Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rant, Run, Lift & Out on a School Night

Ranting, Running & Lifting
Last night Jason and I talked about going for a run during lunch. With that in mind, I didn't get up early to workout. I would have been doing weights (chest and back) and I just don't always feel like my weight workouts are very good super early. Just not awake enough, strong enough, or properly fueled.

I am so glad we went for the run at lunch. It was about 84 degrees and very very low humidity. Plus, I needed to thaw out. So here it comes...

The Ranting
Yes, it's August in Arkansas and that usually means 100 degree days. However, this week we have had a cool down. It was only 66 this morning. When I got to the office, I knew immediately I should have dressed as if 66 was the high for the day. Friends, the thermostats were reading 60 degrees. Now, they were set on 70-ish and that would have felt like a heat wave compared to 60. Why oh why do companies/or building managers waste so much money and energy keeping the temps so low?

At my house, if my thermostat is set on a certain temperature, then that's roughly the temperature and not 10 degrees colder. This means that the thermostats do not work. They are pumping cold air regardless of what the thermostats are set at. WASTEFUL. It actually pisses me off. First off, I hate to be so cold I can't type and can't feel my toes and have to keep wiping my freaking nose because it's dripping. Second (and third, fourth) off, waste, waste, waste. It's very sad how wasteful it is. Especially in a time when the economy is sucking, when we do know the effects of pollution and wasting energy.

The Running
Ok, I'll stop with the ranting right now because my blood pressure just shot up. So, Jason and I ran at lunch. It was so incredibly nice to run at lunch again. I have really been missing those lunchtime runs that we did most of the spring. Not only is it an energy boost, but the dose of sunshine really gives my mood a jolt in the right direction too after sitting in a windowless space all morning. Ahhhh, fresh air.

I had high hopes for the run. Perhaps I was over-glorifying it a bit in my head too. It was definitely cooler than it has been, and 84-85 with low humidity felt like 70 degrees when we first got going. But, reality set in. It was warm and sunny. We actually were going at a pretty good clip, so that I'm proud of. I did end up with terrible side stitch under my right rib cage though after about 1.5 miles. I tried exhaling on that side (which usually works) but was never able to get rid of it. I felt bad, but I had to call it quits after about 24 mins. Not exactly sure of the pace or distance as Jason's watch data blanked out. I won't complain too much though. I know every run isn't perfect, there are always glitches, and it was nice to be outside and to run with Jason.

The Lifting
After work, I did my weight workout for chest and back. Not having a spotter and going lighter with weights, I opted for trisets mostly 3x8. Going straight from a chest fly to a chest press really gets me good - almost more DOMS than when I just go heavy. I did increase the weights this week for everything except the pullovers.

TS#1
Flat bench chest flye
Flat bench chest press
Double-arm row - 3x10

TS#2
Incline bench chest flye
Incline bench chest press
Underhand row

TS#3
Staggered bench press (start at top, half way down & stop, all the way down & stop, half up & stop, then all the way up) - 3x10
Pullovers 3x8

Lat band pull downs - 2x16

I finished with some weighted and non-weighted ab work and a stretch. I must admit that I came very very close to putting off the weights entirely. It wasn't my best lift, but I got it done and that felt good.

Out on a "School" Night
I am normally not one to go out on a "school" night. I have my routine and I stick to it. I am in PJs by 5:30 at the latest and in bed with my book around 8 or 8:30 and asleep between 9 and 9:30. But, I know I really must get out of this routine sometimes and enjoy life a bit more rather than just relegating "fun" time to the weekends. So, tonight we are going to hit up the baseball game and take full advantage of the cooler, more pleasant temperatures.

That being said, I'm posting earlier than I normally would and won't be including dinner or recipes and such. In all honesty, we'll either scrounge for leftovers or have a quick veggie burger with sweet potato "fries' (that's sort of baseball-ish I think).

Hyping Tomorrow's Post
Just for fun, I am going to tease tomorrow's post. It will be a special post. No declarations of rest days, no posting of workouts, no reminders that it's Pizza Friday. Tomorrow will be a very special edition of Fun Facts Friday that I hope you will enjoy (or at least humor me on).

Good night friends!