Training Day: 5
Time: 28 min
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Weather: N/A (indoors on a treadmill)
Strength Training: Lower body
How It Felt: The running felt good despite the lack of earbuds fueling me with upbeat tunes. The lower body workout kicked my butt! Well, actually my calves and hamstrings, but you know what I mean.
Commentary: Because of my knee injury, I need to be careful in the early stages of my run training. Since today was lower body day for my strength training, I did my run first thing in the morning. It made more sense to run before the strength training so my legs wouldn’t be tired and I could keep good form.
When I started running again, I took the plunge and bought my first pair of wireless earbuds. They were a lifesaver on the treadmill, and I’ve grown accustomed to my upbeat music while running nowhere slow. Today I opened up the earbud case and they blinked red at me, meaning they were dead. The run still went fine, but I did miss my 180 BPM tunes.
During my lunch break I picked up my inhaler and got to puffing. My lungs feel better, which makes me feel better.
My lower body workout was a bit amusing. I have a personal trainer that puts my workouts together, and the first exercise was seated dumbbell calf raises. Not a big deal for my calves, but I could barely get the 40-pound dumbbells up on my legs. When it came time to put the 50-pounders in my legs, my trainer had to do it for me. It turned into a near full-body exercise just keeping those bad boys up on my legs. He said he’d reevaluate the exercise for when I’m on my own. Probably wise.
The cable kickbacks started out as a shit show. You know the regular handles you attach to the cables that you typically hold with your hand? That’s what I started off with, and it kept rolling down my shoe during the kickback. This made the exercise like 100 times more intense. During the first break, my trainer tracked down the proper strap thingy, and the rest of the kickbacks went nice and smooth.
Endlessly seeking adventure.