gaye - Im so excited for you and to hear your stories
Real - and you too!!
MelW - re: strength training. I have mostly always done it. I was a rower for 7 years so learned routines and technique *back in the dizz-ay*, as we like to say in the hood, and then watch people at the gym who know what they're doing and read to learn more. Understanding about strength training has changed a lot, for the better, in the past decade so I have changed what I do. But the biggest change came last year when a trainer approached me at the gym and asked to train me, "just once, pleeaase". She said I looked like I was training for something, and that I was an athlete, and she had some ideas for my training (she subsequently moved for a job as the strength trainer at LSU). The routine she put me through for an hour, and the things she taught me have given me the body I always wanted. But it is hard. I definitely have to push myself through it. The results are that I have more core strength and stability (back, hip flexors, obliques! - I never knew how strong obliques could make you feel so powerful; that lateral stability is really something - than I have ever had, my hips are very strong, I just feel almost powerful (I think I need to get more strength to say I do).
More importantly, when I strength train, I can run!! I have to build all my supporting structures up enough to be able to run w/out the knee thing happening it seems. I started strength training in May again, after losing ALL my muscle with a severe illness in Feb/ Mar (30% mortality rate ) and just ran 6 miles this week with little repercussions. Plus, the old bod doesnt look too shabby these days.
As for what I do, I could detail the whole thing if you're interested. It's something I really love working on for some reason so I like talking to people about it. For example, I just started these push-ups where you get in push-up position but with your hands together (touching each other under your chest) and your feet wide, like you are human Y. Do one push-up, then JUMP your hands wide and your feet together at the same time and do a push up that way, then jump back, and so on. Works all different parts of the arm and shoulder, and your core!
RR: today is a rest day...
NRR: oh boy, did I get a refresher on why I dont have a relationship with my mom yesterday. She discovered upon returning from the pool that the envelope she had IN HER PURSE, AT THE POOL carrying $800 was missing. Oh, and so was her passport and any other form of ID. So Dh and I jump into "fix it" mode.... long story short, we found the envelope at the post office, where we'd been that morning, and she found her passport in her bag somewhere. Meanwhile, she just lost her credit card right before leaving Holland (oh, my mom is dutch, lives in holland) and asked if she could use mine until they sent her new one. Um, NO. She thought this was rude. Of course, as ALWAYS, my dad is letting her use his, for which she will pay him back. Uh huh. All I could think right when she said she lost the envelope is Thank G-d the fiasco of the visit did not involve my kids while I was at the gym. Of course as much as I loathe her stupidity, I also feel so sorry for her, and there it was, allll the baggage came surging up. Bleh. Maybe today shouldnt be a rest day