I promised myself I would get a 6 or 7 mile run in, or at least a couple of 5-milers this weekend but I didn’t actually run AT ALL. I was feeling pretty ‘meh’ about running but decided to at least go to the gym and get moving, and I totally hit my strength game this weekend. I felt so good lifting weights and did over 2.5 hours of it on Saturday and Sunday, combined. I wanted to run in my heart but my body wanted to lift heavy(ish) things.
Chest, biceps, triceps.
Quads, hamstrings, shoulders.
cardio – 15 minutes of rowing
Quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves.
cardio – 15 minutes of stairmaster
The fact that I incorporated so much leg work into my strength training means it can be considered a cardio workout. I am always DRIPPING when I do legs, so I tried to keep my HR up by alternating a leg or back large muscle move with a small muscle, or upper body move. I have started doing 8 reps of left-lunge-right-lunge-squat in my leg workouts and it is KILLER. I hold a 25lb plate when I do it and I can barely do 10-12 reps of it because it burns so bad and I’m out of breath.
I have taken to trying to do more full-body strength when I do it, because I’m struggling to fit in 5 days of strength training like I used to. Now that I hit the weights less often, I use the 2-3 times a week to hit it hard and get as much of my body at each session. It’s no secret I love legs, so it’s easy for me to add legs to any workout and from there I usually do throw in whatever I’m feeling, chest, arms, shoulders, back, abs.
I also played basketball on Sunday night, which was entertaining because despite my height, I am awful at basketball. I subbed again on rec league and despite my lack of love for the sport, it was still a fun time! Let’s consider that my promised run. 😉 After basketball, I came home and watched the Super Bowl.
I missed the first half because of the basketball game, which means I missed all of Atlanta’s points and had to watch in horror as the Patriots clawed their way back and won in overtime. It was an entertaining game for sure, but I really wanted Matt Ryan to pull it off and show everyone what he could do. He was a total underdog and after the first half I think everyone was in shock at how well it was going for the Falcons. There’s no denying Tom Brady is an amazing QB… despite my undeserved hatred for him, he’s good.
(Tofu, quinoa, butternut squash, feta, peppers, and hummus + Village Brewery Blonde)
Events like the Super Bowl make my subsequent spin playlists easy because tonight is going to be Battle of the latest Halftime Shows. Queen Bee versus Gaga versus Katy Perry. It’s going to be a good one! Katy Perry songs remind me of driving from Port Alberni to Tofino because I burned a CD of Katy Perry songs to play in my Honda Civic on my way to the beach to go surfing. Remember downloading songs and burning them to CDs? Ha. Hope you had a good weekend, whether you Super Bowled hard or not!
What did you do this weekend?
Did you watch the Super Bowl? What about the halftime show?
Do you strength train?