I was texting a client the other day (who also happens to be my friend), and she mentioned that she read my post about my breakdown about my knee. She said some very caring words, and also mentioned that she knows I "like to go balls to the wall" and it must be frustrating that I can't.
Yes! That's exactly it! I haven't gone balls to the wall and had the burning feeling in my chest and legs for quite a long time. Obviously I don't need to be going balls to the wall every day, but once a week would be just perfect! Whether it was through speed training, tempo runs, or HIIT workouts, I really enjoyed pushing myself in a way that I can't right now.
I am feeling the burn in the ways that I can- through upper body strength training. The burning feeling of a good, hard sprint has been replaced by the throw uppy feeling I get every time I max out on unassisted pull ups. And I am definitely seeing improvements! Pretty soon I won't be buying my bras in the little girls section. (Not because my boobs have gotten bigger, but because my lats have been freakin' POPPING lately!) I see definition in my arms not just when I flex or when I am swole after a workout, but just doing everyday activities. It's very motivating! And just the other day I benched at the gym (with the Smith machine- I know that is easier than straight up benching but that's all Planet Fitness has) and I managed 5 reps @ 95 . I'M GETTING BEASTLY.
As much as I love lifting upper body, I wish I could lift lower body. And I wish I could sprint, do squat jumps, lunge switches, and all that crazy stuff I used to do in front of my house while my neighbors watched in confusion...
How often do you like to go "balls to the wall"?