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OK, so I have a confession to make:  I didn’t do my three miles yesterday. 

For the first time in weeks, I made the decision to skip the park and come home.  Today, I am realizing what an effect just skipping that one day can have.  I feel lethargic, run down, cranky, and restless.  My body knows what I did and isn’t happy about it. 

When I started my training I told myself that what separates the men from the boys, the fit from the not-so-fit, is that they still get out there and put the time in even when they really “don’t wanna”.  It’s what keeps me going out and doing my miles, even if I’m tired or just don’t feel like it.  Yesterday was the first day I gave in to the “I don’t wannas” and didn’t go, and I can feel the difference today.

Obviously, I am in a routine and have made a habit of getting in some kind of cardio six days a week.  That’s great news.

At least I still did some walking.  That, I can feel good about.

So, three miles today for sure.  I don’t want to feel like this again tomorrow.  Ick.

Today’s workout:

Walked 529 steps

3 miles @ park

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Today is my rest day.  I worked out six days last week, five of which were in a row.  I did a total of 15+ miles, and I’m oh-so-proud!

Back at it tomorrow with 3 miles and strength training.  Woo Hoo!

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Today’s workout:

5 miles @ park

Crawled/Walked 280 steps

Push-ups

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So I have added a half-marathon to the list of things I want to accomplish this year. That’s 13.1 miles in one shot.  I found a great training schedule to work with and will follow that to the letter.  http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/novice.htm

So, along with my weight-loss progress, I will post here what I have done for the day to train for this event.  I more than likely won’t be doing any official race, but I will certainly clock the miles in on the day I am supposed to and log my time, etc.  I’m really just doing this for fun and for the exercise.  I can also apply my fitness to charity races later in the year like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and The Heart Walk.  I will be better equipped to handle these types of races, and something like this not only aids in the weight-loss process, but makes it almost effortless.  I’ll be so busy focusing on training, I won’t realize I’m also doing this to lose weight.  It’s the best of both worlds.

So today I will be going to the new park I found and trying out their walking path with my walker.  I will consider this my first day of training since the requirements are for strength and stretching.  Nothing says strength training and stretching like trying to walk .38 mile with my walker for the first time!

To be clear, I will be doing this half-marathon in my chair.  I would really love to be able to walk it, but I’m just not quite there yet. Maybe next year!

Update:

Today I did 1 mile in my wheelchair, then took 335 steps with my walker on my new trail.  It was the first time I have walked that many steps all at once with minimal breaks.  I feel like I’ve been hit by a freight train, but it was so worth it!

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