Running is my primary avenue for weight-loss but I find that layering muscle fitness into the mix not only helps me feel stronger for the run but also adds lean muscle mass for increased metabolism and calorie burn. I rotate two different muscle groups so that I don't rest between sets and get an added cardio bonus from this method. It also helps me to finish my workout with 15 to 20 minutes. My daughter Gabrielle has been my training partner for the past couple of weeks.
I should also mention that I was able to get in three non-stop 5K runs this week and my time is already improving from almost 16 mm to just under 15mm. This time around, I'm not suffering from shin splints or other early running injuries. I'm also impressed that my cardio fitness is doing just fine with this increased workout. I think walking for a month (almost daily) has given me a stamina foundation for running.
As always, Debra is quite impressive. She really is a good runner. She's already doing 5K non-stop runs at 13mm (and faster by the end).
We camped in East Georgia the weekend of the 4th of July, and better fitness not only allowed me to find fulfillment in camping but it encouraged me to venture out and have a good time. We visited a local dam and hiked up to the visitors center about a mile away.
As a family, we also enjoyed Geocaching that included a bunch of hiking and my son and I also ventured off into the forest to find a hidden treasure (ammo can cache). If it were not for better fitness, I'm not sure I would have been up for this challenge.
I enjoy getting those special achievements from Nike+, so we all went out and earned a badge for July 4th. Debra, Gabrielle, Joshua and I all ran for the 4-miles on the 4th. My pace isn't real great but it's nice to be able to finally get to running again. Even better, my run felt great and I look forward to adding the miles and signing up for races again.