Since I’m still on limited activity from running and basically anything that requires a lot of foot movement, I’ve become really excited about and focused on lifting. You may have noticed :).
I don’t want to say I’ve been phoning it in the last few years, but running definitely became my sole fitness focus and I didn’t push myself when it came to lifting.
Now I am back to being interested in lifting since I have a long road ahead of me before I can train for a race again. I’ve been doing chest press the last few years using 15 – 25lb dumbbells (so 30 – 50lbs total).
Last night I decided to see how much further I could take it doing benchpress. Here’s what I did:
-8 x 45lbs (the bar)
-8 x 55lbs (just testing the water)
-8 x 60lbs (ok that feels challenging)
-8 x 60lbs (can I do it again? yes)
-4 X 60lbs (lost my form, couldn’t get 8)
So that’s the benchmark for benchpress. It’s going to take a while for me to get back to my max, I’ve obviously lost some strength, but I guess that will happen after five years!
Enjoyed a semi-green shake afterwards.
I say semi-green because I once tried to put a bunch of spinach in a smoothie and hated how tangy it was. So now I am slowly adding in a little more spinach each time until I finally have a green smoothie. I add two more spinach leaves every time I make a shake – this one had 12 spinach leaves! I’m getting there :).
^ Just a pic of me being pleased with myself for challenging myself at benchpress and also drinking a semi-green smoothie! BTW if you missed my latest vlog check it out here:
I’m telling you, in 2018 I am going to get back to running AND I’m going to be a well-rounded runner. I’m going to strength train and cross train and be grateful for every minute I get to spend running.
This year felt like such a failure on the fitness front, even though I know it was an important year since I needed surgery to get my running back on track. It was a necessary evil but it was still a frustrating year that left me feeling empty a lot.
The good news is that 2018 is right around the corner, and Adam and I will be ending the year on a high note in VEGAS! We booked our trip yesterday :). Thank you to everyone for your advice on where we should go!
We haven’t been to Vegas since summer 2014 so we are due for this trip. I am beyond excited that I am going to get to see Britney’s show before her residency ends!!!!! I am blessed.
Do you have any trips planned for the rest of the year, or first thing next year?
Do you ever leave booking travel to the last minute?
We once booked a trip to Seattle two days before we flew out! lol