Day 87: awful running, awesome pump
Good morning 🙂
well Monday was a day of varying enthusiasm… I was extremely enthusiastic about running after Saturday’s fun 🙂 So I decided to capitalise on this and go for a run in my lunchbreak…
I had all my kit, but I had forgotten my headphones, but I thought I would try running without music, I have heard that people do that quite successfully… By the time lunchtime rolled around, I was feeling a little apprehensive about this running without headphones business…and it is this point where my run started to go wrong. Running seems to be mostly in my head, If I don’t think it will go well, it generally won’t go well. But I talked myself into it and got changed, this is where I made my second discovery…
My chosen running outfit (a long sleeved top that was slightly too tight, with a short sleeved top over the top) made me look like I was wearing a bad imitation of a Star Trek uniform!! But I headed out anyway looking like an extreme sci-fi fan (I am a sci-fi fan…but i don’t necessarily want to look like one while running) So, worried about my clothes, worried I would not hear my app telling me to run / walk etc I set out for my run, I shortened my warm up to allow more running time (mistake number 3) and it all went ok for the first few mins of the first run interval…Then I got distracted by the sound of my feet, (they really slam down) and the sound of my breathing…it was awful! I tried again, then walked, then tried again…but in the end I cut the whole thing short and walked back to the office…there are some days that you are not supposed to run! I am not disheartened…It was just a bad day. The positives that came out of the whole thing are 1) I have learned that (for now at least) I need music to run and b) even a sort of run and then brisk walk is better than sitting at my desk!
By the time I had gone home and it was time for body pump, I was really tired, and I really really didn’t feel like going out again to a class at 8pm! However, I hadn’t filled the day’s exercise quota (the “run” was only 25 mins) and I have a weekly arrangement to meet Graham there…so I dragged my self out and went to the Body Pumping establishment.
By the time I was getting my equipment out I was beginning to feel a bit better. I just had to make it through the squat track, which for some reason is always the worst, I think it is how we hold the bars on our back, it hurts my elbows and shoulders. Well we got started, and as the class went on I realised I was finding it somewhat easier than I expected…hard work, because body pump is hard work but better than I thought! I managed the Squat weight for my chest track challenge, even though I thought my arms might give out at one point (15 kg doesn’t sound a lot but there are so many reps). This does make me think I need more weight on for my squats mind you… however, I am still pleased! The only track I had real difficulty is the tricep track…I am just too heavy still to do that many tricep dips…but i did the best I could and carried on!
I actually enjoyed the class more than I have for the last few weeks! I left the class feeling much more awake and cheerful than I was when I arrived 🙂 so thank you Body Pump for making me feel better 😀
I need to put my weights up next week mind you…I just wish I could remember from one week to the next what I used… perhaps I should write it down.
Day 86 complete 😀