Monday brought many things:
- beginning of the work week
- snow, more snow, and snow blowing around in the wind
- bad drivers driving in snow
- ‘check engine light’ stopping for a visit
- death to my bluetooth 😦
- a phone call long overdue 🙂
It also brought the official beginning of my training for the half-marathon. Thanks to Katie for allowing me to come over and work out with her at her apartment’s facility. There isn’t much to highlight here; just 10 minutes of running, some leg work, and some back work. This is still considered phase one: get the rust out, which will last at least another couple weeks. It felt really good to get a quick run in and get some weight work in; I anticipate being very sore. Thursday will be workout number two.
Recently, I’ve had some alone time to just sit down, and think about things happening to me, around me. It has led me to feel confident in saying that there’s the potential for some very good things to happen relatively soon in my life, more than what’s already going on. It’s an exciting time for me, and I hope for others as well. There are a couple specific situations I am really hoping work out how I want them to. There are others that I’m not sure what direction I want them to go, or know how they’ll go. Uncertainty is tough to deal with; in these cases, it’s a blessing I have these troubles. There are only three things I really want to happen in the next month: make steady progress with the fitness & training, ________, and ________.
I can’t share everything in my life with everyone via the blog. Consider this a little teaser. If you’re interested, you know how to get a hold of me 🙂
One of the more important ’09 resolutions/goals was to improve my health. One of the obvious ways to do that is to start exercising. Let me give you a brief background on how I’ve done in recent memory with working out:
- bought a one-year membership to Bally’s Total Fitness after graduating college; never used it
- broke my wrist and had surgery, effectively ending my 2008 athletic season; that didn’t help things
- I went up the stairs in the River Centre on Saturday before the Minnesota Wild game; I was thoroughly winded.
Pathetic. That is the one word that describes my workout ethic in the last 17 months. I’m honestly surprised I don’t look like this. Because I don’t, I have a chance to get back to where I’ve been before a few times. I don’t doubt that I can get there, it’s about maintaining and improving.
Last night, I tried to go to bed early: fail. To get myself tired, I figured a few push-ups and sit-ups would do a body good. I did 20 sit-ups, and 16 push-ups, all 20 and 16 were a complete struggle. I don’t mind that I can only do 20 and 16, it’s just a reminder of how far off I am. I plan on doing at least X sit-ups and X push-ups every night and/or morning. I don’t want to join a gym until I’m much further along in this process, plus, I don’t want to be at any gym during January and February with all of those people that have ‘getting in shape’ as a New Years resolution; it makes the gym too crowded. You do get to see who will make it and who won’t.
There’s another reason why I want to get in better shape. Sometimes, to motivate people, you need to put something on the line. Since improving my health for the short and long term wasn’t enough, my friend Brian thought of a good idea: sign up for a race. 5k? 10k? Half-marathon? Of course, there would have to be a wager to make it competitive versus each other; that has yet to be determined. Brian sent me an email with a link to the Minneapolis Marathon, which has a half-marathon and a 5K, on May 31, a day before my birthday. What a birthday present to give myself; finishing my first race, and to beat Brian in whatever wager we have. Whenever I’ve been in top shape, I’ve despised running with a passion. Since I’ve posted this, consider this to be my way of saying ‘yes, I’ll run in a race with you on May 31.’
Here are some questions for you:
- How many of you have ‘getting in shape’ as your resolution?
- Did you join a gym?
- What workout(s) do you do or are planning on doing?
- For someone who’s never trained for a race of any size, what kind of training regimen do you recommend?
Wish me luck, here goes workout #2.