Squat, bench, row day: 115, 95, 85. Squat was supposed to be only 110, but I was lazy and just threw 2 35lb plates on the bar– otherwise it’s 25s, 5s and 2.5s (fiddly!) They were tough but doable. The rows, on the other hand, were barely doable, and I don’t feel like I can hold my form properly at this weight. There’s some piece of muscular strength that I’m lacking, so I’m going to break the Stronglifts rules and drop it back 5 or 10lb and really perfect it before I add more weight. (Yeah, how do you handle that in SL? What happens once you get out of the beginner gains phase and get stuck?)
That took me a half-hour, so I decided I had time to hop on the treadmill for a quick run– I pushed it hard and kept it to just a mile. But I was running in my minimal shoes and my feet definitely feel tired and over-stretched now. (Once again, I was being lazy and didn’t change my shoes. You know you spend too much time in the gym when you need more than one pair of shoes to complete your workout.) Hopefully they feel okay tomorrow; I’d like to run again.
I was talking to someone I see occasionally at the gym, and they mentioned my workouts and asked if I could "beat everyone up now". I wish I could say this was the first time I’ve gotten this kind of comment from people. At my best, I’m a gentle person; I’ve worked hard in my life to channel my innate aggression and anger into more productive behaviors. I wonder why the fact that I’m strong makes people assume that I would use it for violence? Is it the masculinity of strength that leads people to project aggression onto me? To be honest, this really bugs me, because it is something I’ve had to work on.