It’s the end of June (ps. when did this happen?!), which means 2 things:
1. Time to get consistent with marathon training/working out every day (I’m registered for the Denver Marathon, on October 17th)
2. Time to start checking goals off My List… my birthday is about 6 weeks away and I’ve got quite a few (reasonable) goals left to check off.
Even though my knee/ITB is still a problem (which means I can’t actually run 100% of the time), I’m totally in love with cycling and my new bike. I think cross training on the bike will be a great way to maintain my fitness level. That way, when I jump back into long runs in a few weeks, it won’t be so brutal.
Yesterday after work but before meeting up with some friends for trivia night at the local Irish pub (totally fun, btw), I went for a solid 45 minute ride. I road east out of town, had to climb a few hills (phew), and really enjoyed the view. Then again this morning, I met up with a friend (and experienced cyclist) and he showed me this great 17 mile (1:10 hr) loop. He’s stronger than I am, but I totally dug the company and I got a solid workout out of it. I’m so grateful for the cyclist friends that I have to ride with, to help show me the ropes, and teach me stuff about my bike.
Because Goal #6 is to do 50 pushups in a row (remind why I thought this was reasonably feasible?), I’ve started getting serious about doing big girl pushups. I found this “training program” called One Hundred Push Ups. Basically, in 6 weeks it’ll whip your arms into shape and you’ll be able to do 100 push ups in a row! The plan isn’t all that intense and if I can make it to 50 push ups in a row, I’ll call it a victory (I’m only up to 15 in a row right now. I know, I know, I have chicken arms). I’ve been doing sit ups afterwards, too (Goal #7).
So yeah! Happy times working out/cycling/doing push ups. I feel healthier, stronger, and less bummed that I can’t run all the time. I could really get into this :)