194 Days: “Plyometrics” & 16K Run

5:10 AM 23 September 2008 at The ULTRA Oval Track

It was my first time to wake-up so early for a practice run this morning at 4:30 AM. It was still dark at the ULTRA Oval Track when I reached the Grandstand but I had observed that there were two runners already making laps around the oval. “Prometheus” and another guy within my age bracket were already there. After doing my stretching exercises, I started my running workout, taking the outermost lane, as I intended to have 2 sets of 6K run around the oval track which served as my recovery run after my Milo Half-Marathon  Run in Laoag City last Sunday. My plan was to do a tempo run for 6K and then do some “pylometric” exercises in-between sets of 6K runs.

My first 6K was timed at 30:38 minutes with an average pace of 5:05 mins per km. My average HR was 163 bpm and maximum HR at 171 bpm. I slowed down for the next two laps and stopped to do some “plyo” exercises. It took me at least 30-40 minutes to perform selected exercises I got from my P90X program. Doing such “jumping exercises” made me sweat some more!!! I was glad I brought a bath towel this time to wipe my sweat. I am sure the other runners at the oval track were thinking that “I am crazy” doing all those weird jumping movements. Continue reading

Day # 1: P90X & 10K Run

Day # 1: P90X—Chest & Back (06 August 2008)

After preparing for the tools (push-up grips; elastic band; 20-lb dumbbells; water; & towel) needed for my first day of exercises, I played the DVD that goes with the program on my laptop and followed the exercises being done by the demonstrators. The first day schedule is devoted to the CHEST AND BACK muscles. I started at 10:00 AM and supposed to finish the exercises in one (1) hour if I strictly follow the tempo of the demonstrators.

After almost 5 minutes of warm-up exercises and stretching of the shoulders, neck, and the arms, the following exercises were followed with the following number of repetitions I performed: Continue reading