Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mental Challenges

For once I feel like I actually have a good excuse for not posting!

I did intend to write something last night after our workout, but I didn't realize Cam had other stuff he needed to do. He left for Summer Camp today (the music festival in central Illinois...not an actual summer camp) and had to get his packing list ready and get a bunch of stuff ready to throw in his car after work today. But we also had to get to the gym (because I demanded it), so right away when we got home we changed and headed over to get our workout in.

So to divert a little (it will all come back together, I promise), I haven't mentioned yet, but a friend convinced me to sign up for our company's team for the Chase Corporate Challenge...which is tomorrow in Chicago!

I feel like this is a big step for me...I debated long and hard whether to include a photo with my company logo...but there you have it. There's every chance of me being photographed in this shirt anyway, and with minimal sleuthing you can find out my last name and where I work, so why not just own it here too? So this is the company swag...a shirt, a shoe lace (for the left one), a shoe dazzle thingy, and then the race bib from Chase.

So, there's a lot that I didn't realize about this race, and I feel like it's putting me a bit on edge. First up, it's 3.5 miles - I actually thought it was a 5k. Not a huge difference, but still. I keep thinking I won't be able to do it, which is honestly a totally silly thing to think because I just ran a 5 mile race a few weeks ago. That said, up for #2 is that the race doesn't even start until 7:00pm. Hah. 7:00? I'm basically in bed at that point on a normal day! And number three: I'll be on my own for this one.

As far at the first point...of course I'll be able to do it! I can move myself for 3.5 miles and I know it. For the second: I talked to my (new) manager and she agreed that it's totally fine for me to come in an hour late tomorrow, though I had to be at work early today (I normally start at 6:30 but today I started at 6:00). But I still feel like I'm not setting myself up for optimal performance with this thing.

And finally...being alone. Well, there's no real remedy for it, and I feel like that's where the real insecurity is coming from. Not only am I really used to running with Cam now, but the friend who convinced me to sign up has since decided not to do it, and I only know one or two other people who are going (one of whom is walking it). And to top it off, neither of them will be on my bus too or from the race.

Bu...oh well. It's just another mental challenge. It won't be the first thing I've done by myself, and it won't be the last (I'll be doing that half alone, afterall!). At the end of the day, it's my own two feet that will carry me across the finish line...not the fact that someone I know is or isn't participating. And who knows, maybe I'll make a friend on the bus!

Anyways...gym last night. Because of the Corporate Challenge (and for my own sanity) I needed to get a run in. This meant that even if we had to truncate it, I wanted to get at least 1.5 solid miles of running in on the treadmill. Which I did. It may have been 1.65 though...I can't decide. My Garmin is definitely not calibrated to the treadmills at our gym, but I figure after 2 months of running outside it knows my cadence enough to judge distance (or not? I don't actually know how that bit works). But the treadmill said I went 1.5 miles, my Garmin said 1.65, so it had to be somewhere in between! And a little extra obviously won't kill me at this point.

We followed up our run with a pretty solid (but quick) upper body workout. We did three sets per exercise at 5-5-10 reps, and I used the following weights per set:


I'm happy to say that I didn't lose all the muscle I gained early in the year. While it sucked not having a gym the last 2 months, I'm happy with these weights, especially for my Bench and Tricep extension. I'm also happy to report that my form for Bench Press is getting better and more comfortable...and it's because I'm taking advice to heart!

You see, the other day when I was doing the leg press Cam said he noticed that I slow down during the down motion of certain exercises (mostly with leg and bench press). I told him I do it because I'm afraid I won't be able to push it back up - another mental challenge! He pointed out that I was wasting energy with my resistance during the slow down, which is why it felt hard to push it up. So yesterday when I did my bench I let the bar come down to my chest a bit faster and more naturally, and I made a conscious effort not to slow it down with resistance.

Guys, it made SUCH a difference. The upward "push" was much easier, and I told him at the end that the bar will always have to have weights on it from now on, because those 10 reps with 45lbs (just the bar) weren't "enough".

The other thing I didn't mention yesterday day is that I went on Amazon and got this book about weightlifting for women that I'd heard about on Reddit Two-X Fitness. I'm excited to see what I can learn from it. I also went ahead and bought the journal companion, so hopefully that will help me see my progress as the days and weeks go by. Hopefully I'll be able to do an update post in a few months!

I've been taking selfies for Instagram when we leave the gym...I love the faces he makes!

When we got home from the gym I showered and made dinner while Cam started to get his packing list assembled. There was enough of all that to keep us both busy and running around until almost 7:30, when we decided it was in both our best interests to sit down and watch some TV since we won't see each other again until Monday (excepting when Cam drops off King Ned the Lizard at my house tonight...I'll be watching him all weekend since Cam's parents are leaving for Idaho on Saturday). We put on The Inbetweeners (which I promised Cam he'd love) and made it through one episode before we both fell asleep, exhausted.

Today has been another long day - extra hours at work combined with unpacking cars and setting up lizards and the like, and tomorrow's Challenge weighing on my mind just a bit. I'm looking forward to heading off to bed and getting a little extra sleep tonight, and even more looking forward to my company's Summer Hours, which start on Friday (we get to leave work 2 hours early and still get paid for the full 8!).

I have so much planned for this weekend - movies and cleaning and stuff - but I'll see what I can do about posting...because this blog is always in the back of my mind!

So Happy (end of) Hump Day, and see you sometime this weekend!




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