Running

One of the great things about my new place is how close I am to Green Lake. One of my goals for coming back to Seattle and being in The Real World™ is to exercise. I tried it a year ago with CrossFit, and had mixed success. I was able to find the time to do it, but I didn’t have any idea of what I was doing. This may have contributed to my numb hand incident last year, which I eventually was resolved with a little bit of PT, however I had lost my exercise momentum.

But, this is a new year! And it would be a shame to waste Green Lake’s paths at 5am in the morning. Running seems like a pretty easy thing that I already know how to do (no special training required, although I did run track for a season back In The Day™). So I get up, drag my self out of bed (sometimes with the assistance of Ben or Quinn, who have each run with me once – although Quinn did it with me on a mid-Sunday morning), and run.

I ran two days last week and did not get around the lake either time. I ran yesterday with Quinn and today by myself and managed to get around both times1! The sun has barely started to rise and the air is nice and cool, making for ideal running conditions (for me at least).

run_ready20080909 If I can keep this up for the rest of the week, I’m planning on getting a Nike + iPod gadget that links my shoe to my iPod. My iPod will then be able to give me real time feedback on how far I’ve run, my pace, time elapsed, calories burned, etc…all to music! Anyone have any experience using the Nike + iPod and want to weigh in on it’s effectiveness?

Anyway, most mornings I’m out the door by 5:05am. If anyone wants to run with me, meet me in front of my building. If you know for sure that you want to run, try to give me a heads up the day before so I can let you know if I’m running or not the next morning.

Hopefully I can stick with this.


  1. getting around is not the problem, getting around in time to get ready for work so I can catch the carpool is the problem 

The Workout Plan

I’ve been wanting to work out for a couple of months now, but A) I’ve been to lazy to actually go to the gym and B) even if I did go to the gym, I wouldn’t know what to do.

I was talking with Bob over the weekend and he mentioned that he was going to start working out again. I asked him how he works out and he told me about a program called CrossFit that he’s been following. CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program whose specialty is not specializing. [1] Everyday, CrossFit posts the Workout of the Day (WOD) on their website and you can go do it.

This is pretty much exactly what I was looking for!

I’m tweaking the program a bit to fit my schedule better. So here are my rules:

  1. Do the CrossFit WOD from either CrossFit or FrontRangeCrossFit, I can pick after looking at each work out. If one of the sites has a “rest” day, I can do the previous days workout provided I didn’t already do it yesterday.
  2. I will take three days off a week: Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday.

Usually there are two rest days in a week. However, I’m not usually on campus on the weekends and I usually try to not be in Golden. Also, Tuesday’s completely suck for me in general.

It’s also nice that they have some video of the different workouts and all the workouts are scalable and substitutable. I started today with:
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
Run 400 meters
Max rep Pull-ups

We’ll see how this works…

[1] http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/what-crossfit.html