This last week of workouts have been good. Nothing more, nothing less. I am getting up and getting them in but now it is time to kick it up a notch.
My runs need to happen more often. My swims need to be longer, I need to get my short rides in during the week and I need to do more core/yoga work.
I started adding some crunches and planks into my core workout days and after 2 x I can already feel the difference. I am sure between running, swimming and some core, my stomach will start to tone and trim quickly. This isn't going to happen though without a better diet.
I am tempted to purge my fridge and pantry and start restocking it with more natural and lean foods. The problem: Tyler is home for the summer. That dude can put away the food. We are consuming 1 gallon of milk in a day or less. I bought myself Almond Milk knowing that no one would touch it and I would at least have it for my granola or my chocolate milk for recovery. Tyler discovered it when we had run out of milk and decided that he now likes it too...ahhhh...I am thankful he likes it but nothing is safe around here anymore...:)
My friend shared with me this book on Yoga. I am going to do some reading and create a routine for me that I can do at home. On Wednesday morning I put my dogs outside and stood by the back window taking in the beautiful scenic view. I stood there and thought "I need to do some Yoga, right here, right now". I had no idea what I was doing but I had watched Tara Stiles on podcast so I incorporated some of those moves in my little routine. It was so peaceful and the stretch felt so awakening. I was so alert that morning.
The best part about this weeks workouts was that Shelby started to run with me. I was unable to go Monday morning but I wanted to get my run in so I decided I was going to go after work. I popped my head in her room and said "I am going running if you want to join me." lo and behold, she came. She is fast but then again she is probably 2/3rds my weight. She found the challenges in running for the first time. I didn't think she would want to go again, her breathing is tight and it gives her a sense of having asthma. Although what she doesn't know is that those with asthma still struggle even after they are done. She is calm and not in need of assistance. I think over time she will get the feeling, as I did. I am just so proud of her for going and she even said "can we do this everyday?". I know I should go every day in order to get faster but I don't really have the time to fit it in with the other work outs not to mention that all important thing called work.If there is one thing to say about me, I am not lazy. I am non-stop from 5am - 10pm.
We did go running a second time and this time it was in the morning. The air is lighter the sun isn't as hot and it is definitely my favorite time to run. I don't think I will put that off again to do in the evening. Shelby has agreed to go with me on M, W and F mornings. I look forward to my runs now.
My swim is getting more comfortable. I am starting to practice my bi-lateral breathing a little more each time I go. The one thing I am really trying to focus on is my "pull". My rhythm on Thursday was great. I started to feel the strength in my pull and could feel that I was gaining more distance with each pull and it wasn't as labor intensive and just swimming faster.
Tomorrow I am shooting for a 50 mile bike ride with Kristen and Dan. I wish everything was as easy to me as the bike is to me. Even though hill climbing is still a challenge, I feel like I could be on my bike forever and never get tired. Tomorrow's goal is 50 in 3.3hours.
Today I woke up at 7:45....it was amazing! Now off to the pool for my goal of getting in a mile.
Have a beautiful weekend.