Day 20 #100DaysOfFitness

Upper body workout came sooner than expected. I have some equipment that I can use for what I need but only for a short time. The last time I was regularly using my weight set I found that I progressed beyond the maximum weight and needed to get more creative with my routine. My goal isn’t to be able to lift a Volkswagen or anything like that, it’s more about getting leaner and building up my body’s ability to do more work over time aka endurance.

I have been taking a slow apprach after what happened to my leg, I don’t want to injury my upper body. As far as my leg day, I cannot do squats or calf raises with my calf the way it is so I will need to concentrate on leg extensions mostly with a few other things here and there. 4 weeks should cover my healing time but we will see.

Today I lifted light weight with normal reps. You don’t always go to battle with the army that you want, you go with the army you have. I could wait and see what Craigslist or eBay deal I could scoop up for a new weight bench and Olympic weights but I shouldn’t waist that time since I do have something I can use for now. The bench is a little shake and not designed for the weights I have but it works and I’m not pressing 300 lbs so I think it’ll hold just fine.

I did some preacher curls, military presses, bench press and modified butterfly press. Right now the weight is pretty light as I am conditioning my body and attempting to rebuild proper form. Without proper for on the light weights you will have a greater chance of hurting yourself when you have heavier weights. Safety is important when conducting a workout, especially in my case where I’m in the basement and everyone else is asleep. I don’t have a spotter and so I have to be sure to know my limits.

The last 20 days have been an eye opening experience. 20% of the way to 100 days, it has gone by pretty quick. I had planned to add strength training into the routine in another 10 days but had to adjust my planning due to tearing my calf muscle (lightly). Once these 4 weeks are up, approximately day 40, I should be able to alternate running with strength training. Around that time I’ll also begin being more mindful of my calories, macronutrents and maybe look into some supplements.

The ability to adjust on the fly to changing conditions is a skill everyone needs, especially peppers and survivalists.

Day 16 #100DaysofFitness – Rest Day

I had not intended to take a rest day during the 100 days of fitness but I thought that I should since I injured my leg yesterday I should take a day and let my body concentrate on repairing the tear in my leg muscle. I plan to start back at it tomorrow. I will be switching to¬†upper body so that means I’ll essentially have to skip leg day for the next month. I also feel like I’m going to lose any progress I made on getting my run back to where it should be. I am actually surprised with my progress in 2 weeks but I think I went at it too aggressively. I really wanted to reach that 4 mile mark, I will still have plenty of time after I heal up to get there.

I will also be more observant about what I am eating and will be cutting out the candy and junk food that I have from time to time completely. No fast food, No highly processed foods, I’m going to do my best to eat a primarily fruit and vegetable diet with some meat here and there.

Bad news – Day 15 #100DaysofFitness

I pushed myself this morning and I must have pushed too hard and stretched too lightly.

I was able to get up to 3.53 miles in 30 minutes. The reason I know I may have pushed too hard is that My leg was tight all day and then on my way home I was walking to my car and I felt a pop/snap in my right calf. It hurt and I knew immediately that something was wrong. Based on the article linked below I think I have a grade 1 calf tear. If things feel worse tomorrow I’ll likely go to the doctor and have it checked out but if it is about the same I’ll just be taking the next 4 weeks off from running to be sure and give myself time to heal. This is not the situation I wanted to find myself in as I don’t want to lose the little progress I have made.

http://physioworks.com.au/injuries-conditions-1/calf-muscle-tears

 

Day 14 #100DaysofFitness

Yeah i’m into fitness, fitness blog update into my schedule.

Admittedly it isn’t as snazzy or clever as the photo but hey, I’m on day 14, that means two whole weeks of working out and finding the time to do it. I was thinking about time recently, specifically the time I spend in the morning with this new workout routine. My morning schedule is:

0535 First wake up alarm
0535 – Snooze
0540 – Second alarm, actually wake up get moving
0550 – complete morning activities (bathroom) begin stretching and general wakefulness
0600- head downstairs, prep for workout with any light drink of water or beet juice as needed, turn on light/treadmill
0610 – get to running
0640- stop running, change and head upstairs to shower
0700- complete shower, get dressed head to work

So, its basically an hour and a half where previously it was only an hour. I was moving slow and taking my time, maybe having breakfast or catching a bit of news. To be honest I much prefer this routine, I feel like I get to work ready to go and that I have built up some momentum. I feel energized and I don’t know if there is science to back me up on this but I get hungry earlier so I think that my metabolism is kicked up a notch by working out in the mornings.

Beyond just the time that is represented by my morning schedule I have been considering the time I spend doing other things, blogging, working, spending time with family etc. Currently time is a premium luxury for me and it is hard too hard for me to justify wasting it. I am glad I started this running thing because I think it has helped me to put some things into perspective and help me clear my mind. The “big picture” as the say is forming more clearly in my mind and I know that I have several things I need to accomplish to keep myself on track to accomplish my goals.

Among those goals preparedness is high. There is a good blog out there titles Knowledge Weighs Nothing. I have always liked that saying and am glad someone has picked it as the title of their blog. Knowledge is one thing that you can take with you wherever you go and no one can take it away form you. Knowledge does deteriorate over time so like anything else it needs to be replenished, reinforced, and restored over time. I consider fitness to be similar in that respect. You take your personal fitness with you wherever you go and it too deteriorates over time.

Stats

Run time: 30min
Distance: 3.31 miles
Calories burned 351
Average speed: 6.6 MPH