I’m Sore!

Hey there! Sorry my post didn’t go up at normal time but I didn’t have time to get it all setup last night. I did squeeze in an upper body lifting session for the first time in about a month … and now I WOKE UP SO SORE.

I posted my bench on Instagram yesterday:


My upper body is much weaker than my lower body and I see progress sooooo much more slowly with it. That’s why when there’s a workout I want to cut out during the week upper body is the one. Which is the total opposite of making sense since you should work on your weaknesses!

I definitely paid for not lifting upper body in a while because I struggled on benching 5x70lbs and I used to be able to knock out 7 reps @ 70lbs before moving on to a couple reps @ 80lbs. My max is just 1 rep at 90lbs.

Lately I’ve just been running, lifting lower body and doing core work. Since running is my primary thing now I always avoid upper body day by telling myself “well you’re focusing on lifts that make your legs and core stronger for running” … but we all know a strong upper body can help a lot with fatigue at the end of distance races … especially true for me since I take so long to finish (I’m working on that too ahaha)!

I can tell you that I am so sore from my routine yesterday that if I could bottle up this feeling it would be the exact reminder I need to not avoid the workouts anymore!

If you have any tips for getting motivated for workouts you don’t like please let me know!

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  1. July 20, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I use my upper body lifting days as rest days from running. It’s a way for me to still workout, but give my lower body a break. You could look at it that way, but I don’t think you like to workout every day so I’m not sure that logic would work!

    Maybe do one or two upper body lifts on your lower body day? It’s better than nothing!

    • Kristina
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      July 20, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      Yeah I need to figure out something! I used to work out every day … but I just haven’t been able to get back to that mindset. Right now I technically should be doing something 6 days a week (4 running days, 2 lifting days) and then 1 full rest day. Instead I’ve been doing 4 running days, 1 lifting day and 2 rest days for the last month or so. Part of me thinks I just need to get back into the routine of balancing lifting and running again; not only was I thrown off by not running for so long, but in the last couple months we’ve had two vacations. I just need ROUTINE haha! Hopefully things will settle back into a steady rhythm now since I don’t have any more trips planned until December!

  2. Meredith
    July 22, 2018 / 11:08 am

    I always write down my workouts for the week in my planner so then I have the satisfaction of crossing them off, ha! It’s been awhile since I have had a serious workout routine after I had my daughter but I am trying really hard to get back at it. I signed up for a half marathon in the spring so now I have a goal to work towards. I always love your posts! Thanks for sharing!