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Monday: 3 treadmill miles. Normally I have a little extra energy on Mondays, but not this Monday. It was a long, slow workout. And then someone was #rude and scheduled a lunchtime meeting, so I missed my lunchtime weight workout.
Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles, and folks it was so hard it was like I've never run on a treadmill before. Another busy day which put the kibosh on a lunchtime weight workout.
Wednesday: No running, finally got my weights in at lunch.
Thursday: 6 outdoor miles! I haven't been running outdoors on weekday mornings because of the darkness, but I had a mid morning appointment, which gave me just enough time to run after it got light. I did a repeat of last Saturday's workout, which was 4 miles easy, 2 miles with fast/slow intervals. Look, I love me some treadmill but nothing can replace being outdoors in gorgeous weather.
Friday: 3 treadmill miles, hill workout. Another drag on the tready. I'm not sure why the treadmill was just so dang hard this week.
Saturday: 10 miles outdoors. I built on the workout that I did on Thursday, so it was 4 miles easy, 2 miles fast/slow, 2 miles easy, 2 miles fast/slow. It was such a great way to break up the workout. The temp were low 40s and it was my first run of the season with gloves. I can't help but shake my head at how much easier running is now that it's fall. Don't get me wrong, I love summer dearly but hot weather running will never be my jam.
Sunday: my plans include not leaving the couch.
Half marathon #3 countdown: 3 weeks!
Pay for Push Up
There are a number of things that I *should* do on a regular basis that I don't, such as pushups. My weight lifting schedule can be erratic, which keeps me weak on the pushup front. If I can't set aside 30-40 minutes for a weight workout, I can still set aside three non consecutive minutes throughout the day to get in 3 sets of 10 pushups. I'd love to be able to do pull ups, but I never seem to find the "time" to just hang on the bar or rip out some negatives.
On the flip side, I can be tight with a buck sometimes, and there's a short list of little things that I'd like to have but every time I think about getting them, it's "eh, why waste money on that?" Examples: I've wanted this return address stamp for awhile now, and I have a list of DVD's that I'd like to get, small stuff like that. There's one big ticket item on the list, which is a new vacuum cleaner. We each brought a vacuum cleaner into our marriage and I hate both of them for different reasons but I've never been able to justify getting a new one.
Just over a week ago I combined these two ideas to give myself a fictional spending account. I will "pay" myself $5 for the following things:
- 1 set of 10 pushups
- 30 seconds plank/side plank/10 negative pushups (a routine I do on days when I don't do pushups).
- Pull up practice (hang on the bar + 5 negatives)
- Practicing piano (hey I didn't say all of these things were fitness things!), which takes about 20 minutes and doesn't have to be consecutive.
- Eating less than 2,000 calories a day (weight loss is low on my priority list but at the same time I really wouldn't mind shedding the last 9 pounds.)
So at any rate, I finally ordered the address stamp and got to see a movie that I've been wanting to see forever. But that's not really the point, the point is that I'm stronger in my pushups since I've been doing them every other day instead of oops once a week, and playing the piano is much more enjoyable when you do it 4-5 days a week instead of, ahem, a few times a month. My fake saving/spending account is a push to get myself to follow through on the real small tasks that will add up to real goals down the line.
Does anyone else use something like my "pay for push up" system?