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Double Workout - Legs and Yard Work

Leg Day
Today was dedicated to legs. I hit the gym around 10 - oh so quiet up there. Kind of creepy to have the whole gym to yourself actually. Anyway, I started with 10 minutes on the elliptical to warm up then did the following as 3x8 unless noted:

Squats - warmup set of 12

Squats - 4x8 (lowered weight by #5 on last set)
Stiff-leg dead lifts
Plie squats
Deadlifts
Single-leg squats
Walking lunges
Calf raises - 3x15
Alternating side lunges - 2x8

I finished off with another 10 minutes on the elliptical. At the time, I felt like I was working really hard and expected to have major wobbly legs. But really the only thing I'm feeling is a bit in the hamstrings and no quads at all. Probably not a terrible thing as I do need to work on the hams.

I did realize today that I desperately need some different music for lifting vs running. For one thing, the playlist gets old really quickly when that's all you listen to pretty much 6 days a week. Also, with lifting, I like more aggressive music, and that's not what I have going at all. Suggestions? What types of music do you like for lifting vs running?


Yard Work 
After the workout, I got home and cleaned up and did a few loads of laundry and piddled until Jason got back from another ride. As a procrastination tactic, we hit a patio for lunch before hitting up Home Depot for all the yard "stuff" we needed. It was another hot one and extremely windy, but the patio we chose was nicely shaded and it felt great.

I am happy to report that I finally have plants in my garden. Right now we have Roma tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, 2 types of hot peppers and 1 sweet pepper, plus the asparagus we planted 3 years ago. Oh, also got sweet potatoes. We go through enough to warrant planting our own. When the Japanese eggplants are finally in season, we'll plant those as well.

I also filled up another large planter and two planters in the house. I managed to get quite a bit of weeding done in the back yard. The front yard is just in sad sad shape. Maybe I can get out there this week and start to whittle away at those weeds. At least some of the plants I transplanted from my great-grandmother's property are finally established and are blooming like mad - mainly the irises and the creeping phlox. So there is some color happening among the weeds and dead leaves that never got raked...

Jason just finished mowing the yard. Not really sure what we'll do for dinner. That little errand didn't happen today, so we'll have to start getting creative until we can hit the store.

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