Level 2 Week, Monday and Tuesday

July 31, 2012 - 9:54 pm 2 Comments

Since Sunday is my long distance day, Monday is my recovery run day. Long runs push my legs and that sometimes even leads to delayed onset muscle soreness. Wiki had a pretty good article about it. I’ve found a nice slow run or walk if I’m really sore helps a ton. No more than 20 or 30 minutes is needed. The run helps stretch my legs out and get blood pumping to them. This short slow run still burns enough calories to be good for losing weight.

Now for Tuesday. It’s my weight training day, but this Sunday’s run left my calves still sore so I modified my routine. I did squats and lunges and as many arm and ab workouts as I could. Weight training is an important facet of weight loss. Muscle burns more calories than fat so the more lean muscle you carry around the higher your basal metabolic rate is. Stronger muscles are also important for injury prevention and bone health. Studies have shown that weight training increases bone density.

*I want to make an important note here. I should be calling it strength training, since most of what I do simply involves my own body weight. ie. pushups, situps and squats. It’s important to do strength training no matter your age or gender. Women needn’t be afraid of weights or “bulking” up. Those men who become body builders train hard and long and under very special circumstances. Plus, women lack the testosterone to bulk up even close to what men can do. Being strong is essential in any physical activity. It by no means lessen femininity.*

Now that I’m off my soap box… This level 2 week only has one day of weight training planned, so next week I may bump it up to two. I also might add more in as I get stronger. Squats and lunges still leave me pretty sore, so I can’t do them to often, yet. But hey, no pain no gain, right?

2 Responses to “Level 2 Week, Monday and Tuesday”

  1. Robert Souliere on Facebook Says:

    I’m really enjoying following your running career so far. Nice work, Keep it up!

  2. Jessica Nan Helland on Facebook Says:

    Thanks! You were definitely a part of my inspiration to get into running. It’s still so new to me and I’m excited to see where it takes me. 🙂

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