Hi Muscle Mecca. How are you? I can't believe it's been almost two years. This place has changed a lot.
So, what's new with me? Well, I moved to New Mexico and kind of fell off the planet. It was not a happy time in my life. I was deployed last May, but luckily didn't have to go anywhere dangerous. I was able to eat a lot of fruits and veggies and run and lift while in the Middle East. Well, more running than lifting--I was running 30-40 miles a week easy, with 10+ mile days every weekend. I took first in the half-marathon in September out of about sixty or so competitors. I only ran a 1:37, so nothing spectacular, but good enough to win on that particular day against the small pool of people at our base. And I did it in my Vibrams, so that was cool.
Despite all that, the deployment still sucked as my boss was the biggest psychopath I've ever met. That motivated me to apply for my current job, though; I'm in Ohio teaching ROTC. It's much better than what I was doing. Because I'm at a university, I have access to some fairly decent fitness facilities. I hadn't done any real serious swimming for about eight years, so I took advantage of the pool starting in early January. Now that I've conquered that (I consider 'conquering' regaining my ability to swim a 100 butterfly, albeit slowly), I'm looking to change up my workout. It will include more lifting. Hence, this log.
My current short term goal is just to get in shape for summer, because, let's face it, about 90% of us on here are slightly metrosexual narcissists (unless that's changed, too). I'm not out of shape by any means, but I'm rockin' about a 192 right now and I'd like to be closer to 180 for summer. Until about June, I'll be working on my experimental workout program. More on that later.
I have several goals stretching out over the next 18 months. By this September, I want to run in the Air Force Marathon. The marathon part doesn't scare me. The hard part will be doing it barefoot
After the marathon, I want to dunk a basketball. I'm not too optimistic about that one. It has nothing to do with wanting to be good at basketball--I know that will never happen--but it seems like a good goal to work towards. I'm probably too old, which is sad, but I'll give that a good try for a month or so and see where my vertical gets. I'll be at a lighter weight from the marathon training so if it'll ever happen that would be the time. If nothing else it'll be different.
Following that, over the winter, I'll focus on lifting more, which I haven't done since college. Try to gain some mass again without getting as sloppy as I did in college. Preferably on my arms this time; no matter how big, fat, strong, weak, skinny, or fast I get, my arms are always the same size.
My last goal is to run the Air Force Marathon again, and run it in less than three hours. I think that will take a solid six months of just running.
So, that's my plan. My experimental program is something I've been wanting to do for a few years but never worked out the logistics. You know how when you start lifting after some time off you get sore again? My idea is to change up what I do often enough to be sore all the time. Hmm, actually, that sounds like a bad idea now that I've verbalized it, but you get the idea. Someone like Tim can probably give me a name for what I'm trying to do.
I also want to improve in running and lifting legs at the same time, which is something I haven't been able to do in the past to any great extent. I don't think they're incompatible, I just don't think I've found quite the ratio I need. When I was deployed I ran a long distance day of ten miles or more once a week and was probably only doing squats once a week. I want to shift that ratio a little. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but I've basically come to something of a three-week cycle. I'll run long distance every ten and eleven days, hit every body part about twice a week in the gym, and throw in some swimming, running, and circuit training. There will be a rest day about once a week. Nothing will be set in stone. Instead, I'm going to try to set up a good schedule that allows me to deviate from the plan as life gets in the way and as my body tells me what to do.
There's also yoga, because Sara and I have been taking free classes with the university. It's tougher than it looks if you've never done it, but I'm prepared to do yoga on my rest days sometimes because it's usually not that intense. I can do a headstand now
By the end of this three months I'm hoping to be able to do the following:
5 pullups at BW + 45lbs
sub 9 min 1.5 mile run
sub 20 min 5k
Yeah, I know, benching as much as I squat I've given up all hope of my legs ever recovering from the herniated disc. My left hamstring is inflexible and weak, and it throws off the strength in my whole lower body. I'm not sure why it doesn't hurt my deadlift more...but maybe that would be higher if not for the injury.
Alright, so, that's it. That's a longer post than most of you all will read, but that's okay, it was mostly for my benefit. I'll keep you all posted as I develop my routine. Until then, I'll post up my workout from today and try to get around to the rest of the site tomorrow.
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