So I had this big plan to exercise Friday night, Saturday AM and Sunday AM and...none of it happened. Not one single workout. Nada!
I thought about it and I realized that exercise is just one thing in my life that I like to do and it is not necessarily at the top of my list. During the 5-6 months leading up to the marathon it WAS a the top of my list, it had to be to cross that finish line and still be standing upright. I decided I was going to do it and thankfully I had 3 others doing it along with or I probably wouldn't have finished it. Making sure I got in the runs, the water and the right foods consumed my life. ALL OF IT was WORTH IT BUT to be honest I was so ready for it to be over with and so ready for a break and I just didn't want to think about exercise or running for another minute. My mind was exhausted from being so consumed with it. So I enjoyed what was originally a 2 week break and it turned into a 5 week break. Then I realized it was time to get back to it and work on my next goal of dropping my fat percentage. I think I jumped out of the gate a little gung ho. I mean to go from a consistent 4 days of exercise for 6 months to nothing for 5 weeks to 6 days one week, well that just isn't going to happen for me. It could if I wanted it to but to be honest, I don't want it to. People make time for the things that they truly want to do if you haven't noticed.
Like I said, exercise is key to a healthy body and mind and I plan to incorporate it into the rest of my life on this earth but I just don't see myself consistently doing more than 4 days a week for now at least. Never say never, right? I like to exercise, I like to play with my kids, I like to spend time with my husband and our families, I like to have a clean house, I like to read magazines and health books and I like to watch desperate housewives and biggest loser. So if I can work 4 days of solid exercise into my schedule with 40 hours of work and fit in all of these things listed then I am happy.
So as for the sub 30 minute 5K. I still want to do one at some point in the near future and it might still happen on May 9th. My goal right now is to get back in the habit of AM work outs and to get in 4 consistently a week. I do not plan at all to exercise at night or the weekend b/c I don't want to.
My realistic workout plan is:
Monday - gym for upper body ST
Tuesday - home for 45 minute tempo run on the TM
Wednesday - off
Thursday - home 30 minute run on TM and then lower body ST work out
Friday - 1 hour run
Totally doable for me. I am 1:1 this week since going to the gym this morning. At least I got it started right.