Starting a new journey is always fun, scary, intimidating, exciting and question filled. I am on one of those journeys. I also added a new chapter to it started SUNDAY!!!! I am going to be happy about sharing my new adventures with you guys as I go down this path. I am going to be working with Meg on getting myself in the best shape possible. Both nutritionally and physically.
Last week, I did a small fitness test so we can have my starting numbers to compare to in a couple of months. I am really excited to get further into her plan and see what it does for me! It is intense and fun. <–Also something I need!
I am obviously going to be documenting my journey because well, that’s what we all do on here right? So let me be real and let you all know what my goals are. First and foremost, run the Tear Drop Half Marathon in Chatsworth, GA on April 30. I have not run a half marathon on my own and try to PR in over a year. The last 3 have went kind of like this: March 2015-pace friends, April 2015 run injured (not smart), and October 2015-pace friend. So I haven’t really ran one for me in a long time. This next one isn’t really for me either. I am a part of the I Run 4 program, and run for a young man that lives down in GA. I am hoping to be able to meet him and this half is all for him!!! He cannot run so I am hoping to PR for him in his home state! If you don’t know about IR4, go check it out! It is amazing and gives me the motivation I need to get moving when I am not really feeling it.
Now, to run better and faster. I need to be stronger and more fit! I have been running and things are going really well for me. I am having success with each run. But I knew that strength training has always been a huge hurdle for me. Along with eating correctly. I work in an office…some days its easier to just go grab something. <–not the healthiest option! This is where Megs comes into my life. I reached out to her a couple of weeks ago to see if she would help me. She has given me and amazing plan and I am now in full swing. She has me on a specific meal and workout plan. 6 out of 7 days for workouts with some cardio workouts included. The really cool part is her plan works well with my running. Nothing that won't work cohesively with my half plan is in it at all!!
Secondly, I want to shed a few pounds I have put on since becoming injured. I don’t want to drop a ton of weight but a little will be ok with me. I am not necessarily worried about the number on the scale, but if my clothes fit differently I will be happy. 🙂
On Sunday I started my meal plan which is actually pretty great. I am removing certain things like caffeine which I have struggled with. I have had to have two small cups of coffee since I started this to keep my head at ease. Mind you these are two cups of black coffee. I normally use cream and sweetener. But no more!!
|Pre-workout snack…these are seriously good|
I have also started eating healthier snacks and staying away from the really gross bad for you (but taste so good) sugars. This will sound weird but removing sugars has been easier than I thought and this morning while brushing my teeth, my toothpaste actually tasted sweet? How quickly things change!!
Last night however was the first Meg workout!! Let me tell you I am fit. Not like super fit but I can easily go knock out several miles and feel great as far cardiovascular conditioning. When it comes to strength I am a pure wimp! So at the end of her workout that mind you included every athletes fav: burpees! I was to say the least tired but it felt amazing!!! I had to keep pushing myself as my body was feeling weaker the more of each exercise I did. I persevered pushed through and made it all the way through the circuit! This is how I felt:
|Post workout…see how red my cheeks are?!|
I am so happy with everything so far and know I have someone that is going to work with me and my running. I am ready to keep pushing through and push myself into places I didn’t know was possible to get to anymore. Just because I will be 33 on the 27th doesn’t mean I can’t be in the best shape ever!!
What is your least favorite type of strength training?
Favorite nutrition bar?