Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rest from running

I am taking a week from running and doing some walks, I did a one hour walk on each of the last three days. Last Friday when I ran my 5-k I felt the hamstring a little (I was pushing the hills) so I thought I would take a break for one week. I am also doing Tai Chi each day and stretching.

Today I started a six week program of 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups over at "hundredpushups.com ". I plan on starting a 13 week program for the half marathon on April 25, 2010 and I am designing a 30-45 minute cross training workout to use on non-run days. I am going to incorporate push-ups, sit-ups, Tai Chi and yoga.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

After receiving my Gym Boss interval timer in the mail today I went to the website for a quick review of the instructions. Once I had the timer set for the two intervals; a four minute run followed by a one minute walk I headed out the door for a 5k run. I had the timer set on high for the beeper and I also set it to vibrate. As I reached the end of my first four minute run interval, even though I was running on frozen snow I could hear the beep loud and clear over my crunching footsteps, I was disappointed however that I could not feel the vibration. Since I intend to use the alternate run/walk method for the half marathon next April I do not know if the beep will be loud enough for me to hear over the other runner’s footsteps as my hearing is not what it used to be ( I cannot hear my Timex Iron Man watch during a solo run). I will try this timer on New Years Eve at the Bethlehem PA first Night 5k as a trial “run” to see if the beep can be heard over the noise of the race. I ran a little slower today than my average time for the 5k however it may be due to running on the crunchy, slippery snow and not because of the run/walk procedure. I will give an up-date on my times once I have more timed runs using the Gym Boss. Overall for $20.00, I will give the Gym Boss a good grade; it has a strong clip and large numbers that are easy to see, along with a loud beep. The weak vibration is something I have read about from other users so maybe the manufacturer will correct this shortfall. As I was returning home I though of another use for the timer, once done with my run I am going to set it to beep at one minute intervals while I am stretching so I don’t have to count to sixty as I am completing my workout!

Friday, December 11, 2009

17 degrees F wind chill today.

I did not want to run too far today so I walked down to the Rose Garden and ran the 1.3 mile exercise course, chilly!

Sunday, December 6, 2009


We had snow yesterday so my running route in the Lehigh Parkway was coated in white! 32 degrees, nice and crisp for a run!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'm attempting the half marathon.

I ran the Jack Pressman 5k in the Lehigh Parkway on Saturday with no problem from my recent hamstring injury. Actually I think I needed a good run to work out the scar tissue because it feels better than before the race. So with that out of the way I signed up for the 2010 St. Luke's Lehigh Valley Marathon on April 25, 2010. My plan is to start a program of running with alternate walking breaks as promoted by Jeff Galloway, this seems like a good approach for me as I am injury prone if I run too many miles but I have always been a good,fast, long distance walker. I am also working on an alternate yoga routine for no run days. So join me in my attempt to knock off the half marathon and hopefully add a base for the full marathon at a later date.