It’s been an up and down week fitness-wise.
The downs: back to back grad nights Friday and Saturday…
If you are not aware of this modern custom of torture, here is a quick overview. After a day of graduation celebrations, many high schools offer Grad Nights for their graduates. These all-nighters usually start around midnight and end around 6:00am and include junk food, caffeinated drinks, music, dancing, and “entertainment”.
As a henna artist, I am an “entertainer” and even though grad nights are not my favorite events (for lots of reasons), I do them because they are big parties with guaranteed 3-4 hours of pay.
However, I do “pay” for them later…
In order to stay up all night, I drink Red Bull, Mountain Dew and Expresso drinks heavy on the expresso, chocolate and whipped cream. I eat a ton of candy. And if the caring parent chaperones bring me bowls of ice cream, I accept gratefully. And then when I get home at 7:00am, I crash and burn. No exercise (or movement of any sort) is done the next day… unless I have to get up to do another grad night… which I did last Friday and Saturday…. and then on Sunday, we decided to go for a big BBQ dinner at the newly re-opened Jones Brothers Mississippi BBQ down the street… it seemed like a good idea at the time…
Needless to say, I did not weigh myself this week.
The ups: I managed to get in at least 10,000 steps most days (except Saturday and Sunday). My walking partner (next door neighbor) and I meet most mornings for 3 miles of amiable chatting and gossip… it doesn’t feel like exercise at all! But those steps add up fast!
And I’ve started back up with my personal trainer at 180 Fitness. Preza Ford is a gentle man who manages to get me to do things I would never do on my own.
Fit Pods… instruments of balance and torture!
Look at those spiky little half-domes. Would you step on those? Well, at Preza’s invitation, I not only stepped on them, I did 3 sets of squats on them… and lunges, and then I did kettlebell swings… basic exercises that become a zillion times more challenging when you are trying not to lose your balance while standing on spiky half-domes. And the next day, my abs hurt just as much as my quads… so I hightailed my way to Amazon and bought a pair…
I have yet to do 3 sets of squats on these puppies at home, but I did try doing dishes while balancing — and it made a basic chore into a full-body work-out.
The daily walks were easy to fit back into my schedule, but getting myself to do strength training at home is another story. I was aiming for today… but then my car’s radiator blew out and I spent my spare time at the dealer and at the rental car place… fortunately, everything was covered under the warranty and the dealer even paid for my rental car so I could get to today’s gig.
Next free spot on the schedule: Sunday. I plan to report to you next Friday how I did a full strength training session in addition to my daily 3 miles.
Harriette Thompson! My new heroine! She finished the San Diego Rock-N-Roll Marathon last Sunday morning (the reason I had to find an alternate route home from one of my grad nights — roads were closed from 4:00am until 2:00pm). Now, just finishing is a big accomplishment in itself, but Harriette is a 91 year-old cancer survivor, who had her last treatment just weeks before the marathon. She finished in just over 7 hours!
And she didn’t start long-distance walking until she was 76!
What an inspiration!
I don’t have any week-ends I can spare for real races in the near future. It is my lot to work most week-ends… but I can do virtual races to give me that kick of motivation to push myself.
So I registered for the Full Medal Runs Birthday Month Marathon. The rules are simple: complete 26.2 miles by the end of your birthday month… how it gets done is up to me: 1 mile a day for 26 days, 8 5k events, 4 10k events, 2 half marathons or the full monty in one day…. The fee benefits the “Make a Wish” Foundation (which after reading the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I now feel compelled to help fund…)
My birthday month is July… so there are a few weeks to figure out how to do this… right now I am thinking of 4 10ks or 2 10ks and a half marathon…. the only difficulty with virtual races is that the race volunteers with the cups of gatorade are also virtual… so there are a few logistical challenges to doing a half marathon on my own that will have to be figured out before I commit to that path…
More to come…