Yea! I totally crushed my workout today! I’m such a badass!
It was my recovery day, so it was super light and easy, but I nailed it! (Chris, how was that for positive?!) I do love recovery days. Being a “more is better” girl, I used to really dislike having to do a “light” workout or worse yet, take a day off. Though it has taken me a long time to learn (and I sometimes still “forget”), rest is very important for progress. I now definitely look forward to it and fully enjoy it.
Obviously, rest is important physically, as our bodies need to repair themselves so that they can work hard again, but it is also important mentally. I don’t think I only speak for myself when I say that a lot of life’s crap can come to the surface during a hard workout… sometimes things that we aren’t even aware are there… fears, doubts, anxieties, frustrations… you know, all of those fun feelings 🙂 It takes a lot of energy and mental strength to deal with some of these things, push through them, or even just to acknowledge their presence… and sometimes we need to take a little break.
Today, I did something slightly different for a Thursday. After my workout this morning, I went stand up paddle boarding with Chris and Aaron in Back Bay. With this unusually hot October weather in the OC, it seemed only fitting to spend some time on the water. We weren’t out there much more than an hour, but it was quite calm and relaxing. I went at my own pace and just enjoyed soaking up the sun and breathing in the air.
5 min. SMR, mobility, dynamic
1. General Warmup: none
2. PT: Glute/VMO
3. Specific Warmup: none
4. WORKOUT: 2k row at recovery pace + 25 TUG’s @ 17# KB,
3×20 deficit deadlift (standing on a 15kg plate) @ 30% 1RM (87#), rest 3′ between
3×10 deadlift @ 30%, 1 min. between
5. Supplemental: none
6. Cool Down: 10min sled drag w/ 15kg plate
12pm: 1 hour stand up paddle boarding 🙂
I don’t know how I have not read Mary Oliver before, but I am really loving her words this week. I read this poem today:
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”