With my first full week back to normal since our foster son left, I was determined to make the most of my time this week and try and get back on my usual schedule! I was aiming for running 3-4 times and making it to the gym all 5 days of the work week. What are the chances that happened?
Monday, October 16, personal training – legs: My shoulder was bothering me a lot after my long run on Sunday, so doing anything involving my upper body at the gym seemed unwise. Therefore, I hit legs with my trainer. It was one of those workouts where I’m not even really sure that anything I did was that hard, but I was still sweating profusely at the end. I don’t take many breaks between sets and that’s usually fine, but it leaves me a sweaty mess on leg day!
Tuesday, October 17, personal training – arms and shoulders: Obviously, there’s not much left I can do by way of shoulder workouts anymore, so I mostly use very light weights for anything involving my shoulders, like lateral raises or front raises. My range of motion is also way limited now. But, there are still plenty of other exercises I can do, like lots of bicep and tricep work where my shoulder is stable. My favorite right now? Tricep push-downs – I’m up to 80 pounds on those!
Wednesday, October 18, 3 mile run, personal training – deadlifts/backbody: So, my run on Wednesday morning was absolutely terrible. I thought it would be delightful because it was cold out – low 40s! – but it was not. My legs felt like lead, I took a million walk breaks, my shoulder hurt, and I just wanted it to be over as quickly as possible. Thankfully, my strength training workout was much better! I am definitely getting better at deadlifts now that we dedicate an entire workout to them. My flexibility is still sad and pathetic, but thankfully, hundreds upon hundreds of elevated deadlifts are starting to change that. Just don’t expect me to enter any weightlifting competitions anytime soon!
Thursday, October 19, 3 mile run, personal training – chest and back: I am an idiot who does not understand fall weather. For some reason, I thought that because it was cold in the morning, it would also be cold if I went running at lunch time despite the high temperature for the day being around 78. Spoiler alert: it was not cold. I haven’t run in full sun in months (since probably April?) and wow, that was brutal. Sadly, it was still faster and better than Wednesday’s run, but my shoulder hurt just the same. For the gym, I stuck to a chest and back workout. Gone are the days of tons of bench presses and pushups, though. Exercises where I used to use 50 pounds of weight now use 25. It’s a little depressing.
Oh, it’s not freezing cold in the middle of the day in direct sunlight? Who knew?
Friday, October 20, 3 mile walk, personal training – legs: My shoulder hurt too much on Friday to run, so Pearce and I went for a walk instead to enjoy the weather. Personal training was leg day again since my shoulder wasn’t doing well and we didn’t want to push it. I ended up killing it on the leg press – 360 pounds for 15 reps! I know I could have done more, but it was at the end of my workout. I was also able to do a squat machine (that puts the weight over your shoulders rather than across your spine) and did 180 pounds easily. It made me kind of sad because I realized that if I was able to do REAL squats, with a bar across my shoulders, I’d probably be pretty good at them. But alas, we will never know. I was nice and sore the next day.
Saturday, October 21 – OFF: AJ and I had foster care training from 9 am to 4 pm an hour away, so it seemed like Saturday would be a good rest day. Unfortunately, sitting in one place for an entire day definitely made the soreness in my legs worse, but oh well. At least my shoulder didn’t hurt!
Sunday, October 22, 8 mile run: Finally, our last long run before the Spinx Half Marathon! My physical therapist taped up my shoulder pretty heavily on Friday, so I had support for my run. It wasn’t my best run ever, but the weather was nice and the company was great. Less than a week to go until the race!
You know it’s heavy duty tape when it goes all the way to your elbow.
So, shockingly, I DID hit my goals for the week! I had hoped to get one more run in, but I still got 3. I have to say, I can’t believe how much free time I have now without a 5 year old running all over the place! Of course, things are still busy, but it is a lot easier to fit workouts in when you don’t have to take childcare into account. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!
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