Saturday, December 07, 2013
I usually run into a day like this once a month. The wife has to work a Saturday, and I spend the morning goofing off on the computer, watching you tube videos, and then trying to do something with my day. So here I am, typing away, and letting the WILD workout hairs come about. Went downstairs to throw a load of laundry in (yeah this guy does that) and did a little lifting downstairs. The plan is to get to the gym still for some stress relieving time in the steam room and then some more lifting. Later on I'll be doing some walking and running on the indoor track when I meet my wife up there after work. You would think that would be enough, right? WRONG! Not at least like the gears in this head keep spinning. It's been a couple weeks (I think) since I did an outside run, so before all this gets moving, I'll get moving outside for a quick 2 mile polar bear-like run (it's in the single digits or teens so why not.) I'll be honest here, usually I'm like this "do something everyday" person, but in the past couple of weeks I've lost a lot of that fire. So when the wild hairs grow, I just go. That's how it needs to be done. If you just think about what you want to do or how you feel and put it off, then you probably will lose that motivation and not do it. You have to treat stuff like that how the infomercials want you to. "ACT NOW FOR THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!"
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So I tried out the elevated (or raised) track at the new place we signed up at a couple times now. Yesterday I spent about an hour on it. I did a mile walk, then a mile run, then a half mile walk, and then a half mile run. Seems like the track runs wear me out faster than my outside runs. It could be the softer surface absorbing some of the energy on my footstrikes. It also could be the slight inward lean of the track. Another thing is that with being inside on a level surface, I'm able to just run quicker and more carefree too. I think they all are factors actually. What I REALLY like is being able to see my reflection on about half the track. It's not to be vain, it's because I'm big on seeing what's working and how it's working. At the other gym I go to weight train, I have mirrors everywhere and I like to see the muscles move and notice the differences over time in 3D. That was one of the big turnoffs with this new place with the weight lifting area (one wall of mirrors.) So as soon as I was able to see what I was doing while I was running, I WAS 100% BUY IN on signing up at the new place to run. I was proud at what I saw, and didn't really see too much to change either. I got a full view of myself from head to toe. Good lean through to whole run, but as I increased my speed I saw something much more substantial. I saw how I was increasing my lean forward as I lengthened my stride behind me. I also kicked up my legs more behind me when I was at full throttle. It's just really nice to see what I'm actually doing after working at this for so long. Feeling what you are doing does only so much as pictures only tell part of the story as well. SO I'M REALLY JACKED ABOUT GETTING BACK ON THAT TRACK AGAIN, and I haven't even done a long run (or even a 5K) yet.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I signed up at a local park district today to use their raised running track. It's a nice new facility, but I don't like it enough to leave the gym I've been a member to for about six years now. Not being a 24 facility made it a little of a challenge to squeeze into today (especially when an unexpected mishap happened at home) whereas the place doesn't have limited hours. There's also not enough mirrors to see what your doing, no steam room, and the equipment is too new and user friendly (meaning it's limited.) Crazy how I even missed the music playing in the background of what I have going on when I go. The nice thing is that this place has memberships just to use the track, and you still get towels and their high security lockers too. My wife walked on the track and even threw around the idea of giving runs another crack too (we shall see about that.) But I think for her it's more practical than the big gym as she just really goes through the motions there on the machines. Some these other places we looked at were really depressing looking and had layouts that made little sense. Why would you put cardio machines right next to a racketball court, and why would you put a running track (which was more just a painted circle) around a weight lifting area. And the prices for these places were higher than what I pay now with initiation fees on top of the monthly fees. CRAZY! Yeah so it was a real eye opener as to how spoiled we actually are. Plus it's kinda nice running into certain people at the gym, even though I don't work out with any of them. HERE'S THE REAL BONUS THOUGH. This year is almost up, and they bill for a whole year from the start of the year. So we pay a prorated rate (like $12) for us both until the end of the year. So it's like a trial for us. If it doesn't work out, we wont sign up for a new year. So we win either way.
So what's this do for me. Well I don't have to struggle with the limited winter breathing when I run (even though I still will do an outside cold run when I get the wild hair.) I also get to run on a flat rubberized surface so there's less impact, and I can crank the mileage up again too. There's also things I can work on too like increased paces, variable speed runs, forms, etc. I will definately need to bring the MP3 player though because there's not enough to look at to keep my interests. Also need to get some kind of counter too, because I'll be running around a track opposed to doing a route so I won't know how many miles I'm actually running. Looks pretty promising though!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
When someone comes up to me and asks me for help, I take it as a commitment. All of a sudden I feel like I'm like this team mate of theirs now. When they fail to follow through with what they say they are going to do, I feel like I got misled or lied to. What I fail to realize is that they might not actually be ready to make the necessary sacrifices to get to where they want to be. These changes take A LOT of time and effort. I think it took about a year for those changes to turn into my way of life. That year took a lot of focus and determination. I was strict and made sure this was the last attempt I would need. Maybe these people don't realize what's involved. You basically are abandoning your comfort zone. I'm primarily talking about dietary changes, but exercise is also a type of evolution too of a person. I had to make a real conscious effort to get downstairs on my glider every night for a minimum of 20 minutes, and it was BORING! I stuck with it though because I was determined to change. Since then I've widened my range of physical activity with weight training and running. Sometimes what I do is for appearance, sometimes it's a goal I've set, and other times what I do just makes me feel good. Like I said though, this takes a lot of time. I have talked about this process before. You are motivated to get results, and then the results motivate you. If one doesn't stay the coarse, if they are not in it for the long haul, then they will more than likely fail. It's irritating for me to see these people go through their cycles like they are stuck inside of a revolving door. They get these new resolutions and wild hairs, and then they give up because it's too much work or they are tired of feeling uncomfortable. That's not commitment. That's more like a lie. It's like getting into a relationship and cheating on someone after you committed to them or getting a job and not doing the job. That's how it feels at least. The funny thing is that I don't have a problem with people that are out of shape as long as they are happy doing their thing. It's the ones that draw me in and don't follow through with their aspirations. Then it's like insult to injury to see them repeat their behaviors and go back to their former ways right in front of you. Yeah, I take it personally. They are quitting the team.
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