I have just completed the first week of my newest attempt at getting some kind of routine down for fitness. I always come back to the running since it seems to pack the most bang for my limited time input. I am using the 5K Finish It Plan from Train Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.
I am loving the plan, it more intense than the Couch to 5K plan since its starts assuming you have been doing something and have at least a base interest in running. It also includes cross-training so I can do some Insanity or workouts from Hulu to mix it up and add in strength training. Since the goal here is fitness, not an 8 minute mile, the variation makes me feel like I am doing a more balanced rotation of exercises. The best part is that all the workouts are designed to run in about half an hour, which is really all I can promise to devote to this right now.
I am proud that I finished the first week (despite my children's best efforts), but I have hit my classic point of demoralization and it is a total bummer. While I am thrilled with the fact that I managed to complete it all as written and I know logically that this is going to be great, every workout plan starts withe same road blocks that make it hard to get back into that sports bra much past the 10 day/two week point.
- I am exhausted. Half an hour may not sound like much, but life has kept me off the workout path for a month so "suddenly" adding 30 minutes of butt kicking workout a day makes this body tired.
- I am also mentally exhausted. I used to spend the hour the kids nap or have quiet time doing 30 minutes of housework and 30 minutes of downtime like reading or knitting. Well I gave up a 30 minute block and you can bet that it wasn't the housework. I know I am just being a diva, but the 12 straight hours of non-stop everything is exhausting.
- I am slower than when I started. Over the course of a mere week I have added a full minute to my splits. One week is hardly representative of how I will progress...none the less it is not the kind of reward that keeps a gal pounding along on the treadmill.
- I am heavier. Generally in the first week or so of any workout plan I gain 2-6 pounds assuming I am watching what I eat. Who knows what the upper range would be if I paid no attention to what I stuffed in my face-hole. I think the goal of any fitness plan is to eventually need a crane to get out of bed so yeah, this is right on track.
- My body "hurts." Not like I have an injury, but there is a certain low-level ache that persists in the body when you start to routinely challenge your physical abilities. This goes away eventually right?