Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I don't know how to lift weights.

Ok, so maybe Megan can help me out here since she's been lifting weights all the time. I used to lift when I ran cross country in high school, and we'd all just go to the weight room and screw around for 30 minutes and call it a workout. After high school, I'd throw weights into my routine occasionally, because I know they're good for me as a female, good for my running form and injury prevention, and good for maintaining weight. All pluses. I've only recently gotten into figuring out what works best for me and keeping track of weights that I am lifting, frequency, and what muscles are being worked.

Yesterday, the gym was swamped. We only have 2 treadmills, 2 bikes and an elliptical, and there were 7 or 8 people in the gym all trying to do cardio and lift. I got on the treadmill first, and then another guy got on the other treadmill. Nick also wanted to work out, so I figured that I'd do 20 or 30 minutes and then wrap things up and he could hop on, assuming the other guy wasn't done yet. Well, other guy ran a few minutes, then got off and sat. Then ran a few more minutes, then got off and did pushups on the treadmill. Then ran a few more minutes. This meant that I kept thinking "ok, this dude is done, so I'll maintain pace and go for an hour" then "wait.. he's back.. better bump it up!" "no he's done, maintain." Ugh, dude, I get that you're doing a workout but that is obnoxiousness. I did 14 minutes at 6.2 then bumped it up to 7.5 and ran until I got to 20 minutes, then cooled down. Not my ideal running workout, but you've gotta work with your resources. Nick got on and I biked hard for 10 minutes to round out 30 minutes of cardio. Meh. I think I'd like to have at least one day a week be an "add another minute of speed" workout, so next Monday I'll do 15 minutes at 6.2 then get to 25 minutes at 7.5. My end goal will be a 25 minute 5K. I have one lined up on April 14, not sure I can get my time down by then, but a girl can dream.

After that, I still had time, so I decided to just do a bunch of random lifting that worked various muscles. I did:
5 each side bicep curls 30#
10 tricep extensions, lying down 30#
7 lat pull down 90#
10 chest press (machine) 70#
21 side thingies, each side and back extensions
10 lunges, each leg, with 10# in each hand

Repeat once.

Today my body hurts, particularly my butt and chest. Day after soreness and fatigue during workouts are my only metrics for telling whether I worked out enough, so clearly I might need a little more guidance. I am definitely getting more/different leg definition with adding in leg stuff, which is awesome. And while my upper body isn't ripped or anything (because heaven forbid I make any significant diet changes), I feel stronger.

I guess I'll add this as an unofficial goal of mine: lift better. We'll see how that goes.

In other news, lifting makes me extra hungry. And I dreamt Nick proposed at a random bar with this horrible scuffed up ring that his ex bought for him? My brain is weird.

Another random thing: as I read all my old posts from last year, reminiscing about my blog's birthday, I am 99.9% sure that I had hardcore anemia last year, and probably before then. I didn't post treadmill workout times/speeds then, but I remember doing my long runs on the treadmill at 5.0 mph and being DEAD. Yesterday I was fully prepared to run for an hour at 6.2 without any real stress. What a difference a year makes, indeed.

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