This isn’t a running PR. This is a gym PR!
I haven't run a lot this week, so I spent most mornings lifting.
On Wednesday morning, around 6:20am… wearing two different colored socks… sporting booty shorts and hairy legs… fueled by animal crackers and a chocolate bunny I ate the night before… I DID 6 UNASSISTED PULL UPS!!!!!
My last PR a few months ago was 4 reps, now suddenly, I can do 6!!! I say “suddenly”, but this whole pull up progress really isn’t sudden at all. I attribute the progress to patience and consistency in my lifting program over the course of several years.
I don’t try unassisted pull ups every time I lift back. I probably only try them once every 3 weeks. But I do them with the assisted machine every time I lift back. I have slowly worked my way down to using less and less assistance. On my last gym visit, I did 5 sets of 6 reps with 10lbs of assistance. This boosted my confidence to try them unassisted.
I always warm up beforehand and do about 10 reps with about 24lbs of assistance. This is to warm up my muscles and get them firing for the task ahead. Boy did I feel like the shit when I hopped off the machine, but of course no one noticed my PR. They may have seen me grinning from ear to ear, though!
Luckily, my arms were only a little sore the next day!
Do you get just as excited for lifting PRs as you do for running PRs?