November Project

Today I had to be at work early or rather earlier than usual. I intended to be there by 7:15 am but traffic was light and train arrived right away, so I got to work at 6:45 am!

Just around the corner from work I see this group of people working out in the sidewalk. It peaked my interest and since I was a whole half hour early to work I decided to take a quick detour.

I was able to talk to one of the organizers and he told me all about the November Project. I never heard of them before. Now that I know a bit more about them, I think it’s a pretty cool idea and I’ll see if it’s something I can join. To join simply follow their blog and show up at the designated location. I think I can do that!

November Project™ is a FREE fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in multiple cities in across four time zones in North America, the movement is using a simple sense of accountability (verbal) to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out of their beds and get moving.

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Rest

The week  of May 9th I was active four days in a row, Monday through Thursday. On Thursdays we run our pseudo 5K, it’s actually 2.5 miles around a nice peninsula in Winthrop Massachusetts.

After Thursday’s run I was hurting more than usual. My body was telling I was overdoing it. One of my main concerns is that I’ll overdo it and get hurt or I’ll burn out. Then, I’ll have to start over again and I know how difficult this is… Aaaah!

I’m very proud of my progress and the changes I’ve made. I don’t want to stop or slow down my momentum.

On Thursday’s run I feel that I would have benefited from resting the day before. Next week’s goal will be to shave off at least a minute from my total time, currently over 36 minutes.

I rested for two days, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday I went for a 2.5 mile run close to my house and I didn’t feel terrible; I rested on Monday. On Tuesday I went for a run with my brother and felt better than Sunday’s run. Tuesday’s run was at the beautiful Breakheart Reservation which is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River.

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What all this means to me: HILLS! There are hills at this location. I hated going up the hills but I felt pretty good at the end. I plan to go to this location at least once a week.

I’m currently reading a book on being more productive and one of the main principles is to work smarter not harder. I intend to do apply this idea to running. I’ll be doing more research on running; technique; length of run; number of times per week, etc.

Running smarter not harder:

  • Set goals [check]
  • Get started and correct as you go along [check]
  • Correcting; do the minimal amount of work for the optimal results [todo]

My first finding …

… skip a day between workouts to give your body time to rest and build muscle – RedBrick Health

What’s your experience with resting between running/exercising days?

 

Walking/Joggin/Running

My goal is to run a 5K or 3.2miles under 30 minutes by the end of summer.

There’s a course of 2.5 miles that I started to jog/walk which is a controlled route to gauge progress.

When I started tracking my progress I completed the route in 39.13 minutes; yesterday I completed the same route in 35.30 mins which is about 10% improvement. For this particular route the goal is to complete it under 25 minutes.