Training Log: An Introduction

I’m writing this here in hopes that the public information will result in some personal accountability.

Over the past year, I’ve gone weeks, sometimes months, without training.

To be clear, I’m not talking about stretching, at-home exercises, visualization or studying various physical disciplines. By training, I’m specifically referring to early morning, outdoor training.

It’s been a goal of mine to become consistent with my training. To become disciplined and start each day off right.

For years, I’ve failed miserably. So I’m taking to the blog to share my journey with you.

Today, I woke up to my alarm at 5 a.m. It wasn’t too painful, but rising before the sun makes you want to hit the sack again.

I should add that I had gotten several good nights of sleep and wasn’t dead tired when I went to bed.

I was out the door by 5:35 a.m. just as the sun began to illuminate the earth. At this point, I was excited because I knew the next hour belonged to me.

In years past, I would have jogged to my training spot. But recently, I’ve begun to walk. Maybe I’m slowing down. But I personally think I began to walk because I was beginning to despise my training.

Early in the morning, my body needs to slowly warm up. Running straight away is jarring, both mentally and physically.

I’m trying to take better care of myself. Not tear myself down (which I’ve done numerous times in the past by the way).

When I finally get to the park, I’m usually in a pretty good mind-frame.

I begin with jump rope and progress to dynamic stretching. Then it varies a lot depending on how my body feels.

Often, since I spend most of my day sitting, I transition to movements that elongate and stretch my spine. Like twisting shuffles (sorry if not the correct terminology), monkey bars or bar swings. I also like static bar holds with short, quick dips.

I might then move to the ground and get my hands and wrists going. Ground kongs, crab walks and quadrupedal movement are some of my favorites.

I’ll also include leaps off one and two legs. Skips as well. Hopefully, that will keep my knees strong.

As you can see, nothing fancy. I just try to incorporate basic movements so my body can feel light and strong.

Eventually, I’ll work up a nice sweat. Start to finish, training usually lasts 30-40 minutes. That’s usually enough to get me feeling good and ready to go.

Stay tuned for more updates!