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Rest is in Order Today
I've been feeling really good in the gym and out, exercising 5 to 6 days per week and getting stronger. But yesterday and today I have been feeling the exhaustion of it all and thus I am going to stay completely away from exercise today and save... Read more
CP25K--Week 5 Day 2 Went Well
Last week I decided to repeat week 5 of the "Couch Potato to 5K" training plan because I messed it up the first time. So Tuesday was the first workout--warm up, jog 5, walk 3, jog 5, walk 3, jog 5, cool down. And today was the second workout--wa... Read more
Jogged at 6.0 mph Yesterday
I'm new to jogging/running so I decided to start out slow at a pace that I could maintain over time. I settled in at 4.5 for the first few weeks, which is barely past the "crawl" stage I know but it worked for me! Then I crept up to 4.8 and then... Read more
CP25K--Re-Doing Week 5 because I Messed Up
A couple of years ago when I first heard of the "Couch Potato to 5K Plan" I made my own summary chart from the chart on the Cool Running website. Somehow I messed up and thought that all nine weeks included three identical runs but early this we... Read more
Oh Yes, a Day of Rest!
Today's my day off and boy do I plan to take advantage of it! Here's my agenda:
1. Be lazy.
2. Do nothing.
3. Sleep when I sleep.
4. Sleep some more.
5. Do more nothing.
6. Go to bed.
Sound good? Hope you have a great ... Read more
Cycling: One Leg Exercise
At this time of year I primarily train in the gym but I do mix in two bike trainer workouts per week. Yesterday I did an exercise that I don't particularly like but that's good for identifying week spots in one's pedal stroke and for developing ... Read more
Lost another Pound
Since March 2009 I've lost 30 pounds. I dropped that weight in a year, really, and then have been in a holding pattern right around the 212-15 range. But lately I've gotten super-motivated to lose some more weight and try to live in that 195-200... Read more
Reached the Next Level of CP25K
I did it! I completed week 5 of the CP25K plan and tomorrow I begin week 6. Week 5 consisted of a warm-up, 5 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 5 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 5 minute jog and cool down. I added an extra minute in the middle to make it 5-6... Read more
I'm not exactly flexible. I can just hear my daughter laughing at this because she can bend in half without any problems and do the splits while standing! I can hardly bend in quarter but I'm trying to improve. I've been taking about 15 or 20 mi... Read more
A Great Late Evening Workout
I don't really like working out in the evening but on Tuesdays, at least for the foreseeable future, I must. But last night I got to the gym about 7:00 and completed run two of CP25K week five and felt as good as if I'd worked out in the middle ... Read more
Taking off those Fall Pounds
Last year, early in the fall, I got a little undisciplined with my weight management and put on about three pounds. At that point I said to myself, "Alright, enough of that, let's turn this boat around." So I started to take the steps I knew wer... Read more
Hit 59.6 mph on the Bike Trainer this Week
In the winter months I do a modest amount of bike training on a "Cyclops" trainer. The Cyclops allows me to attach my actual bike to it and then adjust the tension as I ride so that it becomes easier or harder to spin the rear wheel.
Among... Read more
Ooppss, ate a bit too much--ah, more than a bit!
Well, lunch today was not one of my more stellar moments, to say the least. The family and I went to a Mexican restaurant after church and I had a steak fajita which was very good and not too high in cals. I didn't eat much of the brown rice or ... Read more
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