Weekly Workout Check-In 4/52

By Camilla

Woohoo! Month one is done! I'm so happy I exercised consistently for a full month. It's a very big deal for me, especially given the fact that I had to run in snow, freezing temps, get in Nike workouts late at night in a very small room, deal with brutal cramps and distracting home renovations. All of those thing would have previously served as the perfect excuse NOT to get a workout in. But not anymore! Next month I'm challenging myself to focus on my yoga practice (more on that in a couple of days - I hope you'll join me!) and I'm thinking of maybe even vlogging my weekly workout check-ins... is that totally lame? We'll see. Anyways. Here's this week's update:

What I did —

Friday: 2.14 mile run/trail run. NTC Dream Team (45 min). I pushed it a little harder this day because I knew that the weekend was going to be filled with family and housework. It was hard, and I was actually pretty sore after, but it felt so good.

Saturday: Stacked bricks. More info in this week's email newsletter. :)

Sunday: Cleaned the entire house from top to bottom. More tiring than it sounds. We're talking scrubbing ceilings and walls and floors. 

Monday: 2.1 mile run. After the weekend I was itching to get out and get my run on. It felt good and solid and strong. 

Tuesday: Hiked the dogs for 45 minutes up a very steep hill. I sat down at one point and just closed my eyes and felt so grateful for the moment and for my body. I feel it getting stronger everyday.

Wednesday: Nothing. Well not exactly nothing. I lifted Ikea furniture and built a couch, a table, and some other stuff. Wish I had done an ab set before bed, but I was pretty spent from the day.

Thursday: 2.06 mile run/trail run. Trail running is so much harder for me than road running. Still, I'm determined to get better at it.

What I learned —

This week was sort of a big personal challenge for me. Usually distractions like big house projects and extra family time completely throw me off of whatever workout plan I'm on. I typically use it as an excuse to stop completely and I can never get started again. Which is why I was really proud of myself for doing a bit of extra work on Friday to make up for what I already knew was going to happen over the weekend. And the fact that I got right back to it on Monday, despite being completely worn down by the weekend housework says a lot about my commitment to myself. Maybe it seems insignificant on the outside, but I really believe that this is the year that I get back to myself.

Now that the first month is done, I am already seeing changes to my body and I'll be honest, it feels great. My legs are more toned, my abs are definitely coming back, and the muscles in my arms are definitely developing. But what feels equally good, if not better, is the fact that I can feel my body getting so much stronger. I have more control over my body just in everyday situations, whether it's building Ikea furniture or hiking or even just moving around. It feels so good to feel stronger. I guess I didn't realize after all these years of being out of shape how bad it really feels. I've still got a long way to go but I'm very happy with the progress I have made!

Jam of the week: Sugar by Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates. I dare you to try not to bob your head up and down while you listen to this song. It's so catchy. Almost too catchy. But whatever, it's the perfect running song for my pace.