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My arms are going to be sore in the morning!

by Meghann on March 10, 2010

…and its all thanks to this lovely lady.


Meet my friend Sarah. She is ripped.

Exhibit A


Check out those biceps!

Sarah is a sweetheart as well as a great friend. After I posted about how clueless I was around the weights last week, Sarah immediately e-mailed me and asked if I wanted her to show me the ropes. Ummmm… Yes please!

She also promised with her help I could look like in 30 days or less! Ha!

Well… not really, but she did agree to meet me after work this afternoon for a quick lesson on arms and weights.


Sarah spent an hour breaking down a few basic rules for strength training with me. She explained which moves worked what arm muscles, how many sets should be directed towards those muscles, and how I should approach each session.

It was a lot to take in – good thing Sarah was writing most of it down so I could remember!


Tomorrow we’re attacking legs. This should be interesting!

Thanks Sarah for taking the time to teach me a thing or two in the gym today! Maybe next week I can break down some speed work outs on the track for you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I knew dinner was going to be late tonight, so before I left work I had a Bumble Bar.


By the time I did make it home it was close to 7:30 and I was STARVING! A quick and filling meal was a must!


I walked in the door and immediately put a sweet potato in the microwave for 5 minutes before taking Maddie out. By the time Maddie was ready to come back in, the sweet potato was done and just needed another minute in the microwave with some black beans and salsa.


I then quickly heated up some left over roasted asparagus


And toasted some bread


I was sitting down and eating dinner, before I even had time to take my shoes off or change my clothes. I was on a mission and my stomach thanked me for thinking of it first. ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a mish mosh of chocolates, dried cranberries, and animal crackers for dessert.


I’m wiped! TIme to get some shut eye.

Good Night!

1 Raya March 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I had almost the exact same meal for lunch today haha. Great job at the gym!!

2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Strength training can be sooo over-whelming! Can you share what you learned?
And how super nice of her to help you out ๐Ÿ˜€

3 Ashley March 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm

You’ll have to share her tips!! I bet she wishes she could run like you! ๐Ÿ™‚

4 Evan Thomas March 10, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Your dinner looks like what I was craving for lunch
I don do strength training nearly enough(zippo). I really should work on that one…

5 adaywithoutapples March 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Good for you for focusing on strength training. It’s something I hate doing alone, but really like doing in groups or with a partner. Maybe there are weights classes at your new gym that you could try out to make it more fun?

6 Cass March 11, 2010 at 12:10 am

Can you provide what you did during the workout? I am very curious!! =)

7 Crystal March 11, 2010 at 12:24 am

She is so ripped! I wish I had a buddy that could show me the ropes in the gym. It would make it so much more motivating!

8 JC March 11, 2010 at 12:42 am

Oh wow, yes, her arms are ripped! I definitely need to figure out her routine!

9 Ida March 11, 2010 at 1:05 am

is that a palm tree in the gym?!

lifting weights with a friend is way more fun than hitting the gym solo.

10 Erin March 11, 2010 at 1:40 am

Wow, I want arms like that! This week I just started strength training….any good tips you learned?

11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 11, 2010 at 2:35 am

Awww that’s cute–sharing your training strengths (no pun intended hehe). I hope you aren’t too sore to blog tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Run Sarah March 11, 2010 at 2:59 am

Love the salsa/black beans/sweet potato combo. How awesome to have someone to show you around the gym…every time I have gone with a friend we’ve been a bit clueless and had some typical gym guys try to ‘show us’ how to lift weights. So awkward!

13 Hillary March 11, 2010 at 3:04 am

I want Sarah to show me some of her moves too – she IS ripped!

14 Leah March 11, 2010 at 3:31 am

Sarah is ripped! Glad you had a good work out sesh. I love arm workouts!

15 Marisa Kaneshiro March 11, 2010 at 4:02 am

Sarah is ripped! please do share her tips with the rest of us…because when I grow up I want to look like Sarah ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’ve always thought that a sweet potato in the microwave would take more than 5 minutes..I can’t believe how good it tastes!

16 britchickruns March 11, 2010 at 4:30 am

Hehe sounds like you’ve got a personal trainer there!! Could you post about some of the tips she gives you? I could really use the advice!! Seems like lots of other people want them too ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 11, 2010 at 6:29 am

Ah arm strength training followed by that feeling of not actually being able to lift your arms the next morning. I know it well ๐Ÿ˜€

18 Melissa March 11, 2010 at 7:03 am

omg haha a palm tree IN your gym?! too funny!

19 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

It’s so awesome that you’re starting to learn more about strength training, particularly because women need it to help build up our bones…your bones will thank you someday! ๐Ÿ™‚

20 NYCRunnerGirl March 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

It’s like you have your very own personal trainer! How nice of Sarah to help you out. I’m pretty clueless too when it comes to strength training.

21 Becky March 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

Jealous! I need this lesson – I’ve been really slacking on strength training and I want to beef up my arms a bit. Good for you for getting into it!

22 Anna March 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

How great! It’s like you have a personal trainer! ๐Ÿ™‚

23 Carolyn @ March 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

I love doing weights, but I’ve neglected them while getting ready for this race. Probably why I keep injuring myself. ๐Ÿ™

24 DiningAndDishing March 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

I think I need Sarah to come to DC for the day! Her arms are AWESOME!!

– Beth @

25 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

sarah’s expression shouts “okay, take the picture already!”

26 Ali March 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

Good Luck with the strength training! It is one of my favorite things!

27 kirsten March 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

oooh any chance you will post the plan she gave you? Sarah’s arms look amazing!

28 Kelly March 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

I really want a personal trainer to kick my butt with weights. I have the cardio aspect down, but my weight training def needs help.

29 Sophie March 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

So great that your friend helped you! I’m pretty clueless about weight training too, so I’ve been doing Body Pump as a good head start!

30 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

way to go sarah! i’d love to have arms like that too, so if you wanna share the workout…i’m just sayin’ is all ๐Ÿ™‚

31 runningwithsass March 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

is that a palm tree inside your gym?!

32 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

She is buff! Can’t wait to read the guest post ๐Ÿ™‚

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