Clock says I’m faster. Lungs say I’m slower.
I miss 1999.
Work has been hectic. I overslept and so was unable to run this morning, like I planned.
No big deal. I ran in the evening.
Problem was I had also planned to do weights in the evening. So I did them all.
30 minutes on the treadmill. I didn’t sustain the steady pace for as long as I thought—maybe 10 minutes? So it was sprints for the rest of the session. One minute on, full bore effort. One minute walking recovery. 2.5 treadmill miles, which I already know are fraudulent.
Then kettlebell swings and goblet squats. The goal is to get a “countdown” set: 10, 9, 8, and so on, nonstop. I had to catch my breath after every set—a step back from Monday, when I was able to do 2 back or back sets. (10, 9, rest, 8, 7, rest etc).
Then lat pulldowns. I am too fat and too weak to do pull ups. 3 sets of 8 at 100 lbs. pitiful. That’s less than half of my current body weight.
Then a friend walked into the gym and wanted to throw a 15 lb medicine ball, so I obliged her.
Then push ups. This is the worst part. I can only do ten. TEN. I couldn’t so any more than that. That’s just humiliating.
Then bench dips with my feet on the floor. 3 sets of 6. Also humiliating.
Then Zottman curls, 3 sets of 8 with 15 lb. dumb bells. It is hilarious to see someone my size struggle to curl such a small weight.
Then 15 minutes of light effort on the elliptical to cool down.
I could probably have done more or better weights if I wasn’t already fatigued from the run. Next time I will really have to get the run in early in the morning.
Weighed in, too. 266 lbs. 12 lbs down from when I started, but up a pound or two since I added the weights to the routine.
Let’s see how I feel tomorrow.
Some music appropriate to the weather today.
The Naked City, 1948
What costs more than space exploration? Mistakes made by government unemployment benefit programs.
As reported by the LA Times, the State of California is about $516 million poorer than it should be. A recent audit uncovered the fact that the state’s Employment Development Department had missed out on a chance to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars that had been overpaid to unemployment recipients, via a federal program. Admittedly, doing so would have required a $323,000 investment in software. A tidbit of relevant information, courtesy of the LA Times: “the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund became insolvent in January 2009.” Ouch! They go on to quote the audit, which notes that California “has borrowed about $10 billion to cover the deficit and paid hundreds of millions of dollars in interest on the money it has borrowed.”
Meanwhile, over on the other side of the country (almost the same line of latitude, in fact), the Commonwealth of Virginia recently invested some money in space exploration. Specifically, Virginia constructed a new launch pad, Pad 0A, and associated infrastructure at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which is essentially the commercial portion of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The pad was built to attract and support the business of the Antares rocket, one of two American-built rockets currently capable of delivering cargo to the International Space Station. Even after a lawsuit, the total cost of the pad has been reported as $90 million. Interestingly enough, the cost of development of the Antares rocket itself—borne not by the Commonwealth of Virginia but instead by NASA and by Orbital Sciences Corporation, the company that built it, has been reported as $472 million; meaning that California’s unemployment oversight could have paid for about 90% of the total cost of a new rocket and a new launch pad to go with it.
(Photos via the State of California and a NASA Flickr Account, used via creative commons license)
Actually went outside to run this morning. Beautiful day. Lousy run.
I have been running on the treadmill for about a month now. I can do a treadmill 5k in 39 minutes. But outside, on a hilly loop, I was reduced to alternating one minute of running with one minute of walking. I could barely cover 2 miles, if that. And I feel terrible.
I have 7 weeks before the 5k. And after 4 weeks of training already, it seems as impossible as ever.
Who’s that gut lord marchin’? You should cut down on your pork life, mate—get some exercise!
Treadmill 5k today. 5 kilometers, 39 minutes. That’s a lot better than 3 weeks ago, when it took me 51 minutes to cover the same distance.
I ran nonstop for more than a mile of that, too. OK, it was off the pace— 5.5 miles per hour is an 11-minute mile, roughly. Couch to 5k assumes a 10 minute mile pace when it says “jog.” But it was sustained, and that’s not bad.
I’m really off the program, though. I can’t keep track of the repetitions of the sprints. I’ve decided that the plan from here on out will be to set my 5k pace at an 11-minute mile. If I can sustain that, I should finish in about 35 minutes. So whenever I run, I try to hold the 11-minute-mile pace for as long as I can.
After I crack, I take a 2 minute rest interval (walking). After that, it’s sprints of varying (random?) duration, but at a much quicker pace. I’d roll the pace up to a 9 minute mile pace for a minute, maybe two—however long I could hold it before cracking, then back off for 2 minutes, then more hard sprinting—and so on, until I covered 3.1 miles, or 5 kilometers.
Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington
Jensen Ackles is gross: ironically abusive appreciation on Tumblr.