Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by Rebecca

OMG a post on the same day as a workout?!

Run 400 meters
21 KB Swings 1P
12 Pull-Ups (jumping from a low box)

400mKB SwingPullups
Rd 12:37
Rd 22:37
Rd 32:342:46
10:08 (27:28)


Well - this is a full 10 minutes off my time from May. Yep. TEN minutes.

My running was, at least, nicely consistent - even if it was consistently mediocre. It's been worse.

The KB swings were mostly fine ... getting the 1p bell up over my head really isn't that hard but I was just bad today about taking lots of time to breathe between sets. I was having a a hard time catching my breath - particularly right after the runs. There was easily a minute of 'transition' between finishing the run and starting the swings. There's also a lot of transition time built into the pull-ups. up the stairs and down the stairs - and not quickly.

I wish I knew what happened to my drive and intensity. It's missing. So is a lot of my strength and stamina.

We went for a month of cutting out dairy, as an experiment. I've heard so many stories of people having all these wonderful effects when they cut out dairy - so even though I love it, and I've never had an adverse reaction to it that I was particularly aware of, I wanted to try it and see what would happen.

My skin did improve noticeably - that was great. My hair was better, too. But my allergies did not improve, and my performance in the gym absolutely and startlingly tanked. Everything made me sore, recovery was slow, I lost weight, and what feels like a great deal of strength (not that I had much to start with - but I had definitely gotten faster and stronger than when I started, and I feel a little bit like I'm back at square 1. I know it's not quite as drastic as that, I'm probably really at square 2. :-p I've been having terrible issues with leg cramps in the evenings and in the middle of the night, too.

I started adding dairy back in slowly at the beginning of August, but I was still trying to limit intake to only a one or two small servings a day - cheese with my eggs for breakfast, or some milk in my coffee. In the last week or so I've abandoned he idea of limiting dairy at all, and I am back to drinking milk with meals and between meals and after workouts and having a cottage cheese snack in the mornings.

I think I'm starting to feel better. Maybe I'll find my intensity again soon, too.

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