Lifting Heavy Again

Yesterday I was schedule to do a 4-mile tempo run at a 8:20 pace. I completely scratched that off my to-do list because of the frigid temperature outside. I was hoping that the hard winds would stop blowing as the day went on, but day remained quite chilly. I don’t mind running in the cold, as long as it’s not really windy. I discovered that I am not a windy runner.

Instead I decided to go to yoga and do some weightlifting. I was supposed to do my weightlifting on Monday, but I couldn’t because I had to go take care of an unexpected situation, which took all morning. By the time I was done with work on Monday, I was completely wiped out.

I went to Yoga Agora, but the 7 pm class was completely full and they were turning people away. So I went to the gym.

I haven’t been writing about weightlifting much. Partially it’s because I haven’t been doing it as consistently because of a nagging recurrent hip injury. I couldn’t lift early in the year because of hip strain or something. It got better and I regained strength quickly, when all of a sudden the injury was back. So for another two months, I had to lay off squatting and deadlifts. Bench pressing I could do, but I was stalled. The other reason is that what I’m able to lift now is much less than I was able to do at my peak. It’s a little depressing to me to struggle with squatting 95 lbs, when I used to be at 120 lbs. I miss being strong. So while I am working on getting stronger again, I find that writing about it is not coming as easily as writing about running.

Yesterday I squatted 3 sets of 95 lbs at 3 reps. Because I’m stalling at 80 lbs on the bench press and based on past experience that working on my upper body strength with other exercises does help me with bench pressing, I did dumbbell bench presses. While I can do several reps at 30 lbs, I completely fail in lifting 35 lb dumbbells. So I work on being able to lift more by doing more sets of 30 lbs and lifting to failure (9 reps, 10 reps, and 4 reps). My goal is to be able to do 3 sets of 30 lbs at 10 reps. I think I’ll need a spotter to help with me 35 lb dumbbells. I think I can press them up, but my sticky point is getting them into the position of where I can start the lift.

Finally for kicks, I decided to do 1-mile speed work. I ran on the treadmill at 8.6 mph (6:58 pace). It was hard and I really had to fight the last .4 mile, but I stuck it out and did it.

Exercising isn’t following the plan, but I can’t complain when I’m still being productive what I am able to do.

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