Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
I might not feel the chains of habit yet, but I sure as heck am feeling something! Hint: It’s a four letter word that starts with ‘S’ and rhymes with “more.”
Day 1 (Monday, Nov. 14, 2016): Rest Day + BeachBody Yoga Retreat: Stretch
After doing a lot more than my body was used to in week 1, I treated myself with a nice visit to the massage therapist. I got a nice overdue deep tissue massage for this rest day and then did a much needed yoga workout.
Day 2: Intervals + X3 The Warrior + Volleyball Match
Oh boy, I think I went a little too H.A.M. for day 2. Roughly three and half hours of high impact physical activity! Since I had to go into the office for the next four days, I wasn’t able to get in my workouts in the middle of the day. And I hadn’t trained my body back into working out in the morning recently, so for the rest of this week, I worked out in the late evening. This led me to have higher levels of cortisol at night which means I get to bed even later. That leads to me waking up even later in the morning. You can see where this cycle goes and I’ll get into how this affects things later in the week.
P90X3 The Warrior is a full body exercise using only gravity and body weight. I did this workout first and then rushed to the gym to sub for my coworkers’ volleyball match. They’re in the second most difficult league division, so it was far from a casual game of volleyball. As soon as the game ended around 10pm, I ran my first intervals workout!
Fortunately, there was an indoor track at the gym we played volleyball. Unfortunately, it blocked my GPS signal for my watch, so I had to track my distance manually — every 9.5 laps = 1 mile. The intervals workout was a 5 minute warm-up, 4 x (6 minute run at my threshold pace + 2 minute recovery jog), ending with a 5 minute cool-down.
Being the great follower of instructions that I am, I did 5 minute TH runs instead of 6 minutes. #oops. I finished with 3.6 miles at an average pace of 10:33. I had to do a lot of math and guesstimating, especially since I lost count of how many laps I did at one point! This was definitely a challenging workout for me!
Day 3: 30 Minute Bike + X3 The Challenge
Yay for low impact training after an intense day 2! I hit up the stationary bike for 6.67 miles and did X3 The Challenge (all push ups and pull ups) to let my knees continue to recover from the day before. I was able to increase my push up and pull up count by about 30%!
Day 4: Intervals [5 min WU, 5x(2 min @TH + 1 Min Recovery Jog), 5 min CD] + Total Synergistics
To prove that I can follow instructions, I did this workout correctly this time! I ran this one on a treadmill so I can get a better gauge on how to pace correctly for this workout. Finished this one with an average of a 10:22 pace for 2.55 miles. Topped it off with a nice sweaty X3 Total Synergistics workout.
Day 5: Easy Run (3 miles) + Hills (8x) + Adventure Rock
This was the last day I had to be in the office, so I took my workouts to Milwaukee to run with Justin Laabs and Coach Jay! It was super windy along the lakefront so Justin and I ran the first mile with the wind at a 9:34 pace and the last 2 miles at an 11:00 minute pace against the wind. Jay ran laps around us at his own pace. Then we knocked out those hills together and headed to Adventure Rock to rock climb until closing time!
I ended up finally getting home at 1 am and was supposed to wake up to leave to Indianapolis at 3 am for business. Up to this point, I had four days of an unusual routine with having to go into the office, working out in late evenings, and getting to bed pretty late. So before I went to bed, I knew that this might be a bad idea for my body and could be dangerous since it was starting to rain that night at around freezing temps. I woke up to my 3 am alarm clock, and my body was not having it.
As an entrepreneur, we often have to sacrifice and do things other people won’t, so that we can have and do what other people only dream. Some entrepreneurs will sacrifice time, money, relationships, and even their health. Successful people have at least three major core values or priorities that they live by and vary in order for different people. My top three priorities in order are my health, financial freedom/lifestyle, and impact/influence/legacy. So with that being said, I took my butt back to sleep that morning.
I can’t build a successful business that promotes a healthy lifestyle if I’m not even taking care of my own health.
Day 6: Rest Day
A very necessary rest day was needed after the last crazy few days. Too often people overlook the power of a rest day especially with today’s current mentality of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “sleep is for the weak.” I don’t know why people don’t get pumped at the advice of “get more sleep.” You don’t have to tell me twice to get some rest!
[easy-tweet tweet=”Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker”]
Day 7: Long Run (6 miles) + Adventure Rock
I capped week 2 off with a solid 6 mile run at my suggested 11:45 pace with little problem and then hit up Adventure Rock for another climbing session to continue working on grip and upper body strength! I almost PR’d on a 5.10- rock climbing route so I was pumped about that! Progress over perfection!
Week 2 in the books! This week helped me gain even more clarity on my core values and priorities with the challenges it threw at me. Some major lessons learned: 1) I’ll never work a full-time job being trapped for 8 hours in an office again. I have no idea how I did it for a full year after college and how so many people do it for 40+ years; 2) Sleep is bae.