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legcramps - Wednesday Apr 10, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 5 hours, 57 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6:30-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 27 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 6 hours, 21 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 4 / SWIM 1

Apr        7-13 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 2 / SWIM 1


I can't keep up my pace from last week; it's only Wednesday and i'm pretty much done for the week after another early morning group session. I also still have a nagging sore throat, and I started coughing up phlegm yesterday and this morning, so i'll be taking it easy after work today and probably just heading home to rest. I'll have to get in my bike workout some other time, maybe Saturday since i'm not supposed to be working this weekend.

Literally even my hands hurt after that workout this morning, LOL. Yes, rest is definitely in the cards for me.

BF made sausage and rice for supper last night, and he sent some home with me for today. I think I will make eggs for lunch - I feel like i'm lacking in protein this week and I haven't had eggs since the weekend which isn't usual for me. I did have breakfast this morning, very quickly eaten toast and peanut butter, but I am fairly certain I will be hungry again shortly so I brought a protein bar to work to have for my morning break.

It was a busy day at work yesterday, and my desk is scattered with things that need to get done. Better get to it!

Donkey on 04/11/2019:
Protein is a good idea, but there's no substitute for sleep. Eggs are almost the perfect food, but lately and sadly, I've had an aversion to them. I think it's the smell.


horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2019:
if i had to guess, the reasons for your minor (thankfully) colds are lack of sleep. but, i know that to do as much training as you do, it has to be fit in somewhere.

it's only colds luckily and you do get over them fast i see.



legcramps - Tuesday Apr 09, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 5 hours, 57 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6:30-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 27 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 4 / SWIM 1

Apr        7-13 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1


I woke up with a sore throat this morning, yuck. Hopefully it goes away today. Workday wasn't the best, I got lectured by an employee because she felt like she needed to pick a fight with someone (just that kind of person), so I took the high road and just ignored her in the end because I honestly couldn't even understand what she was trying to say, nevermind defend myself against her words. And I have better things to do to keep me busy.

Like go to another group training session! Which was great, by the way. It's so nice to have a place to go where people are actually NICE! And POSITIVE! I kicked my butt and got a heck of a workout in.

Signing off early; I have a meeting starting soon. Have a great day everyone!

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2019:
good job just taking her nonsense and walking away. great advice to myself and others here. not worth picking fights at work :)

I hope you feel better. lately i can sleep for DAYS!!!!! i think i'll sleep well in Paris, as there'll be so much walking that at night it will be easy to fall asleep! lately, not sure why, i'm so EAGER to hit the pillow at night, despite getting way more sleep than you do.


Donkey on 04/09/2019:
If it helps... Queen Bee at my work is a lot like that. She'll just have some kind of bee in her bonnet and start in on someone. I've gotten better at noticing when she hones in on me -- like yourself, I try to avoid. Who needs that?

I hope you are not getting sick again!


Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2019:
taking a look at those air socks online tonight!



legcramps - Monday Apr 08, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 5 hours 57 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6:30-8:30; REST; 

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 4 / SWIM 1

Apr        7-13 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / SWIM 1


Ugh, crappy sleep :( All the coffee in the world wouldn't help me today.

And yet, onwards we move.

My focus and concentration ended around Thursday of last week. Friday was a complete nightmare trying to just get through the day LOL; I was seriously out of it. I messed up at work and while coaching (thankfully, some people are very forgiving!) and was really just a big mess! Which rolled over into Saturday LOL, but once again - forgiving people - so that was good. I did rest on Friday, but Saturday I decided to do a bigger strength session than I would normally have - four strength sessions for the week was maybe a bit much. I was pretty sore and dead-tired leading into Sunday.

Sunday morning we had an awesome breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, and asparagus. It was so good, and gave me some extra energy for our swim workout later that day. After that one hour workout, I prodded BF into going outside for a run with me. He wasn't having a great day - his swim wasn't what he wanted it to be, and he was frustrated with his effort. He struggled on the run also, but he did it while I reminded him that he's been working out harder than me and was probably just freaking TIRED! We got our run done and immediately jumped on some mountain bikes for a quick one hour rip around town.  Three hours of working out, and one tired but much happier BF for the rest of the night :)

I've been taking a glutamine supplement before bed most nights for the past couple of weeks, and taking epsom salt baths, to help me with muscle recovery. The glutamine is in powder form, and I take about a scoopful each day that I workout. Aside from that, yesterday as soon as we got back home from the bike ride, I put the air socks on - I used them a total of three times yesterday LOL, I really wanted to make sure my legs would recover! Plus, you can really relax with those on since you really aren't able to multi-task LOL.

P.S. they are called Fit King Leg Air Massagers. Air socks for short ;) I can say that while i've been using them for about a month now, they have really made a huge difference in the way my calves and feet recover after a hard workout. Normally, i'd be struggling hard with shin splints and very sore feet, but (*knock on wood*) I have not had to worry about that since using them. I think the air socks are entirely making this difference.

horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2019:
ty for the air sock and glutimine as well as other recovery info here. i'll look into the air socks!

will write more later!


thinkpositive on 04/09/2019:
Impressive work outs! Sounds like the air socks were a great help.


horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2019:
I did use the foam roller last night....it helps so much, my legs are always SO TIGHT and i feel a difference even after a couple minutes of use. must use it MORE!

if you are doing the same strength session 4x a week i'd say it's a bit much too, that you can lessen it to 3x tops...with sufficient rest between sessions no?

legcramps on 04/09/2019:
Yep, absolutely. It's not the same session each time, I always change it up, but it's still one (maybe even two) sessions too many, when I need to focus more on cardio right now!



legcramps - Friday Apr 05, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:00; 7 hours 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 8 hours, 11 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; Work 8-4; Workout 7-8; 5 hours, 56 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; oops didn't have my watch on

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 7 hours, 15 minutes

SATURDAY - Coach 8-2; Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar         3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar     10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1


I sat on the couch yesterday after work for about half an hour before getting my butt into a pair of leggings and going out for a run. It was nice to be able to run outside again - a bit wet and muddy, but I got to do some puddle-jumping to really kill off my calves ;) LOL

I am getting slightly better at running; still taking quick breaks every mile or so, and yesterday I needed those breaks just to give my legs a rest. They were still so sore. But when I ran, I ran. And my lungs somehow persevered. If I can maintain this pace for my duathlon in May, I will be so happy.

I had leftover meat sitting in the freezer, so I decided I wanted that instead of 'breakfast for supper'. I had the leftover hamburger meat, cooked veggies, and rice. It was way more satisfying than a waffle would have been :) although the waffle is ALWAYS a good choice LOL

After that, a quick bath with epsom salts, and into the air socks once again. I have my compression socks on today, and at lunchtime I might throw on one of my knee compression sleeves - my knee is bugging me, but only slightly. Sometimes, it's from using the air socks (don't know why?), so i'm hoping it will resolve itself in time.

TOM arrived this morning, so the rest of my workouts this week should be interesting. I mean, DIFFICULT. Coaching tonight after work, and then tomorrow 8-2, so hopefully I won't have much time to whine about how i'm feeling!

Donkey on 04/06/2019:
Good job on the running! The epsom salts bath sounds lovely... I don't know why I don't do something like that.

What is an air sock again? I'm wondering if I should look into a knee sleeve for myself. Every so often, my right knee gets very sore. I think it's more arthritis and PF related. If I do my PF stretches for my right foot arch, the knee seems to feel better shortly after that.

legcramps on 04/08/2019:
Check my current post for info on the air socks ;)

I use knee sleeves pretty often, since i've had arthroscopic surgery on one knee already. Even if it's arthritis-related, there may be benefits to using compression in that area if you experience inflammation. Of course, it's always about finding the balance - in work as well as recovery, so mixing it up between ice, compression, and elevation might be the answer too!


horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2019:
Overall, great sleep in comparison especially to other weeks :) nicely done, Legs! I am currently inspired based on my poor performance on eliptical I was so grateful to get off after 20min so I am inspired to do better !!!! You will be my cardio inspiration (and donkey ;) but I hope you share recovery techniques and what you learn do’s and don’ts of cardio training with us as you continue your journey !!

legcramps on 04/08/2019:
I will, for sure!


horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2019:
When you have a waffle for dinner, do you have any protein also with it?

Ty for epsom salt reminder

What are air socks ??

Tom lately does effect my energy levels too

legcramps on 04/08/2019:
Yes, I will add a scoop of protein or I will use Kodiak cakes as my waffle mix, which already has a certain amount of protein in it.

I will talk about my air socks more in my current post :)



legcramps - Thursday Apr 04, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:00; 7 hours 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 8 hours, 11 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 5 hours, 56 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; oops didn't have my watch on

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8-2; Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar         3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar     10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1


50 minute bike ride last night DONE. Wow. It was not easy. I wanted to quit about ten minutes into it haha, but after about twenty minutes, I got more comfortable with my legs being so uncomfortable and was able to stay on for a lot longer. If that makes sense LOL; basically, I just pushed through the muscle soreness.

Then I sat on my bed with my air socks on for the next half hour LOL. My calves feel pretty great today, but....

I have a run scheduled later. If i'm going to be honest, this week isn't about CARDIO, it's about PUSHING THROUGH. My cardio is holding up just fine through all these workouts, but it's my LEGS that are dying on me. Likely because my strength sessions in the past were based solely on upper body - so now my legs are getting extra attention and i'm pretty sure they don't want it. But I know that if I just persevere through this week, and possibly next week, the gains I make will be phenomenal, so long as I continue the awesome focus i'm putting into recovery.

Supper last night was pork roast with cooked vegetables. I don't know what i'm having for supper tonight, so that's a little like dangling a carrot in front of a horse. I might make myself breakfast for supper. I like breakfast.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2019:
what a fun entry this is! so happy and spirited!

recovery is a lot of training isn't it!? thank you for reminding me of this...i have to do more:) my legs always do feel better after rolling them and they are def looser after rolling.

keep up the good work and enjoy your dinner...ahem, breakfast!!! :)

proud of you !!!

when you keep a positive mindset, like you do, the possibilities are GREATER!


Donkey on 04/05/2019:
I agree with Horn - loved this diary entry! Pushing Through --- that really spoke to me.. and of course I always live to read about lower body workouts, cardio or weights.



legcramps - Wednesday Apr 03, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:00; 7 hours 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 8 hours, 11 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 5 hours, 56 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8-2; Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar         3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar     10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1


This week is shaking out to be the highest workout week so far this year. BF convinced me to do another group workout with him this morning before I left to drive back home. It means I will have to work an extra half hour at the end of the workday today, but it might have been worth it. It was a build, which just means there goes another workout that has left me feeling surprised about the fact that I can still walk. My quads are ON FIRE.

I still need to get a bike ride in today, so that should be interesting. It's gonna be done at home, on my trainer. Getting some cardio in on VERY tired legs is a great way to condition your body and mind to prepare for difficult endurance events. This will help me come May 4th when I am feeling like I can't run another minute of my duathlon; it will remind me that I CAN DO HARD THINGS.

Hopefully the workday will just breeze by quickly; I have a lot of to-do's to get done, so back at it I guess.

P.S. BF wanted pizza for supper last night but I got him to compromise and we had breaded chicken chunks with rice instead. Maybe not the healthiest thing in the fridge, but a better choice than pizza! I'll save that for the weekend ;) ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2019:
It's so great you have some of your exercise equip at home, like the bike. much more convenient since you exercise often, it's a convenient add-in to your routine. I like my weights at home...and i have the apartment steps for cardio....yeah, that's still enough for me ;)....next Winter, you have me considering buying a bike for my apt...for the cold months, when you just want to be home in the evenings! I see a bike more convenient than a treadmill....maybe i'll find an elliptical? Do you have any advice on what i should look to get for the Winter months when it's dark, i just want to get home and do something at home? (just a consideration)

yeah, pizza i don't like either. it raises my blood sugar and then just drops it. i always get cravings later on after eating it for more sweets / sugary / carb-laden food!

legcramps on 04/04/2019:
I don't know about the cost of one, but a spin bike would be so cool to have in the house I think. You can set the resistance so that you can spin fast, or climb mountains out of the saddle, and the saddle is more like the seat of a real bike and you can make a bunch of adjustments to fit your body's height and positioning.

I guess it depends on what type of cardio you want to continue over the winter months. If you're trying increase your running time/speed/whatever, a treadmill would probably be more effective, right? But if it's leg strength and cardio endurance you're looking for, the bike is a great alternative - and much easier on the joints!



legcramps - Tuesday Apr 02, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:00; 7 hours 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 8 hours, 11 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar         3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar     10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 2 / SWIM 1


Oh my goodness, the group session yesterday was ALL ABOUT LEGS. I'm surprised I can even feel them today.

Best thing about today? REST DAY. LOL.

I was really wishy-washy about getting to group training yesterday. I was very close to backing out, because I knew my body was still recovering from Sunday's three-hour workout extravaganza. Then I looked at what the workout was going to be, and I honestly thought that it looked like fun. It was soooo hard. But of course, fun as well. Now we will REALLY see how my body holds up through the week!

So far, I can say that I had a lot of energy after group training. I even had enough energy to do a few household things once I got home (having gotten home around 8:30p.m., that's saying a lot!). I feel a good amount of energy this morning too. When I wasn't exercising on Mondays, I definitely felt more sluggish through Tuesday and Wednesday until I could workout again.

I had good foods throughout the day yesterday, but missed supper because I went to group training and then didn't get home until late and got busy doing other things. So I had some snacks with hummus instead. I think it was a good choice as an alternative to a cooked meal.

Today i'm closing my office door at work so I can get a report done by Thursday morning when I have to present it. It's about 1/3 completed so far, so I have some work to do. And I might have to cover for a co-worker this afternoon, and my boss is home sick. This always happens when I have a deadline!

Donkey on 04/03/2019:
Way to go on the workout! That's very inspiring! It's been a while since I've felt like that about a workout, before or after.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2019:
I took a rest day, too, yesterday. I was going to be productive at home but instead just ate and went to bed shortly after. I see that i'm going to need a few more early nights before going away on Vacation at the end of this month, too. The long sleep sessions help me have good strength sessions. :)

good idea to close the door, that is a way to get things done! Once again, i discussed this same idea with my coworker YESTERDAY! people were bothering her, i did not read your entry yet, and she mentioned she should just close the door if she doesn't want people interrupting her! ;) it's the best approach, yes! once in awhile, it's good!



legcramps - Monday Apr 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 7 hours 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;


Mar         3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar     10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar     17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar     24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 31-Apr 6 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1


Yesterday was three hours of activity for me, but it felt awesome and I wish I could do that every weekend! Now to wait and see how it affects me for the rest of the week LOL. My strength session was only 15 minutes long, but it was a brutal 15 minutes if that means anything!

On Sunday I did a test run for the run/bike/run event that i'll be doing in May. I am very happy with where i'm at so far, and I think i've got this first event in the bag as long as I can maintain my current fitness level. It would be great if I could increase my run speed this month, but i'm not going to push too hard for that. I'm happy where I am.

HoP - Definitely compression socks would help to alleviate any fluid build-up or shin pain in your calves after running. They do decrease blood flow to the area, so I wouldn't wear them all day or night, and I wouldn't wear them during a workout if you'd consider the workout to be endurance training. One other thing i'd recommend is rolling out after a run. You can find foam rollers almost anywhere these days, and they're great for myo-fascia release (releasing connective tissue from muscle and bone), which if left alone, creates trigger points for pain. If you have a rubber ball, i'd use this also on your arches and on the heel of your foot. There is a connective muscle right in the middle of your arch that goes all the way up and around the shin bone - if you can catch that spot, you can release that trigger point as well, helping to create less shin pain after a run or hard activity. Hope that helps!
 
My exercise plan is usually - Monday GROUP, Tuesday REST, Wednesday BIKE, Thursday RUN, Friday REST, Saturday STRENGTH, Sunday BRICK & SWIM.
 
My eating lately could definitely be better. BF is doing a challenge through the gym for the next few weeks and has some nutrition goals to meet; he has always supported my attempts to improve my health so I am happy to support his as well. It will help me get back on track. I'm pretty good through the week, but the weekends have been a free-for-all for the last couple of weeks. Yesterday, we prepped protein balls and cut up a bunch of fruit and made salads for the week.

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2019:
Nice Sleep. I really just seem to always want more sleep. Ever since i had a few bad panic attacks like 3 years ago, i've been sleeping better than ever since. Perhaps it has something to do with taking 15mg of a seratonin uptake medicine (not a really strong dose or strong medicine but perhaps this is why i like a longer sleep or just that i really do better with longer sleeping). i'm going to actually google it. as a kid, i remember staying up late and always being tired even as far back as 6th grade. in high school too, i was definitely very tired at times. i remember it. not sure all kids feel this way? Now, i prefer not to head thru my days this way, and prefer to get sleep to feel better except that i am not usually able to sleep as long as i want to LOL. just a fact of a working person, but i can plan better for sure!

Like i was saying, i might start to do recaps like you are regarding the # of workouts per week but i do recap them at least in my mind and on my phone - making sure i workout enough on each part each week.

I do know what you mean by a brutal 15 min strength session! i guess you didn't do too much resting during your drill!

Yes, i bought a roller. as i was telling you, it's like one of the "hardest" material ones, not any give to it. i do now like you told me that when a part is tender, relax the body into the roller rather than just roll back and forth when you feel a tender spot.

yes, i have a ball / other device that works a hair better, and i keep it on the floor at work to roll my foot but only use it occasionally but it's good!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tips...i will continue to use those pressure point releasers. that's the exact problem i have always had with pressure points and connective tissue and def i get pain bc of tightness in arch of foot so thanks for mentioning that.!

great job on your prep.

i had my earlier weeks of indulgence and now i find myself getting somewhat back on track, leading into my trip in just less than a month now OMG!

legcramps on 04/01/2019:
Yes that's right! Now I remember we talked about foam rollers once already ;)

I feel like people 'say' we need less sleep as we age, but I don't believe that. I can literally feel the difference in my level of functionability (is that a word?) when I get lots of sleep as compared to very little. Especially over a long period of time. Good sleep adds up, and you CAN catch up on it!


Horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2019:
i agree fully with what you wrote. maybe when we are 70 we'll change our minds as to what we need at that point! but i also notice a huge difference for the same reasons you mentioned.

i have a coworker who has 3 little kids at home and i NOTICE him exhausted at work...it does affect him and i am just so glad i am not getting his hours of sleep. he even changed his schedule to come in now an hour later as i think he's also noticed he needs more sleep (he was getting sick a lot, gained weight)...i am sure he wants to feel better! i don't know all the reasons why he changed his hours, but i do know i changed mine in order to get a bit more sleep.


Donkey on 04/02/2019:
I would be interested in hearing about the effect, if any, your weekend workout has on your energy levels and overall performance during the week. Interesting!

legcramps on 04/02/2019:
I will keep you informed!



legcramps - Friday Mar 29, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 7 hours 39 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 7 hours, 19 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; REST; 6 hours, 24 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 4-6; Coach 6-8; 8 hours, 11 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4-8; Workout 8-9; 7 hours, 8 minutes

SATURDAY - Drive about 8 hours! REST;

SUNDAY - Workout


Mar     3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar 10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar 24-30 - RUN 2 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 2


I left work a bit early yesterday so I could get to the city earlier; I had to pick something up for work, and then I thought i'd get a workout in before I had to start coaching. I got a 40 minute run in, and then when I went to get changed I realized that my first coaching client cancelled. So I decided to get in a strength workout also! After that, I coached my group session and then got to go straight home. It was kind of nice to be able to 'catch up' on my workouts, although I had to take a salt bath and use my 'air socks' last night to try and alleviate some soreness in my legs. I'm wearing compression socks to work today - my body is not used to two hour workouts anymore!

I had a conversation with my manager yesterday about the frustration i've been feeling at work lately; i'm not sure it's going to help, but i'm a little more hopeful than I was. Time will tell.

I coach again after work today, and then my last workout for the week is a bike ride so i'll hopefully do that after coaching. BF and his daughter are coming to my place tonight (that's the current plan anyways) and then tomorrow we are driving her back to her mom.

I am hoping (and praying) that I get to go lane swimming on Sunday. It's been three weeks, and I miss it so much!

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2019:
do the compression socks help? i also realize they might slow down blood flow or is that not true? bc of the compression?

do you have any advice on how to heal / relieve soreness when implementing / starting more cardio up>? i'll need advice for this Spring when i start jogging again! I am thinking it's going to go far better than the previous 2 summers :)Each summer i have increased my ability and strength so i am really eager to see what i can make in the form of cardio improvements this year! Additionally, i did do a lot more walking this winter than the previous ones. And next year, i will jog thru winter.

Interesting to see your workout breakdowns. Looks like in order to fit so many different types of training in each week, it's usually 1-2 sessions of each rather than 3 days of anything.

if you plan for lane swimming with not too much of any other commitment sunday, it'll happen ;)


Donkey on 03/30/2019:
Curious to hear if your boss had any constructive ideas, or if it was more of checking in, i.e. "this is where I'm at".

My IRL friend who runs a lot wears compression stockings for runners -- they come in cute colors and styles now. I would recommend them to Horn, if she reads this :)

legcramps on 04/01/2019:
Not many, to be honest. There was an "is there anything I can do to help" suggestion, but my work is not appropriate for my boss to be taking on. It was definitely a 'this is where i'm at' conversation, where I expressed my frustration with my workload when others do not seem to 'take up the slack' when they can.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2019:
yes, horn read it!



legcramps - Thursday Mar 28, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 7 hours 39 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5-8; REST; 7 hours, 19 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; REST; 6 hours, 24 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4-8; Workout 8-9; 8 hours, 11 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4-8; Workout 8-9; 

SATURDAY - Drive about 8 hours! REST;

SUNDAY - Workout


Mar     3-9 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 1

Mar 10-16 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2

Mar 17-23 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3  

Mar 24-30 - RUN 1 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 1


I skipped my workout yesterday in favour of more rest. I have been struggling with a migraine headache for the last few days and it wasn't doing me any good yesterday. Every time I looked around, my head zigged when it should have zagged. Let's just say I didn't get much accomplished.
 
I had a run on the schedule for tonight's workout, so we'll see how i'm feeling once I get to it - I might switch it out for the bike instead.
 
I overdosed on yogurt parfaits yesterday; I ate two containers of greek yogurt with lots of berries, pineapple, and topped with granola - one for breakfast, and one for supper. Fortunately, the yogurt didn't bother my stomach (yet). The granola was delicious and I added so much fruit because I need to use it up before it goes bad. I made another one this morning for breakfast, but used only half the yogurt in the container (they are the single serving containers).
 
Definitely feeling a little low lately, and like i'm complaining too much - about work, and being sick so much, and now the headaches. Maybe i'm just rundown; maybe i'm feeling unappreciated. Regardless, it's a reminder that I can only do my best when I feel my best, so my priority should ultimately be ME. And if that's not enough for someone else, then that's their problem.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2019:
regarding yogurts, i have come to realize that they are so small, they don't fill me up and so lately i have one, sometimes with fruit, and then an iced coffee at home after just to fill my stomach. they are small and not filling as stomachs usually get full from 2 cups, and the yogurts are around one! i never realized so clearly about that until a couple weeks ago.

Lately i feel the same as you and it's because i'm still not sleeping much. I tried, but due to some changes in schedule, things didn't work exactly as planned this week. basically i have learned that it helps to work on getting more sleep and have the goals, but not to get too disappointed i guess if it doesn't work out exactly. it's just frustrating bc i prefer to wake up feeling good rather than feeling like i am SO NOT READY to get outta bed yet! LOL

also, i know more sleep would help with my trainnig....as well as my emotions...as well as my productivity at work.

this week, i think most days were around 7 hours sleep. for me it's not really enough overall - i don't wake up feeling refreshed especially the days after a workout.

legcramps on 03/29/2019:
Yeah, 7 hours doesn't do it for me either. People that hear that usually call me a princess, but if you think about it we spend at least a third of our lives sleeping, so it should be a worthwhile sleep, right?!


Donkey on 03/29/2019:
Ha ha when I read about the yogurt, I was picturing in my mind those large containers of yogurt, not the single serving size. If you have to overdo anything, yogurt and fruit are a good choice!

Regarding feeling down... I'm not sure I'm the one to contribute any insight. As you may know, I work in a very negative environment, so it's hard to stay positive. I've had days that turn sour by 9:30a.

If you find a way to work through the "feeling low", please share it!

legcramps on 03/29/2019:
Yeah, it gets that way around here sometimes too. I am very influenced by how others are feeling, and if the environment is negative, it doesn't take me long to sink down into it too. Mindset is huge here - need to keep working on the positivity and just block out the losers!



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