Runs like a girl

February 18, 2006, 4:09 pm
Filed under: running, workouts

Weight: 165.4

I deliberately didn’t weigh myself on Friday, as the night before was a bit shameful. I’d met up with Vivienne and Jill at the Duke, where Viv and i ploughed through wings, calamari and fries. Ack!

Anyway, on Friday I was back on track. At lunch I went to the gym to get a weight training sesson in.

deadlifts: bar 2×12
lat pulldowns: 50lbs @ 2×12
bent over rows: bar @ 2×12
bent over lat raise: 8lbs @ 2×12
I.T.Y.: 5lbs @ 2×12 — these were much harder than expected!
military press: small bar + 10lbs @ 2×12
behind the neck shrug: 10 @ 2×12

While in the weight room I had a couple of things come to me.

  1. How you feel you look will affect your workout. If the outfit you’re wearing makes you feel fat, or makes your boobs fall out, if you feel self-conscious, then you aren’t going to be focusing on what you’re doing. So it’s important to be wearing stuff that fits, and makes you feel good.
  2. Follow up a bad visit to the gym or run with another workout within 48 hours. 24 hours is even better. After my craptastic workout on Wednesday, I was reminded why I left Goodlife: the overcrowding drove me NUTS. So while it was a bit cheaper than SCC, I never wanted to actually go. In the back of my head I was worried that the gym would be crowded on Friday, but I went anyways and was really happy to learn that it wasnt. I had a great workout, and am now looking forward to going on Monday. I suspect that I had I not gone yesterday, I would have found an excuse not to go on Monday, thus restarting my “not going to the gym” routine, again.
  3. If muscles are still sore on a scheduled workout day, don’t skip the gym. Instead start with lighter weights and go slowly until the muscles get a chance to warm up and stretch out a bit. My arms were feeling really tender yesterday, so I decided that I would focus on my back muscles, since it would take direct pressure off of the biceps, triceps and shoulder muscles that were still smarting from Wednesday. Im really glad that I did as almost immediately, they began to feel better. Even hours later, the stiffness that I was expecting to feel didnt show up. Today their still sore, but in that really good non-sluggirl kind of way.

After work Rick came over for a run — off to High Park with us! I felt so energetic it was surprising. I dont usually have such spring in my step, but there I was bounding through the park. Sure, there were times when I had to stop to catch my breath, but when we started to run again the same energy level was there. Oh and the crazy hill at the end wasn’t as bad as it usually was. I made it halfway up, paused to catch my breath (I’d lost it somewhere near the bottom), then ran the rest of the way up.

It was cold, -5 at least, and the last half of the run was after dark, but it was a really great run. Rick figures we did around 2.5 miles, which is lovely.

I was thinking I might go for a short run today, but its -14C out, and that is just too cold for me. So maybe tomorrow.

My body is definitely feeling all the exercise: muscles feeling tighter, and overall Im feeling fitter.

Monday’s workout
February 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
Filed under: running, workouts

Weight: 168.8lbs

I went to the gym after work last night:

  • Treadmill: 3miles @ 32:51 — approx 350 calories burned.
  • Lat pulldowns: 50lbs @ 3×10. Very boring, couldn’t wait to be done.
  • Bent over rows: 12lbs @ 3×10. Weight too light. Up to 15lbs next time
  • Incline biceps: 12lbs @ 3×10. Heavy. Last set took a lot of effort.
  • Incline chest press: 12lbs @ 3×10. Good weight, might have been able to lift more. Try 15lb next time?
  • Upright rows: 12lbs @ 3×10. Good weight.
  • French press: 8lbs @ 3×10. Good weight.

I’d also planned on doing squats, but my knees were really sore. I guess after Saturday’s run in the park, and last night’s session on the treadmill, it’s been a bit of a shock to them after such a long period of inactivity.

As for my next workout, I’d planned on taking a capoeira class at lunch today, but it was too busy to get away on time to make it. To be honest, Im very intimidated by classes and am not sure if I’ll be able to do it. I’m still going to go and check it out next Tuesday.

I’ve also bought a new issue of Runner’s World in hopes of re-motivating myself into lacing up. I was talking with a girl at work about it, and a coworker said he could hook me up with a RR discount — which is sweet since I definitely need new shoes for this season. So tonight I’ll be doing 30-40 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, reading the new magazine.