Posts Tagged ‘mini marathon’

I haven’t posted in a few days, almost a week, sorry for anyone who watches and reads this.

Don’t worry, I haven’t missed much.  That ankle pain I had the other day has really been bothering me, so I missed Wednesday’s run for three miles at my race pace.  Not going to the gym, I didn’t get my Crossfit workout in that day either.

Thursday, I pushed through and ran three miles, at a decent pace.  Not great, but I still got it in there.  My ankle did not like me afterwards.  I started the Crossfit WOD for the day too, but I didn’t quite finish it.  I did 21 reps of 75 lb. cleans, and I’m not really sure if I did that right, but it was tough.  I then moved on to do about 10 dips, with no weight assistance.  That wasn’t near as far as I needed, but it was something.

Friday was a rest day, so no run, which was good, because I still had a pain in my ankle.  Same as Wednesday, I missed the gym, so I missed the Crossfit.  I’m such a slacker.

Saturday was the day for my long run.  I did five miles on Saturday at roughly a 9:00 pace, so I was pretty happy with that.  I used some softer shoes because of my ankle, but that didn’t really help.  It’s actually caused me to hobble around quite a bit today (Sunday).  There was no Crossfit workout on Saturday, so I didn’t do anything else.

Today there was a Crossfit workout, but Brittany and I had some things to do around the house, and I didn’t make it to the gym.  I start back on some military duty tomorrow, so I’m not exactly sure what my schedule is going to be the next couple of weeks.  I hope to at least keep my running schedule up, and get this ankle pain to go away.

I hope everyone else is doing well!


Three miles, no sweat

Posted: 17 Jan 12 in Running
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Today’s plan was just a run.  There was no Crossfit WOD today, so my mini-marathon training plan was for a three-mile run.  Today was not good though.  It started out good, my first day being back on eight-hour shifts, instead of tens, and things went smooth.

Not only was it a short day, seemingly, but we stayed pretty busy working on our monthly report.

The downside, when I started my run, I started feeling a lot of pain.  I made my first mile in a reasonable pace, but I had to take it down with a quickness afterwards.  I ended up walking twice throughout the three-mile run.  My ankle was hurting quite a bit.  My breathing was fine, but I felt some pain.  I have another run tomorrow, at what I plan to be my race pace, so hopefully being slow with it will help.  I don’t know what I’ll do if there is something wrong with my ankle.

So, as you can see, my title for this post is misleading, my three miles were a lot of sweat!

Today’s workout was a great run, four miles, and the Crossfit WOD.  The WOD today was a Tabata Row, Tabata Squat, Tabata Pull-ups, Tabata Push-ups, and Tabata Sit-ups.  The Tabata rounds are as many as possible in 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat a total of eight times each exercise.  I wasn’t able to do everything today.  The gym at the YMCA didn’t have a rowing machine, so I left that one out, and I didn’t do my last two minutes on the sit-ups.  My four mile run was completed in 35:40, which I feel really good with also.

Tomorrow’s Crossfit workout is a 5K run, but my mini-marathon training has me doing some cross training instead of running, so I’ll probably do that instead to give my legs some rest from the impact.

The regret, oh the regret, Brittany and I decided to order some pizza tonight.  We both love Papa John’s, and we love it so much that we finished a large pizza and order of cheese-sticks.  For the week, I’ve burned 1,800+ calories just from running, but I ruined all that with dinner tonight.  It was delicious, but painful, and probably set me in a deficit.  I plan on posting my stats in the next couple of days to see if I’m having any improvements in weight loss and fitness.

Oh well, the things we do.  I hope everyone has a great night!

First of all, since this is called Nichols’ Randoms, it’s crazy to me how the weather can change. Last week I was riding my motorcycle, at night, in comfortable weather. Today, I woke up, and all I needed was a hoodie to keep me warm on my way to work. On my way home from work, there’s nearly an inch of snow on the ground. I don’t know about where any of you are from, but that’s just crazy to me! Not to mention, since a lot of people are idiots, that meant the speed on the roads was nearly cut in half. That bothers me like no other. Just drive your vehicle! (I just realized, I needed to mention that the roads were clear at this time, if roads were covered, that would be different).

It’s still so funny that the weather can change so quickly!

Anyway, today I did do a three-mile run, and the Crossfit WOD. This three-mile run was my fastest this week at 25:46. I’m proud of that, even though it’s nothing spectacular, and it was on a treadmill. The WOD was much easier than yesterday, in my opinion. Five sets of three rep back squats. I started off testing the waters with 135 lb. for my first set. I then upped the weight to 185 lb. My last three sets were 225 lb. It was a really quick, comfortable workout.

If any of you are in this suddenly changing weather, be safe out there, but don’t be the snail on the road!

Ouch!  That’s about all I can say to today’s WOD.  Aptly named the “filthy fifty,” the workout consisted of:

50 24″ box jumps, 50 jumping pull-ups, 50 1 pood kettlebell swings, 50 step walking lunges, 50 knees to elbows, 50 45 lb. push-press, 50 back extensions, 50 20 lb. wall ball shots, 50 burpees, and 50 double unders.

This is an insane workout!  I did nearly all of it as advertised, except I used a 30 lb. kettlebell because I don’t have a 1 pood kettlebell.  I also was completely exhausted by the time I got to burpees, so I stopped there.  One of the guys on the website posted completion in 16:23, I completed what I did in 45 and some change.

Not only that, but I got another three-mile run in today.  I was a minute slower than yesterday, but all things considered, I’m extremely pleased with that.

I hope everyone else is getting their fitness in for the new year.  I hope that if I start slacking at all, someone bugs me and sends some motivation my way!  Have a great one!

I took a couple of days off, which I’m noticing seems to keep happening around the weekends.  I need to stop doing that!  I’m on a training schedule for the KY Derby Mini-Marathon, so that should help me keep doing something during the weekend.

Speaking of the training schedule, I did a three-mile run today, in 26:50.  Not super fast, but, it was good enough, especially since I’ve only been doing some mile runs here and there.

I also did the Crossfit WOD.  Today’s WOD consisted of two muscle-ups, four handstand push-ups, and eight two pood kettlebell swings.  I still don’t have the strength to do a muscle up, so I substituted one pull-up and one dip for each.  I also can’t do a handstand push-ups, so I did the recommended substitution of kettlebell push presses (I used two 30 lb. kettlebells, for a total of 60 lb.).  I have no idea what a “pood” is, so I used the 30 lb. kettlebell for the swings also.  It was an AMRAP in 20 minutes.

I completed seven rounds.  What made me really happy about this was that I didn’t use the weight assisted pull-up machine.  That’s quite an accomplishment for me!

So, three miles, and seven rounds of the WOD today, not too bad for a little fat guy.  🙂


I don’t know if I should blame it on the partying for the New Year, or what, but I was slacking.  We had a pretty good bringing in of the New Year, spent the evening with some close friends, and I drank a little too much.  It caused a little bit of friction between me and Brittany, but we had a great time overall.

New Year’s day was spent recovering, if you will.  We did play some of the sports games on the Playstation Move, I received for Christmas, and that was kind of a way to get a little fitness in.  It was mainly just fun.  She kicked my butt in the gladiator game!  I couldn’t believe it, but I beat her in table tennis (why does that not read very manly?).

New year’s was also a rest day for Crossfit.

Today was back to it with the Crossfit WOD.  The WOD was 3 sets of 21, 15, then 9 reps of two exercises: pull-ups and thrusters.  As you’ve seen so far, I have to do weight assisted pull-ups.  The thruster is a squat with a press in the up position.  The website asked for 95 lb., I did 45 lb., just the bar.  This WOD was supposed to be done for time.  My pull-ups were done at 135 lb. (I think, the machine doesn’t read very well) with a wide grip.  I completed the round in 7:39.  This was terribly slow, but here it is five hours after doing my workout, and my thighs are already sore, so that’s great news, I think.

To go along with the WOD, I’m starting my training for the KY Derby Mini-Marathon.  Today, for a light warm-up, I ran a mile, at an 8:00 pace, so that was good.  I’ll be following the running program by Hal Higdon starting next week.