Thursday, March 29, 2007

The week so far

I have decided to run in the Broad Street Run, the local Philly 10 miler at the beginning of May. This has given me the motivation to really pick up the pace on my training.

Tuesday 3/ 27: 5 miles, 50 minutes
Wednesday 3/28: 3.5 miles, 40 minutes

I was able to run without much difficulty on Tuesday. My legs were a bit rubbery on Wednesda but thought a slow run would be fine. However, at the 3 mile mark my legs were worthless, it is nice to know my lungs had no difficulty. But the muscular fatigue in my legs was something I couldn't over come. I was forced to walk the last half mile. It is not a bad start to the week.

I received Runner's World today so that will be a good motivation tool for me to use for the next week. My plan for the remainder of the week is as follows

Thursday: Today - Rest
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: 6.25 miles - I have taken the time to plot out a nice course and am looking forward to this run. I am not looking for any sort of time I only am looking to complete the course.
Sunday: 2 mile walk

It really is my goal to block out time every day. I am not sure if I will be able to run everyday but I will walk on the days I can't run, watching for muscle fatigue.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Consequences of Day 1

I have completed day one, a simple 2 and half mile trot through pennypack park at 6:00 am. (see photo above) I felt good for most of the day. However, this simple run caught up to me at 9:00 pm. The lactic acid built up in my legs and I lost all my energy. Today, I feel stiff. It will take some time to get used to this. Tomorrow I will run again and hope for the best.

Going forward, it is my intention to post some information on gear, nutrition, and health issues. I look forward to hearing from others who might want to be contributers to this site.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A new beginning

I began my career as a lawyer a little later than most, I began law school at the ripe old age of 30. I had been an a frequent exerciser throughout my 20's. However, upon entry into law school, I failed to exercise as I previously did. This coupled with the eating habits of the average student were a disaster to my physique. Additionally, my career has been such that I have had little time to exercise. Of course this all excuses. As my former martial arts instructor would say, "if you look for an excuse long enough you will find one you like." My favorite has been, "I don't have time." This excuse has left me carrying quite a bit of weight.

Today, I weight approximately 280 pounds, this is some 90 pounds more than I weighed at the age of 29. At 38, I have a serious weight problem. I am sure that I am not in the position as others. However, I do have some serious concerns about my health.

To address these problems I have taken the following initial steps. First, I will run. I hope to be able to run a half marathon eventually. But first I need to develop a habit. Second, I will attend martial arts classes at a local American Kenpo school. The selection of American Kenpo over other styles is purely egocentric and I admit it. I prefer Kenpo to other arts bases wholely on my own particular background. I hope to be able to use these two exercise outlets along with a better diet to lose weight.

This blog will serve to keep me honest in my efforts. If I have to be responsible to reporting my efforts I will be more diligent in my efforts. If anyone finds this interesting or of worth, please let me know.