Archive for August, 2008

10 Mile Week

Last week I told you that I was hitting the training hard for the Franklin Classic 5K on Labor Day.  Keeping to my word, I managed to run a total of 10 miles this week.

Monday I decided to try a new route I had never run around work.  It was a 3.2 mile route that took me around the mall.  I started with 5 minutes of walking and set off to jog the entire thing.  I didn’t quite manage to jog the rest of the way that day.  It was 92 degrees out with 73% humidity and once I got on the pavement I just got too hot.  I ran about 2 miles before I had to walk.  I ended up finishing in around 40 minutes.

Wednesday was my normal 3 mile route from home.  Since I sucked it up so bad in the heat on Monday, I was determined to jog the entire run following my 5-minute warm up walk.  The sun was setting, but ut was still damn hot: 90 degrees with 60% humidity.  I managed to complete the entire route jogging and finished 3.1 miles in 35:45.

Today I wanted to extend what I did on Wednesday just to prove to myself that a) it wasn’t a fluke and b) I could actually jog 3.1 miles non-stop after my warm-up walk.  I woke up early to get out before things heated up and it was a comfortable 76 degrees with 63% humidity. Starting with my 5-minute walk again, I finished the route jogging for a total of 3.8 miles.  It took me 44:34 to finish up this morning.

I’m feeling very satisfied with my progress this week.  I was able to overcome the mental barrier of jogging the entire 5K.  My body is feeling good now that I’m down about 20 lbs compared to when I tried to get into running a few years ago.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier it is to run at this lower weight.  Hopefully that will keep me injury free.

Worldwide Photo Walk this Weekend – Great Exercise!

Just a quick update for all photography geeks: This weekend (Saturday, August 23 to be exact) is the first ever worldwide photo walk taking place in nearly 300 cities across the world.  What does this mean to you?  An incredibly fun way to get a couple hours of light exercise!  Please visit Scott Kelby’s site for more information and sign up for a photowalk close to you.

World of Warcraft Workout Tip #2

Have you packed on a few pounds since you started playing World of Warcraft?  Are you constantly breaking polymorphs because you were hungry, and you thought the sheep was for you to eat?  If so, then listen up!

Start using quest turn ins as a trigger for doing ab workouts.  For every quest you complete, make it a priority to to 10 sit-ups as soon as the yellow question mark disappears.  Don’t accept another quest until you are finished.  I average around 7-10 quest turn-ins on a good night of playing.  This means that I have done 70-100 sit-ups in one night!  This only takes a few minutes away from your game play, and will put you on the path to having killer abs.  Note: If you can’t finish the sit-ups, switch to another abdominal workout such as planks or bicycle kicks.  When you do these, try to hold out for at least a minute, but don’t stop if you can keep going.

As always, consult your personal doctor before attempting any exercise presented here.  This has been your World of Warcraft Workout tip of the week.  Have fun and stay active!

Back Into 5K

I just recently decided that I want to run a 5K on Labor Day.  I haven’t been running at all since I jacked myself last year.  Now that my weight is down, I decided it was time to get moving again.

I only have 3 weeks to prep for the 5K, so I’m going to have to kick this into overdrive.  There is no easing into this.  Keeping that theme, I jogged/walked 5K yesterday.  Here are the stats:

74 degrees, 62% humidity I ran 3.2mi in 37:53.

I know I’m not breaking any records.  The run did feel pretty good.  I’ve decided that a lot of my problems were the shoes I was wearing.  I’ve done a few small runs lately in some cross-trainers and it felt good.  Yesterday I decided to go back to my running shoes and I had some foot pain again.  I’m throwing those damn things out.  They just don’t work with my body.  I’ll go back to Brooks;  they were more comfortable, but they wore out quicker than I would have liked.

I ran the first 1.75 miles at a good pace without stopping.  After that I lost some of my steam and had to walk a minute.  At that point I alternated jogging and walking making sure to keep my walks no longer than 1 minute.  Jogging is so much easier with a few pounds gone.  I can only hope that it will get even easier still.

The Cost of Healthy Eating

Photo courtesy of churl

As an employee in the healthcare industry, I’m privileged enough to hear the gripes and moans about the problems with our nation’s healthcare system.  There is a large strain on the country because of the rising costs of healthcare.  I’m sure there are plenty of things that could be amended in the current system, but we shouldn’t be so quick to point our fat fingers at everyone else.  Our nation is facing an obesity epidemic that I believe is a major source of the strain on our healthcare system.

According to the CDC, studies are showing that obesity rates are increasing in both adults and children.  The studies they mention span from 1976-1980 for the first and from 2003-2004 for the second.  Adult obesity rates rose from 15% to 32.9%.  In a 25 year time span, obesity rates among adults have more than doubled! What’s even more mind-boggling is the obesity rates among children.  In that same time span, obesity rates in children ages 12-19 rose from 5% to 17.4%.  In that same time span, childhood obesity has more than tripled!

Now that I’m becoming extremely conscious of what I’m eating, I’m coming to realize that healthy food just costs more money.  The December 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows the findings from the University of Washington on the subject.  Their article, The Rising Cost of Low-Energy-Density Foods found that energy dense foods (junk food) cost only $1.76 per 1,000 calories where the least energy dense foods (healthy food) cost $18.16 per 1,000 calories.  Not only that, but the price increase from 2004-2006 for the healthier foods was 19.5% whereas the junk food price dropped in price by 1.8%. 

Since Ashley and I have been eating healthier (lean meats, fruits, and vegetables) I’ve seen our weekly grocery bill increase by about 30%.  Keep in mind, this is without us buying sodas.  We’re buying less food and spending more money on it all.  It’s quite depressing.  There’s no way that a lower income family could afford the higher cost of healthier food.

[Cross Posted from digitalBush.]

The Diggnation Workout – Outdoor Edition

One of the best things to add to your regular exercise routine is some sort of spontaneity and uncertainty.   Breaking the mundane aspects of working out really helps you look forward to your workouts.  This is why people who get their exercise through sports, such as basketball, soccer, and tennis, are 47% more likely to stick with exercising (I just made that up that statistic.  It sounds great, right?!).  But I suck at sports.  I’M A NERD!  I need a different way to add some variety to working out.  So, I hijacked an idea I heard about a while back: Podcasts and drinking games!

No you don’t get to take shots during this workout, but you are going to play the Diggnation Drinking Game without the booze.  Here’s how it works: You turn on Diggnation and listen for certain triggers in the show that will cue you to do a specific workout.  A trigger could be something Kevin or Alex says, does, or implies.  Some shows might not give you much more than a simple walk in the park, others might make you pee yourself because you are too sore to go to the bathroom.  Either way you are listening to one of your favorite podcasts and slimming down at the same time.  So lace up your running shoes, set your Ipod to the latest Diggnation, and let’s get moving.

Warmup

1. Start off by walking for at least 90 seconds
2. If the show is recorded in San Francisco, stop and do 60 seconds of jumping jacks, then continue walking
3. If they are drinking beer during the episode, lightly jog for 60 seconds, then continue walking
4. Walk for 30 more seconds.

The warm-up should take 2:30 regardless of which combination of exercises you do.  If you hear any triggers during this time, ignore them.  Trust me, there will be plenty more to come.

Workout

Note: After completing every individual workout, walk for at least 60 seconds, regardless of whether any triggers come up during the time you are finishing your workout/walking combo.  This gives your body a chance to cool down.  If you are in very good shape, you can relax off this constraint as long as you feel comfortable doing so.

  • Alex mentions his girlfriend: 60 seconds walking lunges
  • Alex yells something in a high pitched voice: Jog for 60 seconds
  • Either of the guys starts on a new beer/tea (not counting the first round): Stop and do squats for 30 seconds
  • One of the guys admits to doing something illegal: Sprint for 30 seconds
    • Sprint 60 seconds if they make a failed attempt at covering their tracks
  • Kevin or Alex tastes either of the other’s beverage: Jog for 60 seconds
  • They massacre one of the “submitted by” user’s names: Stop and do 60 seconds of Jumping Jacks
  • Either one of the guys makes a sexual innuendo: 60 Seconds of stair climbs (If you can’t find a full set of stairs, just step up and down on a curb.  Make sure you alternate your leading leg when stepping up)
  • A female Diggnation listener submits a sexy picture of themselves and Kevin and Alex gawk at it: Sprint for as long as you can. This is the worst, but you know you are almost done with the show.  Once you feel like you can’t run any more, just finish walking for the remainder of the show.

That’s it!  You have an instant unique workout.  If you want to kick it up a notch, any time either of the guys cuss, start jogging.  Don’t stop jogging until you hit another trigger from above or you hear a second cuss word.  Another way to step it up is double the workout times if it is a live show.  This will definitely add some extra kick to the entire workout.

The good thing about this is that you can make up your own triggers, your own workouts, etc.  In fact, if you have any good ideas, please post them below so I can make an updated Diggnation workout. This is just a fun way to get us geeks into shape and the community will only add to the fun, so please comment.  And remember that whenever you pass somebody while doing the workout, you have to give them a big, hearty: “DIGGNATION!”

As always, consult your doctor before attempting this.  Stay active, have fun, and get into shape.