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Oh yeah, workouts!  Okay, I will admit that I have really had a hard time the last few weeks getting excited about my workouts.  I’m sorry, but I really miss running.  A lot.  I don’t get the same satisfaction (read: runner’s high) doing other workouts, and it just isn’t as fun.  Truth.

But …

I am happy to report that my back is 90% better.  For the most part, I have my “regular” old pain.  There are still times, especially when I have to stand a long time, that the scary pain returns.  But I think I dodged a bullet this time.  So, yeah, I might curse other runners occasionally, but I also am trying to remember to be grateful that I’m not all hobbled up like I used to be!  Progress, right?

I had a pretty great workout yesterday…

Cardio – 5K cross-train:

  • Treadmill – .5 mile at 4.2 pace and 8% incline
  • Crossramp – 1 mile at 20 incline (all the way) and 15 resistance
  • Bike – 1 mile at 5 minute mile pace (slow, I know!) and 5 resistance
  • Elliptical – .7 mile at 12 resistance

Strength training:

  • Seated dips – 2 sets of 10 at 40 lbs
  • Cable row – 2 sets of 10 at 40 lbs each arm
  • Hip abductor – 2 sets of 10 at 100 lbs
  • Hip adductor – 2 sets of 10 at 100 lbs
  • Chest fly – 2 sets of 10 at 40 lbs

And today – I left work at a decent time(!) and did a quickie session at the gym.  felt.so.good.  I was still pretty sore from yesterday – at least I realized I was once I got going – so I just did an abbreviated version of a strength session.

  • Warm-up: Elliptical – 5 minutes at 10 resistance
  • Seated dips – 2 sets of 12 at 40 lbs
  • Leg press – 2 sets of 12 at 85 lbs
  • Seated row – 2 sets of 12 at 40 lbs
  • Chest fly – 2 sets of 12 at 40 lbs
  • Side crunches on extension stand – 20 each side (1 set)
  • Back extensions on stand – 25 (1 set)
  • Hip adductor – 1 set of 12 at 70
  • Double ab crunch (machine) – 1 set of 12 each side at 55 lbs
  • Bicycle crunches (floor) – 1 set of 20
  • Full roll ups (floor) – 1 set of 20
  • Side crunches – 1 set of 10 each side

I don’t have that athletic feeling I had before (training versus exercising), but it’s nice to challenge myself and feel sore again!

I started this blog in part to focus on the positive.  But I don’t want to give you some fake cheer, either.  I’m probably going to grumble about the running thing for a while.  And I am probably going to continue toying with the stupid idea that maybe I could do it now?… but I’m also trying to get over it already and get back in the groove.

totally gratuitous kitty photo just because awwwww