NEARING END OF WEEK 2
Rotator cuff shoulder surgery was June 11, 2018 and I got my final surgeon’s clearance on Dec 7. It is healed but not at full strength.
Well, it has been an exciting few days as I have achieved quite a few firsts since shoulder surgery doing the strength workouts – goal is to increase weight slowly then if no shoulder pain, increase again. The mental issue is that there is no prescribed way to go from not doing these to knowing when you can do them and how much weight to use post surgery. I decided to take the shoulder out for a spin! I never know if I’m being smart or wimpy with what I do (or don’t do)…. Huge results this week:
- First time doing Back squat with weights – did 105#, 10 reps (a little challenging)
- First time doing Wallballs – 150 total with 8# ball. Very excited about this! Favored right arm a little on catch and push up.
- Increased Bench press – 75# (easy)
- First time doing Dead hangs with full weight (no scap pullups yet) – 30 reps. Needs a good warmup to settle in with partial weight at first – hard to make it comfortable but did it. Hung from the bar for 2.25 minutes.
- First time 25# kettlebells 3×12 reps. Note that early Dec I tried lighter KBs and stopped because I could feel a twinge in the shoulder and now nothing! What a difference a few weeks makes. patience (not my strong point)
Also, the pose running method started to make more physical sense as I change from a heel striker to a foot ball then heel kiss kind of gal. I could actually easily do the ball/heel sequence best while running leaning against a wall – this was great as I know what it’s supposed to feel like now. I also realized that you have to pick up your knees (do proper pose form) to make it work. Loved that I had a running routine focused on just practicing this (and the sore calves to prove it!!).
Since I’ve been running, I’ve also had some pretty bad lower back soreness (causing me to dread putting on socks in the morning as it’s so stiff) and despite doing a long list of posterior chain mobility, it took this video below to fix it in 5 minutes!! I’ll be doing all of these daily from now on as well as continuing my other mobility work. I was working these two painful areas with a lacrosse ball earlier to no avail (as he states in the video!).
It’s also been fun to put myself in different gears for once – for a long time I just run with one speed (and OK, get gassed out during the shuttle runs we do sometimes in crossfit) and my new coach and workouts have me varying pace with heart rate. Two examples below. First is when I run pretty easy, then do a few accels. Second was my pose running practice starting at a lower HR and then moving into a higher one for the end of the run.
I am also back into my strict nutrition plan using the RP templates. Treating almost all days as light days for now as I try to cut back a little. Have been stagnating at ~140 lbs for a while now. This picture on my fridge is helping me make the right nutrition decisions….I ate perfectly for 7 months and have been struggling being super strict the last few months but think I am back now.
Meditation: I’ve been reading this book and starting to practice for 10-20″ a day.
- First time I was scattered and all over the place – 10 min was very hard.
- Second time 10″ was a snap and went by quickly with a good idea that came to me
- Tried 20″ which was difficult and ended up the last 3 min under a blanket by the fire but did the 20″.
Loved the quietness though and sitting in front of my crackleflame log (which Kenny says doesn’t belong in the state of NH).
Following the rules: This my thing. I’ve always been good at studying and doing the work. I was not a good student this week –
- missed the Monday workout because it was changed from a rest day to a work day and I didn’t read the updated schedule carefully enough.
- Did the wrong strength workout (turns out the Monday one) a different day so am doing a makeup of the Wednesday one on Saturday.
- Thought the 10 x 1′ on 1′ off intervals meant 10″ of them not 10 reps so I ended up doing the last 3 on the bike as I wasn’t going back out in the cold rain again. The cover of this blog is me after the run workout with all my lights, running on icy roads in the cold, cold rain.
Having the time of my life 🙂 Dark night, icy road, cold rain – bring it on!
Clean eating, honest reporting and en route to badass,