Who am I? A 50-year old guy who knows I have a better chance of living a longer healthy life if I workout. I have allowed myself to gain some excess weight and lose strength and strength-endurance by eating poorly and working out infrequently (and in a non-structured way). So I thought this might be a good way of making myself accountable.
What do I want to do? Get back into shape. Nothing fancy, other than to train at an intensity that can result in body compositional changes.
What have I done/intend to do to achieve my goals? I signed up for Chad Waterbury's 'Waterbury Challenge 2011', and I also intend to run my first ever half-marathon in April this year, which means I have to hit the road and put some mileage in. I will also pursue a CW strength-training style workout program, as I have successfully done in the past, which will add some structure and metrics to my otherwise half-baked approach of today. All of the above will be in the name of trying to get back into shape. I recognize a half-marathon conspires against strength, but given my condition, I will still benefit from both pursuits for now in terms of leaning out and getting blood pressure under control. Once the half-marathon goal has passed, I may choose more compatible goals. I'll worry about that later.
In terms of equipment, I have a home gym with everything I need to do serious lifting, and a perfectly good running road outside, so I have no excuses. My log starts today, but I have been steadily increasing my workouts over the past few weeks:-
Today - weight: 207 LB (I got down to 178 LB on P90-X a couple of years ago).
A 3 mile run. My first run since November. My average pace was a truly miserable 10:31 / mile (as I said, I am out of shape). At least I have plenty of upside potential. I want to run the half marathon in less than 2 hours, so my average pace between now and April has to come down to 9:15/mile as I steadily increase my running distance.
CW's challenge for day 7 - An easy 7 pull-ups, push-ups and walking lunges. (Only 1 set of each needed for today - that will not last of course).
No strength training today, I will do that tomorrow.
My personal 2011 fitness journey begins. Happy New Year to everyone!