Off Season Workouts

A Good Bad Week

Since the off season and this crazy snow arrived, I have not run more than 3 miles.  I set my off season limit to 3 for whatever the reason and called it a day.  Last week was not the best week I’ve had.  Two running days including Friday and no weights.  Not as successful as I would have liked but not a complete failure either.  It’s better than no workouts right?!

Friday I headed to the gym to meet my daughter who I somewhat guilted into running with me.  I guess I just wanted company.  I hit the DM and waited for her…and waited and ran….and waited and ran.  She hit traffic and a friend emergency and never showed up.  I ran and ran and ran. DM I knew when I hit 3 miles that I wasn’t done.  I hadn’t run out whatever i needed to so I kept running.  Somewhere just over the 30 minute mark which represents just about half way for me I decided to just run the clock out.  For those of you who use the DM when you set it manually it starts at 60 minutes and counts down to 0 with a cooldown.  I am not sure if I was waiting just in case she showed up or running it out or just trying harder but I finished the entire hour.  YAY!  6 miles which I haven’t done in a while and did a little pushing to get through.  I think my legs even though they were a bit sore, thanked me for working them and I felt happy.

Yesterday I decided to abuse myself in the home gym and did a self created circuit training with the addition of a couple of core exercises that my son recommended.  One of the exercises was to get in push up position and take your right leg and curl it under and across your body then bring it out to the opposite and normal side.  Then do the other side.  He told me to do 20 each side but those were horrible and I could only do half of what he suggested.  My upper body is a bit out of the shape it was in when I was weight training regularly.  I have work to do which I will do when I get home.  So here’s what I accomplished yesterday x 3 cycles through all:

  • 10 minutes on the eliptical- 1 minute fast, 1 minute recovery for the duration
  • 10 alternating hammer curls  (ea)
  • 10 lateral raises  (ea)
  • 10 front shoulder raises (ea)
  • 10 reverse flys  (ea)
  • 50 sit ups on exercise ball with feet off the floor
  • 10 oblique crunches (ea) sitting on the exercise ball x 5
  • 10 forward lunges  (ea)
  • 10 squats
  • 10 alternating leg cross / side core strengthening moves (LOL)
  • 10 alternating medicine ball sit twists with 8 lb ball

Not bad for made up and definitely not bad for the off season.  Now to keep it up and slide a few into the weekly routine.  Not too hard with my kids having drama practice nearly every night through May… Hard to have an excuse when you all alone!  I for one will be glad when the roads are again visible and I can get out there and commune with the pavement and just my own thoughts.



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