Leaps and bounds

It’s funny– as blah as I feel during my runs, that’s how good I feel during my lifting workouts! I’m making progress in leaps and bounds lately and I come out of the gym feeling like a badass.

I made 6 reps at 115lb for bench today, and bumped my squats way up– from 75lb to 95lb– and did a set of 10 without heroic effort. (Maybe 100lb next week?) I added another 5lb in each hand for pec flys and bent-over rows too.

One of the things I’m trying to do as the weight I’m lifting increases is to keep focusing on my form. However, at the end of the day I still have to work around the body I’ve got, so for example my bench presses stop not at my chest but a few inches above– these boobs aren’t going anywhere just because I’m holding a loaded bar above them. Neither are my ankles flexible enough to get really deeply into a squat, but I try to go as low as I can (which is still 90 degrees, provided I take a wide enough stance).

This is Memorial Day weekend so I’m looking forward to having Monday off. I’m also looking forward to the fact that the pool at my complex opens, so now I can start swimming laps again! Until the kids get out of school it’s just open on weekends, but I hope I can get some use out of it soon.

Oh, and I’m probably going to double up today and squeeze in a yoga class before I head home (to do more work). Hopefully it won’t beat the snot out of me this time? But it probably will…

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3 Responses to Leaps and bounds

  1. Whilst I do think you can run and do weights I don’t think it’s possible to do both well at the same time, as they are both very different disciplines, does that make sense?

    • G says:

      I think you’re right, but I still like to do as well as I can during my running, you know? When I was training for my race I mostly dropped lifting and spent that time working on running and saw a lot of improvement; this is the reverse I guess!

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