Fitness Week in Review January 21st to January 28th, 2013

This is an ongoing series of posts reviewing my week’s worth of exercise and fitness activities.

  • Running:
    • I ran bits of week 4 of the 12-week half-marathon training plan I’m using to get ready for the NC Half Marathon in March.
    • The running was bad this week. I could make all kinds of excuses about Betty (the Garmin FR 610) freaking out on Wednesday’s run or Ann Marie being sick on Thursday or it being just too cold, but I won’t. I didn’t run all 5 miles of Wednesday’s workout because I was cold and lazy. I didn’t run at all Thursday or Sunday because I was lazy. Saturday’s 4 miles went by pretty slowly on the treadmill, but it was a good run.
  • Food:
    • This wasn’t a great week for food and my weigh-ins were proof. We ate out too much, especially Wednesday and Thursday when Ann Marie started to feel pretty bad.
  • Weight:
    • Beginning of week – 185.5 lbs, 29% body fat
    • End of week – 185 lbs, 29.5% body fat
  • The week ahead:
    • Running: I’m starting week 5 of the half-marathon training. There’s a 7 mile long slow run on Sunday. I am definitely intimidated by it.
    • General Exercise:
      • Yoga. Really. I’m going to keep listing it until I really do start going. I have it on my calendar for Tuesday. That means getting up early Tuesday to run and going to the class at Onslow Fitness in the evening.
      • I need to figure out a solid strength training routine. Nothing too crazy, but something to add a bit of muscle and tone up the fat. I’m going to check out the personal training options at the gym. Cost is a factor, but maybe two days a week for 6 weeks won’t be crazy expensive?

It’s been an off few days for me. Not horrible, but not far from it.

Here’s a question for you: I have a fancy iPhone 4 with a fancy video camera and fancy video editing software. Would y’all be interested in video updates? What about fancy charts from my spreadsheet? What other bits of information would you like?

How was your week?

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Fitness Week in Review January 14th to January 21st, 2013

This is an ongoing series of posts reviewing my week’s worth of exercise and fitness activities.

  • Running:
    • I ran week 3 of the 12-week half-marathon training plan I’m using to get ready for the NC Half Marathon in March.
    • The running is still going pretty great. I skipped one day (a 3 mile run) and ended up running one 3 mile run in cold windy wet rain.
  • Food:
    • We had dinner our way too much this week. Sonic on Tuesday, Jimmy John’s on Wednesday, Asian delivery on Thursday and pizza on Friday. Not that the food was too bad, just that it was a lot
  • Weight:
    • Beginning of week – 185.5 lbs, 29% body fat
    • End of week – 185.5 lbs, 29.5% body fat
  • The week ahead:
    • Running: I’m starting week 4 of the half-marathon training.
    • General Exercise:
      • Yoga. Really. I’m going to keep listing it until I really do start going. I get a “bye” for the last few weeks as they’ve not held the class due to the holidays, but I’ve got to figure a way in there.
      • I need to figure out a solid strength training routine. Nothing too crazy, but something to add a bit of muscle and tone up the fat. Mostly arm, back and core related, I’d think? Does anyone have suggestions?

It’s been a good week for me. How was your week?

Fitness Week in Review January 7th to January 14th, 2013

This is an ongoing series of posts reviewing my week’s worth of exercise and fitness activities.

  • Running:
    • I ran most of week 2 of the 12-week half-marathon training plan. I skipped a day (Thursday). I can’t do that too often. Not because I necessarily need the extra fitness from one day of running early in the plan (though I do!), but because I need the structure of a plan and I need to follow it pretty strictly. Skipping one day leads to skipping two which leads to skipping three…And then why bother? So I do have to stick to plan…At least mostly.
    • The running is still going great.
  • Food:
    • This week was ok on food. We ate out a couple times, but nothing too crazy and I did a mostly great (patting myself on the back a bit!) job of self-control, especially when one of the Marines brought donuts to the office on Thursday (I had one jelly-filled munchkin). Friday was definitely a bad day. I was fine until we left Jacksonville to pick up Mini at swim practice in Wilmington. On the way, we had Taco Bell and on the way back we had KFC. Neither is the healthiest choice, but together they’re the Voltron of bad food decisions. And then there was a dinner at Cheddar’s Casual Cafe on Friday the 11th…Talk about bad food choices. I got the Buffalo Chicken Wrapper. And ate it. All 2,200 calories! Whoopsie…
  • Weight:
    • Beginning of week – 185.5 lbs, 29% body fat
    • End of week – 185.5 lbs, 29% body fat
  • The week ahead:
    • Running: I’m starting week 3 of the half-marathon training.
    • General Exercise:
      • Yoga. Really. I’m going to keep listing it until I really do start going. I get a “bye” for the last few weeks as they’ve not held the class due to the holidays, but I’ve got to figure a way in there.
      • I need to figure out a solid strength training routine. Nothing too crazy, but something to add a bit of muscle and tone up the fat. Mostly arm, back and core related, I’d think? Does anyone have suggestions?

It’s been a darn great week for me. How was your week?

Running Like a Nerd: Tracking Your Data – Running

These days there are lots of ways to track your running data and the choices are from old-school paper and pen to slick, high-speed web sites or home-grown spreadsheets. There’s just as many ways to record the data to fill these data trackers, too. Watches, phones and old-fashioned stop-watches and maps.

Right now, I’m using a combination of web-services and a spreadsheet to record the data. I have Runkeeper, DailyMile and Strava profiles (all linked at the right!). I also have a Google Docs spreadsheet to manually record and manipulate the data. I’m not sold on any one of these services or the¬†spreadsheet¬†as a permanent long-term system. That’s why I’m using them all.

I had been using the appropriate iOS apps on my iPhone 4 to record the data and save to each service, but upon realizing Runkeeper exports the .GPX data, I’ve been recording using their app and exporting manually to Strava and DailyMile. And of course the spreadsheet is manually entered from the recorded data.

But now…I have a couple new weapons in my arsenal: Betty, the Garmin Forerunner 610 and Garmin Connect. Using the watch instead of the iPhone makes it a bit easier to manage things when running. It also gives me access (eventually…) to a whole lot more information. With a heart rate strap and foot pod, I’ll have cardio telemetry and food cadence, as well as be able to measure performance while on a treadmill. The 610 also makes it easier to maintain a particular pace with its virtual partner function. And, as if all that isn’t enough, I can create workouts on the computer using Garmin Training Center and send them (wirelessly) to the watch. It’ll tell me when to speed up for a tempo workout, slow down for a recovery and do it all again. I’m very excited about the potentials opened up with this gal!

How do you track your fitness activities? Do you have separate systems for running and the other stuff, or one system to track them all?