Sweat It Out: This Week’s Workout Recap

Good morning, everyone! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m trying to eke every second out of the weekend. Sundays tend to be kind of tough for me, simply because Monday looms in the not-so-distant future — so I’m trying to make today as enjoyable as possible. On tap for today? I’m going to have coffee with a dear friend this morning, and then Brandon and I are going out for lunch at our favorite Greek restaurant (Greek salad = deliciousness) before running some errands. It’ll be a busy one!

Anyways, I realized today that it’s been a while since I posted anything about my workouts. This calls for immediate action!

So, with that in mind, here’s a brief rundown of this week’s sweat sessions:

Monday: I went running after work and hit 3 miles in 31 minutes. It’s not my fastest time or my longest distance, but it got a lot colder and windier than I expected when the sun went down. I was a chilly cowgirl (it’s a bad sign when you’re winded and working your tail off, but not even close to breaking a sweat because you’re so effing cold), so I decided to call it quits after 3 wind-blown miles. After I finished, though, I felt awesome.

Image source: jillconyers.com

Tuesday: Before going to work, I hit the gym and put in 20 minutes on the elliptical (incline 9, resistance 11) before doing 20 minutes of lifting. My lifting routine consisted of 30 deadlifts with two 15 pound weights, 20 front and back lunges, 20 squats with one 15 pound weight, 20 reps of chest press with 40 pounds (on the machine, not with barbells), 20 tricep extensions at 20 pounds, and 20 reps of lat pull-downs with 40 pounds.

I was sore as all get-out after this. My IT band, particularly on my left side, hurt like a mofo. Once I got to work I proceeded to sit on my heating pad all morning, and that took care of the pain almost instantly. Seriously, heating pads are the go-to item in my pain management arsenal. PMS cramps? Heating pad. Sore muscles? Heating pad. Got stuck in traffic on the way home? A cup of tea and the heating pad. Rough day at work? A stiff drink and the heating pad.

Work out Killer
Reverse it: my workout killed me. I seriously considered wandering around and saying “BRRAAAAAAAAAINS” for the rest of the day, since my workout effectively made me a zombie.

Wednesday: I was pressed for time due to the fact that I totally lost track of time while writing blog posts — it’s amazing how I can totally lose myself and all sense of the outside world while I’m writing (this has potential to be slightly dangerous: what’s that, you say? I’m four hours late for work, there was a nuclear holocaust, and now the building is burning down around me? Huh, how’d I miss that?) — so I put in a quick 20 minutes on the treadmill before work. With a 9:04 pace and at a 1.5 incline, I put in just over two miles before I had to get ready for the day ahead.

Thursday: I decided to stick with cardio, so I communed with the elliptical and the recumbent bike for 45 minutes. I’ve been gradually working my way through Young Adult (starring Charlize Theron, whom I adore), but I have to admit: thus far, I don’t especially like it. I’ve found that I get really uncomfortable watching movies or TV shows where the main characters are doing really ill-advised stuff/generally screwing up their lives. I’m not sure what this says about me and my inner psychological state, but watching someone — even if they’re fictional — do things that are even vaguely self-destructive makes me feel like my stomach just tied itself in knots. I assume the movie has a happy ending, though, so I’m sticking it out.

Pleeeeeeeeeease, for the love of all that is holy, have a happy ending! (Image source: Wikipedia)

Friday: Rest day! I woke up with a headache and sore back, so I decided to take that as my body’s signal that it needed a day off. So, I puttered around the Interwebz and had a second cup of coffee instead of hitting up the gym.

Saturday: I went for a short-ish stint on the elliptical, followed by more strength training. Knowing how my body reacted to Tuesday’s lifting session, I decided that I should avoid going for broke and becoming a zombie for the second time this week. So, I did lunges, squats, and dead-lifts, but with less added weight and fewer reps. I stuck with the same upper body routine as Tuesday, though, and happily felt fine afterwards.

Sunday: Rest day! I like taking Sundays off, with the exception of a stroll or a leisurely bike ride if it’s nice out. However, it’s supposed to be frickin’ freezing today (*shakes fist at the weather*). As a result, once I get home this afternoon I fully intend to wrap myself up in blankets, drink tea, and read on the couch. There’s a good chance I’ll bear a strong resemblance to this guy:

Ashleigh Brilliant Quote #sometimes #urgent #rest

I hope everyone has a fabulous Sunday — stay warm, and get some R&R!

5 thoughts on “Sweat It Out: This Week’s Workout Recap

  1. chasingchels March 3, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    Ok, what kind of heating pads do you use? I think my muscles/legs would benefit from the use of those haha but I’m not sure where to start? Anddddd I’ll be interested to see what you think of Young Adult…I watched it on a whim three weeks ago…I want to know your thoughts when you’re done 🙂

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 4, 2013 / 11:32 am

      When I’m at work, I just use an electric heating pad that I bought at CVS (I turn it on high and then sit on it so my hamstrings can soak up the heat). When I’m at home, though, we have a microwavable heat pack (it’s basically a large stretch of fabric filled with rice). I nuke it for 2 minutes and then sit in heated glory. 🙂

      As for Young Adult…meh. I wasn’t crazy about it. I was relieved when it became clear that Buddy wasn’t going to return her affection, and I was all filled with schadenfreude-y satisfaction when she loses it at the naming ceremony. (I totally sat there thinking “Good! Make an ass of yourself! You deserve it!”) But the ending kind of irritated me, what with the kiss-up groupie girl continuing to be a groupie and convincing Charlize Theron to go back to being a snob. What’d you think of the movie? I’m curious to hear what your take on it was!

      • chasingchels March 6, 2013 / 11:37 am

        YES!! I just couldn’t like her character at all, and she thoroughly irritated me the entire movie. I never felt sorry for her because I couldn’t stand her attitude or like I connected at all. I cheered when she lost it at the ceremony and with the fact that Buddy never took her up on any of her offers/returned her affection. I guess overall the movie wasn’t what I was expecting/hoping for, so I was disappointed haha.

  2. jessielovestorun March 4, 2013 / 5:17 am

    Your Sunday sounds absolutely fabulous! Nothing wrong with kicking back & enjoying your day in your pjs 🙂

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 4, 2013 / 11:26 am

      Thanks, my dear! I’m all about those days, too. 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful day so far!

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