Wednesday--Day 93--Got up and did CardioX. Hadn't done that one in a while and had forgotten how good of a work out it is if you really put your heart into it. Did that so I could get a good "warm up" for my 3 mile run I was about to do with a friend at the park. Did the 3 mile run at a snails pace (finished in 38 minutes!!!!!!) and then walked a mile as a cool down. HA HA HA...as if we really needed to cool down from going that slow! I could NOT believe we clocked such a slow time. I knew we weren't sprinting or anything...but I had NO idea we were doing almost 13 minute miles!! I will DEFINITELY have to pick up the pace on Saturday when I do the actual 5K. After our 4 miles walk/jog, I stopped by the gym to tan. Desperatly trying to get some color before shorts season. Anyway, as I lay in the tanning bed praying (that's my special prayer time) a thought occured to me. I should hop on the treadmill real quick when I get done and pound out a mile as fast as I can. Just one. Just to see how fast I can do it. So I get out of the tanning bed and get on the treadmill. I start out at a 6.2 just to get started. I'm inching my way up (in speed) and all of a sudden at the .30 mark my leg comes down and OOOOOOOOCH! My knee was instantly in BAD PAIN! I mean...bad. Like I wasn't sure if I was even going to be able to walk down the stairs out to the parking lot and get to my car. I hobbled along, limping and wincing---totally freaked out because I had JUST discused an hour earlier with my friend Lisa about this weeks BL episode where Laura hurts her hip and has to "sit out" for a while. I said "that would be SO devastating to me--if I was to get injured and had to stop working out." Now here I was, minutes later in this awful pain. Anyway, long story short---after a bit, the pain went away and I thought I was all better. Then later that night when I was taking the kids to their classes at church it came back--all of a sudden--and again I could hardly walk. I came home from church and took some Naproxen (prescription strength anti-inflammatory) and went to bed. When I got up Thurs. morning, it was feeling better so I went to the gym and did my normal classes (which I'll talk about in just a sec) and I felt totally fine until I got ready to walk down the stairs to the parking lot again. What I've come to figure out is that it pretty much only hurts when I walk DOWN stairs. hmmm....
Day 94-Thursday-As you just read, I went to the gym and did my 2 classes (45 min. of in-line step and 45 minutes of interval training). Cooked dinner. Here's the igredients:
1 whole fresh avacado
1 whole fresh tomato
1 whole fresh onion
1 whole fresh zucchini
1 whole fresh squash
1 whole fresh bundle of asparagus
1 whole fresh head of lettuce
1 whole fresh pkg of baby spinach
1 whole fresh cucumber
1 whole fresh lemon
1 whole wheat tortilla
A few squirts of fat-free, 0 cal spray butter
Sprinkling of Mrs. Dash
Wow! Now that is a dinner I am proud of! I mixed the avacado, onion, tomato and some lemon juice and made "guacamole dip". I toasted the wholewheat tortilla in a hot oven until crispy and cut into triangles for "chips". I diced up the zucchini, squash and onion and put into a Ziploc Steamer bag (those are AWESOME!) and steamed. I also steamed the bundle of asparagus. I chopped up the lettuce, baby spinach, a little tomato and the cucumber for a green salad. Used the rest of the lemon to squeeze over our flounder-DELICIOUS! Sprayed the veggies with a little of the butter spray and sprinkled on Mrs. Dash table blend. What a WONDERFUL, DELICOUS, HEALTHY dinner! Matt says I should be a chef! :)
Day 95-Friday-Today. It's early--8:19 am and as much as I HATE to say this...I am going to try my best to NOT work out at all today. I know some of you will roll your eyes at that statement...but I assure you...it has become an addiction for me. I need it. I crave it. To think of not working out makes me sad. But...tomorrow is my 5K race. I know my knee needs to be rested as it is intermittantly still hurting. Also, my body could use a rest day I think. I don't even remember what it feels like to NOT be sore anymore. People will ask me, "Are you sore from Tuesday's work out?" I'm like ...umm...well...I've worked out 3 more times since then. Yes, I'm sore..but I have no idea which work out it's from. Seriously.
Anyway, I may do a few weights today..just to satisfy my "craving" but tomorrow morning before the race, I plan to get up early, eat my oatmeal and drink my coffee, do a work out (maybe core syn) and then head off to the trail. Wish me luck. I'm nervous as all get-out. I don't know why..I guess because this is the first "actual" competition I have ever been involved in--fitness related. What if I flop? What if my knee starts hurting and I have to stop? What if all my friends who think I'm such a fitness-diva pass me and I'm the last one to finish? What if I trip on something and fall? Oh....my pride. It's a wicked thing.