Friday, December 19, 2014
Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 2.50 miles; Running Total: 88.52 miles)
Day 161 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
The effects of chemotherapy are cumulative, and it seems like each one takes longer to get over. But no matter.
I’m feeling much better today, so it’s time for new goals!
A quick follow up on the previous goals
My strength training goal was to do three planks for thirty seconds each. I quickly learned that doing one plank for 30 seconds was my absolute limit. The other two times I had to put my knees on the mat and take a break.
I had a goal to use the foam roller once a day. I discovered that this really does get easier (ie. less painful) if you’re consistent in the use of the foam roller. Not gonna lie… Foam rolling is never going to be, like, my favorite thing, but I could tell a difference on the days I did it versus not doing it. Also, I noticed my knees stopped being cranky when I consistently rolled out my IT band (outside of thigh).
Running/walking/elliptical: This is always the easiest for me because it’s the part I enjoy the most. I did 29.61 miles during this round of goals, so I met and exceeded my 26.2 mile (a full marathon) goal. Yay me!
Goal #1: Hold a plank for two thirty second intervals.
Holy shit planks are hard. That or I’ve just lost that much strength during all this. I don’t know which but yeah… I suck at planks.
Goal #2: Do foam roller every day until last chemo.
I know I already did this one, but I really liked the results so I’m going to repeat this goal.
Goal #3: Break 100 miles before I finish chemo.
I want to be able to say I ran ‘over’ 100 miles while on this second drug. But I don’t want to just get to 100 miles.
I want to stomp all over 100 miles, then leave 100 miles sitting in my dust crying and wondering where the hell I went.
I wish I would have tracked my mileage during the first three months of chemotherapy.
My total distance would look awesome!
Some of this mileage might have to be done with a jump rope due to holiday travels.
When I can’t run on a treadmill or outside the jump rope is my next best thing.
Also, thanks to the plumber destroying my closet the other day I found my favorite fitness device: my FitBit!
I’m so excited to have this thing back.
I lost it a while back and when I synced it up to my phone, I felt disapproval come off of the screen in waves when the app declared I hadn’t synced since October. As if it just had to clear its throat and say, “Ahem… and just where were you?”
I conducted an experiment to see if the fitbit would register jumping rope as steps.
Well, experiment might be a vaulted term.
What I really did was hop around in the living room while moving my arms like I was jumping rope. I made sure to jump in my socks so no one would hear me jumping and come investigate.
Sure enough the steps incremented upwards.
So this is my long-winded way of saying some of my mileage in this round of goals will be based on jumping rope.
My last chemo is on January 2. So lots of time to work on these goals!
What are your goals? I’d love to hear them!
Today’s silver lining: Feeling better.
You don’t miss it until it’s gone.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!
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