Monthly Archives: November 2012

Workout for Tuesday, 20 November

Long intervals today; 2 x 1600m with 400m recovery intervals.  Workout felt good and I enjoyed it but it shows me that I’ve got a LONG way to go to get down to the pace I need to be running for my goal.  Trust the process.

Gear note: I used a Spibelt today for the first time.  It was a birthday present (thanks Mom!) and I tried it out with my iPhone and house key in it.  It worked well.  It was comfortable and secure.  I was more aware of it than I hoped but I think that asking it to carry an iPhone (which is ridiculously heavy for its size and the century it exists in; get a clue Apple) was a little much.  It would be perfect with an iPod nano and/or a couple gels which is what I intend for it in the future.

The numbers:

I missed two workouts

My third PU/SU workout this past week (which should have been on either Saturday) and my scheduled run – 10 miles on Sunday.

Believe it or not, despite my lack of public accountability I have executed (or wholeheartedly attempted to execute, more on that later) every workout on my schedule.  Until this weekend.  Part of it was laziness.  Part of it was a lack of motivation.  Part of it was poor mental attitude.  Part of it was self-pity due to work induced stress.  

But another part was conscious decision on my part to prioritize another scheduled activity that was part of another, higher priority in my life than even the 375 CPFT.  So, yes, I am disappointed that I missed these workouts.  I am disappointed that I succumbed to laziness and lack of motivation.  I am even more disappointed that I am losing out on the benefits of these skipped workouts, especially the 10-mile run which is a critical component of the run program I’m on and would have been a true physical challenge (no like the ones on Double Dare, you old bastards).

But I’m not beating myself up about it and I’m not going down the slippery slope of “oh well, I’m off schedule now, might as well …”.  Tonight I got right back on schedule with my planned PU/SU workout and I’m already planning for and looking forward to tomorrow’s 2 x 1600m.

Tonight’s workout:

(2 minutes push-ups, 2 minutes rest) x 1

(1 minute push-ups, 1 minute rest) x 2

(30 seconds push-ups, 30 seconds rest) x 2

Repeat for sit-ups.

No, I still did not record the numbers.  Starting with my workout on Wednesday I am going to video myself and then watch it back later to get incontrovertible rep counts that I can use to push myself to work harder.  You can’t control what you can’t (or don’t) count.

Here’s to not going down the slippery slope.

Workout for Friday, 2 November

No, I’m not traveling back in time.  I debated just picking back up with my current workouts, but I decided to go ahead and back post the good, the bad and the ugly so that on the off chance that someone other than me comes to look at this there is a complete – if eclectic – record of what I did.

This series of posts won’t be scintillating in terms of content, in fact they’ll probably be really short and boring, but for the important bits (good workouts, missed workouts, alien invasions, etc.) I’ll try to muster some commentary.

I also did a PU/SU workout today, but I didn’t write it down and have no idea what I did. But I did it.  I know that much.

Workout for Wednesday, 31 October

Short fast push-up/sit-up workout tonight.  And while I absolutely promise that I really did write down the numbers for my push-up and sit-up sets – because you can’t control what you don’t measure – I lost the data between last night and tonight.  So I gotta work on that.

Moving on …

Forty minutes on the bike instead of a 4-mile easy run.  I’m replacing my Wednesday easy runs with cross training to reduce the wear and tear on my old, brittle joints and connective tissue.  I’m still going to do the Friday runs because those go into a rest day on Saturday and so shouldn’t be too bad.