In terms of workouts, my first week of summer has been a little lame in some ways and awesome in others.
Because I was devoting the extra time to Jillian each day (and she really took the wind out of my sails for the first few days), I didn’t get in the running that I hoped to get in each day. I was really aiming for 5 miles per day with one day off, but I missed the mark by quite a bit.
On top of the Level 1 30 Day Shred workout each day, I logged:
Saturday – 3.1 miles (good run)
Sunday – 3.1 miles (awful)
Monday – 3.1 miles (terrible)
Tuesday – 3.1 miles (sluggish, but no longer cursing Jillian)
Wednesday – 3.1 miles (almost back to normal)
Thursday – Day Off 😦
Friday – 3.1 miles (I definitely could have done more, but needed to get showered for a lunch date with Patrick)
Total Runs for the Week: 18.6 miles
Even though I missed my running goal for the week by 11.4 miles, I am really proud of all the strength training that the 30 Day Shred has forced me to do. We own a Bowflex which Patrick loves and I have very little idea of how to use. However, even just one week of the Shred has really proven to me that strength training and cardio/running ought to go hand in hand. Even after I am done with my month of Jillian, I am going to make it a point to include strength training in my daily workouts.
It’s been a good start to the summer. I’m particularly excited to have started on the Avonex… between that and these workouts I know that I am doing everything I can to postpone any future symptoms. I know there’s nothing I can do to completely keep myself from becoming symptomatic, but what I’m doing now is all that I can do.
Here’s a little inspiration for you from a movie I revisited yesterday while I was exhausted on the couch. This was the first movie I saw in the movie theater as a child, and this is my favorite song from it. It may seem silly, but this song’s message is really great for anyone who is dealing with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.
Ain’t no mountain you can’t climb
If you hang on tight and just make up your mind.
Once you set your heart to movin’ on,
There ain’t no road too long.