I am really beginning to learn how exercise, or the lack thereof, affects me. I hadn’t realized it until the past few days because usually there isn’t consecutive non-exercise days happening in my training schedule.
But, wow. It has become very clear over the past few days that I need exercise in my day — and the earlier the better, too. I did not exercise at all on Saturday and Sunday, and I was miserable — sad, lethargic, angry. Oh, I was so not at my best those two days.
Today, I could take it no longer. I spent the first half of the day Boston multitasking: watching the race on TV, refreshing my tracking list online, updating my friend’s progress on my Facebook page and watching the live feeds (I saw Mel on Heartbreak Hill and crossing the finish line!). So proud of everyone who ran today!!!
Then I played baseball with T Junior in the cold, windy, but SUNNY, back yard until it was time for his nap. I so wanted to fire up my treadmill, but knew I should not. Need to give my shin a good rest so I can hit the ground running later this week (pun totally intended). Instead, I put my Jillian video in.
I couldn’t help myself! I did 30-Day Shred Level 2, but a very modified, safe version — no hopping or jumping (I substituted them with a fast step-touch), and I did all the lower-impact moves. Basically, I followed Anita, not Natalie.
After the video, I was so productive! I showered, wrote a little, played golf in the back yard with T Junior, vacuumed the living room and the stairs, Windexed the sliding glass doors and the stair window, emptied and reloaded the dishwasher, did laundry and made dinner (okay, fine, we had leftovers).
It is obvious I need to exercise. It is like fuel for me.
The shin feels fine. In fact, I haven’t felt any soreness in two days. I am so tempted to run, but I think I will hold off. Tomorrow, to keep myself busy, I plan to do errands during lunch — so it will be a rest day. Wednesday I will swim before work, and Thursday, if it’s not raining, I will walk. Friday, I will walk-run for 30 minutes. If I feel good afterward, I will run my scheduled six miles on Sunday. So glad the Jeff Galloway plan backs you off a little after the really long runs.
I know I’m being way over-cautious, but I don’t want a repeat of last year. Do you think I’m being paranoid?
And did you watch Boston? What did you think about Desi’s finish? I was so pulling for her!