Wet Shoes

I already talked about the rain.  Love the rain, hate the wet shoes.  But it was still a great experience.  Other than the Dirty Dash and a little bit of snow from the Mustache Dache, I hadn’t been in the water while running.  While it isn’t something I want to do on a daily basis, it really wasn’t that bad.  If I had to run any real distance in wet shoes, then we got a problem.

Winter can’t end quickly enough for me.  I am ready for spring.  I have never been a winter guy and I don’t plan on ever changing that feeling.  I like spring, I like autumn, and I can tolerate summer as long as the A/C works.  Winter, however, just doesn’t work well for me.  Can’t spend much time outside, can’t run much without putting on 10 layers of clothing, have to drive in the snow, yada yada.


Today almost felt like spring, though.  It was actually pretty nice.  The tempurature was probably in the low 40s, the rain was coming down a bit, the wind wasn’t too terrible and it just didn’t feel like winter.

Maybe Mr. Phil was wrong again.

Back at the gym today instead of running for an hour I decided to get back to doing Stronglifts 5×5.  I know people whisper under their breath when I come in and leave within about 20 or 25 minutes, but I don’t really care.  I am doing the program as intended and not worried about what they think.  It was nice to get back to some lifting though karate may take a blow because of it.

It felt nice to get two bouts of exercise in again.  I’m not sure if I can do that along with karate but I suppose we’ll figure it out.  If I can’t handle it, I just won’t get up as early.

And I won’t complain too much if that’s the case.


Breakfast – Protein shake
Snacks – Protein bar
Lunch – Chicken quesadilla
Dinner – Popcorn chicken wraps


1.11 miles running

An hour+ of walking at work

3.1 miles of running on the treadmill

Stronglifts 5×5
Squats  – –  185 lbs
Bench Press  – –  155 lbs
Bent Over Rows  – –  115 lbs

11 thoughts on “Day 274… Back to Stronglifts Land

  1. 😀 I sometimes think I get those looks too when I am done at the gym in half an hour or so! but I don’t care…if you are constantly working, especially if you superset then you get far more benefit than spending ages sitting around between sets but being in the gym longer!

    Your weights look good… I really need to work on mine…for some reason I can row more than I can bench and I squat with less…
    this is back to front! (squat 66lbs, bench 77lbs, row 88lbs…which is not bad for a girl, but needs to be better!)

    1. Yeah, I agree. I never rest more than about 45 seconds (unless I am living very heavy) between sets so I get things done faster than the guys flexing in the mirror between sets.

      I sort of reversed my Stronglifts currently, I didn’t want to start where I left off before so I just sort of started at a random number. The squats and rows were very easy, bench was slightly easy… but I will eventually get to where I need to be. Back before I hurt my back I was doing 235 squats, 155 bench, 155 rows, 235 deadlifts and 130 overhead press. I should get back to that soon and can hopefully continue to progress.

      And you’re right, those numbers aren’t bad at all, though I think you can easily squat more than that! Just beware the back 😦

      1. Thanks 😀 I am quite proud of them as I have not been lifting long 😀 and you see so many girls who are scared of picking up the larger weights!
        I think you are right about squatting more than that… I just have to go to the right gym (I go to 3 but they are all in the same chain) because believe it or not only one has a permanently set up squat rack…
        If I am not there, I am limited to what I can lift over my head! :-S

        I am sure you will get back to where you were in no time… 😀 but as you say be careful of your back!!!

      2. Yeah, I try to talk my wife into it but she has a tough time wanting to. She does do some resistance training, but I think weights are where it’s at.

        My back didn’t appreciate lifting on Monday but I am going to keep at it until I can’t. Hopefully my core strengthens enough to be able to deal with this stuff.

      3. weights are definitely where it is at! weight training burns fat and calories etc it is awesome!

        do you do specific core strength exercises too? it might help…

      4. I try to do core exercise, planks and sit ups and crunches. It just doesn’t seem to do a whole lot. Of course, my expectations our out the roof!

      5. Planks are good 🙂 but according to my PT sit ups and crunches are not as effective as people think. Google “cable machine core press” it is an awesome core exercise and it really works!

      6. I’ll give that a look. I always thought that sit ups and crunches were kind of the be-all-end-all of core strength, but I very easily could be (and probably am) wrong.

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