Barely walking, but still going at it…

It’s been a while, but I’m still keeping at it. I’ve recently incorporated bird dogs into my routine:

After tweaking my lower back (possibly a herniated disc) I had to pull back on some of my lower body movements and wanted to bolster some of my stability/back work with things such as bird dogs. I continued with rows, sand bag bench presses, and cycling sprints.

I’ve also started the PLP program as a supplemental item which I’ll expand on later. I’m now on day 12 (22 reps).

In more recent news, a bottle-opening injury has left my right hand relatively useless for the past few days. On Saturday I decided to get some sprints in. I walked a mile to the nearest high school track where a soccer game was going on. I found a grassy area and hill nearby and decided to take a shot at those. After ten sprints with minimal rest, I made my way back home. I knew I had pushed myself, but I honestly was feeling cheated. Between not being able to run a timed 400m sprint, and the fact that I haven’t done any sprinting for over a year, I was worried that I didn’t get enough done. The next morning my body made it very clear to me that I had managed to move it in ways that it was not accustomed to. A slow walk in the morning proved painful. Monday morning (two days later) I woke up at 5am to get in some squats, and found I was still in too much pain. As much as it hurts, and as much as it is shocking to have this much DOMS, it’s a great feeling to know that over the next few months I’m going to be able to continue to shock my winter-softened self with sprints. I’m still not sure if I’ll do it once or twice a week, but my ultimate goal is to get back to a sub-60 second 400m at >190 pounds bodyweight. In high school I was able to do sub-55 seconds at 155 pounds, so if I can approach that marker with an additional 40 pounds of weight on my frame I’ll be pretty content.

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