Days 11-16, Preparing for the Celebrate Teaching 5K

April 11th: Week 3 workouts began today with a brisk five minute warm-up walk followed by 2 repetitions of the following: 90 second of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, and 3 minutes of walking. The weather is still questionable today so I ran laps inside. Thank goodness for an open ranch floor plan. 😉

April 12th: My back and knees are killing me so today I did a little bit of yoga and a lot of stretching to ease the pain. Days of rest are important too, but it’s days like today that I need to remind myself of the benefits of running, like improving your overall mental health, strengthening your lungs (a perk for a wind player like myself), preventing high blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, weight control, physically strong legs, stress relief, increased bone density, increased joint strength and stability, and increased confidence.

April 13th: The weather this week is absolutely beautiful so I’m hitting the pavement today with my week 3 workout of a brisk five minute warm-up walk followed by 2 repetitions of the following: 90 second of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, and 3 minutes of walking. It feels so great to be outside again! This morning I was joined by construction crews around our neighborhood who were painting our curbs and sidewalks for future repairs to make our neighborhood wheelchair accessible! I’m really looking forward to that improvement. (and so are my knees) :/

April 14th: Holy hamstrings batman! I am really feeling it today! I decided to stay inside for stretching and time with my heating pad on my legs and knees. I even took my heating pad to work with me today to use during two hours of staff meetings.

April 15th: With cleaning and laundry in the morning and a to-do list as long as my arm to tackle in the afternoon, I decided to take a brisk walk in the afternoon and followed it with a lot of stretching. I can’t imagine being ready for a race in three weeks, but we shall see!

April 16th: This morning I woke up early and completed my last week 3 workout of a brisk five minute warm-up walk followed by 2 repetitions of the following: 90 second of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, and 3 minutes of walking. Knee braces just jumped to the top of my grocery list this week. Stay tuned next week for a Week 4 workout plan!