I've come to the conclusion that it's time for me to move on from a weight lifting-centered fitness plan. No, I haven't completed the 90 days. No, I don't feel bad about it either. No sense of failure, just the sense that I'm ready for something else.
I feel like I am losing more fitness than I am gaining, because my cardiovascular endurance has suffered greatly from this current plan. And I've been too fatigued from the weight training to add in the extra cardio I would need. So I'm going to shift gears, back to what I know gives me a feeling of well-being, stress relief, and added energy.
I'm going back to a cardio based plan, and I'm going to incorporate 2 days of moderate weight training in to balance everything out and keep me injury-free.
I have had a pretty solid goal for myself for the last few months now, that I've quietly shared with several of you. I want to run a half marathon (13.1 miles) next May. And not only do I want to run it, I want to rock it. I've very carefully laid out a training program that will start in November, and take me up to race day. Yup, I have a 6 month plan. And I do intend to start easy; in fact, I'll be starting over with the 5k plan I used when I trained for the 5k I did last May. But my goal this time through is to use the 5k training plan to build speed, not stamina. That means that I need to get some stamina back PRONTO, so that I can work on speed later.
|A little more stamina would have made a HUGE difference here!|
So since I'm writing this on Sunday, we're going to assume I can see into the future, and I'm going to tell you that on Monday, I picked up with running again. Slowly, because lately, I've been lucky to do better than a 12 minute mile. But I'm going to work at it, and I'm going to do 3-4 days a week of cardio.
To those of you who are worried now that weight lifting isn't for you: still give it a try. I was seeing gains in my muscular strength, but my long-term fitness goals don't require nearly as much muscular strength as I was gaining. You need to find the right workout to meet your goals. Some people want to look great, have a good metabolism, and be in and out of the gym. For those people, strength training is great. For other people, working out is a way to quiet your mind, a way to let go of fears and anxiety, and something you need in order to stay sane. I certainly fall into that category, and I prefer the slightly longer, less intense cardio workout. There is nothing that makes me feel more at peace than a 2 hour hike, or a nice long bike ride.
So I guess what this comes down to is that I know who I am, where I'm at, and where I want to go. While I've really enjoyed working thorough a program that's so different from what I usually do, I'm read to go back to what I love. And I'm pretty excited to be changing gears again.