Posts tagged endomondo
Posts tagged endomondo
Last week was the second week into my training program and unfortunately road blocks were hit.
I had to reschedule two training sessions and, very unfortunately, had to cancel the last two sessions of the week which to me were the most important.
I’d like to be able to place all the blame on the fact that my sports tracker crashed on me and I either spent too much time trying to get it to work or getting frustrated and postponing the workout.
At the end of the day I don’t think I can endorse the Endomondo app anymore. It’s a great tool and the website offers great motivation tools and incentives but the lack of support makes it virtually worthless. Maybe they’ll come up with a fix for the bug in the future but for now I’ll be doing my workouts unaided.
One other thing is clear and I touched on it in previous posts. I can’t rely solely on the ChannelOne training program to prepare myself. I’ve been out of shape far too long to put this much pressure on one training program. I definitely need to up the tempo a bit. I originally intended on just sticking to this one program so I could give a fair review of it at the end but the big picture is meeting my goals and it’s just not possible at the rate I’m going.
This third week of training I’m going to experiment with adding extra cross-training workouts to the program focusing on lower body and core strength. As usual I’ll stop over at mensfitness.com for some tips and find a routine that I can make work for me.
Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be a sore sweaty lump ready to call it quits. Hopefully I’ll have someone around to tell me to keep going.
Every now and then that comes in handy.
DAAAAAAAMN YOOOOU GPPSSSSSSS!! Sorry had to get that off my chest. The GPS on my sports tracker went down before my mile run and I wasn’t able to get stats. :(
Anywho, on to the topic at hand.
The first week of my training program is done and I actually learned a couple of things.
The first is that I am NOT fully adapted to cold weather. I thought after spending most of my life totally adverse to cold weather that in the past few years my Angeleno blood had finally adapted to sub 70 degree weather. Well after two early morning runs where my hands nearly froze right off my body I couldn’t be more wrong. Hopefully the weather will be nice for the Firecracker run but regardless I’m going to have to get used to the cold some way. My best bet is to just man up and move faster?
The second thing I learned is that I’m kinda heavy on the heel. That means I noticed myself heel striking more than I think I should. From what I’ve read it’s better to land on the forefoot more than the heel to prevent injury. I’m not sure just yet how to correct my form so I guess it’s back to the research lab for me.
Lastly, I’m not ready. Although the first training session was a piece of cake the rest of the week I looked like dog shit. Thanks to Dwann Brown for that term. That’s not too good since the first week was the easy one. It only gets harder from here. After tomorrow’s 40 minute circuit it’s all non-stop jogging or running.
I really gotta get my head clear and start focusing. I should finally take advantage of my 7 day Gold’s Gym pass and do some lower body strength training. Also throw in some extra cardio work and not just rely on the training program to cover it. I have to see where I can sneak in some extra training, maybe do two a day workouts?
Suggestions of course are always welcomed. I’m new to all this and you can never have too much knowledge.
Ok, enough of the fitness talk for now. Going to walk up to the farmer’s market for some viddles then back home for GTL and Sunday football.
“Today’s a training day, Officer Hoyt. Show you around, give you a taste of the business. I got 38 cases pending trial, 63 in active investigations, another 250 on the log I can’t clear. I supervise five officers. That’s five different personalities. Five sets of problems. You can be number six if you act now. But I ain’t holding no hands, okay? I ain’t baby-sitting. You got today and today only to show me who and what you’re made of. You don’t like narcotics, get the f4ck out of my car. Go get you a nice, pu$$y desk job, chasing bad checks or something, you hear me?”
Ok that quote isn’t 100% accurate but I hope you get the idea.
Today was my first day of training for my first 5k. I spent about 20 minutes online last week looking around and decided on this training program. I’m guessing the average runner doesn’t need to train for a little 5k but I’m not a runner. This is my first (sorta) competitive event.
“This shit’s chess, it ain’t checkers “
Regardless of whether it’s 1 mile, 5k, a marathon, or a fun run there’s more to competitive running than lacing up and hitting the road. I like having as much information as possible before I do ANYTHING and this is no different. I’ve been reading so much about running that I’m thinking of going into coaching. I’m kidding. I know nothing.
So if you clicked that link you got to see the nice, simple PDF training schedule. It’s a beginner’s training program that I thought suited my level perfectly. I was really hoping to start yesterday but the inner sloth in me took control. Then I was going to start early this AM and “nature” took control. :/
I knew that if I talked myself into putting it off until tomorrow morning it just wasn’t gonna happen. So I sacked up and hit the road. I even convinced my buddy Sal, aka Dhaka Flaka Flame, to join me.
The 20 minute circuit was much easier than I thought and based on the data from my sports tracker my pace was decent and by the end of the program I should run the 5k in a competitive time. Not that that’s my goal. All I wanna do this time out is finish.
“To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.”
My pride is the sheep and the wolf is failure. I refuse to let THAT wolf eat THAT sheep.
So I made it through the session and didn’t die. I feel pretty damn good actually. I don’t have a second thought about saying that this training program is going to be a piece of cake.
“ It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove.”
No matter what I SAY, it doesn’t mean a damn thing until I whip it out and show everybody why I walk with a limp. I have five weeks to get ready and let everybody know that:
“King Kong ain’t got shit on me! “