What’s the point of this post?
I was told it is a
good great idea to put that at the top of each post to act as an easy reminder to stay on course for the duration of the brain dump. Thanks, Lisa!
The point of this post is to give an update on my post-pregnancy training and challenges. Plus, I’ll be introducing something called Basement Training that was developed (or at least coined) by the late, great Charlie Francis.
As the title suggests, there has been some personal “messiness” for me lately. Oh, and you can take that both literally and figuratively. Here are the high – or rather – low points:
1. I haven’t had the time to train for two-weeks. Usually I call BS on people who claim they don’t have time to train. I could probably call BS on myself, too. But, that’s not the point. I was probably 19 years old the last time I didn’t train for this long of a time period.
2. If you have the dubious pleasure of seeing me in person nowadays, you may notice that I’ve been wearing some outfits that jump-the-tracks of my usual garb. I basically put on the first semi-appropriate set of clothes I find and attempt to get out the door before the baby and/or Arabella wake up Ryan (who is still working nightshift).
3. A couple evenings ago, after I said goodnight to Ryan as he headed off to work, I came upstairs and found he had left his work phone charging. In an effort to give it to him before he drove off I foolishly ran out of the house in bare feet. Why was this foolish, you may wonder. Because I stepped on a slug. Not a rock or a spider or even dog poo, but a SLUG. After I gave Ryan his phone I went back to look at the slug and it appeared like the pressure from my foot had caused a literal blowout of its tail-end. BTW, whatever exploded out of it and onto my foot was extremely sticky. Gross, I know.
4. Arabella pooed in the bathtub a few nights ago. This was a shocking first, I assure you! But, then the next night pooed standing up (diaper-less, of course) while waiting to get in the bath. I wish I was making this up. Thankfully Ryan gives baths in our house, so I was spared the clean up. He said she was completely un-phased by the standing poo. Maybe she’s not quite ready for potty training after all.
5. My diet has also been royally screwed up, too. I’m still adhering to IF… but I just classify it as not making the effort to eat until noon, 1p, or 2p each day. The good news is that my weight is back to pre-pregnancy and dipping below.
Moving On: Basement Training
My training was going really great before I had this 2-week hiccup. Really great. But, now I’ve got to figure out some other options. Sadly, walking into my backyard to train is not going to be realistic for a few more weeks (as easy as that sounds). So, I’m getting creative. Basement Tempo Training is officially on the chopping block:
What is it?
An option for those who need to get in a moderate to high intensity aerobic training session, but may not be able to go outside or to a gym to do it.
Who came up with this crazy idea?
Charlie Francis. He was the coach of many great Olympic athletes, but is most well-known as the coach of Olympic black sheep, Ben Johnson.
How’s it done?
You alternate running in place with a variety of ab and upper body movements. Each rep is :60 in duration and you must complete your run and body weight exercise of choice within that timeframe. Any remaining time (should only be :05 or less) can be used to quickly catch your breath and relax.
Time for the run can vary from :25 – :35, depending on your fitness level.
Sets and reps should range around a template scheme of 2×7 – take as much time as you need to recover between sets.
I’ll admit this seems a little cheesy, but I like trying new things!
Francis notes the running needs to be done on an exercise mat to reduce lower back fatigue.
What do I hope to learn from this?
The idea of running in place has always made me laugh a bit. It conjures up images on Sunday morning joggers “staying warm” while waiting for the light to change so they can cross an intersection. Why not just enjoy a little rest? Yeah, so, I just want to see how this goes and find out what there is to learn from it.