I went on an awesome, muddy, slushy weird 5 mile run today. It was supposed to be a tempo run, but doctor’s orders this week called for no speed work since my lungs are still trying to heal from last week. This ended up being just fine because I felt great the first 3 miles, and then all of the sudden, my legs felt like they were filled with cement and I was out of energy. By mile 4, I stopped to stretch and realized that I was shaking. It took everything in me to get myself home. I have no idea what was going on with the shaking as I ate lunch about an hour before I left the house. When I got home, I ate some Greek yogurt and a banana. I felt a lot better!
Then, I had to teach spin a few hours later. I was really nervous b/c I haven’t taught or been to spin for about 2 weeks, but it actually went really well. I pushed it hard, and I loved every second of it. My legs felt like jello afterwards, but I had to get my leg workout in since I was trying to burn a cd for 3 hours before spin (bad computer issues that I will get into later). I normally try to avoid weight lifting between the hours of 5pm and 8pm because my gym turns into a meat market, but like I said, I didn’t have a choice.
Oh, and I forgot to mention when I first posted this that I made a guy puke in my spin class. I don’t want this to scare any of you out of taking one, but he was new and just pushed himself way too hard! I don’t blame him though, I almost puke in class sometimes!
As I walked downstairs from the spin room, I peaked inside the weight lifting room to see how busy it was in there. Yep, completely full of men. Absolutely, no women. Great. I set down my bag outside the room, and took a deep breath and stepped inside. I could immediately sense about 20 pairs of eyes on me. I walked straight to the first piece of equipment with my head up and avoided making eye contact. Focus, head towards the machine! I HATE going to the gym when it is like that. For some reason, I have anxiety dealing with that much testosterone I guess. I hate how they stare! I don’t stare when I workout, and I don’t see why they have too. And there is a lot of grunting. It is so weird. I looked up at one point during the workout, and noticed this guy staring at me, and he didn’t look away once I looked at him. He just kept staring! I prefer going to that area of the gym early in the morning when the starers are still in bed. Anyway, I finished my workout with continual staring, and felt great about it (not the staring)!
My new weight lifting program is working out very well so far. I have been sore since last night, and I think it will continue for a while. It is a good thing though! I got it from Oxygen Magazine. I will start out with 12 reps/3 sets of each exercise doing each group of exercises once a week for the first two weeks. I’m supposed to bump it up to 2x for each group/week for the next two weeks after that, but we shall see what my workout schedule allows. Here it is:
Push: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
- Barbell bench press
- Box-assisted parallel dip
- Seated body bar military press
- Seated bent-over dumbbell lateral raise
- Cambered-bar triceps pressdown
- flat bench EZ-bar skull crusher
Lower Body: Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, Calves
- Leg press
- Barbell lunge
- Stiff-legged barbell deadlift (THIS ONE is hard. I have to pay attention to my form on this one the most. It is very easy to not do this move correctly.)
- Stability-ball hamstring curl
- Seated calf raise (focuses on soleus)
- Standing calf raise (focuses on gastrocnemius)
Pull: Back, Biceps, Abs
- Wide-grip pulldown
- One-arm seated row
- Cambered-bar cable curl
- EZ-bar curl
- Reverse crunch on an incline bench
Now, I’m doing more abs than that one exercise, so don’t freak out. I know this sounds crazy, but I feel like ever since I got back on the healthy eating wagon last week and doing my new ab/weight lifting that I’m already feeling a difference. It is most likely mental, but body confidence can do wonders for how you hold yourself, you know?
I’m looking forward to my 3 mile run tomorrow and swim! Then, the big 18 miler on Saturday!
Do you weight lift or do some kind of resistance training? I normally hate it, but this time around it isn’t too bad. 😉