CrossFit Pi in Exeter is the most spacious and well equipped gym I have seen in a long time. The owner Martin Uttley studied at Brunel University and was a high level rugby player before opening his gym. I am not sure what I like best about this facility, the coffee dispenser, or the platforms! But I do know that it is far nicer than most CrossFit facilities in the USA and both Martin and his staff seem to be great coaches and totally dedicated to making this facility the best that it can possibly be.
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This has been a difficult week of training. I have a 2k C2 Rowing contest on Saturday, so I have been trying to put in some extra work on the rower, but still keep up with my running. This means for a while I was getting up early to do intervals (frequently 10ea 500 meter intervals with 1 min rest between) then running at lunch, then doing more rowing at night.
I am done with that part of my training at this point, so no more really high volume stuff. At this point I am just rowing in the morning, and running at lunch. Only two more days of that, actually, as I will not row or Thursday or Friday of this week, although I might still run on Thursday. I am actually pretty nervous about the Rowing competition Saturday with Veronica (Jareds GF). Something like this is so different than what I am used to that I really have no clue how to peak for it. I have been rely;ing on my friend Jim Storch to help with that, but doing something this different is still a bit scary.
I included a picture of my new running shoes with this blog. Since I am running around 3 miles a day now, I have to buy few shoes about every 4 weeks. Anyone who knows me will know how hard it is for me to buy new shoes that often.
But, once this rowing thing is over I am leaving for the OTC for the pre-worlds camp, will be there for 2 weeks, then it is on to Houston for the world championships to watch Travis Cooper, Jared Fleming, Caine Wilkes, and Holley Mangold compete for Team USA.
Once that is over, it will be back to my normal boring life.
After my 5k run on Sunday, I woke up Monday morning and decided to give a 5k row another shot. I managed to do it in 20 min and 12 seconds, a pretty decent PR and very close to my goal of 20 minutes flat. I believe that I am going to have to do some intervals this week, because it would be very hard mentally to keep doing hard 5k’s every day. I think 10ea 500 meter intervals might work!
I ran my second 5k this morning. My time was 34 minutes and 22 seconds, which is a little slower than what I wanted. It is a little faster than my last race, but I was aiming for something a little closer to 32 minutes. Oh well, it is about a minute and a half faster than I have done before, and in a few weeks I am sure my next one will be better.
The race was in Uptown Charlotte, and started right in front of the Nascar hall of fame,as you can see in the picture. That is Kasey Kahne’s car behind me, and the race raised raised money for Novant Health Hemby Childrens Hospital.
I need to focus more on my rowing for the next couple of weeks anyway. I challenged Veronica (Jared Flemings girlfriend) to a 2k rowing contest last night. I plan to continue running 2.5 miles every afternoon, but for the next couple of weeks I am going to row a 5k each morning before work. The race is supposed to happen on Halloween day.
I really, REALLY want to beat Veronica.
I have really been concentrating on running lately. I just ran my first 5k a couple of weeks ago, and I am planning on another one next weekend. On top of that, I just had my bike tuned up, and have started riding it to work which has been a change of pace and actually made me a little sore for a while. But we had a weekend seminar at MDUSA this weekend, and it has been raining lately and between getting up about 3o min early for the seminar and the rain, I did not run or ride this weekend. I probably needed the rest but this afternoon I was feeling a little lazy so I decided to try and row a good time for a 5k.
My old PR for a 5k row was 21 min 15 sec, and today I rowed a 5k in 20 minutes 42 seconds. I stuck pretty close to a 2.o5 pace the whole way, and I definitely think a 20 min flat 5k is doable at this point. In fact I think if I went back to rowing a 5k once a week for the next 2-3 weeks it wouldn’t be that hard.
I guess I will see this weekend if all this cross training pays off with a new 5k running PR…
This is the first digital watch I have owned in years. As soon as I got done with my first 5k, I got the itch to run faster. So yesterday I went out and invested in a new digital watch to help me keep track of my times more accurately.
Since I ran the 5k I have been doing a quick run every morning of about 1 mile, followed by a longer run later in the day of about 2.5 miles. I don’t go that fast in the morning, but in the afternoon I have been getting steadily faster over the past 7 days. The day after I ran the 5k I ran the 2.5 miles pretty slow, it took me roughly 40 minutes. Definitely more of a slow jog than a run. But I ran the distance faster every day, and yesterday I ran it in 24min and 25 seconds. That is below a 10 min mile pace, and that milestone is what prompted me to go out and buy a new digital watch.
My friends know how tight I am with money, and they will understand how big a deal this was to me to prompt me to go out and buy something like a new watch.
I am now anxiously awaiting my second 5k, and hoping to complete it with a pace of less than 10 minutes per mile!
I feel like i completed the conversion from weightlifter to runner today. I really do not like to run, but in the interest of health I think that at this point in my life I need to concentrate on something besides being big and strong. This Journey started in December of 2013 when I had a stroke that left me in a coma for almost 2 months. I was very lucky and escaped that experience with very few lasting side effects, but I realized that I needed to lose weight and worry more about my blood pressure than my squat numbers.
When I had the stroke I was about 310lbs. I lost a lot of weight during the coma, but most of it was muscle because that is what happens when you lay in bed for months at a time. When I first woke up, walking was quite a challenge. I started equating again right away, and used a C2 rower a ton. Once I got strong enough to walk easily I started trying to run a little. At first it was just 10 oe 20 steps but pretty soon I was jogging half a mile, then a mile,then 2 miles.
This morning I ran my first 5k, the labor day 5k in Matthews, NC. My time was 36.09 Not a great time, but I will admit I had more fun than I thought I would, and this first one will definitely not by my last.