Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Daily Jog

I've written before about working the Couch to 5K program.  It's been 2 1/2 months already, yet I'm only on my 4th week of the program.  No matter, I'm all about not beating myself up these days.  It's a conscious decision, and it works.  Although, I'm not too proud to make self-deprecating comments to add a bit of humor.  Not like the woman in one of my seminars at BlogHer who said to another, "It really hurts me when you call yourself stupid."  She must feel hurt a lot.  Sorry, I deviate.

I love these shoes so much that I ordered two pairs.

My sister was such an amazing support to me while she was visiting here from New York, that we've continued the momentum by texting photos to each other of our daily walks and/or jogs.  It's been really fun.  Then I noticed that she started her own blog to track her progress.  So excited.  You may see me link to her often.  Her text is that final thing that prompts me out the door - especially today when I wasn't feeling the love.  I'm lucky she's an hour ahead of me.

Today was week 4, day 1 of the program.  It continues to be walking and jogging in short intervals, but with this week, the jogging intervals have increased in time somewhat.  I felt like I was running on two brittle sticks this morning.  My calves and shin splints were tight and hurt with every step.  It wasn't until near the end of the program that I stopped for a drink of water and stretched just a bit (really not much), that it all loosened up.  Next time, after the beginning five minute warmup walk, I'll pause and do a few stretches.  That will save me the humility of shuffling along the lakefront instead of jogging.

Every fitness programs needs solid goals.  When texting with a girlfriend last weekend, I found my goal.  I'm going to participate in the Hot Chocolate 5K in Grant Park on November, 4.  Hopefully, I'll do more running than shuffling by then.  Check out what's in the goodie bag:

I love the orange hoodie.  If you're planning to run this, let me know.  I'd love to meet up.

I've been posting photos and ingredients of my daily smoothie to Instagram and Twitter.  Follow me if you need inspiration to shake up your routine.  With smoothies and juices, I've never followed specific recipes.  I just check to see what I have and what needs to be used up first and then try to make a good mix.  Yesterday's was a disaster, so avoid the grapefruit juice, OJ, spinach, raspberry, and banana combination.  Too acidic and a waste of perfectly good raspberries.  So sad.

So my mornings have come together to be fitness and nutrition perfection.  It's the rest of the day that continues to be a great challenge.  Still plugging along.


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