Wednesday mornings have become my speed run workouts while I am training for the marathon. That has to be the biggest change for me after years of doing speed runs on Tuesdays. The workout today called for a mile warm up followed by 12 by one minute fast runs with a one minute recovery jog in between. Cool down was a mile but at marathon race pace, which is faster than my recovery jog. Having remembered my inhaler, I had a strong run and my heart rate peaked at 158 – right at my anaerobic threshold. The goal of the run. In all I ran 4.4 miles.

Late this afternoon I did my resistance workout. I am getting the routine down. One thing I have noticed is it is more intense than the weight lifting workouts I have done for the past two years. With plenty of lunges and ab work, my heart rate is elevated during the workout. Again I did my chin ups, a workout that is very hard but very rewarding. All I can say is that when I finish three sets of ten chin ups I feel so powerful I want to let out that grunt that Cher Lloyd so eloquently bluntly does in Want U Back(Which by the way is a good tune to run to on the treadmill.)

Both workouts today gave me a good feeling of accomplishment. I have had a lot on my mind and I am dealing with some anxiety. In the near future I will write about what is on my mind, first there are a few details that have to be settled. The point is that beyond training and strengthening my body, exercise also gives me an out to relieve stress, time to think through what is on my mind, and that feeling of accomplishment. I am benefiting in so many ways. Stress can cause people to do many different things – binge on food, alcohol, or other vices for example. Life happens – stress will always be a part of it, but it doesn’t have to be the center of life. I choose to channel it to improve, not breakdown, my wellbeing. Another reason to feel powerful.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

8 thoughts on “Powerful

  1. I use running as stress relief, too.It works for me. And I do notice that whenever I am not running or exercising regularly it gets to me. At that point I know, I just need to put on those running shoes…

  2. Running and taking care of our bodies are such powerful ways to relieve stress and often help us find perspective in life. I pray you find that in the coming days.

  3. Wow, sounds like a great workout!! And a great moral to this post as well. Thanks for the reminder: “I choose to channel it to improve, not breakdown, my wellbeing.”

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