I could barely pick up the gallon of milk…

Back to work we go today, but I’m feeling really refreshed after a great 3-day weekend!

Yesterday I slept in until almost 11AM (that’s a perk of not having human kids!) and then went to a delicious BBQ.

When Adam and I got home, I got in an easy 3 miles, did some stretching and spent quality time on the couch with the baby cat while watching the Heat game.


I also ate half a cantaloup because it’s unofficially summer and that’s what I do all summer long.

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Sunday’s foray back into weight training is definitely having it’s impact on me now. I’m really happy to be back into lifting, but yesterday morning it was a struggle to pick up the gallon jug of milk to add a bit to my coffee! To be fair to myself, it was a brand new gallon so … extra heavy.

I’ve been using the RW’s Training Log to keep track of my running, and just realized you can add strength training workouts as well. This is great since I’ve always just kept track in a notepad on my phone.

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Military press is actually 30lbs, I used dumbells and did 15lbs for each hand.

I put together a bit of a random routine … mostly just my favorite lifts so that I would get excited about lifting again.

I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to do about leg day. When I was maxing out on squats and deadlifts last fall my legs were like lead on the next day’s run. I’ll need to experiment with different weights a little bit and see what works.

What upper body strength training exercises do you do to assist your running? 

Do you scale back during half / marathon training? 



  1. May 27, 2014 / 8:24 am

    Funny about the milk – I’m pretty much in the same boat. The past couple of weeks I’ve been hitting the weights again and I wake up achey almost every day – I know it’s temporary!!
    I usually lift all the time but I did cut back this year because of all the extra running – mostly because of time constraints!

    • May 27, 2014 / 1:50 pm

      It’s definitely a hurts so good type of soreness, but I did laugh out loud when I went to grab the milk and was like “WHOA” 😀

  2. May 27, 2014 / 10:04 am

    Ugh don’t remind me that we are back to work. Way to sleep in, human kids don’t let you do that. GO HEAT GO, up 3-1 just the way I like it. Hey those jugs of milk are heavy even on normal days, no reason to be embarrassed.

    Upper body exercise, what is that? Does picking up a 20 pound baby count?
    I’m interested to see the responses about scaling back, I’ll need to know this for later this year during marathon training.

    • May 27, 2014 / 1:51 pm

      I think picking up a 20lb baby definitely counts! I consider myself to have “mom arms” from carrying cecil around the house 😀

      GO HEAT! Last night’s game was just beautiful!

  3. May 27, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Yay for a relaxing Memorial Day! Sleeping in til 11 sounds amazing, but impossible for me. I get up early no matter what. And I am impressed you were able to come home from a picnic to get a run in. I am generally exhausted and stuffed after picnics.

  4. May 27, 2014 / 11:15 am

    I am impressed by your weight amounts–mine are closer to that gallon of milk! I do high reps, low weight. I am a wimp.

  5. May 27, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Yaaa for sleeping in! I love cantaloupe 🙂 I always scale it down if I have an event. I toned it down a few weeks before my 10K because i didn’t want anything to go wrong lol I am limited in what I can do for legs anyway, a lot aggravates my knees, so i try to hit upper body heavy and I am trying to work my core more now.

  6. May 27, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    Nice lifts! I only scale back the week before the race- no lower body lifting! My favorite upper body stuff is def pull ups, bench, and inverted rows.

  7. May 27, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Does lifting a glass of wine over and over count? Haha! I pretty much fail when it comes to strength training. Like, really fail. It’s ironic how lazy I am with some exercises but not others. Put me in a pair of running shoes or on a bike and I’ll go all day. Put a set of weights in front of me and I sulk. I get bored too easily. I honestly think I could use a little strength training in my life – will you move to Oregon and train me? 😉 If I had a workout buddy, I’m sure it would help.

    • May 28, 2014 / 10:06 am

      If you’re getting bored with weight training you should add more weight! I think lifting heavy presents a very similar challenge to running fast. Your muscles burn and you have to push hard.

      Wine glasses count, but only as long as you fill them back up to the top after every sip to make them extra heavy 😀

  8. May 27, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    i do whatever weight routine they put in my jazzercise class. ususally it’s lots of bicep/tricep/pec moves, but lately there’s been a ton of shoulder work too. and lately we’ve been doing planks, down dogs, and a few Pilates moves. it’s different all the time.

    • May 28, 2014 / 10:07 am

      I really want to work on a good routine that will help with the shoulders, back and chest as I think these will be most important for assisting with marathon training. It seems like those would be the areas that control arm movement… instead of guessing I should probably just look this up! 🙂

  9. May 27, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I LOVE that burning/aching feeling you get the day or two after a good strength session (especially if its been a while).

    I don’t lift anything heavy though – got me some old, rusty looking dumbells from teh school’s gym here, so I guess beggars can’t be choosers hey (I was using bags of rice before I found these!); I like to do some strength training using just body weight and my own resistance, but also like the dumbells.

    The training plan I’m using says to stop doing any weight or strength training about 2 weeks prior to the event, so that will suck, but I will replace it with more yoga and stretching.

    Yum to the cantaloupe! And yay for (unofficial) summer and sleeping in! 🙂

    • May 28, 2014 / 10:09 am

      Bags of rice! Haha, I would love to see a picture / video of that 🙂 🙂

      Stopping 2 weeks in advance sounds like smart advice, I will have to keep that in mind! Thanks, Lou!

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