On Friday, I went to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon*, and in addition to enjoying a scrumptious lunch complete with a cheesecake parfait dessert, listening to inspiring speakers and scoring a heart-shaped bike light, I got some food for thought.
Confession: I’ve been struggling with how to stay healthy lately. I got really discouraged in April, after Joe and I trained for the Drake Relays half marathon in an attempt to get back in shape. Not only did I feel like the training wasn’t really getting me on track, the week after the race when I had my annual health assessment, the woman administering mine actually asked me if I work out at all! The scale wasn’t tipping in my favor, although thankfully my cholesterol and lipids and all the other things they measure were in good order. (To her credit, the health screening lady was just trying to remind me that I need to do cardio and strength training in addition to running.) Then summer was a blur and with no races to look forward do, blah-blah-blah excuses.
My dad died from a stroke/heart attack before the age of 70, and had a history of diabetes and hypertension for years, so I need to be especially serious about heart health and exercise. I need to incorporate long walks (the exercise routine with the lowest dropout rate) back into my life — and I can try to start by walking to work again at least three days a week.
I also really want to try swimming, so that I can build my confidence and maybe even do a mini triathlon some time. (Cassie is pretty inspiring on that front, and she’s convinced me I can do it!) I am currently a terrible swimmer, which makes training in the pool extremely intimidating. Joe and I went to swim at Drake a couple of weeks ago so I could show him my baseline skills, and we shared a lane while he coached me through front crawl in between people who were whipping past me using the butterfly. I’m looking forward to starting a swimming routine together this winter. Blogging about things makes them actually happen, right?
I think my heart will thank me!
*Alexson invited me to sit at a blogger table with Amber and Nicole, so I felt like a VIP. Except that if I was truly an A-lister, my hair in this photo would land me on a Fashion Don’t page: I’m not sure what was happening there, but I’m excited to wear my new I ❤ MY HEART workout shirt!