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Documenting My Fitness and Running Progress So Far

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t remember exactly WHEN I started this focused fitness regimen.

I mean, the earliest post I could find of me “getting back into it” was in November just before Thanksgiving. I guess, I must’ve been thinking that since it was close to Thanksgiving (and knowing how we tend to overindulge on that day), I should get back into working out.

I’d been focused on trying to eat a healthy diet, but not the physical fitness part, which according to Jack LaLanne is the number 1 priority, even above a healthy diet (although a healthy diet of wholesome foods is important too).

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Documenting My Progress

In my post, “Healthy Activities: I’ve Been a Miner for some ABs of Gold”, dated November 24, 2010, I mentioned that I had embarked on a journey back into physical fitness with workouts in three areas:

  • Walking/Running
  • Weight Resistance Training
  • Yoga

I’ll be honest with you. The Yoga part hasn’t been very successful. But I’m trying to work that in. Right now running and weight training are the dominant workouts.

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Random Notes

  • I have to realize that I’m also practicing piano, and practicing drumming. Plus whatever gigs I am doing during the week should also be included as a type of workout, being that it requires physical stamina, endurance, etc.
  • Here’s a post from last year, October 2009, in which I was documenting similar training/running! I’d been going through the same thing I am going through now! But why did I somehow falter? I’ll have to look for the post, but I think I tweaked my knee or I was having some calf muscle problems. I mention the same things about skipping days to recover, and walking to warm up, and to train and not strain… Honestly, I think I am having more success this time around.
  • On December 11, 2010, I documented that I was running and walking, alternating short runs and when I was tired I’d walk. I noticed that whenever I do several short runs alternating with rest walking, I’d do a faster workout. A longer continuous run would feel good, but it would generally be slower.
  • In a post dated December 15, 2010, I mentioned the FIRST training program for runners, which actually stresses only 3 runs a week. At that point, I was really into running but I noted that my calf muscles and knees were sore, so I vowed to do about 3-4 runs a week, and definitely run every other day, making sure I have at least one day of rest. I think this system is working and I am making progress.
  • I am focusing on running as a form of meditation, just like mindful walking is meditation for Buddhists. Perhaps I should call my running style “mindful running”?
  • A few days before Christmas I was able to run non-stop for 3.5 miles. This was a milestone for me because it had literally been decades since I remember running that far. And remember, I ran a half marathon at age 28, just before my first son was born. I remember savoring this acomplishment.
  • On my run around the lake on Christmas Day, I was able to run 4.25 miles non-stop and for the very first time I documented that I was even more in a meditational state and runner’s high while doing it.
  • After Christmas I was thinking of settling on a basic 4 mile running plan. That week, I remember that I kind of overdid it. And I backed off of this regular plan and ran how I felt each day. I’m feeling confident right now, that I could see myself settling on 3 and 4 mile runs throughout the week, build endurance for the next 6 months.
  • Around New Year’s Eve I remember running almost every day for a week. By the first week of 2011 I was feeling soreness again in my calf muscles and knees, specifically my right knee. I was running 4 mile runs but they were taking their toll on me.
  • First week of 2011, I was focusing on rest days. And splitting my running mileage again.
  • And today? My last two runs were successful at 3 and 4 miles each. I’m not feeling any calf muscle tightness or tweaked knees right now. Because I am a drummer, I need to plan my runs and workouts more carefully around my gigs, so I don’t overdo it.
  • I will respect the “rest day”.


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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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