Thursday, June 25, 2015

Satchmo's back!

So it had been a while! 😝 After catching up one grandpa's posts since I forgot (oops) about this blog I am inspired to catch up on writing about my recent return to my fitness journey, and hopefully post at least once a week from now on! I'm up to a lot of things so it shouldn't be hard to write about, setting a reminder in my 😄

May: I began a begginer's calendar from Blogilates on May 1. Created by instructor Cassie Ho, it listed videos to do each day to get in shape from beginner level to doing her regular monthly calendars. The beginner calendars workouts varied from 20 min to 45 or so at the longest (not common tho) and included 6 days a week of workout and one day of rest. I kept up pretty well with it for most of the month, with some traveling near the end (saw the Eagles in Spokane, which was cool) causing me to miss some days, I rearranged and finished on the 31st instead of the 28th. Did every video though so not bad! 

About midway through the month I decided to have a go at jogging/running again. I found a 0-10k app that has programmed routines to slowly get your body used to jogging/running over 14 weeks. The first day was rough, well the day after the first day was rough! My hips were sore (I think the hip flexors in front?) And I could barely walk the next day! However, the next two days of the programs body recovered faster, and through the end of May I pretty much ran 3x a week and actually started to enjoy it!

June: I began the blogilates June calendar, stretch project, and arms challenge, as well as planning to run 3 or 4 times a week. Until leg pain and busy birthday traveling I pretty much kept to it! Even though I took one of my runs without the program to take it easy on my leg, the next time (most recent run) I jogged 20 minutes without walking breaks! I also have a good friend who knows physiology and gave my leg a good rub last weekend and wow did that help or what! Hoping he can help again Saturday, since the twingey pain in my left leg had come back, although not as bad as before. It feels better with a little ibuprofen, so I think another massage to help relieve tension/swelling will do the trick. 

It's such good fortune that I had been jogging and working out for the last month and a half, since my sister asked me if I wanted to go hiking on my birthday and I could actually say yes with only minimal amounts of nervousness! She does "hiking club" with some friends every Tuesday, and it just so happened that my birthday was on Tuesday this year, and I was getting to spend it in Bellingham!

So hike we did. It was the Heliotrope Ridge trail, which is 5.5 miles round trip, has 1,400 ft elevation gain and ends at 5,100 ft above sea level. It was really tough, but extremely rewarding. There's no way I could have done it without all the work I've done leading up to it! It ends near Coleman glacier so we got to see that as well as a spectacular view of that part of the cascades. It was also great to have sunbutter&honey sandwiches and fresh cherries on "snackle rock" with everyone. What an unforgettable way to kick off my 25th year! 

We got to go out for dinner & drinks & dancing (thanks to a funds donation from oldest sister!) which added to the amazing-ness of the birthday and the dancing added to my workouts for the day! 😀🎉

I walked about a mile yesterday, to meet my sister at the farmers market she was working, and to wander around downtown Bellingham later that evening. I was sore in places on my legs that don't get so sore from just jogging--the movements required for steep inclines and balancing and crossing rocky streams are so different from the ones needed for jogging on mostly flat ground! But I wasn't (and still am not) as sore as I thought I would be! Yay!

Today I am wandering in Seattle for a little while, then meeting up withy birth mom to continue the rest of this westside adventure! I expect to be back to running tomorrow night or Saturday morning. 

Oh! Also I am getting a Fitbit Charge HR for my birthday (purple, haha yessss) which will allowed to not only track my heart rate for better information regarding my fitness level, but will also help me track sleep and daily steps (it also tracks flights of stairs!). It's waiting in the mailbox at home so starting Saturday I will have it!

Here's a panorama from "snackle rock!" My sister on the left glacier on the right,  it's slightly more than a 180 degree view. I'm posting using mobile so not sure how it will turn out but hope it does!

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