In my seemingly never-ending quest to reignite my love of exercise, I've taken a drastic step. For my birthday this year, my parents got me the P90X system, and the wife and I started today. And now my arms don't work. Typing is really the most intensive thing I can do with them, so I figured it was a good time to update the blog.
The last few weeks have been slightly more productive for me in the running department, but still nowhere near the level of production I need if I'm going to qualify for the Boston Marathon in February. However, I have taken the following steps to get better:
1) My wonderful wife bought me a new pair of shoes. They're Mizuno, which is new for me, but they came highly recommended from the Hill Country Running Store employee who also races in my current favorite shoe, the Brooks PureConnect. While they're a bit looser than anything I currently use, I'm hoping they'll be a little easier on my feet as a result. Also, they're purple, which is fun.
2) The same store has Thursday night workouts for hills and speed work, which I will absolutely attend once I have Thursday nights open. Depending on my upcoming rehearsal schedule (as we've just started the process for my next show), I'm hoping this will start happening soon.
3) P90X. I figure that I'm going to get stronger, and then when I run thereafter, my body will get used to working hard while tired, the very epitome of the last six miles. Seems like a solid plan. It'll help that I'll also look better.
4) Here's the big one. As an added incentive to get me up in the morning, I'm finally taking my fuel intake seriously. That means that I'm fazing out all pop from my diet, and taking alcohol off the list until I qualify. Gauntlet down. Do it.
So today, we started the P90X process, and while I was not able to make it through the ab section, I felt that the arms went pretty well. I'm excited to see what's next.
And to be able to lift things again.