I wouldn't mind having a back that looks like this...
|This is a wide grip pull-up and that's the kind I do...with the help of a spotter. :)|
After I finished with weights this morning, I did 45 minutes on a stair machine for my cardio. I'm "allowed" to do a short run on Wednesdays, but my legs are always so sore and tired at this point in the week that I feel like it's more beneficial for me to do a less stressful form of cardio. Besides, tomorrow I have Muscle Fusion X and a leg workout and I don't like going into those with too much fatigue already set-in.
Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about my workout schedule the past couple of months and the effect it has had on my identity and self-perception. From the time I started training for marathons (about 3 years ago) I have always felt so good about the amount of miles on the road that I logged each week. At my peak I was logging upwards of 50 miles a week. My new and current goals and this workout schedule have affected my running "confidence" in a way, because I feel like I am devoting so much less time to my favorite pastime. I have to keep reminding myself that cutting back on my mileage is crucial to my success in reaching my goal of leaning out and adding muscle. While I feel more fit and stronger with each passing week as I continue with my current training plan, I sometimes worry that things will be tough for me when I return to marathon training in preparation for my May marathon. Not only do I worry that I will have difficulty getting back to my previous level of endurance, I also worry that I will lose all the muscle gains I am making right now when I start to add back in tons more hours of cardio. Misty (my PT) assures me that by the time I get to that point, I will have transformed my body enough that the muscle will stay and my fitness level will remain high. So then my only worry will be trying to eat enough to maintain. It's always a balancing act.
Anyway, for now I am going to try to relax and let my worries go. I am having a great time building muscle and I feel (physically and mentally) the best I've ever felt in my life, so I guess it would be silly to stop doing what I'm doing. :)