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Fitness Journal - May 12, 2014
Mondays are my long runs.  Today: 11 miles.  This is the farthest I’ve run in my life.  During the last mile, my inner right thigh really started to feel strained.  By the time I finished my run, I was limping to keep pressure off of the right leg.  But I was able to shake it off and stretch it out.  It feels fine now (10 hours later).  But I could NOT have run another mile.  But my training schedule only had me at 11 miles for today, so I am good until next Monday: 12 miles.
As an experiment, I weighed myself before my run and measured my body fat.  Then I did the same after the run.  
Before: 138.6lbs and 8.9% body fat.
After: 134.2 lbs and 6.4% body fat

Fitness Journal - May 12, 2014

Mondays are my long runs.  Today: 11 miles.  This is the farthest I’ve run in my life.  During the last mile, my inner right thigh really started to feel strained.  By the time I finished my run, I was limping to keep pressure off of the right leg.  But I was able to shake it off and stretch it out.  It feels fine now (10 hours later).  But I could NOT have run another mile.  But my training schedule only had me at 11 miles for today, so I am good until next Monday: 12 miles.

As an experiment, I weighed myself before my run and measured my body fat.  Then I did the same after the run.  

Before: 138.6lbs and 8.9% body fat.

After: 134.2 lbs and 6.4% body fat

Fitness Journal - May 5, 2014
I start each week with my long run. Basically, I start the week with the hardest thing that I will do all week, then it is all downhill from there. 10 miles this morning. My speed was almost identical to last week, approximately 11 minute miles on average. So my time for 10 miles was 1:43.21, which is very humbling when I compare myself to ‘real runners’, which I am not.  Running never has come easy to me, but I do my best and keep running.


Spider-Man pose has nothing to do with running, but the new movie came out this past weekend, so this seems appropriate.

Fitness Journal - May 5, 2014

I start each week with my long run. Basically, I start the week with the hardest thing that I will do all week, then it is all downhill from there. 10 miles this morning. My speed was almost identical to last week, approximately 11 minute miles on average. So my time for 10 miles was 1:43.21, which is very humbling when I compare myself to ‘real runners’, which I am not.  Running never has come easy to me, but I do my best and keep running.

Spider-Man pose has nothing to do with running, but the new movie came out this past weekend, so this seems appropriate.

Fitness Journal - May 1, 2014
Back & Bicep Workout at 24 Hour Fitness
I tried to hit just about every rowing machine at the gym today.  High rows, lat pull downs, reverse grip rows, etc.  Plus, a couple of bicep exercises.  No cardio today.  I’ll practice yoga later today and hopefully get in some ab work! 

Fitness Journal - May 1, 2014

Back & Bicep Workout at 24 Hour Fitness

I tried to hit just about every rowing machine at the gym today.  High rows, lat pull downs, reverse grip rows, etc.  Plus, a couple of bicep exercises.  No cardio today.  I’ll practice yoga later today and hopefully get in some ab work! 

Fitness Journal - April 30, 2014
5.0 Mile Run and Chest & Triceps at the gym (24 Hour Fitness)
My run was pretty good today.  My pace was a little slow, but the weather was hot and windy.  My left calf (or maybe achilles tendon) was sore for the last mile or so.  My right calf was sore AFTER the run.  I have to watch this carefully, as I extend my distance.
I am pretty tired after a 5 mile run, so my resistance training doesn’t feel as strong.  I worked a little bit of tempo training today.  One second on the positive (push) and three seconds on the negative.  I used a little lighter weight in the tempo training.
Weight: 133.0 lbsBody Fat %: 6.3

Fitness Journal - April 30, 2014

5.0 Mile Run and Chest & Triceps at the gym (24 Hour Fitness)

My run was pretty good today.  My pace was a little slow, but the weather was hot and windy.  My left calf (or maybe achilles tendon) was sore for the last mile or so.  My right calf was sore AFTER the run.  I have to watch this carefully, as I extend my distance.

I am pretty tired after a 5 mile run, so my resistance training doesn’t feel as strong.  I worked a little bit of tempo training today.  One second on the positive (push) and three seconds on the negative.  I used a little lighter weight in the tempo training.

Weight: 133.0 lbs
Body Fat %: 6.3

Fitness Journal - April 28, 2014
It has been a long time since I have posted a fitness journal entry, but not because I haven’t been staying active.  I have been running 3 days a week for the past month or so.  Mondays are my “long” runs (long by my standards anyway).  Wednesday and Friday are my short runs (3 or 4 miles).  I am training for a half marathon (13.1 miles) in November.  I also try to make it to the gym 5-6 days a week, but my running schedule has been cutting into my resistance training.  And I still practice yoga several times per week.
I ran 10 miles today.  That is the farthest I have ever run in my life.  The last two miles were rough.  My left calf, inner right quad, and outer knee started to feel a little weak.  But I didn’t feel like I was anywhere near injury.  I am glad that my training schedule ‘only’ had today’s run at 10 miles.  I don’t think it would have been good to go any farther.

Fitness Journal - April 28, 2014

It has been a long time since I have posted a fitness journal entry, but not because I haven’t been staying active.  I have been running 3 days a week for the past month or so.  Mondays are my “long” runs (long by my standards anyway).  Wednesday and Friday are my short runs (3 or 4 miles).  I am training for a half marathon (13.1 miles) in November.  I also try to make it to the gym 5-6 days a week, but my running schedule has been cutting into my resistance training.  And I still practice yoga several times per week.

I ran 10 miles today.  That is the farthest I have ever run in my life.  The last two miles were rough.  My left calf, inner right quad, and outer knee started to feel a little weak.  But I didn’t feel like I was anywhere near injury.  I am glad that my training schedule ‘only’ had today’s run at 10 miles.  I don’t think it would have been good to go any farther.

Fitness Journal - March 29, 2014

I shifted my home workouts to the gym (24 Hour Fitness).  I did this because the gym has heavier weights and a wider variety of equipment.  I am now lifting a little heavier and I have access to machines that allow me to protect my joints (I have some tendonitis in my left elbow).  

I do miss the challenge of Beach Body workouts (P90X and Body Beast).  It just is not feasible to do those workouts at the gym.  The timing doesn’t work because I cannot always get the right equipment at the exact moment that I need.  The good thing is that Beach Body workouts have trained me how to work out wisely and efficiently.  

Fitness Journal - March 12, 2014
I am taking a week off from working upper body and taking other teacher’s yoga classes.  Most upper body exercises irritate the tendonitis in my left elbow an I can start to feel my right elbow acting up too.  Down dog pose kills my elbow.  I’m going to give my arms a break and see if the tendonitis calms down a bit.
But I still get to run and work legs!

Fitness Journal - March 12, 2014

I am taking a week off from working upper body and taking other teacher’s yoga classes.  Most upper body exercises irritate the tendonitis in my left elbow an I can start to feel my right elbow acting up too.  Down dog pose kills my elbow.  I’m going to give my arms a break and see if the tendonitis calms down a bit.

But I still get to run and work legs!

Fitness Journal - February 28, 2014
I love being inspired by all of the amazing photos of fit men and women on Instagram and Tumblr.  And I hope that some of my photos inspire others, as well.  But I am also inspired by people who are just starting their fitness journey.  I was in the gym yesterday and kind of just going through the motions, not working super hard.  Then I saw this guy working with a trainer.  He was a little overweight and out-of-shape.  He was struggling to do 10 burpies in a row.  But he was working so much harder than I was.  He really inspired me to work harder and finish strong.  During the same visit to the gym, there was a woman with two prosthetic legs.  She seemed to be some type of athlete.  She was in great shape.  People are amazing and inspiring, no matter what they look like or how much different they may be.

Fitness Journal - February 28, 2014

I love being inspired by all of the amazing photos of fit men and women on Instagram and Tumblr.  And I hope that some of my photos inspire others, as well.  But I am also inspired by people who are just starting their fitness journey.  I was in the gym yesterday and kind of just going through the motions, not working super hard.  Then I saw this guy working with a trainer.  He was a little overweight and out-of-shape.  He was struggling to do 10 burpies in a row.  But he was working so much harder than I was.  He really inspired me to work harder and finish strong.  During the same visit to the gym, there was a woman with two prosthetic legs.  She seemed to be some type of athlete.  She was in great shape.  People are amazing and inspiring, no matter what they look like or how much different they may be.

Fitness Journal - February 20, 2014My left elbow has been bothering me for several weeks now. I have self-diagnosed the problem as medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow. I the tendons around my elbow are strained.It mainly hurts when I grip things too hard (like gripping the bar when doing pull-ups or gripping weights in my hands). Down dog doesn’t feel great either. I have to come down to my forearms and do dolphin pose sometimes. I have still been working out. I started going to 24 Hour Fitness recently. I’m using machines instead of free weights. This allows me to target major muscle groups and use secondary stabilizers (like in the elbows) less. Also, I feel like I have sort of outgrown my home workout equipment. For example, when I do squats at home, I have two 45lb weights and therefore squat a total of 90 pounds (gripped in my hands). At the gym, I can use the olympic bar and plates. I can easily squat my body weight (135lbs or more). The bar rests on my shoulders and I don’t have to hold a bunch of weight in my hands. I can go heavier in the gym than I can at home, simply because I have access to more equipment. The one drawback is that I sometimes have to wait for equipment to free-up before I can use it at the gym. I never have this problem at home!I am also practicing yoga every day.

Fitness Journal - February 20, 2014

My left elbow has been bothering me for several weeks now. I have self-diagnosed the problem as medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow. I the tendons around my elbow are strained.

It mainly hurts when I grip things too hard (like gripping the bar when doing pull-ups or gripping weights in my hands). Down dog doesn’t feel great either. I have to come down to my forearms and do dolphin pose sometimes. 

I have still been working out. I started going to 24 Hour Fitness recently. I’m using machines instead of free weights. This allows me to target major muscle groups and use secondary stabilizers (like in the elbows) less. Also, I feel like I have sort of outgrown my home workout equipment. For example, when I do squats at home, I have two 45lb weights and therefore squat a total of 90 pounds (gripped in my hands). At the gym, I can use the olympic bar and plates. I can easily squat my body weight (135lbs or more). The bar rests on my shoulders and I don’t have to hold a bunch of weight in my hands. I can go heavier in the gym than I can at home, simply because I have access to more equipment. The one drawback is that I sometimes have to wait for equipment to free-up before I can use it at the gym. I never have this problem at home!

I am also practicing yoga every day.