I ran my second 5K this weekend. It was hard but I can see (and feel) how it is getting a tiiiiny bit easier each time. I'm not ready to jump to a 10K yet, I think another 5K is in order first. I like signing up for future 5Ks because it (kinda) ensures that I'll keep running. Because let's be honest, keeping up an exercise regimen can be super annoying and terrible. Sometimes I want to sit on the couch. Sometimes I want to sleep in. And sometimes (lots of times) I have a massive hangover. And the thing I've learned is, it's okay to take a day off. I can allow myself that and I try not to obsess about it. But I always try to stop it at one because two can quickly become a habit for this lady. And the truth is, I never regret working up a sweat. In fact, I always feel better afterwards. Instead of dreading it and thinking of it as something that I hate, I try to think about working out as a gift to myself. Sounds lame and self-helpy but I do think it's true.
I'm thinking of joining the public pool so I can start swimming laps. I've learned I need to mix it up and constantly be challenged or I get bored. And a bored Amy is never a good thing. What's your exercise regimen? Do you need to mix it up constantly? Or have you found a tried and true formula that works for you?