Fitness Update!

Hey guys! Sorry I went MIA last week but it was a busy week for me at work and I was also feeling a little low energy.

I went for a run on Friday that felt really good. It takes me about .5 to .75 for my legs to feel truly warmed up these days, which makes the fact that I only run for 1 to 1.5 miles a bit frustrating. I always end each fun feeling really good though, which is hard to be mad at! 🙂

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Each time I’ve run 1.5 miles so far my left leg has gotten pretty swollen after, so I’m trying to keep to a one “long run” per week schedule. Last week that was 1.5 miles and this coming week I will push up to 2 miles. The rest of the days I’ll stick to 1 or 1.25 miles.

I’m not sure why the left leg still swells up but I’m sure it’ll resolve itself over time. The right leg is doing just fine.

My heart rate continues to come down on easy runs which is nice/good/important. That first day back my average HR was over 170 but now it’s in the 150 range. I imagine it’ll continue to come down, or at least I hope so!

Because I was feeling kind of low energy last week, my squat day on Sunday was pretty lackluster. I mean over the span of almost three months I haven’t had any bad lifting days, so it was bound to happen anyway.

My mind and body just didn’t feel into it, which I could tell by the time I got up to my warmup set at 160lbs, so I ended up maxing out for the day at 3 reps @ 180lbs.

I was frustrated with myself, but Adam reminded me that it’s safer and better to just listen to your body when it’s having an off day. A couple weeks ago he had an off day and only benched 170lbs but then the next week he was able to bench 250lbs.

The bad days make the good days that much sweeter!

Do you have a mantra for the bad days?
How was your weekend?
Anyone race? If so please  tell me all about it! 

4 comments

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Lifting must be like running- we can have a crappy run for no good reason and then two days later have a GREAT run! I know some mornings when I lift I feel weak and then some mornings I feel very strong. No idea why, it just happens.
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    1. Kristina

      YES! I knew as soon as I did my first rep at 160lbs that I was having an off day. I said to adam “I don’t feel strong today.” I think my body is just tired right now. It’s still getting used to working out 6 days a week again.. and I was extra tired last week from poor sleep. Hopefully I can get back on the wagon today and get in a good run!

  2. Heather [is probably running]

    Not a mantra per se, but when I have an off day I try to remind myself that it is all part of the process. Slow miles are still miles. Just have to listen to your body and try to figure out if it is the type of sluggishness that you can work through or if you need an extra rest day.
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  3. Ana

    I think blah days are your body’s way of making you rest. I read somewhere that when one doesn’t feel like running/ working out, to give it 10 minutes and if one still is not feeling, then quit and rest. But likely, you feel better after 10 minutes.

    I did a super muddy race this weekend… everything is sore!
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