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SETBACKS SUCK

In Daily Exercise Summary on June 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Well my adventure suffered a severe set back. I think that I actually had swine flu. Those around me argue that it was severe reactions to the pollen that has infested the state of Rhode Island. The effects have lingered for some time. In essence, they sidelined me for 10 straight days. I still have substantial respiratory and sinus issues, but I’m now able to run for about a mile and a half before I need to stop. I just can’t go any further without feeling like I may have a stroke.

I’m running the mile and a half at an 8:15 pace, just trying to keep my legs fresh. They still feel good, and my conditioning doesn’t seem to be problematic. I just can’t seem to breathe properly. Oh well. We are back, and soon I will be better.

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Getting beat up over a test

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

I had a brutal test day yesterday, so when I finished at 5pm I shot over to the gym. I ran out 4 miles on the treadmill in 33mins51secs. Not bad, I then got on the exercise bike and brutalized my quads and glutes for 18 minutes.  It felt good not to be sitting in front of a computer and typing.

I have one more question in an hour and then I am done taking tests for quite possibly the rest of my life…

Finally, 8 mins

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 9, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I had a real hard workout that finished with a progression through the exercise equipment. Before my workout today, we took a 1.5 mile walk in the beautiful weather…

Activity

Time

Miles

Pace

Repetitions

Weight

Walk Outside  

1.56

     
Run

24:49

3.10

8:00

   
Walk

12:11

.72

     
Lower Back      

3×18

140

Ab Crunches      

3×18

50

Bench Press      

3×18

70

Hip Abductor      

3×18

50

Hip Adductor      

3×18

50

I finished my run under 25 minutes today, and I was really excited. I felt like this was the speed that I want to build off of for the next 3 months. A sub-8 minute mile is the pace that I want to run at. So now that I did it on the treadmill, I need to accomplish this on the street and then in a race. I will start looking for a quick little 5k to run in the near future. Unfortunately, next week I have my comprehensive exams so I need to focus on studying for these exams more so than running.

The abductor and adductor killed me today. Killed me.

Stretching at Off ‘N Running

In Musings, Rants and Explanations, Running Gear on May 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Last evening I went to the stretching clinic at Off ‘N Running that the folks from Fitness Together had. It was informative, and I was introduced to the benefits of the theracane. It is a scary device, yet it made so many parts of your body feel so good.

The smaller the surface space, the more acute the benefit of the massaging action. As compared to the foam roller, which I don’t like at all, the theracane was a welcome relief. We also worked with a roller stick. This seemed to really help on the calves and shins.

They will be having a running specific cross training demonstration next week at 7:15. This time it will be at Fitness Together. Sounds like fun, but I won’t be able to be there because I will be in the middle of a flight.

I would recommend the investment in the theracane…It’s only like 30 dollars.

April 28, 2009 Run

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Activity

Time

Miles

Pace

Repetitions

Weight

Run

25:16

3.1

8:09

Walk

1.0

It was a long day. I didn’t get to the gym until almost 5 o’clock. Brutal.

I hadn’t eaten, but I was well hydrated. When I started to run it felt real good. I started at 7.0 for the first half mile and then 7.1 for the second half mile. After that, I bumped it up to 7.2 for one tenth of a mile. From there I ran 7.3 and 7.4 for a half a mile each. I intermittently bumped the speed up to about an 8.0 before it was done. I’m closing in on an 8 minute pace.

My heart rate was furious when I stopped, but I attribute this to it being so late in the day and having not eaten yet. I enjoyed dinner afterwards.

If you got a free hour

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm

check out this video:
NOVA
Season 33 : Ep. 8|52:44|
NOVA follows 13 sedentary people through a nine-month regimen designed to prepare them for the grueling Boston Marathon.

Just click on the name to link to the video on Hulu.com.

April 27, 2009 Workout

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Activity

Time

Miles

Pace

Repetitions

Weight

Run

25:21

3.1

8:10

Walk

1.0

Ab Crunches

3×18

100

Lower Back

3×18

110

Seated Row

3×18

70

A strong run today, if you look back to my last run, I started at 7.0 and increased at the half mile point until I hit 2 miles then I increased for one tenth of a mile, then continued. This time, I took the one tenth of a mile at mile 1.5, so it looked like this: 7.0 for .5 miles; 7.1 for .5 miles; 7.2 for .5 miles; 7.3 for .1 miles; 7.4 for .5 miles. Tomorrow, I will move it down to the 7.2 level. It increases your pace by about a second per mile.

The walk was good to cool down. 8.5 laps on the track. I wanted to run a few distance intervals, but there were at least 30-40 kids on the track at the time. It appeared that they were doing some sort of running/fitness test. There is something to be said for form. I think that I am going to start a vigilant fight against up and down movement in the running form. Everything that I have read states that the top of your head shouldn’t move up/down more than two inches throughout your gait. Also, how much energy does your average runner lose on their back kick. Girls, your feet should not almost touch your butts, I promise this is wrong.

My pace is starting to get in line with what I want to run on the next half-marathon, so I will start adding some distance. I want to do this slowly because I feel like my weight is starting to get in line with my running, so I need to adjust distance so my weight loss will correspond. So, I think next week I will add a 5 miler/8k with a pace of about 8:20 per mile. I will also work to break the 8 minute pace next week. I would be real happy with an 8:15 half-marathon pace. I feel that I need to be training near 7:35 on the treadmill to accomplish that. I also feel strongly that I need to be sub-180 pounds to run at that pace safely.

April 15, 2009 Tax Day Cometh

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 16, 2009 at 11:31 am
Activity

Time

Miles

Pace

Repetitions

Weight

Run

25:23

3.10

8:12

Walk

1.00

Lower Back

3×18

110

Bench Press

3×18

50

Abs

3×18

70

Seated Row

3×18

50

I felt miserable in the morning, didn’t think I even wanted to go to the gym. I was sore from yesterday’s run, and I was not in the mood. As soon as I stepped on the treadmill, I felt great. I was able to run my 3.1 with no problems. When I finished up, I hit the track to walk a number of laps and ended up walking a mile.

After that I moved down to the weight room and was able to focus on the torso. I continue with the low weight high repetition regime that seems to be working. I feel a difference, see a difference and weight is coming off pretty steadily. I feel like I will be at a much more comfortable weight by the end of May.

I have to head to Rhode Island for the weekend so I am hoping to get at least six miles in during the weekend.

Despite my Best Intentions

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Despite my best intentions, today became a rest day. I had hoped to use tomorrow as my rest day because I have to travel. Even though this means I have to wake up at 6am to get to the gym to run before class and travelling, I simply am unable to get to the gym today.

This is well needed rest though. My legs are still sore from yesterday’s workout and I am trying to avoid unnecessary complications due to physical fatigue at this point in my training. Maybe it is a blessing, but I am looking forward to getting under 25 minutes for my 5k time.

Physical and mental demands will get in the way of every runner who is seriously trying to train for an event, but even the toughest competitor needs to occasionally bow to the demands that the other parts of our lives puts on us.

Threw myself a changeup

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm

As a guy who absolutely love baseball, I have always had a soft spot for the junkball pitcher. With opening day today, I thought I would throw myself a change up. I broke my daily run into 3 segments: 1.1; 1.0; and 1.0 miles. They increased in pace each time by about 30 seconds. In between the mile segments, I ran distance intervals around the track. Half sprint, half walk: 3 times. I would then have a drink of water and run the next segment. It was brutal, but it made the whole thing go by quicker when I was able to change what I was doing every 8 minutes or so.

I lost some more weight when I got on the scale today. That is good, because when I finished exercising today, my legs hated me. Hated me.