I got to the 25 minute mark, I was still feeling good and saw that I had a short distance to hit the 1 mile mark, so I kept going. I finally hit a mile, which was one of my goals that I have been striving to hit for the last two months of this journey! However, once I hit a mile, my legs still felt good, and I saw that I had about 2 minutes until I hit the 30 minute mark, so I kept going. I did stop at the 30 minute mark, because even though I felt like I could keep going, I did not want to completely trash my legs because I want to be able to hit a mile again tomorrow. My next goal is to do at least mile on every week day for the next 30 days. If I do more, great!
Tuesday, April 20th
Today I was determined to make it to a mile again, although I had some doubts whether I would be able to make it or not. My upper legs were a little sore and my arms too. However, I decided to just see how far I could go before my legs felt like trash. Today’s workout on the elliptical was definitely a bit more harder and I found myself having to push myself to keep going. While I had some pain in my thighs, I decided to just keep going. I definitely went at a slower pace than yesterday, but I still it a mile in under 28 minutes! After I hit a mile I decided to stop there for today, if I wasn’t hurting I probably would have tried to go to 30 minutes but again, I want to be able to do a mile again tomorrow. One weird thing is that I noticed my watch said that my heart rate was below fat burning zone for the majority of my workout, which is weird because I was working hard and had to the sweat to prove it. I don’t know if it is just a glitch with my watch or if my heart rate does tend to be below zone sometimes even if it feels like I am working hard – it is definitely something to keep an eye on.
Wednesday, April 21st.
Today’s workout was a little disappointing for me, but I know there are going to be days like this. I could definitely feel the burn a lot more in my legs and it took a lot for me to keep going until I hit the 0.75 mile mark. I decided to keep going until I hit about 25 minutes to finish, but I was a long way off from a mile and my body was tired and I knew that if I wanted to get off the elliptical without collapsing because my legs felt like Jello I needed to stop there. While I did not hit a mile, I am trying to think of the positives such as I pushed through for as long as I could, I managed to go about 0.8 miles, and I managed to workout for 26 minutes when it seemed like I would have a struggle making it to 20 minutes. I also found that my pace was a little slower too, even though I was putting in as much energy as I could. But tomorrow is a new day and with it a new opportunity to try and hit a mile again. I’m not going to let this discourage me and get in my head. And maybe I need to play around with the resistance and incline if my legs feel tired from the start.
Thursday, April 22nd
I didn’t hit the mile marker today, and that’s okay! I tried to, and I even had the resistance on the elliptical at a lower level, but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Once I hit about the 15 minute mark I wasn’t sure whether I could make it to 20 minutes, let alone 25 minutes. But you know what, I did it. I made it to the 25 minute mark, and I managed to do about 0.85 miles. And I am proud of that! Sure, I would have loved to make it to a mile, but I also want to do so in a way that doesn’t completely destroy my body, or my drive to keep at it. Eventually, I will be able to do a mile consistently every day, but this week just wasn’t the week for that to happen, and that’s okay, I just need to keep going and eventually I will get there. Yes, it would be nice if this week had been the week, but I also need to be proud of the fact that I got moving, and I still did well, especially since when I started this journey I hadn’t done much exercising! I just need to keep persevering and not beat myself up because I am not yet where I think I should be. It’s a journey and sometimes journeys are slow.
Monday, April 26th
I ended up taking a break from the elliptical on Friday, mainly because my legs had been bothering me, especially at night and I kept waking up in the middle of the night thinking I was getting a charley horse. I also was just feeling really tired. However, today I was back at it! I exercised for 30 minutes and managed to hit the mile mark! It felt easy getting to that point, however, as I discovered last week, it seems to be easier to hit a mile when I have had a break for a couple of days than doing it day after day. We shall see if the same rings true this week.
Tuesday, April 27th
I did not sleep well last night, but I tried not to let that stop me from working out. I found myself feeling antsy and I got to it. I hopped on the elliptical and it seemed to be fine, however I found after I made it 10 minutes in I was already feeling it in my legs and I wasn’t sure if I could make it through the rest of my workout. I managed to keep going to the 25 minutes mark, about 0.8 miles, and decided that I needed to stop there. About an hour later I worked to the dumpster to throw out some trash, which is the first time I’ve walked there in a while. And honestly it was a lot harder on my legs that I expected, mainly in my shins, but I made it, and it was about a 0.25 mile walk there and back. I know it’s not far, but it’s still something. I’m going to try and do that some more, however, I do think I should have waited a few more hours to walk to the dumpster because maybe I wouldn’t have had the pain in my shins. I will keep an eye on it in case it gets worse.
Thursday, April 29th
I took the day off from the elliptical yesterday because my thighs were feeling stiff, and I knew I would need to “keep up my strength” for when I cleaned my shower because it would involve kneeling and squatting at times since I was doing a deep clean. It ended up being the best decision. But today I was back, and although I was still feeling some soreness in my thighs, I did an easy session on the elliptical. My pace was slow, but I still got a workout and I was in fat burn mode for most of my workout. I managed to go for 20 minutes, and to complete 0.5 miles in that time. I honestly don’t feel like I could have done anymore than that, not without hurting myself. Tomorrow I plan on going as hard as I can, rather than the leisurely pace I went at today.
Friday, April 30th
Today I ended up doing another slower workout on the elliptical. I don’t know why but my upper legs have been feeling pretty stiff and that’s been impacting how hard I am able to go because I’m also trying to avoid hurting myself. I did another 20 minute workout and managed to go for just over half a mile. I really hope that next week I can get back to working at the intensity that I am used to. But it’s also important for me to be aware of my body and listen to it too.
Janelle L. C.
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