Not easy

I did not expect today's run to be easy, however I did not expect my knees to hurt so much after. I needed ice. In spite of this, I managed to get at least close to goal. I had some trouble with the stopwatch function on my iPod, but I did manage to record the last two laps.
When I compare them to Saturday's run:

mile 1: 6:54
mile 2: 7:29
mile 3: 7:46
total: 22:09
mile 1: unknown
mile 2: 7:16
mile 3: 7:43
total: ??:??

It looks like I managed to hold near 22 minutes. Yay!
Afterwards I did my 100 pushups and tried bicycle crunches. I stopped at 60, then I finished the last 40. They were very good but seemed to target the middle 4 abs. I need to focus on the bottom two and the obliques.

Now for dinner and a bowl of ice cream as a reward for the hard work!


New Goal Reached

I can't even believe it. I ran today after work and reached my new goal.

mile 1: 6:48
mile 2: 7:08
mile 3: 7:05
Total: 21:02


New goal 20 minutes. I am not planning on reaching that goal on Wednesday, but I will run.



I reached my goal today!
mile 1: 6:54
mile 2: 7:29
mile 3: 7:46
total: 22:09

I finally took that spare 30 seconds off. I think it may have cost me a sunburn on my shoulders (yes I used sunscreen), though I was aiming to tan my chest and abs.

My new goal is 21 minutes.


2 day break after 12 hour fast

On Wednesday I had blood work done, for my new doctor. That means I needed to fast for 12 hours before going. I did my workout Tuesday morning, had an unfortunate dinner (it didn't reheat well) around 4pm and then worked on techniques until class. By the time class was over, it was past the 12 hour cutoff point. Likely I ended up fasting for about 17 hours. e-gads!
Anyway I did not work out on Wednesday, nor Thursday morning, nor Thursday evening. I did not workout this morning either. However I did workout this afternoon! Yay!

Back on track!


Still on track

100 pushups, 100 crunches, 50 squats (plus 37lbs), 50 pushups, 200 side crunches, 50 diamond pushups. arm workout (increased weight to 15lbs a week ago, brought reps back up to 20 yesterday on everything but the bicep curls, which are up at 22lbs anyway).

200 pushups, 300 crunches. Not a bad day =)


Step Exam

I had my step exam Tuesday night. I practiced and practiced and practiced and I was totally ready when I got there. My techniques were good, but left me exhausted before running my form. Fortunately, everyone had to run their forms first, so I had time to wipe the sweat from my face and catch my breath. I ran that form harder than I've ever run it. I made small fatigue related errors, my targeting was not perfect, my timing was ever so slightly off in a couple of places. Mr. Kimball pulled me aside and said "I couldn't have run that form any better myself" I felt amazing. Mr. Kimball does not give out praise lightly.

I passed with flying colors. I'm totally proud of myself!


Back on track

I've done 100 pushups and 100 crunches every morning this week. I'm on day 6. It takes 21 days to start a habit. That gives me about 2 more weeks.

This morning I ran my 3 miles in 22:38, then did 100 pushups, 100 crunches, pushed weights, then did 200 side crunches and another 50 pushups.

I also just bought a (RED) iPod Nano. It's my new second favorite toy, after my MacBook.

Time to shower and teach!



I haven't posted in a while. Much has changed. I've been fighting inner demons, which has been a tremendous struggle. I cut my hair, which you could tell from the last picture I posted of myself.

This picture is me lifting 30lbs with my triceps. I just ran my 3 miles in 22:19. that's 19 seconds longer than I wanted, however I believe I'm actually running 3 miles now, instead of 2.6 or so.

Now that I've rested a bit, it's time for my pushups, crunches, squats, and weights. I have a new barbell, though I need more weights for it, and I'm still itching for a pull-up bar.