Toward the end of March, I was really excited to hear Danny mention that April’s challenge would be a 5K challenge, thinking this might be one challenge I could actually do! I even tried (and completed) the 5k program on the AMTa few times in March, with times ranging between 33 and 35 minutes. Imagine my disappointment when I saw that the Challenge was a 5K on rolling hills; I’d done all mine on a flat “course.”
Today started the first day of the “5K the Trainers Way” Challenge, and when I arrived for training, Danny said that he wanted me to do the challenge. I quickly told him that I didn’t think I could do it, but he told me that he thought I could and that it was the first part of my training. So I climbed up and did my thing.
The Challenge was indeed quite a challenge. When I’d done the regular 5k program, the settings were Stride 2, Resistance 1, and that took me 33-35 minutes. The Challenge program was Stride 2, Resistance 10-17, with a 30 minute time limit. Throughout the program, I kept watching the time elapsed and mileage trackers, but I was working too hard to do math, too. I gave it all I had, and as I hit 3.1 miles around 28 minutes and some odd seconds, I thought that 5k was 3.2 miles, giving me another .10 of a mile to do in a short period of time. I busted it that last minute, and when Traci went to give me a high five as I finished, I couldn’t high five, check my time or anything. I went straight to the restroom because I thought I was going to throw up! I didn’t, and the nausea passed, but I did rest about 10-15 minutes before I did the rest of my training.
I really felt kind of stupid. I was nauseous, my face was bright red and I was whipped! Traci explained that was not bad; it just meant that I had worked toward the very upper end of my fitness level. She said that she was that way after most of her workouts with her husband. Danny asked me if I wanted some Gatorade, but there was no way I was going to drink something with calories after THAT workout.
As I was returning to “normal,” this sweet young man told me that he had a hard time doing a strenuous workout that early and asked if it was the Challenge I’d done. When I told him yes, he asked if I made the board. And it wasn’t until I asked Danny that I found out that I had! I squealed what little squeal I could make and did a little happy dance (with my arms because I was still resting). Once I recovered fully, I told Danny that I would continue the morning’s strength training only if he promised not to put me back on a machine. Thankfully, the rest of the morning was an upper body focus.
Today was a huge milestone for me; I don’t think I’ve EVER done such a vigorous workout in my entire life. I don’t expect to stay on the board for long, but I’m on it now – and have a picture to prove it. Traci said something about me trying that once a week for the month of April, but I pretended I didn’t hear her. I know that my Type-A personality will get the best of me, though, and that I will try it again. I expect that she realizes that, too, after all of those weeks working with me.
On an unrelated note, I weighed in today nine-and-a-half pounds less than I did on March 1. And I weigh less than I have all year; the last I weighed it at this weight was December. I still have a bit more to lose to get back to where I want to be, but I’m finally back on track. My goal for April is an eight pound loss, which will put me even closer to where I want to be.