My ass is going to hurt tomorrow. Also, I’m thinking eventually I’ll need to write something with content, and not just post videos. But I’ve been very lazy lately. So while I think of words, you can watch me die in this video. And die without a visible six-pack of abs because the layer of seal blubber won’t budge from around my waist. Damn stupid fudge. Life is so unfair.
Every time I think I’ve finally whipped this sinus infection and have a fantastic workout, I find that the following two days after I’m totally whipped. Today’s videos are efforts from this mornings 4AM leg torture – and on days like today, I’m not sure what’s worse – the torture or the getting up at 4AM. This was my first workout since the 35-mile ride on Sunday and I was especially tired. Again. I’m tired of being sick AND tired.
I divided the videos up into three – the first squatting at 105 pounds (I think), the second is a hamstring workout, where I look like I’m about to spontaneously combust, and the third is five full minutes of the completely awful weighted ball ab routine – unless you are totally bored, you don’t have to watch it all – I haven’t yet because the grocery awaits. Again, my exciting life continues.
If you want to get really creative, hit play on all three at the same time and have way too much of Runner Susan going on.
Today we did arms and abs. Call me a weenie, but I really didn’t want to go to the track and do 400s in the cold. I know, I complain when it’s hot AND when it’s cold. I’m temperature sensitive that way.
Today involved straight-legged bench work and a horrible plate dragging, ab crawling thing. We’ll call them Aussie drags. Thanks Ewen, those were fun. Not.
For a comparison, you’ll see how painful and torturous the Aussie Drag is for me and then you’ll see Cindy fly through them like she’s been doing it since she was a baby. Yeah, I know when I’ve been whipped.
Last night was filled with thunderstorms, pacing donkeys, snoring husbands and reoccurring nightmares. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep . . . and I am a person who very much needs at least eight hours of sleep. I’m special that way. So when I got to Cindy’s gym for squats and ab work I was really, really, really, really tired. Either that or sweet little Cindy was channeling the Devil. You decide. Here’s a small portion from hell at the end of our five billion hour abdominal routine.
After last weeks squatting routine, I swore I would never squat again. I was sore for five days after and I complained every single day. I know you find that hard to believe, but I did. Then on Sunday during the last two miles of the half marathon, when I was ready to throw in the bag because I had used up all my speed, I found a little bit of hidden power and strength and was able to finish with a respectable time (for me) by lifting my legs with my quad muscles. My mantra for the last two miles was lift, lift, lift . . . I was able to turnover my legs and not succumb to the temptation to walk. So, with that in mind, today we upped the squat weight to 105 pounds – which isn’t a whole lot – but enough to slowly build a little more strength.
My body responds really well to lifting weights. I know the general rule of thumb for endurance athletes is to lift light and do a lot of reps, but I tend to run better when I lift heavier. I’m curious to know what you Internet People thing about weight lifting and running?
Be warned, the following videos may show a little more cheek than you want to see. You’ll see me squat 105 in the middle of the first video. (Katy, that’s the ball tooting not me.) Also, the scorpion stretch is not the most pleasant thing I’ve ever done – much harder, and louder, than squatting.