A few weeks ago I heard about the #iheartomron 5k fitness challenge that was being hosted by Mamavation.com. Right away I knew this was exactly what I needed to kick start my fitness goals for 2013 and I was lucky enough to get chosen to participate. Last year I found the motivation to walk myself through 30 pounds of weight loss only to gain it all right back this past winter. So here I am a year later right where I started and ready to kick butt (again)!
The Goal: Use the Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor and a 3 week training plan to prepare for and run a virtual 5K
I have three tools to prep myself for this challenge. First, the support of the entire Mamavation community. I’m one of 25 ladies participating in this challenge and we’ve got the Mamavation forums to connect, ask questions and get support. Second, Mr. Bookieboo (aka Leah’s awesome husband) developed a three week training plan to get my body into shape. And third, I was provided with an Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (HR-5ooU).
Simply put, the monitor is worn on your wrist like a watch and makes it easy to monitor your heart rate during exercise. There’s a color coded light that changes colors and makes it easy for you to see that you’re in the right heart rate zone to ensure an optimal workout.
My Training Plan
Week 1 Day 1
Walk/Jog 3.2k followed by Leg Blaster – I was super energized and ready to kick off day one of training for the 5k. I got on the treadmill and did 1k @ 5 km/h then 1k @ 5.5 km/h then 1k at 6 km/h and finished the last 200 meters @ 4 km/h to cool down. By the time I had finished I realized I really wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I could have. I was tired but not sweat drenched, crawling on the floor tired.
Week 1 Day 2
Core Workout – Basically, I woke up, stepped on the floor and looked myself over wondering if I had been run over by a dump truck at some point in the night. My body was aching from head to toe. There was no way I could do the core workout plan feeling like this so I had my protein shake, ate a salad for lunch and picked up a Yoga for Weight Loss DVD and a yoga mat. I figured my body could use a good stretch. What I didn’t realize is yoga is not what I pictured. This dvd had my body twisted up like a pretzel, stretched to lengths I wasn’t sure was possible and had me doing the strangest crunches. I thought I was going to get off easy but in reality the yoga workout was actually harder than the job from Monday.
Week 1 Day 3
This is where I really started feeling it. Tuesday’s soreness was just a taste of what was to come. But if there’s one thing to be proud of it’s the fact that I pushed through the soreness and tackled the treadmill.
Week 1 Day 4
In all honesty, Thursday was not a good day at all. My unwelcome monthly visitor showed up leaving me feeling drained all day (and night). Knowing I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of moving around I started with a warm up walk on the treadmill and then made it through one round of the “Core” and “Fired Up” training plan moves before being physically exhausted. The only thing that got me that far was the Rocky theme song pumping through my veins.
Week 1 Day 5
Today is another day held hostage by Aunt Flo. So rather than push my body on a day it’s needs to rest I’m trading out tomorrow’s “rest” day and doing the workout tomorrow. Since the weather was so nice I went on a nice long walk with my daughter and husband, even managed to clock over 7,500 steps by dinner time.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this week it’s that I’m a lot stronger than I ever give myself credit for. There were so many times I wanted to hop of the treadmill and find something sweet to eat but I kept pushing. At the end of this challenge I want to be able to say “I RAN A 5K!”
This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.