Can we talk about how exhausting it is to try and get in shape? Good lord. I thought marathon training was tiring, but combine running with personal training and I am dead. So very, very, dead. It’s a good feeling, though – I know I am accomplishing a lot, and it’s gratifying to watch the weights go up (very slightly) and see myself getting stronger! I definitely hit it hard this week. On a somewhat related note, I do not go to the type of gym where people take selfies…so I’m sorry to say that you may have to miss out on this element of my life. It will be sweaty, red-faced, running selfies only. SAD!

Monday, 6/19/17, 5 mile run, personal training – legs: My morning on Monday started with a 5 mile run with my friend Pearce. The air in the mornings is now just completely saturated, and while running in 100% humidity is not my most favorite thing, I’m continuing my hypothetical transition to a morning runner. Thank goodness for Pearce giving me a reason to actually get out of bed! When I got to the gym, my trainer said he wanted me to come 3 days in a row and then see how I did the rest of the week, so we started with leg day. I think leg day is my favorite, probably because my legs are realistically the strongest part of my body.

Tuesday, 6/20/17, personal training – arms/shoulders, 45 and 30 minute walks: You know what is not my favorite training day? Arms and shoulders. Specifically triceps. Why do we even have triceps? More importantly, why does my trainer love working them so much? The worst. I got my steps in with a morning and an evening walk, so all around, it was a good day.

Me when my trainer suggests we do more tricep exercises

Wednesday, 6/21/17, 5 mile run, personal training – full body, kickball: Another humid morning, yay! Thank goodness I have a running buddy now or I might not ever run at all until September. Personal training went great, and I am just starting to feel the effects of a few days in a row. My trainer said to see how I feel the next couple of days and if I’m feeling good, come to the gym, and if not, stay home, so we’ll see! I unexpectedly ended up playing kickball tonight, too, since our team was short on girls. I decided to just be an alternate this season since I had so much (ridiculous) anxiety about playing last season, but it turns out, I was needed. Thankfully, we won our game and are still undefeated and I made no fatal errors.

Thursday, 6/22/17, personal training – chest/back, 1 hour walk: Nope, I do not hate arm workouts the most. I hate chest workouts the most. I felt fine this morning so decided to head back to the gym. This whole personal training thing is fun. Each day is like a new competition to find the exercise I like the least! Fortunately, there is a wide variety to choose from. I got up to do my walk in the morning and felt like I had been hit by an exhaustion train, so I must be doing something correctly. I’m not really sore, just overall tired, and I can tell I’ve been working hard.

Friday, 6/23/17, 4 mile run (speed work), personal training – full body: I was supposed to get up early on Friday morning and do my speed workout, but that did not even come close to happening. I was exhausted when I woke up and just decided to do my speed workout after personal training instead. Truth be told, I was feeling pretty intimidated. I don’t think I’ve done a true speed workout in over 3 years! It ended up being a great decision to wait and do it after training. I hopped on the treadmill at the gym (another thing I was dreading) and decided I would just try it and see if I could hit the paces Bobbi had suggested. If I couldn’t, I would modify – no big deal. I was doing quarter-mile repeats – just four of them – but trying to do them at 8:00 pace seemed crazy. Well, spoiler alert – I not only did it, I did it pretty easily. I finished the workout feeling like I had a few more intervals left in me, but I needed to get back to work. I’m so glad I went for it!

Jumping off the treadmill after crushing my speed workout like

Saturday, 6/24/17, 1 hour walk: Nothing too exciting today! It was a rest day, so I just took a 1 hour walk to try and get as many steps in as possible before we headed to AJ’s parents house to visit for the day. I was definitely ready for a day with no hardcore workout!

Sunday, 6/25/17, 6 mile run: Another day where I was supposed to get up run and just ended up ignoring my alarm. I need my sleep, ok? I ended up running after we had done errands and I didn’t head out the door until around 12:30. While it was hot, it’s been cloudy today so it wasn’t that bad. That makes 20 miles run and 5 personal training sessions survived for the week – not too shabby!

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