I had very little time and was running on little sleep. I think I strained my hip flexor a little bit during this.
6/17 Velocity W2D2
Walk + 18-minute run to hill
Peggy’s Hills. I did this for a little over 35 minutes. I did six push-ups at the top after nearly every rep. I did 13 or 14 runs, don’t quite remember. This workout is different in a good way because I usually sprint up the hill and walk down rather than continuously trudge up and down it. I’ll try to push this to 45 minutes next time.
2x20 of the following:
+40 SA BB row
Kneeling ab wheel
The run went a lot better than expected! It has been dangerously hot here lately, but it wasn’t too bad this morning. Good day so far because I also managed to get tickets for two shows that are in high demand
I was in a rush again but still went off program tried to get a clip of a 140 FS. Bad day though. I felt weak even on the reps I was supposed to complete at 125, so I dropped the weight, did some reps, and called it a day. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. So yeah.
6/24 Velocity W3D2
At the track in triple-digit temps: 3x800m (3:13,3:11,3:14) with 800m jog in between reps
The times weren’t too bad considering the circumstances.
Then two rounds of 2x20 at home:
Push-ups (have to rest-pause these reps)
Standing ab wheel
Thanks for the words! Seems like I am in a similar place as you regarding training. Maybe not exactly, but I am going to ramble about it anyway after reading your recent posts in your log.
I will always train, no doubt about that. Yet I feel like for the past year or so it hasn’t been my number one priority, whereas lifting was a huge part of my identity for several years. It’s still a big part of my life, don’t get me wrong. I still ran Deep Water earlier this year, and that is straight-up exhausting. But I simply don’t see myself investing that much in that way again anytime soon.
In any case, my lifting progress is slow – very slow. Objectively, I would probably have to be willing to gain ten pounds to really add weight to the bar and gain a lot more muscle, even though I am not a very strong person at this point. I guess I don’t want those things badly enough. This isn’t “giving up” by any means. It is actually very freeing. I remember in college I would devour lifting-related content, but I seldom do that nowadays. I always felt like I was “wrestling” with lifting in this sense, frustrated by my more or less lack of progress. I hated it. Nowadays, I’ve invested so much more time in, for example, practicing foreign languages, which defines me way more as a person than lifting does. That hobby poses its own challenges. Nevertheless, I am more comfortable claiming that as my thing.
Although I still enjoy pushing myself a lot physically, I don’t beat myself up as much anymore about only hitting PRs a couple of times per year. Running in addition to lifting has been a bit of a “reset” for me, I suppose. I wasn’t enthusiastic about training at all for several months, but this change is helping. Not sure what’s going to emerge from all of this. Maybe a strength-endurance event in the future? Who knows.
My mental state has definitely changed in the past year, which also probably affects my attitude. But that’s a different post.
This hit hard. So often it is easy to forget that we have to prioritize, or we end up doing a lot of things poorly and ultimately spin or wheels.
This way of looking at a shift in priorities and interests is awesome. It sounds like you are giving yourself the space to have a new main “thing”.
There are so many great things your post. You put a lot of what I have been feeling into better words. I know this can be a weird place to post statements like that, but sometimes it is really nice to hear people that I have one hobby in common with, struggle with changes in mental and physical priorities as well. Great ramble!
+1 on the great ramble.
Similarly here, way too much happening in real life to focus a lot of mental bandwidth on training.
Which is why it helps to have certain things on autopilot. Which for me is basically lifting (program is super simple, and minimal), and eating (most meals are the same).
And I’m not holding myself to any arbitrary standards at the moment. If i can’t add weight this week, i won’t. Hope i can, but it’s ok if not.
Seven-mile run in 1:00:20. I planned to run only four or five miles but kept going despite the weather. I think I experienced the highest temperature of my life yesterday. I’m supposed to deload for a week, but I’ll probably jump back into it mid-week.
Despite still competing, I relate to a lot of what you said there. I find myself in kind of a limbo with this - fire not bright enough to really make meaningful strides but at the same time too afraid to ease off significantly because it’s such a big part of my identity and honestly also of what people perceive me as. I too will lift and move for as long as I can but I’m not sure if I’m currently just postponing a decision that’s already made if I had the guts. On the other hand I still do get something out of going to those competitions.
I think you’re way more into it than I am (and maybe ever will be) because I haven’t even competed in any strength sport Plus I’ve had a home gym for years now and don’t really talk in real life about training. Even when I did attend a gym, I never really talked to anyone ever about anything!
But yeah, it can be weird and sometimes difficult to ease off of something even if you would like to.
I can’t speak for you, but it does seem like you enjoy competing when you manage to do it. In any case, I very much believe that life is seasonal, and that applies to not just physical activity but also work and other hobbies.
Pull-ups 9x3 (three sets normal grip + three sets close-grip + three sets wide-grip; 60s rest)
Six-mile run in 49:55
Pretty uneventful, but the temperature is finally much more manageable at 85 degrees. I am sure there will be more heat waves this summer. In other news, I attended my first ever (and probably long overdue) therapy session today, so that’s neat.
Hooray! I hope you find your therapist and the process fulfilling. I have mixed emotions about it all but on the whole found the 18 or so months I did it worthwhile, been thinking about a return when I settle into my next spot.
Thank you! I unexpectedly won a small prize from an organization that raised money to help people in my kind of situation, and I am supposed to spend it on mental health services, so that really spurred me to try it. Worried about affording it in the long run though.
For me it took some homework to find someone who seems suitable, and we have to meet virtually nevertheless, which could possibly be an option for you if you want to resume earlier.