Thus ends Week #1 of my 18 marathon training regimen. How did you fare?
A couple of things to keep in mind:
First, if you slacked off on one day or missed a day or something, don't worry about it. Not only do we have 17 more weeks to prepare for the Montreal Marathon, but it serves no useful purpose to beat yourself up over a lost workout. Remember, fundamentally we are doing this for fun, so enjoy it.
Second, I know some of you are still on the sidelines, watching me do this without taking the plunge yourself. Sure, you sit this one out. But you're not going to have half as much fun as those of us who make this a consistent part of our lives for the next four months. In the end, we'll have something to show for it (and we'll look pretty good, too). But a lot of you would love to do this and just think it's too late. After all, a whole week's gone by. Well, friends, don't let that stop you. The slope of the incline - so to speak - is gradual enough that you can join right in at Week #2. Do it! I guarantee you'll feel better than you ever have in just a couple of weeks.
How Do I Feel?
I have to tell you that my body feels fantastic after this week. There's something about starting something new that activates all the right chemicals in the body. My abdominal area is already carrying a bit less mass, and my abs are returning to their six-pack state. (The Situation, eat your heart out.) I feel happy when I wake up in the morning and jump out of bed to do my morning workout. I can't wait to get out of work and start my afternoon run. This is what it's supposed to be like, my friends.
Sure, the first part of the week was pretty rough, but by the time I got back from my long run, I felt like I was once again a physical force to be reckoned with. I wonder what Week 2 will be like...
I've scheduled a Hyperfitness workout for tomorrow morning. This one is a bit of a long shot for the general public, because most of you haven't read Sean Burch's book and won't be able to look the workout up. (That's not a very good excuse, though. I mean, you can get his amazing, phenomenal book for under seven dollars if you look in the right place.) To complicate things further, I'm unsure of whether or not I can reprint one of his workouts without violating copyrights. (I'm not really in the mood for civil disobedience tonight, but if you're a stickler for these things, you can take it up with Stephen Kinsella.) So I am at a bit of a loss as to how I'm going to provide a workout to you, the audience, today.
If you can follow along in Hyperfitness, then the workout I'll be doing is the Week 1 / Week 2 Climber workout for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
In the worst-case scenario, you can repeat last Monday's workout with push ups, crunches, squats, and a 30-minute jump rope session. That should provide a close approximation of our workout today.
Remember to push it a little harder than usual tomorrow morning because our evening workout is an easy run.
I'll be back with more diabetes facts, physiology, workout tips, and the usual send-up of music, economics, and philosophy next week. Until then, I'm going to bed. See you later.