Monday, March 30, 2009

I want muscles!



I have said before - I want arms like Michelle Obama.

Then again so does everyone else now that we have seen them plastered all over magazines everywhere. In any case I have been reading a bit about how to improve on my running and the funny thing is a lot of it has nothing to do with running. It is also about improving on other things.

I found a website that is all about the Couch to 5K but not Cool Runnings so most of it is free. I followed a link to a training program for a 10K that I think I am going to try.

It explains training to do on off days that will help improve my running.

I am not up to the running suggested on this plan as I am still working on getting back to running the distance of a 5K but I figure I can work on the other things.

So Monday is supposed to be Stretching/Strength. I followed the links and was taken to 2 sites showing 6 simple stretching and 6 simple strength exercises. I felt pretty weird as I don't own weights but it gave the option of using a can of soup or bottle of water so that is what I did. Ava found this hysterical and kept stealing the water bottles.

It included mostly upper body exercises but also some lunges and crunches. The last time I did a crunch was a million years ago but I get on the floor and humph....What the Hell?? These hurt and can I even do a full sit up? Struggling. So I did 2 sets of 15 crunches and 2 sets of 15 sit ups. Not a lot but to me it was like a marathon. I guess this is going to have to be a regular thing.

1 comment:

Barry said...

1. Michelle Obama is beautiful.

2. I love that they have committed 1100 square feet of the White House Lawn to a vegetable garden.

3. That 10k program looks great!

4. I don't think I can do a full sit up. Not sure my back could take it. So is there an alternative or are crunches enough?

5. You might be able to find some light weights on Craig's List or at Play It Again Sports. I also got one of those big inflatable balls cheap at Target, I think. I like it as it helps my lower back.

6. I am looking forward to integrating Cat's strength training program into my week. I can already feel results from the tiny bit of intro stuff we did last night, so I can only imagine how the full workout will feel.

So, I'll be looking forward to our helping each other along the way to the Falmouth Road Race.

Which one of us will lose a toe nail first?? ;)

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40