So, today was the first of 8 strength training work outs I plan to do for the month of April. I will meet with my personal trainer/running coach and a small group at 6am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’ve reach a little bit of a burn out with my running. I have been running pretty consistently since last summer. I love to run, don’t get me wrong, but I need a little rest for a month. I have one more 10k race this coming up Sunday to get through and then I am going to scale it back some. I still plan on running but only with my group that meets on Tuesday and Saturday. I don’t think I could ever give up running all together, but to cut down my miles for one month and focus more on toning up will be a nice change of pace (no pun in tended)!
I’ve always wanted to have more defined abs, so that is one of my focuses this month. I learned I need to up my protein and carb intake to do that. I get a lot of both already. Since I eat clean, I don’t really ever “count” anything but if I want to see results, I may have to pay attention a little bit closer. It won’t be about taking anything away but instead I will need to be eating a lot more! It sounds easy, but in the past when I have used a food journal to get a base line, I was having to eat so much every day that it almost became like a chore (I know, poor me, right?). I plan to post my weight and BMI here too, but I forgot to get on the scale this morning before I had ate anything, so I’ll start following that next time. So, here is day one and done listed below!
1 hour group workout @ 6am
Warm up 450m row
First set (alternating x4)
- planks alternating arm lifts, 20 total
- lateral planks with twist, 10 on each side
- Walking lunge with knee up
- Walking lunge with core twist
Second set (alternating x4)
- box, knee up 15 each side
- squats with 75 lbs barbell
- push ups x10
- squat thrusters with 55 lbs barbell
Third set (alternating x4)
- stability ball single arm press with 17.5 dumbbell, 10 on each arm
- lateral lunge with 12 lbs weight press up with knee up, 5 each side
Cool Down .6 mile walk home
Since it is Tuesday, I would normally run our group social run tonight, but I have a minor injury from over use this past week. Chiropractor said it was Posterior Shin Splint. Not a huge deal but she told me to lay off running until later in the week. I love my chiropractor because she usually will give me the ok to run and see how I feel; but in a case like this, when she has specifically told me not to, I listen. I do have the ok to do all the strength training I want, as long as I avoid any “jumpy” plyometrics for now.
I’m looking forward to what progress I can make this month. I love a good hard workout and plan to give it all I have!