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I AM A RUNNER AGAIN!!!!! (Finally!)

Since the 43 yesterday really worked my quads, I decided to work my arms (namely my biceps) today.  I did my 43 version of the traditional Bicep 21s.

First, I did 43 bottom half bicep curls (just curl up to waist height).  Then I did 43 top half curls (waist height to shoulder height curls).  Finally, I did 43 full curls.

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(Once again, the demo is just a sample – I only did 3 of each type of curl for the cute video!!!)  You can see that I used a barbell instead of dumbbells today – this is my Body Pump bar and I added a 10 pound plate on each side.  I thought I might have to drop down to 5 pounds to complete the reps but I was able to maintain my form with the 10s so I kept them!!!

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I noticed in the video that my bottom half curls look like they go past my waist – here is where I tried to stop them each time.  (and also where I started and ended the top half curls)

My hip was feeling fine even after I ran Tuesday so I decided to go ahead and run again today.  (It has been 6.5 weeks since the DR said nothing for 8 weeks – CLOSE ENOUGH!!!)

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Today I ran 7 miles in 50:35 and then did an easy 2 to cool down.  (On my treadmill all at 1.5% incline.)  It feels so good to really run again!!!  I know that  I should back off and run easier but I just love the feeling of a good, hard, fast run!!!  I have MISSED it!!!  And now, once again – I AM A RUNNER!!!  All is right with the world (at least my world!!!)!!

Running makes me as happy as Screen shot 2013-01-16 at 11.41.18 AMbeing on the beach (it is a really close call, though!!!).

I heard the funniest story on the way home from taking Hunter to school.  A teacher has sued a school board because she has a fear of children and had to quit her job after being transferred to a middle school.   Story here.  Very odd choice of professions for someone who has an intense fear of children!!  People make me laugh sometimes!!!

Happy Wednesday!!!  (I have the whole day to catch up on things -now that I’m done with my long-term sub job!!)



Crutches Suck Mud!!

Today’s 43 was HARD!!!  Yippee!!!  I’m going to really have to make sure that the daily 43 is super challenging since it is my main work-out for awhile.

I sat on a stability ball (see followed Dr.’s orders!!) and used this kettle ball:

20# Kettle Ball

(The great thing about this particular kettle ball is that it is adjustable from 5 to 20 pounds.  Each of the 5 plates are 3 pounds and you can remove any or all of them.  Handy since it takes up less space than having multiple sizes!!)

I took out 2 of the plates so I was working with 14 pounds.  I held the kettle ball in my right hand and curled it up to shoulder height then rotated my wrist and pushed it straight up.  I reversed the motion to complete the rep.

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The curl part wasn’t   bad but the shoulder press….rough!!  I had to stretch my shoulders out a couple of times before I reached the goal.  This was one of those exercises that I did 43 with my right arm and then 43 with my left.  Sadly, my left arm is going to be lopsided because I got to #30 and had to take out another 3 pound plate in order to finish with good form.  I figured form was more important than 100% symmetry anyway!!!

I decided that in order to do some sort of work-out without being weight bearing I could use one of my old stand-by DVDs.  It is from Crunch Fitness and called Pick Your Spot Pilates.  I did all 3 of the sections – belly, butt, thighs.  They are 10 minutes each so nothing major but better than nothing at all!!!

So, the crutches aren’t really working out for me.  I can’t get anything done and I’m afraid that I’m going to end up with another injury because of them!  I am just going to limit my activity (walking included) as much as possible for the next few weeks and hope for the best!  (Plus, it just seems weird to be using crutches when I’m perfectly capable of walking even if I do have a little limp.)

Happy Wednesday!!!