Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Been sorta partially out of comission for a while. What I mean is that due to what I believe was an "overuse injury", I haven't been rowing for nearly 2 months. And with S.E. Wisconsin's way less than optimal weather, my attempt at being a runner has been suffering.
BUT, it's not all crummy news. I've been keeping active. With all the snow, I've used some left-over vacation from last year to take some 3 day weekends and have spent some solid time snowshoeing, usually 2-3 hours at a time, burning gobs of calories. And when the roads are decent, I've been getting some walk/runs in and have mostly continued my daily lunch-time walks at work (though a 3 day seminar on project management and several all-day meetings spoiled my perfect record of daily walks for the last 6 months or so).
Anyway, I hit the erg today for 10,000 meters and my back felt great. Not a bit of soreness in the strained/ overused back muscle that had been ailing me. I was a bit suprised that I had to rejoin the rowing team to log my meters. Did I get kicked off ?? Maybe it was a SparkGlitch. And though it was just my usual run/walk/run routine, I did do the Blarney Run 5k down in Milwaukee this past Saturday. It's been a long time since my last 5k, but I had a good time despite not being ready to run the whole thing.
Met the owner of a local minimalist running store at the race. Having spent a bunch of last summer walking around in a pair of Fivefingers shoes and having done some research after reading a very cool book called "Born To Run", I've decided to take that plunge. I've been having increasing pain in my plantar tendons since the Holidays, and despite having been "fitted" and having my form checked by a recommended running store and dropping serious coin on the corrective shoes they recommended, I've come to hate them, and can't wait to take 'em off. At home, I'm always in socks or barefoot, and never required any "adjustment time" to the Fivefingers, and my first run in my new zero drop running shoes today was really good. Didn't even take them off afterwards. Spent the afternoon in them. And no aches tonight. My feet are smilin'.
Well enough rambling. Hope I'm back for a while. Still have a bunch of weight to lose, and need to get back to daily erging and make WAY more headway with the running.
Hope you're all finding your own ways to success.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Today was weigh-out day for the quarterly " Biggest Loser" contest we have at work. Lost 22 pounds since the beginning of October (8.39%), and picked up a cool $300 including the $60 in penalty fines from the 3 contestants that GAINED weight. And I'm the first one in the 7 or 8 years of the contest at work to win 2 quarters in a row. Now, obviously, I must try for 3 in a row.
So I'm down a total of 60 pounds now since May 30th. Rowing has been going great - I'm on pace to exceed 3 million meters in the current rowing year. And almost 4 weeks ago I started a running program (learning to run again, using the Jeff Galloway method), which has also been going very well so far.
Still using the PolarFit program, still drinkin' the green smoothies, and though I hit a bit of a playeau a few weeks back, overall progress has been really steady.
Thanks for droppin in.
Hope you too are finding successes !!
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Did my first rowing marathon today. Time was probably terrible by most rowers standards (just over 4-1/4 hours), but I kept up a steady pace. In fact my 2nd falf was 5 minutes faster than my first half. Physically, I feel better than I expected to, though my back muscles are pretty sore. And I learned tonight that in rhe eyes of my Beagle Rocky, over 4 hours of rowing DOES NOT give me an excuse to get out of our half hour evening walk.
Friday, November 23, 2012
So I passed the 2 million meter mark last night while starting the Holiday Challenge with a half marathon. It took nearly a year for me to cover the first million. The second million took just less than 3 months. Hope my motivation stays high for the next million.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
So today is Thanksgiving Day, and of course I'm thankful for family, friends, a good job, and a nice home in a great community.
I'm also thankful that I'm still finding success in my weight loss endevor. The tools and methods I've chosen are still effective and motivating for me.
Today is also the start of the "Holiday Rowing Challenge" over on the Concept2 site, and as soon as my belly settles a bit (turkey dinner - yummm !), I'm gonna hit the erg for a half marathon. Sometime early in this evening's workout I'm going to be crossing the 2 million meter mark. Seems like only a few months ago I hit 1 million. The meters are really piling up fast, and my current official streak is somewhere over 55 days (unofficially over 75 - but I didn't know how to start the streak counter). The Holiday Challenge runs from today through Christmas, and the more I row, the more Concept2 donates to charity! Great incentive !!
So things are cruising right along. Even starting to add some jogging into my daily walks. Need to be able to run for next summer's Tough Mudder, and I've already committed to a local 5k in March with a buddy. Sure hope things keep rollin' along, but I sure am thankful for the way things have gone so far.
Thanks for droppin' by, and Happy Thanksgiving Day !!
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