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Preliminary training complete! August 25, 2006

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August 22, 2006 Preliminary training is complete! Let the marathon training begin!  Ok last week marked the completion of the preliminary training, what I like to refer to as my “fat ex-smoker guy that hasn’t gotten up from his desk in ten years and is trying to get into shape” training. In all seriousness it is necessary for non-runners to do the preliminary training. There is no way that individual’s that are not exercising are going to get up and run week one of the marathon training which consist of four days 3,4,3 then 5 Miles. Three and four miles now I can do. But I started this project in the end of June, quit smoking in July and here I am in August running 4 miles. I do not suspect that the 5 mile run will be too difficult. I feel confident that I will complete this week without too much hassle.  

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Busting the four mile mark wide open! – August 16, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Piece of cake! here I come five! Well let’s not get carried away.  It was a great workout today, four miles did not feel hard at all. Here are the details.

On the “how hard did I feel I pushed it scale” – I give it a 4. (sorta hard)

Heart Rate is right were it should be at 167. It took me 50:24 mins to run 4.051 miles. For those of you doing the math that’s an average of 12:26 mins per mile.  That’s ok.. actually that’s not too shabby for an aging overweight guy. 

A Chinese proverb states “The person who removes a mountain begins carrying away small stones.”

Today’s goal was four miles. Completed in good time. The required training for this stage is 30 mins of run. Requirement exceeded. Exceeded comfortably I may add.  That is important to note considering pushing too hard can result in injury.

A sense of pride fills me today completing my first four mile run in what is I am sure to be 13 to 14 years. Today my wife and I learned the sex of our unborn child. And although it was nice to hear what we are having, and we played like children discussing names and coming up with a few we would never actually consider naming our child, it was always the nicest to see positive growth developing. Seventeen weeks into the pregnancy and we are counting five fingers, looking at our child’s spine, heart, kidneys, etc etc. Seeing God’s miracle in action, this perfect baby developing in her mother’s womb. What a blessing to know so early in that development is occuring properly and that she is growing.

A Blessed day indeed!

WTF Already – August 15, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Another day another run.  I can feel that progress is in the works. I ran 3.14 miles today and averaged 11:24 a mile. Not bad for an old man. Especially considering that I quit smoking on July 4th. Interesting thought.. how ironic, I quit smoking on Independence Day. My Independence Day. It is a nice thought to think that a day that I am proud of, our American Independence is also my personal independence from smoking. Although, I still occasionally think maybe I could just stop at that gas station and buy a pack. I would be giving up my freedom and returning to the chains that smoking bound me to. I saw my doctor just the other day. The annual check up. Actually it was to get a Rx but they wouldn’t let me out of there without him checking my asdfl;kj for lkjasdasf.  if ya know what I mean.  At least I am not at the age yet where I have to have him check my isfwklwher.  When I hit that age I will avoid the doctor all together. Of course he danced around the room when he heard me tell him I was a quitter. Then to tell him that I rarely drink soda and am down to a cup of coffee a day he jumped for joy.  He was glad that I would not be a patient that he would have on oxygen in their 50s. Apparently most his smokers are.. or at least that was the impression I got.  Anyway I hope he was excited for me, or for himself not having a PITA patient and that he was NOT happy that he just got done checking my asfduw for asfdye.

The scheduled training starts next week. I can say that I am completely satisified with the pre-training and ready to hit the road. I will take this week to push just a little harder. tomorrow 4 (or more) miles. I will let ya know how it goes. Next week is the first 3-4-3-5 week. Those number in miles of course. enough ranting for now…

Deeeeeoooo DeeeeAaaaa DeeeeAaaaO DeeeOooo DeeeAaaa DeeeAaaaO

August 6, 2006 August 25, 2006

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I am changing this around a little bit. Since the first month of this whole project was quiet interesting involving the cigarette withdrawals, going from sitting on my butt to actually getting some exercise etc. I am now going to complete these blogs when I have something interesting to say. I am keeping a separate private journal with my run routes etc on in it. If your a friend and would like to see the run routes let me know and I will grant you access to them. If your a psycho serial killer sorry you cant know where I am running to pick me off for your own lame ass enjoyment.

So I am kinda in this state of asking myself if I can seriously get in enough shape to complete a marathon and telling myself I can do it considering I only quit the cigarettes and started exercise four weeks ago.

The details of the run will now be left out since I am sure people do not care how much effort I feel I put into a run or the time duration, calories burned etc etc. Thus far in this training program I have been completing the “Preliminary Training” The training before the training if you will.  This is specific training for people like myself – non-runners.  well non-runners who are also non-smokers. I should have checked with a doctor first and may just get around to it prior to me completing the marathon, as to whether or not I should train for a marathon. In any event I am not going to really care what he says. I finally got to a cup of coffee a day, quit smoking and I can count the sodas I have had in the past month on one hand. As far as I am concerned, I friggen deserve to start and finish that marathon, if I have a heart attack doing so.. well… great hope there’s someone around to get my dumb ass to the hospital 😀

On to how the run went today… I decided to push it a little further. I have been getting down on myself lately in this pre-training of the training for the training, currently at the 25 mins of run followed by 5 mins of walk week of the pre-training training. (got enough pre’s and trainings in there for ya?) anyway it amounts to 2.11 miles in 25 mins. That’s pretty damn slow.  I haven’t ran in years but when I did it was like 7 min miles. and I really didnt like running… AT ALL.  so I said to myself “self, lets run three, forget time, forget pace, shut up, jog, listen, enjoy and jog all three miles.” So, http://www.g-map.peometer.com and get  myself a route. It’s really a pretty kewl site for anyone walking, jogging etc to determine your distances. So I come up with a route and it is 3.2554 miles. Just over 3 1/4 miles. Jog it. All of it.. dont walk dont stop. 15 min mile average. SSSSSSllllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Wow I should be running that in half the time… Or should I .. I am 34, 175 lbs (haven’t lost a pound yet btw. The pot belly is 35 lbs of it.) I just quit smoking 33 days ago. Haven’t had any exercise beside curling the occasional 16oz beer, and packing a pack of Marlboro lights in ten years. I have till December to lose the weight, double the pace and octiplate (is that a word? it is now.. like triple.. times 3 but octipate.. times 8 .. see that I am so kewl that i can make this shit up as i go along) 😉

so… blog, babble at this point huh.  I am confused am I doing well or am I gonna fall apart and have a heart attack on this marathon come December….  

I have to complete it now.. or die trying.. I won’t hear “I knew you couldn’t do it”

August 1, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Another new week, this time the run is shorter. Ok I am just going to go along with the training program but last week I was running more. Comming up on a month smoke free. whoopy do. I still want a cig every once and a while. I haven’t lost any weight yet. I still qualify as fat errr.. I mean over weight. whatever verbage you use it all comes down to me not liking what I see therefor it has to go.

 

Heart Rate: 169

RPE: 5

Calories: 508

July 26, 2006 August 25, 2006

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kinda wanted a cigarette today..  22 days into being smoke free. Why did I want one? Just an excuse to smoke coming through I guess.  Its an interesting feeling, knowing I am no longer addicted to nicotine, the habit should be gone, but yet I found myself craving one. Maybe I will always be addicted to the nicotine. I just have to refuse to give in. I have a full untouched box of Sosa Governor cigars in my humidor waiting to be cracked and smoked. I am not sure if I will ever smoke them. A good friend gave them to me as a gift recently. Very thoughtful of him it was, even though they arrived just a few days into my giving up the cigarettes. I have not smoked a cigar since either. I can say I am not ready to try smoking a cigar yet. I dont want to fall back in to the cigarette habit so think it may be best to stay away from cigars for the time being. Now for those of you keeping track. 23 days since my last drink. I got some beer in the fridge.. wow its like 2-3 months old… I wonder how long it will keep. Anyone got any idea how long it keeps shoot me an email. 

 

Heart Rate: 166

RPE: 4.5

Calories: 799

July 25, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Time stepped up today.  Had a really good workout due to most of it was uphill. So I decided to track the calories thing… see if it will mean anything or not.  

 

Calories Burned: 855 (during the run time and how the hell do they calculate that?)

Heart Rate: 174

RPE: 5

July 23, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Interesting workout today.  Maybe I need to look back through my journal and determine what runs were early morning and evenings.  I ran in the early morning hours and i had to work noticeably harder to get my heart rate up to zone 4 and keep it there.

It was a good run but a hard one today that is for sure. Still dealing with the occasional desires to smoke. Which is interesting consider the addiction is long gone. I assume it is fifteen plus years of telling myself that the empty feeling in my mouth was needing a cigarette there. Well mouth I don’t so deal with it. 

 

I’ve started doing a little research as well into dietary supplements to drop some of this weight quickly while training. In addition to integrating some sort of protein/carbo drink for muscle recovery/repair. Try to find the right combination of hydro and recovery drink. 

 

Heart Rate: 160

RPE: 5

July 21, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Good workout today. I didn’t wear the knee braces today and hardly iced my knees after the run.  The glocomosicasicnfasdgghwearsdfasldfkjasdfl;kjain stuff along with the leg lifts to strengthen them is really helping out.

 

I can feel the distance getting further and pace getting a little faster. I can do this… I am actually training for a marathon!

 

I did have some smart kid honk his horn at me while running this evening. Upon yelling a couple choice words to him and inviting him to turn around and come “talk” to me it was notable that he thought about it then considered the pounding he was going to receive for wanting to play that game with daddy. Needless to say he drove away before I caught up to him. Good Boy! You didnt get slapped around by an old fat guy!

 

RPE: 4.5

Heart Rate: 169

 

Rate at time of preparedness for whoopin some kids butt… 181 (yes I looked at the monitor, I picked up the pace to catch up to him LOL)

July 19, 2006 August 25, 2006

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Got the hang of the heart rate monitor today.  It was a pretty smooth run.  So if I get it right I had an average heart rate of 173 peakof 183 and burned about 600 calories.  not very many calories considering what I had to go through to burn them.. matter of fact I think I burn more calories then that just taking a dump.

 

The smoking thing.. passed two weeks smoke free on the 18th. I think about it every once in a while. But I think about it how it wouldtaste like poo cause I’ve been smoke free for this long. I don’t like poo. I don’t wanna eat poo. No poo.

 

So I am still doing this “pre-training” training. The before the training training that preps you for the training so you don’t have a heart attack while doing the actual training… which is good I guess considering that hill got my heart rate up to 183.  220-34 = 186 (This is my Estimated Maximal Heart Rate) so I think my maximal heart rate may be a little higher then the estimated.  At any rate I try to keep it between 167 – 178 that gives me a good sweat and makes the knees hurt.

 

On a side note I had some real encouragement from a couple of friends this week. One who expressed that he is more an expert of marathon training then the doctors who wrote the training material I am reading. Yeah I appreciate your input however if you know so much about training why aren’t you doing THAT for a living… Everyone is an arm chair quarterback and has advice for you. However non are the actual professional. The other positive encouragement was from a friend who upon complaining about himself went out and spent a grip on an exercise machine, after his encouragement I wonder just how much usage that machine is getting.  He decided to criticize me for not eating shit for breakfast. “What are you eating Fruit! Yogurt!” “Ugh”… Well thanks pal you continue to get wider and complain about your lack of energy etc etc etc… Go ahead have another helping of grease! I just can’t do that crap to myself anymore. 

 

Needless to say although these two (who truly are friends, and dear to me at that) were sent by satan to hinder my progress. Or… Sent by God knowing I would use their negative comments as fuel to complete that 26.2 mile commitment. Makes ya think doesn’t it?

 

RPE 4