Jun 072012

Today was my third day of running. I was a little ‘nervous’ about my run today, as I was plenty beat after my run on Tuesday. When I woke this a.m., I was strangely starving. My stomach was growling a bit, and that is something that I really haven’t noticed at 7:00 a.m. I am usually up around 6:30 and after the usual computer stuff (emails, blogs, social mumbo jumbo), I end up eating around 7:45. Since starting to run in the mornings, I eat after my run on those days, which ends up being about 8:15. As I sat in front of the computer this morning, I was trying to decide if I wanted to eat first or eat after – part of me was hungry enough to scarf down a huge bagel with extra cream cheese right then and there. But the the other part of me, knowing good and well that if I did that, I would not get out and run. Running won over.

So, last night, we had a mother of all thunderstorms. Around midnight, we were woken by sounds of rumbling thunder and flashes of lightning. It wasn’t just a little rumble and then a little lightning following. No, it was nonstop thunder for what seemed like an hour. And the lightning? It was like a strobe light outside our window. Strong winds, a fair amount of hail and lots of rain fell all night. I was finally able to get back to sleep about an hour later, but it was still going on out there. I woke up this morning, thinking about my run, and wondering if I was hitting the treadmill instead because of the unmistakable flooding that surely occurred. To my surprise, even though it was still pretty overcast, and there was hail everywhere, the temp was quite comfortable out. And, no flooding! The run was on! Instead of just running on the trail a block away, I decided to change up the scenery and head up to a near by park that has a lake with a trail that is 1.4 miles around. Oh, and no hills. Tuesday’s butt kicking still resonated in my mind.

I got there at about 7:45 and was on the trail and running at 7:56. Today’s run was in the Week 2 program – Run 1 minute, walk 3 minutes – Repeat 5 times. I brought up my phone apps, and was off. The 1st round was a breeze, and the 2nd through the 4th were ok, but I could feel it in my calves, but I didn’t slow down. The 5th was a bit slower, but towards the end of the minutes run, I come up behind a couple walking their dog on the trail, and I didn’t want to be stuck behind them and I knew my minute beep was coming up, so I sprinted a bit, and just as I passed them, my phone beeped. I continued the sprint for an additional 15 seconds or so, just to give myself some distance from the dog walkers before I slowed to a walk. By the time I got back to the car, my breath was back to normal and all was good. Quite a bit better feeling compared to Tuesday.

After getting home, I made a quick breakfast (still a bagel, but just a little cream cheese) and settled in to eat. As I sat there, I truly felt great. I cant remember feeling this good, especially just after a run/walk, for quite a while.

Today marks day 3 of week 2, and day 7 overall. My stats have improved again, and I am actually looking forward to Friday’s run. I don’t want to over-do it, but I want to continue getting faster in my pace. I just wonder how I’ll feel after the 4th run in week 3… I also wonder if my endurance will start to pick up pace as well. We will see. Stats below.

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Week #2, Run #2

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Jun 052012

Holy Crap!

What did I get myself into? Today’s outing was nothing at all like Sundays run/walk. Maybe it had something to do with the big ‘efing hill at the start of the run…

So, yeah, I was up and out by 7:30 today. The temperature was perfect, and it looked to be a wonderful day. That is until I started out. Ok, I’m just crying a little for dramatic effect, but the run did kick me a little out of bounds. And yes, it was the big hill at the beginning. I walked the route a few days ago, and it didn’t really hit me half as hard as today did. I think it was because I started to climb the hill RIGHT after my first run phase ended. I was already a bit out of breath, and Oh Yeah – Climb a hill now.

In all fairness, the rest of the run was fine. Especially on the flip side of the block. What goes up, must come down. Anyway, Stats below.

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Week #2, Run #1

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Jun 032012

Today starts Week #2! Woot!

I thought about starting tomorrow, but the wife said she was looking forward to starting with me. So, today it is!

To my surprise, we were up and starting by 7:30 on a Sunday. I know, crazy talk to not sleep in a bit in a Sunday. We’re spiritual people, but just not religious, so as others are up and off to church, we’re up and off to run. Maybe a bit of self worship, eh? OK, maybe not…

For the first running day of the program, we decided to hit the trail that loops across the street. It’s relatively flat, and if the timing is right, we will start and end at our own driveway. Sure enough, it worked out pretty close. well, not exactly. See, the wife and I were chatting during the run, and I lost track of repeats. When it ended the 5th cycle, I somehow thought it was the 4th, so we started another lap on the trail. If I was in tune with the program, we would have timed out almost perfectly. So, we got a few minutes bonus time on the day.

Stats below. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Endomondo?

 Posted by at 9:39 am

Progress Report

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Jun 022012

OK, I know I didn’t get stats or photos before week one, but here are my stats after the first week.  And please – Don’t be a hater.  It’s tough jumping in front of the camera with nothing more than spandex between me and the lens…

My current weight is 179 lbs.  My gut is 38.5″.  My waist is 35.5″.  I did not measure any thing else, but I might do that once I start weight training in a few weeks.  Pics below.

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Week #1, Walk #4

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Jun 022012

This morning was my last walk of week one. I know now, that I could probably have skipped this week in the program because it really wasn’t that tough. After my walk on Wednesday, I contemplated jumping ahead to week 2, but after some thought I decided to keep to it, so that I could at least follow through with the program properly. I am kind of glad I did. I could truly tell a difference in my breathing after this walk compared to the first walk.

I do have to say though that when I am out on my walks (soon to be runs), I am a different person when I am with the wife. I tend to slow down when I am with her. I am 6′ tall, and she is 5′-3″ tall. I obviously have a much longer stride, and for every one step I take in fast walk mode, she is practically jogging to keep up. Today, I slowed up a bit for her sake. I would advise getting a walking/running partner that is somewhat equal to you in height and physical condition. If they are behind you all the time, you might tend to get frustrated at your partner. Or if you are the one behind, you might feel bad for slowing them up. Just something to think about.

Anyway, nothing too out of the ordinary on the walk this morning. I tried convincing the wife to go up the hill loop, and she wanted nothing to do with it. Oh well. Stats below.

 Posted by at 9:02 am

Week #1, Walk #3

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Jun 012012

OK. Something new today!

I decided to skip the trail across the street today and opted to go up and around the big block in my neighborhood. I had been thinking about hitting the loop for since the beginning walk, but I knew it would be a bit “more” of a walk than what we had been doing up to now. Man, was I right. The hill was a bit of a surprise. To my calves that is. I knew it was there, and I have walked it before without any problem. But I wasn’t FAST walking up it before. Man, what a difference.

When I got to the top and was walking along the long block across, a number of runners come up from behind me. A teenager, another guy a bit younger than myself and an older man. The older man cam trotting up and the sound gave me a start. He was seriously wheezing and i wasn’t sure he was going to make it much further, but he kept going until he was out of site. I guess that gave me a bit of inspiration – If he can do it, I can do it. And so can you!

Stats below. They are not complete, because my dumb-ass forgot to start Endomondo after starting my interval timer. I was able to track my progress through Google Maps to get the distance, and my interval timer gave me my time. It’s close enough for government work, eh?

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Week #1, Walk #2

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May 302012

Nothing too exciting about today’s walk. The wife was home today, so we walked this together. I was in the zone, and she wasn’t, so I ended up a good deal ahead of her.

As for the walk, I really feel I am beyond this level of exercise. I am not really winded when I get done, and I feel I can go much further. I don’t want to push too hard at first, because I want to create a positive mental image of exercising. Does that make sense? I have tried so many times to get healthy, and I end up overdoing it in the early stages because I see no progress. I end up over doing it just once, and it takes a few extra days to recover, and my mind is telling me No, don’t do it again. Then I have failed.

So, Stay positive! Don’t over do it! You can do it!

Stats below.

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Week #1, Walk #1

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May 282012

Today is the first official day of my 12 week beginners running program. Go back a few entries to see what it’s all about!

I know it is only walking, but it is ramped up walking, along with regular walking. If it were just regular walking, I could do a lot more than 20 minutes. But, as I am walking fast for 4 minutes, I seem to look forward to the walking regular minute. then again, I am seriously picking them up and putting them down. I think Endomondo had my top walking speed at 5.s miles an hour. It doesn’t sound fast, but that’s walking speed. I think I would have to be running, or at least jogging to get much faster than that.

The wife was out with me this a.m., and she tried to keep up and did a great job doing so. We joked about the difference in our leg length, and the difference in the workout that makes. It is pretty obvious that short people should work out with short people, and tall people the same.

Anyway, Endomondo allows me to link to stats, and it is pretty darn cool. I just wish I could get it to do interval timing as well.

 Posted by at 9:35 am

Mobile Apps and Trial Run

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May 272012

Well now – Here I am. About to start out on a new journey. A journey of fitness and improved health.

Yeah, that sounded lame. I am trying to sound interesting to you all, so you can return here to follow along with my fitness program. Seriously. I need the encouragement! I promise to return the favor and prompt you too…

Ok, now. I went out for a trial 20 minute walk today. I didn’t really want to count it as Day #1 of the program, because in my mind, I had it starting tomorrow, on Monday. Don’t ask me. I’m not sure why my mind said so. In all seriousness, I wanted to give a trial run (no pun intended) on the program, to see who I would feel doing so, as well as polish up on my App manipulation. The apps I am going to be using during the program are Endomondo, Pro and Interval Stopwatch. Both are available on Android, and if they are available there, I am sure they are available for th iPhone. I honestly wish that Endomondo would have the ability to have interval timing as well, because as it is now, I have to start Endomondo with a 10 second delay and then start the timer. The timer beeps at me at each shift in walk to run, and vice versa. it’s actually pretty sweet.

As for Endomondo, I started with the free version a few years ago, and at the time, it really met my needs as it was. Then, I did a few hikes with it last year, and there was a feature that was available with the pro version that I kind of needed. On long hikes, Endomondo, along with all the other apps on my phone drained my battery. I mean dead in 6 hours. The pro version allows it to reduce power consumption, while still tracking. That, along with deactivating a number of other apps on the phone, and I can push it longer than 8 hours now. Not bad for $3.99. Bonus for me, as I got it on sale for .99 cents!

Anyway, now I am rambling. First walking stats are posted below. Feel free to comment on my progress. I need the encouragement!

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May 252012

About a year ago, I had made the decision to get into shape.  I had been unemployed for 6 months ( stupid economy), and during that time, I dropped in weight from 227 down to about 205.  I attribute that weight loss to nothing more than not eating out for lunch, and cooking more dinners at home.  It’s quite amazing what can come from having to cut costs.  I had just turned 40, and although I was losing weight, I was certainly not in shape.  I doubt I could run more than a few minutes before passing out.

I first made the decision to get more hiking.    I had bought most all of the gear a number of years previous, but had never gotten out there.  Story of my life…  Anyway, after a number of hikes, I realized I would need to get into other forms of more strenuous activities if I truly wanted to drop the guy I was, and get into better shape.  I also realized that I was hiking for the pleasure of being in the outdoors, and the small fitness gain was just a bonus.  In all truthfulness, I would rather hike any day, but hiking was not getting me into the shape as I was targeting.

Along came the internet!  After doing a number of Google searches, I found a few beginner running programs that looked like they would mostly fit the bill.  The only problem with them, was I believe they were designed by in-shape people.  I was not one of them, and I knew if I started one of them, at age 40, I would certainly fail.  So, I took a few bullet points from a number of them and created my own – Designed by an out of shape 40 year old, to be used by out of shape 40 year olds.  OK, maybe not just out of shape 40 years olds, but you get the point.

So, here it is.  It’s pretty basic – You run/walk for 20 minutes, every other day for 12 weeks.  Each week you either drop your walk time or ramp up your run time, but still keeping it within the 20 minute window.  At the end of the 12 week program, you should be able to run 20 minutes without a problem.  Don’t get me wrong, this is all theoretical, but I am currently in week 2, and will see this through to the end.


And, as I am not a doctor, take this info for what it’s worth – I’m posting it for motivational purposes only.  See your own Doc before you go out and injure yourself by starting a new program…


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Healthy Living, for a better you…

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May 012012

Welcome to Healthy Living!  I hope you enjoy my posts on all things fitness and health.  I will blog, usually once a day, covering topics on running, hiking, exercise and even recipes from time to time.  I will also log my personal exercises and programs I am working on.  You also might see the occasional fitness book or cook book review for your reading pleasure.

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