I was hoping for a really solid week of workouts before leaving to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but that’s not exactly what happened. In fact, this week was the first time I had a really bad strength workout. Let’s dive into it.
Monday, August 7, 5 mile treadmill run, personal training – legs: It was pouring on Monday when I woke up, and Pearce was out of town, so I had no desire whatsoever to go run outside by myself. Luckily, my gym has treadmills, so I decided to head over and knock out my 5 miles. I didn’t think anything of it – I set the treadmill to a 2% incline, 6 mph, and did my run. Well, a few hours later, my knees were starting to get sore. It was leg day at the gym, and I thought I would warm up and be fine, but I could not summon any strength in my legs. I struggled to do even half of the weight I normally do on the single leg press (I often do 180, and I could barely do 90). My trainer ended up sending me home halfway through my workout when it was clear that things weren’t going to get better. I wasn’t dramatic about this at all. Wait, yes I was. I was in the worst mood for the rest of the day and so disappointed and frustrated with myself, but ultimately, bad workouts happen.
My knees were sore the rest of the day, so I iced them and rested. I think it was the treadmill – apparently, running at the exact same pace and incline for a long time can bother your knees if you aren’t used to it. Normally, the only time I use the treadmill is when I am doing speed work, so I’m varying my pace a lot. It’s never bothered me before, but I won’t be trying it for anymore steady-state runs for awhile. Lesson learned!
Tuesday, August 8, 30 minutes mixed cardio, personal training – arms: There was no way I was running on Tuesday with my big hike coming up and my knees bothering me, so I headed to the gym for lifting. I did biceps and triceps, which obviously didn’t bother my knees at all. Afterwards, I decided to do 30 minutes of mixed cardio: 10 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stairmaster, and then another 10 minutes on the elliptical. I was watching some crazy videos of special forces doing their workouts on the tv at the gym and it was absolutely mesmerizing. I could have stayed there for hours!
Wednesday, August 9, 3 mile run, personal training – backbody: I had planned to just go for a walk on Wednesday morning, but my knees were feeling a lot better and the weather was beautiful in the morning, so I ended up going on a short run to see how they felt. I definitely felt achy on the uphills, but overall, it wasn’t too bad. At the gym, it was deadlift day, and that’s pretty much all I did. It turns out, there are tons of different types of deadlifts, so it’s not like you get bored. We have to be really careful with my back, but I like the power I feel when I do deadlifts! I will probably never be able to do a lot of weight, but I’m doing about 100 pounds now.
Thursday, August 10, 4 mile run, personal training – chest and back: I was able to meet Pearce this morning for a run, which was nice! I didn’t want to do too much because of my knees, which are still slightly sore. They definitely bother me more on inclines, but I’m icing like crazy and praying they will be fine for the hike. No more runs for me until I get back! At the gym today, I continued to work on building up my bench press so that I will be able to do 135 pounds! This week, I did 135 pounds with a double block on my chest – basically meaning the bar stopped about 4 inches about my chest. Last week, I used a triple block, so this is progress! I considered making an Instagram account to document this process and calling it “@theroadto135” but when I told AJ about my idea, he said it was “unnecessary.” Sorry you have to miss out – blame him.
Friday, August 11, OFF: It was cute how I thought I was going to wake up early to go to the gym for one last workout before my flight. I most certainly did not.
Saturday, August 12, OFF: Travel day! Resting up for the big hike tomorrow.
Sunday, August 13, hiking: FIRST DAY OF OUR HIKE! Pray that no one falls off a mountain or collapses.
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