Recovery Run & P90X Fitness Test

9:12 AM 05 August 2008

We arrived in Los Angeles at 6:00 PM yesterday after a 6 1/2-hour from San Francisco. Although I slept in most part of the trip, I was still tired once we arrived in the house. After dinner, I had to take a shower and went to bed very early.

At 9:00 AM this morning, I decided to have my recovery run and start again a more challenging training for my first ultra marathon trail run within 19 days. It was supposed to do a “double” today with a 5K run in the morning and an 8K run later in the late afternoon but I felt good and comfortable to increase my pace and distance after running 3 kilometers and so I ended up running 13K in the morning. I did a faster 10K run and the remaining 3K were done in my simulated trail run pace.

These were the details of my runs as recorded by my GF 305:

Distance—10.01 kms          Time—57:16 minutes

Average Pace—5:43 mins/km      Average Speed—10.5 kms/hr

Maximum Speed—14.8 kms/hr   Total Calories—728 cal

Average HR—160 bpm                 Maximum HR—171 bpm

Total Ascent—285 meters            Total Descent—287 meters

These were the details of my simulated run for the trails as recorded by my GF 305:

Distance—3.0 kms             Time—19:39 minutes

Average Pace—6:33 mins/km      Average Speed—9.1 kms/hr

Maximum Speed—12.5 kms/hr    Total Calories—222 cal

Average HR—154 bpm                  Maximum HR—164 bpm

Total Ascent—96 meters              Total Descent—84 meters

The temperature during my run was the same with that of Manila’s temperature at 8:00 AM. I think it was in the mid-80s and I was sweating hard and my running kit was all wet when I finished my run. I was glad I was holding my TNF E50 water jug on my right hand which gave me enough hydration for the said distance.

Later in the afternoon, I started my P90X program and conducted its fitness test before starting the program. I have to take my resting heart rate, do some pull-ups until you can’t do anymore rep, measure my vertical leap, do push-ups up to your max, touch my toes to test my flexibility, squat on the wall until you drop your butt on the floor, do bicep curls to the max with a 20-lb dumbbell, and do “in & outs” abdominal exercise.

I was glad I was able to meet the minimum requirement for each test. But the tests were really hard and challenging!

When my son arrived from work, I requested him to take pictures of my torso (front & back) to document my progress with the program as “Before and After” pictures. Hopefully, by strictly following the exercises and the diet/nutrition plan that goes with it, I will be able to improve my body form, stamina, strength, flexibility, and overall fitness after 90 days!

I will start to perform the exercises tomorrow. I will be posting a recap of my exercises with my P90X Program on a daily basis.

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