Archive for February, 2008

Motivation / Success Group Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

So last night, we had the first meeting of a motivation/success group that I put together. We all have read 4 Hour Work Week and all want to get some businesses going on the side.

The meeting was a big success. It’s my friends Ben, Brian, and Chris. And Terry will be joining in the future, just couldn’t last night. I feel really confident that we’ll keep each other motivated. The idea for the group is that we will work individual projects, but might collaborate now and then, and will meet somewhat regularly to update each other on status, help keep each other on that road. It’s awesome.

Last night we decided to work on a first project together. I’m not going to unveil any of the details quite yet, but once we get something going, I will post. This project is kinda like a case study for us. Pretty much, launching any product online is the same routine. So we’re going to learn the routine together for this project, so it will help us with others in the future. Learn the formula, then rinse and repeat. This first one is a basic idea. Just to prove to ourselves that it can be done, that we can put a product out, that it will bring in some cash, etc etc. Not looking to get rich off of this one. This is a small idea and we each have our own bigger, more grandiose ideas that we’ll pursue as well. The idea is to GET STARTED. DO SOMETHING. Don’t just sit there talking about it.  I am guilty as charged for doing that and I’m trying to break out of it. Time to get stuff done.

I’m really excited and I can’t wait to update you on our progress. More soon!

Truckin’ Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Yeah, I missed one day last week. But I did all of the long days. I don’t feel so bad.

Here’s what I am doing this week:

Week 4:
5 workouts this week.
Day 1: warm up, then: 1/2 mile jog, 1/4 mile walk, 3/4 mile jog, 1/4 mile walk, 1/2 mile jog: total 2 1/4 miles. go home.
Day 2: warm up, then: 1 mile jog (4 laps) 1/4 mile walk, 1 mile jog. total 2 1/4 miles. go home.
Day 3: warm up, then: 2 1/4 mile jog (9 laps) NO WALKING! Day 4: Repeat Day 2
Day 5: Repeat Day3

Location: Track
1/2 mile: 8:16 pace
3/4 mile: 8:49 pace
1/2 mile: 8:58 pace
Max HR: 186
Avg HR: 159 (includes walking sections)
Max Pace: 7:03

Location: My block
1st mile (clockwise): 8:22
1/4 mile walk (not measured)
2nd mile (clockwise): 8:56
Max HR: 185
Avg HR: 176
Max Pace: 6:49
Avg Pace: 8:37

Awesome! So cool to see progress. It will be nice when I am running full miles from here on out. When I am doing that, I’ll track pace in a spreadsheet or something. Hard to compare pace so far because a pace for a half mile is very different than a pace for 2 miles. I’m trying to keep it consistent though.  I also am going to try to ONLY measure therunning sections with my watch. I need to go calibrate it again, it is definitely slightly off, so those paces under Max and Avg might be slightly off. The ones where I indicate how fast for each distance are accurate though since I am using stopwatch. The others are calculated by the footpod. We’ll get that totally accurate in the next few days and I’ll post. I’m also going to do the “Fitness Test” that the watch does. It measures your VO2… That is the capacity of your body to utilize oxygen. So it is a measure of seeing how fit you are. I’ll post that. I am also keeping track of my weight, fat %, muscle weight, etc using our scale at home. I’ll post that too, what the hell, maybe it’ll keep me honest.

So today, I walked at lunch, after running by Academy to buy some Under Armour tights (for cold weather). Who knew those were so expensive!? $75 for a pair of long tights and a long sleeve tights shirt!!! So I walked at lunch, then ran after work, and just now worked out too. I’m doing just a short series of supersets for working out right now. Just to get my body used to it, then I’ll start really training with weights. Good stuff!

2 Miles Twice! Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Yaaaahooooooo! I did 2 miles (nonstop) two days in a row now!


Here are stats:

Location: Home
1st mile: 9:08  (clockwise)
2nd mile: 10:04  (counterclockwise)

Location: Home
1st mile: 8:43 (counterclockwise)
2nd mile: 9:49 (clockwise)
Max Pace: 7:16
Avg Pace: 9:37
Max HR: 193
Avg HR: 185

Awesome I did better today than yesterday! Woo hooo!

Operation Ab Fab Thursday, February 21st, 2008

So this is actually pretty embarrassing, so I thought I’d share.

I did a set of 20 crunches, 20 side crunches (20 each side), and 20 leg lifts TWO DAYS AGO. And my abs are still sore.

That should be motivation enough to stick with this and get in shape.

Rollin rollin rollin Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Here’s what I’m doing this week:

Day 1: Brisk 5 minute warm up walk, then: 1/2 mile jog, 1/4 mile walk, 1/2 mile jog, 1/4 mile walk, 1/2 mile jog. total 2 miles. go home
Day 2: 5 minute warm up, then: 3/4 mile jog (3 laps) 1/2 mile walk (2 laps) 3/4 mile jog. total 2 miles. go home.
Day 3: 5 minute warm up then: 2 mile jog (8 laps) NO WALKING!!! Catch your breath and go home. good job.
Day 4: Repeat day 3
Day 5: Repeat Day 2.

So I did Day 1 yesterday, and I did Day 2 tonight. It’s tough. Hard to tell if it’s getting easier or harder. Tonight felt slightly easier. Last night felt harder.

I’m running approximately a 8:30 pace, but that’s not in full mile stints yet. Tomorrow I have to run 2 miles straight, so it will be a good measure of the actual pace I can keep up. I’m going to guess that it’s going to be a 9:30 pace. We shall see.

Oh, and here’s some random stats:

Tonight: 28:29 minutes

1st 3/4 mile: 6:18 (8:24 pace)

2nd 3/4 mile: 6:52 ( 9:09 pace UGH!)

Max Heart Rate: 190 (102%)

Avg Heart Rate: 161 (86%)

Max Pace/Mile: 6:56