As you may know, I had to play Owie Whack-a-Mole again. It didn't take much running on concrete (which, as quufer told me right after I'd started, can lead to knee and hip problems) to start giving me funny strains in my legs. I thought they healed, but they actually hadn't. Running around that stupid little track in the IM building screwed me up (probably because it's short and has tight turns - it was my outside leg that was giving me trouble). I cut down on my jogging and my squat intensity, hoping that would help. By the way, yes, I do stretch frequently...and yes, I do stretch my iliotibial bands. I also roll them out with a rolling pin. So why the flipping fuck would my strains not go away?! GAAAAAHHHHHHHH! I have no idea...but even after a week of no leg work whatsoever, they're still there. My legs FELT normal...but trying to do very light deadlifts gave me weird pain in the hips and around the knees. This pisses me off incredibly, but at least I can do yoga poses, stretch, and work out my upper body. I'm guessing that some stabilizer somewhere is weak or tight. Simple poses that I started doing on Monday (example: standing on one leg and slowly raising the other straight in front of me - I don't know if it's officially yoga, but it's close enough for me) would get uncomfortable in the bad way when I started to get tired, but they're already significantly better in that regard today. As long as you don't overdo it, you can do stuff like this every day, so that's what I'm doing. I can't wait to start deadlifting and running again. Lameass nonsense injury.
Light deadlift - 2x2 @ 55, 2 @ 60 (cut short due to bullshit nonsensical pain)
Chin-up - 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 (I used to have pain around the inside of my elbow when trying to do these, so I'd keep having to cut my sets short, but I don't any more because I found some trigger points in that area and worked them - at least that's progress, eh?)
Dumbbell row - 7, 8 @ 45
Seated row - 10 @ 65, 9 @ 70 (yeah, it's a machine, but I like it because I can feel the contraction in my rhomboids, which need to be strong if I ever want to hold a good arch while benching)
Bench press - 5 @ 45, 5 @ 55, 5 @ 65, 5 @ 70 (these were performed rather slowly with a pause at the bottom, making sure that my form was proper - I kept my back arched and my upper arms less than 45 degrees from my body, and the exercise didn't make my shoulders cranky like it used to, so me very happy about that)
Plank - 30 s, 20 s, 20 s (I want to eventually work up to a frog stand, but I need more wrist and core strength first, so I do a total of 60 s of this exercise every day. I don't approach failure, so the extra practice helps rather than overworks. When 60 s gets easy, I'll elevate my legs and go from there.)