No joke. When I was at the gym this morning (grrrrr XT-ing) MTV played AN HOUR of Lady Gaga videos. I was unaware that she had an hours worth of music videos. Bummer that I couldn’t listen along because, even though I have headphones in my gym bag, the little device that hooks the sound from the tvs on the wall to me is broken. Well it cuts in and out which is annoying. And not just on the equipment that I was using but on all the machines. I think it’s because their old and too many people have plugged and unplugged their headphones. The same thing happened to my discman (gosh did I just date myself?!).
Anyway I mention it because I know that Sarah (the shu box) would be happy and enjoy that.
As you probably could tell I did the arc trainer this morning. I had a little extra time (sleepless night = able to get out of bed early) so I did another 2 hours on the darn thing. Sadly no one gave me any exciting XT workouts to do sooo I did this:
- 30 minutes @ Resistance =25
- 60 minutes @ Resistance = 30 (30 “forwards motion” 30 “backwards”)
- 30 minutes @ Resistance = 25
It was interesting to see how, on one machine R = 25 felt WAY harder than R=25 on another. I did the first 30 minutes on the harder machine (because my fav one was taken) but quickly jumped on the fav when it opened up. I’m pretty sure that on the machine I started on the resistance of 25 was a resistance of 30 on the other machine so if I had just adjusted then everything would have been okay. But then again, if I hadn’t switched I wouldn’t have been in perfect position for Lady GaGa
And I’m right there with you guys for going off of HR and perceived effort guiding my workouts rather than the machine readouts. I just found it interesting that the calories were SO HIGH. Regardless my HR was around 140 or so the whole time which is typical for me and ~70% my “max”.
For some reason, even though lots of you praised me for being able to handle 2 hours yesterday, the time doesn’t really pass that slowly and it’s not really that boring. I guess I can entertain myself and I have exciting thoughts to think about. I don’t have an ipod so music is out. I can “watch” tv but I don’t have sound. And I absolutely cannot read while working out. It just doesn’t workout nicely for me. So it’s just me and my thoughts. And the occasional people watching
I suppose all the not running is helping my shin. I am pain free for another day and the allure of running proved too much. So after my Spanish class I laced up my shoes and went on a test run. Not really a run because it was so short but something just to see if the pain free living would translate to pain free running.
I’m happy to say that YES it did.
I was really really nervous about heading out for this test run. I think once I succumbed to the no-running mentality it made me feel like I’m really frail and I almost didn’t want to run anymore. Crazy right? I know Jess has blogged a bit about this before, well maybe not the no running but the scared feeling of getting back into it. I plan on running tomorrow and, although Thursdays mean tempo, I’ve already decided to nix all speedwork this week. I just don’t think I’m mentally up to it regardless of the shin status.
Now I know that many of you probably would like to see me wait longer before jumping into any sort of running but I did the test run for a couple of reasons:
- I’m an even kind of girl. Meaning that it’s been 2 days. Waiting until tomorrow means 3 days. And 3 isn’t happening. I’d have to wait until Friday to get to the next even number and I really didn’t want to wait that long. Plus if I waited beyond Friday it would have to be 8 days because I like multiples (or fractions) of 4. OCD much?
- I have PT tonight so any “damage” (because let’s face it, running and working out causes damage no matter if you have shin splints or are 100% healthy) would be worked out through massage and stretch and stim.
Which I just got back from and it was comical how ridiculously tight my calves are. Seriously. The faces my PT was making were…well let’s just say my calves are tight.
And she was really surprised at all the edema that is in my (newly affected) shin. But she was happy that the “old” shin was feeling great. So now we need to get the swelling down in this guy which I’m confident that we’ll do. I mean, we did it with the last one.
Off to go do some work. And maybe get some sleep tonight. Send some sleepytime vibes my way please