Since the first of the year I've been working out with the goal of being healthier and being able to maintain the level of activity I enjoy. I like doing crazy things like going on back-breaking mission trips, shopping for mega amounts of school supplies, and going for an occasional skydive. I would also like to be able to keep up with my grandkids and maybe even run a 5k.
Injuring my shoulder was a clear signal that if I didn't begin to "move it", I would "lose it". If I want to stay active - I need to be active.
So, as soon as surgery was over, I hit the gym. I could do a lot but I did what I could. I rode a stationary bike and did some lower body weight training. In March when I was released to do upper body weight training, I added that. And I began running.
Things have been progressing well ... until recently.
I have hit the infamous "plateau". I just seem to be stuck in the same place, unable to make any further progress. I can run 1.5 miles. No further. I've been aiming for the 2 mile goal for some time now with no success. Today I ran 1.5 and was pretty sure I was going to die the last half mile. And I've lifted the same amount of weight at the gym now for a couple of months. Its not bad ... I lift a fair amount (yes that's a pic of my weights at the gym) but I just can't seem in increase.
So what's a girl to do? Well, I think I'm going to increase weight and do less reps for a while and see if that makes a difference. As for the running ... I just refuse to give up. I don't know if I'll ever be able to run a 5k or not but I do know that I will always run at least 1.5 miles from here on out. I'll keep trying to go further, but I'm most definitely NOT running less.