Good morning all! A lot of stuff to get through this morning so let’s get right to it!
Personal training session today. This will be #19 out of the 24 or 26 session package I bought (kind of sad that I don’t even know how many sessions I purchased) so the days of having a trainer kicking my ass twice a week are slowly coming to an end. That means I have to start thinking about transitioning from being guided by a trainer to doing it on my own. I like to think I’ve learned a lot from her but I’m worried about a) continuing to do circuits or sets that hit all the major muscle groups and b) keeping the intensity at a high level when there’s nobody there to keep me in check. I think this will be a real test in keeping myself accountable to myself!
I got a big time reminder of the benefits of stretching this week. I finished a 4.25 mile run on Tuesday and completely forgot to stretch afterwards. The consequences were almost immediate as I started feeling stiff that afternoon and, worse, my knee started hurting again. It feels good today again but it’s abundantly clear that I need to stretch good after EVERY workout to keep the muscles loose and the body feeling good. Especially since there’s such small room for error when it comes to my knee.
Tonight will be a big night as I prepare for my wife’s birthday tomorrow. Every husband knows that this is a day not to be forgotten so I’ve got a couple of surprises in store for her (hopefully ones that she likes). It’ll be fun though. This weekend is her birthday. Next weekend….our 9th wedding anniversary!
A quick karate update…….graduation is scheduled for Thursday, April 1st – 3 weeks from today. This will hopefully be the day where I move up to brown belt which will be just one step below my eventual goal for later this year of reaching black belt. Black belt candidate classes could begin as soon as six months from today. After doing this for almost three years, it’s exciting to see the end goal finally coming into sight!
Some bad news though. On my race schedule, I had the Blarney Run 5K listed for this coming weekend. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to run it on Saturday. Family obligations came up and I won’t be able to make it to the race. I’m a little disappointed as I would’ve liked to get another race under my belt but I’ll get plenty more opportunities as the weather continues to improve.
Tomorrow I’ll post the answers to the “Guess The Lie Challenge” from yesterday. I’ve scanned through some of the guesses so far and I don’t think anybody has guessed all three of the lies correctly thus far. I think you might be a little surprised!
See you on Friday!
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