Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Workin' It out

Happy Wednesday!  Man, the last few days have been R.O.U.G.H. around our neck of the woods.  A lot of crazy, not fun stuff going on.  But I know that in order to experience joy and happiness, you've got to acknowledge and accept the bad too.  For everything a season and all of that business.

That's not what we're talking about today.  Sorry for straying.  Today we're talking about work-outs.  So far I am 1.5 weeks into my 6 week 5k training schedule.  As of now, the "running" days have been really easy.  During week 1, all of the walk-run workouts are 20 minutes, and the longest you run for in the whole week is 6 minutes on Sunday (in 2 minute increments).  In week 2, the first run has 5 minutes of running, and the second has 6 (both in 1 minute increments).  Week 2 walk-run workouts are 25 minutes.  The best part of this exercise plan for me is how incremental and slow it is.  I feel like one day I am just going to be so surprised when I am able to run for 5 minutes straight, because it is just going to creep up on me!  On the down-side, this takes immense patience.  It's easy to feel like you aren't "doing enough" when you are only running for 5 minutes out of 25 total!

I've also modified the Tues/Thurs workouts.  The plan calls for weight training, but those are swimming days, and I'm not about to double down on swimming days.  That's just nonsense.  Because swimming can actually count as a light resistance program (swimming through water creates a decent amount of resistance), I feel justified in leaving off those strength workouts. 

In swimming news, things are going so well!  Our "short" workouts have been averaging 1700 yards... about what our long workouts were in February!  We're also up to 2200 yards on the distance days.  To give you all some perspective on this, 1850 yards is approx one mile, and is considered a swimmer's mile.  One swimmer's mile burns the same number of calories as running 5 miles, or biking 10 miles!  It feels great to know that something I enjoy is reaping such huge health benefits for me at the same time.

Maybe more important though, is knowing that exercise is an important coping mechanism for dealing with stress.  If I weren't working out, I would probably be getting physically ill from stress right now.  While I have been feeling a little off lately, I know it could be much worse, and I am so glad that I have a method that will help me feel better each and every day.

Are you working with a training plan right now?  Do you like the plan you are using?  Or are you anti-plan?

2 comments:

  1. That sounds like a really great plan. So proud of you for working so hard (does that sound weird since we've never met?). So for weight training days, you could just do body weight exercises - push-ups, plank push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups, squats, etc... But yea, don't double up at this point in the training.

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    1. I don't think it's weird, and thank you so much! I have been toying with the idea of body weight... With that, though, my muscles are usually so wasted from swimming that I'm dead weight for a few hours afterward. I think I might try adding it in the evenings though, see how it works out. Thanks again for the encouragement and advice!

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