When Your Legs Feel Strong, Run With It!

Workouts this week were a bit upset due to the storm. On Wednesday, I was sore from all the shoveling and standing all day, so I didn’t do any sort of official workout. I was back to it on Thursday for my early morning workout, despite growing quickly accustomed to sleeping in a tad later than 5:00 AM!

On Thursday, my legs were itching for some quality cardio, so I started out with a body strength workout, including box jumps, dips, lunges, squats, kickbacks, push ups, mountain climbers, mermaid raises, hip lifts, crunches, Russian twists, and finishing up with a few planks. After, I hopped onto the treadmill for a run that left me nice and sweaty.

Friday morning was difficult to get up. Due to a few flakes still falling, I wasn’t certain if it was too slippery at that point, but things didn’t seem bad, so I got my butt out of bed and to the gym. I went through a difficult dumbbell strength routine, performing 2 sets of 12 reps, 1 set of 10 reps, 1 set of 8 reps, 1 set of 6 reps, and 1 set of 4 reps. My arms and shoulders were quite sore throughout the day after that. To top off my workout, I hopped onto the elliptical for 25 minutes of interval training.

I met my sister at the gym on Saturday night before we went out for dinner and led us through a strength routine using medicine and stability balls. We finished with planks before moving onto cardio. I got back onto the treadmill and found I was feeling very strong and felt the urge to run faster than usual. When that happens, you can’t fight it, because so often it’s the opposite and you’re itching to get it over with! I was sad when I ended up .08 away from an even 3 miles because the gym was closing and I had to leave!

Knowing that it would be busy on Sunday morning due to the big game later on, I headed out for a late morning workout expecting to be frazzled by all the people. It actually wasn’t too bad and I was able to get through a barbell strength routine. I did my usual routine, but mixed up my sets and reps to trick my body. I did 2 sets of ten reps, 2 sets of 8 reps, and 2 sets of 6 reps, going up in weight each time. For my bench presses, I tacked on 2 sets of 4 reps and was able to lift 100 pounds! It was pretty exciting, considering I can’t be too risky when I don’t have anyone spotting me. For my cardio, I did 25 minutes on the elliptical, but then I was still riding high on those endorphins and decided to fit in another 15 minutes of running.

Monday morning with the looming snow and a series of heavy workouts the days before was a scheduled rest day. Have no fear, I got plenty of movement in with the shoveling once again. It was a little painful to hear the alarm blaring on Tuesday morning at 5:30 AM, but I got myself up and fit in a body strength routine, some Yoga, and a quick bike ride at home.  The snow can’t keep me down!

Some kettle bells were on the menu as I completed a few sets of swings, deadlifts, shoulder raises, high lifts, and rows. After, I hopped on the treadmill for a run, which felt good to get moving after being held in captivity due to all the snow. So. Much. Snow.

It’s good to know that even though there are days when working out seems overwhelming or like the last thing your body wants to do, there are also days when you feel super strong and like you could conquer the world. The important thing is to always listen to your body!

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