Resistance Training – Workout Day 1

Day 1 Week 1 – So after the 4th of July Lakeside Fun Run I headed over to the gym to start my new yet old familiar Jillian Michael’s Winning by Losing resistance circuit weight training program. Today the focus was on the Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, Quads and Abs. The idea is to do 3 sets of 15 each for each circuit.

Circuit 1
Push-Ups
Squats

Push-ups were harder than I thought they would be. I remember being stronger on these so I’m happy that I’ll be working on these.

Circuit 2
Dumbbell Chest Flys (8lb weights)
Sumo Squats

Not to much trouble with this circuit. Might use a little bit lighter weight for the flys next time.

Circuit 3
Bench Dips
Leg Extensions

Bench dips are always a bit hard after 2 sets but pushed through.

Circuit 4
Lateral Raises
Jumping Jacks (1 minute)
Basic Crunches

This circuit was good except I could really feel my calves working on the jumping jacks.

Circuit 5
Seated Tricep Extensions
Jump Rope (1 minute)
Scissors

Did not have a jump rope so I jumped in place for 1 minute. I also added a few more tricep exercises with a machine. Ab work felt good too.

I will like these workouts better when I can move more freely around the gym but I got in the workout and feel good. Tomorrow is Back, Biceps, Hamstrings, Glutes and Oblique Ab work! Day 2 tomorrow. Happy Fourth!

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Don’t worry

but I am. I’m not sure if it’s my blood sugar, or if I’m tired or if it’s that I’d rather be any place than at work right now but I feel out of sorts today. I’m sure it’s only temporary. It doesn’t help that work is not so intriguing right now and a little mundane. It could be that I’m getting a little nervous about the half marathon I have coming up. I only have 6 weeks left to train and I haven’t done much running in the past 2 weeks. I’m also kind of bummed that my hubby will be in Kentucky during that time. I have come to really enjoy having him watch me or more recently be there to run the races with me. It’s just been so awesome to have him along for the ride in our new adventures of running and getting healthy together. I really didn’t think I needed or wanted to share my races with anyone but it has been much better than I imagined. Anyway I thought it might help to get some endorphins going by hitting up my Body Blast class after work but last minute kiddo watching (my niece and nephew) has gotten in the way of that. I’m not sure I was up for it anyway. On a positive note it’s a new week and here’s the training plan for the week: 4/25 – Rest 4/26 – 4 miles 4/27 – Cross training 4/28 – 3 miles 4/29 – rest 4/30 – 10 miles (yikes) 5/1 – 3 miles EZ Not sure I will get the 10 miler in on Saturday as Robb and I are looking to check out/run/walk the course for the trail run we have in two weeks. I also have a birthday lunch for my sister and cousin tentatively planned for that day too. So it might have to wait till Sunday. So my first run of the week (tomorrow) will be my version of Galloway’s run walk run method. I still need to read more about it but I think I am going to plan on running for 3 minutes and walking for 1. I just really need to make the time to get out there and run even if I’m not fully informed yet on all the specifics of his plan. I have come to realize that to make the most of this training journey that walking will be part of it and that’s okay. I have been feeling some pain post run especially on the long runs and think this change in training will help. The idea is to enjoy it and finish injury free.

Overcoming Doubts

Every time I start to think about running 13.1 miles I begin to doubt that I have what it takes to complete that distance. I get a bit overwhelmed thinking I have to do this 3 mile run 4 more times and then some. I worry about my back, my feet and whole body taking a pounding from all this running.  Then sometimes I’ll have a good run and think I could run for miles and miles. So I have to focus on not demanding too much too early. I remind myself to take it one day and one run at a time. Not all runs will go well but some will. Plus I have a little less than 3 months to train and really that is plenty of time. So be gone doubts I will do this.

So for my past week running training plan in review:
I had my second longest miles run in a week with a total of 13.07 down from 14 the week before so not too bad.  This included two runs with hubby – a 5k in Malibu on Saturday and our loop  around our house two times for about 2 miles yesterday.  I also did one of my mile loops 5 times for my long run on Thursday night.

This week:
Today is a much needed day off. However, I plan on doing some stretching and some physical therapy excerises for my back tonight when I get home. Then the rest of the week I have 4 runs to complete ranging from 3 miles to the long one of 6 on Saturday. I also have the option of cross training so I might get a bike ride in for 15-20 minutes.

Happy Running! 🙂