I was running in the same shoes for a long time (not recommended), but by the time I conceded that it was time to get new shoes, I started winning age division awards in the races I ran. I didn’t want to change anything that could threaten my winning streak!
But then one day I put on my running shoes and there was a hole. It was a gaping hole along the inside wall of the shoe, big enough for three of my fingers to fit through. There was no way I could run in these, so it was finally time to buy new shoes. Too bad I couldn’t even keep these for mud runs!
So now I have flashy, bright new shoes that are perfect for breaking in the new year! Actually, I had them as I completed the last few weeks of P90X, but now I’m increasing my mileage to get ready for some upcoming races. Good luck to everyone in committing to any new year resolutions!
I have a confession to make: Yesterday was my first run in about 11 weeks. The last time I ran was when Devin and I ran the America’s Finest City 5K on August 21 in Balboa Park.
After training for the 5K, I stopped running to exclusively do P90X. P90X is a 90-day strength training and cardiovascular workout plan that relies on muscle confusion. The idea behind P90X is that every day of the week, you do a different video workout so that you don’t plateau in your progress.
I’ve been running for about six or seven years and while I was getting faster, I wasn’t seeing my weight go down. I was victim to the adage of doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. So Devin suggested that I do something other than just run. When I first started P90X, I was alternating days of P90X with training for the 5K, but after the race, I completely stopped running to only do P90X.
I have loved P90X from the beginning. I was motivated to keep doing the P90X workouts whenever a workout left me sore the next day. Being sore meant that my body was working hard and getting stronger.
I also like P90X because you don’t need a lot of equipment to participate in the P90X workout videos. Instead of weights, I used resistance bands, even for the pull-up routines. After a month of P90X, I got a pull-up bar:
While I have gotten toned and lost weight by doing P90X, I also got hurt. Right now, I’m nursing a strained neck, before that was a pulled thigh muscle, and I’ve also had twisted wrists, crunching ankles and knees, not to mention a resistance band snapped back into my face. I eventually broke my red resistance band in week 11. Talk about muscles!
I still can’t do a pull-up without using a chair for assistance. But I persisted through the sweat and injuries and I completed the 90-day program last week. After I rest and allow my neck to heal, I will be running three days a week and restarting P90X for the remaining three days a week. I don’t want to lose all that muscle I’ve gained!