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Mon, Sep. 19th, 2016, 07:03 pm
OMG, POISON IVY...

my arms felt like they were on FIRE...
went to urgent care this morning...

god, i love it when medication works fast...

big welts/blisters...
but the redness surrounding the welts died down.
i just want my blisters to eventually die down too..
guess i need to do my laundry...

HOly COw, i am glad i didnt just tough it out..
and that i went to see a dr.

modern medication...
god bless u..

Tue, Sep. 13th, 2016, 10:31 am
Slowly but surely...

getting better each day..
but still feel the affects..
just not so intensely as before..

i feel its my mid back is what i feel the most now..
SO TIGHT feeling..

guess its time for me to foam roll..

Mon, Sep. 12th, 2016, 07:02 pm
Still in recovery mode..

honestly, my body never felt THIS devastated before..
yeah, i'm feeling a little bit better than yesterday...
but still feel devastated..

last night, i ached so much i couldnt fall asleep.
i eventually took 2 alieves last night..
took another alieve today..
still feel devastated tho..

i only took bodycombat in paramus...
like GEEze, my abs ended up KILLINg me in that class..
i know its said that its an abs work out class...
but honestly, i never had my abs really burn that much in class before...
UNTIL today. GOD, my abs just ended up
feeling painful in that class today..
and i could hardly run in place..
but i took the LOW option of just marching..
and with the lunges, i just ended up stepping forward and back..
and omg, when walking down the stairs..
i couldnt walk normally forward..
but had to walk sideways down the stairs..

and honestly, i dont know why my abs - particularly my obliques
would end up feeling THIS SORE due to running...
i could understand my quads feeling mega sore..
but my OBliques..
i honestly dont get it..
and i've NEVER had them feel THIS sore before
in my entire friggin life..

and my mid back, sore too.
and again, i dont get it..

all i know is that i feel i am still in recovery mode..
my body not being able to take any heavy duty weight/cardio training..

what i ended up doing instead today..
was stretch and worked on my left leg..
arriving home earlier than normal...

sometimes i feel u just have to listen to your body...
and my body says, its just needing more time to rest..

Sun, Sep. 11th, 2016, 09:41 pm
CRUSHED!!!!!!!!!!!!

like i've been wanting to cry all day type of crushing feeling.
like OMG, its not just my quads that feel terribly sore..
but my OBLIQUES.. never had them feel THIS SORE before..
and my mid back.. SORE...
just feeling so FUCKING SORE...
like, it has been difficult to even walk at work all day..
just COMPLETE muscle pain..
had to walk down this small hill this evening...
GOD, ended up having to walk sideways..
SO PAINFUl on my quads if i just walked normally forward..

Man, i feel yesterdays race really did me in..
feel like it was the uphills and that extra mile...

god, if i feel like this tomorrow..
i'm gonna have to skip the gym actually..
like i feel THAT FUCKING SORE..

Sat, Sep. 10th, 2016, 02:31 pm
3rd place in my age group!!!

AWESOME experience for me @ garret mountain.
4 mile race with 4 significant hills.
and i finished at 35:56

and OKAY, i have NO EXCUSES now...
i tend to make excuses that i have to work DOUBLE the work compared to someone with long legs. saying i feel i have to put in more effort. but there had been this little boy, shorter than me.. and he ended up beating my time. like seriously, i have no excuses anymore, i feel when it comes to having short legs. while there were younger ppl there who beat my time, my time was also faster than some who won medals in the younger group too...

saw the finish line and the clock. saw the clock at 35 minutes and x seconds... and i ended up giving it my all, emptying my tank, finishing at 35:56..



my next 5k race: Oct 16th...
http://www.paramusrun.com/
REALLy looking forward to this one
cuz thats the race i want to beat my PR..

Tue, Sep. 6th, 2016, 10:05 pm
Grit cardio: an oldie but goodie...

FIRST OFF, i just wanna state tho...
its a SHAME that they will be taking this class away...
not particularly jubilent about what they will have in replacement..
yeah, i guess the thing with running for me...
i dont have to worry about anyone taking it away from me..

but anyways, todays routines was one of the first ones i ever experienced.Actually, the running back and forth one was my VERY FIRSt one i experienced.. so, this may have been my second routine i've experienced.. either way, i know its definitely one of the OLDER ones...

i think grit cardio class is the one class that made the most impact on me. just cuz i remember my FIRST time with that class... i feel i could hardly get back and forth across the room. i was just THAT poor at that class. i ended up feeling like, whats WRONG with me?! feeling like SUCH A LOSEr with myself.

and SEVERAL YEARS later...
i've been STILL taking this class..
and i STILL have room for improvement...
yet, i've come SO FAR too...

i have still yet to perfect my tuck jumps...
OMG, that is where i am the WEAKEST...
i dont get it. like u see the instructor do it
like, SO PROFESSIONALLy and smoothly..
it just makes me wanna just slap my forehead...
like, i dont get it...
think i need to work more on my core strength..
i think thats my issue...
i dunno. all i know is that
i have room for improvement in this area...

but i feel i am getting stronger still..
like with the coach call and the whole
jumping on your right leg and than your left leg...
feel i am getting stronger
cuz i remember i could hardly jump on my left leg..
but they would be iddy biddy hops..
feel i can jump further left and right
with my left leg more...

as for hopping forward with just my left leg..
okay, i just tried doing that on my own in my living room just now...
still need to work on that tho..

anyways, i've been pretty diligent working out my left leg these days...
havent missed a day.
but OMG, after the first time doing the sumo squats..
i feel the next day my inner thighs felt so sore...
and the one legged deadlift..
omg, my left hamstring ended up feeling sore too..

i am over the soreness tho...
still experimenting how much weight to use..

with my one legged deadlift routine...
i got all the way up to 40 lbs today...
thinking of wanting to go heavier than that actually too...

leg extensions..
i can only do 10 lbs..
can do 25 lbs only a few times...
after that tho...
too much pressure around my knee...

the one legged pistol squat..
i dont think its a matter of how much weight thats the challenge for me.. but its a matter of depth. cuz i cant sit really low and do it, but need to sit a little higher..

just looking to build more muscle mass, particularly in my quad area on my left leg..

Sun, Sep. 4th, 2016, 08:01 pm
"BOy your strong!"...

BESt COMPLIMENT of my day today!!!!

Fort lee is up on a hill...
So, no matter how u slice it...
your going to have to ride up a hill
theres no avoiding it.

Running has definitely gotten me stronger..
cuz riding up myrtle ave, i would always have to walk up...
but ever since i've taken up running, i've been able to ride up the most challenging hills without getting off my bike.

today, when i was biking up myrtle ave.
which is only .3 miles that i have to ride up...
but it is VERY STEEP and a VERY INTENSE ride..
there was this guy who was sitting outside on his front porch...
and while i was riding up..
he shouted out to me...
"BOY YOUR STRONG!"
yeah, BEST COMPLIMENT of my day today..
made me feel SUPER DUPER...

yeah, i feel like i got legs of iron..

anyways, my garret mountain race is 6 days away..
gotta TAKE IT EASY this week...
i'll do gym stuff, maybe some swimming...
but i cant do any hard core running
gotta take it easy...

my goal with this race since its an uphill and a 4 mile race...
tougher than my previous races...
i wanna get a pace of 10...
but i be happier if i was able
to just get a little shy faster than that tho...

my october race..
thats my race i wanna actually break a PR tho..

Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2016, 07:21 pm
My work out today...

4 mile run at garret mountain...

before going home, i stopped at the paramus gym.
did my front squats and deadlifts...
than i did my left leg exercise routines...

when i got home..
i rode my bike to closter, to check out the closter plaza and wholefoods down there. and WOW, that plaza has gotten a MAJOR facelift. they're even giving the movie theater a face lift...

a 17.9 mile bike ride round trip...

yeah, good day today...

tomorrow is sunday..
i ride my bike to work every sunday...
and oh yeah, and then on my ride bike back home.
i stop in teaneck to do my 5 mile hill run there...

yeah, i love working out...

Fri, Sep. 2nd, 2016, 10:49 pm
my PT'ing session continued...

So, before we went out onto the actual gym floor..
she had me do some warm up exercises first.

one was walking and while doing that, i lift my knee to my chest...
and i alternate, lifting my right knee than my left knee, etc..
i kinda liked that warm up exercise, so i did that today too..

the second warm up exercise was again walking, but this time...
i kick my leg straight out while touching my toes.
So if i kick my left leg straight out, i touch my toes with my right hand...
and again i alternate. During this time she said good job, or something like that... and in reply i said.. yeah, this is just like bodyattack. yeah, its true, that particular exercise reminded of me of that.

She ended up asking me what my favorite gym classes were. i replied, grit classes and bodypump. for some reason, i dont really view her as really a gym class instructor.. but she seemed to be really aware of all of them still.

i admit, i kinda stopped taking bodyattack all together. its not cuz i dont like it, but its cuz i ended up taking up running instead. but with it eventually getting darker sooner, i feel i should take that class again tuesday nights.

anyways, during my front squat sessions with her. BEFORE we even started on that she mentioned about doing regular squats... but i mentioned i like doing front squats better. works more your core.. and the truth is, i like doing them more because it feels more challenging to me. the squat rack was taken so we used this apparatus to the right of it instead. never used it before actually... but i did my first rep within the frame itself... and afterwards... she told me to step out. even when i use the squat rack... i like having those two bars underneath near the bottom... like i view it as a safety net, like if it ends up getting too heavy for me to lift it up, i can lay it down on the bars instead... so yeah, THAT particular experience felt kinda new to me... doing such an exercise outside the frame like that. made me feel pretty cool i guess. altho not sure if its something i should make a habit with... either way, i liked that particular experience...

with my right leg, i can totally do the one legged pistol squat with no problem. she demonstrated how to do it using a kettlebell too, pressing up the kettlebell when i lift up.. as even tho i am focusing on my left leg, i cant totally neglect my right. so yeah, i practiced doing that today... and enjoyed it actually.. would be cool if i could eventually do the same with my left side tho..

but yeah, i guess i'm still thinking about the other day. Her writing down the exercise routines for me to keep, felt like a BIG DEAL to me. i mean, if she hadnt done so, i feel i could have easily forgotten what they were and the instructions she told me. I feel she just ended up doing me a BIG favor, it being thoughtful/professional of her...

Fri, Sep. 2nd, 2016, 09:53 pm
bodypump lunge track....

been thinking of focusing on my left side thru out the whole entire lunge track actually. i know u end up working out your right and left side, but thinking of just purely working out my left side thru out the whole entire routine and just use my bodyweight. i've come to realize that when it comes to doing lunges.. like when we work out on our left side.. i still feel my right side plays more of a dominate role, my right side taking over.. even when were working out our left... cuz i hardly feel the burn in my left muscle...

during the lunge track, feel i need to just focus on my bodyweight first. need to focus on really lifting up using my left heel as opposed to my right foot. i feel that way, thats what i've been doing. just having my right side naturally take over still.

so yeah, i feel thats my new thing i am going to be focusing on during that class.

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