There was an era in my young life in which I could do a pull-up. Clearly, that era has passed.
You know you’re in a sad place, strength-training-wise, when your core and arms are the first thing to tire while running long or hard. Last spring, as I upped the intensity and volume of my running, I basically let strength training fall off the agenda. For a few months, I mitigated the damage by faithfully attending twice-weekly yoga class. Then, when Chicago marathon training kicked in, that fell off the agenda, too.
So I’m trying to get back in to it. I know I’m not going to spend hours a week in the weight room, and I’m definitely okay with that – but I can definitely make an effort of some sort a couple of times a week. At least BodyPower class or something. And that yoga? That’s back on the docket, too.
It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m feeling it. And it feels good. The other day, it was slightly uncomfortable to shampoo my hair. That’s a great feeling.
But…I have my work cut out for me.
Today, I went to yoga class (check!) and was hoping for an emphasis on stretching and lots of hip-openers. Instead, the instructor decided it was Warrior Two Day!
The only thing that will make you feel less hard-core than debilitating arm fatigue while running is debilitating arm fatigue while Warrior-Two-ing with a bunch of middle-aged women during yoga class at your local YMCA.
These guns are done for. Noodles are overcooked. Fire arms have been discharged. I could keep going….
Tomorrow’s long run will be interesting.
Today’s EAT: When I named this post I was actually thinking of edible noodles.
Not to be confused with burning biceps, these noodles are spicy and wonderful – and this dish or some variation on it is a staple around here.
Recipe: Fire Noodles
This comes together in fifteen minutes and uses ingredients that you probably have on hand if you cook Asian-type things. (And if you don’t? Well, you should! Fish sauce is one of the most underrated ingredients out there!) Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
Today’s DRINK: I popped open this bottle of Renwood Zinfandel promptly at 5 PM on Friday.
It was okay! Pretty light and fruity with lots of berries. Definitely not the big flavor that I’d normally expect from a Zin, but it wasn’t unpleasant either. I’ll finish the bottle but wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.
Today’s RUN: After a glorious rest day on Friday, I logged an easy 6.3 in the Saturday afternoon drizzle before heading to that yoga class that set my arms on fire. Today was a disgusting day for just about everything except running – 45* and rainy is fine running weather if you ask me!
Today’s QUESTION: If you do yoga, is there a particular pose that kills your arms – or is it just me? Warrior 2 makes my guns burn, and I positively dread Extended Side-Angle….