Once the pollen count was low enough for me to begin training again, I started to train with Tim on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6am. It took a couple of weeks before I was able to complete the 35 minute run as I had to rebuild the endurance I lost during the pollen season. I am always amazed at how fast you can lose your endurance when not being able to run. I am also as amazed at how quickly endurance can be built when a person is really determined and committed to a workout schedule. I told myself once when I was 14 that I would never let myself get out of shape again because of the pain of the first two weeks of getting into shape. I think my 14 year old self would have punched me in the face a few years ago, maybe that would have helped.
The morning workouts have become harder and harder although I do the same circuit workout 3 times a week. I believe this is because as I get stronger and build more endurance I try to push myself harder. Unfortunately, this may also be due to the rising temperature here in south Louisiana and ridiculous humidity. When I first started this training regimen the temperature was in the 50’s while the humidity was almost non-existent. The weather is now 80 degrees with 90% humidity. I typically drink 24 ounces of Gatorade during the workout and multiple glasses of tea and water prior to lunch on my workout days. I don’t think I have ever sweat so much in my entire life.This is the first time in my life I have ever committed to a circuit workout for this long. I thought at the beginning of this challenge the running portion would be the hardest part of the workout as I had not run in so many years. However, running 3.5 to 4 miles prior to the rest of the workout now almost feels like a warm up instead of a workout. I have dropped 5 pounds and am starting to see and feel my old running “physique”. I wish I would have started, or never stopped, running years ago as I feel I have lost so much time. Being active, and especially running, was always such a large part of my life growing up. I don’t know why I ever let it go.
Growing up I always dreamed of being part of an Olympic team. To walk into the Olympic stadium for the opening ceremonies knowing everyone there is just as excited and passionate for what they do would be a feeling like no other. I wanted to wear my countries colors and live the Olympic dream. I just wanted to be a part of it. Unfortunately, I knew all along I didn’t have the physical abilities to be an Olympian and that’s ok. The Keep Movin’ team has helped me reignite my passion for running. I feel like I’m part of something, part of a team. It’s been a long time and it feels right.