I’m trying not to set myself up for disappointment, but I’ve had an amazing week. My mood and spirits have improved and I’ve been back to exercising. I feel so good when I’m moving. And as weird as it sounds, if you’re feeling tired or fatigued, exercise actually helps fatigue and gets you energized.
I can no longer get my butt out of bed at 5AM for a 5:30 AM workout. Instead, I’m sleeping in and making game time decisions based upon how I feel after work about whether or not I feel like being active.
I’m really excited that I’ve started running again. After being sidelined for 4 weeks while I went through the IVF process and then taking another week off after chemo, my comeback was kinda rough. Right now, I’m just focusing on rebuilding my endurance. My pace is about 1 min 15 seconds/mile slower than normal, but who really cares about that.
I think my husband’s new-found healthy habits have also been motivating me this past week. It takes a lot of creative scheduling to find time for us to both make it to the gym after work, get the dog walked, and have dinner at a decent hour, but we’re making it work.
Here’s what I did this week:
Sunday: 5k Walk/run at Glasgow Park. Walked 0.1 mile, ran 1.3 miles, walked 0.1 mile, ran 0.7 miles, walked 0.3 miles, ran 0.5 miles, walked 0.1 mile.
Monday: Gym workout consisting of 35 minutes on elliptical and 15 minutes of strength training.
Tuesday: 4.2 mile run/walk on treadmill at gym. Walked 0.1 mile, ran 2.0 miles, walked 0.2 miles, ran 1.5 miles, walked 0.4 miles.
Wednesday: Similar to Monday – 40 minutes on elliptical and 20 minutes of strength training.
Thursday: A fabulous 50 minute run/walk outside after work! I am determined to take advantage of any opportunity I have to get a natural dose of Vitamin D! I have no idea how far I went because I don’t have one of those fancy Garmin watches to calculate my distance and I was running along a scenic road that veered off onto a trail. Here’s a lil breakdown based upon time: 5 minute walk (from where my car was parked at work to Creek Rd.), 21 minute run, 1 minute walk, 11 minute run, 3 minute walk, 4 minute run, 5 minute walk back to car. I love running on Creek Rd – it’s so quiet and the road follows a creek that leads into a state park.
I’m taking Friday off (other than my 2 mile Jessie walks). My boss needs a 4th team-mate for the Delaware Marathon Relay on May 15. I’d basically have to run 1/4 of the marathon or just about 6.5 miles and the other ladies would each run 6.5 miles. Under normal circumstances, I would jump at the opportunity. I’m really eager to do it, but if all stays on schedule, the race would be 9 or 10 days after my last chemo treatment and I’m fearful that I wouldn’t have the energy and endurance to follow through. I’m going to wait and see how I feel with treatment number 2 before I make any decisions.
I also have an exciting lil project I’m going to tackle this weekend which involves a contest for me to enter, so stay tuned for details! Here’s a hint: Super woman may have to consider being Bat Woman first.