Restarting

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Well, it looks like I’m writing another one of those “restarting,” blog posts.  I just had the notion to start chronicling my adventures in working out again.  And maybe add in some outdoor adventure posts as well.

This last quarter of school was excruciatingly brutal, because I had no good opportunity to exercise.  If you have ever been around an individual that is a habitual exerciser you know that they can get super depressed when not working out.  Those pesky endorphins are crucial to the mental state of an active individual, and I must say I am no different.  So here goes a new adventure in running and working out.

Lamest Injury Ever!

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Cowabunga dude!

So, on Monday I was at work getting things in order to start receiving product.  There is a tub of labels underneath a shelf in the room I am working in.  I go to squat down in a catcher’s position and to my amazement my knee explodes in pain!  What the heck is up with that?  I went snowshoeing Saturday, and on Monday, doing the lamest of things, I hurt myself more than I did rolling down a mountain.  Needless to say, I have not worked out this week and I have not reached that goal I previously wrote about.  Now I know what it is like to be an old man.  Injuries that don’t make sense or happen with0ut over exertion are disheartening.  I seem to be prone to random injuries like this.

In 2009 I ran the, or I should say attempted, to run the Portland Marathon.  I was doing pretty well for my first marathon, keeping a nice casual pace of 9:30minutes per mile.  If you ever want a good laugh at strange people, run a marathon and watch the strange individuals running with you.  I guarantee you that you won’t be let down by the absurdity of some runners.  Getting back to where I was earlier.  As I hit mile 18 or 19, it’s all a blur after mile 15, I start to hit the “wall.”  I make it to mile 20, as I pass the aid station my body decided to quite on me.  I did not make it 200 yards past the aid station.  After trying to walked hunched over like a 90 year old man did I decided to turn around and crash at the aid station.

As the story goes, I ended up getting swine flu a month before the race, which I conclude caused me not to finish.  At least that is what I wish I could say.  Oh, I should mention I got the swine flu from going to the Penny Arcade Expo in 2009!  Stupid gaming nerds got me sick.  Wait, I’m one of those gaming nerds, dang it.  I’m fairly certain I’m not using commas correctly right now, but I don’t care, because they indicate a pause where I need it.  Anyways, I learned the hard way that it takes much longer to recover from the swine flu than it does your ordinary flu.

People Watching when working out

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Another day logged for training. Within two weeks I have been able to knock off 3 minutes from my 5k time.  I’m excited to continue this trend.  If I can get back to my high school 5k time that would be amazing.  Next week I hope to reduce my time by another minute or more.  My long term goal is to be able to maintain an 8 minute mile for 13 miles.

Now as for my workout yesterday, I can’t help but watch people as I run on the dreaded treadmill.  I’d much prefer to run outside, but I find the warmth and the no rain aspect of running inside much to appealing.  As for people watching I have noticed some regulars on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There is the baseball brute, the skinny Asian girl, the Goth chicks, and then the random other people that show up.  The baseball brute is heavily muscled, slow, and tends to spend at least 2 to 3 hours in the weight room.  Though I have never seen him leave before me.  I show up around 4pm and leave sometime around 5pm.  Mr. Brute is there when I show up and is still there when I leave.  I couldn’t imagine living in the weight room like this guy does.

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Discovering my threshold with lifting.

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It seems that with every new quarter I end up starting a new workout regime.  This quarter has been no different.  First week of class I started working out again.  I typically start with a run and then move into the lift portion.  I’m discovering that I need a workout partner.  I have some friends I have gone to the YMCA to play racquetball with.  And this week I decided to lift in between games, that was a bit over zealous on my part. However, it showed me that I have a lot to work on before I reach my peak performance level for this upcoming Tough Mudder.  During one of the lifts my friend and I were doing I discovered that really don’t lift like I should.  We were doing squats and after the set I took one step and realized I wouldn’t be playing anymore racquetball for the day.  My hamstring was so tight that I could barely walk.  The main reason for stopping was so that I could continue to workout this week.

For my Tuesday workout this week I decided to go on a run around Mountlake Terrace.  I started at 4:45 and ended around 5:45pm.  Needless to say I think I will take a headlamp or wear some  reflective gear next time.  It was kind of cool running in the dark, but I was really afraid of getting hit by a car!  Never trust drivers to pay attention.  My Thursday workout will have to be somewhat low key.  Saturday, weather permitting, I will be going snowshoeing with some friends on Stevens Pass.  I’m stoked to be out in the snow this weekend.

Tough Mudder

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The intent of this blog will be to discover what I am inclined to be.  As to the title of this post there is a running/obstacle course event called Tough Mudder.  I had intended to run my first Tough Mudder here in March, but that ended up not happening.  My friend who I was going to run this event with got engaged, or so I believe.  I was planning on visiting my friend in Georgia to run the event there in Atlanta, but it looks like I will be going to Georgia for an entirely different reason.  So now I am looking forward to the Tough Mudder event that is coming to Seattle.  There is no set date yet other than the fact that the event is scheduled for sometime in 2011.

I am going to dedicate a portion of this blog to my training.  I am looking forward to becoming a Tough Mudder.  Check out the link under events.  This will help describe the event in greater detail than I could do.

The First!

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Welcome to Inclined to Be. This will be a site dedicated to posts of anything that I am inclined to be.  The idea behind this blog was an idea of discovery.  I am blogging to throw out ideas and dreams of what the future may hold.  Yes, this sounds amazingly cheesy, but I am inclined to leave it as such.  I am blogging partially for a class, but also for myself and discovering new directions to take life.

Recently within the last couple of years I have taken up running.  I tend to run at least 2 to 3 times a week.  I have found that running has become a major focus in my life.  This winter quarter I am taking 18credits along with working as much as I can, 24-30 hours a week.  Trying to balance a social life outside of school and work has proven challenging, but I look forward to that challenge.  Tuesdays and Thursdays have become my running/workout days in between a 4 hour break between classes.  Currently I am not sure where I fit in homework yet, though I seem to be getting most of it done on time.

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