Hey Blog world. Somehow my primary “Confessions of a Chubby Runner” was hacked. Someone stole my password and is holding it hostage. That’s fine. I’ll start again here at “Just for the Kale of it”, because honestly, I’m not really chubby anymore, and they can have that name if they want it. I dig Kale more than I dig being chubby.
Moving on…. I’m four weeks out from my first half marathon of the year, the Boston Run to Remember, and if you follow me on twitter you’ve probably heard enough about training. But then again, if you didn’t care about my training you would probably unfollow me, not click the links to my running blog and stop stalking me. Since you’re still here I will assume you care to read about my training. Right? Right.
I’ve been in a little bit of a run slump lately, and I’m not sure why. My job is really exciting and I know if I don’t wake up early for my run I’m not going to get on it. I haven’t really been very excited about waking up early, so I haven’t been running as regularly as I’d like. I hope I haven’t kissed my PR goodbye. According to McMillan’s Magical Race predictorI should expect a finish just under 2 hours. That’s what I’m shooting for. My fingers are crossed.
I ran yesterday afterwork. It’s about 2.5 miles to my gym so I ran there, lifted (more on that in a second), then ran home. It was a nice run and I enjoyed it. I don’t usually lift in the middle of a 5 mile run so the 2.5 miles home was interesting.
I’m always thinking about how important it is for me to incorporate more lifting in my workout schedule because I know it will make me a stronger runner overall. I am usually good about it for a week or so then I end up only running. I love running. I don’t love lifting as much, ya know? SO, yesterday I went to the gym and this is how my workout went.
The mountain climbers were sort of a “warm up” even though I ran to the gym. Then I did move a followed by move b as one “set” I rested 30 seconds between each set and completed 3 sets before moving on to the next set. Does this make sense? I hope so. It wasn’t a really challenging workout, but I’m definitely feeling it today. You should see me doing those pistol squats. It’s embarrassing. I have no balance.
Usually when I go to the gym to lift I bring a notebook so I can write everything down. I make a lifting plan before I leave home and then during the workout I write what I actually did and how I felt. It’s my way of tracking my progress and holding myself accountable. I also have to make a plan. Without a plan I just dillydally around the gym. I don’t like to carry things when I run, so yesterday I wrote my workout plan down on a piece of paper and snapped a picture with my iphone:
How do you track your progress at the gym? Do you make a plan when you workout or just wing it?