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:
- Weight Resistance Training
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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- 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”.