Saturday, May 31, 2008

If they have rest days in the Giro...

then I suppose it's ok if I take a couple. I didn't workout yesterday, and I don't expect to workout today.

Spent a couple of hours this morning watching the Giro - hoping Ricco would make a move and destroy Contador, but it didn't happen. Diluca is done though. So, everything rests on tomorrow's TT. Ricco only needs 4 seconds. Sella is the big surprise of the race, I think, and he has a great future ahead of him.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I like to run in the heat

TodayI ran outdoors - just around the former "big" block. Stopped off to meet a friend, who couldn't handle the heat, but he's wimpy like that. :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Logs are slippery.

I just returned from a brief trail run at MUM, and I learned a lesson today: freshly fallen logs are slippery. Oops.

I was running along on a "new" part of the trail - well, it looked new to me. I had already crossed one log on another branch, an area I know very well. So,I felt fairly confident approach this log across the trail. Instead of just climbing over, silly me decides to try to stand up and cross. Thus, I went SPLAT. I felt my shoulder - the left one, which if you recall is the "injured" one - stretch awkwardly and for a moment I thought, did I break something? Well, nothing broken but I do have some scratches. My left knee had been giving me some problems throughout the run, but nothing major. My big fear falling - other than breaking bones - is getting poison something. I probably should take BG's advice and rub some rubbing alcohol on my legs just to be sure to "kill" anything on there - ie dry out the oil.

However, I must admit there was something sorta cool to falling, being dirty, and having scratches. I feel very tomboyish and it reminds me of being a kid again.

So, logs are slippery. Careful or you'll go SPLAT!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I missed a milestone!

I missed my 100th the 100th episode of your favorite sitcom. Ok, maybe not.

Today was a relaxed day; I just used the MUM gym to do 20 minutes on the elliptical. I did some leg stuff not worth mentioning. I did build up quite a sweat. Sweat is good. I just felt charged today.

Hope it lasts!

Monday, May 26, 2008

When exercise doesn't feel like exercise...2 reasons

One, I won't mention here. The other - well, I can't believe that I just ran 3 miles and I felt fantastic! I could have kept running. I think the heat and humidity help me sometimes. I was telling Mike about running in Goldsboro in 90+ degree heat and 100% humidity. I just did it because it had to be done.

I feel FANTASTIC! My body is just on fire - in a good way!

And now, for a snippet of a poem by a very good poet:
"Our bond is no little economy based on the exchange
of my love and work for yours, so much for so much
of an expendable fund. We don't know what its limits are--
that puts us in the dark. We are more together
than we know, how else could we keep on discovering

we are more together than we thought?"

This poem just resonates with me right now.

And another:
"And I am happy as the young
Tom Jefferson, unbuttoning my collar, imagining his power,
considering my healthy body, how I might use it in the service
of the country of my pleasure."


A trip down memory lane...

I haven't been to Urban Active in several days, so today it felt like a bit of a nostalgia trip. Well, not it is:
  • elliptical
  • hack squat
  • leg press
  • bench press
  • incline fly
  • lat raises
  • decline fly
  • cable rows
  • curls
  • tricep exercises
Perhaps I'll put in weights and reps later. It was a decent workout. Now I'm off to run around the block.

I had two donuts today and lunch at Chipotle, so I'm feeling penitent.

I hope working outside counts

as working out! I haven't run nor lifted in several days, which should be obvious to anyone reading this blog.

I did do some outdoor work yesterday, which was good. I did NOT put 22 bags of mulch down as some people did.

Today looks like a rainy day, so I am not sure what I'll be able to do. I'm guessing a trip down to Urban Active.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Update on non-workouts and a non-workout post about robins

I didn't workout on either Friday or Saturday. Yesterday I expected to do a lot of outdoor work but that did not occur. So today I'll do that - probably visit Bern's, the overpriced landscaping place here. I also may goto Urban Active or at least take a run around the block. I don't feel like I've been working out very hard lately, and I have not curbed my eating - my BAD eating (hello, McDonald's breakfast yesterday... sad, very sad).

More importantly, the robin babies have all left the nest. It actually saddens me to see an empty nest. Yesterday was the last day that a baby tried to fly. The baby was in the backyard when I was up having coffee. It was hopping around struggling to fly. Within an hour it was gone. I suppose the learning curve for these creatures is very fast - of course, it has to be.

Well, that's all for now. Bye-bye, babies.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A quick run

around the small big block was all I could muster. : (

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fighting a cold by working out

I am either dealing with a chest cold or with allergies. Either way, I don't feel 100%. So, I decided to hit the gym and do a bit of a workout:
  • bench press
    • no weight on bar, 15 reps
    • 10 lbs on bar, 2 sets of 18 reps
    • 20 lbs on bar, 1 set of 15 reps, 1 set of 11 reps (Yes, I was going for 15)
  • dumbbell squats
    • 55 lbs, 2 sets of 18
    • 75 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • abductor
    • 50 lbs, 2 sets of 18
    • 60 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • adductor
    • 50 lbs, 2 sets of 18
    • 69 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • elliptical
    • 8 mins
  • some ab work

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Not quite a run today

Same route as yesterday, less satisfactory result. I covered the same distance, but only ran about half-way. I walked the rest. Company was good, so I am not complaining.

And of course, those birds were lovely too.

NON WORKOUT POST: Flight school should be starting soon

Late morning I spent on my deck reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a potential selection for my Lit and Film course. Well, I noticed that the baby robins are a lot bigger and more active in their tiny nest, and Mom and Dad are really working to feed them. The mouths have become hungrier and bigger.

An amazing thing happened while I was sitting there - one of the robins began to stretch his little wing out of the nest. He flapped it a bit. It was awesome to watch.

Of course,now I have to worry about those little babies being on the grass in the backyard with Bert lurking about. I hope he doesn't bother them, but that's his nature as a cat. We'll see. I feel like a protective surrogate mother to them.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sweet potato chips or should that be...sweet! potato chips that are yummy and healthy(ish!)

I am sitting here on my couch thinking about my class this evening and enjoying a few (er, more than the 17 chips per serving) potato chips. Am I worried at high fat, high calorie, high sodium? NO! These are TERRA Chips and they're TERRAFIC! Oh gosh, that was bad.

Honestly, these chips are fabulous! I encourage everyone who likes the munch munch of chips to get a bag. The nutritional information seems almost good to be true for chips:

TERRA Sweet Potato Chips image
Plain Sweet Potato Chips
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 oz. (28g/about 17 chips)
Servings Per Container: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Total Carb. 15g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Now, are these PERFECT ? No, of course not. They are still chips! You're getting 11g of fat in every serving, but these are far better than other chips out there.

Thus ends my unpaid endorsement of TERRA CHIPS!

"Why don't we give love give love give love one more chance?"

That is a line sung by Freddie Mercury in "Under Pressure," which was playing on my "running" playlist on my iPod.

I love, love, that line and Freddie's amazing voice.

So, my four mile run - or "mun" as a I just wrote - didn't work out. Instead of doing the big big block, I just did the big block, which is still about 3 miles. I sprinted the last bit as well. I had some runner's concerns.

Now I'm sitting here in my living room about to make myself a protein shake...POOF, I'm a protein shake.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

There's nothing techno about technogym equipment

Today I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical machine; then it was on to a bit of an upper body workout:
  • shoulder press
    • 30 lbs, 15 reps
    • 50 lbs, 2 sets of 15 reps
  • chest press
    • 20 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps
  • seated row
    • 55 lbs, 15 reps
    • 85 lbs, 15 reps
    • 100 lbs, 8 reps
  • lat pulldown
    • 30 lbs, 3 sets of 15 (this is not true ) :)
  • ez bar curls
    • 30 lbs, 3 sets of 15
I tried using the technogym equipment for the first two exercises; the machines are not comfortable at all. I rather use free weights. Today was not a great workout, but it was acceptable. I also followed it with a visit to NATHAN'S! I love those hotdogs and fries. Yepee!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Twice the workout, half the time

Today I decided to do two sets of everything. It was a leg day.

Here's my routine:
  • squats
    • no weight, 15 reps
    • 50 lbs on bar, 2 sets of 15 reps
  • hack squat
    • no weight, 2 sets of 15 reps
  • leg press
    • 90 lbs, 2 sets of 15 reps wide
  • bend over thing
    • just a bar, 2 sets of 15 reps
  • leg curl
    • 50 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • leg extension
    • 50 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • seated calf raises
    • 45 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • 10 minutes elliptical
  • leg press
    • no weight, 3 sets of 15 - 3 different foot positions (no rest between sets)
    • 90 lbs, 3 sets of 15 - 3 different foot positions (no rest between sets) **** THIS ONE HURT!!!
  • 8 minutes elliptical
Overall, I think it was a good workout. I really felt that I was working my legs, and I'm sure I'll feel it even more tomorrow. I think doing the leg press AFTER the ten minutes on the elliptical was a good thing as well. So, I tried to mix stuff up today and I did.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Gas is at $3.96 a gallon, so what do I do?

I drive to subUrban reActive.

No cardio.

Just an upper body workout...shame on me. I should have done some cardio, but I expected to do a bit of walking today on a trail. Alas, that didn't happen.

Here's today's workout:
  • pullups
    • 3 sets of 8
  • knee lifts
    • 3 sets of 25 (I switched between pullups and knee lifts for each set)
  • decline bench flys
    • 10 lbs, 15 reps
    • 12.5 lbs, 15 reps
    • 15 lbs, 15 reps
  • overhead press
    • 15 lbs, 3 sets of 15
  • side and front lat raises
    • 5 lbs, 15 reps
    • 7.5 lbs, 15 reps
    • 10 lbs, 15 reps
  • kickbacks
    • 20 lbs, 1 set of 15
  • behind head tricep exercise
    • 20 lbs, 3 sets of 15
  • a bunch of abwork that I don't really know how to describe

Overall, the workout felt pretty good. I should have done cardio, but I just did not feel like it. Plus, I really did expect to walk on the trails today. Oh well. I'll make up for it tomorrow...perhaps.

Monday, May 12, 2008

When 4 miles don't bother me... I know

something is wrong. Today I ran the four mile loop, and as I was saying to someone tonight, I could have kept running. I hate running. And this was road running - the worst sort of running. Trail running doesn't really count as running, because it involves so much more than pavement pounding; heck, there's no pavement to pound.

Anyway, I want to reassure my friends and workout fans that I am NOT turning into a runner, and I want to tell one particular person, there's NO WAY he will EVER get me to run the Pig... not even HALF a PIG.

Tomorrow I'm going to have to purge my body of this running and do some lifting or leg work at the gym. I've noticed looking back at the upperbody workouts that I am tending to do the same things over and over again. Any suggestions for varying my routine would be welcome. Remember, I'm not interested in bulk. Bulk doesn't appeal to me. Being lean and cut an extent. But even THAT bothers me a bit. I need some new shots of me postworkout, because the one on this page doesn't do my abs justice. Maybe I can get a professional photographer to volunteer his services in exchange for workout advice. Know anyone like that?

Today's workout:
  • four miles with the iPod

The babies are here!!!! Mama Robin is a MAMA!

Just returned from my first "big" run in a long time, but that's unimportant, because ...

Mama Robin and Mr. Robin are parents! The nest above my backdoor is now home to at least one baby Robin. I only saw one head pop up to be fed, but I'm guessing there are more there - maybe 2-3? We'll see.

Seeing this absolutely MADE my day...just a beautiful thing to behold. I'm a big mush and dork about such things.

The first year I lived here, robins nested in that same place - that same nest, actually. I was sad to not have any robins return. I contemplated taking down the nest, but kept it there just as a reminder of the first houseguests I ever hosted - other than my folks when I moved in. I'm happy to see that little home get some use.

Happy birthday little robins!!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

non-workout post: Eddie Izzard wanted a picture with Mike

So, I saw Eddie perform his "Stripped" show. I really enjoyed it; didn't seem as good as some of the stuff I've seen on video for other tours, but his tour is really just beginning, and since it's unscripted, well, I'm sure he has better and fantastic nights. Still, seeing him live was amazing.

No James Mason in this one, but Moses and Noah make appearances as do giraffes who must communicate through coughs about a very stupid tiger. A favorite line - "So Charlie Darwin wrote this book, Monkey, Monkey, Monkey, Monkey, You.... Very controversial in the monkey community." I also liked the Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome reference... "two enter, one leaves."

Post ovation bit about landing on the moon - not very good Eddie...very good for someone else, but not Eddie.

We waited outside the stage door for about 40 minutes before Mr. Izzard made his appearance and requested us all to form a nice, somewhat orderly line. We did. I had a program. Mike had a cellphone camera. I forgot mine. Shame on me. The one time I FORGET that silly thing is the time I wish I had it.

I really had nothing of note to say to Izzard just because there were about 150 people behind me, and I thought that he probably rather be having a drink in a hotel bar or something. I gave him the program, and he said, "You'd like me to sign this?" I think I grunted. Seriously, I'm not sure I formulated any real words until I said," Thank you for taking the time to do this." He said "You're welcome" or some polite variation. Here's my chance with Eddie and I say nothing.

Mike snaps his cell pic, and I'm off, but....

Eddie calls, "Don't you want a picture too?"

Mike turns, "Um, no thank you. That's ok."

Eddie implores, "Really, take a picture."

Mike says, "Um, ..."

Eddie again says, "Oh, c'mon take a picture."

So we do. That's the pic above. So, basically, Eddie Izzard begged Mike to take a photo with him. Lucky guy.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Four Sets

I am blogging from my somewhat secret location - the Panera at Union Centre - which has very cool people working the counter. There are two people in particular who are always superfriendly. It always makes me feel better when people are pleasant to me - there's really nothing in it for them. I'm here for my toasted sesame seed bagel and coffee after a workout. I'd come here even if they just gave me my order without being so chipper. Still, I'm sure some corporate-type has said that friendlier cashiers lead to more sales. I prefer to think these two folks are just kind people who happen to work at Panera.

Now, on to the workout, which felt great! I am always happy to have a decent leg workout:
  • squats
    • no weight, 15 reps
    • 50 lbs on bar, 4 sets of 15
  • hack squat
    • no weight, 4 sets of 15
  • leg press machine
    • 90 lbs on bar, 4 sets of 15 (wide)
  • the other leg press machine
    • 90 lbs on bar, 4 sets of 15 (close)
  • seated calf raises
    • 45 lbs, 4 sets of 15
  • abductor
    • 50 lbs, 15 reps
    • 60 lbs, 15 reps
    • 70 lbs, 12 reps
    • 80 lbs, 10 reps
  • butt buster
    • 30 lbs?, 4 sets of 15 (I isolated each leg first)
  • leg extensions
    • 50 lbs, 2 sets of 15
    • 60 lbs, 2 sets of 15
    • I'm not REALLy sure about the weights on this one, but I know I did 4 sets of 15 reps and I believe I increased the weight - I may have gone up to 70 lbs
  • elliptical
    • 8 minutes
Overall, the workout felt very good. I did four sets of each exercise because I have not done a leg workout in some time. Plus, with cycling starting soonish - as soonish as I can get the bike in! - I want to work on endurance and strength rather than pure power. Pure power is good, but high reps are better right now for me. I probably should have done more cardio at the end, but I was getting hungry and seeing that it was getting later. Oh well! Maybe next time!

Tonight it's EDDIE IZZARD!!! WOO HOO!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

"See You Again"

Um, I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I've been digging Miley Cyrus' song - and I just learned that she sings it. Eek.

But more importantly, here's the workout:
  • bench press
    • no weight on bar, 15 reps
    • 55 lbs, 15 reps
    • 65 lbs, 15 reps
    • 75 lbs, 12 reps?
  • overhead press
    • 10 lbs, 15 reps
    • 15 lbs, 15 reps
    • 20 lbs, 15 reps
  • seated flys
    • 40 lbs, 3 sets of 15?
  • side lat raises / front lat raises
    • 10 lbs, 15 reps
    • 10 lbs, 15 reps
    • 15 lbs, 8 reps
  • gorilla lifts
    • 40 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps
  • curls
    • 40 lb bar, 15 reps
    • 15 lb bb, 2 sets of 15 reps
    • 20 lb bb, 8 reps
  • behind head tricep stuff
    • 15 lbs, 15 reps
    • 20 lbs, 2 sets of 15 reps
  • 10 minutes on elliptical

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

a quickie

15 minutes on the elliptical - just enough to get the heart rate going... more tomorrow!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Beautiful weather...

I hope folks are enjoying it. I wish I could go for a long walk on the beach today or go for a run around the block. I promise to be back working out and eating properly in a day.
Until then...will someone burn some calories for me??

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Being lazy....

I've decided to be lazy for a few days; I've written before about the importance of rest. I'm allowing myself a few days of not exercising and also allowing myself to eat whatever I choose. In a day or so, I'll be more strict with my diet and exercise. And I'll write about it here, so stay tuned.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Feeling slightly under the weather

What is the origin of the phrase "slightly under the weather"? I need to google that. Whatever it means, I am it, so I'm going to forego any sort of exercise today. Perhaps that sounds like an excuse. Perhaps it is.