Monday, May 6, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 50

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
-Henry David Thoreau

It seems fitting that day 50 be a big workout day. And oh my god was it ever. I decided to try another Jillian Michaels workout and wow was this one ever intense, much more so than the kickboxing one. It's about 45-50 minutes long and full of exercises that work every part of your body. I was exhausted and drenched in sweat by the time I was done this workout. I'm proud just to have finished it, even though I sometimes took 10-15 second breaks between sets rather than the given 5 seconds, and it shows how far I've come in these 50 days of training since there's no way I would have made it through in the shape I was in then. I feel stronger and even though I was breathing heavily through the majority of the workout, I was never so out of breath that I couldn't make it through a set which is a vast improvement. I'm so happy with my progress and I definitely want to continue these workouts after the race. I definitely recommend this workout to anyone interested in strength, cardio, and endurance training.

I just want to talk about the Jillian Michaels workouts for a bit. Hers are by far the best workouts I've found that are challenging and intense but you'll enjoy it. You develop a bit of a love-hate relationship with her because she will push you to the limit and you'll kind of hate her for it but once you're finished you will be so happy about what you've accomplished that you'll appreciate that extra push. One of my favourite things about her is that she's real; she's not bubbly and overly excited about a workout and cheering you on constantly. While that may sound good in theory, it gets on my nerves. I much rather her style of continuing and telling you to continue, to push through, and being realistic in saying which exercises are going to be hard and offering modifications to those exercises. She will push you and challenge you, and it's absolutely worth it.

I'm done exercising for the day so I'm off to relax for the rest of the evening. :)