Life sans Naproxen

My shoulder no longer needs Naproxen. But that “overall stiffness” has come back; wonder if I have an arthritic body. Possible.

Today: deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (all ok)

sets on the 3: 3, 3, 3, 3, 5 with 265 (I did mind my back; no problem)

Then after stretching, 1:04 on the bike (22 fake miles); 4-15-3 was the break down (4 easy, 15 medium, 3 hard)

Some glue tingles.
I did watch a Bradley Women’s game: They lost 68-61 though Bradley did rally to take a brief lead in the second, half, fell down by 14 and rallied to cut it to 3 with 3 minutes to go.

8 walk

1:59:29 for about 8.1 miles; yes that was 14:55 a mile which wasn’t that bad, given the crumbly sidewalk I was forced onto on Moss.

The course: on Cooper toward Main, then loop around to Bradley then to Cooper, Moss, turn right to Western, double back and go all the way down Moss to Sheridan, Main, left, first street, then double back. Second loop was to Main again, back past the house and on to Moss, double back along McArthur, back, back to Main, etc to Bradley to the Pizza place and back via Laura. I did lose concentration.

Of note: piriformis tingled until I super focused on posture at mile 4 or so; mild ache from either knee. Avoiding NSAIDS.

I got back, got some computer equipment and then noticed that my basketball paper isn’t as far along as I had hoped; I still have a little writing to do.

Easing into it

Damned Garmin always shorts me on my Bradley Park courses. The Garmin got me at 6.35 at my house (USATF: 6.55) and both gave me the same extra distance on my Moss to Bradley part.

2:06:52, which was 15:44 by the Garmin or 15:20 by the USATF measurement. Ok, no one cares…note the HR really didn’t get that high until some moron tried to pass a vehicle ON THE LEFT near the tricky intersection on Moss..and had the audacity to honk. I wasn’t close to being hit, but I didn’t anticipate that. Idiot.

I did have one pit stop close to 4 miles and there, upon stopping, the glute tightened up and bit and I stretched it for a few seconds. Yes, it is working, but I have to add mileage oh-so-slowly. the knee was unremarkable though it doesn’t “like” downhills.

Weather was pleasant and this time, I forced myself to stop as scheduled; I WAS tempted to “make it an even 10” which is a good sign.

First brace test

Ok, the purpose of today’s workout was to test my brace with some deadlifts..and to get some work in.

PT work on the mat
5 minutes on the exercise bike
Deadlifts (trap bar, low handles, of course)

10 x 134
10 x 184
5 x 217 (deliberately stopped at 5)
5 x 228 (relatively easy..should have been too)
5 x 233 (challenge)
5 x 233 (challenge)

I was ok with my form. Brace seemed to work out ok. No, I did NOT bounce reps and yes, I touched each time.
My legs were quivering (that’s good)

Then upstairs.

79 F, 69 percent at the start; hit 85 at the end. I mostly stuck to the Moss course and a bit on Bradley.

Slight notice in my left glute, and slight notice on my knee. I would not call this a hard effort, but it was steady and deliberate. I put something into it.

Weight afterwards: 194. Too heavy to walk well, too light to be strong. 🙂

And yes..I am in the “managing” phase not the “rehabilitation phase.” Yes, some long term runners can keep running with arthritis but my guess is that these are light people. I’d need to be about 30 lb. lighter to get away with that.

Check this out:
The strongest men are crazy strong. Check this out: it is 308 lb. Yes, I know that the old timers have pressed more than that. But look at how causally he cleans squat, heck hardly any upper body movement. It is almost as if he reverse curled 308 lb.

I follow women too. The strongest overhead lift by an American woman is a 354 lb clean and jerk.