14 September 2010

Use It or Lose It

Fitness is SO MUCH HARDER to gain than to maintain. Seriously, people, if you have it, don't let it slip away. After a year almost totally off from swimming, biking, and running, I'm trying to regain my fitness, and it's such a challenge (especially since it's still in the 90s in Austin).

Today I went to a short core class and than ran about 2.5 miles on the trail behind the gym. Yesterday our gym started a 20-day challenge, where members who come every day for 20 days are eligible to win prizes. I'm not too excited about the prizes, but I'm a sucker for that kind of challenge. Tomorrow I'm planning to swim in the lake at lunchtime (and my marathon training group is doing a group run in the evening).

The trail around the lake is 1.1 km, or 2/3 mile, and is marked at 300 m, 600 m, 1k, and 1.1k. Because the best way to regain running fitness is, in my opinion, interval work, I ran four laps on the trail, picking up the pace from the 300 m mark to the 600 m mark on each. Soon I'll go back to the track for my Tuesday runs, but during the 2o-day challenge I'm using the trail.

It was HARD. Track work is going to be even harder. Days like today make me wish I'd never stopped running (or, more accurately, make me wish I'd never taken a break from track work). Learn from my mistake, dear reader -- whether you're a runner, swimmer (oh goodness, that's a whole other realm of fitness I need to regain), basketball player, ballroom dancer, whatever, keep at it. Not only is it hard to get back to where you were, it's kind of demoralizing, too (the last time I was this slow, it was the fastest I'd ever been. This time it just seems kind of pathetic).

On another topic, have I mentioned how much I love our garage? It's huge, but there's still some moving debris in it, so it doesn't feel quite as roomy as it will once we get the patio furniture set up, etc. Steve has been out of town, and I've been parking in the middle, which takes it to a whole new level of fabulous. (Steve, stop reading now. Nothing to see here.) He's coming home tonight, but when I came home from the gym, I pulled into the center...and then as soon as I closed the garage door, I realized that I was going to have to move the car before Steve gets back from the airport. (Don't tell Steve.)

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