Saturday, August 9, 2008
2 D1W4 (HPC): A New Level of Ow!
OMFG, and I thought last week's pushups workout was hard. That week was easy compared to today's workout.
And I'm bracing myself, because I know from all accounts from my runner-blogger pals who're already way ahead of me (Andrew, Cymrusteve, et al, etc.), that it's only going to get even harder from here on out. Yikes! Somehow, I just simply cannot (or rather, do not want to!) imagine what that would feel like, but nonetheless, there it is.
I think I might have to revise what I said earlier about feeling like I had superhuman female strength. I'm beginning to feel like a scrawny two-pound weakling after tonight's workout, & I'm only doing girl-style pushups.
However, I think what I might do to redeem myself is, after finishing the Hundred Pushups Challenge doing 100 girl-style pushups, I will then redo the same program again from scratch, this time doing regular pushups. And I'm doing this just so I can have the proper bragging rights to say that yes, not only did I do the program twice, but I did actually do regular pushups the second time through. And even though Cymrusteve assures me that it's perfectly acceptable to do girl-style pushups, on some level, in the remote reaches of my mind -- probably somewhere towards the back of my brain (obviously not the same area as where the pain receptors lie!), there's a part of me that screams "That's cheating! You're taking the easy way out!"
Well actually, I seem to recall that Erik might've very well said that to me at some point, but for dramatic purposes (& for preserving the illusion that he's impressed with my efforts!), let's just say that I'm probably imagining things & can't be 100% certain about that. LOL!
Anyhow, here's what I did:
Today's pushups workout called for intervals of 27, 20, 20, 17, & a max of atleast 27 pushups (rest 60 s). Here's what I did: 27, 20, 20, 17, 27.
OK, to be honest, I'm not sure if I should count tonight's workout as a bust. Reason being: I pretty much kept to the 60 seconds rest in between intervals, save the final workout, in which I rested a whole 2 minutes before I did the final 27 pushups. Now, I know the program technically says 60+ seconds, the key symbol being that plus sign(!), but I'm not sure if it's entirely legit to have waited a whole 120 seconds before resuming the final set.
I'm sure Steve will probably say that it's OK as long as I completed all of the pushups, but again, I'm not sure that I am satisfied with tonight's pushups "performance."
The muscles around my underarms are literally vibrating! They feel all tingly & warm, & I can barely raise my arms in front of me before feeling the burn! Ouch!
If I hit the wall during the next workout, I might very well be repeating Week 4. We'll see.
OK, enough weird tingly muscle sensations for one night. I am one gal who's extremely happy that she won't have to move her arms any more tonight. Soon they will be lying horizontally, along with rest of me, as I doze off in a deep & well-deserved slumber! ;-)
Have a good night!