Now six days into my summer, and thus six days into my get-in-shape quest, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. I've worked out every day, and worked out hard, both cardio and lifting. I took yesterday off from lifting, which seemed like a good place, but still did cardio and felt stronger today.
Overall, I'm feeling a lot better already, but it's also interesting to chart the changes in my body as I get back in shape, and what my muscles feel like as I exercise. Am I tired because my muscles hurt, or because I'm out of breath? Noting that difference seems like it's important, but I'm not sure why. The one disappointment I've had this week is running. On Saturday, I ran a mile without stopping, then walked/ran for the next twenty minutes, completing a slow 2.2 miles in 30 minutes. On Monday, I ran for two miles without stopping, then took five minutes off to walk, then sprinted the last five minutes, completing 2.8 miles in 30 minutes. On Wednesday, though, I ran a mile and quit, opting for the non-pounding eliptical. Today, I managed just half a mile, then quit in favor of the eliptical. I'm just sore, and I'm trying to figure out if it's because I've added squats and deadlifts and calf rises to my workout regimen since Monday, or if I've just pounded my body too much. I'd like to get to the point where I'm running three miles fairly easily, with the option to push myself farther.
I'm also eating healthy - lots of vegetables - and my bathroom schedule is out of control; my stomach is also usually upset. This will pass.
Speaking of which, it's off to the bathroom.
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