Lift Me Up

Cross Training.

It’s the devil.

I know the importance of cross training, and I tend to be a little bit injury prone (read: been nursing plantar fasciitis for years), so I know that it is essential that I do some cross training.

The problem is….what to do. What to do.

I’m pretty versatile in my abilities and can do practically anything I want. BUT – I don’t know what I want to do.

Or, at least, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

I’ve done so many internet searches for the best this or the best that for runners. Anything that I can get my hands on that will help me a better, stronger runner. I see an article that swears by method 1, 2, 3. Then I read an article that insists that method a, b, c is the best. So many opinions. So little time.

As you know, I’ve joined the Biggest Loser challenge at work, so I’ve kind of started thinking not just in terms of running, but in terms of weight loss. For me, that specifically means losing inches.

I know that cardio is great. It’s an awesome way to build endurance and be fit. But for me, cardio by itself is not enough. It is not helping me push past the point where I am right this very minute. It is not helping me breach the wall that is in front of me. I need something that will lift me up and over the wall, or at the very least, let me knock the wall down.

After my swim last Sunday I convinced my husband to go to the gym and lift weights with me. Back in his past life he used to get up at 4 every morning and hit the gym for a weight lifting session. It’s been decades since he’s done that. He was a little hesitant to go with me, but obliged me anyway. It was a short session since neither of us have really lifted lately.

Oh, man. It felt so good!!! In high school I used to lift four days a week. I remember loving it back then, but that was…. well, we’ll just say it was a long time ago and leave it at that. I remember a day when we’d do our “max out” tests and I maxed out the bench press at 180lbs. The very thought of anything remotely resembling a 180 pound lift (that isn’t a leg press) is laughable, to say the least.

I kept thinking of those younger days as I was pressing a pathetic 50 pounds. I dragged myself to the interwebz last night while we were watching the bachelor to look at weight training that would complement my running.

And once again, I revamped my workout plan to make my cross training days be weight lifting days. One of my cross training days includes my competitive volleyball league, but this season we don’t have enough teams to sign up for our league. They said we could drop down a league, but wouldn’t be eligible to win the T-shirts since it’s….out of our league. So I really need something besides a lower level volleyball league to count as cross training. I will barely work up a sweat playing volleyball and I need to sweat.

Thus begins a new journey. I’m curious to see where it takes me. I’ve taken my measurements. I’ve taken my front & profile pictures (yikes). All that’s left to do now is just get started!

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