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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Well, the end of last week ended up way better than I would have expected from the beginning of the week.

Knowing that I have my second 5k race this coming weekend, Friday I decided to test myself and do my usual jog/run outdoors. I started not knowing if I would be able to finish, particularly since it was fairly cold, which tends to bring out my asthma. Not only did I finish, but I found that I had energy left for a little sprint at the end of my last 5 min drill. I was so proud at the end I couldn't believe it!

Then, on Saturday, I got up and rode my bike to the gym for my usual Saturday morning kickboxing class. This was the first time I tried riding my bike there, and I mainly added it to try to save on gas, but it felt great (even if it was cold and a little rainy). It's just over 4 miles, but over half of it is down hill, so it's mainly just coasting. On the way back I took the train most of the way, because I knew there was no way I'd make it back up the monster hill. But, I'm hoping by the end of the summer I'll be able to at least attempt it.

Sunday, I got up and went to the gym (again, but by car this time) to do my usual jog on the treadmill. I also wanted to go to a yoga class, because my legs were feeling pretty tight from all the jogging and biking (particularly, I think the jogging on concret on Friday). The yoga turned out to be an hour later than I thought, so I ended up lifting some weights too. But, waiting for the class was definately worth it - I felt sooo much better afterwards. And, the yoga really kicked my butt. I was soooo sore yesterday. I'm definately going to try to make it to the same yoga class this weekend after I finish my 5K.

Every once in awhile I realize how much more active I am now and I can't believe it. Six months ago my entire workout routine consisted of lifting the remote and walking back and forth to the fridge. Now, some crazy nut ball has taken over my life who actually says things like "I think it might be fun to train for a half-marathon next summer" and rides her bike to the gym! But, I do love it, which I need to remember to slip back to my lazy ways again.
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