So, I saw a personal trainer tonight. She was nice. I think we’re going to do some work together. I think she was surprised that I’m not your typical guy. I think she imagined I’d be like a plate-head at a gym. The conversation went well, and I think she can help me with a few things.
Starting a gym membership tomorrow. I did it through GlobalFit . Have you heard of these guys? Going through them is great if you don’t want to commit for a year. Instead of paying the gym $55 a month directly, I get the same membership through GlobalFit for $24. Not too shabby, eh? And I can quit with only a few week’s notice.
Lately, I’ve had really good luck with something, and I wanted to share how it works.
I’ll get excited about something. I’ll find someone I work with or know who happens to already be established in this something. I ask them for advice or tips, and almost invariably, I get some great new wealth of information that I didn’t have before I shared my excitement. It turns out other people really enjoy sharing THEIR excitement with you, and in turn, there’s a great feedback loop.
Ran 25 minutes, alternating 3 minutes of running with 2 minutes of brisk jogging. According to the pedometer, that’s only 2.24 miles. I imagine when I get up to the running 5 and walking 1 in week 10, that’s when I’ll be completing a 5K every run.
I feel good. My heart rate got into the 170s a couple times, but on the hills, where that would be expected. I did most of the run on grass and that felt great. When I did my last 5 minutes on sidewalk, it was much more difficult. I have to remember when I get up towards the race week, I should run road the whole time.
This morning marks the beginning of training for a 5K run on July 4th. Can you believe this business? Holy cats.
There’s a 5K run on July 4th in North Andover. I’m considering doing it. That’s a month and change away, so there’s time to get up to that level. Holy cow. What the hell am I doing?
It’s great when you see people you love doing something great for themselves. That’s all.
I went out and ran a mile after putting Violette down to bed. I did better than previous runs, in that my heart rate stayed in the 160s instead of up higher like it was the run before. I slowed my pace just a little bit, but I imagine I’ll get that back when I get my heart in better order.
Today’s Core was just Regeneration. That’s all kinds of stretches using rope to help extend past the normal unassisted range of motion, and then foam. The foam roll is this long tube of high density foam that you roll across. It gives a deep workout to your muscles, or rather a good stretching (smooshing?). Whatever the case, it kills the first few times you do it, but according to the book, your muscles will show you their quality when you can use the foam without pain.
Tonight was 20 minutes of cardio in zone one (112-130 beats per minute). I spent a lot of it dipping up into zone 2. It was really nice, though. It’s amazing that I can keep up a good heart rate for 20 minutes straight without feeling as bad as I used to. What’s equally nice about using your heart rate to train is that I’m not cheating myself by just going through motions for a set time, and two, I’m not killing myself because I’m going after a number and not a duration.
Tomorrow night, I see the personal trainer. We’ll see how that goes.
The great thing about this workout is that it kicks your ass, but you get through it. I’m LOVING it. Kat and I did a contest on planks. We both dropped at a minute, but only because I was bowing like a warped board and she laughed when she saw me. Luckily, because I couldn’t hold out, but I was feeling really competitive.
I’m Reading Lance Armstrong’s book, It’s Not About the Bike, and really loving it. Though he’s definitely cocky, I like understanding his mindset.
It’s weird how things come about, though. The same day I start this book, I see a flyer for doing a bike trek up in Maine. 175 miles over three days. Sounds kind of fun, but not this year. Maybe next.