Results tagged “Fitness”

Since my accident two years ago physical training has not really been one of my priorities. While I initially planned to catch up again at latest in autumn 2010 that didn't quite work out. This may or may not have been influenced by my continued University studies but at least it's a better excuse than plain laziness. There have been a few tries that year and 2011 again but in the end I didn't manage to come up with a regular schedule for any activity.

Nevertheless. A few weeks ago the announcement for the Business-Marathon was sent out in the company's email. I was asked by some people of my team and without much consideration I've been in a group of 8 who were to run 5.25km each. The marathon was still many weeks ahead and so a training plan was set up for two 5km-distances each week. As it's with every plan it also broke down (weather, work and other reasons) and in the end I had about five training rounds before the marathon took place.

During these rounds I experienced a buildup of my endurance which I haven't experienced this visibly ever before. The first time on the 5km I only ran for a few hundred meters before I had to slow down to walking for a break. And I had some serious muscle aces for the following two days. But already the on next run I could extend that distance quite a bit and had no muscle issues afterwards anymore. This tendency kept up all the time and during the marathon itself my first (of two) walking-breaks was at about 3.5km. It took me 36:10min for the 5.25km distance during the marathon btw, not a great time for a regular runner but a pretty good time for my 6th run ever I guess.

In the end I'm pretty happy with the results. During the training rounds I shortly thought of a personal goal to finish one full round without having to take a walking-break but I skipped that when it became clear that I could not take more training-rounds.

Currently I'm still in the mood to continue with this or a similar physical workout but what I need for that is really somebody else who joins me and leverages my motivation to the point where I actually get moving. I'm a group person and while it's possible to motivate me to almost any activity with others involved it's a rare occourence that you see me doing something on my own and alone...

Seems that I have to find some folks who are willing to join me and prevent me from falling back into laziness mode again.

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Over the last three weeks I've started again with performing some exercises. I'm doing this because on the one hand I want to strengthen my torso muscles to avoid problems with my spine again as I had in the past. On the other hand I want to raise my overall fitness and condition and to be honest I also hope that it changes my metabolism a bit so that I gain a bit more weight.

For now I chose the number of pushups I'm able to perform in a row as a quick indicator of my progress. When I started about three weeks ago my limit was 20 maximum leaving me quite exhausted for some minutes. Two days ago I've been at 30 maximum but not as exhausted as in the beginning, just with the need for faster breathing now. I'm a bit surprised by this fast improvement.

I'm not planning to make any investments in sports gear for now as I think it should be possible to work out without special equipment at the current level where I rate myself. But I had a quick chat with a classmate about it who is a bit more serious about training and I try to follow his tips.

I also returned to the Badminton field with work-colleagues two weeks ago and we're aiming to keep it a fixed event every week. Maybe I can also return to the Sunday-event with another classmate. But since my last exercise with her, where I damaged my ankle, is already quite a bit in the past and my position has most probably been filled by a replacement player, my hopes are currently not too high for this.

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