Welcome to the beginning of my fitness journey. I will be journaling my progress (wins and losses) as we travel full time in our RV around the country. Join me and together we will motivate and cheer for each other over the next 8 weeks.
To be honest my fitness journey actually began yesterday because I went shopping for new running shoes. This was a big step for me for several reasons. First of all, I hate shopping! I know I am a girl and I am supposed to love it but I don’t! And for the record shopping for running shoes is the worst kind of shopping on the planet. Second, good running shoes are not cheap and I like hanging on to my money. So bringing home these new running shoes was my first step to getting back on track.
WIN: I got started! Yes, this is a win and I will count every single, itsy bitsy one of them during this journey. The hardest part really is that first step and I took it.
I am using a podcast to help me reach my initial goal of running a 5k without stopping. It has me doing a 2-minute walk followed by a 3 minute run at a comfortable pace. It is an 8-week program that allows a few extra weeks if you need it. I found this program on iTunes and it was my favorite price: Free!
The hardest part of running for me is the voices in my head that say “Why did you ever stop running?” and “Do you know where you would be if you kept going?” or the worst “You’ll never make it, you are just to…..” Do you hear those voices in your head when you start something challenging? Man, it takes me forever to kill those voices but I will eventually!
I felt the effects of falling down Mt Monadnock during my run. It was a pretty bad ankle injury but I am hoping this will strengthen my ankle and what I felt during the run will ease up over time.
Today’s run/walk was 27 minutes. I forgot to start MapMyRide so I didn’t track the distance.
- Legs: squats, lunges, calf raises
- Shoulders: military press, lat shoulder raises, front shoulder raises, reverse flys
- Abs: knee raises, flutter kicks, crunches,
We purchased our weights before we hit the road. We were very motivated and just knew we would have all the time in the world to use them once we went full time. But the reality is we have only pulled them out a few times. If we were not close to a Planet Fitness (which we love) we always had an excuse not to pull them out!
Today, wasn’t bad. Luckily, my legs are not that sore! I did go easy on the weights for all leg exercises because I don’t want to be too sore to run tomorrow.
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Run: 2.31 mi/31:57 min/13:47 ave pace/ 2/3 run-walk intervals
It was day 2 of my 5k training and it went pretty good. Although, it did get a bit hot out before I finished my run. Next time I will have to get my butt out the door earlier! I could feel my ankle but it wasn’t bad. I could also feel my leg workout from yesterday! Yikes. But I followed along with the coach and didn’t miss a beat! Yay me! WINNING!
- Chest: bench press, flys, push-ups
- Tris: tri extension, skull crushers, close grip bench press
My workout was great! I am not as sore as I expected to be so that’s a bonus! Today’s workout partner was Gizmo because Phil is helping with an install over at Our Epic Field Trip‘s rig. But that’s not something that will slow me down much less stop me!
Run: 2.34 mi/32:50 min/ 13:54 ave pace/ 2/3 run-walk intervals
My first week of couch to 5k is officially done!! Yay! I DID IT!!! During my run, I thought I was starting my second run interval but it was actually my third!! I was so excited to finish I ran too fast during my last interval. I had to slow it down to make sure I could run the entire 2 minutes. I have also started playing my new motivational song as my reward after my run. Although, I am thinking I should play it before my run to get me pumped up!
Scheduled Rest Day.
- Back: Bench reverse hyper, One-Arm Rows, Bent-Over Rows
- Bis: Hammer curl, bicep curl, Zottman Curls
Today, I hit the weights alone again because Phil is still working on projects with our friends. But it was a good workout. Most importantly it’s a completed workout!!
Overall this was a very good first week. My diet was not on point. So next week I need to make that more of a priority. I won’t be on any kind of crazy fad diet! I will be cooking most of my own meals and eating clean. So Phil if you are reading this NO MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIES!! Sweets are off the list for sure!
How was your week? What are a few of your health and fitness goals? Did you accomplish your goals? Share them in the comments below.
Don’t miss a single post in this series!
- Journey Back to Fitness as a Full Time RVer
- Full Time RV Fitness Journey: Week 1
- Full Time RV Fitness Journey: Week 2
- Full Time RV Fitness Journey: Week 3
Author: Stacy, You, Me & the RV, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2019