I completed a moderately-paced 13 minute barefoot run tonight, my longest yet. My feet are blistering and I’m in pain. I’m hoping that my feet toughen up soon. Afterwards I put on an episode of Orange Is The New Black and noticed this: Coincidence?
In July, I promised myself that I would do the Grouse Grind every day after I discovered that climbing 5 flights of stairs at work winded me. I achieved that 16 week goal with great results, hiking the equivalent height of 5 Mount Everests. Now that the Grind is closed, I’m starting a new challenge to focus on my scrawny, computer programmer upper-body:
That’s 22400 push-ups, 5824 pull-ups, and 2240 hand-stand push-ups! I may tweak things as I go to keep it challenging.
I recently finished reading Born To Run which has some very compelling reasons why we shouldn’t be spending hundreds of dollars on thick-soled running shoes. The human foot is essentially the ultimate shoe when you think about it:
The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.
I did a 5 minute, 5 km/h, completely barefoot run on our treadmill tonight and it felt great! My body instinctively changed form, landing mid-sole and pushing off with my toe. I’m going to keep this up!
In other news, I did the Grouse Grind today in the snow, despite having a nasty cold… I feel pretty hardcore!
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I was expecting a moderate 10k run to be easy but it was physically brutal, especially in the last quarter. My cardio was OK, but I have deep blisters on both toes, my calves ache, my shins are sore, and I can barely walk. Based on how my body is feeling right now, I probably shouldn’t run for another 5-7 days. Bottom line: I still have a long way to go towards achieving my sub-40 10k, but I’m off to a good start.
I was told by a coworker and avid runner that shin splints are a beginner’s injury. I can never get a good running routine going because of lower leg pain, but I’m starting to think it’s due over-training (ie. running on back-to-back days). It has been 3 days since my last run, and my lower shin pain is feeling better so I think I’ll keep my runs to twice weekly, or every 3 days. That makes tonight a run night. I’ll be doing a late 9pm run at the local track after completion of my dad duties. Babysitting arranged. Tonight’s goal: complete a full 10K in under 45:00.
RunKeeper Free is an app I’ve known about for a while, but only started using recently. It uses GPS to plot your course and keep track of your pace. Simply hold the phone in your hand while you run, and it will do the rest. It also has audible reminders that voice-over your music every 5 minutes, updating you on your distance and pace. This is a great motivational tool for highly-self-competitive people like me. I have no friends there yet, so please add me.
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I generally find the gym boring, favoring body weight exercises like push-ups, sit-up variations, and chin-ups/pull-ups instead. My favorite has to be the chin-up. I’m having trouble breaking the 10/11 mark, so I’ve been adding an additional 25lb to my weight. I throw a dumbbell in a backpack and strap it forwards, across my chest. I can barely do 5 with the extra weight, but I can slowly feel myself getting stronger. Once I can do 6 or 7, I’ll add an extra 10lbs.
Here’s my “setup”:
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pitlessplumtree asked: Holy grind time batman! You are an extremely impressive individual. =)
Thanks!! Believe it or not, my time was 1:22 not too long ago!
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I achieved the goal of 37 minutes or less that I set yesterday! That didn’t take long! My new goal is 36 minutes or less by the end of 2013.
Halloween-themed performance enhancers:
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