The Exercise Chronicles
April 7, 2014
Weekend trips to see the grandson maybe wonderful for me emotionally, but missing a scheduled workout day is tough for me physically. However, despite the low ebb of energy, Donna and I were back at it again tonight. I think we should look at some walking 5Ks in our area, sign up, and go ahead and do it. Take the put your money where your mouth is approach. Just a thought. Regardless of our lack of enthusiasm for training tonight, we did it. Plus, we were the pace car (figuratively) for the runner, a soccer player getting ready for play-offs I believe, who managed to lap us once every quarter mile. We decided to look at it as community service. He, the runner, was probably totally unaware that we were doing him this good deed, but we knew. Sometimes it's what you know that counts, not what others do or do not know. Just saying.
Karen's JournalOn your mark, get set, ready...maybe we won't go after all. That is kind of how I was feeling tonight. Not really enthused about the idea of walking. Yet, I dragged my tired self out there and walked. Victory for me. Donna and I are half way to the distance we are aiming for, and still within the same time frame we set the first night.
I noticed tonight that even when I try to go slower I match the pace Mom sets. Unfortunately she has longer legs than I do so it means that I stay about 2 steps behind her.
March 28, 2014
Karen's JournalBack at it again tonight. Tonight we walked a mile and a quarter in the same time that we walked a mile last night. I'll admit that walking is harder for me now than it ever has been in the past. Not the physical part of it, but the pushing past the grogginess--the all my energy has gone and I can't seem to find the strength to move my little toe kind of tiredness--that seems to descend every evening. Forcing myself to get up and go to the track takes every ounce of mind of matter willpower that I possess. Once I am on the track and moving, I am fine, but the minute I sit back down in the car, I am struggling to stay awake. Tonight, three times on the way home, which is a three mile drive, Doyle said something to me and his voice jerked me back awake. Is it possible to get fit while you are virtually sleepwalking?
Donna's JournalI decided when we started walking that I would just keep going as long as Mom.
March 26, 2014
Karen's JournalDonna and I set out on a new phase of our journey today. In an effort to make exercise a part of our regular routine, Donna has decided that she wants to work toward entering a 5K.
Because we have to start in order to finish, we began by walking 1 mile. We didn't try to set any land speed records, just walked. We walked the mile in 35 minutes. I know, I know, a mile in 34 minutes is, well, not exactly speedy, but it is a start.