Monthly Archives: February 2013

A couple of successful days…

Have passed since I last posted. I went for 4 mile runs on both Wednesday and Thursday, but found that my ankle was a bit too sore to keep the streak alive on Friday, so I took it as a rest day. I also continued on the Julien Greaux Get Ripped, Stay Big weight training plan Wednesday went really well. 5 circuits of 1 set of 10 reps each on bench press, squats, and deadlifts. Having been a runner for quite a few years, the leg lifts have never caused me any problems. I used to love lifting weights to and took a special joy from being able to bench press almost twice my weight for several years. Now, I’m fat and out of shape and can’t even lift my own body weight anymore, but that will be changing soon. The Thursday workout plan called for an ab workout, which my body desperately needs, but after just barely starting into it I could hardly move. Needless to say, it was called off.

Yesterday as I said was a rest day for me, today we are heading to see Disney on Ice in a short while then when I get back I’ll get my workout in. I’m going to go for another 4 mile run, and then do the Julien Greaux Upper Body Circuit.

I have finally almost finished reading The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf“>, which is awesome. Not just the story of the golf game, but more about how to approach life. I’m not saying that everything in this makes sense, but talk to anyone that plays golf and they’ll tell you that in many aspects the game of golf emulates life. It’s always an ebb and flow, and you have to be willing to appreciate the good and not dwell on the bad.

Make every day great,
Chris

Purposely been away for awhile…

So I have purposely not written for awhile. I was really waiting for a big announcement that I’m still waiting to hear the final decision on. In the mean time, I’ve started working out a little bit again. Specifically starting working out again today. My weight has again ballooned to a rather large 208 pounds. I really want to get my weight back down to a good running/racing weight, somewhere in the 170 pound range. Today was a good start in getting my body back to the way it really needs to look.

Running has always been my primary exercise of choice, since I was a high school cross country and track runner, and I really want to diversify into a triathlon in the near future. I put in a slow 4 miler this afternoon, 38:35, or 9:39 a mile. I knew my time wouldn’t be fast since I haven’t been running and I intentionally went out extremely overdressed to make sure I sweat a lot. It really wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting, but there is no doubt I’ll likely be very sore tomorrow.

The other area of my old conditioning that I used to thrive on was in the weight room. I never lifted huge amounts of weights other than with my legs, but I just enjoyed the process and the physical differences I noticed in my body over time. Today I started the Julien Greaux weight training program called get ripped stay big 365, that I’m going to do in combination with my running. I won’t hit big weights with it, but it will help to round out my running progress. Here’s day one of the program, I only did 1 circuit but will build up to the 5 circuits he pushes:

Superset:

Burpee Pushups: 1 set of 10 reps
Pullups: 1 set of 10 reps

Alternating Lunge: 1 set of 50 reps, 25 each leg
Vertical Jumps: 1 set of 10 reps
Bench Dips: 1 set of 10 reps
Side by Side Jump Over A Bench: 1 set of 10 reps
Triangle Pushups: 1 set of 10 reps
Hanging Leg Raises: 1 set of 10 reps
Alternating Knee Ups: 20 reps, 10 each leg
Crossover Running Plank: 1 set of 20 reps, 10 each leg
Hanging Side Leg Raise: 1 set of 10 reps

Here’s a link to his whole program

I’ll be back soon with my other announcement hopefully!

Make every day great,
Chris