Well, I’ve been back at the weight room for a week and a half, and now that the crazy and often painful soreness has subsided, I have just one question: WHERE DID MY MUSCLES GO? It looks like they are still there (mostly), but wow, was I wrong. My first clue came when I chose what I thought would be a good warm up weight for squats. That weight became my weight for all of the sets. Oh well. I’ll get it back.
It’s been fun to be back in the gym – there are so many interesting people to see. For example, yesterday I saw a guy who I am pretty sure thought he was auditioning for the part of Bane. Apparently he missed the part where “The Dark Knight Rises” came out two years ago. Either that or the threat level has gone up significantly. If that’s the case, someone clue me in. I’ll wear a mask too. How can this be a comfortable way to work out?
I have run in to two small problems (if you can really call them that) at the gym so far:
- There is a donut shop in the same shopping center as my gym. It opens before I finish my morning workouts. My ability to resist temptation will be tested.
- I took a spin class last week. It was easy. I guess training for a marathon can do that. It’s all relative. This week I’ll ramp up the resistance to see if there is any way to get my heart-rate up. I want to feel the burn!
My running has been so-so. My legs are still feeling heavy, but I’ve not given them any real break. My speed isn’t miraculously coming back like I had hoped it might, but I’ll keep working at it. I have struggled with some of my half-marathon pace miles and speed workouts. I have 4 1/2 weeks. Will it be enough?
I do feel I have been quite successful with my nutrition. I’ve been within my allotted calorie range every day and have hit my macros each day (except my cheat meal day but that was expected). I went 8 days before my first cheat meal (pizza and a “white wedding” cupcake – cue Billy Idol). I am thinking that I will be a bit more conservative next time – my stomach did not appreciate all the junk food. Consistency will be the key!
Happy trails, sidewalk, tracks or treadmills! It’ll be hills for me tonight, followed by push ups, a TRX pull up workout and abs.