I felt so much better yesterday knowing that I managed to get my full workout in. I went in and lifted at lunch. It was an upper body day. My lifting was as follows:

Oh! first number is weight (in lbs), second number is reps, third number is sets. I always do a warm up set, so when there is just two numbers, that's the warm up!

negative chins: bw warm up x 4, bw+10 x 4 x 4
pulldowns: 60 x 10, 85 x 8 x 4
arnold press: 20 x 10, 30 x 10 x 4
rows: 20 x 10, 30 x 10 x 4
lateral raises: 5 x 12 (5 per hand), 8 x 12 x 4
close grip bench press: 45 x 10 x 3
decline skull krushers: 25 x 8 x 3
bicep curls: 30 x 12, 40 x 12, 40 x 6, 30 x 6, 20 x 6, 10 x 6

The 40 lb bicep curls were rough. That was why I did only 1 set of 12 with that weight. Eep! After that I felt better immediately, but still needed to squeeze in a cardio workout in order to do what I was scheduled to do, per the coach. It is tough sometimes because, like yesterday, I was just worn thin. It can be tough to push through workouts when you are so beat. However, I think the extra hour of sleep between 5 and 6 really helped.

After work, I had to do my cardio. I planned on running around 5 miles. But at 5 pm, it was HOT. And my legs were tired. *sigh* that definitely made me feel sad. I ended up going only around 3.42. That made me feel a little bit sad because I have been doing so well with the running lately! Plus, I am hoping to run my very first 10K next Monday. And if my legs are dying after 3 miles, how am I going to manage 6? But as of now, I am still planning on it. Slow or otherwise, I am planning on running 6.2 miles next Monday.

Sounds like Leah will not be joining anymore. Boo. But I suppose it is a holiday. And she has a whole crew of relatives coming over for a cookout on Monday. I think we're doing one on Sunday though. Well, if other folks are interested in coming to it! We'll see how it goes, because so far I am not sure that we can do it, since I have not yet heard if I have a softball game or not. Our original season is over, but because of the rainy spring we had here, we have several make up games going on. You would think no because it is the holiday weekend, but when we played on Sunday it sounded like they wanted us to play on Sunday. But Andy (he is like our team manager) thinks that they forgot about the holiday. *fingers crossed*

Today's workout was also great. Started at 5 am for heavy legs (I call Tuesdays my heavy days because my assigned reps are lower, so I can generally go up a little in weight compared to Fridays - my other leg day). So here is what was in the mix - same rules as above:

Deep squats (want to know what these are? you tube search olympic squats): 45 x 8 x 2, 85 x 8 x 5
straight leg dead lifts - sumo: 20 x 12 x 2, 60 x 12 x 5
45 degree leg press: 90 x 10, 180 x 10 x 4
glute bridges: 20 x 15, 45 x 15 x 4
Bulgarian Split Squats: 10 x 10 (per side), 20 x 10 (per side) x 3
seated calf raises: 25 x 20, 50 x 20 x 3
cable ball crunch: 60 x 20 x 3

The squats just KILL me. But at the same time, I don't know that I could get through them at all if they were later in my workout. So I continue to keep them on the front end of my leg days. On fridays (light days) I do sets of 20! Ugh! I can only do a 65 lb MAX on those. I hit the elliptical at lunchtime for a 45 minute "jog". I also brought my CPA study book in hopes of getting through a little bit more since my exam is coming up in a week and a half!

I am nearing that weird place in strength training where your muscles are kinda unbalanced. Now that is definitely not the best way to put it, but let me explain, and it will make sense. On some exercises, I use dumbbells. The best example is dead lifts. My legs are strong enough for heavier weights, but my forearms and grip are not strong enough. So it is weird, I think. I guess I am going to have to keep working to figure out how to handle this!

Tonight J & I are grilling our dinner. I am really looking forward to trying these buns we bought over the weekend at Dorothy Lane (a market near where we were for the wedding that has an AMAZING bakery!) They are 9 grain buns, all whole grain. Apparently it is the same as J's fave kind of bread! Hopefully they are as good as he remembers them being.

Tomorrow is my HIIT workout! Go Em Go!

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