Getting Healthy: My 4:50 Goal

It is time for me to be healthy: exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, and spend quality time with my family.

This post is going to be a bit more personal than usual. If you’re interested in the inspiration more than the post itself you can check out the original post on healthy goals by Alex Lawrence. Take a minute to read it. And join the cause if you’re feeling the need like I am.

Why start now?

I have not exercised regularly since I played for BYU four years ago. During those short years I had a rigorous schedule of hard exercise 6 days a week: weight lifting on Tues/Thurs/Sat and practice on Mon/Wed/Fri. Practice was a pretty intense cardio workout. By the end of my time with the team I was running about a 4:50 mile. Not fast by a racing standard; but I felt healthy.

Over the last year I ran 15.39 miles with Ashley; total. She likes to take a slow pace, so I never really tested myself. We went on a cruise at the beginning of the month and I felt the need to exercise. I ran 3 of the 5 days and it felt great. I was able to get down to about a 5:20 mile, but it was not as easy as it once was.

Today I am not feeling unhealthy or particularly healthy for that matter.

Joining #TmFit

The post by Alex is timely. I’ve been feeling my body getting older. I know that I’m only 28; but for the first time in my life I don’t feel like I am the healthiest I could be. I am not taking as good of care of my body as I should.

I’m not worried about losing weight. If anything I wouldn’t mind gaining a few more pounds. I probably won’t be tracking what I eat. I would, however, like to eat more healthy foods and less crappy foods.

Here are my goals. I’m hoping to accomplish them in 2013, but they aren’t meant to be new years resolutions. 1. No more fast food. I’ve been eating poorly ever since I left my corporate job. Actually, I was eating poorly when I was a corporate stooge as well. It’s time to cut out the fast food. New rule: No fast food. None. I will live better without it. 2. I want to get back to a 4:50 mile. This will mean speed training. A 4:50 mile is pretty much a full run for the entire distance. I’ll need to spend a couple days a week at the track, and the others running as well. 3. I’d like to run a qualifying marathon. I don’t expect to actually run in any marathon that requires a certain pace. I’d just like to know that I’m back at that level of health.

How I’ll do it

I want to start a simple workout schedule that fits my life. I am strapped for time, so I need something that will help me meet my goals and still be possible. I need short but effective workouts for weekdays. I’ll try to get my runs in the mornings before my family wakes up.

My workout plan is 6 days a week:

  • Monday short run: 1–3 miles
  • Tuesday shoulders chest and abs
  • Wednesday long run (7 min/mile pace): 6–9 miles
  • Thursday yoga/abs
  • Friday fartlek run (7 min/4:50 split): 3–6 miles
  • Saturday chest back and abs

The yoga/abs workout will come from P90X. They are the best part of the workout plan. Also, for the month before the marathon I’ll likely bump my long days to 12–15 miles per day.

How I’ll track it

I’m hoping that ‘public accountability’ will mean that someone is going to point me back to this blog post during the year and say: “Are you following your plans, and reaching your goals?

I’ll be tracking each run and my total miles with the Nike+ app for iPhone and all of my stats are set to public. The app is very well done. I’ve thought about buying the FuelBand. Have any of you used it?

For my own personal records of how close I am getting to my goals I’ll likely use Day One. I love the DAYTUM concept, but the team was hired by Facebook, and they have stopped development. I may have to home brew my own solution for a database app.

  • Alright. Wish me luck, it starts today.