Updates – Monday, 14th October 2013

Monday, 14th October 2013
I did not run on Saturday or on Sunday. George has continued to run. A lady friend of mine is also be doing her first half-marathon and she completed a 21km run/walk in 2.5 hours!
With that in mind, I set out to do a run of maybe 40 minutes, or, worst case, 30 minutes.

I did my usual route to the point I normally turn, turned and came back part of the usual way, turned onto a way I have gone once or twice before, went past point I reached that one time and ended up using a totally new route.
Total run ended up being 46 minutes!
From Google Maps, it seems I did about 8.2 km.

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Half Marathon Training and Other Updates

My friend George and I have been having some sort of rivalry, and I told him I would beat him in every race that we both took part in. There is Ndakaini Marathon coming up in September and each of us intends to beat the other in the half marathon. Our mutual friend, the Running Writer, promised whoever beats the other KShs 500/=. In addition, he promised KShs 2,000/- to whoever finishes the half marathon within 2 hrs 25 minutes. I have been building my running endurance so that I can ensure I beat George and so that I am better prepared for the Ndakaini Half Marathon and the Stanchart Marathon in October, than I was last year.

I have been working out fairly consistently in the last five weeks or so. The Running Writer told me to be updating this blog for accountability. I will try to do that, and I will also stop slacking in sharing other fitness stuff I come across.

So here is what I have been up to. (I currently work at home, so I sometimes work out or runĀ  during the day).

Sunday, 25th August 2013
Did run 11 min, rest 1 min, x 3. The hill was tough, but I was glad I did the full minutes required.

When I got home, I was hesitant to do Friday’s pullups, since I was rather spent after the run, but I did the 50 required.

User:Extremepullup performing a standard dead-...

User:Extremepullup performing a standard dead-hang pull up (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Later, my wife, our son and I went to a nearby shopping centre. One of the shops there had pushup stands on sale for KShs 2,500/-.
They also had something else that I did not recognise. When I asked the shop attendant, he said those were wrist exercisers.

Monday, 26th August 2013
I did 50 pullups. Was supposed to do 15, 10, 9, 8, 8.
I only did 13 then two more in the first set.
I did 6 then I think 2 and 2 for set two.
I did the other three sets as specified.

Later, I did bodyweight exercises – push-ups, pistol squats, squats.
I did 35 push-ups in one minute then added 15 diamond push-ups (not in one set) to make a total 50.
My current goal here is to do 40 push-ups within a minute without getting up.

After a while, I tried to do something I recently read somewhere – a total 75 push-ups within 3 minutes, taking as many breaks as needed. I only managed 55, but this was after the 50 done earlier. I will try again when I am fresh.

English: Pfc. John Jones, Troop B, 3-89th Cav ...

English: Pfc. John Jones, Troop B, 3-89th Cav Reg, performs as many regulation pushups as possible in two minutes on Mountain Field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 27th August 2013
I tried the push-up challenges today. I managed 40 push-ups in one minute, took some breaks but only managed 62 in the 3 minutes. This was partly because I got a bit lost in thought during one of the breaks.

I went running and did 11 minutes x 3 with 1 minute breaks between runs.

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