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September 24, 2009

Time to get in gear and hit the weights

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:42

No running today.  Katerina asked yesterday when my last rest day was, and I think it was last Monday. As in 10 days ago.  Normally I take rest days when I can “fit” them in because usually my body doesn’t give me the tired signals (or I’m just really bad at reading them).  But I think some of the lethargy I’m feeling is due to fatigue.  Maybe not all but definitely some. And thanks for all the don’t-worry-about-it comments.  In my head I know that but it’s still hard for my heart to comprehend. So a rest day it is.

That’s not to say I’m not going to do anything today.  I got to “sleep in” before my AM class (a rare treat) and I hit up the weights afterward.  I’ve been seriously neglecting strength, specifically lifting, for a very long time.  The last time I was on a regular lifting schedule was during the first half of my marathon training. MONTHS ago.  I did a little bit of circuit work over the summer but nothing serious.  I was just being a mileage junkie and using the hour or so of lifting time to get in extra miles.

I did my normal weights routine:


  • Lunges          3 X 15 (each leg) with 10 lbs using a BOSU ball
  • Calf Raisers 3 X 30
  • Squats           3 X 15

Arms (all 3 X 15):

  • Tricep Kickbacks 17.5lbs
  • Shoulder Press     17.5 lbs
  • Bicep Curl               20 lbs
  • Dumbbell Row      20 lbs
  • Bench Press            25 lbs

Abs (3 X :45 on :15 off) and Back (3 X 15)

  • Planks
  • Row
  • Bicycle

With a 10 minute jogging warm up and down the whole thing took me just about an hour.  And I attacked this stuff with a vengance.  I really don’t think I’ve been in the weight room in about 5 or so weeks. Ouch for tmrw maybe?

Hopefully getting there today means that I can get into a routine where I’m hitting up the gym at least 2 times a week.  It’s interesting because if you had asked me last fall about lifting and such I would have told you that I couldn’t see how runners didn’t get to the gym a few times a week to lift.  And here I am lately practically running the opposite direction of the gym.

On the work front, I was able to get a ton of it done last night. I did 4 straight hours of work.  Granted I haven’t even started anything due early next week / making a dent in long term stuff but I’m happy with my level of productivity.  I just put my head down and put my nose on the grindstone I guess.  Doubt I’ll get anywhere near that amount of work done tonight as I have my shift at the ER tonight for my internship. Since it’ll be Thursday night I’m hoping for some action.  I mean, I DON’T want ppl to be hurt or anything but I want my time there to be worthwhile (esp since I’m missing AppleFest heh) so I want interesting stuff that makes good learning points – and good material for my paper I have to write.

Oh EW. So in my dorm the window screens are too big for the windows so they bow out a bit.  I’ve already killed 3 huge ass flies this semester and there are two more now just stareing at me and flying around and being annoying.  Gross, I pay how much for this school and they can’t give me protection from flies?! Geez!

Oh that note, I’m going to be late for a lunch date and then I’m off to the hospital.  Happy Thursday and it’s almost Friday. And Lacey has informed me that the humidity is supposed to break soon. YAY 🙂


  1. Pretty much the only reason I lift weights is because I don’t want bingo wings. Lifting for me has nothing to do with increasing my strength or injury prevention and everything to do with vanity. It’s a pretty good motivator, actually. Good luck getting all your stuff done and your stint in the ER.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 24, 2009 @ 12:49

  2. It is a good sign when you can’t remember your last rest day 🙂

    Comment by Matt — September 24, 2009 @ 13:40

  3. Definitely time for a rest day, or “rest” day because you’re like me and lift weights on an “off” day. Ha.

    Comment by runjess — September 24, 2009 @ 13:52

  4. i think we are all different in what we need for rest. i def need a lot of recovery time between runs and often going for a run isn’t enough of a recovery even if it is slow. thanks for posting your workout routine! i do something very similar but i have been SO sporadic every since i stopped playing basketball. running kind of dominated and i forget to try to make time for other things. i feel my best when i’m lifting regularly tho!!!

    Comment by Lacey — September 24, 2009 @ 13:54

  5. 10 days in a row!! Very impressive. You deserve the RD.

    Comment by a marathoner — September 24, 2009 @ 16:51

  6. Oh, wow, 10 days of running! I get like that too sometimes, where I forget/just don’t take a break, but its actually really good for you body. You could also try swimming as a form of rest on your joints, as well.
    Have a great weekend 🙂 Hopefully you can all your work done!

    Comment by Kathleen — September 25, 2009 @ 07:33

  7. Glad you took a rest day! It is totally hard to make yourself lift sometimes, but I like feeling strong!

    Comment by Katerina — September 27, 2009 @ 23:55

  8. […] I did the same lifting routine I did on Thursday minus the core stuff because I had already done it earlier this morning.  I will mention that my […]

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