Well... my news, anyway.
Tuesday was the first day I have ever given blood before. I've always been on a medication that's prevented me from donating, or had a new piercing or tattoo, or been under the weather. Tuesday I felt great and everything pointed to DONATE! I'm in the Honor's Program at the community college, and they were the ones holding the blood drive. It was pretty awesome. I hope to be able to donate more often.
However, the finger poke they do to test your iron levels HURT!!! It bruised my finger and I ended up wearing a splint on it just to protect it. Every time I brushed my other fingers against it or hit it on something accidentally, this shooting pain would permeate my entire left hand. It hurt like this for 4 days. Today is the first day I don't have pain from that poke site. LAME!
Sparkin' with my splint on. Not easy to type that way, FYI.
Consequently, I was not able to do much (read: any) exercise that day since I was to take it easy. I technically got my cardio in because its quite a workout walking from my apartment to the bus, from the bus to school, from school back to the bus, and the bus back home. Lots of hills are involved. But, I was supposed to do an upper body workout for the 28 Day Bootcamp... that I didn't do. I was scolded at the blood donation place for helping put away chairs (I was volunteering at the drive as well) when it was time to clean up.
So, I doubled up the videos the next day. Got my cardio in, already saw an increase in stamina, and did my upper body and core videos. Got my cardio in on Thursday thanks to school and a ton of errands I did after. I did so much non-traditional exercise, I don't even know how to track it! I walked to the bus, to school, back to the bus as usual. Instead of going home, I took another bus to the bank for my first errand. Walked across the street to the grocery store for the rest of my errands. I bought milk, a sugar pumpkin, more milk products, and a few other heavy items. Stuffed some in my backpack and the rest into one bag so I could carry it one handed (stupid finger!) By the time I got home, I was so hot and sweaty and out of breathe from walking with all that weight. Then I had to toss the pumpkins. I took all three out at once. I had to clean up the stand I had rigged for them so they could be seen from the street, take down my skeleton lights, take out the trash, do some dishes, put some things away in the storage closet. I worked up into a hot sweaty mess all over again. And I still did my bootcamp video when I was all done with off that.
Needless to say, I woke up Friday to a gloriously rainy day, but I was pretty tired and sore. So, I took the day off from cardio and unintentionally from my bootcamp video. So, I'll be doubling up on the videos today, and getting in my last bit of cardio before tomorrow's big 5k!
Of course the 5k would come at a time when we change the clocks. I would really like to follow Hawaii and Arizona's example and NOT do that anymore. It always screws me up so much and I gotta be up at 5am as it is! I'm pretty excited, though. I mean, I'm not sure I'm up to par on the stamina thing since I've been outta the workout game for a while and only this week have been able to get back into the swing of things... and there's only a 70 minute time limit (that's about a 22:30-ish mile walking) and I've been walking about a 20 minute mile. Back when I was going at this exercise thing consistently in May, I was at about a 17-18 minute mile. I wish I had been able to get back up close to that before this 5k. I just hope at this point that I can finish the race on time.
I've been getting my lungs back to normal taking my asthma meds consistently day and night since Tuesday night. I've been taking allergy meds, too. I'm prepared to take some Vitamin C chewies and a cup of coffee before the race (vitamin C and caffeine help with exercise-induced asthma). I already know what outfit I'm going to wear. Its going to be a chilly 47 degrees when I wake up, and a chilly 54 degrees when the race gets started. And it'll be raining again by the afternoon. Then, we'll get to celebrate the completion of the race and SANDIEGOJOHN's completion of the marathon he ran in DC. I'm looking forward to tomorrow!