FIRST LEG DAY IN TWO WEEKS // ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT
No big deal for someone who absolutely loves training legs…right?!?
Quite the opposite actually, especially when it comes to a low weight/high volume leg day. And, to make things even more challenging, I decided to run 4 miles today. Why? Because it’s also been nearly two weeks since I’ve ran the distance and I really do miss long runs…even if they have to take place on the treadmill these days. The running went far better than I could have ever expected it to go. This was mainly due to the fact that I decided to stare out the window/at my own reflection rather than watching the distance/time tick by ever so slowly on the treadmill screen.
Although I kept my speed at a constant 6 miles per hour the entire time, I was still immensely proud of myself for simply being able to run 4 mile straight without giving up or giving in to that little voice in my head that was telling me that I couldn’t do it. I’m not gonna lie, I would have definitely preferred to focus on speed rather than distance. I just have to keep reminding myself: one thing at a time. Get the distance stuff figured out and back into a normal running routine, and then switch gears to focus on increasing speed.
Despite running 4 miles at a rather slow pace, I was absolutely exhausted by the time I hopped off the treadmill.
I’m talking covered in sweat, incredibly thirsty, and barely able to walk exhausted. But, somehow still excited to get my leg workout started. That was the case until I realized (rather quickly, sadly), that I wouldn’t be able to just hop back into things and do the normal weight/volume that I’m used to for this specific type of leg day. Which, was a bit of a downer actually. Here I was, more ready than I had ever been to crush my leg workout with loads and loads of volume at a reasonably heavy (ish) weight. And, I wasn’t able to perform anywhere near as well as I had just two short weeks ago.
The worst part of the workout by far was calf raises and squats. I have gotten so used to doing 4-5 or more sets of these exercises on my light weight days, that was shocked to see my legs struggling after just 1 set of extremely light weight. It was actually embarrassing just how little weight I was able to do, and how off my form was while doing the exercises. I’m couldn’t even squat half the weight I normally do during this type of leg day, and after 3 sets of squats I was D O N E. And, ya know, drenched in sweat+breathing super heavy.
My main takeaway from this less than superb workout was this: attitude is key in everything you do.
I walked into the gym knowing that I was ready to run 4 miles, regardless of pace, and train legs for the first time in two whole weeks. I knew it would be hard, uncomfortable, and a reality check for sure. Still, there wasn’t one single moment where I got super upset or annoyed by just how difficult the workout really was. Never once did I consider cutting the workout down from 90 minutes to 60, or just running 2 miles because 4 is just too far right now. Nope. I knew what I was capable of, and just how hard I have worked to get to where I am today. And, that’s what kept me going when things got tough.
In fact, that attitude adjustment motivated me so much that I actually went back and added in 3 extra sets of squats on the smith machine at the end of my workout. i’m happy to say that those squats went a lot better than the barbel squats I did earlier in the workout. Even better, by the time it was all said and done, I felt better about myself. I felt stronger and just overall healthier than I have in awhile. I’m already planning out when I want to tackle my first super long run of 5-6 miles. That’s progress…even if it sorta scares me!