Day Two

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Hey yall, 

Today I actually truly walked 4 miles on the treadmill. Technically it was a little more because this treadmill does a cool down, and I figured it couldn’t hurt anything. It went well even though my legs are sore from yesterdays workout. Since it was raining today, I thought I’d be safe and just walk inside. However, generally when I walk inside I get super bored because there’s nothing to look at. It helps I found an interesting show to watch. 

My lifting consisted of shoulders and chest today. Due to the fact I’m pregnant, it makes doing chest workouts a little more challenging. They suggest you don’t do exercises that require you to be flat on your back. A good chunk of chest workouts, at least with dumbbells, are flat on your back. So instead of being flat, I did them at inclines. My shoulders were sore by the end, which is good. The last rep I had for my chest exercise I could tell my muscles had just about had it. I felt so accomplished. My workout consisted of dumbbell shoulder press, dumbbell lateral raise, dumbbell shoulder shrug, dumbbell front raise, machine press, machine butterfly, dumbbell incline bench press, and dumbbell incline fly. They all basically were 3 sets with 10 reps.

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New Years Resolution 

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Hey y’all,

For those that have been following, I disappeared for a long while. I could give you all the excuses in the world. I did manage to workout, even though I never blogged about it. It was nice to take some time off and figure things out.

The Excuses (yes, I realize there are no good ones):

  • newlywed
  • going to move to Wheaton for school but things fell through
  • had to find a new place to live, but in the same city I currently live in
  • trying to figure out school
  • illnesses within the family and me personally
  • LIFE

However, I’m back at it. I really did workout but not to the intensity I wish I would have. A little over two weeks ago I started an intense workout from bodybuilding.com. I seriously love that website, it gives me tips and tricks and replacement exercises if my gym does not have the equipment. It is the best! Plus it gives you the ability to read other people’s experiences and what worked for them. Along with that you can buy to help your workout. Anyways enough about bodyduilding.com.

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The workout has me going for four days of lifting and cardio and the other days are active rest. I did end up taking last week off due to a personal injury that hindered my mobility a great deal. While it sucked to take last week off from running and lifting, it was much needed and now I feel energized and ready to go. I still can not go as far as I wish I could on running because of the injury, but I will be there by the end of the week for sure (that would be tomorrow I guesss). The workout I managed to find on bodybuilding.com (go figure). It is intense but oh so rewarding.

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Today was shoulders and triceps, which are my two weakest muscle groups. They have always been my weakest, which is probably because I do not use them that often. It was awful, and I coould barely move my arms at the end. While it was a struggle ot make a protein shake, it was worth it at the same time. The workout had me do 7 different workouts with a variety of different exercises. I always feel crazy week when I have to work my triceps and shoulders and get crazy self-conscious. Oh well, everyone has to start somewhere I suppose. On the plus side I look stylin’ in my new running shoes when I workout.

I got probably way more excited then I should have when I got these, but my other shoes were over a year old. Even a novice like me knows that is way to long to have a decent pair of running shoes, especially since I trained and ran a half marathon in them. The guy was crazy friendly and that place will always have my husband and mine’s business. He managed to talk me into two new pair of running socks, which I was informed I would love. They are made to work well on nature trails and pavement, since where I run is both. I am also hoping to run another half-marathon next year and maybe a full if I can convince my husband it is necessary. He is pretty supportive with all my running craziness thankfully. He even works out with me, which is fabulous because it gives us time in the morning together. We workout before work at 6am…never in my life did I think that I could do that or him. Now I prefer it over the afternoon with the exception of running. Personally I would like that later in the afternoon when it is still cool out but the sun is out so I can enjoy nature.

Anyways my husband and I are back on track to working out consistently. It feels good to be back at it, especially with someone I love dearly. I am crazy excited for the rest of this year and what it holds. We are just starting the typical new year’s resolution everyone does every year early. Well…that’s what we are telling ourselves anyways.

 

Excitement on Hump Day

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Hey yall!

Well today was quite a day. I started my morning off with a shoulder workout. You never realize how weak shoulders are until you have a whole day for working them. I don’t know if I just ignore those muscles or what. Although, I saw a guy who looked pretty fit and lean (like you could see each individual muscle on his arms), and he was doing a similar workout with weight I would use. Granted I don’t know if his muscles were already sore or he purposely did light weight. It doesn’t really matter, it made me feel a little better about my weak shoulders.

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All by myself in the weight room

I did start my my workout with a five minute warm up to get my blood flowing. I think it helps, especially because I’m not lose in the morning. My muscles are tight and still haven’t woken up. After my workout I did the stair master got twenty five minutes. I was consistent and did the same level for the whole thing. Except there was a two minute window when I increased it by three levels. Yea… I’m not sure what possessed me to do that. However, I finished and felt accomplished. Once I got off my legs were wobbly, which is always fun when going downstairs.

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After going to work, which did mean being on my feet the whole time, I decided to go for a run. I know I need to run consistently in order to be ready for the race. So I took a little break and then decided it was time to go again. Once I started walking on the trail, I could feel the tiredness in my legs. In order to not kill them and give them a break I decided to only go 2 miles. I could feel it really when I started running. My dog was wound like crazy. I don’t know if it had something to do with the fact she got to sleep before we went or what.

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I did give her a water break towards the middle of the run. It is important to me to never push my dog more than she can handle because that’s not fair. Anyways she splashed herself and then startled herself. Of course she made it worse by jumping around in order to get out. It was pretty entertaining. The second time I think she was starting to learn how to play in the water.

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Back to my run. I was going and going and eventually realized I was almost at a mile and a half and had yet to turn around. So I decided to just go the three miles and hope I didn’t kill myself. In the beginning I made sure to watch my pace and not go too fast too soon. Somehow I managed to make it all work out and go my 3.1 miles at a pace I’m crazy happy with. It’s been a long time, since I’ve run this quick and felt good. Eventually, after a little over a mile I quite feeling the exhaustion in my legs and felt like I was flying. Every mile I got a little faster with my third mile being my fastest, which is crazy! It may not be as fast as a lot of people but I’d be happy with this pace for a 50k.

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I decided that my speed might have something to do with my new sunglasses. They were cheap thanks to coupons and discounts. I realize that probably has nothing to do with it but it makes me feel better. Along with a new headband to run in.

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I get her picture at prefect times