Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crossfit: Squats (w/weight) and a circuit workout on 01/28/2010

We were supposed to find out max then do 7 sets of 1 rep each. 2 other girls and I had to practice our squats before starting with the weights. The ladies we joined were doing 7 reps at each weight--starting w/a 35lb bar and going up by 5lbs at a time. Fortunately we joined in early and slowed that down . ;~) I would say I did an average of 3-4 squats each time (more early on, fewer at the end). I maxed at 70 lbs!

After about 30 minutes of squats, the trainer suddenly announced more workout! 2 laps around the gym (2 basketball courts), 10 jump (or step)-ups, 10 push-ups, 10 wall balls (squat, throw 8lb ball up as high as you can, catch it going back down into a full squat) x 3. I did step ups and knee push-ups and finished in 11:04! Woo-hoo! My first two times were around 18 minutes. I liked Thur's group. The guys were really cheering us on as we finished ('cause of course they finished first. Most of them were finishing their first set of laps as I was going into my 2nd lap). My legs are pretty sore today (2nd day after) but I can manage stairs fairly easily.

My still somewhat tentative workout plan is Crossfit M&Th, rest Tu & probably Fri, run Wed &, I guess, Sat. Hmm. Needs work, but it's a start. And Cross fit is good b/c I'm not very good at coming up with my own workouts, pushing hard like that on my own, I don't really like going to the gym by myself, etc. I'd also like to throw swimming in there, but there are only so many days in a week! Mentally, I could really use a good workout every day. Today I spent about 4 hours on one homework problem. Once I finally got it straight (I was doing it the wrong way and not exactly doing the right problem either), it took maybe 45 minutes. ! 8-|  Oh, and yoga! I was just reminded by reading Shut Up and Run's latest post. But yoga at regular room temperatures is fine with me. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gym Monday

I wasn't sure how to log this workout in mapmyrun b/c I did some gym stuff as well as some "running" stuff. ("Running" is in quotes b/c there was twice as much walking (distance) as running.) My right calf was a solid mass of soreness from Friday's rope jumping workout; I still limped as I walked. I'd hoped to find an elliptical to use, but the 2 people ahead of me as I went to that part of the gym got the last two ellipticals available. I found a rowing machine and did 10 minutes on that. I could feel my calf muscle getting warmed up and stretched out as I rowed, so after 10 minutes I moved to the track. I went 1 mile, walking 2 laps and jogging 1. It took me 16 minutes, mostly because of my own speed, but some also because of other slow pokes. :~)

I was originally planning on going to the gym again today, but the last two nights the baby woke up @ 1:30am, interrupting my sleep for at least an hour. These nights were coincidentally (?) the same nights I didn't get home till after he went to bed. I've been so tired I didn't get up early enough to use my ultrasound "Bone Healing System" before school.

OK, well it's getting late again. YAWN!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yes, I've been working out...some.

Crossfit: pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings on 01/14/2010

Knees to chest, 2-handed overhead kettlebell swings, push-ups all x5. Some warm-up: kipping pull-ups (w/rubber band), and I don't remember what else. I was really sore for 2 days, and my neck and shoulders were sore for 4 days! Even my pecs were sore! They haven't been sore in 8 years! And this is only the 2nd time.

Walk-to-Run on 1/18/2010
Elliptical 15 min ~1.5mi. Run 1 lap, walk 1 for 2 miles. WFFC track. 28:16min.

Crossfit: Jumping rope and Back extensions on 1/22/2010
Warm up in gym: 1 lap each around basketball court--jog, butt-kicks, sidesteps, skipping, 1 more jogging lap.
Workout: 3 x circuit\r\n150 jumping rope, 50 back extensions/Supermans. I did one set of extensions on a bench, then did Supermans for the next two sets. My calves are really tight today; my shins were feeling a bit less than "outstanding" last night and this morning.

School has been really busy this quarter. I have a lab class. My lab is on Tuesdays, supposedly from 1-4, but we haven't gotten out before 5 yet.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Running at the gym

Yesterday I went to the gym. It was really busy again what with the continued subfreezing temps.

Walked 1 mi <15min (darn watch won\'t store more than 1 lap + total time). Then I ran 2 laps, walked 1 for 2 miles: 1st mile >12 min; 2nd mile 12:15min
Really got that HR up (200)! Felt good, though my face was quite red by the time I got done--pushed a bit too hard.
Shin didn't hurt while running :~) though it's a bit achy today :~(
I used the ultrasound "bone healing system" on both legs this morning as the right shin was a little 'iffy' too (sympathy pain?)
Anyway, clearly I increased my running by more than 10%. It felt good...and I had been feeling really stressed out after a class. That makes it alright doesn't it? I know, I know, it doesn't. My legs are tired today, but at least they're not sore like last time.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Running! Yay!

I went to the gym yesterday (finally). It was really busy even after 5! Guess that's what freezing temps and snow will do (though there's a group of guys that runs past my building every day ~11, including snowy today!). My clothes were SO COLD from being in the car all day!

I did 2 miles on the indoor track. 1st mile walking ~ 16.5 min. 2nd mile running a lap then walking a lap, a little under 15 minutes. It felt great! Gotta do that more often, even my shin muscles are sore today (not to be confused with the shin splint/stress fracture pain). I get to use the "good run" tag again, woohoo! :P

Wow, the snow is really coming down!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wow, it's been a while since my last post! I have been working out. I've been doing the Lean and Sore, I mean Lean and Fit, in 7 Minutes workout from It takes me 10-12 min to go through it once, then I do some kettlebell exercises, push-ups and sit-ups, and stretch for a total of 30-45 minutes depending on how many reps of stuff I did. I did this every 3 days (did I mention the sore part?) for just over a week. Then, the last time I was really tired. I'd slept a lot, so I couldn't figure it out; I felt physically drained.  That night (Monday the 28th) my daughter, my husband and I all came down with the stomach "flu." No wonder I was tired! I was getting sick!

We spent the 1st half of the night running to the bathroom, and the 2nd half trying to sleep. My daughter kept groaning about her stomach hurting (I don't remember having stomach cramps last time I had this), so I couldn't sleep as much. I kept diving for the bowl in case she threw up. My husband actually managed not to throw up. He took some Nexium which quelled the nausea that night, but the next day he had to add a lot of willpower to keep his food down. The baby was sick last Sunday but not nearly as bad, thank Goodness. And my oldest seems to have skipped it altogether. (So far so good, anyway.)  The sad thing is, the day after we let our daughter go out and play, her friend got sick. :(  Hopefully everybody's done in time for school to start this coming Monday.  My exercise for today was cleaning up the living room.

Oh and Wednesday I got (as in borrowed from the ortho clinic) an "ultrasound bone healing system" due to the shin pain coming back during finals. 20min/day for at least 4 weeks I get to stimulate that area of my leg to heal. It's pretty cool. It's small, and I just strap it to my leg, push a button and read, study or whatever for 20min.