Up until this point, this blog has been about my struggles. Learning to run, learning to overcome injury, learning to run through energy, learning what I can eat, what my diet will allow. From this point forward, it's Round Two. As things are starting to fall into place, I have more focus and dedication than ever. This is going to be spot where I can truly make a reference of all the things I learn, my favorite workouts, my favorite recipes, as well as a place to be joyous about the victories. This is also about Round 2 in my life:
I made a decision this year to go back to school to finish prerequisites to apply for a doctorate program in Physical Therapy. All in all, if everything goes "as planned," I am looking at 5 years of school (which I started a month ago). This is possibly one of the most daunting and terrifying decisions I have ever made, but I am so ecstatic and ready for this change. I do realize that there will be days that I will question this decision, but I am thrilled at the challenge.
The past couple of years have been a trying experience at "getting into shape," and pushing myself towards a goal I once thought wasn't achievable. However, it was truly a learning experience and has changed the person I am today. Fitness and health are no longer these pipe dreams in my head of things I wish I could have. Running a mile is no longer a pipe dream. Learning to eat on a restricted diet is achievable, and hell, I can still get enough protein (people are worried) to fuel 5-7 workouts a week.
- I currently work 40 hours per week, starting at 6:30am.
- I am currently enrolled in summer school, which is two classes, and since they are condensed, they are very full time. In August, it's school full time and work part time.
- Due to my dietary restrictions, I am almost always either planning my food, grocery shopping/recipe searching, preparing my food for the time being or for the meals the next day, and logging my food. (This is also in part due to the fact that I am pretty much always hungry).
- I am working out. I work out 5-7 times per week, ranging from 25 - 90 min each time.
- Running: 2-3 times/week, with 1-2 miles of sprint interval training. (Wednesday early am plus 1-2 lunch break runs on the treadmill). We are working on adding additional mileage, but running into a scheduling conflict with the Arizona summer sun.
- Cross training: Zumba! (Tuesday nights)
- Weight training: Legs (Monday nights), arms (2 lunch time workouts/week, 1 bicep/tricep and the other chest/arm/back/shoulders)
- Abwork. Right now 1 lunchtime workout/week but am trying to figure out a way to get it in 3x/week integrated into other workouts). Strong core means everything else is stable, so I really need to get this one worked out.