More Cardio!?!

Good Morning Kix Country!

The name of today’s post might be a little deceptive so let me clarify. This title is not my reaction, but someone’s possible reaction to what I have to say.

I have been sweating it out at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA for well over a year now. There are good days and bad days. Good weeks and bad weeks. Motivation is a fickle thing. However, I keep at it and there have been some great results! This morning on The Morning Kix Start. I shared my accomplishment of finishing my first 5K on the treadmill. I am very proud of that and look forward to smashing the time that it took me to do it (49:30 in case you are curious). Now that I know I can do it, I can’t wait to do it again.

The crazy thing about this realization is that even a month ago, I wasn’t sure I had it in me. I had agreed to participate in The Ridge Run coming up on June 11th, but I didn’t really know if I could hack it. The wonderful people that I work with at the Y were very sure I was going to get where I am now, but I had my doubts. That is obviously part of what was holding me back. Not anymore. My body is capable and now my mind knows it.

I am not abandoning my other forms of training. I love weight training, boxing, yoga and swimming. I am still doing all of those things on the days between getting on the treadmill, but the run is my focus right now. I am also aware that most of the things that I just listed have definite cardiovascular advantages. I feel them. They are the reason that I am now able to keep up a decent pace for almost 50 minutes on the treadmill. Grateful does not even begin to cover what I feel.

If you are working out on the regular, KEEP AT IT! Even when you cramp, or are tired or just plain don’t want to go. Every workout counts!

Here is some additional information on the benefits of cardio exercise.

Have a wonderfully active day!