Well that’s a preemptive ouch I guess. This morning was one of those mornings where I debated for a few minutes whether or not I really wanted to workout first thing or if I wanted to be lazy. I decided to get my sorry butt out of bed and immediately head to the gym for some punishing strength work.
I’ve been semi-neglecting it this summer as I’ve been really busy with work, MCAT etc. I think the more circuit based training (and the pushup challenge) definitely helped maintain my muscles because the workout wasn’t as hard as I anticipated. Granted I’m still going to be sore as hell tmrw but that’s ok. I’ll like it.
You can see the workout I did under the Lifting tab on the right hand side of the page. I included a 10 minute warm up and warm down and the entire thing took me a little over an hour. I’m sure many of you can relate to the fact that I really loved feeling my muscles work hard. I think with my running so much actually feeling the burn in all my muscle groups doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. The exception being those freaking hills that trash my legs (but in a way I totally love to complain about).
Speaking of running, I was able to to get in another goodbye run today. It was a nice break between me boxing more stuff up and packing for move-in day tmrw. I got some stuff organized last night but I’m totally turning into such a procrastinator! This is so not my personality but lately I keep putting off stuff and getting everything done under the wire. Hopefully getting back on campus will straighten me out.
But back to the run. It was an 8 mile loop that might just be my favorite route while at home. The only problem was the length and while I knew I could do (and clearly I did), I’m not sure if it was in my best interest after lifting this morning. I’ve done runs after strength before but they’ve never been more than 6 (I think). Irregardless (and again, yes I know it’s not a real word) I think doing 8 might help push me into the ouch zone tmrw heh. I did wait a few hours (to hydrate, refuel etc.) after the lifting but I’m curious to those who do 2-a-days or strength + running in the same day: how much recovery time do you give yourself between the workouts?
Now the actual run itself was pretty great. It was a slightly faster than easy pace but it didn’t feel hard at all. It just felt like this was the way my body is supposed to run. In other words, a perfect way to send off this route as it will be awhile before I get to run it again. The weather cooperated more than it did yesterday and I got a slight breeze and a little cloud cover. It also didn’t hurt that this route had stretches of shade in it either.
The next time I post I shall be moved in (maybe not unpacked though ha). Hopefully this unfolds with minimal drama and stress! And one last vacation note: my sunburn (yes I have finally gotten over the denial that I let myself burn) is starting to blister! Just one more ouch I get to add to my list 😛