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We’ve had a couple cloudy, rainy days here in South Florida.  Thankfully it all cleared up today.  The sun came out as I went out to run and jump.  🙂

Also, I’m not sure, but some lady may have taken my picture.  Awkward.

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Today was finally a cardio day (or at least as cardio as I currently get).  I’ve scaled these back a little to make room for the more muscle-gain intensive workouts.  I’m tracking my resting heart rate to see just how little cardio I can get away with.  It keeps Lisa from getting worried if my heart rate stays below 60 beats per minute.  I was at 53 on Sunday afternoon.

Anyway, here are the plyometrics and running I did.  Also, I had a pretty spiffy revelation about plyometrics for people with ACL injuries (John, I mean you.  🙂  ) Continue reading

I’m sore.  Really sore.  Good thing my legs get two days of rest now before my next workout that involves them.  I did some work on my make-shift (sidewalk chalk) agility ladder and then did my sprints.  Good times! Continue reading

Some plyometrics, shuttle-runs, and sprints.  Good times.  No gym involvement either.  However, there were a couple little old ladies walking to the thrift store that’s in the parking lot I run in.  They gave me funny looks. Continue reading

There’s not much to announce here.  The major negative to today was that it was lightly raining this morning, so I couldn’t use my sidewalk chalk to draw my Dot Drill square.  The major positive being that since it was lightly raining, it felt great outside.  It was a fun, pretty easy workout. Continue reading

This was another conditioning day for me.  I like to do some multi-directional plyometrics and then finish it off with interval runs/walks.

For today, I went outside and drew an agility ladder (ten lines with 18″ in between each other) on the parking lot with some sidewalk chalk.  It’s ghetto, but it gets the job done.  🙂 Continue reading

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become more porous.  They lose their original density and strength.  Its usual victims are women postmenopause.  Here are a few common risk factors for developing osteoporosis.

1.  Being Underweight – Your body always adapts for what it needs to do.  If you don’t weigh very much, then your body only needs to have strong enough bones to carry around a light body.  This means bones will deteriorate.  Also, if you’re chronically underweight, then you may not be getting enough calories to provide the nutrients needed to create bone mass. Continue reading

Since I’ve started running again, I’ve had to re-read my textbooks about the concept of Onset of Blood Lactate Accumulation (OBLA).  Essentially, OBLA is the point at which your body shifts from burning primarily fat to burning primarily carbohydrate.  The significance of this is that when your body has to burn a lot of carbohydrates, it gets overwhelmed and fatigued.  However, if you’re able to keep your body in fat-burning mode, you are able to keep your body from fatigue.  This is because when the body burns fat, it’s a fairly sustainable process.  The body can do it for a long time.  However, whenever the body shifts to burning carbohydrates at a high rate, it eventually builds up a byproduct called lactate.  When your muscles can’t get rid of lactate fast enough, it builds up in the blood and creates fatigue.

OBLA occurs at different levels of exertion for each person.  A sedentary person can typically only get up to about 55% of their maximal exertion before it sets in and starts fatiguing them.  However, a trained athlete can get up to around 85% of their maximal exertion before OBLA sets in.  Obviously, it’s advantageous for any runner to know how to delay their OBLA response in order to maximize their performance. Continue reading