Man, I hate this ‘figuring new stuff out’ phase of working out. I like to know what I’m going to be doing when I go to the gym so that I can just get down to doing it. As it is, I’m still trying to figure out what exercises work for me, what don’t, and what weight I can go with on unfamiliar exercises. It won’t take long to figure it out, but it’s still irritating.
I started today’s workout with a shortened run, 5 minutes plus the 3 minute cooldown, because yesterday I actually got the chance to run outside for the first time in years. My wife and I took turns running down at the boardwalk by the lake, and let me tell you, it’s so much more work than running on the treadmill. I ran 5.26 km, pausing to catch my breath and refill my water bottle at a bathing station at the far end of the boardwalk. The neat thing, and I only found out about this now since it’s my first time running outdoors with the Nike+ app, is that since it’s using the GPS to track your run, it gives you a map of where you went. Green dot is the starting location and the red dot is the finish. Now of course, I ran the boardwalk, turned around and ran back the same way, so it looks like one line.
The other thing I had forgot before yesterday is just how much harder on your body running on the ground is compared to the treadmill. Now, I was using old shoes since my new ones were still at work, and maybe the cushioning has gone in them, but I really noticed the impact in my knees. Next time I run outside, I’ll try and make sure I have my new shoes home with me. Hopefully that’ll make a difference.
On to my new workout. As I said, still trying to figure things out. I’d like to do at least some of the exercises with free weights, to get more muscles involved, but for now I’ve got a few machines in there. Today I did two biceps exercises, two triceps exercises, and two types of chest press; regular and decline (you push slightly downward). Ideally, I’d like to do three biceps/triceps exercises and two chest, so I’ll have to figure out another exercise of each type to do. I think I’m going to have to replace the decline press with something else, though, because I noticed it made my shoulders hurt, and I really don’t want to injure myself. Still feeling out weight on these exercises as well. I think I can push myself a bit further with the triceps exercises, lift a bit more weight.
Tomorrow I’m planning on doing a core workout. I’ll maybe bring back some of the physio/core exercises I was doing, and add back a few that I used to do years ago. We’ll see how it goes.