Also, I'm hoping to keep up with them all year instead of just for the first few months like I did in 2010. Aren't you excited???
Anyway, here's what went down for the week of January 2nd - January 9th
I originally planned to go to the gym but it was my last day of vacation and I took advantage of that by sleeping in and doing errands and chores instead.
Ran an awesome 5.5 miles with the running group.
No running or gymming. I met Kim and my husband for lunch and then after work I went to my running group's monthly meeting. We learned about racewalking from one of our members who happens to be a USATF Racewalk judge and then we heard from another member about deep water (aka pool) running.
After a stressful day at work I wasn't looking forward to fighting for space at the gym with all the Resolutioners. So instead of heading there right after work I came home, made dinner, at dinner, and then headed to the gym for some strength training. Worked out well!
I did the Self magazine workout with the following barbell weights:
"Shoulder Shaper": 30 pounds
"Lean Leg Lift": 60 pounds
"Booty Toner": 1 set @ 65, 1 set @ 75, 1 set @ 85
"Sexy Back": 30 pounds
"Waist Whittler": 30 pounds
Then I did 100 crunches of various types, 30 leg lifts on each side, and some foam rolling. All in all I was in and out of the gym in less than an hour.
Approximately 5 miles of speedwork outside in the bitter cold and the pitch blackness. Why, yes, I am badass. Since you asked and all.
Look at my (early) birthday present!
Jason bought me a weight bench and dumbbells with 120 pounds of weights. He also lovingly put it together while I was at work on Friday. Of course I had to break it in when I got home!
I did Stage 1, Workout A of the New Rules of Lifting for Women (NROLW). Workout A consisted of:
2 sets of 15 Squats
2 sets of 15 45o Push ups
2 sets of 15 Bent Over Row
2 sets of 10 Step Ups
2 sets of 8 Prone Jackknifes
I won't lie; step ups (done correctly) are HARD. I originally tried to do them with the weight bench at my step but after a few steps I decided that was too tall. Thankfully we have a pretty sturdy cooler stored in the basement that I used instead.
After finishing the prescribed workout I also did 100 crunches of various types.
I'm keeping a paper log of my weight & rep progression so I won't bore you with it here. But ask if you're curious!
I'm excited to have my very own weight bench in my basement. Now, if I can just figure out how to jury-rig a squat rack I'll be in business. Although, I guess there are some things the gym is better for.
5 Mile S-No-W Fun Run Race and after party. I think I may have burned more calories dancing than I did running. At least, my legs and arms sure seem to think so!
After getting home from my race and party weekend I hit the grocery store and then, at loose ends with what to do with the rest of my afternoon, decided to do another workout from NROLW. Workout B consisted of:
2 sets of 15 Deadlifts
2 sets of 15 Dumbbell shoulder presses
2 sets of 15 Pullovers
2 sets of 15 Lunges
2 sets of 8 Swiss Ball Crunches
Technically this workout calls for using the lat pull down machine but seeing as how I was at home and didn't feel like going to the gym for one exercises I substituted the pullovers instead. I think I'm going to try and alternate some of these workouts between home and gym just to work slightly different muscle groups.
Total mileage: 15.5
Total strength training sessions: 3
I'm well on my way to 100 strength training sessions! Also, I signed up for the evening CrossFit Bootcamp class that starts January 31st and lasts 4 weeks. That will knock off another 12!
My mileage wasn't that high this week but I decided my "official" training season doesn't start until today. Now we'll see the mileage climb!