C25K Week 2 Day 1

I actually hit the gym at about 12:30 AM Tuesday morning as Monday morning I was busy with other things and I’m still trying to get my three workouts in despite my going out of town Friday morning. Thus, I plan to go back Wednesday morning around 10 AM as normal, then again at 12:30 AM Friday morning after my Thursday shift is over. This will give me 30-36 hours or so between workouts, not what I would normally do, but hey, it’ll work.Stats from my latest run:0.00-5.00 – 3.5 mph5.00-6.30 – 5.5 mph6.30-8.30 – 3.5 mph8.30-10.00 – 5.5 mph10.00-12.00 – 3.5 mph12.00-13.30 – 5.5 mph13.30-15.30 – 3.5 mph15.30-17.00 – 5.5 mph17.00-19.00 – 3.5 mph19.00-20.30 – 5.5 mph20.30-22.30 – 3.5 mph22.30-24.00 – 5.5 mph24.00-26.00 – 3.5 mph26.00-31.00 – 3.0 mphTotal distance, 2.06 miles, a 15:02 pace. I plan to up the jogging speeds to 5.7 on my next workout, then … Keep reading!

C25K Week 1 Day 3

After a refreshing Men and Boys Prayer Breakfast at church, I hit the gym, which is conveniently located practically just across the street from the church. I also found out that the 5K at the Bible college in Ankeny is held in the Fall, so I have plenty of time to get ready.I really enjoy that there are generally not very many people at the gym when I go. I don’t have to wait for equipment, and I don’t feel bad if I use the treadmill for longer than 30 minutes (the suggested time limit at every gym I’ve used otherwise). Here are my stats for today: 0.00-5.00 – 3.5 mph 5.00-6.00 – 6.0 mph 6.00-7.30 – 3.5 mph 7.30-8.30 – 6.0 mph 8.30-10.00 – 3.5 mph 10.00-11.00 – 6.0 mph 11.00-12.30 – 3.5 mph 12.30-13.30 – 6.0 mph 13.30-15.00 – 3.5 mph 15.00-16.00 – 6.0 mph 16.00-17.30 – 3.5 … Keep reading!

C25K Week 1 Day 2

Week One, Day Two, of the C25K program completed. I’m feeling quite good at the moment, and probably could have pushed myself a little harder during the workout today, but I was doing some reading last night about training to run on treadmills and a piece of advice was that if you are capable of running slower, then you are running too fast. Another tidbit was that speed comes with time. As such, I backed off on the speed a little bit compared to Tuesday. I don’t want to overdo it at this point. Here are my stats for today: 0.00-5.00 – 3.5 mph 5.00-6.00 – 5.5 mph 6.00-7.30 – 3.5 mph 7.30-8.30 – 5.5 mph 8.30-10.00 – 3.5 mph 10.00-11.00 – 5.5 mph 11.00-12.30 – 3.5 mph 12.30-13.30 – 5.5 mph 13.30-15.00 – 3.5 mph 15.00-16.00 – 5.5 mph 16.00-17.30 – 3.5 mph 17.30-18.30 – 5.5 mph 18.30-20.00 – … Keep reading!

Couch to 5K – Week 1 Day 1

I didn’t get to the gym yesterday as I normally would have, but I have an excuse. Sunday night we had a game night at church after the evening service and I played Ultimate Frisbee for at least half an hour. It definitely showed how out of shape I am, because after just a few minutes I was huffing and puffing away like I was going to die. I mentioned the C25K program in my last post. There is information about it at www.c25k.com, and the weekly running plans are at www.coolrunning.com (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml). Here is how I paced it out on the treadmill: 0.00-5.00 – 3.5-4.0 mph 5.00-6.00 – 6.0 mph 6.00-7.30 – 4.0 mph 7.30-8.30 – 6.0 mph 8.30-10.00 – 4.0 mph 10.00-11.00 – 6.0 mph 11.00-12.30 – 4.0 mph 12.30-13.30 – 6.0 mph 13.30-15.00 – 4.0 mph 15.00-16.00 – 6.0 mph 16.00-17.30 – 4.0 mph 17.30-18.30 – 6.0 mph … Keep reading!

The weekend is here!

After my first full week of working the evening shift, the weekend has finally arrived! With my current schedule, I get home around 12:30 AM and am generally in bed and close to being asleep between 1 and 1:15. Last night was no exception, especially since I’d been up extra early yesterday to make breakfast for my friend who was visiting. Abi and I were both tired, and we didn’t bother setting an alarm. As such, it was after 10 when we woke up, and it felt amazing to be fully rested again!Spiritual health is even more important than physical health, so I spent some time reading the Bible this morning before heading to the gym (that’s part of my normal routine anyway, but I’d neglected to mention it so far on this blog). Abi went with me again, and we had a great time. I ended up on the … Keep reading!

Not necessarily healthy, but definitely tasty

I have no problem admitting I like bacon and eggs. And I have a two-burner cast-iron griddle that brings out extra deliciousness when I use it to fry my bacon. A lot of times I will make my eggs on the griddle after the bacon is done, and a lot of grease gets into the eggs, but it’s bacon-flavored, and I like it.However, I recently discovered another use for the grease. Twice now I’ve made my own kettle chips, and they are fantastic. Here’s what I do. I wash, and sometimes peel, a few potatoes, then slice them thin. Fry up the bacon, and keep the grease. I put the slices on the griddle where the grease is the deepest (whether it’s the burners or the stove itself, the grease always pools on one side of the griddle). I leave the slices in the grease for a while, then flip … Keep reading!

To the gym once more!

It’s funny how being all sweaty in a gym is a great feeling while being all sweaty while sitting at home just stinks. As with most things in life, context is so important. I don’t mind sweating as long as it’s in the proper context, like working out.I had an exercise partner today. Abi went along with me and we both hit the treadmill for 30 minutes. Granted, Abi doesn’t need to lose weight, but we both need to be more active. Going by treadmill numbers, I walked and jogged for a total of 2 miles again. I was a bit stiff and sore from yesterday, but loosened up after just a few minutes. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it tomorrow due to some errands, and Friday I might not make it as we’ll be having company staying over Thursday night, but two days of rest wouldn’t necessarily … Keep reading!

Sweet, sweet exercise

Yesterday I signed up at Planet Fitness, one of several gyms in the area. I’ll freely admit, I picked it because it offers the cheapest rate. The plan I signed up for is $19.99/month with an annual fee of $39.99. The reason I picked this plan over their still-cheaper plan of $10.00/month and annual fee of $29.99 is because I can bring one guest with me every time I go. Abi might not go with me all of the time, but it’s nice to have the option available. Also, if company comes to visit and they want to get some exercise in while they’re here, I’ve got them covered.Today, then, I went for the first time. For now, I’m only planning on using the treadmill, maybe the elliptical and/or bike. I realize that strength training is an important part of overall fitness, but my main goal is simply to reintroduce … Keep reading!