Holy Sh*t...1st day back at the gym...

  • dfrourke

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    Feb 10, 2009 7:04 AM GMT
    ...OK...so I get this dog...and decide we should run in the morning [I'm not a morning person]...by 7 PM...I'm drained...the dog is 1 year [very energetic] labrador...

    ...so I say...no problem...give yourself time to adjust...it takes a month for me not to be tired after our last playtime after work...and although I still weigh the same [164 lbs]...my strength dropped considerably...

    I'm pooped.

    Although I have to also say, I'm surprised at how little my body changed during the time off...gives my neurotic 'body image' self an ability to relax a bit...

    ...so I broke the curse...I'm back!

    - David

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    Feb 10, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    Well congrats David, hopefully your new friend will keep you busy!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 10, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
    Congrats on the new addition, I can certainly appreciate the need to walk at 7:00 a.m. (however I have 2 smaller ones).


    You didn't say how long you took off from the gym (timeframe). If it wasn't that long, then perhaps you were able to keep up your level of general fitness. Glad to hear you are back in the gym.
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    Feb 10, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    dfrourke said...OK...so I get this dog...and decide we should run in the morning [I'm not a morning person]...by 7 PM...I'm drained...the dog is 1 year [very energetic] labrador...

    Actually, since this is a large breed dog that's prone to joint dysplasia, you & he might go easier on the runs (if he'll let you!). Some experts recommend not overworking the dog until it's 2 years old, when its joints are fully developed. Running is in fact ultimately great for them, what they want to do, but in moderation at first. Check with your vet or other sources for advice. Have fun!
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    Feb 10, 2009 2:40 PM GMT
    Sounds like we are in simular boats. I was in a auto accidednt on 1/1/09 an djust release from the doctor to go back. Went back last night and I felt complete exhaustion and didn't do a very heavy workout. However today I feel great about it all.
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    Feb 10, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    Yay! Welcome back to the world of pumping iron and checking out other hot sweaty dudes icon_smile.gif

    I'm curious if your cardio or running has improved because of your new regimen.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Feb 10, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    Wish I could get the enthusiasm and energy to get back to the weight room.

    Someone give me a kick up the backsdie.
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    Congrats on getting back in to it - I wish my dogs would motivate me to get up and run in the morning, but they are not morning "people"!

    I take comfort in the fact that other people are having the same motivational issues that i am having after being out of the gym for a while. I am swamped with work and school and it takes so much time each day to just stay caught up that I can't even take the time to eat properly. I sure hope it slows down soon. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    adjusting to dog life is a big deal. i've found that our dogs pretty much rule our lives, and it's better to just accept that and deal.

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  • dfrourke

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    Feb 11, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    ...well, I was off for a month...

    ...today my 'boobs' hurt...like hell...but in a good way...

    ...thanks for the advice about running with the dog...it's usually 3-5 miles...which he definitely doesn't seem to have an issue with completing...but I will check with my vet to be on the safe side...I don't want to be carrying Berkeley 3-5 miles when he's 14!...

    ...so, no weight training for about a month, but I have been running and watching my nutrition...which was probably what helped...although the runs with him aren't as fun for me as I have to constantly scan what's up ahead that might interest him...and no more IPOD...too much of a distraction in watching out for him...

    thanks for the posts...

    - David icon_wink.gif