If I’m going to be honest, I’ve been pretty lazy lately. Without running, my fitness schedule has descended into a downward spiral of sleeping in, skipping workouts, and eating lots and lots of chocolate. Just today we received a GIGANTIC basket of candy at the office and I ate half of a espresso flavoured chocolate bar and a handful of assorted gummies. Yeah…this stuff happens even when you work for a fitness company!
So, in an effort to get myself back on track and out of the path of the weight-gain train, I am going to challenge myself to #40DaysOfSweat. Coinciding with Lent, I am going to give up not working out for 40 days. Using a combination of yoga, strength training and online workouts I am going to take my fitness routine back and hopefully earn those Madonna arms I’ve always wanted!
Not running has been tough, emotionally, mentally and physically. I miss running, I miss talking about running with my running friends, and I miss training for something. Admitting to myself that my spring race season isn’t going to happen has been hard to accept. I trained all friggin’ winter for these races and while I can admit that not having to do long runs in minus 15 is kind of nice, it’s still sad to think of all those hard training runs I did not paying off.
I don’t know what my running future looks like. I don’t know if I’ll ever run a marathon or even a 5k again, but I might as well use this time off productively and become strong in other ways. One area I’d like to work on is my arms. As a life-long fan of Madonna, I have always been a fan of her arms. Although I do lift light weights and have some definition in my arms, I’ve never been able to really build muscle. This PopSugar workout promises Madonna’s arms in just 10 minutes a session. I think it’s worth a try! Madonna arms, here I come!