Mind over body and lungs over legs

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I've gotten to a stage with my running where my cardio fitness has surpassed my physical abilities, and it's hard going. I feel like I'm doing well with the "mind over body" with positive thoughts (I can do this; just keep running; nearly there) but my legs are finding it hard keeping up with my lungs. I wish I had added some leg muscle strengthening exercise into my training, but it might be a bit late for that now.

Or is it? I'm worried that if I start doing squats and lunges, I won't be able to walk the next day, let alone run! Maybe a few days of pain now will be worth it in the end though? The fun run is only 18 days away, so I can't imagine I'll be able to achieve much in that time, but maybe it's worth a try!

And here's the big news: I'm also going to do the 5k leg of the Bridge to Brisbane this year!! I looked at the dates and it's on the 1st of September which is only a few days after we were going to leave Brisbane after our holidays. I had a chat to Hubs and he was very supportive about me staying for the extra week so I can do it (and recover) and fly home with the kids a few days later! He has to come back for work, otherwise he would have stayed to cheer me on.

I feel really excited about committing to this, as it means this isn't, for now, just a passing faze. And the other exciting news? My clothes are fitting so much better! I pulled out my jeans and 3/4 that I put away when I got too fat pregnant (both??) and couldn't fit into them. I tried them on a few months ago and they still didn't fit. I hadn't even considered that they might fit now, but 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of black pants and 4 pairs of 3/4 pants now fit me again!! So even though I haven't lost much weight, (that's all about the food) I seem to have toned up enough to have dropped a size. Woo!!

To be honest, I haven't felt this good about my health for years. I feel like things are getting back on track, and I'm really enjoying the benefits of regular exercise. Now I just have to tackle the food...

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