Monday, February 23, 2009

Catching up

There are a couple topics I've been meaning to get back to or touch on again, but haven't found the time. So:

Hundred Pushups
I finished the hundred pushups program a couple of weeks ago. I hit all the sets pretty well; the only one I didn't make it through was the Monday of the last week - I'd just come off a hard weekend, and was really tired. When I did my final test, I didn't make it to the full 100 - I had to stop around 75. I know, you're supposed to go back and repeat week 6 until you can do the 100, but honestly, I was just getting bored with it. And I've gained enough strength and tone in my shoulders now, I can really tell the difference. Just this morning, doing the Runner's Core workout, I threw a set of 50 in. So I'm going to count doing the program as an overall win.

Training plan
Last year at this time I was just starting to get serious with a training plan - trying to hit all the times and intervals exactly, long runs with strides at the end, hill workouts and all. I would credit that with making me a faster, more serious runner. This year, I'm following generally the same plan - but without stressing too much about doing it exactly. If I don't feel like doing long intervals one morning, I'll figure something else out to do. If I have a 10K fun run instead of a 35 minute easy run, fine. I'm going to try to fit more long trail runs in when possible, since one of my goals this year is to do a trail half marathon series. I think I'm at a point now where I can keep myself honest, train hard, have fun with it, and still be effective.

Speaking of keeping myself honest: I've been pretty much a monk for a week now, keeping myself on a strict diet to peel off a few pounds and find a good weight for the running season. Lost a few pounds this week - I'm on the right track. Two or three more weeks of this, and I'll stabilize, hopefully with help from the Runner's Diet book (that still hasn't come in the mail...)


SnowLeopard said...

You're doing an awesome job! I have a hard time sticking to a strict regimen like that- I exercise when I can, and do how much my body will let me. That push up challenge sure worked for me too! Even if I can't do 100, at least I can do 50. :) Thanks for being my motivation on that one~

HiAltDawg said...


you created a well thought-out. Figure you'll meet your goals later in the year following it. If it gets stale, you might want to check out the Core Performance books (VE gets them) for some different wrinkles.

I think I'll try the hunerd push-ups. I tested last night and went to 21 w/o pause and figured that was pretty good to start with.


slowrunner77 said...

i had one of my stronger chest workouts in recent memory this morning, so even though i haven;t followed the official plan, i may give it another go. I've tried on a couple random days over the last couple weeks and managed 78 once and 87 once, after which my arms actually fell off and needed to be duct taped back on! maybe at the start of my next chest day i'll give the ol' 100 one more shot...