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Post season workout encouragement thread!

SaddleUpPartner!

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That's awesome,anyone who finishes insanity is a superstar. Keep up the good work.
It helps being cooped up at home for long periods of time. I can actually get into a rhythm and keep going. I wish I had this workout when I was in high school, I always hated the gym. It would have been great for winter conditioning going from cross country and into track.
 

KYHunter

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I’m two weeks from finishing my Insanity workout, then I start “The Asylum”. I’ve been feeling awesome, much more energy at work and at home. I wake up around 5:30 and do my workout before work. I honestly never used to work out in the morning but my wife changed my mind on that. Just get up and blast it out of the park and then you’re DONE. Yeah I’m a little sore sometimes for work but you get stronger and it goes away eventually. Can’t wait for these temps to come down here so I can start running outside. Training for the half marathon is gonna be tricky when I build up into the higher miles, that’s a big chunk of time to be gone from home.
Keep up the good work brother! Rise and Grind!
On my long runs I typically get going between 4-5 AM. Get home right at or a little before the family wakes up. Throw the headlamp on and hit the road. It’s actually pretty peaceful running in the dark and watching the sun come up. May not work with your schedule but something to think about
 

SaddleUpPartner!

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Keep up the good work brother! Rise and Grind!
On my long runs I typically get going between 4-5 AM. Get home right at or a little before the family wakes up. Throw the headlamp on and hit the road. It’s actually pretty peaceful running in the dark and watching the sun come up. May not work with your schedule but something to think about
Might not have a choice on that one. I’ll figure something out.
 

thedutchtouch

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Keep up the good work brother! Rise and Grind!
On my long runs I typically get going between 4-5 AM. Get home right at or a little before the family wakes up. Throw the headlamp on and hit the road. It’s actually pretty peaceful running in the dark and watching the sun come up. May not work with your schedule but something to think about
Not a bad idea. Gets you conditioned for the AM sits where you hike in before the sun too...
 

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I really enjoy lifting weights and pushing myself lifting but notice my cardio usually lacks. I despise running considering I ran track throughout high school and awhile in college. I enjoy hiking and kayaking but there's a lack of good hills to hike up and the lakes are all frozen. Riding my mountain bike doesn't seem to do a whole lot either in the amount of time I can set aside for cardio.

I rode my skateboard a lot when I was younger, so I decided to buy a longboard with soft wheels to cruise around the streets. It's improving my cardio and it's really helping my balance that I didn't realize was lacking. It's amazing how bad my balance has gotten over the years and I didn't even know it. My abs and legs even get sore (aside from lifting weights and doing ab workouts at the gym).

For you guys that have skated in the past or have considered starting to ride, I'd say go for it. It's a blast and it's just the right amount of cardio. The route I've been going on is getting easier every day so I can tell I'm making progress.

There are so many boards out there today for the older guys wanting to get back into it or even give it a shot (there's even off road options). Maybe something to try just to switch it up a little when the treadmill, elliptical and jumping around in front of the t.v. get boring!
 

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Not a bad idea. Gets you conditioned for the AM sits where you hike in before the sun too...
In the late summer i ride my bike early in the a.m and actually ride past a friends property i hunt. I tell myself i am scouting,which is partially true. Low impact scouting,haha. Well,i hope it has an impact on me,but not the deer.
 

GreginPA

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I hate running. but I'm doing it. Can anyone offer their opinion on which of the following methods is better for improving? My goal is to do 5k under 30 min with no walking. Currently I can do a 5k but it is over 30 min and I have to walk to catch my breath occasionally.

Option 1 - run at a steady but comfortable pace for as long as I can, or 30 min (whichever comes first) even if the distance isn't 5k. With the idea that I'll improve and see better distances but always doing 30 min.

Option 2 - always do 5k, even if it takes me longer than 30 minutes and some of it is running faster than option 1 and some walking to catch my breath when needed. with the idea that I'll see better time but always doing the same distance.

Maybe rotate? I don't know. again I hate running.
 

thedutchtouch

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I hate running. but I'm doing it. Can anyone offer their opinion on which of the following methods is better for improving? My goal is to do 5k under 30 min with no walking. Currently I can do a 5k but it is over 30 min and I have to walk to catch my breath occasionally.

Option 1 - run at a steady but comfortable pace for as long as I can, or 30 min (whichever comes first) even if the distance isn't 5k. With the idea that I'll improve and see better distances but always doing 30 min.

Option 2 - always do 5k, even if it takes me longer than 30 minutes and some of it is running faster than option 1 and some walking to catch my breath when needed. with the idea that I'll see better time but always doing the same distance.

Maybe rotate? I don't know. again I hate running.
You'll get a lot of different opinions on this, likely rotating works the best, but I'd encourage an alternative- practice changing your mindset and let the activity follow. You may say "I hate running" but instead focus on the goal- whether it's playing with the grandkids without getting winded to dropping a belt loop to dragging a deer out of the woods to whatever... Running is a tool or means to that end rather than something to hate.

To answer your question somewhat more directly, for me, I'm a distance goal person rather than a time goal person. I believe that the amount of miles has more direct correlation to long-term fitness than the time, so my workouts are always structured around a distance goal, and sometimes I may go faster or slower to get there. If it's a time goal, that works too, but the key is the intensity of the workout needs to stay consistent, doing 2.5 miles in a half hour one day is not the same workout as doing 1 mile in a half hour on a different day, so mileage has always been a more consistent benchmark for me (or at least it was a decade ago when I was consistent, as well as the last few weeks where I'm back at it). Getting into the weeds a bit here but as a too-technical aside, I've been looking into getting a heart rate monitor and judging workouts by relative effort and intensity, but that's a different level of training and not necessary for our purposes here.

I would also suggest making weekly goals and varying the activity so you don't get burned out on doing the same thing over and over. Like 2 miles Monday, 3 Tuesday, off Wednesday, bike for a hour Thursday etc. There's also a lot of good "couch to 5k" training plans (that mix it up but also gain mileage incrementally so you don't get injured) out there for free that you could follow, either from the beginning or jumping in a few weeks in since your current fitness level is greater than "couch".

Also, there's a whole world of opinions out there- jeff galloway teaches the run/walk combo for runners of all ability levels so don't disparage yourself for taking a walk break. Better to run 3 miles with a walk break or two than to run a mile and a half and quit altogether (though that, in turn is better than sitting at home eating chips!). At the end of the day just keep at it, running is an incremental game, you won't see improvements one day to the next, or sometimes even week to week, but stick with it and a few months from now you will for sure.

Hope that helps, and please keep us posted, I'd love to hear about your progress as you work towards your 30 min 5k goal.
 

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I really enjoy lifting weights and pushing myself lifting but notice my cardio usually lacks. I despise running considering I ran track throughout high school and awhile in college. I enjoy hiking and kayaking but there's a lack of good hills to hike up and the lakes are all frozen. Riding my mountain bike doesn't seem to do a whole lot either in the amount of time I can set aside for cardio.

I rode my skateboard a lot when I was younger, so I decided to buy a longboard with soft wheels to cruise around the streets. It's improving my cardio and it's really helping my balance that I didn't realize was lacking. It's amazing how bad my balance has gotten over the years and I didn't even know it. My abs and legs even get sore (aside from lifting weights and doing ab workouts at the gym).

For you guys that have skated in the past or have considered starting to ride, I'd say go for it. It's a blast and it's just the right amount of cardio. The route I've been going on is getting easier every day so I can tell I'm making progress.

There are so many boards out there today for the older guys wanting to get back into it or even give it a shot (there's even off road options). Maybe something to try just to switch it up a little when the treadmill, elliptical and jumping around in front of the t.v. get boring!
I used to skate in the 80's, street and a little bit of vert on my Vision Gator, Santa Cruz Rob Roscopp or countless others however there is no way in hell your getting my 51 year old butt back on a board even if it is only peddling a long board. About 5 + yrs ago I got on my sons board and instead of Olliying for God, I Ollied onto my knee and there is still a dent in my knee cap.:tonguewink: At this point I'll stick to jumping around in front of the tv and ridding my mountain bike (which I can hurt myself as well). Enjoy the long board.
 

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Y'all crazy. I'm trying to "get in shape" by doing sane things like not treating beer like water and buying regular-sized little debbies instead of jumbos. Maybe walk a little with the squirrel gun or paddle instead of cranking the motor.

Meanwhile y'all are doing pullup challenges like you're gonna climb the tree with the no-stick aiderless method.
 

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Y'all crazy. I'm trying to "get in shape" by doing sane things like not treating beer like water and buying regular-sized little debbies instead of jumbos. Maybe walk a little with the squirrel gun or paddle instead of cranking the motor.

Meanwhile y'all are doing pullup challenges like you're gonna climb the tree with the no-stick aiderless method.
Those double fudge rounds though........
 

Bowmanmike

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Y'all crazy. I'm trying to "get in shape" by doing sane things like not treating beer like water and buying regular-sized little debbies instead of jumbos. Maybe walk a little with the squirrel gun or paddle instead of cranking the motor.

Meanwhile y'all are doing pullup challenges like you're gonna climb the tree with the no-stick aiderless method.
Enjoy it @Nutterbuster,you are still young. You will notice a slight change in your 30's and a bigger one in your forties.
 

SaddleUpPartner!

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Y'all crazy. I'm trying to "get in shape" by doing sane things like not treating beer like water and buying regular-sized little debbies instead of jumbos. Maybe walk a little with the squirrel gun or paddle instead of cranking the motor.

Meanwhile y'all are doing pullup challenges like you're gonna climb the tree with the no-stick aiderless method.
I plan to just jump to my hunting height from the ground.
 

Jtaylor

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I used to skate in the 80's, street and a little bit of vert on my Vision Gator, Santa Cruz Rob Roscopp or countless others however there is no way in hell your getting my 51 year old butt back on a board even if it is only peddling a long board. About 5 + yrs ago I got on my sons board and instead of Olliying for God, I Ollied onto my knee and there is still a dent in my knee cap.:tonguewink: At this point I'll stick to jumping around in front of the tv and ridding my mountain bike (which I can hurt myself as well). Enjoy the long board.
You better not look around at the "vintage" re-issues they're bringing back then, might just make ya want to buy one and give it a shot again :cool:
 

SaddleUpPartner!

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I hate running. but I'm doing it. Can anyone offer their opinion on which of the following methods is better for improving? My goal is to do 5k under 30 min with no walking. Currently I can do a 5k but it is over 30 min and I have to walk to catch my breath occasionally.

Option 1 - run at a steady but comfortable pace for as long as I can, or 30 min (whichever comes first) even if the distance isn't 5k. With the idea that I'll improve and see better distances but always doing 30 min.

Option 2 - always do 5k, even if it takes me longer than 30 minutes and some of it is running faster than option 1 and some walking to catch my breath when needed. with the idea that I'll see better time but always doing the same distance.

Maybe rotate? I don't know. again I hate running.
Yeah running is definitely an acquired taste. I used to run in middle school and high school track and cross country. When I first started running, I basically did 2-4 mile runs with maybe a long day of 5-6 miles. We also did hill workouts mixed with some mid distance speed workouts or intervals. Those were very important in becoming more well rounded distance runners. Instead of plodding along at a slow lope, you’d actually have a “race pace” you could maintain for a 2 mile middle school race until the all out sprint at the end. As we got older into high school running 5k’s, we would do longer runs, coupled with those same speed workouts and hill work to hone in our “race pace.” Our long runs went from 5-6 miles in middle school to 9 to 10 miles in high school. To start, just try to go without stopping, even just doing a mile or two. Build that stamina up to three miles, then 4. Your speed will also come with your built up stamina. Do practice 5k’s and time yourself too!
 
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Y'all crazy. I'm trying to "get in shape" by doing sane things like not treating beer like water and buying regular-sized little debbies instead of jumbos. Maybe walk a little with the squirrel gun or paddle instead of cranking the motor.

Meanwhile y'all are doing pullup challenges like you're gonna climb the tree with the no-stick aiderless method.
The ultimate light weight climbing system. Just a 200 grain single bevel in each hand and up ya go :laughing:
 
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