Well That Went Well

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Had a nice 4 mile run along the San Francisco marina. Beautiful day, really.

I scratched the clean and press from the plan, and instead did deadlifts and the forward/backward lunges recommended by JeeForce. Really, really good stuff.

I asked one of the trainers at 24 Hour Fitness to show me proper technique on the deadlift—it's been a while for me—and it really helped make sure I was focusing on and the right points.

Some abs, some stretches, then home for a protein shake.


What We Need is a Plan...

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Alright kids; so my plan—my grandiose, carefully devised, much-anticipated plan—has fallen apart.

I was really looking forward to running the 2008 American Liver Foundation's Run For Research. If you are observant, you will note that I have a vested interest in it, as someone near and dear to my heart is closely associated with the event.

Well, for reasons outside my control (which I may or may not elaborate in this here blog) I wasn't able to train like I needed to, and have dropped out of the 1/2 marathon. I'll be running a lowly 5k—not that it's wrong—with some friends that are coming in for the race.

But I'm itching to step it up to the next level. I've done some 5ks and 10ks, and I really want to do a half. So the goal is now to run the San Jose Rock & Roll Half Marathon in October.

Along the way (for reasons I may or may not elaborate in this blog) I'm looking to pick weightlifting back up. Not doing 1000 isolated bicep curls tho. I want to do big, basic movements—multiple-joint lifts that recruit whole muscle groups, improve joint mobility and build all-over, practical strength.

After pondering and digging around online (as well as enlisting the input of the wonderful @JeeForce), here's the plan I've devised:
running: speed work/hills
weights: squats, lunges (or leg press) — 3 sets @5-8 reps each
running: moderate run
weights: bench, pull-ups (or rows), still dips — 3 sets @5-8 reps each, more reps for still dips
running: moderate run
weights: deadlift, clean & press — 3 sets @5-8 reps each
running: moderate run
weights: circuit training — 30 minutes
long run

The running plan follows Cool Running's Beginner Half Marathon schedule.

Jee advised:
  1. Deadlifts may be a waste of time, as they're a one-plane dominant motion, which won't necessarily help with running. (Won't necessarily hurt, but may not pay a big benefit.)
  2. Leg Press should be avoided, as it retains the flexed hip position and may ultimately tighten up that area (which is better off loose and mobile)
  3. Do Forward Lunge to Back Lunge lunges (lunge lunges? lunge?). Basically lunge forward, then lunge backward, with the planted foot planted in both directions. This is apparently brilliant for mobility and strength of the "hip complex".
  4. Do some sort of active stretching on rest days to keep things moving and flexible. Also, do things to stretch and take care of the back, as the impact of running—and some weight training—can have a compressive effect on the spine.

Really good stuff.

I have to admit, after focusing (and periodically losing focus on) running, I'm really looking forward to regularly incorporate some good, solid lifting. As they say: w00t.

Tomorrow I jump in with both feet. Wish me luck.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

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What the world
needs now
is blog
sweet blog
it's the only thing
that there's just too little of

In looking around I've realized that while the Internet may groan under the weight of yet another runner's blog, it will not break.

As such, I'm casting my lot with the ambulatory blogosphere, and make this solemn pledge: This blog will not break the Internet.

Like most everybody else (and by that I mean the many folks in yonder blog roll →), I'll use the blog to keep track of my workouts, plans and goals.

This is not my first or only foray into the world of blogging—or runner blogging. My day (and evening, and sometimes late-night job) is at Hella Sound, which is a provider of good, original music for running. Hella Sound has a blog, too. The main difference being the blog at Hella Sound talks mostly with other people's running, training and the like.

This blog, however—this Slow Mofo—will be about me and my running. Well, that's the plan anyway.