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Friday, December 13, 2013

A good sore...

Last night it was time for Legs & Back. I was still a bit sore from the band moves from Back & Biceps on Tuesday, but it felt great to get into those moves again. It does, however, make me wonder what tomorrow will be like.

My flexibility still isn't all that great, but I think it's improving at least a little bit. I also noticed last night that my quads have a lot more definition when flexed. It's encouraging to be getting stronger and I'm quite certain this will only be a positive thing for my running.

I have today off, so I'm going to have to discipline myself to get to the gym tonight and get my last run of the week. Until then, hopefully I can stay busy and productive.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Suh - WEET!

I hit the treadmill right after work last night and got busy with the Freeway to 10K, Week 5, Day 2. I had a great time, hitting all of my jogging intervals at 5.7 mph, my walks at 4.2 mph, and my warm-up and cooldown at 4.0 mph. I'm wondering if 5.7 mph is the right treadmill pace for me at this stage in my running career because it seemed super easy to maintain. In comparison, a little slower or faster both seem to mess with my stride or something because it's a lot more difficult. Guess I'll just have to play around with it. I'm still planning to do Friday's run at 5.8 mph, so we'll see what happens.

As the runs get longer, I'm also considering dropping the speed to 5.3 or 5.4 mph to decrease the intensity and perhaps drop some weight by burning a bit more fat. I haven't for sure made a decision there because I also know I haven't been tracking my food lately and it's possible my weight loss has stalled from eating too much junk and/or not enough calories overall.

My distance this time was 4.95 miles, so a little bump in speed next time should guarantee 5 miles or better. That's pretty exciting!

Next week the sessions will surpass 60 minutes for the remainder of the F210K program. That's pretty cool from looking at the progress I'm making, but it's also frustrating because the treadmills automatically go to a cooldown phase at 60 minutes. The speed can be bumped back up right away, but that momentary blip could mess things up if I'm not careful.

In other news, I found out tonight that P90X3 was just released. One thing that really grabbed my attention is that the workouts are all 30 minutes long (and there are 16 of them!). I think it's designed to be done 7 days/week instead of the 6 for P90X or 5 for P90X2. I wouldn't be using the program until next summer, so there's still plenty of time to do more research and, should I decide to buy it, save up the money I would need. I like variety in my strength training workouts, and I've been quite pleased with the original P90X on that point.

I hope you've been able to find time to get some exercise, too. Every little bit helps, and as I always know (even though I sometimes have to convince myself of the truth), staying active is one of the best ways to simply feel great. See you soon!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Did you wonder where I was?

So I've been a little lax with posting lately. I guess that's kinda okay since I was a little lax with exercising last week, too. I managed to get in two runs last week (4.79 and 4.87 miles), but that was it. Sometimes it's rough trying to get to the gym when I have a day off, which is why I didn't get my third run in.

This week, I got things started back up a little more the way I like it. Sunday night I did my Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps workout from P90X, and I think it's probably my least favorite upper body routine because of the various push-ups included (slow, fast and slow, one-arm, clapping/plyometric).

I got a run in Monday night, 4.88 miles, and was pretty tired at the end, so we'll see what happens tonight after work. Up until the last couple of runs, I'd been using 4.0 mph as my walking pace for warm-ups, cooldowns, and walking intervals. Now I've been using 4.2 mph as my interval speed, and I think that has helped my transitions. Tonight I'm going to try getting 5.7 mph on all of my runs (7 minutes each) and then 5.8 mph on Friday.

I was quite tired last night when I got home and opted to do P90X this morning. Today's routine was Back & Biceps, which I think is my absolute favorite upper body workout in the program. There was only one exercise I really didn't care for, the Superman, where you lie on your stomach with your arms stretched out, then you raise your arms and legs and hold for 10 seconds. I only got through it twice before the tweaking down my left leg got the better of me. Methinks it's time to get to the chiropractor again and see if I can get some of that taken care of.

So that's the news for now. Check back later this week for further updates.