I am pleased to report... I survived week 1! Wednesday nights yoga was a life saver! It helped stretch out my muscles and left me feeling calm. Though I looked like a drown rat from the sweat from the heat/humidity. I have to say I really enjoy yoga. And I think it does both me and my friend, Robin, that goes with me good!!!
Thursday it was back to the training grind. The weather was less than co-operative I had an hour with the trainer in the gym. I have to say my trainer is a great support system for this whole process. He is helping me with my training plans talking me through my trials and tribulations! After a little chat about the week so far, and surviving my first brick, we did a lot of back, abs, and upper body. I could feel the stress of the 1st week of training wearing on me. After he and I finished it was onto a treadmill. Can I just say this now I HATE TREADMILLS. I will deal with them in the cold winter months in Mass but once I get a taste for running outside it is hard to go back to them.
I pushed as hard as I could do finish the 30 min run on my training plan for Thursday. It was tough post training with the trainer. My gym's AC is broken and fans don't even come close to helping with the amount of sweat that was pouring off me. I pushed through, even though I was counting every minute down on the treadmill. I just kept thinking about how great I would feel after!
Friday morning was the 5K at work. Every year on Organization Day they have a 5K, I signed up this year. In the past I haven't thought I was in good enough shape to let my co-workers see me running by. The weather was awful. Still rainy like the night before. I had a goal of 28 something. My boss, and a few co workers came out to support me. My boss even made a "Go Julia" sign. It was a good push. I have to say the best push is to have my friend, Dutch, who has run every 5K "with me" sprint me into the end. When I say "with me" that means we run the same race. I say "later" when he takes off at the beginning and I don't see him till somewhere around the end where he shows up to push me to sprint hard to the finish. His famous words are "you can puke when you are done". He pushed me and I think I achieved my goal but we will see when the results get mailed out in a couple days!
After my max effort on Friday morning I couldn't bring myself to do the 30 min swim on Friday night. I just didn't have anything left. So I went off with Robin to a party hosted by my friend Susie. It was a Nintendo Girlfriend Guide to Gaming party. It was at a swanky hotel in downtown Boston. We sipped champagne, ate great food, played with the new Nintendo DSi and chit chatted for a few hours. After playing all 4 of the games you got a coin. Once all coins were collected you received your own Nintendo DSi to take home. I am not kidding, I took home a Nintendo DSi with no catch! I don't have to market for them, I don't have to go to another party, I don't have to host another party, just straight up free! Let me tell you I am no gamer but I love it! I am having fun with it!
Saturday was my off day. I spent the day with a friend who was in town for an interview. We drove around Boston looking for neighborhoods for him to live in when he gets the job. I took him to the airport in the afternoon and then spent the rest of the night RELAXING!
I have to say I can't believe I made it through week 1. I am starting to think I might be able to do this. Now onto Week 2....