Changed my Screen Name
My name is Charlie Handren and thus I originally chose the screen name chandren. To those who don't know me, this name appears to spell chand-ren rather than c-handren and thus I've toyed with the idea of switching up my screen name from time to... Read more
Cutting Edge Core Exercises
My core is not very strong. I've been doing what I know to do in order to strengthen it this winter but my body is acclimating to the exercises I've been doing and thus not responding terribly well, that is, not growing much stronger. So this mo... Read more
Reached the Next Level of CP25K
I finished up week four of the "CP25K" plan today, and plan to do the first run of week four on Saturday. On week five I'll warm up for 10 minutes with a mellow walk and then jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3, jog for 5, walk for 3, and jog for 5. I... Read more
Dealing with "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness"
Last week my strength training program transitioned from low-resistance, high-rep, full-body workouts to higher-resistance, lower-rep, targeted workouts. I had completed the full-body workouts for eight weeks in a row and felt that my body was n... Read more
Earned my 50,000 Point Trophy!
I reached a milestone yesterday--I earned my 50,000 point trophy! It took 1 year and 10 months, lots of working out, lots of tracking, lots of points chasing, but it was all worth it. I have come so far and learned so much, and I'm very thankful... Read more
Rest Day & Reflection on the Week
I'm the pastor of a little church in the suburbs of Minneapolis, and Monday is my one day off every week. I need it! It's been a very busy week at work (I put in 53.5 hours) and I transitioned in my strength training plan from low impact, full-b... Read more
Good Salad at Denny's
Today after church a couple offered to buy us lunch at Denny's. Not my favorite place, but the price was right! And more importantly, I really counted it a privilege to spend time with this precious family.
As I searched the menu, I found... Read more
Goodbye, Junior Mints
I see now that when I go to the movies (which is very rare for me) I can't have Junior Mints anymore, a movie snack which I've enjoyed for years. The cals are big, that's true, but that's not the reason I must abstain. Rather, I have totally det... Read more
Reached the Next Level of CP25K
Yesterday I finished the fourth week of CP25K workouts, namely, jog for 1.5 minutes, walk for 1.5 minutes, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes and repeat one time. I modified this a bit by jogging for 5 minutes on the last interval.
So n... Read more
Patience is so Important
I've had a wonderful last couple months in the gym and I've really been reaping the benefits lately. My main goals for this year come in July and September so it's very important that I not over-train now otherwise I'll be burnt out or injured w... Read more
Couch Potato to 5K
I've always hated running just to run. I love the kind of running one does for football or baseball or tennis, but running to run has never made any sense to me. However, as I learned more and more about fitness over the last few years, and as I... Read more
THE GLORY OF GOD: 2011 GOALS, PART 16
Over the last couple of weeks I've shared quite a bit about my 2011 goals and strategy, and I want to bring this series of blogs to an end by saying that, for me, it's all about the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
God is unspeakably glorious... Read more
LEARNING TO REST: 2011 GOALS, PART 15
Yesterday I said that recovery is an important part of cycling, or of any sport I suppose, and today I want to say that rest is, too. By rest I have in mind days away from exercise, naps, and nightly sleep. Let me comment on each of these in tur... Read more
LEARNING TO RECOVER: 2011 GOALS, PART 14
Recovery is a very important aspect of cycling, especially when training for a multi-day event. It’s good to be able to ride hard and fast for one day, but it takes recovery skills to be able to ride hard and fast day after day. Since my major... Read more
DEVELOPING MENTAL STRENGTH: 2011 GOALS, PART 13
A key part of success in any endeavor is mental strength, and this is particularly true of athletic endeavors. Most fitness barriers are mental barriers before they are physical barriers. So I’ve decided to give much attention to mental streng... Read more