Heavy Running

Well, after having shaken off the “brown cloud” of last week’s stomach bug, it was time to get stuck back into things today. Thanks to Marcelle staying on my hammer last week and making sure I was eating the right foods while I recovered, my weight loss wasn’t as bad as I was dreading. I weighed in at 79.5kg today…dropping from 81.2kg. I still felt like an aspiring jockey…without the squeaky voice.

Before I threw myself into training today I received a call from home to tell me that my lovely new Xcel Infiniti Drylock Hooded wetsuit had landed. Seven day turnaround from the UK with free postage is pretty impressive. The suit is awesome…it’ll be getting a thorough testing this weekend…night work  🙂  If anyone out there has any inclination to join us while I laugh at the cold, just drop a comment on this post and we can hook it up. How can you resist?….a midnight beach workout followed by St Kilda beers.

Anyway, enough posing…back to business. Here is today’s session…

Strength

Deadlifts

2x  (5x 120.0kg), 2x  (4x 125.0kg), 2x  (3x 130.0kg)

I used a trap bar for these.  I’ve had back issues in the past with slight disk bulges at L4/L5 and L5/S1.  These little buggers effectively brought an end to my State League soccer days in Tassie and continue to reappear now and then.  The Trap Bar is a great tool to allow heavy deadlifts while removing some of the risk associated with a straight bar. The centre of gravity is brought from front to midline and allows the lifter to adopt a far better spinal alignment.  I love this thing. It’s also great for heavy Farmer’s Carry drills.

then, for time while wearing a 10.0kg weight vest…

Run 1,000m (2° 14.0kph), 10 Standing broad jumps, Run 800m (2° 14.0kph), 20 Cable press* 23.5kg, Run 600m (2° 14.0kph), 20 Underhand chin-ups, Run 400m (2° 14.0kph), 20 Kettlebell front squats w/ 2x 20.0kg kettlebells, Run 200m (2° 14.0kph)

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The weight vest was a dog.  I can cope with the extra weight ok, but the restriction to my diaphragm was nasty.  I had to keep the vest snug to stop it jumping around and this in turn restricted my ability to take a full breath.  Good “fatigue simulation” for the race, but this doesn’t mean I had enjoy it.  Try it and I assure you that you’ll have a whole new level of respect for people that tell you they’ve just lost 10.0kg.

After doing so much running in the past wearing my barefoot New Balance Minimus, doing today’s runs in my new Salomon 3D Ultra Pro 2’s felt like I had pillows strapped to my feet.  Lovely.

* The cable presses were performed on the Dual Pulley Machine as the rotator cuff tear does not like any pushing action at all.  The good thing about this machine is that I can fine tune the angles and search out something that is aggravation free.  I’ve found that pushing with my hands running close to my torso from a high-to-low alignment was the best way to go.  I’ll be doing lots of this stuff now as it will substitute foundation movements like bench press, push-ups and ring dips.

Overall, it was great to be back into training again.  I was going out of my mind last week.

On the home front, Marcelle has been feeling the effects of our hike through ‘The Prom’ and hasn’t been too good this week.  She visited my myotherapist today as she’s been really stiff and sore…a combination of the aftermath of the hike together and symptoms of Fibromyalgia (a condition that often goes hand-in-hand with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Just to round it off, she also suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis (an arthritic condition that mainly affects the spine).

Her ME was not good over the weekend…unable to leave the house…unable to catch up with friends/family who dropped in to visit us. This was hard for her. If you’ve not seen the video on my page The Reason, take a look…it really is sad to think that so many live like this, largely misunderstood by the general population. This video was even a reality check for members of my own family. This is not their fault…sometimes you just need to hear it all from another source.

On a positive note, today’s myotherapy has been great for Marcelle and she is “feeling better by the hour”.  I have every digit crossed.

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