Before I begin my recap let me just expand on a few things from yesterday’s post. When I say I am out-of-shape…I mean just that!! I am 5’5, currently weighing 210 or 214 or somewhere in between. I haven’t been on a regular work out schedule since I had my first surgery last year. My stomach sits out further than my chest, but I guess that’s not much since I don’t have much of a chest due to my double mastectomy. Now, my stomach was probably there before I just couldn’t see it! It is not sexy at all!! I can’t lift my left arm all the way up due to the removal of some lymph nodes. And plainly…I am not a runner. Now…
My first week of training ended on Saturday, Jul 28th. It wasn’t a full week due to the fact that I decided to run the marathon that prior Sunday after my BFF, Anita, ran it in Chicago. (She finished her first 1/2 marathon!!) Thus, here is my quick recap:
Tues: 35 min of cardio on the elyptical – not bad, felt good to be working out.
Wed: I was supposed to do a 3 mile run in 30-35 min. Who in the hell in my shape can run 3 miles in 30 min???? Not me!!! I did 1.28 miles in about 28 minutes. That was rough. Afterwards knees and hip hurt and I was having back spasms. Bengay to the rescue!
Thurs: 35 min of cardio on the elyptical. Actually 37 if I include the 2 min cool down – hey, EVERY minute helps!
Fri: rest – thank God! But, I did take the awesome advice of my father and invest in some top of the line Brooks running shoes.
Sat: 4 miles. I actually ran and walked for 4 miles straight! Never have I done this, at least I don’t think I have, maybe when I was younger walking to some boys house across town…but I digress. I walked one lap and ran for most of the other lap for 2 miles, walked the next 1.75 miles and ran the last .25 mile. I teared up when I finished because this small feat was truly a milestone! Now, I was a mess when I finished…my hands looked like puffer fish (see photo), salt was crusted on my kneck, I was swollen, but, again, thanks to my dad…didn’t feel any pain in my knees, back or hip due to the quality running shoes.