Thursday, February 9, 2012

Good Leg Workout & Even Better Butternut Squash Soup

Leg Day
Today was leg day for me. I was oddly excited about getting the workout done too. Maybe it's because that signals my rest day is on the horizon (tomorrow).

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* Firewalkers 
** Swing lunge

The idea behind this workout is to include some heavy lifting exercises in conjunction with exercises the target the hamstring and glutes as well as abductor muscles.

The reasoning is purely personal and based on my own research as well as advice from my physical therapist. Remember, I'm not expert here. I am a runner contending with injuries likely stemming from imbalances in the hamstrings, glutes, and abductors.

But, I do still want to build so I continue to include the barbell squats for power (and they are an awesome leg exercise period) but also unilateral work like the step ups and swing lunges, which are also good for assisting with stabilization (I definitely have a weaker side).

There are lots of other exercises I need and would like to use as well. I almost feel like I could do leg workouts twice a week in order to hit all areas effectively.

Today's leg workout was really good. I went into the workout with a clear head, ready to work. I really feel like I could have increased the weight for the squats, but was worried about doing so with my heel pain. I didn't want to jeopardize my form by not being able to take the weight in my heels evenly.

Soup Thursday
After work I did my now-typical 25-30 minutes of stretching and rolling. Still not sure how effective it is, but it's kind of relaxing...well, other than dogs in your face.

The temps have dropped off recently, it's not freezing, but much colder than it's been most of the winter. I had butternut squash and kale on hand, so I went with an easy soup: Butternut Squash, Kale & Barley Soup.


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If you like the key ingredients (butternut squash, kale, barley), then it's hard not to like this hearty vegan soup. It's packed with protein and tons of vitamins and minerals. I guess it's a true feel-good meal ;-)

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Leg workout
  • Fun email convo with my friend Jessica
  • Painting my nails
  • Relaxing