Posts Tagged ‘Janelle Monae’

Distance: 2.05Miles
Workout: Chest & Back – Disc 01  / Ab Ripper X – Disc 12

The twelve week training program I am doing has me do a short run every week. They are great. I can knock out a great pace and not worry about running out of steam. Two miles is nothing now. It almost seems a shame to lace up and only do two miles. In these two miles I saw more people out then on my last run. Maybe it was the time of day or the weather getting a little nicer. I passed through a small crowd a teenagers who gave the stick eye. They seemed to be in a heavy discussion.  Then again, every discussion teenagers have seems to be overly important.  I didn’t hear them with the song “Faster” pushing me along. When I passed the recreation fields, it looked like a hockey game was just ending. I had to steer around and hurdle a couple loose duffel bags. How hard is it to put them off to the side?

At one point I started closing in on another runner. Another runner? People in my neighborhood run?  I decided to see I could close the gap between us before I reached my turn. Well, he turned before I caught up, and I enjoyed the rush. I can’t wait for my first race.

During this run I listened to Janelle Monae and her album The ArchAndroid .  The tempo of the album is ideal for keeping a great pace.  There is only one or two songs that lose the beat.  I need to find the next album for these shorter runs.

If you have been reading this regularly, you know that on these short days I add the P90X routines. This is week two for me. After the second round of Chest and Back, I will up my resistance bands and reps. Progress is a good thing. Oh, and I still hate push ups. I complain during every set of them, just ask my wife and dogs. I curse through every rep. The burn is there and it won’t stop.

So I have come to terms that I am addicted to lacing up the shoes and hitting the road.

Next Run: 9 Miles (Saturday)
Next Workout:  P90X (Disc 08) (Friday)
Next Race: Burlington Race for the Hungry 5K



Distance: 2.07 Miles
Pace: 9’00”

Ok, that was the final short run before I run the half marathon distance tomorrow.  I am excited and worried at the same time.  It has been over two weeks since I have run over ten miles.  This last run was fantastic.  It was short, but I knew that going in to it.  I pushed myself and didn’t let up until my my legs told me to let off.  I set a new PR for the first mile, and for the entire run distance.  I almost got it under a 9 miute pace.  Yeah, I know for a pro that is nothing, for me, it is fantastic.  I hope to make that seem like nothing one day.

This was the first run I have done listening to music, rather than a podcast, in quite some time.  It is funny what came up on shuffle:

Iron – Iron Kid (Song from Assassin’s Creed Revelation Trailer)
Still Alive – Lisa Miskovsky (Song from Mirror’s Edge Trailer)
The Bomb – Bitter:Sweet (Starts off telling you to be all you can be)
Faster – Janelle Monae (A song that continues to pick up pace telling you to go faster.)

Each song seemed to try to push me harder and harder.  On a short run I can see that working; on a two hour run it may be exhausting or boring.  I am not quite sure which.

So I have decided to include P90X workouts into my routine. I watched the introductory video today, and if it is even half as tough as they make it out to be, this may kick my ass.  Then again, I thought running more than a couple minutes was impressive.  My primary focus of trianing will still be the running.  I am not planning on giving up on my goals.  At the same time I want to improve my overall health, and I believe some strength training will help.  After I complete tomorrow’s run I will lay out the next 12 weeks with runs and the P90X exercises.  Once those 12 weeks are done, I will map out the next 12 and complete out the last of the P90X routines.  Should I call it P180X or P45X?  Either way, I will be working out six days a week.  My only worry is with my work schedule, am I taking on too much?  I will revaluate on week 3, by then I am a quarter of the way in and have a good sense if I can keep it up.

I heard and expression the other day on an appointment, “It is easier to create than it is to maintain.”  It is so true in life and in business.  And the scary thing is, it is also true with weight loss and a workout routine.  This week has proven it to me.  This past week has been three ever decreasing runs, and my weigh in most likely will not be down.  It would be very easy to shelf this whole endevour and fall back into my old ways.  It is easy not to maintain this progress and return to being fat on the couch.  Glory may not always be found along the hard road; it is never found on the easy one.

Next Run: 13.1 Miles
Next Race: Burlington Race for the Hungry 5K