Morning! I’m going to start with what everyone else in the blogosphere is saying: “Daylight Savings Time, I hate you, you’re obsolete and a strain on the system!”. Normally I try to stay on the “old” time for the first part of the week in order to slowly adjust….but this time I’m in a gym-attendance competition with a friend and missing a prearranged workout costs $$ so I have to follow the clock this time! Unfortunately my crazy-early gym time is temporarily even stupider!
This past weekend wasn’t that great. Ray was on and off irritable all weekend for no discernable reason which doesn’t make for a very copacetic couple of days. I started the weekend out on the right foot though, hit up the gym on Saturday morning and did a killer crossfit cardio workout for time. Run 1 mile, row 2000m and then run another mile. As fast as you can.
My overall time was 32:24 which is only the work time…does not include the couple of minutes between the row and the second mile where I went and refilled my water and questioned my sanity.
First mile: 12:11
Row 2000m: 8:30
Second mile: 11:43 (yep, second was faster than first and it nearly killed me!)
I nearly died pulling this off but I was so proud when it was done! While I really felt like I was going to throw up in my last 4 minutes of running, when I was done I think I was drunk on the happy endorphins. I left the treadmill and headed for the mats to stretch for a few minutes….in my “high” state, looked around and then claimed an area of stretching mat right in the middle of two very nice looking, extremely muscular men doing their own routines. Didn’t even occur to me to go into the ladies only area, there was space right there, I needed space and that was that. Normally I would never do something like that. Happy endorphins for the win….and for teaching me that A) no one cares who sits where, they are involved in their own mental chatter and B) I don’t look half bad; I daresay I might even look like I belonged right between those two very fit men!
Saturday was gorgeous in our neck of the woods so we insured Ray’s Harley and went for a ride for awhile. Went and had some bacon and eggs for lunch with a dreamy-sweet hazelnut latte (I totally earned that one!) and then wound our way home in the sunshine. Saturday evening and Sunday aren’t really worth mentioning, we didn’t do much, I cooked quite a bit to prep for this coming week (time change, alien, late night course) and took a very misguided nap on Sunday afternoon.
I have a course Wednesday night, we’re seeing some friends for dinner on Thursday (not looking forward to that, the restaurant is kind of crappy for me and these particular friends are highly judgmental & vocal surrounding what I choose to eat….as if it affects them in any way!) and then on Friday the studying starts. I haven’t studied in YEAAAARS so I’m not even totally sure how to do it.
I rearranged my weights routines for the next month as well, tried to balance them out a bit better with upper vs lower body and since I have to do a couple of back to back days, making sure that I’m not torturing the same area two days in a row. I’m sure it doesn’t really matter that much, as long as I’m “lifting heavy things” it’s all good….but there are some aspects of old-style weight training that can be pulled forward and used in conjunction with newer ideas. Compound exercises are great because they are balanced for your whole body. But most of us are not balanced to begin with. Just as an example, our backs are much weaker than our chests (poor computer desk posture, anyone?) and our quads are greatly stronger than our hams. So balanced compound exercises are good and we should do them….but if you want to be balanced you have to create balance and that means strengthening the weak areas and stretching the tight ones!
That’s it for me today, my helper isn’t here and I’m leaving a bit early today so should probably buckle down!
Do one thing today that is specifically for your better health and wellness!