Things I Never Thought I’d Be Able to Do a Year Ago

I was thinking lately that there are way more things I do now that I never envisioned myself doing a year ago. There’s probably more than I will put on this list but this is what I was thinking about last night.

1) Jump Rope

At The Training Station all kickboxing classes start with jump roping. When I first started, I could barely jump rope continuously for more than 10 – 15 seconds at a time. Now I can jump rope for more than a minute with ease and I usual only trip up because I get distracted looking at something. I can even do this nifty jump rope trick. You basically make a figure 8 with the rope while still jumping then jump back into the rope. It’s weird but I feel cool that I can do it.

2) Flip A Tire

A year ago I would have been repulsed at the thought of flipping a tire. Didn’t seem like something I could feasibly do and I really didn’t want to touch a tire. I still may not love the idea of touching a used truck tire however I can now flip tires with ease.

3) Run

I’m not a fan of running. Never have and never will. I still have hopes of completing a half marathon one day. But I have to accomplish that task when the time is right for me. However, I can run 2 miles without even thinking about it. I don’t feel like I’m gonna die, I’m not completely trainwrecked by the end, and sometimes (don’t tell anyone this) I actually enjoy running. I also can somewhat facilitate sprint drills without being a complete mess.

4) Push Ups

Woofles. I hate push ups. I really do. My right side is significantly weaker than my left and it just makes push ups super awkward. I can do 1 solid full push up. That’s way more than I thought I could do last year. I also breeze through modified push ups with ease.

5) Ab Related Movements

A year ago my abs were not even in existence. They are still rather hidden. However I can hold planks, fly through wall throws, oblique twists, TRX abs, and most any ab exercises thrown my way.

A year ago I started getting seriously committed to fitness again. I was out of shape, run down, and didn’t think I’d ever get back to my previous level of fitness. But I’m starting to see myself get back to that point and I find myself doing things I would never have done before. I remember my first session at the gym last May. I almost puked half way through and I was just doing simple step ups. It was a wake up call for me. No matter how stressful life gets, working out keeps me sane and I will not sacrifice that again.

 

Cinco De Death 5K

I’m baaaaaaaackkk!! I hope you all missed me! Yesterday I ran Millennium Running’s Cinco De Miles 5k. I have officially renamed it to the Cinco De Death 5k. As soon as the race started, I knew I was in trouble. My legs felt like lead and every step sent a shooting pain straight to my brain. I’m pretty sure the combo of allergies, poor pre-race food, and lack of running prep lead to my lackluster performance. I finished in 39 minutes. Which is my slowest 5k to date. But hey, I finished.

I’m at the point where I need to make some serious workout choices. I work out at The Training Station¬†with my trainer Christina. We focus on a lot of weight training (suns out guns out, all day errday) but in an effort to be more budget savvy I’m going to be doing kickboxing / TRX classes 5-6 days a week. This is in an effort to save some money and also get a killer workout in every day. I’m okay working out on my own I just don’t push myself as much as I should.

However, TRX / Boxing don’t mesh well with running. So I’m going to take a break. Running is killing me. My legs always hurt, I’m sore all over, and I don’t really need to seriously start training until July. So for now, I will run when I want to run and get serious about training for the 1/2 marathon come July. I still want to do the 1/2 marathon but I don’t want it to cut into my overall fitness goals.

In other news I made a life plan, pulled myself out of a hole of self pity and wallowing, and once again re-motivated myself about life. Being a 20-something is rough. Between bills, finances, being a grown up, figuring out your life, and trying to exist it can be quite overwhelming. But I’m getting better at “reeling it in.” I think “reeling it in,” is my saying of the month. I’ve said it a lot lately.

Now that it’s not a barren tundra outside I’m looking forward to more outdoor activities. What have you all been up to in my absence? Also any running inspiration would be greatly appreciated.