One of my near-term goals is to improve my push-up endurance so that I can get 20 rounds of Cindy (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats) in 20 minutes. I’ve been doing more and more push-ups each day, but Saturday I think I overdid it.
I decided to try doing 15 push-ups every minute on the minute for 5 rounds, with a 5 minute rest, for 4 sessions. That’s 300 push-ups in 40 minutes. Oh, and for the first 2 sessions, I threw in 10 sit-ups for fun.
I did manage to complete the workout (took me 41 minutes because of extra rest required toward the end), but my arms and chest felt absolutely destroyed afterwards. I definitely pushed myself way beyond fatigue. I had planned to take a rest day on Sunday anyways, so I figured everything was cool.
Monday rolled around and I did the prescribed WOD of 400m run + 30 Kettlebell swings (53 lb), AMRAP for 20 minutes, and while I felt fine during the WOD, once I got to work that morning, I was in pain. Specifically, my somewhere in the right side of my chest it’s quite sore. Add to this a dull pain I’ve had just to the right of my mid-lower back and I’m in need of some rest.
So I overdid it. I certainly know what kinds of behaviors to avoid and to more gradually try to test my push-up endurance. While lamenting my self-induced rest period, I remembered that this is how I used to function all the time: no exercise, no athleticism, no pushing myself to the limit. I won’t be going back there again.
Food for today
I brought home leftover petit filet of beef with horseradish aioli from lunch today and had it again for dinner. The sauce probably has some non-Paleo elements in it, but it is amazing! Also, Emily made a “pot liquor” of collard greens and bacon. Yum!