Training update – July 17 to 19, 2006

Monday, July 17, 2006

Nathan and I went to the gym. I decided I needed some conditioning training more than the do jang.

Leg lifts
Pull-ups (aka chin-ups, military and parallel)
Dips
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
Pectoral fly
Shoulder fly
Shoulder lift (this is called the shoulder press)
Back extensor

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

Then I did 20 minutes on the bicycle to work out my knee. This was good to do after having done so much running since the bicycle works the quads and the hamstrings without impact on the knee, the shin, or the calves.

Nathan and I did some stretching, and then we went home.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I went for a run. I decided to do my two-mile route. I’m working on increasing my speed now for the longer runs. I ran one mile in 7 minutes 55 seconds, my fastest time so far. I took a small break and paced a bit to relax my muscles and breathing then started running the one mile back. I ran for another 6 minutes 40 seconds, then decided to walk the rest of the way back. It was still very hot and humid, and I ran faster for the first mile. Plus, I was only 300 metres away from home, sometimes a swift walk is just as good. In total, I ran 1.8 miles (2.9 km) in 14 minutes 35 seconds. My fastest two mile time is 17 minutes 30 seconds, but I should be able to beat that time soon. Ah, sometimes nothing feels better than to know that you’re getting better at something.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I went to the do jang finally. It’s been a while, but it still hasn’t sunk in that I’m a second dan. That’s okay. Just keep training as usual and learning. I probably should try to get in earlier to teach more often. I ended up taking two classes – an hour and a half of training. It was hot again, but surprisingly I wasn’t too tired in class. It must have been from running the 10k. 😀 It’s increased my endurance overall – a really good thing.

BB,
Cassandrah
Brigid’s Flame

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