Oh my where to begin. Let’s start with the foot. I broke my toe back in May and that totally threw this year off. I couldn’t do any of the physical activities I’ve become used to. I’ve lost 3 months of activity.
I got the go ahead to start again at the beginning of July and its been a rough climb back ever since. This will be a true test of will power, the come back! Stay tuned.
The flexibility assessment when as I thought; I still can’t touch my toes. Improving ones flexibility can’t be done in one month alone. It takes a few to get the muscle fibers limber enough to see a large improvement.
Now on to this months activity, Pull Ups. Apparently I’m terrible. I can only manage 1 pull up. Thankfully I’m better than Pyle.
Just a note, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the gym lately mainly due to terrible weather we’ve been having and partly because of the wealth of exercises that can be done there.
I would love to be one of those people that can workout at home and be productive but that just isn’t me. I need the others around me working to that similar goal to motivate me to keep going. I may not speak to them directly but it does help to have that community spirit of motivation. It must come from the runners spirit in me.
For the first time ever, I need to make a change. This month will stay flexibility, but how I measure will be slightly different. This is because there are 2 different ways to do the sit and reach. Both methods use the traditional box but the difference comes in the measurements.
The first and more traditional starts at 9 inches at your feet and the platform that extends towards you counts down to 0.
The second starts at 0 at your feet and the platform that extends towards you counts to 9 in negative numbers and in positive numbers as it extends away from you.
As much as I would love to build one of these things myself, I will just personalize the test to myself. Like many people, I can’t touch my toes while standing or sitting. This is essentially the test just without the device.
No that’s not an error here on the left. There really is no video. There’s supposed to be one but unfortunately, my Flip camera decided to malfunction while I was recording my assessment and nothing was recorded.
No problem though because the assessment went on without a hitch (physically that is). I achieved 57 crunches which if you remember is 2 more than I got at the beginning of the month. While that doesn’t seem like much of an improvement you have to remember the highest on the guide was 60 per minute. My goal was 62 but I’m glad I didn’t go below my baseline.
While I can’t see a physical improvement, more on that later, I can say that it was easier this time around than at the beginning of the month.
Just signed up for the Broad Street Run here in Philly. Registration just opened on Saturday and already it’s half full!
I know it’s early to talk about speed but this will be the event to test my speed. I’ve participated many times before and never really went for speed but this time I will be. My goal is to come in under 1:30. The shortest time I’ve had is 1:48:48 so I have a ways to go but I also have the time to do it. Here’s wishing me luck in a few months!
I’ve decided that if I’m going to encourage people I need to post more. Rather than just thinking about it, I’m starting writing more about my experience. I will be posting on this blog at several times a week for all of 2011.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
To help, I’ve gotten a new Android G2 phone (thanks T-Mobile) and installed the WordPress App to help me post more while on the go.
This will also be a good test of will power to accomplish this but the encouragement I offer to others is worth it.