workout at home

Soggy Shoes and Grumpy Moods

I definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed Saturday. I woke up at 6 am–even though I didn’t have to get up until 8am. I was supposed to go trail running with a friend. I tried and tried to go back to sleep but I ended up laying there for two hours. My friend canceled because she wasn’t feeling well. I got up and decided to go for a run when I stepped outside to POURING RAIN.

I slammed the door shut and continued to rant and rave throughout the house. Poor Michael was in the kitchen hearing me throw a temper tantrum at the Universe that rivaled the tantrum of a two year old. There was swearing, there was shouting, there was massive frustration. I had no where to go. Mt. Scott–closed. Clackamas Pool–closed. Bike ride in the rain–no thanks. Bike ride on the trainer–NO! I’m going to be doing that all winter long, I don’t want to start now. Not having a gym to go to in the pouring rain makes staying fit in Oregon a challenge.

I decided to do a workout in the living room using the Nike Training App. I hadn’t used it in months and I had all the stuff I needed to get a half-assed workout in. I got out the free weights and the medicine ball and got to work.

I started with the Arm Definer. It got my heart rate up and I was sweating but I was still unhappy with how my weekend was shaping up and I griped and complained the whole time.

I switched to the Cardio Burst workout and that made me feel a bit better. I was starting to feel like I was getting a real workout in and my mood improved. I finished up with the Ab workout because god knows I’ve been neglecting my abs all summer long.

By this time my good mood was waning again. I was kind of done with the workout (mentally) and I was struggling to push myself any further. Some people can workout at home. I’m really not one of those people. I need a place.

Workout Stats:
Time: 48 minutes
Calories Burned: 388

I saw that the rain had died down outside so I changed into my  old running shoes, grabbed a hat and jacket and headed outside. I ran down the street in the cold, damp morning toward the track.

The rain came back steadily but I was committed to running by that time. There was a kid’s football game about to start but I didn’t plan on running for very long. There were two other people running the track.

Having a hat helps when running in the rain. It’s not QUITE as miserable. I know I shouldn’t complain–it’s just rain after all. But I cannot tell you how much I despise the rain. As I ran the track I grumpily whined inwardly about how “this is what the next 8 months look like”. I seriously dislike the long, gray, gloomy, rainy winters in the Northwest.

By my last lap it started to hail. I said out loud to myself “SERIOUSLY?!” and then headed home. I’d had enough. I workout because I like it. I shouldn’t be miserable when I workout–it makes me less likely to continue doing it!

Every step was miserable because my shoes and socks were soaked. I was so glad I’d grabbed my old pair instead of my nice, new, clean running shoes! I got home and stretched. I killed my legs on the Foam Roller and then showered–grumpily.

Run Stats:
Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 358
Distance: 2.73 miles

Total Calories Burned: 746

Running usually makes me feel better no matter how bad of a mood I’m in. This time? It was a miserable run. I got out of my soaked clothes–thankfully it was laundry day. I ran a bunch of errands and did cleaning the rest of the day, then I headed to Cost Plus World Market. I was told they had cute business card holders. It’s funny–every single time I go to World Market for one thing I leave with at least 5 things I don’t really need.

I got a package of fajita sauce and a Universal Edge Guard for when we go camping. I didn’t even know I needed that. 🙂 But when we went camping a few weeks ago we just wrapped our sharp knives in a towel to take with us.

I also got some new placemats. Yes I am weird, only buying one of each. They did NOT have business card holders but I left with 7 items and $18 spent. This was the final last minute purchase:

DIGESTIVES!! I remember going to London with my cousin Anna when I was 18 and our hotel room had Digestives. We were soooo confused! Were they crackers? Were they laxatives??? We were too nervous to eat them for a few days and then finally gave it a try and they were good. I haven’t had them since then–almost 14 years ago. I cannot wait to try one of these. Despite my crappy day, the highlight was definitely Cost Plus Market and finding THIS on sale:

Finally! I’ve been checking for months, waiting for this very expensive product to go on sale and it finally did. I cannot wait to make my favorite soup with this. That’s definitely;y something to look forward to. Michael got home late from golfing and we made turkey burgers. It was so nice to have an old favorite return. We haven’t had any ground turkey from Costco for most of this summer so no turkey burgers.

As a side we had some tomatoes from the garden. The turkey burgers were on sandwich thins. It really hit the spot.

After we ate dinner and watched an episode of Breaking Bad, Michael started to entice me with the idea of getting donuts. After the day I’d had, he didn’t have to twist my arm very hardly. We trekked to Krispie Kreme.

I had one and it was amazing! I crashed into bed and after the day I’d had, I was asleep immediately.

QUESTION: How do you reverse a grumpy mood? When was the last time you had a really bad day?

A Visit From Charlie

…Charlie Horse that is. What the hell? But let me get to that in a moment.

I got home from work on Tuesday and the weather was a little too iffy to attempt another bike ride outside. Michael worked on the garden outside, filling the composter, and I went back to the trusty ol’ Nike Training App workout. I checked out the new Law & Order LA (I love all the shows) while I worked out at home.

I did the Action Figure workout on the app and was dripping in sweat within 10 minutes. The High Knee Runs and Straight Leg Kicks will make your thighs burn!

Instead of the “Recover” portion I did the Bosu Ball as an “active recovery.” Michael recently bought a Bosu Ball to do his physical therapy exercises at home. He’s had back/hip issues since December and the weekly physical therapy has really helped him a lot! Our lives are so much better now because of it. On the Bosu Ball I stepped up, then stepped down to the side and repeated to the other side. I don’t know what you’d call it, but it works the hips.

I did a bunch of those exercises on the ball whenever it was “Recovery” time on the app or it was an exercise I knew I couldn’t do. For Example: the Ski Jump to Cross Back Lunge. I skipped that one because it had “This Will Cause Knee Pain” written all over it! Plus I was already doing quite a lot of squat variations with this workout.

I like the Sumo Squat with Press a lot. I was able to do the Plank Row to Rotation (which made me pretty happy). And Michael walked into the living room when I was doing the Modified Burpee. He commented that I was able to do the Push Ups the “real way”–and a lot of them! All this time I’ve been discounting my efforts and saying that I couldn’t do pushups when in reality I CAN do them! And for real, too. I think all the weight lifting I’ve been doing has paid off.

Confession: I didn’t feel anything when I was doing the Reverse Crunches. I wonder if I did them wrong or something? And the Inch Worm to Push Up felt like a waste of time, so I swapped in the Modified Burpees for that too.

After 30 minutes of the Action Figure workout, I was ready to hop on the bike trainer. I was feeling really good about my abilities thus far. I also burned a nice amount in that 30 minutes:

I hopped on the bike trainer and did another 40 minutes on the bike. That’s when it happened: The Charlie Horses! Oh my god, I’ve never experienced something like this before. It happened as soon as I started pedaling. I had a weird cramp in my right calf muscle. It stopped pedaling and it went away. Then it happened in my left calf muscle. I looked down at my form to see if it was something I was doing but I don’t think I was pedaling in a weird way.

I kept pedaling and in about 5 minute intervals the cramps came back. They’d only last a second or two, and they weren’t painful enough to make me stop cycling. But I honestly can say I’ve never experienced something like this. What is it?? Am I lacking something in my diet? (I heard that bananas can help cramps.) Did I do too many squats before getting on the bike? Not enough water? Someone PLEASE tell me what the heck happened.

Whenever the cramping came I slowed down the rotation of my pedaling. I don’t feel like I got a very good workout on the bike as a result. I probably didn’t even do 10 miles last night. It was pretty disappointing considering I have my sights set on training for 40 miles next month!


Time: 1:13

Calories Burned: 613

Despite the Charlie Horses I burned a nice amount in the hour. Even when I was running a lot I never had Charlie Horses. I am totally baffled by this phenomenon. I finished up with some stretching and then Michael’s old roommate, Shoe, stopped by. He hung out for a bit and it was really nice to catch up with him. While we were all chatting I was fixing dinner. Check back this afternoon for the amazing recipe! I love this new recipe I tried. So tasty!

QUESTION: What the heck happened with my calves???