Posts tagged running
Posts tagged running
Team Fitness Thursday!!!
Members of the TwitterVerse recognize this sign »> # as a “hashtag”. To normal people it’s a number sign. Tweeps like myself use it to categorize tweets. That being if you wanted to start or join a discussion about running you’d include “#running” in your message. The hashtag changes any alpha string into a clickable link and you’re able to see every other mention of that word.
On twitter, different days have different “trending topics” that are sometimes created with that little number sign thingy. Popular ones are #milfmonday, #tacotuesday, #humpday, #throwbackthursday, etc. I’m purposely leaving out the racier ones in case I ever get some follower under 18.
To everyone else out there Thursdays “TT” or trending topic is usually about drinking, old school music, or showing your butt floss. Can I say “butt floss” on Tumblr? For various reasons I don’t always participate in those topics and when I started getting back into working out I thought to myself, “Why not start something new!”
What I came up with was #teamfitnessthursday. It never caught on but since I’m in with both feet with this marathon business I’m going to push it like AmWay!
It works like this; every Thursday grab your MP3 player and go to your workout playlist. Hit Shuffle and tweet the name and artist of the first song that plays and include the hashtag #teamfitnessthursday. Simple as that.
I’m going to be taking it a step further though and doing an expanded entry here on Tumblr where I post a link to the song or music video and try to explain why it’s in my workout playlist.
I chose today’s song for obvious reasons. I’m running and the name and hook is “I run this bitch, and I’m gon keep running”. Good tempo, catchy, etc. makes for a good pace song playing in my ear.
So next week the training starts but I still haven’t gotten the most important piece of equipment…
I’m new to this running thing. I’ve jogged before, ran on a court and on a field but never actually “ran”. I would always just throw on whatever pair of sneakers I had and hit the pavement. No worries.
If I’m going to get serious it’s time for a serious pair of footwear. Doing research, picking the right shoe is an actual science.
This 5k next month isn’t meant to be competitive at all and is more of a fitness test/warm up for the real training. That said I don’t plan on dropping major bucks on a pair of running shoes. My goal is to stick to the $50 range.
I got some advice from my favorite fitness bunny Marie who suggested a nice pair of Asics or New Balance. Both are pretty popular familiar brands. Not the best looking if memory serves me but from what I’ve always heard they’re tops when it comes to running.
The plan this weekend is to pick a comfortable pair ASAP and get them broken in before training starts on Monday. Hopefully these will last me through the 10k in April and maybe even the June Mile. I’ll get a new pair for the 1/2 mile and for the marathon I’m planning on getting two really good pair to alternate during training and for the actual event.
Well I’ve been thinking about a blog for a little while now, not because I have anything of relevance to say but because more than two people have suggested I have one.
Nothing has changed, my opinions are still irrelevant to most but I do have a goal now. A few days ago I finally came up with a topic to blog about and I had this really cool introduction all written out in my head.
Unfortunately my “old gray head” has forgotten most of the words to that kick-ass intro so what you read below is just an incomplete skeleton of that idea.
Yeah…I’m off to a great start!
So this thing that I’m blogging about is something that any sane and logical person would find mind boggling. Long story short, I’m on a mission to become the first person in recorded history to do a sub two hour marathon.
Not a bad goal you say? Well here’s some background on me. I’m about 6’2” and roughly 210#s. My best guesstimate puts me at a conservative 20% body fat. I haven’t had a regular gym routine in approximately 2.5 years. To say I exercised sporadically would be an insult to the word “sporadic”.
I’ve never even attempted a marathon or anything more than a 2k in my underwear. Yes that actually happened but it was a for a good cause, don’t judge me!
The closest I’ve ever come to competitive athletics is when I joined my high school dance team cause I didn’t know how to say no to girls. I am NOT a good dancer by the way.
By now you get the idea that I am in no way, shape, or form ready to do a marathon. I’m not even ready to TRAIN for a marathon!
So what are you? Stupid?
No not stupid, a little crazy but not stupid.
The only reason I got the idea to do that is because of this BBC link. Yeah, I read that on the way to work and decided to try it. Maybe I am a little stupid?
Anywho, let me get this out of the way if you haven’t already guessed it. I have no intention of reaching that goal. Not even gonna pretend to get my hopes up. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning on half-assing it but I am a realist afterall.
No the point of this project is to give me motivation to reach other, “smaller” goals in life. For one reason or another I have not felt very motivated in life. I’ve spent too much time living in the present with no regard for the future and correlatery the past! Ooh, one blog post and I invent a word! #WINNING!
My theory, and my hope, is that by training hard to accomplish this out of atmosphere goal I’ll reach other goals along the way. To name but a few: I have a summer wedding I’d like to look good for, I’m too close to 30 to not worry about my health anymore, I need to learn to focus, my body is begging for a detox, I need to… I need to work on a lot. :(
Consider this: Perfecto Perez is the champion body builder of Mexico. Perfecto’s dream is to bench press a VW Bettle with four bikini models stuffed inside. Perfecto trains hard everyday and all day for years and years. On Perfecto’s 40th birthday he prepares to attempt his great feat. To Perfecto’s shock and dismay he fails! But, much to Perfecto’s shock he is awarded the Golden Burro award by the President of Mexico because during his warm up he was able to bench press two Harley Davidsons that were carrying Twin Mexican Playmates. Perfecto didn’t accomplish his goal but came out a winner!
Yeah, dumb story but I never claimed to be Aesop!
So with introductions out of the way…time for research!