Vision: To live a healthy life, which means looking and functioning like a healthy person.
Vague, I know, but this is what visions are for...
Mission: To get better at running without killing myself.
My progress over the years has been slow and somewhat regressive at times. I don't feel too bad, as I did PR within the past six months, so I know I'm on the right trajectory.
- Short-term: PR at my next marathon (as of today, I have about 5 months)
- Mid-term: do my 10th marathon in 2011 (currently 6/10 and will be 7/10 year-end)
- Long-term: not sure yet, but I want to see real improvement over time
Intermediate Steps to Goals:
- Get used to running again injury-free (note: haven't been able to do this since February)
- Increase speed (slowly so that I don't incur anymore injuries)
- Maintain other fitness, especially core and flexibility
- Follow a marathon training program
(I chose Hal Higdon's Novice 2 since I know anything more will burn me out; Training Commences July 12!!)
- Keep focused, which blogging can help with...
- Eat right
- I have decided not to give blood this month as planned, which was tough; will re-evaluate later
I know that these are lofty goals, but I keep thinking that if others can do it, so can I! I know that I have the ability to do better... I just need to make sure that I stay healthy and get my training done. Life also gets in the way oftentimes, but I really just need to take everything in stride and stay focused on my goals. And I also know that I lack natural athletic ability, though I can work on that. If nothing else, I'll do as they say -- "fake it until you make it"!
This Week's Workouts:
The workouts will be slow-going for a while as I continue to get used to running without pain again. "The Ukrainian" is keeping me accountable for not trying to make huge gains all at once.
In general, I don't plan on doing any real mileage this week and will run slowly as I try to incorporate ChiRunning into my form.
Sunday - rest
Monday - 15 min pilates, 3.1 mi @6.2 mph, 30 min stationary bike @3.5 resistance, 15 min stretching
This sounds easy, but my legs felt soooooo heavy! I want to do more this week in terms of running, but I know I gotta get back into it slowly.
Tuesday - 15 min pilates, 3.1 mi @6.2-6.3, 45 min/3x14 stations FitMoves circuits, 10 min s. bike @3.5 r
Some FitMoves moves included: chest flye, push-ups, incline pull, get up & slam, Romanian deadlift, split squat jump, v-ups, skaters w/cones, slams, mountain climbers, back extensions, wall balls, kettlebell deadlift, jump pull-up
Wednesday - 3.1 mi @6.2-6.3, 10 min s.b. @4 resistance, 20 min elliptical w/bars @6, The Stick on the legs, 20 min backbend yoga with Rodney Yee
So I finally bought a yoga DVD and found my first real yoga experience to be actually quite good. I could not do some of the moves as perfectly as I'd like (the perfectionist in me squirmed), and at some points, I was struggling, but after all was said and done, I feel that was a 20 minutes well-spent. Once I do all the five workouts on the DVD, I will write up a review.
Thursday - 3.1 mi @6.3, 15 min cycling @3, 10 min elliptical w/bars @6, 10x3 reps of standing crunch, pull-up, tricep dip @14 assistance, 20 min standing pose yoga
Friday - 3.1 mi @6.3, 16x3 FitMoves stations
FitMoves circuit included: ball slam, mountain climbers, incline pull, push-up w/knee tucks, squat jumps, ball leg curl, v-ups, jump pull-up, skaters w/cones, burpee, squat to overhead press, wall sit, kettlebell deadlift, medicine ball side lunge to overhead, weighted lunge, Bosu ball ab twist
Saturday - 3.1 mi outside, a lot of walking; 20 min twist yoga
Weekly Mileage: 18.6