I’m just dropping in to say ‘hello’ and mention that yes, I am still at it. Since my schedule is so hectic, I am not running or cycling as much but doing a ‘crossfit inspired’ type of thing. I don’t do the WOD’s, but am working on learning various excersises and making similar routines or adapting WOD’s that look like something I can handle. For example, I’ll do 3 rounds of running 400m, 12 push presses, 12 deadlifts, and 20 squats. I’ve started doing medicine ball cleans (ouch!) and have a goal to one day be able to do pull-ups. That would be cool! Certainly I have noticed an increase in upper-body strength, and I see this as a way to more efficiently work out, spending less time but still doing exercises that keep my knees strong.
I’m looking at my schedule to see if I think I can train for some smaller races. There’s in March that’s 4 miles, and another one in April. Not that I want to go back to a heavy racing schedule, but I’d be happy to do 2 or 3 small races a year and keep this focus on strength. I’m thinking short and fast lately.
So that’s that.
So, I have in fact continued working out. Still not as much as in the winter and spring, and not as much as I’d like to, but perhaps 2-3 runs a week and some strength training. Also had a cycle or two in the somewhere. I am really busy, and not quite into a regular schedule. However, I just don’t have time to blog my workouts like I used to. I like to put in every item… the run, the cardio, the strength, the stretching… but it takes so long for each entry! I do wonder if I took the time to log everything, if it would help me be more consistent like I used to be, but at the same time perhaps it will be fine to leave out all the logging for now and get back to it maybe for the fall. Once I find my groove in this new schedule, I’d like to set a new race goal… hopefully another 10K but this time in nice chilly weather!
‘Till then, I apologize if this blog is dormant. I just don’t feel like only logging here and there, especially because I do keep track of the running and cycling at bimactive.com. If you’d like to see what’s occupying me in the meantime, check out my regularly updated art blog.
P.S. I do peek in on sweat365 quite regularly to see what you all are up to! Hi there!
Trying to get back that muscle!
- Type: Strength Training
- Date: 08/03/2008
- Time: 07:30:00
- Total Time: 00:40:00.00
Straight leg raises, abductions, adductions, glutes, hamstring curls, clamshells, single leg calf raises, leg extensions.
Today is the first day I didn’t wake up feeling stuffy since catching the cold. I fell asleep early last night, and woke up early, and the first thing I thought was, “Get up and go run!” I hope I can start getting up early to run more often. This week I have a lot to do, and it with highs in the 90’s it would really help to get the exercise in early.
I kept it to just 1.5 today because I think if I go for too long too soon, I will have an injury. I’ve lost a lot of muscle after 2o days without consistent training from the NY trip and the cold. Ready to get back to it, though.
- Type: Run
- Date: 08/03/2008
- Time: 06:45:00
- Total Time: 00:16:58.00
- Distance: 1.54 miles
- Average Pace: 11:00.55/mile
- Type: Strength Training
- Date: 07/31/2008
- Time: 12:20:00
- Total Time: 00:30:00.00
decline sit-ups, curls, overhead tricep dumbbells, chest flys, reverse chest flys, etc
It’s been a tough few weeks!
I went to NYC. I didn’t get to run in Central Park, and I didn’t actually workout otherwise because it cost $ to use the hotel’s gym. However, I did a CRAP TON of walking. My last run had been the day before we flew out.
I got back home and did a 2.5 mile run in the heat, and promptly caught a cold. The last 2 times I had a cold, I went ahead and ran while it was just in my throat and I could still breathe, and both times I wound up with it in my chest. So, I feel like maybe I should just rest this thing out… however, I did feel a bit better today after eating a nice big dinner and some ice cream (feels good on the throat!) so decided to go for a walk. I did a couple sprints during the walk and felt good. Then I came home and did some PT strength training.
I also don’t want to go to the gym and spread the cold around.
So, my hope is that I feel better in a day or two so I can get back at it. However, my career has become more demanding, so I need to be realistic about how much time I can devote to working out. I’ll need to schedule everything and try to do more short/intense workouts. The past year I have been pampered by just being able to work out when I feel like it. Really, it’s not the workout itself that takes so long, but the eating, showering, dressing, blowdrying that I have to do afterwards. It’ll all work out. I just want to stay healthy and fit, and I don’t need to work out 8 hours a day to do that.
Hopefully this will also mean that my appetite will stay in check. Last winter it got out of control with all the stuff I was doing!