No Easing In For Me

The past few months, the only real exercise I've gotten has been Just Dance 3 on my roommates Wii.  And even that hasn't been happening much recently.  I needed to make some changes.

However, I'm not very good at easing back into a regular exercise schedule.  Take the past week for example.

Last Wednesday I decided to get a workout in.  I had pinned a number of at-home workouts.  Instead of choosing one to go with, I decided to mix two (one heavier on cardio, the other on strength).

Gosh, I'm too ambitious sometimes.

The workout went well.  Except for the part where I was sore for an entire week.  Seriously.  Today was the first day since that I didn't feel my calves with every step.

So of course, I also chose today for my first run in, well, let's just say it's been a long while.  Like months and months.  I think it's literally the second run I've been on since we moved into our apartment, at the end of August.

So there's some perspective for you.

I had seen a half marathon training plan on pinterest.  It looked reasonable, so I thought to use it as a guide for getting back into running myself.

I do not plan on running a half marathon, but I needed some motivation and guidance.  The first day in has you walk two miles, run one, and walk another two.

Easy peasy.

I knew the route I wanted to take that would put me a little over five miles, but I figured walking a little extra wouldn't hurt anyone.

I headed out of the the house and decided to jog.  It was downhill for the first part, so it was easy.  Then I got to the lake and decided I would just keep running around it.

By the time I made my way around the lake, I had run over 3.5 miles in about 38 minutes.  I did walk most of the way home, except for crossing streets, which I'd much rather run across anyways.

I'm sure I'll regret all the running in the morning when I try to get out of bed, but for now I feel pretty accomplished.  Now let's hope I can actually make the running a regular thing.

If you're curious, check out my exercise board on Pinterest.

Do you exercise? Are you reasonable about creating a schedule and setting expectations for yourself?  I'm sure not. :)


  1. You ARE crazy. Whose daughter are you, anyway? Oh, that's right. Your dad's!

  2. I love it! Yay for running and working out! I got myself to do a home work-out yesterday including a run. Unfortunately today I woke up with a VERY sore throat and a little fever, and it doesn't help that my muscles are sore from the work-out... But once I recover I'll be exercising again.

  3. Isn't it funny how muscle memory sometimes surprises you?

    Go on with your bad self! :p

  4. Good luck! Sticking with these plans is always the hardest part. I still have yet to stick with my plan of running 3-4 days a week!

  5. Following your board now. That's awesome! CardioTrainer on my phone displays the number of calories I've burned for the week. Each time I look at my phone, I'm reminded how awesome/lame I've been for the week.

    I like to mix it up. I also check out youtube for inspiration. :D

    As far as a schedule...um, no. I do whatever I can, when I can. Running is as important to me as eating chocolate, so I do make it a priority. It isn't tough for me to stop by the gym on the way home from work, so long as my husband isn't working. Beats sitting in traffic and I usually get home 10 minutes later than I would had I not gone to work out.

  6. Good luck. Exercising is something I absolutely love and have to do. I wasn't always like that though. It took awhile but I got there eventually.

  7. Way to go! Did I tell you I registered for a half marathon in May? I think I need to get a hold of some of your motivation!

    I need to find some more at home workouts. I'm getting bored with my workout DVDs.

  8. You are incredible! Way to go. Hope you aren't hurting too too much...

  9. I exercise 5 times a week and have to do it every week or fall completely out of whack. Goodluck with the jogging :-)

  10. I need to exercise, just no time. I need to make time.

  11. OK, this post was extremely inspiring to me. I need to get up an do something. Also, I am now following all of your boards!


  12. Because we don't have a car, I walk basically everywhere (at least to get to public transport and stuff) and then I do yoga 5 times a week. But since surgery I'm not supposed to do much and I'm already starting to miss yoga something fierce!