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Friday, March 29, 2013

This past week I've done not too bad.

emoticon I got out for two runs this week so far. I still have two more days. I'm not 100% sure I can get in my full training week, but I'm not giving up. The only think I'll let stand in my way is pain. I had some knee pain yesterday. I DON'T push through pain like that. Regardless if I don't get all three days of my running trainer done completely, I'll have gotten in 3 days of running. That's so much more than I did last week. A lot more. I've been stuck when it comes to running for a while now. I'm not saying I'm not still stuck. I'm just saying I'm trying, and I'm making progress

emoticon I tracked every bite, and stayed within my ranges for 90% of my week. I did make a few less than stellar choices, but I'd say overall it was a good week.

emoticon I've been stepping up my water. Coffee is still a hinderance to my water drinking. I just can't seem to completely cut it out. Mind you, I fill up my go cup before work, and generally drink less than 1/4 of it most of the time. I honestly can not recall a day where I actually finished my coffee. So I'll count that as successfully cutting my coffee out.

I'd say this week has been a successful week so far. It's not over yet, so I don't want to sit back and decide I've done enough. I need to keep pushing. Choosing the right foods. Tracking. Running. Drinking water is the hardest on weekend. I don't really know why. It just is. I tend to overdo coffee and ignore coffee on days off. I have 4 in a row this weekend, so I have a chance to really work on this.

I also have a chance to do something else over the next few days. I need to focus on some goals. Things I want to do, achieve, etc. I guess I have some already - I am running the half marathon this September in Regina. But it's not my first race. Heck, not even my longest. That being said, I still have this as a goal. I didn't do well in Vegas in December. I am wanting to do better. Under 3 hours would be great again.

Now that I don't work as much overtime at work, I have an extra 3 hours a day. Yesterday I just came home and relaxed. Honestly, I came home and was feeling bad. I know this is a good thing, but it still felt like a punishment.

Anyhow, I want to make sure I take full advantage of this extra time now. It's a great time to go to the gym and get back into my Strength training routine. Rather, get it started. The gym likely won't be as crowded. I'm trying to find my excitement about going again. I used to love it. I used to love seeing how much stronger I could get. I can barely believe it, but I used to be able to bench press almost 100lbs. And not two or three times and done. I would do 3 sets of 12 reps - once on the flat bench, once on the incline bench, and finally on the decline bench. Yes, that's lifting that weight 108 times. Slowly. Lift to a count of 2 or 3, down to the same count. No rushing.

I actually had upper body strength. Lats. Shoulders. Biceps. Triceps. And my abs. Wow. I was doing crunches on a specific type of "bench". I would lock my feet in, and it would anchor the back of my knees. I could almost hang up side down and curl all the way up to touch my chin to my knees, my tailbone was not in contact with anything. I was able to do over 100 crunches ever time - with a 25lb weight plate on my chest while I did it. Regular crunches, crunches with twists to the side. Slow and controlled up and back down too. I also worked my back as well - keeping the muscles balanced front and back.

I know it will take some time to get anywhere near where I used to be, but I think it might be time to get there. I can't think of a better way to spend my extra 3 hours a day that I now have.

Even though Friday and Saturday are still days part of this past week, since I have the next 4 days off, I'm thinking of treating them as a unit all to themselves. These next 4 days that is. It's a good time to get my new routines started. Start the ball rolling. Get my feet wet. Why not? It'll give me a chance to work out the kinks too.

Hope you all have an excellent Easter weekend!
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  • JUSTME29
    Enjoy your days off. You are totally right about this being a chance to get going. Even if you're having enough pain to stop you running, I bet there is something you could do at the gym pain free.
    1786 days ago
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