I had a pretty average week for workouts. My schedule, or possibly Erin's schedule mixed some of our days around. Plus it got pretty cold and there were a couple of days I mixed workouts because I had last minute things I needed to do. But I need to take a rest day every week. This week I took two. But I still worked out over five hours - 323 minutes. I did 90 minutes of cardio. And I burned 2363 calories. But goal for next week is to burn 3000. This means adding on another running day, or doing some HIIT on the treadmill for at least 40 minutes.
Saturday we did weights together. Erin was busy on Sunday and we hadn't done them on Friday morning, so it worked out well. Except I missed my only chance at Combat this week. Luckily, they just had the new release, and I am not super-interested in doing new music. I had my first failed squat. 145 seems to be a lot harder than 135. Even with my shoes off. I could only do 22 of them! I also failed at triceps. I got there 20 minutes early and did HIIT on the treadmill. The whole gym was empty thanks to the football game (which I was able to watch on the gym TV) and that helped give me a much better burn than most weight days. 640 in 90 minutes vs. 407 in 70.
Since I didn't have to do weights on Sunday, I used Sunday as my run day. I hadn't done a 5k last week because of rain. I did the watch my heartrate, not my pace trick again and it is so much better. I don't even care how fast I am going as long as I am burning calories. Then I hear that I am close to beating my fastest time and I try really hard, but I didn't have it in me to be a speed demon, so I was like 35 seconds slower.
Monday I needed to work out after work, before meeting Dan for dinner. I like this plan because I can't bail. But I forgot my gym shoes. Luckily, I could round up an old pair in the back of my car. I did a circuit that I absolutely loved. Five minutes on the stair mill, then these five exercies. Low weight, high reps, because otherwise I would have no idea how much weight to use. My triceps hurt so much the next day. And I burned lots of calories on those stairs. I wouldn't want to do this if I was doing weights on Sunday and Tuesday. So it worked out well.
Back to our normal lifting pattern on Tuesday evening. I was successful with the 145 squat this time, but we're thinking we might give it another session. We like to feel really confident with that heavy of weight before we start increasing. And we're doing more weight than we ever dreamt of! Also, after maxing out at bicep curls for the third time, and seeing how great that high-rep tricep workout was, I am decided that the key to smaller muscles is more reps. Or maybe mixing it up. But not just trying to do 25 pounds and doing it three times.
Wednesday I had planned on doing my last after-work run. Starting next week it will be dark when I get off of work. But while at work I learned that we were under a freeze advisory and I knew I needed to get home and drain my sprinklers before it got dark. I am scared to mess that process up. And was really proud of myself for doing it alone. But it was cold and windy and I never would have had time to run. I told myself I would go run on the treadmill while watching the baseball game. But it was cold and I never made it there.
Thursday I was exhausted. I don't know why. I fell asleep on the couch at 8:30. Needless to say, I took another rest day.
But Friday morning, I was up on a dark and cold morning to knock out some more weights. We stuck to the same squat and bench weights. And tried out our new more reps, lighter weights tricep plan. My arms were burning at the lower weight. Here's how I see it:
Last week 20 reps x 40 pounds = 800 pounds of work.
This week 50 reps x 30 pounds = 1500 pounds of work.
Seems like simple logic. Maybe it isn't that simple. But I don't want to keep increasing to a point where I am not doing any good. So I will try this for a few weeks.
Also, don't I look skinny in this photo? Maybe it's the re-introduction of pants. Or maybe the scale is a lying liar, just like we all knew!