Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So Much to Say!

It's been awhile since I posted, so I'll just give you the breakdown...

  1.  I got fitted for orthotics.  I know how some folks feel about them, but right now, I'm in favor...I've been able to run pain-free and thusfar, they have been worth what I paid for them (insurance didn't cover).
  2.  I have been running consistently for the last 7 weeks!  Once my orthotics got fitted, my podiatrist had me start running every day, starting with .5mi/day, then moving up each week.  I started and stopped a couple times (most notably due to a vacation to Costa Rica that Christy and I took for our anniversary!), but once I got back from a work trip, I decided that I was going to be more consistent.

    I put in 4 weeks straight, getting up to about 12mi/wk.  Two weeks ago, I decided to start putting in more miles per run and less runs per week.  To that end, I ran up to 3mi/run last week and have tried to up a couple runs above 3mi.
  3. I have finally made my goal weight!  I officially made it last week, but this morning's weigh-in had me at 178.6, or 30.2lbs from my start almost 9 months ago!
In short...

One last thing...I started an account at DailyMile so that I could keep better track of mileage and routes.  I included a widget (I won't call it little!) on the main page navigation so you can see how I'm doing.  It's on a probationary period for now.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Forced Hiatus

I'm going to need to take a hiatus for the next week or so.  I've been having pains in my knees and my left leg is acting eerily like it did back when I had a stress fracture back in high school.  I'm really scared that it's happening again, and unfortunately, it's causing all of the feelings of helplessness and frustration to creep back in.

After a week, I think I'll go back to the gym to try to work on upper body and flexibility, but for now, the most cardio I will do is ride the bike.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Catching Up - Recent Workouts

Been a bit busy, but I managed to put in workouts on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and today (though today was only a run).  Saturday saw me do a 30min non-stop run outside for (what I think) is the first time in a couple years.  Pretty happy about that!

My Tuesday weigh-in saw me stay steady at 191.0lbs.  Considering the week Christy and I have had, I'll take it as a win.

Today, I dabbled in my first bit of speed work on the treadmill.  I did a 30min run with 2x1min walk breaks@3mph.  After 5min warm-up run@6mph, I alternated 1min@9mph with 1min@6mph for 5 repeats.  I then finished the remainder at 6mph.

Overall, I'm just happy with the feeling that if I want to run (and right now, I really do), I feel like I actually can!  That is what I've really wanted from this whole process.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today's Workout - 02/17/11

Today, I was determined to exercise the demons from Tuesday's workout (haha..."excercise"...nice).  As I laced up my shoes, I planned out a pretty decent resistance routine.  Could have used more upper body, but it wasn't bad:

Squat Jumps - 2x10
Step-Ups - 1x10, 1x5 (per leg) @15lbs
Plank Knee Raises - 1x10, 1x12
Walking Lunges - 2x@40lbs
Bench Press - 2x10@115lbs
Heel Press - 2x15@135lbs
Lat Pull-Down - 1x10@85lbs (forgot to do set #2)

Today's run went GREAT!  I did 30min of non-stop running, alternating a 1deg incline every 5min while keeping a constant 6mph speed.

I feel like I could punch a tiger--IN THE FACE.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today's Weigh-in and Workout - 2/15/11

One step closer to getting under 190...I made 191.0 this morning.

For the workout, I tried to switch things up.  I was really just worn out, and things didn't go too well.

Bench Press - 1x15@95lbs, 1x10@95lbs
Step-Ups - 2x10@15lbs
Lunges - 2x10@40lbs
Leg Raises - 1x5, 1x10

Run was no more than 25min, with at least two walking periods.  I just didn't have it today.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today's Workout - 2/12/11 (Take a Run Around the Block)

For today's workout, I ran around the neighborhood.

Planned workout length was 30min.  Weather was sunny and, even with wind, up to 40deg.  I probably over-dressed just a touch.  I wore my long-sleeve Dri-Fit shirt with a windbreaker over it.  A short-sleeved shirt would likely have been a better bet.

I was able to keep moving throughout the whole time, but I did walk several times, which was pretty frustrating.  My shoes felt good (still loving my GT-2160's!) and my form wasn't too bad.  I just couldn't breathe well, and I think I was just tired from staying up too late this week.  Need to work on that!

At last I got to go outside today, eh?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yesterday's Workout - 2/10/11

Didn't do much yesterday...just did a 30min run.

Felt reasonably good during the run, but very worn out afterword.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today's Weigh-in and Workout - 2/08/11

After 10 weeks, I'm down 15.6lbs to 193lbs even.  Yay!

Resistance workout was on the Strive circuit.  I mainly tried to maintain weight this week.  Still struggling to do those stinking shoulder presses.  If anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate it!

Did a 30min run today, which felt pretty good.  I'm sore as all get out now, though.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Today's Workout - 2/07/11

If you happen to see him, make sure to wish my little brother a happy 29th!  We'll be the same age for the next 20 days.

Today's workout was upper body:

Pull-ups - 1x10@120lbs, 1x5@120lbs (failed on the 2nd set)
Bench Press - 1x10@115, 1x5@130, 1x5@115
Plyo Bicep Curl - 2x10@15
Torpedo - 2x10@15
Running Form - 1x10@15
Leg Raises - 1x10
Leg Raise/Kicks - 2x5
Planks -  2x@30sec

Today's run was 35min@6mph.  I'm going to try to increase mileage this week by adding 5min to two of my runs.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Yesterday's Workout - 2/05/11

Yesterday I did the lower body workout.  Without access to the training area, I had to improvise.  I tried to do each rotation without resting between exercises, which was quite difficult!

Squat Jumps - 1x10, 1x12
Plank Knee Raises - 1x10, 1x12
Weighted Lunges - 2x (I walked the length of the weight area holding a 10lb weight)
Leg Press - 1x10@135lbs, 1x12@155lbs
Wall Sit - 1x30sec, 1x45sec

For my run, I did 30min with 10min@6.5mph, 1min@3mph, and 20min@6mph.

Thanks to a different lacing method (which I'll cover later), I was able to run sockless again!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Today's Workout - 2/03/11

No lifting today.  I decided to do something unusual.

I ran.  


(Waits for applause)

OK...it's not a big, huge accomplishment, at least if it weren't for the fact that the last time I ran outside (on a 40deg day in Texas back near Christmas), I barely made it four minutes before I had to stop to a very slow walk.  I made it 25:46 with two one-minute walks and felt pretty good.  Can't wait until spring!

Of course, back in the day, we trained year-round outside.  Running in the winter (in shorts or warm-up pants) was normal and expected for the Distance Track/Cross Country kids.  You learned what and how to layer, when to go light and when to pile on.  It wasn't uncommon for our cold weather wear to be little more than a long-sleeve t-shirt, a t-shirt, shorts, and a hat/glove combo.  You'd be surprised how many different temperatures that combo was good for...

Offhand, I ran in tights exactly once.  I made it barely two minutes up the street, turned around, took them off, and never wore them again.  That said, I remember being more fond of "loose tights" like these than I'd like to admit.  Shorts worked at least half the time, though.  Today was no exception.

It sure was good to be outside!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Today's Weigh-in and Workout - 2/01/11

I'm still doing pretty well.  Dropped 3.8 to get me to 194.4lbs.  This means that I'm halfway to my goal (well .1lb short of halfway)!  My BMI is still in the overweight range at 25.6, so I've got a ways to go.

Today's workout was the Strive circuit.  I increased weight on any exercise I had done the same weight on for two consecutive weeks.  Felt pretty good, though some of the exercises were a struggle.  Shoulder Press in particular is killing me!

Today's run was 3mi at 6mph with occasional sprints at 6.5 and 7mph.

Ran with socks for the first time in months.  Hate them still, but at least my toe wasn't bleeding!  I'll have to go find some thinner ones.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/31/11

Had a good workout with Christy.  We did upper body/abs tonight.

Pull-ups: 2x10 w/60lbs counterweight
Bench Press: 1x10@95lbs, 1x10@115lbs
Planks: 3x30sec
Leg Raises: 2x10
Plyo Bicep Curls: 2x10@15lbs
Torpedoes: 2x10@15lbs
Running Form: 1x10@15lbs

Running was 30min@6mph with a couple sprints to 7 or 8mph.

Pretty good workout, but now the upper on my left shoe is rubbing my toe.

Dang it.

Might have to go back to socks...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/29/11

Today was lower body workout.  The usual there.

Followed up with a 3mi (30min) run.

Unfortunately, I seem to have stretched out the upper on the toe box on my left shoe, so my toes were getting pretty irritated.  Thankfully, no bleeding, though.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/27/11

Went before work today.  Managed 35min with 20min@6mph, 1min@3mph, and 14min@6mph.  Burned 500+ calories (if the meter on the treadmill is to be believed).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today's Weigh-in and Workout - 1/25/11

As of today, I've lost 10lbs in 8 weeks.  I'm finally below 200lbs (198.2).  Hopefully will never be on the other side of 200lbs again!

Workout was hard.  Did the Strive circuit and increased weight for anything that I didn't increase prior to last week.

Tried to get brave on my cardio.  30min total with 15min@6.5mph, 3min@3mph, 10min@6.5mph, and 2min@6mph.

 I'm beat.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/24/11

Today's workout was upper body.  It included:

Plyo Bicep Curl - 2x10 (15lbs)
Torpedoes - 2x10 (15lbs)
BosuBall Exercise - 2x10
Pull-Ups - 1x10, 1x7 (Body weight of 120lbs)
Bench Press - 2x10 (95lbs, 115lbs)
Leg Raises - 2x10
Leg Raise and Thrust - 2x5

Today's run was 30min@6mph with 2x1min@3mph thrown in.

I feel pretty run-down today.  I think its a little harder to run when I've done upper body than lower body work, if that can be believed!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/22/11

Today was a pretty good workout.  My lower body workout was the same as the one here, but I added two sets of crunches on the exercise ball.

I then managed to follow that up with another 30min, 3mi non-stop run.  Yay!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/21/11

Not much to say today, except:

30 minutes.  3 miles.  Non.  Stop.

That is all.

Now, the long story is that I hurt my back yesterday shoveling snow and, between that and a time crunch trying to get my workout in before work (heheh...pun?), decided I'd only do running.  I decided to do just go easy instead of doing intervals like I'd normally be doing on my Thursday workout.  I got started and, aside from my back, felt like going for it.  30min (and about 500 calories, according to the treadmill) later, I finished.  It was the farthest I'd run in a long time!

Back in the day, I couldn't count a run on my weekly mileage unless it was 4 miles or more.  Needless to say, I took running 4 miles for granted.  Guess I can't be doing that for awhile, now can I?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today's Weigh-in and Workout - 1/18/11

Well, it had to happen eventually.  After 6 weeks of dropping weight, I gained 1.4lbs to bring me to 201.4, down from 208.6lbs at the start.

At least today's workout went pretty well.

Resistance was on the Strive circuit with normal exercises.  I increased weight on Leg Press, Chest Press, Arm Extension, Prone Leg Raise, and Ab Crunch.

Cardio was 30min with 10min@6mph, 1min@3mph, 5min@6mph, 4min@3mph, 11min@6mph

It probably wasn't the best run I've ever had, but at least it's starting to feel easier!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/16/11

Honestly, I feel a little worn out.  Not sure why, but when I finish my workouts, I feel like I'm in a haze.

Oh well, here was today's workout.

Today was upper body training.  I worked a little bit with Christy.

Isolated Bicep Curls - 2x10@15lbs
Leg Raises - 2x10
Reverse Burpees - Not sure what else to call it, but whatevs.  2x5
Pull-ups - 2x10 w/ 100lb counterweight
Bench Press - 2x10@95, 115lbs
Crunches on Ball - 2x20

Run consisted of 35min with 10min (1mi)@6mph, 2min@3mph, 10min@6mph, 3min@3mph, 9min@6mph

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/15/11

I feel like today's workout was a big milestone.  Not only did I make it two miles non-stop at speed, I also was able to touch my toes in post workout stretches even seated with my feet flat against the wall!  If you've ever worked out with me, you have some idea how surprising that is.

Perhaps even more importantly, I got a chance to really work out with Christy and push her pretty hard.  You could say perhaps that it was a growth opportunity for our marriage (in a good way)!

For today's resistance training, I had us do lower body plyometrics:

In-to-Out Squat Jumps.  Kind of like Squat Split Jumps, but with two step platforms.  Start between them in a squat, then jump, landing with feet on the platforms, then jump back down, landing with your feet on the floor in a squat. 1x10, 1x12

Split Squat Jump - 1x10, 1x12.  Here's a quick video of what it looks like, though I didn't do it as a cardio-type exercise (good idea, though!):


Plank Knee Raises - 1x10, 1x12. Get in push-up position and bring your right knee to your elbow, then back to push-up position.  Repeat as necessary.  Switch and do the left leg

Long-stride lunge - Back and forth across the gym

Wall Sit - 1x30sec, 1x40sec

Cardio was 35min.  I walked for 3min@3mph, then ran for 20min@6mph (2 miles!), walked 4min@3mph, then ran for 5min@6mph.

I'm pretty worn out!

Possible Cross-Training?

Went to Rockquest with Christy today for a quasi-date.  Neither of us had gone climbing and both of us have slight issues with heights.  That said, we're always up for a new challenge, so we gave it a shot.

After having a couple climbs up a 20-30ft wall combined with several climbs up a 10ft wall, I can say that I was certainly challenged!  Climbing is hard, but very fun.

Not sure if We'll do it a lot, but it's a fun cross-training experience, I think.  Lots of work requiring upper and lower body strength and muscle endurance--at least lots more than I thought I'd need!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/13/11

Today's workout consisted of:

Resistance - Strive circuit.  No increases of weights, still 1x30 reps

Cardio - Went back to the old workout the trainer gave me--with some modifications. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Today's Workout - 1/12/11

Unfortunately, I didn't workout yesterday due to a full work day.  Went this morning before work.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Today's Weigh-in - 1/11/11

I lost 1.2lbs this past week (Christy and I weigh in on Tuesday mornings) bringing me to 200 even and 8.6lbs total lost since I started.  Annoyingly, I had weighed the first time and got 199.4, but 200.0 both of the other times, so guess which one I kept?


Monday, January 10, 2011

Yup...this'll happen.

When you insist on running sockless, you're going to find that your shoes will fit differently.  That slight rub you notice against your socks can, within a mile or so's time become a small saw against the skin of your feet.  I'm lucky that my feet bear very few of the scars that I've accrued over time.  Normally, the balls of my feet and my heels got it the worst, especially when I was racing in spikes.  Those can be hard to deal with because, of course, tightening your laces is a declining spiral (the more you tighten them, the more the shoe's upper stretches, necessitating more tightening, etc.), and petroleum jelly is only so useful, especially if it's raining.  After awhile, your skin just calluses enough that you don't have to worry about it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Today's Workout - 01/09/11

Today's workout went well.  Did the following for resistance training:

Bench - 2x10@95lbs, 1x5@95lbs (Didn't have a spot, and would rather not have the bar falling on my chest!)
Suspended Pushups - 3x5
Bicep Curls - 2x10@15lbs
Leaning Side Crunch (Don't know what it's called) - 2x10@15lbs
Leg Raises - 2x10
Tricep Press (Can't remember the proper name offhand) - 2x10@70lbs
Hanging Situps - 2x20

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What's in a Name?

For those who don't know, I generally hate shoes, socks, and, well, just about anything I have to wear on my feet.  To her dying day, my grandmother would rebuke me for apparently having been born in a barn.  It's not uncommon for me to be seen prancing about in shorts at any time of year (provided I'm indoors), and I'll doff my shoes whenever given the chance.

New Beginnings

So...I decided to start a new blog.  If you're going to stick around to have a look, thank you!  Just so you know what you're in for, here's a quick summary of what I plan on doing with this blog.