A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new series of workout DVD’s and was all gung-ho to start the program with plans to be done by mid-spring. Since it has been well over a year since I expanded my home workout collection, I was looking forward to doing something different. This 6 week program consisted of 4 days of weight training and 2 days of cardiovascular 30-minute workouts per week. I figured my body would easily be able to handle this based on the gradual progress in my physical fitness over the years. Unfortunately, during the first week of the program, I strained a muscle in my shoulder which led to back spasms. After day 3, I ended up only walking at lunch for the following 2 days, followed by a weekend of full rest.
By Monday, I felt better, so I started the program again using lighter weights. I felt so frustrated when I felt my shoulder stiffen up after the third day. It was not as bad as the previous week, but it was significant enough where I realized I needed to completely alter my workout regimen in a way to allow my shoulder to completely heal.
Instead of feeling disappointed or turning to food, which is something I may have done in the past, I decided to turn to running. In the past few months, my 9-year-old son started to run to get into shape and he did express interest in registering for a 5K race. Then, I decided to register us to participate in a local 5K race scheduled in late March. One of our close family friends will be running with our son, which will allow me to focus on the race.
Now, my workouts are on the treadmill as I am getting #runitready for my upcoming 5K. I am gradually increasing my time and distance on the treadmill each day. I know I have had a love-hate relationship with running through this journey. I have to say that losing 20 pounds since last summer and the last several months of strength training has really helped me feel more comfortable while running on the treadmill for longer distances.
In life, there are times when our first plans do not work out. Instead of allowing these kinds of setbacks to bring us down, there are ways to come out of it. I know when running has caused me pain in the past, I turned to strength training and saw amazing results from that. The nice thing about my new DVD collection is the fact it is not going anywhere. There will be a day when I will be strong enough to conquer that workout program. For now, I am so grateful I found a way to keep myself moving.