Workout Roundup: Week of September 18, 2017

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Another week of workouts is in the books, and this one was great! It looks like half marathon training is actually happening since I have now done two long runs in a row. Even though it has been warmer this week, fall is such a fantastic time of year for running. After struggling all summer, it really gets my spirits up when those temps drop a few degrees!

Monday, September 18, 4 mile run, personal training – deadlifts: I started the week of right with a 4 mile run on Monday morning. AJ takes our foster son to school on Mondays and Wednesdays, so I don’t have to run quite so absurdly early on those days, which is excellent. My personal training session included tons of deadlifts – one of my favorite days of the week! I never go super heavy, but I could tell I’ve really progressed because my trainer told me it was time to…drum roll please… take my shoes off. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a power lifting gym, so a lot of people there don’t wear any shoes at all when they work out, just socks. I guess it makes you more stable or powerful or something, I don’t know. It’s pretty weird at first, but I felt like I had really made it when I finally got the approval to take my shoes off. It’s the little things! (PS, AJ made fun of me for like 2 hours and has sworn never to remove his shoes)

Tuesday, September 19, personal training – chest and tris: This was a huge workout for me! As I mentioned last week, I’m working on doing dips, and this week I did 3 sets of 10 and 1 set of 5 with no weight assistance at all. After completing my entire workout, my coach said “Ok, we’re going to finish up with some pushups. Do 10, then 30 seconds rest, then 8, then 30 seconds, 6, 4, 2, etc.” And because I’m a smart ass, I was like “30 pushups total? Can I just do them all at once?” And he was like “Well, I guess, hot shot.” So I did 35 instead (real ones), non-stop. Boom. Then I went home and challenged AJ to a pushup contest. He did not accept.

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I will challenge anyone to a pushup contest (unless it looks like they can do more than 35).

Wednesday, September 20, 4.25 mile run, personal training – back/ biceps: Pearce and I made it out the door and managed to squeeze in a little over 4 miles before starting the day. Our runs are getting progressively faster, even though they don’t really feel any easier! Personal training was a good workout, even though I don’t really love back days. My back is a weak spot for me and it never really seems to get easier, even though I know I’m making progress. Maybe one day pull ups will be easy, but today is not that day.

Thursday, September 21, personal training – legs: The theme of the days was lunges, lunges, lunges. Weighted lunges, non-weighted lunges, lunges everywhere. I was a sweaty mess by the time it was over! There’s something uniquely gross about the amount I sweat on leg day. It’s pretty next level.

Friday, September 22, 3 mile run, personal training – full upper body: I woke up a little earlier than I had planned on Friday and decided to go for a run. It was PITCH black when I left and for some reason, I had the bright idea to run outside of my neighborhood, where there are no lights. I am not typically one to worry a whole lot about running safety where I live, but on this particular run I was like “OMG THIS IS HOW I DIE.” For My Favorite Murder fans, I kept thinking “Georgia and Karen would be SO MAD at me right now.” Obviously nothing happened and it was fine, but I think I’ll be sticking to my lighted neighborhood until the morning sunlight returns. I also had personal training and physical therapy on Friday. Why physical therapy? Long story short, I’ve been having problems with my neck and shoulder for months now and they are getting progressively worse. My physical therapist thinks I have a torn labrum, but only time will tell. A light full upper body workout (with no movements that hurt my shoulder) was on the menu for the day.

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Sweating profusely, probably from the fear of being murdered.

Saturday, September 23, 8 mile run: Woohoo! Half marathon training is really underway, and I am feeling good! Pearce and I did 8 miles, including 4 with her 12-year old son. It went great and it has been nice to get back to weekend long runs now that the weather is a bit cooler. I’m fully looking forward to the Spinx Runfest now!

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With my fancy new shoulder tape

Sunday, September 24, OFF – and 1 mile with my foster son!: My foster son woke up this morning and asked if he could run with me! “Of course,” I said. “Whenever you go,” he said. Bless his little heart! We set out to complete a mile. Of course, 5 year olds aren’t so great at pacing (then again, neither am I), but we had lots of fun as we ran, walked, and picked up sticks. You don’t pick up sticks when you’re out for runs? You’re missing out.

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Be still, my heart.

LEAVE A COMMENT: Do your kids enjoy running with you? Have you ever lifted weights barefoot before?

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8 thoughts on “Workout Roundup: Week of September 18, 2017

  1. I LOVE the push-ups and the challenge when you got home, obviously still on a high from your triumphant set. LOL!! And that is the sweetest picture of you running with your foster son. Kids and dogs do not pace well but they make the best partners!
    PS – Dogs also pick up sticks on the run 🙂 gotta love the pit stops!

    1. Hahaha if only he had accepted! Maybe one day. I think he fears me – I would definitely win.

      I ran with my foster son again today and he stopped to pick up acorns, smell flowers, and jump on every crunchy leaf. Bless his heart.

  2. I love that you got to run with your foster son! So awesome that you’re inspiring the running for him, too. I think you and AJ will be great role models for the kids you foster like that. Glad that your own training is going well too and that the weather is cooling off there. It’s still insanely hot down here and long runs are a struggle!

    1. It has been really fun to see that he wants to get involved in things we do! He loves helping AJ with his car and always wants to go to the gym with us. I’ve enjoyed running with him for sure! I hope you get cooler weather soon!

  3. I’ve never heard of lifting weights barefoot. I’d be so afraid of dropping one on my foot.
    I love that your foster son wanted to run with you! Ty and Dylan are both running the Tulsa Run and I’m on cloud nine! I would never be able to keep up with them now, and won’t get to see them finish, but I’m a proud mom!

    1. Hahaha, it’s funny, I don’t really think of that! I mostly think of all the sweaty feet 🙂 I figure if I drop one on my sneaker it will probably hurt just as much as on my bare foot. Either way, it is broken! I wish I was coming for the Tulsa Run!! One year I will.

  4. Love reading your blog. I have to ask, maybe I missed it along the way, but what is the deal with all of the deadlifts? I do them and plenty of squats and lunges, but probably not the variety you do. I can do high volume squats and lunges but haven’t thought about high volume deadlifts.

    1. Great question, Pamela! My trainer started incorporating them into my workouts about a month ago. Before, I did a more general “leg day,” but now I do one “leg day” and one “back body day.” Back body day focuses on my hamstrings and glutes, so that is when I do tons of deadlifts. I do tons of different variations, including the positioning of my feet (feet together, feet shoulder width apart, and sumo style) and then several different starting heights for the weights. I also do some other hamstring work, like leg curls, but most of it is deadlifts. That’s why I do high reps and low weight! It keeps the strain off my back but lets me get a ton of work into my glutes and hamstrings. I also do sumo squats with a kettlebell on those days to target my glutes. I hope that helps!

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