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Deadlift pain
July 5, 2013, 2:47 pm
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Yesterday I started the day with a mango smoothie: soy milk, complete green protein powder, and frozen mangos. It was a simple smoothie, it doesn’t look as good as some of my other smoothies but it was good.


I did some cooking yesterday before it got too hot. I made some potato salad, cooked some chicken breasts, and roasted chick peas. Here is what my lunch looked like yesterday:


I got hungry before dinner, and had a handful of almonds. My dinner looked pretty similar to lunch yesterday.

In the evening Kurt and I went to the gym. Kurt helped me with my dead lift form before he went swimming. It turns out I was bending my knees too much when I was dead lifting, and that was probably the cause of my hip pain after dead lifting. I dead lifted 75lbs yesterday for 3 sets with 10 reps. No pain or hip clicking after my dead lifts, so I would say the corrected form was a success. I finished off my weights, and rowed 4 sets of 500m. I just got on the treadmill, and Kurt arrived finishing his swim earlier, so my workout ended early.

After I got home and showered we decided to watch a movie. I had some popcorn to munch on while watching Parker. I enjoyed the movie, but thought that there were a few too many gratuitous Jennifer Lopez bum shots. I also have to admit that I am a big fan of Jason Statham.


July 4, 2013, 1:33 pm
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I am not an expert when it comes to exercising outside in the heat; I’m just a regular whimp who high tails it into the air conditioning when it’s too hot.

First off I try to go out and run early in the morning or late at night; last year I was dedicated to heading out for short runs three days a week at 5:30am. Unfortunately I’m just getting back into this summer, and I don’t have a set routine(working on it).

Back to the heat, I drink at least 500ml of water within an hour of heading out.
I don’t normally run long enough to need a water bottle, but of course I take one for the heat.
Wear a visor or hat.
Slow it down, honestly for me this means longer walking breaks.
Listen to your body, and don’t be afraid to take it inside and onto the treadmill.

Right now it is hot and humid in Southern Ontario, and I can handle it outside before 10am, and after 7 am (it’s great that it starts cooling off early here). Outside of those times, I’m not going to risk it with running outside, I can handle a walk outside, but running can just be too much for me. I have to say I love the air conditioning in my local YMCA. I don’t have central air at home, so this encourages me even more to head to the gym.

So, since it’s been a late start for me today, after more cover letter updates, and job hunting; I am off to the gym.