Hey Everyone! It has been a great week again, and I’m sitting here to break down the stuff I’ve been working on over the past week. This week was just a great learning week for me, as I have had to really stay strong on the inside as well as the outside. That’s really nothing new, but you know how life’s lessons work; there are always reminders to keep us on track.
This week has been very challenging, because I have been very tired. Again, nothing new, but when times like these present themselves, it’s really important to recharge your spirit. And here’s how I did it:
Monday was a great workout! I had probably the hardest workout that I have had in a long time. I ran at the 6 minute mile pace for 4.5 minutes. It hurt worse than the week before (of course), but it was so worth it. After that, I worked out for probably another hour. I did some really fun snatches with the kettlebells and combined them with plyo push-ups. That was tough, but it wasn’t quite enough. Tire flips and one-handed sledge hammer swings added to the torture, and I finished off on the heavy bag. It was a great workout, but when I was done, I was done.
Tuesday, I had intended to work some technique, but I was so tired, and so busy, that I just couldn’t get motivated. I still did my Kung Fu workouts with my teacher in the afternoon, and my friend in the evening—and that was enough.
Wednesday felt pretty good. I did some more resistance and felt re-charged. It is always very taxing on Wednesday. It is hump day for lots of people, but it’s a little more like “mountain” day for me. It is a 14 hour day every week that has very little down time. When things do slow down, I exercise. The workouts that I have on Wednesday are probably the most important in terms of taking some time for myself, so I really have to make them count. This is something that I hope everyone can do for themselves. Even if you are at work, you could do push-ups or squats or just sit in silence in your office to unplug from the rest of the world. It’s a great way to keep your energy up.
Thursday was a good workout with John from Acceleration Indiana. I was pressed for time, so I ran flat sprints on the treadmill. I do believe that I am getting faster. It’s like anything else; sometimes you don’t see the results right away, but they are there. John had me run at increasing speed for 8 seconds at a time. To put this into perspective, when you do a speed test, you run for six seconds. I know this doesn’t seem like much, but it really is another world. The final run was for 6 seconds at my top speed. I am handling it better, but it is still hard. I’ve just got to keep chipping away at it.
My Kung Fu workout with my teacher was good. I made a few more minor improvements. They all add up, and the end result is pretty cool. Hard work over time equals great skill—it’s just not always so easy to remember that.
Friday’s workout was awesome! I have been working out in the afternoon, because I’ve been so busy in the morning. This has actually been good. It’s always kind of nice to change things up a bit, and make your body grow and adapt. Sometimes the changes that occur are unexpected, but our ability to adapt is one of the most valuable attributes that we can have.
My nutrition is still improving. The great thing is; the more stable your nutrition becomes, the more you are able to deal with a bad eating day. I try to keep my nutrtitional falterings limited to the weekend, but sometimes it’s hard. When we are on the go all the time, we sometimes get caught up in the moment, and forget or don’t care about nutrition as we should. I’m still working on making small improvements—-one day at a time.