With this update comes the end of my first phase of training. Let me tell you, it went by quickly. Time flies when you’re beating stress into the ground
I have learned so much in these last 4 weeks. Some lessons were easy to learn, others a bit harder. For example, I learned the importance of foam rolling. I’m good at rolling when it suits me, such as after a run but not in between. I most definitely felt the difference when I rolled daily vs when I “forgot” (I’m talking to you hamstrings). I also learned that when you do an exercise properly…it’s usually a lot harder! Go figure! I learned that my push-up form was less than optimal (read: horrid) but by week 4, I was starting to get it. Yes, they are hard and yes they require the use of modification by way of a resistance band around my waist (genius idea BTW) BUT, I know that if I keep at it, I won’t need those bands forever. My goal is to be able to do 1 unassisted pushup by month 6. I think I can do it!
It’s amazing the difference I feel in just 4 weeks. Heavier sandbag, bigger kettle bell, better and more burpees. I feel stronger physically but I also feel so good mentally. Less anxiety, less depression and less feelings of low self-esteem (something that I’m ashamed to admit has been plaguing me a lot lately. I’m not quite ready to talk about it all because I’m still processing things and haven’t quite come up with words to match feeling). In a season where I can’t get the stress relief that I want through running (because I’m heart-rate training and limping along as a turtle’s pace), this has been an amazing substitute.
So what’s next? Well, normally I’d be going into a recovery week before starting the next 4 week phase but with the holidays coming, the gym schedule is a bit different. I’ll be working out 3 days next week (including my birthday. Should I wear a party hat? I’m thinking…yes) and have no idea what to expect. Should be good though!
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