Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

New Bike doing just OK

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I have about 290 miles on my Trek FX 7.3 right now. I’m having some problems with the front brake pads occasionally rubbing the rim. And, now, strangely, the seat has started creaking. It may be loose, or it may be junk. I’d lean towards the later.

But, the good news is that I’m enjoying the heck out of it! 290 miles in under 2 months sounds like a tremendous amount to me. I did a 20 mile ride on Sunday. Was pretty beat afterwards, but I finished. 15 mile rides are almost no sweat now.

So, yea, as long as you are willing to have a money pit and put up with some brake problems, the Trek FX 7.3 is a good one. I mostly ride on bike trails when I can, hitting the roads when necessary. Too skeered to do too much on the roads. Too skeered to get clipless pedals and shoes right now too.

Like the new bike so far

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

I’ve only had the bike for three days now, but I think I’m going to like it. I rode for 8 miles on Saturday and 15 this morning. It was great to finish up the ride exhausted, rather than in pain like my recent attempts at running. I’ve spent like $900 so far getting going and forsee needing another $150 or so to make me safe and comfortable.

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Purchased Trek 7.3 FX

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I’ve gotten fed up with the shin splints when running, and fed up with the elliptical and stationary in the fitness center, so I decided to buy a bike!

The first store I went to wasn’t helpful AT ALL. The salesman basically told me to find what I like and let him know, then went back to starting off in to space.

Second store, Bicycle Garage Indy, was MUCH better. The two salesmen I talked to were friendly and knowledgeable and steered me towards a bike that will meet my needs. I ended up with a Trek 7.3 FX. There was a great difference in feel between it and the 7.2 FX that I had first set my eyes on. I could immediately feel the difference when shifting, pedaling, etc. I thought the cost difference was worth it.

I took it on a brief 5.8 mile spin tonight and had fun. I’ll try for 10 miles in the morning and see how I like it then!

Here was a quick snapshot from right before I took it in to my apartment for the first time:

Ran my first 5k

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I ran my first 5K race at the Fishers Freedom Festival yesterday.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of it, but, overall, I had fun. The start was a little rocky trying to get around the walkers that thought they should start towards the front, but once things thinned out it was pretty smooth sailing. I finished right in the middle of the pack at a time of 27:52.

My shins are still hurting me, especially my right one, even with my new shoes. Been thinking about buying a bicycle, but am apprehensive because of a) crazy drivers and b) don’t know where I’d keep it in my apartment. We’ll see.

Belkin Sport Armband Plus with Fastfit

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I purchased a Belkin Sport Armband Plus with Fastfit to hold my new iPhone 3GS when I go running. Turns out, that wasn’t such a good idea. Here’s the email I just sent to Belkin explaining my complaints:


New Brooks Adrenaline GTS9 Running shoes

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I went to my local running store, The Running Company yesterday to get fitted for some new shoes.

The gentleman that helped me out had me first run in a pair of Nike Pegasus shoes on the treadmill. He video taped me and we went over the tape in slow motion. We found that I had a pretty bad pronation problem on my right foot, and not quite as bad on my left. He had me try on three different shoes on the treadmill and I settled on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9.

I ran about 2.7 miles in them yesterday and about 3.3 in them tonight. The pain on Sunday wasn’t bad, but it was back in full force tonight. And it was really humid tonight, but that didn’t have anything to do with the pain. I guess I need more ice and Advil and compression and not running so far.

Shin splint pain when running

Friday, June 12th, 2009

About two weeks ago the pain in my shins really started getting to me. Every step I was taking when running was hurting. I decided to stop running for a couple weeks. I walked and used the elliptical machine in my apartment complex’s fitness center. And a little bit of weight lifting.

Tonight I decided to try running again. I went on my normal route of 4.75 miles and ran about a mile in the middle of it. It didn’t feel bad, but I could still feel some pain. It’s in about a 3 – 4″ stretch right a long the inside part of my shin bone. Stop running, and it stops hurting. That, to me, is a short term cure. But, I’d really like to keep running. Now what?

Keepin on running

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Been keeping with my running and working out. I’ve completed week 1 of the Podrunner Intervals Gateway to 8K series. Each time I covered around 4 miles, including the warmup & cooldown times. Having the short rests to break up the long run helps my mental fitness too.

I think I’ll keep on with this 8k series, which will push me just shy of 5 milles. That distance has always seem insurmountable to me, so it’s nice to see it becoming a reality. Hopefully my knees and shins and the rest of my legs will let me go that far!

Today I ran two miles as a warm up to doing about 20 minutes of weight lifting. I was thinking about it, and got a kick out of saying that. In January, two miles running would have been the working, and I would have been lucky to have been able to complete it!

Podrunner Intervals Level 1 Complete

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I’ve managed to complete a workout doing Podrunner Intervals Level 1 Week 10, which was the graduation mix. I did it on the treadmill and covered 3.85 miles in the 35 minutes of running. That’s a WHOLE lot better than I was doing the second or third week of Januar when I started all this!

I’m still having some aches in my knees, and now it almost feels like shinsplints. I feel like I need to take some time off the running to let my body heal, but at the same time I want to keep it up. Very weird. The elliptical and stationary bike just don’t seem to cut it and I almost feel guilty if I skip the running.

With the weather warming up, I need to transition to running outside. I couldn’t complete my first attempt at Week 10 when I ran it outdoors. Probably need to go back to week 4 or 5 of Podrunner for doing the outside workouts.

Throughout all this, I haven’t lost any weight. Doesn’t make sense. If I keep at it, hopefully my body will get tired of the fat and start shedding it!

Podrunner Intervals Week 8

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Today was my third attempt at Podrunner Intervals Level 1 Week 8, and my second time to complete it. First time was outside and it went ok. Second time was outside and I had to walk a time or two because my legs were tired / sore from weight lifting. Today was on the treadmill and it made for my first time running 3 miles on the treadmill. My legs were tired afterward, but I barely got the three miles in. I’ll have to add another tenth or so to get the 5k in, but I’m already pleased with the progress I’ve made!

Some Elliptical work today

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Today I did my Podrunner Intervals Week 7 mix, but I did it on the elliptical instead of the treadmill. The elliptical has a display showing my strides per minute, which really helps me match up to the beats per minute of the Podrunner Intervals mix. Made it pretty easy to keep the speed I wanted. It was only about 32 minutes total, which is less than I would have liked to exercise, but the experiment was successful.

I’m still hesitant to start running again with my knee pain. They’ve been feeling about 80 – 90% better, but I want them to be feeling perfect before I set out again. The weather is turning nice, so hopefully that happens quickly!

Knees are bugging me

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I haven’t run since last Wednesday, so five days now, and missing now two days that I had intended to run. Not because I haven’t wanted to, but because my knees have been hurting me, even just walking around during the day. They felt ok on Sunday, and I’d intended to run today, but there was some twinges today while walking around at work, so I decided to skip the run again.

Instead of running, I’ve been using the recumbent bike and elliptical machines. About 20 minutes on each during a workout. I’d like to get up to 250 minutes of exercise per week if I can.