“You Gotta Push Through” (Day 10: Plyometric Cardio Circuit)

I've had a migraine/headache for 6 days straig...

Headaches make everything harder.

Usually I eat, wait about an hour, and then do my workout. Then, I eat within the hour afterward. On Day 9, I worked out a couple hours after eating and didn’t eat again until a couple hours after the workout. I started getting a headache before I ate. I felt a little better after eating but the headache remained, and got worse, turning into a migraine.

The next day, I still had it. Usually I work out in the afternoon, but I wanted the headache to go away first. I waited until after 9pm. While it had decreased in intensity, it was still there. The scheduled workout for Day 10 was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. The following day would be Cardio Recovery. I seriously considered switching workouts, but I didn’t want to mess with the flow of things. So, I decided to just do the workout and take it slower if I needed to.

In the beginning, Shaun T said, “It’s gonna be tough. It’s gonna be super super insane. And I’m smiling because I love it.” Normally, that would be a motivating statement, and normally I do enjoy this workout, but on this day it made me wonder if I had made the right choice in not switching. The warmup was hard to get through and I had to get water more times than usual.

Because it was night, I used a yoga mat to reduce the noise of my feet on the floor. This made some moves more difficult, and I skipped the switch feet exercise because I could not do it on the mat. While I usually do at least some normal push ups during the Level 1 drills, this time I did them all modified. During the second and third run through I just did continuous modified push ups until I couldn’t do any more.

The mat makes ski abs and in and out abs a little harder but it didn’t hinder me much last time. This time I was only able to do about every other one. I hadn’t realized the headache would take so much out of my workout. But some work is better than no work, and the exercises I got in were better than if I skipped so I’m glad I did it. And I still managed to work up a sweat.

Coincidentally at this time last year I had noted in my journal that Shaun T said “You gotta push through” during the workout, and that it was what I had to do. I had been sore all day, had a 13 hour day at work, and had considered skipping. I didn’t, but I didn’t do as well as usual during it either. But because my arms were heavy and I’d worked up a sweat I knew some work had gotten done and it was worth it to do it.

While there are many things that have been different this year and this time through, it’s interesting to look back and see how some things are the same. But I know one thing that will be different this time is that I won’t stop after the first month. I gotta push through.

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