I am now full swing into my two-a-days. It took me a little longer to get into the swing but I have been pretty steady for a little over a week now with the two-a-days. Some days are easier than others. Some days it is one cardio session and one strength session. Some days it is two cardio sessions. I don’t do two strength sessions a day. Today I was thinking about doing a third session, but I am too wasted after two harder cardio sessions than I have done in a long time. It is also getting a little more tiring with the heat going up. Today was a little cooler than the past few days but the humidity was elevated (woot) which added a different element than what I have been getting used to.
I feel pretty good about the direction I am heading with my exercise. Some day I will figure out how to drag myself out of bed earlier for an exercise session or training run when there is nobody else to run or exercise with. Race days and group runs are a different animal. It is easy to get up in the morning on those days.
Last week I announced my desired marathon schedule. This week the next phase is coming together nicely. In order to be able to run the St. George marathon, you need to be selected in the lottery.
The lottery results were announced today. I will be running the St. George marathon. This is a nice relief and a good reinforcement to make sure training goes as needed.
Finally I am putting down to paper my marathon race list for this season. Some of my favorite races are Hurricane Half Marathon, HobbleCreek Half Marathon, Top of Utah Half Marathon, Top of Utah Marathon, St. George Marathon, and the Deseret News (Pioneer Days) Marathon. My normal season would have included all of those races. This year I already missed the Hurrican Half (it used to be a late summer race and now is in the Spring). I also find it unlikely to do the Deseret News Marathon.
That leaves me with TOU Half, TOU, St George, and Hobblecreek from my favorites list.
The Dates for these races are:
HobbleCreek - Aug. 21, 2010
TOU Half – Aug. 28, 2010
TOU – Sep. 18, 2010
St. George – Oct. 2, 2010 (subject to lottery).
One more race that I would like to do is the Tucson Marathon. It is Dec. 12, 2010. I would like to do this one, but may have to find a Marathon either further out in the year or one closer to home (like the LV Marathon).
I am not sure about the week separation for HobbleCreek and TOU/2 – especially with travel involved. However, these are great races and I really would love to get back to doing them.
My goals are still to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I would like to do that this year.
There is one more Marathon I haven’t done that I am considering. They have a full and a half and it is in Mesquite Nevada. This marathon used to be called the Tri-State Marathon due to the course. It has been re-branded as the Mesquite Marathon. This one will be held November 20, 2010 which works well with my schedule.
Well, once again I haven’t been very diligent in posting exercise success.
Quick recap – this week I did 10.75 miles on tuesday and 5.25 miles on thursday. Monday and wednesday were strength and conditioning.
I was toasted after the Tuesday workout. I maintained about 170HR and 7m27 per mile. Now I need to start transferring that to the roads.
Thursday workout was about 7m31 per mile. I wanted to take it easy but I have a hard time with that.
Just an hour of cardio today. Kept heart rate above 150. Decent workout.
Well, it has been quite a while since I last updated on my exercise routine. Some of that is due to being caught up in the work routine and not exercising. Some of that is because I started to question whether I should be blogging that information like that. Posting what time you exercise and then if it becomes a pattern – seems to be very predictable.
Both are lame excuses.
I have resumed exercise. I am working on a routine currently and am about to take that routine up to two-a-days. I like two-a-day workouts. They are hard on the body – but the rewards are high. I am hoping that it will be enough to kick my butt into gear for a while. Then I will back off to single workouts and then back to two-a-days in preparation for marathon season. I will allow myself two to three weeks (off two-a-days) before the first marathon to let the body recover.
Quick workout today. Had wanted to go much longer but it just wasn’t the day for that. It is very difficult to look at a empty treadmills, ellipticals and bikes and to have none of the tv’s working.
I did about 30 minutes @ HR of 185 for 13 min and 157 for the remainder.
I have also made another change to help throughout the day. I am now replacing my desk chair with an exercise ball for at least 1hr a day. Since most of the day is spent at the desk, it would be good to get some cheap core exercise while at work. This decision was made in part as an experiment to test the hypothesis that you can build core muscle just by sitting on it while at work. I get back pain from time to time. One way to resolve that is through a better core.
It was good to get a good sweat after having my back out for the past few days.
Late work night, business dinner, and thus really late to the gym to get some exercise.
33 Min. 13 Min @ high intensity HR=185BPM. 20 minutes @moderate intensity HR=160BPM
Finally back to the Gym.
32 minutes at a relatively high intensity (7min miles) / HR 174 BPM. And then lower intensity at 143 BPM.
Feels good once again.
In the spirit of this section (Running), I will be posting my exercise along with any other Running related material I deem appropriate.
Today I made it to the gym during lunch. It was a short session – but well worth it.
32 minutes Treadmill and Elliptical @ HR of 172 (about)
I feel much better having done it.