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Reaching for a new challenge

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 under Exercise, Health, working out | No Comment

A few years back I gave yoga a try. I enjoyed it but it didn’t stick. It was a time thing mostly.

A couple weeks ago I listened to a podcast where a runner started doing yoga, and it got me thinking about giving it a shot again. I’m still under a time crunch, what with trying to fit in running, work, family and the occasional boxing workout into a 24 hour day.

Lately though I’ve been trying to figure out what I NEED to be working on to be a better runner. Strength in my core and enhanced flexibility. I knew these two would help ward off injuries, treat what soreness I did have and improve my running efficiency and form.

I don’t have time for a yoga class. Not right now. Lil’ Geek takes precedent after work and my mornings are usually reserved for runs. But I wanted give yoga a shot. I downloaded a couple of different apps to my phone, scanned some beginner articles online and figured I would do some routines and then try as many poses as I could and repeat for 3 sets.

Yoga and running are similar. At first, I couldn’t do either very well. But that didn’t discourage me. I pushed on and wanted to get better. Had to get better.

My first yoga session was brutal. I was bending, and at times, very nearly breaking. But it was fun. Pushing my body. That’s what endurance running and yoga are for me.

The morning after and I’m fine. No real soreness. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. By the end of the first session I felt invigorated.

So what’s next? I’ll probably do the yoga three times a week, varying the lengths of the sessions and changing up the poses. I’d like to do a class in the future, but I want to get better before I get in front of others.

If you’ve never tried yoga, don’t wait. Go in with an open mind. You’ll be challenged in a new way and you’ll see some great benefits.

It’s About Time

Posted on Nov 06, 2012 under Exercise, Health, Running, working out | No Comment

I love running. I love eating. I love working out. I love fast food. I the discipline of training. I love enjoying a big meal.

No more. For the last week I’ve flirted with dieting. That’s a funny word. Tell people you diet and they imagine you’re eating rice cakes and celery sticks.

I’ve always thought I had a handle on my diet. But the truth is it’s a tenuous grasp.

This past week I spent three days counting calories. It was frustrating, exhausting and very beneficial. It worked. I ate less and ate better.

But I know now that I need to diet. Every day. Count calories. Focus on what’s going in. Enjoy the occasional bad meal, but cut back on the real junky stuff.

This is not something I want to do. Not exactly. I want  to be healthy. I want to look better and get in top shape. But that takes discipline, something I’ve struggled with when it comes to training and to eating.

No more. Beginning tomorrow I’ll be posting regular weigh-ins and progress. The progress reports will be part of my weekly recaps on Monday.

As for goals, they’re pretty simple.

Drop 7 pounds
Lower body fat to under 19%
Run a sub 8 minute mile
Do 75 pushups in a single set

I’m currently training for my first ultramarathon since last year. It’s a 12-hour race in March.

I plan on being ready.

Weekly Recap – November 5, 2012

Posted on Nov 06, 2012 under Exercise, family, Running | No Comment

What a week. Mrs. Fitgeek had sinus surgery on Monday and Lil’ Geek was sick Friday through Sunday.

Halloween was a blast, thanks to Lil’ Geek’s adorable costume and her ability to make everyone fall in love with her. Yeah, I’m not ready for the teenage Lil’ Geek.

Lil’ Geek doesn’t understand how Halloween candy works. She refuses to eat any of it. Instead, she just wants to look at it, shake it and take it from room to room. It was torture trying not to steal from her. For the record I ate ONLY one piece of her candy and I gave her additional candy out of guilt.

Everyone in the house seems to be on the mend. Finally!

My running and working out was sporadic, but it’s starting to get back on track. I only ran 14 miles last week, but in the midst of all that was going on, that’s just fine. I did weights and boxed two days and that certainly helped as well.

This week my goals are pretty simple:

Run 28-30 miles
Box and lift weights 3 days
Catch up on Walking Dead!

Figuring things out

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 under Exercise, Health, Running | No Comment

Tomorrow morning I’ll be doing my longest run since March. Twelve miles. The good news is I’m looking forward to the run, and afterward I’ll have my seond-highest monthly mileage this year. That’s all pretty cool.

The bad news is I’m slow. Sloooooooow. A lot of factors played in here. I haven’t done any speedwork, I run a good bit of hills and I like to take it easy. I’ve been injured before and there’s some wariness there on my part too. Also, I’m not at my best weight.

I realized all this during my morning run today and I’m going to make some changes.

  1. I’m going to eat better. I’ve always taken a eat what I want in moderation outlook, but it’s clear now that’s not enough. It won’t be a huge change, and there will be some bad days, but my goal is to limit the bad days and just be more conscious of what’s going in my stomach.
  2. Less soda. I drink a couple of cans a day, with more when we go out to eat. One a day, max now with one day a week with zero soda.
  3. Weight training and boxing twice a week minimum. I enjoy it, but I need to make more time for it.
  4. Speed training once a week. This will be one of two ways – either dedicated speed work or just pushing the pace on a run.
  5. Push the pace at the end of my long runs. I’ve also prided myself on feeling good at the end of my runs. But it’s time to leave everything on the blacktop.
  6. Run. 30 Miles a week is my goal. Every week.


I haven’t posted my goals in a while, so I’ll do that tomorrow. Time to plan the route for tomorrow’s run!

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 under Exercise, family, movies, Running | No Comment

Well, it was a busy one to say the least. We had some family health issues. Mrs. Fit Geek’s grandfather was seriously ill and we spent Saturday with him and the in-laws.

Lil’ Geek was her usual, mini-tornado self, running, playing and fighting sleep with every ounce of her tiny body.

My running this week was a little ying and yang. I did great up through Wednesday and then didn’t run another step through Sunday. I had runs scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, but work, life, laziness and a youngster who didn’t want to sleep, all prevailed.

Total mileage: 10 miles. That’s a shade lower than the 30 miles the previous week.

Overall for February, I had a strong month of running and working out. I’m over 100 miles for the month, and I’m starting to feel gains from the lifting. Because of Lil’ Geek’s schedule, I’m lifting in the evenings and doing it in about 40 minutes. Short and sweet.

I didn’t get near as much done as I’d have liked to for the other aspects of my life, but that’s almost always the case. All I can do is keep striving.

I’ve got a half marathon run slated for March 18 with a bunch of friends. I’m not expecting to hit a PR but it will be a good test for my 2012 goal of breaking 2 hours for 13.1 miles.

This week I’ve got loads to do. I’ll be passing 30 miles for the week in running, lifting at least three times and doing a lecture at work. Busy, busy, busy.

As for Lil’ Geek, I’m hoping to spend tons of quality time with her. She’s my sun and my moon.

Mrs. Fit Geek and I love us some reality shows. This week’s Biggest Loser and Survivor should be good, and I’m looking forward to the finale of Top Chef. At last. It’s been a long season.

Mrs. Fit Geek is always stoked about the Bachelor. Oh well. She’s close to perfect so this isn’t a huge flaw.

Me, I’m lovin’ some Justified. And I’m looking forward to Awake. I’m also big into the second “A Song of Ice and Fire” series (better known to many as A Game of Thrones). The second book so far is stellar.

So the blog is finally back up and running. I’m redoing my blog roll, so if you’ve got a blog e-mail me at schulmanwriter@gmail.com and I’ll add it as long as you add mine too.