Skip to main content

Perfect Day for a 5-Miler

So So Weights
It's funny how a super cold snap bringing wind chills of 2 degrees can change your perspective on what suddenly feels warm. It was about 40 degrees at 9 am and I thought, "Wow, it's warm out there." I was definitely more excited about the training run on a gorgeous, slightly warmer day. Too bad we were only schedule for 4 miles though. I would have preferred that we did the longer run today.

But, before I got the run in, I did finally do my chest workout and finished up with abs from High Reps. Today was supposed to be 85% of 1RM doing 4 sets of 7 reps.

Flat bench chest press
Flat bench chest flyes
Incline chest press
Incline chest flyes

I'll admit that today was HARD. I ended up hitting failure at the 6th rep for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th sets of the presses. I ended up going back to last week's weight for the Incline Chest Press because I just couldn't hold form right and was struggling. Better safe than sorry.


Awesome Run
Now, the run...it was a gorgeous sunny day and about 50 degrees when we headed out. Even better, for once it wasn't gusting winds. We decided to start out at a different spot on the river trail today. That meant we ended up hitting. 5.2 miles mostly by mistake since we didn't know how far the route really went. It was a great run though, everything just felt great. We even saw two armadillo out. I've never seen one alive let alone two!

It was great to see so many other runners out today too. I know most of them are training for either the full or the half marathon coming up in March as well.

Lunch and Heading Out of Town
We got home and both stretched and used the TriggerPoint Therapy Kit . I was famished, and thankfully I had prepped lunch before the run. For lunch we had Blackened Seitan Wraps. It had been a while since I had made this and have actually been craving it. Luckily I had some homemade Chikn' Seitan in the fridge ready to be used. It was fate.

As I mentioned yesterday, my sister's birthday was on Monday. We'll be loading up and heading to our hometown today to hang out with her. There's a sushi place she really enjoys. She has promised me that they do have a wakame salad. Other than that, I'm not a huge sushi fan. I mean, I don't eat meat so it's hard to get really excited about it. But she's fallen for it, and Jason loves it too. Do you guys like sushi? Or does it just scare you? I used to be scared of things like a seaweed salad, now I crave it!

Anyway, I'll be MIA from blogging because Sarah doesn't have internet at her house. I do finally have my smart phone, but can't seem to copy/paste email addresses so I can respond - can only respond to the comment and I don't know if everyone gets notification when I have replied. I hope you all have a great Saturday!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions

Piriformis Update & Grilled Veggie Salad

New Piriformis Exercises
Today wasn't too terrible for a Monday. Of course, I did leave a little early. That always helps huh ;-) I had another round of physical therapy today. My PT has been really researching piriformis syndrome and found an interesting article that discusses the use of McKenzie Exercises - typically used for back pain.

I have started adding in low back extensions (one of the exercises) but now have a whole new list of exercises to add into my workout rotations. But, if it helps, I'll do it. I also asked her about dry needling (thanks Sarena), which is sort of similar to acupuncture, but is more about trigger point and intramuscular stimulation.

And I'm glad I asked because the timing is uncanny. One of the doctor's in the clinic happens to be going to get certified this weekend. They both believe that I am a prime candidate for the procedure. So we'll see how that goes. Kind of scared because I hate hate hate needles.

Have any of you tried dry…