{Fitness Friday} – Progress is Slow, But I’m Still Moving Forward

It has been a few weeks since I have written about my progress towards my goal of running a half marathon in February 2014. Partly, because I feel like I haven’t made much progress due to injuries and bad weather.

I have, however, realized that I am just being too hard on myself. The fact that I am still getting out there and trying is progress enough. In the past, I might have just given up by now.

This Sunday, I plan to complete week three of the beginner Galloway program. That means a 5 mile “long” run. I have walked 5 miles many, many times. My goal this week will be to complete all of the walk/run intervals – regardless of speed.

My Workouts:

In addition to 3 days of running each week, I just started cross training. My cross training consists of long walks, Pilates, and trying out different cardio machines at the gym that I joined recently. In the coming weeks, I also plan to try out strength training and Yoga.

That sounds like a lot, but I don’t do all of those things every week. I like to have variety in my workouts so that I don’t get bored.

I always try to listen to my body – I want to challenge myself without pushing too hard.

My Big Lesson:

The most important thing that I have learned so far is that stretching is NOT overrated.

I have heard people say that flexibility is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.  I have always been fairly flexible, so I didn’t pay much attention to them. However, while I do have some muscles that are very flexible, others are so tight that it is impacting my day-to-day life.

The tightness in certain muscles has dramatically impacted my range of motion in some areas of my body. What that means for me is that I am off-kilter when I do the simplest things… including sitting and walking.

I’ve had knee pain and lower back aches for a couple of years, and I always chalked it up to an old knee injury, poor posture, etc. Those things are definitely factors, but within a week of stretching regularly, I noticed that a lot of those aches and pains went away.

The best part, it’s a good excuse to lay on the floor and watch TV for a while. All I need are a yoga strap (or one of hubby’s belts) and the TV remote. 😀

My Favorite Fitness Gear:

I absolute LOVE my new Yurbuds Inspire Earphones for Women. I have tried many, many types of earbuds and headphones – they either fell out or made my ears hurts. Yurbuds are designed specifically for a woman’s smaller ears. The enhancer tips are just the right size, and they are designed to “lock” into place.

They are extremely comfortable, and they really don’t fall out. On top of that, they come in fun colors like orange, blue and pink.

I have also developed a new respect for my BodyMedia FIT system. In the past, it has helped me to lose weight. I’m hoping that it will do that for me again. But, what I have realized is that it can also be a great tool for training.

The armband tracks so much data, and that data can help you understand just how hard you are working during exercise. When I was trying to lose weight, I focused on getting a lot of moderate activity each day. The armband helped me to see how much of a difference small changes make, such as parking far away from the door at the mall or walking up and down every aisle at the grocery store (even if I only needed items from a few of the aisles).

Now, I am focused on the amount of vigorous activity I am able to do. I love seeing that number go up each week as I get my heart pumping more and more!

What is your favorite fitness gear?

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Comments

  1. says

    Keep it up and keep telling yourself you can do it! I agree with you — it seems to easy to skip stretching but oh how you pay for it when you don’t.

  2. says

    You are doing awesome! I don’t know why I never thought to do cross training other then cardio and weights. Those are always the two that people put the biggest push on.
    And those Yurbuds look neat, the one’s I have are constantly falling out of my ears.

  3. says

    Keep up the good work! You are doing more than those of us sitting on the couch NOT running/walking/exercising. (Not to say I am doing that! 😉 ) PS: Stretching is definitely NOT over-rated.

    • says

      Ugh – not well. I was actually working on a post about it. I will still be walking the Disney Princess Half Marathon – but my only goal will be to finish before they “sweep” me. I have no doubt that I can walk the full 13.1 without too much trouble (maybe a bit of pain, but very little trouble ;)) – however, I can’t do any running, so I don’t know how quickly I will get to the finish line. I got some bad news at the doctor last week – and thanks to a major foot injury, I will not be able to run… now, or likely ever… as an activity.

      Good luck with your 5k. Don’t be too intimidated by the longer distances… just set realistic goals. I think it can be easy to stress about 10Ks, half marathons, or full marathons if you go into with the idea that you want to be able to run the same pace as a 5k. I say just jump in and try a longer distance – walk more of it if you have to. When you are done, you will realize that the distance is not something to be afraid of – then, you can work on improving the pace.

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