It’s been a good two days! I’ve been eating REALLY well and working out like crazy! I got in an hour of cardio (20 on the treadmill doing the Couch to 5k, 40 on the elliptical trainer) at the gym both yesterday and today, with another planned for tomorrow and Thursday. I’ve also been bicycling, a bit. I decided it was a fabulous idea to bike to meet a friend in the rain Monday night. Oooh, never again.
1. I wear glasses. Rain + glasses = not being able to really see that well.
2. Hello, getting REALLY WET. Duh.
3. Cab drivers in Chicago are total jerks. If they can swerve enough to splash you but not force you off the road, they will. And do.
4. Wet roads = no traction, which means it takes about ten times the work to get from Point A to two feet away from Point A, let alone Point B.
5. I’m really out of shape!
I repeated the ride (5 miles, round trip) again tonight in more favorable conditions, and let me tell you, friends, I’m WAY out of shape. A 2.5 mile ride should not be as hard as it has been! I’ve gone on longer rides! 7 mile rides! What is this nonsense? I do believe my bicycle’s a bit wonky, though. The front tire sort of squeaks. All the time. And I need to raise the seat, because it’s straining my knees. The knee pain is really the toughest part. If not for that, I’d be in a far better state.
As for the jogging training. It’s a three-day per week program, lasting nine weeks. Each week involves jogging a bit more and walking a bit less until you’re jogging a 5k. Well, let me just say that I am very, very out of shape. I’m on Day Two already and I feel like I need another two weeks for Week 1. So, I’ll take all the time I need. I’m struggling to get through the jogging segments right now, and I mean REALLY struggling. I don’t want to push myself too far, too fast, so, when my body gets used to the jogging in Week 1, I’ll move on. I’m not trying to meet any kooky deadlines, after all.
In other news, I made Tofu Scramble/Soyrizo hash tonight. It’s a little iffy, but I’m thinking a night in the refrigerator will cause all the lovely spicy flavors to meld and it will taste a thousand times better tomorrow and maybe not be as wet. Let’s hope!
In even cooler news, I am so getting to know my body and it is SO cool! When walking home from the the subway today, I was feeling a little shaky and suddenly started craving bananas and saltines. Yep, potassium and sodium, two of the compounds found in electrolytes. Apparently in my workout, I excreted a good deal of the two through sweat (which I certainly did enough of!). Not having eaten before my workout (bad, bad, bad!), I hadn’t really consumed enough of either nutrient through the day (the day’s food being breakfast!). So, I came home and made myself a chocolate-peanut-butter-banana shake and snatched a few roasted potato chunks out of the fridge. And felt better. Bodies are pretty freaking cool, guys.
This body is begging for sleep, though! I’ve got class tomorrow afternoon and then gym and more class! Here’s hoping this positive mood continues!