This week was a hard one for me.  My body just felt really tired.  My mind just felt tired and as a result my workouts felt brutal.  In fact, this is the first time that I missed  a workout.  I was supposed to run 3 miles Thursday after work and I just couldn’t do it.  I was so drained and I just couldn’t make it happen.

March16, Treadmill Run

6 miles in an hour and a half.  No I wasn’t running super slowly, at least not super slowly for me.  I actually walked about half of this.  I wanted to cry and I just wanted this run to be over.  I think I let my mind just take over and it kept telling me that I couldn’t do this and it was just too hard.

March 17, Lower Body and Abs

plie squats: 12X @ 35#, 10X @ 40#, 8X @ 45#, 6X @ 50#, 12X @ 35#

leg extensions: 12X @ 40#

seated leg curls: 12X @ 50#, 10X @ 55#, 8X @ 60#, 6X @ 65#, 12X @ 50#

lunges: 12X @ 20# ( in each hand )

squats: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25# (weight in each hand)

No more squats with dumbbells.  The weights are so big that I can’t keep them from banging into my body.

wall sit: held for 1 min 15 seconds

Wall sit was killer!

side bends: 12X @ 5#, 10X @  10#, 8X @ 15#, 6X @ 20#, 12X @ 5#

Go up on weights next time.

March 18, Upper Body and 4 mile Run

dumbbell press: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 25#, 8X @ 30#, 6X @ 35#, 12X @ 20#

I could only do 2X @ 35#

fly machine: 12X @ 55#

cable rows: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 27.5#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 42.5#, 12X @ 20#

dual pulley pulldown: 12X @ 20#

shoulder press machine: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

This weight was difficult.  Stay at it one more time.

dumbbell front raise: 12X @ 15#

bi-cep curl machine: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

Go up next time.

hammer curls: 12X @ 15#

cable tri-cep pushdown: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 25#, 8X @ 30#, 6X @ 35#, 12X @ 20#

cable tri-cep extension: 12X @ 20#

Go up next time.

Run: Treadmill run, 4.1 miles in 51 minutes.  I ran 2 miles and took a walking break and then finished until I got to 4 miles.  This run felt so much better than my last run.

March 19, Lower Body and Abs

plie squats: 12X @ 40#, 10X @ 45#, 8X @ 50#, 6X @ 55#, 12X @ 40#

Go up on weight.

leg extension: 12X @ 45#

seated leg curls: 12X @ 55#, 10X @ 60#,  8X @ 65#, 6X @ 70#, 12X @ 55#

lunges: 12X @ 20# in each hand

smith machine squats: 12X @ 50#, 10X @ 70#, 8X @ 90#, 6X @ 110#, 12X @ 50#

wall sit: 1 min 15 seconds

The squats and wall sit were so hard but I did them!

Side bends: 12X @ 10#, 10# @ 15#, 8X @ 20#, 6X @ 25#, 12X @ 10#

lower ab crunch: 12X

 

I think having such a difficult run on Sunday really made me reset my mind and the way I think about my workouts.  I really want to finish my half marathon strong and in order to do this I need to train for it.  I know that I can physically do this.  I just need my mind to get on the same page.  During my run on Tuesday I slowed down my pace a little and when I started thinking that I needed to walk I would just repeat over and over in my head that I was so lucky to be able to run.  This really worked for me and I finished my run feeling incredible!

 

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