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Training update – June 5 to 11, 2006

Filed under: Cass' training blog - martial arts, weights, running — feyMorgaina @ 00:12

Monday, June 5, 2006

I went to the do jang for taekwondo class. Master Kim wasn’t teaching, so one of the higher black belts was teaching class. It was a good class though. We did some more traditional taekwondo drills – stances, blocks, hand strikes. Then we did some kicking. I’d like to have classes like that more often.

There was no half hour of crazy kicking after. 🙁 I was looking forward to it for once.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

I decided to go for my 5k run. Actually the route I mapped out comes out to 5.2 km. Unfortunately, I didn’t do the route as planned. I should have brought my directions. Anyway, this is what I ended up doing.

First, I did a slow run up Jarvis/Mt. Pleasant for 12 minutes, 18 seconds. The confirmed distance is 1.6 km, but as I overshot my turn to go west on Roxborough St. E., I actually ran a little more than 1.6 km. I ended up running east on Roxborough Rd. for a bit, then walked through a small residential area. I figured I probably went the wrong way, so I asked some people for directions to Roxborough St. E. I found it south on Mt. Pleasant on the other side of the street. It turns out that since I ran up the east side of Mt. Pleasant, I didn’t even see the turn to go west on my intended route. But yay! I found it after heading south on the west side of Mt. Pleasant for a bit.

Thus, the second part of my run started at Roxborough St. E. at Mt. Pleasant. Heading west, I ran to the end of Roxborough St. E. at Yonge, then across Roxborough St. W. to Avenue Rd. Then, I ran down Avenue Rd. to Davenport, down Davenport to Yonge, and continued down Church St. to Isabella and home. The total distance starting from Roxborough St. E. at Mt. Pleasant ending at home was 3.5 km. (Though, I goofed on this part of the route too. I was supposed to run up Avenue Rd. a bit to get to Dupont, run west on Dupont to Davenport, then run down Davenport.) The time for this part of my run was 25 minutes. The total time was 37 minutes 18 seconds for a confirmed distance of 5.1 km, not including the short detour I had at Roxborough Rd. Overall, I did a good run. I ran a solid 3.5 km after doing a good 1.6 km. After the run, I wasn’t totally exhausted. I felt like I could run a bit more after a short break. I will try the 5 km route another time. After that, as long as I keep up with the running regularly, I should be able to complete the 10 km run in decent time.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I went to the do jang for the two-hour test preparation class. There was much to cover, and we had some time to work on what we plan on doing for the demo.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I went to the do jang again for the test preparation class. We didn’t have a full hour of training as we had a black belt meeting first. After the do jang, I went to the gym for some conditioning training.

Leg lifts
Pull-ups (aka chin-ups, military and parallel)
Leg press
Hamstring flexor (called seated leg curls)
Hip adductors
Hip abductors
Seated row
Bar pulls (I think this is called the lateral pull-downs; it works the muscles next to the scapulae on the back)
Seated chest press
Shoulder fly
Shoulder lift (this is called the shoulder press)
Pectoral fly

Free weights:
Situps (on a incline bench; worked out the obliques as well by doing double punches during the situp)
Bicep curls
Weighted squats
Shoulder strengthening
Wrist strengthening

I did 15 minutes on the bicycle. According to the machine, I covered 5.41 miles (about 8.7 km).

When I got home, I decided to go for a short run. I went for a slow run of 1.5 miles (2.4 km). My time was 13 minutes 21 seconds, which is fairly decent considering I ran after about two hours of exercise.

Today’s official countdown: 26 days left (time is a-ticking)

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