Monday, September 17, 2012

Raining & Running and Blah Mondays

Running and Raining 
Today is one of those full on Mondays. Kind of a blue day and it doesn't help matters that it's just been nasty, rainy, gray, dreary since Friday afternoon. Big fat blah.

However, despite the craptastic weather, I did get in a really good and very wet 11.5 mile run on Saturday. As long as it's not just pouring down and storming, running in the rain is really rather fun. Oh, and as long as it's not cold. Just a few stipulations.

It was in the mid- to upper-60's when I set out with a steady, but not exactly heavy rain. It felt very refreshing I must say. The rain definitely helped to keep me cooler. The only downfall was the 100% humidity of course.

But, everything seemed to be clicking for me. I did make a stop at the house at mile 6 to put on dry socks. The others were getting terribly squishy and I was worried about blisters at that point. Not that the dry sock stayed dry for long, but it sure felt good while they were dry.

Maybe it was the thrill of running in the rain, but I managed to rock out a much faster pace than I ever expected. 8:50 overall average for 11.5 miles. Done and done. Definitely a nice little runner's high.

After getting cleaned up, we went to lunch with my mom and her husband. They wanted to take Jason out to lunch for his birthday (tomorrow). We ended up going to a newish place called the Big Orange. I have only been once before. It is a burger place - gourmet burgers. But they do have homemade (not frozen out of a box) veggie burgers that are really quite tasty.

No pictures, we were all hungry and dove right in! Plus, sometimes it's nice to not be a blogger and just eat like normal people do ;-)

Sunday I kind of forced myself out the door for a run. I was just not feeling terribly motivated. Again, gloomy day. It wasn't raining just yet, so it was simply humid. My legs were heavy and my heart wasn't all the way into the run. I just kept thinking it'll get better.

I won't say it was exactly a bad run. Just not a terribly enjoyable one. And mostly because I had too much on my mind. The run helped, of course, but I was definitely thinking more than I usually do. I did manage to get in 5 miles though.

Jason and I ran some errands then had lunch at a pizza place with a nice patio. It started raining, again, but it was covered so no worries. Plus, it was really nice to at least be able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Monday

Today has been a complete Monday as I mentioned. I did get in a decent workout during lunch. Again, not super motivate, but I knew it'd help out my mood somewhat. But man it was hard to find that motivation to get started. And I think the weights were heavier somehow too. That can happen right?

I did biceps/triceps/legs and a little bit of kickboxing. The legs ended up being an afterthought actually. The original plan was to do giant sets, but I ended up adding in a leg exercises.

GS#1 3x8
Dumbbell curls
Hammer curls
Preacher curls
Goblet squats

GS#2 - 3x8
Double-arm overhead triceps extension
Lying triceps extension
Double-arm kickbacks
Stiff-legged deadlifts

SS
Alternating front lunges - 3x8
Calf raises - 3x20

Overall, it was a decent workout. I always end up having to go lower with weights for giant sets by the 2nd set. My muscles were definitely confused and perhaps not pleased with me today. That's ok, they'll thank me later...or I'll thank myself at least.

So, we all have to get through Monday. Sometimes they aren't that bad, but sometimes they can really stink. Got any tips/tricks to get through a rough one?