Day 14 #100DaysofFitness

Yeah i’m into fitness, fitness blog update into my schedule.

Admittedly it isn’t as snazzy or clever as the photo but hey, I’m on day 14, that means two whole weeks of working out and finding the time to do it. I was thinking about time recently, specifically the time I spend in the morning with this new workout routine. My morning schedule is:

0535 First wake up alarm
0535 – Snooze
0540 – Second alarm, actually wake up get moving
0550 – complete morning activities (bathroom) begin stretching and general wakefulness
0600- head downstairs, prep for workout with any light drink of water or beet juice as needed, turn on light/treadmill
0610 – get to running
0640- stop running, change and head upstairs to shower
0700- complete shower, get dressed head to work

So, its basically an hour and a half where previously it was only an hour. I was moving slow and taking my time, maybe having breakfast or catching a bit of news. To be honest I much prefer this routine, I feel like I get to work ready to go and that I have built up some momentum. I feel energized and I don’t know if there is science to back me up on this but I get hungry earlier so I think that my metabolism is kicked up a notch by working out in the mornings.

Beyond just the time that is represented by my morning schedule I have been considering the time I spend doing other things, blogging, working, spending time with family etc. Currently time is a premium luxury for me and it is hard too hard for me to justify wasting it. I am glad I started this running thing because I think it has helped me to put some things into perspective and help me clear my mind. The “big picture” as the say is forming more clearly in my mind and I know that I have several things I need to accomplish to keep myself on track to accomplish my goals.

Among those goals preparedness is high. There is a good blog out there titles Knowledge Weighs Nothing. I have always liked that saying and am glad someone has picked it as the title of their blog. Knowledge is one thing that you can take with you wherever you go and no one can take it away form you. Knowledge does deteriorate over time so like anything else it needs to be replenished, reinforced, and restored over time. I consider fitness to be similar in that respect. You take your personal fitness with you wherever you go and it too deteriorates over time.

Stats

Run time: 30min
Distance: 3.31 miles
Calories burned 351
Average speed: 6.6 MPH

Day 12 #100DaysofFitness

Refreshed, ready, resilient.

Day 12 and I feel good about the run. I woke up ready to take on the day and ready for the challenges ahead. I drank some beet juice with B12 and did some stretching before jumping on the treadmill. I didn’t do a separate warm up so the 30 minutes is the full warm up and cool down but only made it 3.18 miles. During that time I did run at a pretty steady 7.5 miles per hour for a good portion of the time so that was pretty good. I got up to 10 MPH for almost a quarter mile, which I think is a good goal for this week, to be able to sustain 10 mph for .25 miles or more. I may start using the interval training on the treadmill to see if that is helpful.

Refreshed, Ready, Resilient is more than a tag line for this blog post, its a sort of mantra. To be refreshed you have to make sure that you are able to plan for rest and recovery time. To be ready you should be refreshed and prepared. Ready is a state of mind as well as having the right tools, you can have all of the tools in the world but they won’t do you any good if you are not ready. Ready to use them, ready to learn about them, ready to practice with them. Resilience is defined as the ability to withstand harsh conditions and it partially goes back to the state of mind. Resilience can be improved over time. By getting your physical form into better shape will make it more resilient. It is the combination of the mind and body being prepared and ready that makes one resilient. Just as resilience can increase it can also decrease over time. The ravages of age as well as poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of variety and reduced mental stimulation are some of the factors that can decrease your resilience.

As you may be able to tell by the photos my treadmill has an incline feature. If I get up to 4 miles in 30 minutes consistently I will increase the incline and every time I get my distance back to 4 miles in 30 minutes I will increase the incline by another notch.

To be able to run 4 miles in 30 minutes would mean that i would be running an average of 8 mph, I think that is a reasonable stretch goal and one that is within reach. If I ran at 8 mph per hour on average I should be able to run 3 miles in 22 minutes and 30 seconds. This is pretty close to my run time when I was actually I the service.

 

Day 11 #100DaysofFitness

Quick update, I ran outside, in the cold, not on a treadmill today. I do not know how much running I did or how far I went, I was running around filming some scenes in the woods. If you can believe those step counters that are baked into the phone it says I went 3.33 miles today. I am going to record today as 3.0 miles flat and hit the treadmill hard tomorrow morning.