New Max: Squatting 140lbs!

I’m so glad I decided to add in weightlifting to supplement my half marathon training. I wondered if lifting heavy would negatively affect my runs, but it doesn’t at all. If anything, squatting and deadlifting heavy assures me during hard runs that my legs are strong enough to keep pushing forward.

Today’s weightlifting session:

  • Squat 140lbs (new max) x 3
  • Military press 80lbs x 5
  • 80lb triceps extensions x 10 (new max)
  • 60lb bicep curls x 8 (new max)

Squatting 140lbs

My arms and chest are so weak. Military presses and bench presses are the hardest lifting activities for me to do. I’ve been maxing out on all my other lifts except these two. Just gotta HTFU (Harden the bleeeeep Up).

Tomorrow is a running day: 45 minutes of non-stop, hardcore, runner action according to my half marathon training plan! Looking forward to it!! A lot! I love running!

Now it’s time to go have one of my delish dutch chocolate protein shakes and relax for the rest of the night.

Oh yeah, and shower this little peanut with attention:

Cat laying in bed

He is the best cat ever! : )


  1. April 9, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    Awesome job! This reminds me that I need to start weight-training again. I stopped when I got sick this winter and never restarted. But I really notice the difference with my running!

    • April 9, 2013 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Karla! It really does make a difference. When I first started strength training I worked almost exclusively on core exercises to directly assist my running, but I’m excited to be branching out!

      If nothing else, running and weightlifting are the two sports that keep you honest. Can’t blame anyone else if you can’t lift something heavy or run very far : )

  2. April 9, 2013 / 11:41 pm

    Great job! I am a firm believer in weight training for women. And I know sometimes it can be hard to squeeze in legs when training for a race (b/c you don’t want to be sore all the time), but it’s really important – in my very humble opinion. Sounds like it’s a great fit for you too!!

    • April 10, 2013 / 1:52 am

      Thanks, Heather! I completely agree. I’ll usually completely cut out weightlifting the week of a race so my legs stay as fresh as possible, but other than that it’s “go hard or go home!” : )

    • April 10, 2013 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you!