So today was Day 2 of my fitness challenge, and so far so good… and a little painful too. Listen, as someone who has been training as a dancer for most of my life, I am no stranger to pain. I’m no woose! So, it is painful, but definitely nothing that I am not familiar with.
How My Body Feels
On Day 1, I was completely fine after my 40 minute run (jog/walk, really). I did not experience any soreness or body aches of any kind. I had kind of forgotten that I even went for a run in the first place. Even after waking up the next morning, I did not feel a thing. I felt completely normal! Then it hit me. Two full days after my initial run, I started feeling soreness in my right gluteal muscles (the right side of my butt). It actually wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating, and although I felt slightly lopsided for some strange reason (maybe I favored the right leg while running without knowing it), it definitely not as bad as it could have been. I think that this was potentially due to the fact that I didn’t just jump straight into full-on running. This is something that I have done before, and it was such an unpleasant experience that I barely wanted to run anymore. I am hopeful that by slowly building my stamina through a gradual increase in intensity, I will find running a far more beneficial workout that I can do on a regular basis. Running outdoors is ideal for someone who wants to stay fit on a budget. Like I said in my previous post on Day 1, exercise is free and staying in shape does not have to cost you a million dollars (or whichever currency you use)!
Alright, so here’s what I did on Day 2:
Day 2 Exercise Log
1. I began, again, with a brisk walk for about 10 minutes to warm up.
2. I then alternated between 1 minute of a slightly more intense run and 5 minutes of a brisk walk for a total of 3 times.
3. I then continued on a brisk walk for about 20 minutes also incorporating some errands such as going to the bank and the supermarket (obviously, this was not an essential part of the workout).
As you can see, I did a minor alteration to the exercises from Day 1 that added to the intensity. I have not added the yoga and other stretching/strengthening exercises quite yet, but I plan on starting those on Day 4 or 5. This time, I added a little under an extra mile to my journey totaling at about 3.2 miles, but I also added a lot more pausing towards the end due to the errands that I had stopped for.
Overall, I am feeling a little sorer than I had after my run on Day 1, but it is to be expected. The running portion of today’s workout hurt a lot more than it did when I started two days ago because I upped the intensity of the running. I’ve also been trying to stay hydrated and eat more fruit and protein after my runs. On Day 1, I had scrambled eggs with mushrooms, and today I had an apple and a wholewheat bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon post run.
Final Thoughts: As it is only Day 2, I was not expecting to see any progress, but I’m hoping to see a few minor changes around Day 4. I will, of course, keep you all posted on what’s to come. Hope my Day 2 experience has inspired you to join me on this challenge! Hope you’re all having a great day! :)