Monday, May 24, 2010

Feelin' Good and Sore

I just wrapped up another weekend of non-stop work, and I am feeling it today! My calves are sore, my inner thighs are sore, my hamstrings are sore, my arms are sore, my back is sore...you get the idea. Starting with Friday night, I had a whole 3 days to make up from not exercising. Luckily my eating has been ok, I just haven't been able to wake up on time to get to the gym.

Friday, I promised myself I would hit the gym after work for the fartlek (giggle) workout I had been trying to get in for the previous two days. I love going to the gym on Friday nights because for an evening, it is uncrowded. I find parking, I get a good machine, and I don't have to worry about someone staring me down waiting for me to finish my workout. I completed 6 X 400 meters at a 6.2 pace, with roughly 2 minute breaks in between. I was so sweaty, but felt great.

I woke up early on Saturday morning, immediately put on my running clothes, and headed down the hill to the trail. From my house to the bike trail is roughly 1 mile down hill. Some of it gradual, some of it rather steep. Going down is easy. When I got to the trail, I ran about one mile before heading back (I needed to save some energy for the big hill). I felt good and relaxed the whole time. I got to the base of the hill, and told myself I was going to run as much as possible. I felt like I was moving at a snails pace, but slowly, more of the hill got behind me. I had to walk for a little bit, but for the most part, I ran up the one mile hill! A big improvement over the last time. My overall run was 4.5 miles or so. I love how 5 mile runs are just my norm now.

After my run, I got dressed for yard work. I had a "clean-up day" at the condo, and seeing how I am still on the homeowners board, I needed to be there. From 11am to 4:30pm I was cleaning, pulling weeds, bagging up garbage, and pressure washing around the complex. We then held a BBQ for everyone that helped out. I got home around 8pm, and I was spent.

On Sunday, I woke up early again, headed to Home Depot and the grocery store. After spending way too much money, I began prepping the front room for painting. The last piece of furniture that we haven't moved into the house yet is a huge 80 gallon saltwater fish tank. Before moving the fish tank into the house, we had to have the floors done (and they are now) and have the room painted since once the tank is inside, there is no moving it. From 10:30am to 7:00pm I was painting. I finished the ceiling in the front room, which was WAY hard, and I covered the existing horrible brown painted walls with a nice bright white primer coat. I also began painting the bathroom with primer as well.

The goal is to have the front room completed by Wednesday, since that's when my boyfriend Dave is planning on moving the tank back in. Once the front room is done, we can start working on the bathroom, and by the end of Thursday, we could possibly have most of the bathroom mini-renovation done. How amazing is that?

I was too tired to go to the gym this morning, but I brought clothes with me so I can hit the YMCA after work today. It is true what they say...energy breeds energy! Oh, and I weighed in this morning, I'm down a fraction of a pound, but not quite enough to claim a full one pound loss. I definitely can tell in my clothes and in the mirror that I am smaller.

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