I got a call today from my Team In Training half marathon buddy. She said that I motivated her to sign up for the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in October and that we could do it together. She really caught me off guard, because I haven’t even signed up yet. I guess I have to sign up now that I persuaded someone to do it with me. I guess that’s why it’s always good to have a workout buddy, someone to keep you on track. Today was my first workout since the half marathon. For a few days I wasn’t physically able to work out, and the next few days I just felt kind of lazy. It was sort of like the post race blues. After you’ve trained for something for month after month, you kind of wonder what to do with yourself now. I didn’t want to get too comfortable not working out, so I went to the gym today after work. All I knew was that I wanted to do something different. I did not want to get anywhere near the indoor track or the treadmill. I wanted to do anything other than walk. I thought about running a little but that was still too much like walking. Ultimately, I decided to get on the elliptical machine. I wasn’t even sure if I could do it anymore, as I did not really cross-train during my half marathon season I was supposed to. To my surprise it wasn’t too bad at all. I easily finished a full 30 minutes of gliding my arms and legs. I was sweating a little, but not even out of breath. I could’ve done more but my stomach was a little upset so I decided to head back home. Aside from my stomach I felt really good! It was like my body was thanking me for moving again.

  1. Wow. I’m impressed. 30 minutes on the elliptical. I don’t know why but I still don’t like that machine. When I’m on it, I swear it’s mocking me and my struggle. I can walk and even run the treadmill. I’m hell on the bike. The stairs ain’t got nothing on these legs. But the elliptical….I’m still not pass my hate-hate relationship with it. Please tell me what you do to achieve that feel good glide. I only feel like i’m on a mad-track to nowhere and it’s taking minutes from my life. Lol. Okay….so I’m a drama queen.

  2. DD, very entertaining comment. I’m sure you realized by now I’m a drama queen as well. The Elliptical started with small intervals. The 1st time I ever got on one, I was only able to do about 5 minutes before feeling like I was near death. Then I just gradually bumped it up each visit to the gym. 7 min, 10 mins, 15 and so on. As far the stairs, you can keep those 😉 Hope your sister workouts are still going good!

  3. I don’t like the elliptical either… it feels like it doesn’t commit. not quite walking, not quite running, not close enough to biking, not even like cross country skiing…
    My daughter is away this week so I went to a spinning class tonight…that was fun..it’s called RPM.. 45 minutes, got all sweaty and felt like I was working. Trying to get back to running but my heel still sucks… oh well… hmmm….1/2 marathon in Oct… maybe it’s time for that Carli-bbq-welcometosaintlouis event…haha

  4. Oh my gosh, you guys crack me up! I love the comment, Helen, that the eliptical doesn’t commit! That is really true…non commital, mocking, machine! Ha! I HATE the eliptical and only use it as a last resort…I would rather work out in the snow than use it! However, It’s true that you can get a decent work out….but I don’t like it. 🙂

  5. Hey Carli. Sister workouts are still going but she was a no-show at the Race due to previous engagement. No worries, I’ve signed her up for a 5K in two weeks! She grudgingly agreed. I attempted my 1st ever 10K this weekend but it was a bust (not my fault) but I have a pick I want to send for your Wall of Fame since I did complete 5K of it along with your podcast. I just don’t know how to go about sending it to you. BTW, my post explains my less than stellar performance attempt (longrowtohoe.blogspot.com).

  6. DD did you ever get to send in your pic for the Wall of Fame? Maybe you did and I didn’t realize it was you. If not, just reply to this email with the pic attached, and I’ll get you posted. Congrats!!!!!

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