Archive for August, 2011

Summer Run #11

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I think I’ve hit a plateau with my running. This session is almost exactly like my #9 run. So rather than do one long sprint in there, I will try to do multiple short sprints. Or run at a fast, but steady pace I can keep. Let’s see how that improves my time.


Summer Run #10

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I went for a long run last Saturday (Aug 13). It felt great; I felt strong throughout the run and had it not been for the winds toward the end, I probably would’ve gone an extra mile or so. I started the summer off at a 248-lb. weight or so and I’m now at about 239 lbs. I’m not looking to lose weight to be honest (it’s all a number game), but instead I’m looking to maintain/improve my cardio and lower my body fat. At any rate, these runs have definitely helped me out. Summer is slowly winding down so I’d like to have at least 2 more long sessions.

Summer Run #9

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

This weekend’s run felt a little tougher than usual (considering it was a short run). I managed to run a 9.21-minute mile in there and I’m wondering if that’s what wiped me out. (I average about a 10-minute mile.) So I want to keep pushing that 9-minute mile speed. Next weekend I will try to run two 9-minute miles in my 5-mile run. We’ll see how I feel. Regardless, it was an enjoyable run.

One-Arm Dumbbell Rows

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

The one-arm dumbbell row has been one of those exercises I’ve done in the past, but given up on quickly. The reason? I’ve never seen (or felt) any results from that exercise.

That said, I recently decided to incorporate it into my back workout, this time paying more attention to my form rather than the weight I was using. Another thing which I try to keep in mind while doing this exercise — you’re not pulling/jerking the dumbbell back with your arm, instead your pushing it back with your, er, back. Let your back lead your arm. I personally like the tips given in this YouTube video and I can attest that after 3 sets, your back will feel a nice swell to it.

Summer Run #8

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Only July 23, temperatures in NYC hit 100 degrees. That said, I shortened my run to just 3 miles that day. It was great, I personally love running in the heat, but as I’ve said before — you have to hydrate very well and wear sunblock. Jog with your brains. This past weekend was the first weekend I skipped outdoor running, but I made up for it with my indoor run today. A minimum of 5 incline and 6 speed for 30 minutes. It wiped me out. A few people have commented that I look thinner/leaner, which is great and shocking at the same time. I wasn’t overweight before, but I think with all my runs I’m losing more weight that I thought. Not bad, but my main goal is to lose body fat. I want to get that number down to 10%.