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December 22, 2009

Hitting the Gym

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:53

Yes I finally did it. Worked my way back into the gym for some lifting (and of course some borrowing on fitness mags — don’t judge I always return them when I’m done haha).  When we last left our good friends the weights I was on the verge on my running explosion and wanted to use the hour or so I spent lifting hammering out miles.  I also think that part of it was feeling to much like a have-to.  I’ve always been the type of person/runner who made sure that I hit the weights 2-3x a week for a full body session.  I just couldn’t imagine why someone wouldn’t lift. But with my focus shifting towards being a mileage junkie those sessions just felt burdensome.

So I stopped.  Wayyy back in October, about 10 weeks I think.  And obviously my running did explode and climb higher and higher.  Which is fine and exciting and something I’m happy / proud of.  But I don’t want to be that runner who shuns the gym.  I really do think that lifting / strengthening should be a part of every runner’s repertoire.  I won’t go into the benefits here of lifting (I definitely am not an expert) but anecdotally in the past I have always felt really good and strong and powerful when I’ve incorporated lifting on a regular basis.

Part of it is obviously physiological: make the muscles stronger and DUH you shall feel stronger.  Part of it is also psychological for me too: I grew up with a father who actually powerlifted.  Like in meets and stuff.  Seriously.  We even traveled for it too; my childhood trips to Disney coincided with huge meets.  From an early age I was shown that lifting was something to do.  Granted I often ignored the advice spewed by the parentals, but still, regardless of whether or not you want to listen, it sticks.

In any case I was “forced” to lift once I hit my teen years and although I HATED it I did enjoy the fact that there were high school boys there too to train under my dad.  I eventually abandoned actual lifting when I hit high school and did more calisthenic stuff with the volleyball, basketball and track teams.  I’d later incorporate this stuff post-high school much more readily into my routines as you don’t really need anything to do them.

So I’m not sure where all that reminiscing came from.  I guess to show you that I really do believe that everyone should take strength seriously.  And that lifting has always been a part of my lifestyle in some capacity which is why I take it seriously. And that I’m owning up to shunning that advice myself heh. And that I kind of guilted myself into driving to the gym today to get in some strengthening.

I did the Lifting workout here (it’s on the tab on the right for future reference).  And boy do I think I’m going to be sore tomorrow! My abs probably not as I’ve been consistently doing abs throughout the fall.  And maybe not so much my legs as I’m sure all that running has staved off toooo much strength loss.  But my arms felt like jello after the first set. Can’t wait to see what they’re like in the morning.  Oh well I can’t really complain because I really deep down love that feeling.

It felt really good to be back in the gym.  The actual physical gym as well as the workout itself.  It’s a totally different atmosphere in the weights section compared to the cardio, even in my gym where it’s basically one big room with weights in one corner and cardio equipment in another.  It could also be my gym, lots of working class people just doing their thing.  No hoity-toity people, no annoying a-hole college athletes etc.  I love it.

And because I am me I went running afterward.  I even mapped out a run in the town that my gym is in.  Naturally there are no streets signs, or at least signs for the streets I wanted so I ended up running around a little aimlessly.  I mapped it out just now and *drumrollplease* 11.4 miles.  Yeah.  Much more than I thought it was. Or rather much more than I wanted.  Although when all is said and done I’m proud of it.  Full body lifting and double digit run? Bamf.

But I wish that someone would tell my ankle that.  I think all my hubris about 2000+ miles on my shoes caught up to me BOOM in one fell swoop.  On my left ankle, at the base of my shin really, I am having a bit of pain/soreness/twingeing that feels a bit like tendinitis.  I have no idea if it can come on so quickly but that’s the closest thing that I can compare it too.  Maybe shin splints but it’s a bit lower than when I usually feel the onset of that pain. And maybe I’ve just been successfully ignoring the pain as it was building.  But now it’s a bit inflammed and the longer I sit here on the couch all immobile the more it hurts to move it. (And I kind of think I’m dramatizing this.  I’m sure that it’s nothing life or death here, just a bit of the good ole aches and pains)

And the real kicker? Absolutely no ice in the house.  No one refilled the ice cube trays.  And there’s no frozen veggies or anything like that in the freezer to make a makeshift one.  My only option is likely to go out in the snow.  But that requires me to move.  And go out in the cold.  Not going to happen. Boo I hate living with people who don’t think outside of themselves.

Enough writing more reading! I started U is for Undertow last night and got sucked in (like I should have known I would) and stayed up wayyy too late and actually fell asleep with it open.  I’m craving so badly to get back to it so get back to it I shall. 🙂

P.S. Like always keep the questions coming! I totally appreciate all the questions that have already come in but I need more 🙂



  1. Love me some Sue Grafton. I’ve still not read T yet. Can’t find it at the library :(.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — December 22, 2009 @ 16:12

  2. you are KILLING it over there!!!! way to go 🙂 i would suggest ice and take a rest day on that ankle!!!!! and um new shoes! helloooOOOooOOo christmas 🙂

    i love lifting! i always remember that when i do it, and then forget it in between. lol.

    i LOVE the alphabet series!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 i have not read them in forever. i dont’ remember where i left off either!!!!!!!! i need to get back 🙂 i think maybe i read T is for Trespass last????

    Comment by lacey — December 22, 2009 @ 17:17

  3. Workout Maiden! I thought you retired the 2,000+ mile kicks? If not, do so immediately, First sign of trouble they gotta go. Seriously. Boston is fast approaching and you need to be on your A++ physiological game.

    Very inspirational on the weightlifting. I need to figure out a way to get it in too. I used to lift a ton, before running. Now I am “one of those runners” who shun the weights.

    Comment by A Marathoner — December 22, 2009 @ 17:49

  4. oh noooo not tendonitis! i had that in my right ankle when i was in high school. awful. go jump in the snow! 😉

    Comment by runningd0wnadream — December 22, 2009 @ 18:11

  5. Sorry about the ankle pain! Definitely ice it and take some time off of running. I think a few days of lifting and strength training would be good for you.

    Speaking of, I am very impressed with your strength training routine! I rarely (uh, ok never) lift. I know know know I should…but I don’t. Thanks for a the motivating post!

    Comment by runningfiance — December 22, 2009 @ 22:38

  6. Nice lifting! I looooove to lift. It’s a total different high then running, and for me I think it makes me a stronger runner. And, girl….you gotta get some new shoes!!!!!!

    Comment by Liz — December 23, 2009 @ 00:33

  7. I would say I’m probably one of those runner who shuns lifting. Maybe I’ll change that once the next quarter starts.

    My fam is the same way with the ice cube trays. I started taking a washcloth, running it under water and freezing it. It works fairly well.

    As per your comment in my blog, I do run shorter stuff. I’ll have to think about goals with them.

    Comment by Nick — December 23, 2009 @ 03:40

  8. OMG, send me your address and I will BUY you some stinkin’ new shoes! Seriously, you are going to injure yourself and your lovely Boston plans are going to fly up in smoke. Glad you are enjoying the lifting. I try to do it, but there’s only so much time in the world, ya know? Fill up that ice tray, buy some frozen corn, and take care of business, my dear!

    Comment by LARunner (Rebecca) — December 23, 2009 @ 09:13

  9. I love lifting!

    But you are quite the runner 11.4! Wow.

    It’s really cool you are so keen on mixing it up. I think that’s important!

    Comment by Katie — December 23, 2009 @ 15:15

  10. haha look at you with that killer run after a lifting session. I, too, have slacked off with lifting throughout marathon training this fall. I have began to pick it back up and I definitely notice that my arm strength is weaker. I agree with you…I think it’s so important to keep up with lifting at least 2 days a week…even light lifting!

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — December 23, 2009 @ 16:56

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