Strength training and the need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

My first thought when I got up this morning and heard the rain was thank goodness it’s strength training today! It sounded awful outside. I’m hoping it’s not quite so bad tomorrow or Thursday for my runs. My nice white trainers may be staying inside!

My second thought was ooh my legs are still feeling the effects of my long runs on the weekend. This is the first time I’ve noticed it. I’m not sure whether I pushed harder last weekend than I have been as I lost all the data from my run on Saturday but it’s the first time I’ve noticed my legs weren’t as fresh.

My third thought was I’m so tired but I need to get this session done. And that’s what I did as I knew if I didn’t there wouldn’t be another opportunity today.

As my back is feeling better I went back to using the full weights again for my goblet squats.

Here’s what I did today:

  • 10 reps x 3 sets of goblet squats with 6.8kg weight.
  • 20 reps x 3 sets split squats with 2.3kg weights in each hand. Each set was 10 reps with my right foot forward and 10 with my left foot in front.
  • 10 reps x 3 sets Romanian deadlifts 4.6kgs each dumbbell.
  • 10 reps x 3 sets single leg deadlift. Each set was 10 reps with my right foot forward and 10 with my left foot in front.
  • 10 reps x 4 sets calf raises with 4.6kgs dumbbells.
  • 30 seconds work the 30 seconds rest x 3 sets crunches, then leg lifts then bicycle crunches.

I introduced the split squats instead of the lunges as they’ve been mentioned a few time in my running group, She Runs Cardiff. Boy they are tough! My legs felt like they’d really worked by the end of the sets. That’s the point though isn’t it!

I think I’d loose my enthusiasm for the strength sessions if I was only doing the same sets of exercises. It’s been good to have some options for different types of exercises so I don’t get bored or complacent.

I did feel a bit grouchy again after I’d finished. I think it’s because my legs feel like jelly afterwards and I’m not sure it’s a sensation I like. When I run and my legs feel like that I can feel I’ve pushed myself because of my breathing and heart rate but it’s not the same after a strength session as it’s not aerobic. Fortunately, we could have a slower morning today as I was on leave as it’s half term. I think I’m just going to have to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable about having jelly legs post work out. I know the strength sessions are good for me and I’m benefiting from them so I’m sticking with them but any advice on bring comfortable with being uncomfortable would be gratefully received.

Tomorrow is my last speed session in this part of my training plan before I reach my next cut back week next week.

4 thoughts on “Strength training and the need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

      1. I strained the ligaments in my left ankle. It was my own fault. I did a 5K progression run, and as I was moving from steady to hard, I could feel it straining. Rather than stopping or slowing down, I carried and then stupidly did a 5K easy effort warm down afterwards. At the time, I thought it was just a bit stiff, so didn’t think too much about it. The next day I ran 20 meters, then knew it was something worse. The last couple of days, I have managed to jog 2K with my dog, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back on a light trail route or some grass.


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