Sunday, November 11, 2007
Today I made myself some fantastic banana pancakes for brunch. I was sad that I didn't have anyone to share them with, but enjoyed them all the same. And I have leftovers for my class days this Monday and Wednesday, or to share with my roommate when she gets home from her trip. I cut up a fresh banana over them and indulged in a little butter pecan syrup. With a glass of vanilla soy milk it was a very sweet, tasty, filling brunch that I didn't feel the least bit guilty about. :)
I had upper body strength training scheduled for tomorrow, but I have nothing on the agenda for today, so it seemed silly for me to make this my rest day. So, tomorrow will be my rest today and today I did upper body strength training:
Boxer: 2 sets of 10
Modified Push-Ups: 2 sets of 10 (with AWFUL form)
Isometric Bicep Hold w/ Towel: 2 sets
Isometric Should Hold w/ Towel: 2 sets
Lying Tricep Lift: 2 sets of 10
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Just to keep track for myself, I finished my second day of the One Hour Runner program today. I'm currently in the "keep up the 30 minute" phase of the program. I did the first day on Thursday.
Today, day 2, was great because I made it down to the trail and got to enjoy the fall afternoon. I also noticed that I covered a lot more distance than I had been, so my speed must be increasing. That was a real pick me up - I'd had a bad couples days regarding what life wanted to throw at me. And then, when I was almost done with my run, a 12-year old kid rode past me on his bike and catcalled me! A 12-year old! I didn't know whether to run-away or tell him how inappropriate it was. Instead, I ignored him and kept running.
Anyway, yesterday was lower body strength training. My right knee decided that it doesn't like lateral lunges, but I muddled through without hurting myself.
Friday's strength training:
-Calf raises with wall: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Forward Lunge: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lateral Lunge: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lying abduction: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lying adduction: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lying leg curls: 2 sets of 10 reps
That's all for now. I will wax philosophical on small streaks and life later. For now, I'm going to go finish this bowl of chili. Yum!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Now I remember why I tend to peter out on strength training every time I start it up... I have this gentle, creeping soreness just under my radar. It's... annoying. It's not bad. It's not "oh-my-goodness-must-stay-in-bed" sore. It's just... a realization that I have muscles there. How... novel!
I'm hoping that by moving to the recommended way of concentrating on just one section of a body during a strength training session that I'll get my muscles used to working like this again. Although, this is what always makes me nervous about practicing yoga and pilates. The tenderness that follows.
Yesterday's core exercises got the muscles all around my waist (abs, obliques, and lower back) and it feels like I have this fascinating girdle on my when I breathe deeply.
A well... if I could baby step myself into running, I should be able to baby step myself into strength training... I hope.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I did it! The Couch to 5k program is officially behind me. I did my "final" Couch to 5k run last night. Now onto the One Hour Runner program. No rest for the weary!
Today was core strength training:
-Crunches: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Reverse Crunches: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Standing side bend with towel: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Bridge-ups: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Swimming: 2 sets of 10 reps
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Okay, now that I've gotten my cardio down to a rhythm (and a habit!), I'm thinking about how I can work strength training into my routine.
I've never really liked strength training; I've never really been strong. But it's important. So... I'm looking over my schedule and currently I run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
I'm thinking about working in strength training Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. One area each day: Monday will be the Upper Body, Wednesday the Core, and Friday the Lower Body. Then, on Saturday, I'm going to be attending a beginning yoga class. Right now I'm keeping it to simple exercises that don't take equipment so here's my plan:
-Boxer (upper back, shoulders)
-Modified Push-Ups (chest, triceps, shoulders)
-Isometric Bicep Hold w/ Towel (biceps)
-Isometric Should Hold w/ Towel (shoulders)
-Lying Tricep Lift (triceps)
-Reverse Crunches (lower abs)
-Standing side bend with towel (obliques)
-Bridge-ups (Abs, lower back, shoulders)
-Swimming (lower back)
-Calf raises with wall (calves)
-Forward Lunge (quads, glutes)
-Lateral Lunge (quads, glutes, inner thighs)
-Lying abduction (outer thighs, hips)
-Lying adduction (inner thighs)
-Lying leg curls (hamstrings)
I might get a jump rope too, so that I can get a little burst of cardio while I'm doing these... we'll see. I don't want to get too ambitious. I do better when I add stuff a little bit at a time.
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