Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I'm sick so dreaming about working out

I woke up this morning with a tummy ache. The thought of coffee disgusted me, and all I could stomach was some dry cereal and a banana. It wasn't too much later that my stomach was empty, if you catch my drift. Yup, stomach flu. Then the fever of 100+ degrees hit.

Btw, I swear this illness is legit and not a result of going back on what I said in my last post about partying and drinking, aka I didn't go out again and I'm not hungover! I think Denner might think otherwise after I post he left on my FB, lol. But, maybe my body just wants to remind me what could happen if I decide to go out and drink too much. Ewww. No thanks! I prefer my health!

Anyways, I am a TOTAL BABY when it comes to being sick. Thankfully, my mom was around and willing to take care of me. She rocked it! Guess there are some perks of being single and living at home -- moms just have a knack for this stuff. However, I'm sure she was laughing in the background every time I yacked -- I'm quite the vocal barfer.

After the worst was over (I'm hoping), all I wanted was some crunchy chocolate chip cookies. So random, but they hit the spot and the five I ate are still in my tummy, so far :)

Another good sign: I now finally have enough strength to type and think coherently, so since I didn't get in the swim and run I had planned for today, I'll tell you about my awesome workout yesterday...

I'll preface it by saying working at a gym by the beach with a kick ass staff and cool clientele is the best motivation ever. Our gym is the opposite of the typical 24 Hour Fitness / mass fitness center (sorry people/employees at those gyms). SPI is like a home that's never over-crowded. Ok, enough bragging about my gym ;)

Monday workout:

1. 20 min light lower-body conditioning/warmup: single-leg squats, lateral walk w band, single-leg glut bridges on the ball (thanks D), inverted hamstring and lunges - reverse lunge and walking lunge. with all those, the goal was perfect form/technique! bam!

2. 40 min run: started with a few drills then an out-and-back run from my gym in Laguna Beach. Weather was perfect. I'm working on my stride and learning to strike underneath my center of gravity vs. strike in front of me, and it felt foreign but went well I think (having a personal videographer would have been nice to see if I was doing what I wanted to be doing haha).

3. 20 min high intensity strength circuit: 5 rounds: 250 m row (@ 100%), 1 minute rest, deadlifts at 8-RM, 10 inverted ring row (great for lats/swimming) and 100-touch jump rope. Last round was a 500 m row. The load I chose for deadlifts is great for developing strength, hypertrophy and power, and resting a minute before allows for full recovery to better achieve those things. It's like doing running repetitions where you fully recover between each.

4. Cool down including some functional movements, yoga-ish stuff, a vanilla protein shake with almond milk and watching other people bust their asses :)

Now that's my kind of workout. The only thing I'd change (in an ideal world) is separating the aerobic conditioning (run) and strength training time-wise to allow for max recovery and gains from each. But life ain't ideal when you gotta switch modes and head to school :)

Wow.... I actually feel a little better after writing this blog. Got my mind of the flu!


  1. Oh my, that stomach flu barfy stuff sucks.
    Good to hear you're getting over it quickly. I like the chocolate chip cookie remedy. yum.

  2. I hope you are feeling better. The stomach flu is one of the worst ways to be sick!

    Great workout!

  3. She's aliiiiiive! Glad you chose not to try and chat with me yesterday ;P

  4. blech - stomach flu is no fun! hoping you get as healthy as a horse soon (what does that even mean by the way?)

  5. Kick ass workout! I recently switched from a small nice gym like yours to a 24hr Fitness.... boo ;(
    Hope you feel better soon! I bet those cookies helped :) When I was little, my dad would get me vanilla ice cream... and it always worked like a charm. Take care!

  6. Wow Great workout! My current training cycle includes some similarities however i've been throwing in the aerobic after my Olympic lifting and functional movements. I figure this way I can get better technique in when its most needed while still keeping intensity. My run after is like a death march sometimes but what doesnt kill ya makes you stronger right? I had what you have a month ago, its intense but someone as healthy as you should kick it 2 days and be right back out there. Keep posting!!

  7. DS,

    Good point on the strength training before aerobic. Actually, that's what I usually do for the very you stated (better technique when it's needed most). But on that last workout, the focus was technique on the run so I wanted to be extra fresh for that. Then rested a bit before starting the strength stuff. Generally it's tricky when you combine aerobic and strength in one workout; it's not ideal but if you do it there's no right answer as to order... on top of fatigue, other issues such as hormones play a role, etc. Interesting stuff.

  8. haha thanks for the shout out! I was beginning to wonder... mainly because after VOWING never to drink again (yeah, right), I got drunk quite a few more times over the course of the next 5 days!

    Glad you're feeling better.

    Also, so stoked about Mark's potato post! I guess yams really ARE sweet potatoes!


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