- on a RUSH to be back at it consistently
- satisfied to have put up some heavier loads than last session (still not squatting my body weight, but doing high rep)
- amazed (still) at Abby's video of herself doing 9 (yes 9!) consecutive pull-ups
So, since building massive amounts of muscle is out of the picture, I am free to use the barbells and dumbbells and other machines to develop balanced muscles in both legs, hips, abdomen, arms, etc...
I must confess this is of concern to me, since I tore a hip running hills in late '09 4 months after Levi was born. Part of me thinks that my body might have been (and could still be) off-balance from carrying a baby on one hip (my left) most of the day.
Will I be able to hit those paces tomorrow? Maybe. . .. For the first few weeks I was back at the weights, I cannot tell you how fatigued I felt during running- even on my easy days. It wasn't until after the next couple of runs got fresh blood through my legs, (and all those upper-body muscles I forgot I had) that I felt relieved. Just in time to do the next weight workout.
I may be a little sore at first tomorrow- or more likely on Saturday for my (short) long run. Regardless, I have been in it now for 4 weeks and I will stick with it until my taper. (Then I am not really sure what to do! I am guessing to ease up) The fatigue seems to be going away in the upper-body, and the legs feel like what (I imagine) normal marathon training stress should feel like. This gives me hope for a big dividend in store!
For my running readers: How do you like the weight room? How do you work strength training into your running schedule?
My pattern is to lift after a hard work out, like a tempo or intervals and/or when I know that I don't have that type of run the following day.
I do a variety including lunges, squats, calf raisers, bench press, lat pulls, bent row, upright row, arm curls, cleans, shoulder press. The other days I try to do some basic stuff, like ab work, push-ups, chair dips, no-weight squats & lunges.
I didn't mean to make this entire post about the weight room. Oops! Blah!! Hope I didn't lose you!!
In other news, my husband has recently declared he will be doing a 5k "soon" and is running on the TM downstairs!!
This is very exciting, as he used to run a pretty decent mile, but at present weighs 210 and would like to drop about 10 pounds. He doesn't think he can get much below that number "without feeling the effects of starvation" as he put it. Haha.
So the training is on! His and her schedules: me in the morning, he after the kids go to bed.
This gets me to thinking about the Biggest Loser show. (And here is where you find out how sheltered a life I live- I saw my first full episode (ever) of BL online this week.) I am now caught up and will watch the whole season. You just can't help but root for each and every one of those people to succeed!