I get up at 4:45 this morning, do my stuff, and then head out to the beach for a run. I’ve remembered my 3 F’s. I’m spouting positive coach statements in my head.
The air is FREEZING, but I shrug it off. I’m just going to get hot running, so who cares? I am the only car in the lot, and yet, I see a guy in an old army coat and an orange hat hanging out by the rocks. Kind of scary in isolation, but hey, I’ll run the other way a while anyhow. If he can catch up, no problem.
The gym I joined has an alliance program with 30 other area gyms. So, I went to the one a mile or three from the house, versus the one I joined which is close to the office. Oh man.
This gym is GIANT. There’s a running track, a full sized basketball court, a few shooting courts, a huge weight area, racquetball courts, cardio to blow your nostrils off, and oh yeah, a lap pool.
We’re feeling really strong with our Core work. I am seeing the benefits all over the place. The other work I’m doing with running and the like is 100% complemented by the Core stuff. I’m feeling stronger every week.
I just have to keep focus on what I’m doing. Strength not bulk. Useable muscle. Focus.
“Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you going.” — Jim Ryan
I didn’t want to run this morning. It’s a make-up run for last night. I did nothing last night because of an event. I didn’t even do Core Performance.
Who ran an extra 15 minutes this morning, on top of the 30? Me.
Who burned 730 calories on his run? Me.
Who ran 3.84 miles when all was said and done? Me.
Who wrecked another $4.72 pedometer from WalMart, this time from sweat? Me. : (
Up at 4:52 to get ready for another 30 minute run? Check
Doing double workouts for the last two weeks? Check
Feeling confident about your race in July? Check
Form: When doing pushups correctly (chest and nose in the dirt), my number goes from 25 to 11.
Drive: Without Kat, I lack a great deal of personal drive.
It’s easy to forget your goals at a gym. I was around all this heavy weight, so I wanted to lift heavy. But I had to remind myself that I’m there for strength and toning, not bulk. I’m lucky around weights. I usually bulk up really easily. The problem is, you have to maintain that bulk, and I’m not about that.
More so, now that I’m running, I don’t want to lug around all that muscle for nothing. So, I made sure to stick vaguely close to the weight I’ll be doing tonight, and I went through most of the strength workout we’ll do tonight.
I did a mile and a half walk this morning, and it was relaxing. The town was just starting to wake up. Mostly seniors and me out on the streets. It was chilly enough to need my hoodie. Now, I’m back home and listening to Johnny Cash.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying the way my body can express itself. I love that I can do things I couldn’t before. I’m hooked. I want to learn how to do even bigger feats of strength. It’s all weird muscle groups. Seems like half of what I want to do doesn’t have a direct group related to it. For instance, I like doing that move kids do where they lie on their back and then push up with their hands and legs, making a table. Know what I mean? Well, there’s no set of lifts that get you those muscles. It’s a weird mixed up group. I’m looking for more of that.