My legs HURT!. My hamstrings are killing me after lower-body lifting on Wednesday and running cardio on Thursday. I decided to up my cardio time to include a 10-minute warm-up at an intensity of 5 (out of 10) to allow my legs to better cope with the run after Wed's workout. I also decided to up the intensity of my run by speeding up my intensity levels 6-10. Well, the run felt great and finishing level 10 at a 7 minute/mile pace was great progress. But, I completely failed to respect my knowledge of controlled progression through workout intensity, frequency, and duration. Since I increased both intensity and duration drastically, I'm feeling the results today and I HURT! I'll have to do a good, looooooonnng walk followed by a lengthy stretching session tonight to help my muscles recover. Every time I stretch my legs out straight it feels like a painful stretch... definately over-worked myself. Ah well, at least I don't have a permanent injury from my stupidity.
Oh yeah! Got up right at 5:00 AM this morning and got my 20-minute cardio run in at the gym along with my abdominal workout and about 30 minutes of stretching. My legs hurt so bad from yesterday; from my lower butt down through my hamstrings. I started using the creatine I've had stored in my pantry for a couple of years, which I'll have to take a serving of 5x/day for 5 days (the "loading" phase) and then down to 1-2x/day. Has 5 egg whites mixed with lean turkey and some Cream of Wheat first thing this morning. Took my multi-vitamin and papaya enzyme after eating. I had a protein shake (EAS Whey 100%) after my workout and, of course, more creatine. Plan to eat chicken breast and black beans or a turkey sandwich for lunch along with a ultra-green salad and some light dressing. Then another shake in the afternoon and more chicken and turkey in the evening. I'll probably sneak in a pure protein bar in there to keep things interesting, especially since I'm not getting much fat in my diet.
I thought I had set my alarm for 5:00 AM, but it was still set at 6. Fortunately, I woke up this morning at 5:24 AM. I ran through my routine this morning as if I would be arriving at work at 8:00 AM. I made some breakfast (5 egg whites and a single palm-sized pancake) and during what would be my 45min alotted "drive time" (I'm still working from home for AGI until Friday) I did some reading. Drove to the community center and worked out my legs in the gym, stretched, and showered. I was ready by 7:50 AM to walk to my cubicle. ... when I have one. Hit the grocery store on the way home for some milk and 2 pounds of sliced turkey. Admit it! You like those small details about my day. ;)
Well, today is the 1st day in my Body-for-LIFE competition and I already started by failing. Since I will be starting my new position with Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Arizona next Monday, I thought that I could get the "beginner's soreness" out of my muscles the week before. So, I wrote out my plans in detail and set my alarm clock for 5 AM (only an hour before what I've been getting up at). This morning, I awoke at 7:24 AM!!! NOT GOOD! I wouldn't have even had time to drive into work on time at 8 this morning... good thing I started this week and work from home. I'll be working out at lunch to make up for the missed morning, but I was really looking forward to starting my day with the competition.
|Yes, I'm re-attempting the 12-week "get a fantastically healthy body" Body for Life program with more vigilance this time around. I officially start next Monday, June 5th. Wendy, my wife, started yesterday and I hope to support her and follow through (but, I'm doing the program for myself). Wendy had purchased "The TRUTH" by Frank Sepe a couple of weeks ago and she informed me that she would be using his nutrition program and suggested I read it. Well, I did, and I love the book! Yes, the perfect male model body on the front did raise the hairs on my neck (just a normal instictual response I suppose). I've read A LOT of training and nutrition programs and his is fantastic. VERY balanced. Though, we will be sticking to the Body for Life competition rule of purchasing and using an EAS product. The two nutrition programs are very similiar (see: TRUTH Level 3). We'll only be doing 1 cheat meal per week though. I'm more worried about sticking to the eating than working out. I'll keep you posted!|
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