Dammit! I went out for a trail run Sunday morning with this guy, who replied to an offer for an early morning run. We did 6+ miles, and this was a lot more work for me than it was when I was dead middle of my season, but not unreasonable. But you know what the rat bastid did? Do you know? He got me wanting to go out and do the Fat Ass 50K.
He tells me, “Oh, you don’t have to do all 50. Just come out and do a 1/2 or something.” I never thought of that. It’s set up as 10K loops, so you can do whatever you want, as long as you check out with the organizer when you decide to leave the course. Rats. I’m in. So, I’ll do a half marathon distance, 20K+ (22?). I can tell this guy’s going to be trouble. : )
Happy New Year!
It’s the best time for me. I’m always so invigorated by this month. I see it as a mountain of beginnings. I see it as the refresh button. I see it as opportunity cloaked in snow. White paper.
I do a lot of web-reading daily. It’s how I keep in touch with others working on their fitness goals. I read the people’s blogs in the right-side column voraciously. They’re almost always positive, informative, and filled with little ditties about what they’re doing to stay fit. Here are some others I really like.
If you’re not regularly checking out Jaime’s Really Useful Fitness Blog, you should. Today’s topic was about how to make more realistic resolutions. I’ve been making thoughtful faces at my computer screen for months while enjoying this site. It’s worth adding to your list of daily visits.
There’s this old Dr. Dre lyric from Forgot About Dre where he says something like, “Cause I’ve been in the lab with a pen and a pad, trying to get this damned label off.” I’ve always liked that lyric. It really resonates. I feel like that a lot. Always tinkering.
Fitness At the gym this morning, I hit my mark really well. I ran a 30 minute 5K, including some sprints at 8MPH and then walking that off at 4MPH. My cruise speed was 6.8 most of the time.
I was reading this blog
(Is it Karen?) and was thrilled to see both a recap of last year’s goals with what results were achieved, as well as new goals for 2005. Man, this is the most invigorating time of the year!
And the snow! Now that there’s a foot down, I’m feeling all pumped about wanting to try some new winter sports. I’ve got an old offer from Annalisa that might still be valid. And if not snowshoeing, maybe cross country skiing. I will definitely run in the snow at the state park some time this weekend. Maybe New Years Eve day, as I forgot to sign up for that 10K and ocean dip.
The American Council on Exercise has come out with their top 10 fitness trends for 2005:
1. Balance training grows in popularity.
I was one of three people at the gym this morning, not counting the nice lady who let us all in. Of course, this made me feel smug, but that doesn’t last past my first exercise, which is a clock-in with pushups. I banged out all 25 with the same power I threw at last week’s 20. Next week, we’ll see if I can keep it going. In fact, I made strength gains in all my measured areas.
The scale this morning was a relief. I stayed dead even from last week (from the last several months). But that’s nice, because given all I’d been eating lately, I was sure I’d post something up. And the other really good plus to this is that I’m definitely putting on more muscle, so staying the same means that I’m chopping fat and replacing it with the good stuff. Yessuh.
The mental aspects of training are always the challenge, to me. Once I figure out what I want to do with my body, the fight resorts to what’s above my ears. I think often about training up.
Up, as in my head. Up above my shoulders. Mental toughness. Mental discipline. Boy,do I lack discipline.
I am a sucker for a good vampire flick.
Yes indeedy. I’m a big fan of the Blade series, and I was quite happy with this latest offering. Critics have been complaining here, there, and everywhere. They have completely missed the point. This is a videogame without a joystick. It is not a “movie.”
Today’s return to the gym was triumphant. I thought there should be trumpets playing. But I was quite happy to accept the stream of Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music (and videos) is the reason I drive 15 minutes to this gym instead of 3 minutes to the one near my house. The one near my house has played the same 20 songs every time I’ve been there over the last year. I feel murderous when forced to endure that music. (Mind you, if I remembered my old school iPod, I wouldn’t have to worry a bit).
I decided to commit myself to 4 weeks of measuring my progress in selected areas, and working on improving all of those areas over the 4 weeks. Here’s my goal targets for what I’m going to measure.