Friday, November 3, 2017

11/03/2017 Just a fast 3 miler to get out

It was beautiful out today, early in November.  The weather was sunny and about 70 degrees.  I got out and squeezed a quick 3 miler in this afternoon and ran the 3 miles in splits of 8:31, 7:53, and 7:21.  This week coming up, I will begin to stretch out the mileage.  

As I track my stats, the things i mainly pay attention to are miles, splits, and my cadence.  As my fitness goes up, I go from low 170's in my cadence up to the low to mid 180's.  Currently, I am in the mid to high 170's consistently.  It does help to be able to tune into my fitness and realize I am progressing, even without necessarily being able to go a lot longer or faster.  As I have seen in the past, as my cadence goes up, I am getting stronger.  It helps me trust the training, especially in the early stages.  

This weekend, though I don't normally, I am going to try and squeeze in some sort of fitness, hopefully running.  Usually, I try to keep Saturday and Sunday for rest days, but I am feeling motivated and it's early in my training so I know my body can handle it.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

11/01/2017 5 miler, progressive Halloween burner

Coming off the binge of Reese's Peanut Butter cups yesterday feels good.  They tasted great, but it's time to train.  All during my run today, my thoughts were on racing.  I miss it.  I will WATCH the NYC marathon this weekend, for the first time since 2014.  Looking ahead, my thoughts of racing include the NYC Half in March, a spring marathon, and my part of the Franklin Lakes Triathlon.  I need to run fast again and compete.  Once I am game ready, I will try to squeeze in a race, I'll let you know.

Today's run was a progressive 5 miler.  I am still sore from the workout I did on Monday, but the running definitely loosened that up.  After about the first mile or so, I was feeling smooth.  Here are the splits from my run.

Mile 1-  8:31
Mile 2-  8:19
Mile 3-  8:10
Mile 4-  7:35
Mile 5-  7:00

I'm happy to run and get it done early in the day.  It's also time to start stretching these runs out and build 6, 7, 8, etc. miles.  Once I lose a couple pounds from the healthy eating and the cross training, I think I will start to see some serious fitness gains.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

10/31/2017 A haunted, spooky 3 mile run and some chilly thoughts

Not really, it wasn't spooky or haunted.  I ran a 3 miler in the sun, around the safest, most boring neighborhood in New Jersey.  However, I had to grab you into the post didn't I?

As everyone I saw was mentioning how beautiful it is outside and how nice a day it is for a run, I lamented silently.  I'm not cranky about it, but I prefer warmth as you know.  Sure, the sun is nice, but the wind is chilly.  It put a pointed thought in my head that, as I am committing to a full year of running, I need to start laying out a plan to deal with the cold.  Last year, I ran well for a couple of the winter months, and then trailed off when I got busy with the house selling stuff.  

I know I can handle the cold if I'm prepared.  Going into this cold season, I am confident based upon last season's runs in some of those days in the teens and the 20's.  The training plan is coming together and I look forward to sharing it in the coming days.  

Happy Halloween!  Eat a lot of candy and regret it so you can workout tomorrow even harder

Monday, October 30, 2017

10/30/2017 30 minute workout, lots to do

Today, I had possibly the worst headache I have ever had, from the second I woke up.  I don't know what they are from exactly, but I get these headaches from time to time.  The frequency is directly related to how well I am eating and/or working out.  I know that as I am on the low end of my nutrition level and the working out is sporadic.  When I am going right, at most I will get these headaches 1-2 times a year.  When I am off the chain healthy living wise, I get them at least once a month.  This is my second in the last 2-3 weeks.  

I have been disappointed in 2017 as a whole running and fitness wise.  I have been thinking about making a great end of this year and really pushing myself through 2018.  Currently, I am building a challenging workout plan for now until June 2018.  It will be more varied than I have ever done, by my choice.  Today, I decided to go with a 30 minute workout instead of running in case my headache caused me to end early.  I started with a 5 minute jump rope session.  I will admit, the bouncing of the head did make me think about quitting.  Luckily, it ended pretty quickly.  After the 5 minute jump rope, I did the following exercises without rest in between.

1 min plank
pull ups
lunge w/twist
curl ups
push ups
jumping jacks

I did 4 full sets of the exercises with virtually no rest.  At the end of the sets, I finished up with another 5 minutes of jump rope.  The whole workout took me exactly 30 minutes to finish and magically, no headache anymore.

In the coming days, more running, more workouts, sharing of the plan, and in general, more Daily Fitness Journal.