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.