First of all, I just want to thank you all for your tremendous support on my post from last Friday. I really feel like I am being called to share my story and help raise awareness and support for Love Your Butt and colorectal cancer prevention. This issue is so near and dear to my heart and the more transparent we can be about it, the more lives we can save. Maybe it’s just me, but before my dad went through this whole process I never really thought about colorectal cancer. I mean, cancer, in your butt? Say what? I’d rather not talk about that area down there, if you know what I mean…
Very ignorant thinking.
These next few weeks I will be loving my butt by exercising more. I am training for my second half marathon, the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon.
I ran my first half marathon at the end of last summer and it was a wonderful, challenging experience. I have to be honest though, since I finished that race I haven’t been exercising as much as I should have. I took Charlie for short runs, but he can’t go super long so I just always stopped with him. I blamed it on that. I blamed it on living in the country – nowhere to run around here. I blamed it on school. I blamed it on being tired when I got home every day. Winter was too cold. Spring was too cold. Summer was too hot.
I got into a pretty negative spiral and it took something big to get me out of it.
Let’s face it, working out isn’t easy. It’s not pretty (especially getting back into a routine). And it doesn’t feel good when you haven’t done it in a while. But the thing is, exercising for just 30 minutes a day decreases your risk of getting colorectal cancer by 25%. Not to mention it helps lower blood pressure, reduces risk for cardiovascular problems, other cancers, and releases endorphins so you’re happier!
That’s a win in my book. I just needed a big wake up call.
Fortunately, working out gets easier when you make it a habit. I’ve been running consistently most of the summer, and officially training for my half marathon for 3 weeks now. I’m to the point where my mind and body crave running. I love the physical and mental challenge of running. I love the “me time”. I love the feeling of crossing a run off the calendar and watching my times slowly get better and better. And every mile I run, I think of my dad and the tens of thousands of other people who have fought battles with their butts.
I am following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate half marathon training plan this time around and loving it. Every were there are a few shorter runs, a sprint workout and a long run that builds every week. I’ve also been making an effort to run different routes often to keep my body and my mind from getting bored of the same surroundings. So far, I am liking this plan more than the Novice 2 program I followed last time. I plan to post brief run recaps on here once a week so you can follow along if you want.
Week 3 looked like this:
Monday – stretch and strengthen (I did some serious foam rolling and this weight workout)
Tuesday – 3.5 m run (I ran this on a trail to give my knees a break)
Wednesday – 6 x 400m sprints (Our track was locked so I found a flat straight street that was 0.25 miles and sprinted back and forth down that)
Thursday – 3 m run + strength (Easy 3 miles, I was sore from the sprints, and then I did this arm workout)
Friday and Saturday – rest days
Sunday – 5k race (there were no 5k races in my area so I ran a 5k route that I’ve raced in the past and tried my hardest to run at “race pace”)
Phew! That seems like a lot, and it is, but most workouts take less than an hour which is doable. No more excuses.
So that’s just one way I am working to Love My Butt. So tell me, are you being as active as you should, or are you like me and “just don’t have time right now”. I want to encourage you to find the time to take care of yourself NOW! It can’t wait for tomorrow, next week or next year. Take the time to Love Your Butt now, and help spread the word.