Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
Tag Archives: Strength Training
So, I did it.
No, really. I did.
I actually got up this morning at 5:00am and ran 5 miles at the gym (in about 48 minutes). Those are my first miles in a couple weeks, by the way. THEN, I worked out with my trainer this evening. That’s 2 workouts in one day, my friends. I’m pretty excited about this since this blog is a vortex of bad luck when it comes to doing stuff I say I’ll do. Once I post it, it doesn’t happen. But I guess with that rationale, I should talk about how I’m going to binge eat Peeps and maybe I’ll actually eat healthy.
Our trainer gave us a triangle workout where the reps start high and decrease as you go.
Here’s an example of a one-leg lunge, a push up with a row, a squat with a shoulder press, and a walk-out. We ended the workout with 10 torturous minutes of jump roping. Torturous because I hate jump roping more than fat kids hate single serving packages. I didn’t really like the workout much but my shoulders are sore, so at least it works.
Now let’s see if I can double up again tomorrow. I already have a spin class planned after work, now we’ll see if I can get up at 5am again for a 3 miler. Wish me luck. Or don’t. I don’t need you anyway when I have this.
Well, I’m back in Orlando and back to work. Remember how I kept going on and on about how California is awesome and better than everyone else? Well, I forgot to share something with you guys. While I was out on my 7 mile run in San Diego, I found out the dogs are better there too. I’m pretty sure they’re literate.
Speaking of being back to work, today I’m listening to the sweet sounds of the dude that can’t stop sighing all day long. He’s really getting in a lot of them today. Probably welcoming me back.
Seriously. You are a grown man and you sigh loudly all day long like doing your job is such a chore. I’m sure there are plenty of people that would love to take your place and would happily do the job while being annoyed silently. I do not need to hear your crap all day. Please take up eye rolling or bitching to your friends on instant messenger like the rest of us.
Anyway, enough about that.
Now that I’m back from my short vacation, I’m trying to get back to eating healthy and exercising. It is not easy. I was still working out on vacation, but that doesn’t really do me any good when I’m eating 1500 calorie meals. Which I was. Hubs was telling me he didn’t think I ate that badly, but I assured him that what he saw in this post was only the pictured things I ate. I did not include the cornbread and biscuits. Or the pie and batch of brownies my mom made that I snuggled with late night.
Last night, I did my first workout to combat the vacation bulge. This workout is from my trainer and it was a pretty good one.
We did 7 groups, but I cannot remember one of them for the life of me. I liked this workout because you only do 2 sets of everything, so the workout goes by fast and is always changing.
I did manage it once in San Diego (spin in the morning, 2 mile hill run in the afternoon) but other than that, I’ve been a complete failure. So here’s to a fresh start. I guess the good thing about failing is you can always try again, right? Or something like that.
1. Alright, so I usually don’t blog about this stuff because it’s like shooting myself in the foot. I talk about an eating goal. I fail. That’s pretty much how it goes. So why would I write this now? I don’t know. Maybe because I never learn. But I’m making some diet changes that I’m hoping are going to help me feel my best for my races next month. I’m also hoping they will help me lose 10lbs I’ve gained in the past 2 years. I’m basically going to limit my snacking and sweets, which is my biggest problem. If snacking were an Olympic sport, I would win. I don’t even need to be hungry to do it. The food just needs to be in arms reach. It can be further away if I’m in a rolling chair.
2. Hubs and I did a Crossfit workout on Monday that involved 210 walk-outs. Walk-outs work just about every muscle in your body. Everything was in pain. Getting in and out of the car sucked and I swear that my rib cage hurt for 2 days. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but it is. I tried to find a good depiction of walk outs online for you but came up empty-handed. Instead, I took the time to draw you this treasure.
I’m pretty sure I made this girl proud with that drawing. And If you don’t know exactly how to do a walk out from looking at that, then I feel sorry for you. You obviously cannot follow impecibly drawn directions.
3. I finally got back to weight training this week. I had a bicep/tricep workout on Tuesday (which were the only muscles that weren’t hurting from Monday). It’s amazing how fast you lose strength, so getting back into weight lifting was pretty awesome even though I now have T-rex arms.
Thursday’s workout was just as good:
Round 1 (4 sets of 20)
- Dead lift with 15lb dumbbells
- Sumo squats with 40lb dumbbell < —- I die
- Step-ups with 20 lb dumbell (10 each leg)
Round 2 (4 sets of 20)
I feel like I’m just starting to work out for the first time. My abs and hamstrings are killing me now. Laughing hurts. So I’m going to try my best to be depressed and moody for a couple days.
4. I think Max is getting old. Can fish show signs of old age? I literally think he is going gray.
That’s not glare from the camera. Those are white spots on him that he never had before.
5. Michelle sent me this picture of Robert Downey, Jr today.
Are those high-waters? What is happening here? Well, you know what I say to that? Nice try RDJ, but even your fug outfit isn’t stopping the dirty things that I do to you in my mind.
Lots of stuff to talk about in this post and it’s random as usual. So for your reading convenience, I added titles in case you think it’s too boring to read all the way through and you want to choose a topic. Like a “choose your own mystery” but way less interesting because it’s my blog. And there’s no mystery.
It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve done any strength training after that whole taper thing. I also haven’t talked about it in awhile, so now I’m going to. Monday was my first night back and our personal trainer came up with this tasty little nugget:
Warm-up: 1/4 mile run
Group 1, 3 sets:
- ¼ mile run
- 50 decline push-ups
- 100 bicycles (ab exercise)
Group 2, 3 sets:
- ¼ mile run
- 15 “L” pull-ups (your body is in an L position, so it also works the abs too)
- 30 front lunges with two 10 lb weights (15 reps each leg)
I felt like I was going to die by the second set of Group 1. Usually this kind of workout is challenging but not in a please-let-me-dig-my-own-grave way. Once I got home, I was wiped out and ready for bed by 9:00pm. I’ve never been wiped out from a workout like that before. Taking 2 weeks off and returning to the same intensity of a workout is rough.
The decline push-ups were not a good idea for my shoulder, so by the second set I went to a much lower decline. They made both of my shoulders hurt. The pull-ups seemed to work out some of the hurt from the push-ups. Yesterday, I swear my shoulders felt about 40% better. They don’t hurt less…just less often. So maybe some good exercise is the answer to working out that pain? Or maybe my arms will just fall off faster.
Last night’s workout looked like this:
- 30 (ish) side steps with a tension band around the knees
- 15 lateral raises (15 lbs)
- 15 bicep curls (12 lbs)
- 15 sumo squats (30 lbs)
- 15 shoulder presses (10 lbs)
- 15 step ups (each leg) with an 18 inch step (30 lbs)
- 15 push-ups
- 15 mountain climbers
- 15 sit-ups
- 15 flutter kicks
That was a really challenging work out and I had to stop several times to catch my breath. Never thought I’d be doing shoulder presses with only 10 lbs but with all the other reps, it was hard.
I love strength training. I know there are certain girls who put together these type of workouts on their own, but if I didn’t have a personal trainer standing over me making me do it, it would never happen. It’s so much more interesting and motivating with someone there. I’m pretty sure I’d be rich if I could do this on my own. I like to imagine the stuff I would spend money on that goes to personal trainers. Like a collection of designer Hammer pants.
I haven’t been running much. It’s weird, but running a marathon seems like the end of some big life accomplishment. Like, that’s great. You ran a marathon. Now it’s time to move on with your life, do something new, and never run again. Right now I feel like never running again and I’d like to snap out of it. Well, I need to snap out of it. I have plenty of half marathons coming up that say so. So, I’m going to run with my group this weekend. We’re doing 8-10 miles and I think that will be a good distance to see how my shoulder is doing. My Crossfit trainer said it could be tendinitis. Anyone have experience with that?
My TV Addiction
1. I didn’t take Once Upon a Time off the DVR after all.
I let 3 weeks of episodes pile up and then watched them all in one sitting. That show got much better after the first episode. (You were right, Amber!) And the ending to this week’s episode? Did not see that coming.
2. I love Chuck. That is all.
3. And finally, Showtime has found a new way to siphon money from me after this season of Dexter ends.
Kristen Bell? Really, Showtime? Thanks for finding my one soft spot and continually poking it with a stick until I gave in.
Yep. It came and went. Saturday was my one year blogiversary. In that time, I’ve written 408 posts and had 6,270 comments from all of you. Pretty amazing. So I have been writing drivel for quite awhile now and I just wanted to thank you all that take the time to read it. Especially those of you that have been around for most or all of that time.
First let’s talk about training stuff. I was feeling generally lazy a fat-a-fied (new word!) on Sunday (my normal rest day), so I went to the gym for a 5 mile tempo run. Just before the run, I perfected the full body self-portrait.
Now I don’t have to subject you to these pictures anymore. Although, my hips look really thin in this picture and I assure you they are not. Hmmm. New rule! From now on, all pictures of me must be in aerial view.
The run looked like this:
- Mile 1: 10:00 pace
- Mile 2: 9:40 pace
- Mile3: 9:30 pace
- Thought I was going to die from all the alcohol Michelle plied me with the night before and walked half a mile. Then I got a second wind and decided to do 2 more miles instead of stopping.
- Mile 4: 9:15 pace
- Mile 5: 9:05 pace (8:49 pace for the last quarter mile)
Last night was some strength training with our personal trainer.
4 fast sets of:
It usually takes me 24 hours to feel sore and I’m already feeling it this morning. That workout was a serious cardio/strength training combo!
Why I Love Running with a Camelbak
During races (and even in my running group), I get a lot of questions about how I like running with a Camelbak.
I’ve run half marathons with it and without it, but I always prefer running long distance with it. If the run is under 10 miles, I’ll usually carry a water bottle or nothing.
A reader even recognized me by my Camelbak in a race once. (Hi Shawntae!)
Does it flop around?
No. You just need to make sure you pull the straps tight enough so it doesn’t move. If you don’t pull the straps tight enough, you can get a rash, which happened after the Gasparilla Half Marathon.
Is it heavy?
It’s about as heavy as a kid’s backpack with two 16-oz bottles of water in it. Honestly, I never notice it. Of course I’d prefer to run with nothing, but that’s not realistic for my water needs.
How much water does it hold?
My Camelbak is a smaller one and holds around 40 oz. (Maybe 50 oz?) There are larger Camelbaks out there that hold more water. My hubs has a larger one that’s much nicer than mine, but I like to keep it as light as possible.
Does it slow you down?
No. I’ve PRed in races wearing it and I’ve ran total crap races wearing it. Like I said, it’s not something I notice. However, an elitist would probably tell you differently.
Reasons I love Running with a Camelbak:
- I don’t have to carry anything in my hands (my biggest running pet peeve) or use a hydration belt that’s too heavy to stay in place with my big hip/small waist ratio.
- During races, water stations are too far apart for me. I generally drink a little water during every mile and water stations can be spaced 1.5-2.0 miles apart. In the Florida heat, that’s just not often enough.
- I don’t have to wear a SPIbelt or iFitness belt. The belts don’t bother me to wear, but if my tummy decides to do the tango, I’d rather not have something tight and fitting around my midsection if you know what I mean.
- If I’m doing a training run, the Camelbak allows me to run in areas where I don’t have to make sure there’s a water fountain on the path.
- I can fuel whenever I want to. Gu, Shot Bloks, and other fuel are supposed to be taken with water. If I’m ready to fuel during a run, I don’t have to wait for a water station or water fountain.
- The extra pockets on the Camelbak allow me to bring all sorts of stuff on my run that’s normally a pain in the ass to carry – my cell phone, extra food, *cough*toilet paper*cough*, body glide, keys, and a camera.
- Photo opportunities like this:
Do you run with a Camelbak or other hydration pack?
What is the item you can’t run without?