I just got home from a 5 mile run, and it was great! Why was it great? Well two miles in to it I was feeling a bit “blah.” It was sprinkling on me and I was praying I didn’t get caught in a storm 4 miles away from home, and windy, and dreary, and my music just wasn’t doing it for me. But along came a group of bicycle enthusiasts and one reached his hand out to give me a high five. “ALRIGHT!,” I thought, “this is awesome.” I was totally pumped up for the rest of my run.
It got me thinking, “What is the proper etiquette for crossing paths with other runners?” I usually nod, or not even if I am exhausted. But around mile 3 I was thinking, “What if I started to say ‘good job’ or ‘good work’ to passing runners?” We’re all doing it for different reasons but the bottom line is we are out there running our behinds off because we want to take care of ourselves -and isn’t that something to cheer on? I know I would love to hear someone yell out the window of a car “YOU GO GIRL!” or “YOU GOT THIS.” Why does that only have to happen during races?
What etiquette rules do you follow when out exercising?
I’m sucking down a protein shake right now. Do you drink those? Mine consists of: 1 c. almond milk, 3 ice cubes, 4 frozen strawberries (NSA), handful of frozen blueberries (NSA), 1 packet of Truvia, 1 stalk of kale and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. It made about 2 cups for 170-200 calories. Not bad but not good.
I’d take a picture but it’s not pretty. Picture a purple malt with specs of green kale.
I am on to Stage 2 of the NROLFW. I’m looking forward to changing it up a bit! I can see progress in my tracking and how I have increased my weights. Here are a few examples from my first workout in early May until now:
Squats: I was using 30lb. hand weights but now I am using 105 lb (including the barbell).
Seated Row: I started at 40 lbs. and am now up to 70 lbs.
Dead lift: I started using a 27 lb. bar and am now using a 65 lb. bar
Wide grip pulldown: I started using 40 lbs. and am now using 60 lbs.
So that’s a few examples of where I can see progress. I am lifting much heavier now. I’m curious though, and if any of you know this – please chime in. Is that pretty good progress for a 120 lb. 5′ 3″ girl? I know I was pretty easy on myself at the beginning but the weights I am using now are very challenging – but doable?
Well, on to stage 2. It involves some new moves I’ve never done, but have seen others do at the gym. I’m SO SO SO looking forward to changing it up. I’ll let you know how things go. And here is a photo to make you smile!
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