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darkwolfie and I went back and joined RetroFitness yesterday, and jumped in at the deep end for a chest and arm workout.

Ow. I forgot how annoying it is when you can't straighten your arms. I'm not in a lot of pain, but I'm sore. So's darkwolfie. Feels good, though. Familiar. I missed this.

We took today off, but I wish I hadn't. I wish I'd at least gone in to walk on the treadmill. Tomorrow I have to take Max to the vet at ten, then I'm going to have something for lunch and go to the gym and start the Couch to 5K Running Plan. I found it through a podcast on iTunes called Podcasts for Running. The guy made the podcasts for himself, complete with coaching, so I'm going to use them to help me train. I haven't listened to them all the way through, so I'm hoping that his music choices don't make me want to spork my eyes out.

I had my first culinary failure in a while tonight. I was trying to make gnocchi from left-over steak fries that I ground up in the food processor, and they just didn't come out right. I think they might have been ground up too finely, plus all I had was bread flour, so that may have made a difference. That, and "soft dough" probably means something different to me than it does to whoever wrote the recipe. All in all, a total failure as gnocchi, but really yum when fried up with some bacon. I didn't cook all of the potato mixture, so I'll probably be a good Irish girl and make potato cakes later.

I'm still hungry, though. I need protein. I should go see what's in the cupboard. Maybe I'll make a ham sandwich. Ooh, ham and egg. Yum.

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booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: January 24th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC) (base camp)
It is okay to take a day off from working out. In fact it can help you make progress faster sometimes. You have seen from my posts how quickly I have made progress. I did that by doing 30 min of cardio (what ever I could handle) at least Monday and Friday. Then I tried to get 1 or 2 strengthening workouts in (weight lifting, pilates, etc) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. I hit a plateau recently where I could easily handle what I was doing so I stepped it up a bit. Now I try to run 3 days a week with Monday and Friday being my hardest days and Tuesday and Thursday for strength training. I haven't been spending more than 30 or 40 minutes at each workout because of time constraints (3 year old can handle playing on his own that long) but even with that little bit each day I have made rapid improvement.

I don't know if my rambling will help but hopefully it will. Feel free to come to me for motivation. Heehee. :D Oh, and you probably already know this but eating more protein than usual the day after you have an intense workout helps the muscles heal faster. That, and of course lots of water. :D

Maybe next year we can run a 5K race together. :) Don't worry, I am mostly kidding. :D
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 24th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC) (base camp)
Walking today would have helped the damn cramps, though! ;-)

I'm planning on doing five days a week (this week is going to be atypical, I hope), three days of cardio and abs and two of lifting. Running and sit-ups are my two weakest events, so they're the ones I need to train hardest on. I need to get more protein into the house, too -- I think I'll just get a couple dozen eggs and hardboil them.

And then there's the water... sigh. I don't actually like water. Guess I'll get over that. I have a ton of Crystal Light somewhere.

As for the 5K, I think that would rock like a rocking thing. We can be Team Tarragon.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: January 24th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, walking during cramps would have helped. The good news is the more fit you become the less likely cramps will bother you much at all. I find I don't even need a tylenol most of the time now. Yay!

I don't know if this was your plan, but here is what I did to rapidly increase my running strength and endurance. If you find you can only run for 5 min (just a random number) do a 5 min walk warm up, jog 5 min, walk until you have your wind back, jog for 5 min (or as long as you can), walk until you get your wind back, etc. Try to do that for 30 min and it is okay if you find you can only jog 1 min near the end as long as you try it. I bet you if you did that one week that the next week your endurance will have improved so maybe you can run 7 minutes in the first run of your workout. And, when I first started this method I couldn't run for very long at all. Now I can run for 30 to 40 minutes. Now boredom hits me before my endurance gives out.

As for having more protein on hand I recommend almonds or a nut you like. Just a handful of almonds to snack on (maybe with some raisins or chocolate chips) really help me feel better the next day.

I don't like drinking water either. I have had to train myself to just drink down a tall glass of water after I have finished a workout. And, while water is best since it doesn't add any calories as long as you get the fluids into you (with Crystal light or any other non caffein drink) to help with the lactic acid in your muscles you will be doing well. :)

If you do want to set a goal of a 5K to run together we can definitelly do it! :D I think we should find one for when the weather is a comfortable temperature. :) Not like the insane race I will be running in Feb. But, my whole family is going to run in it because it is such a good 1st race (mostly flat) so I will brave the cold weather. :D
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 24th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The Couch to 5K plan works like this (three workouts a week):

Week One: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Week Two: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Week Three: Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

* Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
* Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
* Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
* Walk 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

and so forth. I like that it gives times as well as distance; it can be hard to tell how many yards you're running on a treadmill.

Good point about the almonds -- hadn't thought of them. I like almonds!

Wolfie and I have been drinking about a liter of water with our workouts, but we need to do better at home. Our water is just so gross I've gotten out of the habit.

I think we can definitely try to do a 5K, but it'll have to be warmer. My lungs get really burnt when I work out in cold weather; it's left over from skating, when I practiced with a fever and wore myself out. 65 degrees is about perfect, so maybe April?
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: January 24th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That couch to 5K plan sounds very much like what I did to get where I am so I highly recommend it. :) Just remember that it doesn't have to be yards, per say. Instead of yards you could measure tenths of a mile. It is the pattern of alternating running and walking that increases your endurance quickly. :)

I like almonds too. Just remember to save the sugar coated ones for dessert. ;) Heehee

Living with city water I think I would have a hard time drinking water too.

Spring or fall are really good times to run. We shall see how we both progress and then we can figure out what race we want to run. :)
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