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Oct. 19th, 2013 08:48 am Fitness status

Encouraged by his newfound love of cycling and my success in marathon training, boyziggy has decided he wants to get in really good shape. So at 6 a.m. today we went out to do a stair climbing workout. I hadn't done one of these in over a year, and it was really hard for me because it was dark out and the stairs are uneven so I had to go much more slowly than usual. Previously I could finish a complete lap of the 180 stairs - up one side and down the other - in under three minutes, this time it was well over; I managed only seven laps in 23 minutes. But it was good to get in an early workout and support Ziggy at the same time. Daylight savings ends in a couple of weeks so that will make early morning workouts more feasible.

The day standard time begins, November 3, is also the date of the US Half Marathon. I'm very undertrained but I think it's still possible for me to do it. I ran nine miles yesterday. If I run 12 miles next Friday and survive, I should be OK to race. This is definitely not my preferred training schedule, which would have had me do a 14 mile run this week and then taper down to a six mile "long" run the week before the race. I don't have time for that now. It's not critical that I match or exceed the race distance (13.1 miles) in my training this time around since I know now that I can run double that. But I am concerned about finishing within the three hour time limit given how little long-distance running I've done since the marathon in June. I'll make my decision next weekend I guess.

I've also almost totally dropped weights and yoga. I need to start making an actual written monthly schedule again to make sure I stay on track. This will help Ziggy also as his schedule is much more constrained than mine. I have been doing a lot of walking, but unless it's fairly brisk and long in duration (like walking an hour and ten minutes or so to weekly chorus rehearsals to avoid being on MUNI at rush hour), I don't really count it as exercise. I only record running, weights, and stairs workouts in my exercise log. Yoga I should be doing daily. I'm very sorry about dropping that New Year's resolution so early along with the daily music and Spanish practice. I really need to get my life back on track.

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