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New Year, New Me?

January 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy (belated) New Year’s. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

So why did I title my blog entry as “New Year, New Me”? Well…for starters I entered the new year without the use of crutches. My medical history has prevented me from starting the new year healthy. Two hip surgeries later, I feel great.

And as I enter the new year pain free, 2014 will be a defining year for yours truly. In 2010, I was at my healthiest and strongest. Upon feeling healthy and vowing to never look back at my old 250+ pound self, I decided I wanted to run the NYC Marathon in 2012.

Fast forward to 2011, I felt my body breaking down. Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) was the cause to my malaise. My hips hurt. My confidence shattered. And my desire to run in the NYC Marathon in 2012 was in question.

Enter Dr. Bryan T. Kelly in the spring of 2011. His experience in arthroscopic hip surgery has been mentioned in this blog countless times over. But once again I must state, we approached this head on. One option given to me was to alter my activities. Running and working out has become a constant fixture in my life. While I stopped working out for six months at the discretion of Dr. Kelly, my confidence was not completely deflated. And my dream of running in the marathon was not dead. The dream was and to this very day remains ALIVE.

Two hip surgeries later I have never felt better. My hips no longer ache. The running path is clear. I am now running without worries or fear. Today I prepare for my toughest and most probably task, the NYC Marathon.

Training has not been kind to me. But I recently realized I was the one to blame. For instance my cardio lacked intensity. I became too complacent. The monotony of using the elliptical machine five days a week mentally drained me. On the first day of the month, I decided to mix my cardio. I re-included the use of the spin bike, the treadmill/running path, stair master, etc. It truly feels like 2010.

My goal between now and the NYC Marathon (November 2) is to mentally and physically prepare myself for the grueling 26.2 miles of fun. Yup fun.

The first item on my checklist is to lose the weight I gained from the two surgeries. In 2010, I weighed 150 pounds. Three years and 15 pounds later, I do not want to weight 150 pounds, but I sure as hell do not want to weigh 165 pounds. In the coming weeks, I plan on finding a personal trainer. I also plan on going for more runs. But of course that last item is contingent on the weather. I do not mind running in the cold, but when a “polar vortex” hits the area, my limbs mean more than a run in the park.

Is this really a “New Year, New Me”? The answer is simply “no”. For one I am not keen on resolutions. Secondly, I met my goals in 2009. And now that I am healthy, “it’s go time”.

Stay tuned. I will go through a lot of peeks and valleys.

 

Progress

March 6, 2011 1 comment

Slow and steady wins the race. Or so says a buddy of mine. Three days after revealing my first running event,  this first time runner put himself in a running mindset. This morning I ran on the treadmill.

If I intend to participate in the 2012 NYC Marathon I will need to focus. For the second week I showed signs of improvement. Adding an additional ten minutes (including a five minute cool down) to my workout on the treadmill I surpassed my pace. Running at the same speed (6.2-6.4)  as last week I ran for a total of 8.31 miles.

I CONTINUE TO IMPROVE

Yes I added an additional ten minutes but the added time  is meant to build stamina. The more time I increase the better I will improve on distance. And also keep in mind, while I did add to the distance during the final five minutes, I walked. To prevent stiffness or injuries it is wise and common to drop the heart rate after a long and vigorous workout. In this case after running for 105 minutes, the final five was exactly what the doctor ordered.

And if you are wondering I am sore. For two weeks now I have shown signs of improvement. However, to avoid injury, I prefer not adding additional time. Of course I will not add any additional time for the interim.

In the coming days I will actually implement cross-training. Cross-training is a way for a runner to avoid injury and keep active while in between a run. Instead of running one could use the elliptical, spin bike, stair master, and even swimming. Typically, when I am not running I am on the stair master. However, lately, I have felt uninspired and exhausted.

While I do enjoy the stair master, I may have hit a wall. Now I decided to change it up. In the coming days I will explain cross-training in detail.

Overall I am feeling great. I cannot wait for the next run. My training can only get better and challenging.

My First Race Revealed

March 3, 2011 3 comments

Where Am I Running?

Since creating “runjorgerun”, my thoughts have been set on running the 2012 NYC Marathon. However, while I looked to the future, I never thought about the present. Sure I am in training mode. However, the winter days toppled by less than favorable weather has forced me to train in the warm confines of the treadmill. It’s not ideal but as the saying goes, “it’s better than nothing”!

As we enter a new month, I will see sunnier days. Spring means an eternal outlook on life and the renaissance of a new me. Sure I lost weight. And sure I am in the best shape of my life. But now I have to take my training to the next level. To get in the best shape come November 2012, I need to plan for the present. At the moment I am making progress. But I refuse to be complacent. As someone close to me said, “do not worry about the others, go out there and have fun.” And that is my intention. The training will be arduous and at times grueling, but through hell or high water I will persevere this challenge like no other.

Earlier this week, by fate, I happened to have logged on to my twitter page and in my timeline was a tweet from the New York Road Runners (NYRR) that promoted their upcoming American Heart Association 3 mile Wall Street Run on May 17th. On their website, the NYRR’s offered other races prior to this one in May, but some were too soon for me to even consider, I decided with enough preparation and training between now and May 17th, I will tackle the 3 mile challenge.

Running has been a huge motivation for me in recent months. And what makes the event far more special is the added benefit I am running in an event and for an organization I deeply care about. Being healthy and active has changed my perspective on life. And what better way to promote the American Heart Association than to participate in a 3 mile race. Participating in this race is the right thing to do and I could not be any happier.

As a first time runner I know my weaknesses can only be turned into a strength. It’s only a matter of time until I break out and with my best pair of running shoes, the world will see the transition I made from 250 pound Jorge, to agile and healthy Jorge.

For more information on the 3 mile run please click here.

Run Jorge Run!

Pedometer vs. Treadmill

February 27, 2011 4 comments

This morning I got off to an early start. I woke up at the usual time…6 in the morning to be exact. Yes-I rarely sleep in on weekends. The early start each weekend is an added benefit. The earlier I get to the gym the earlier I get a great workout.

Today I got the early start I needed, but I did not get to the gym until 11. The errands I wanted to get accomplished yesterday afternoon was delayed until this morning. My early day was spent driving from point A to point B then to Point C and back to Point A. After completing my errands the time approached 1030 in the morning. Do I go to the gym and train? Decisions. However this decision did not take too long. I packed my gym bag and packed my new pedometer.

With my pedometer in tow you know full well I planned on using the treadmill. And that I did–After a 20 minute walk to the gym, changed into my workout gear. Stretched. Then hopped on a treadmill. But this would be the first time using my new Timex Pedometer.

PREGAME

Pedometer clipped to my shorts, Zune blasting Alkaline Trio. And now I was under way. Like last week, I used my friends advice and ran in the 6.0/6.1 range. It felt great. Not caring what others think, I began to sing. Yes I am tone deaf. But that does not nor will stop me from meeting my goals.

Throughout the run I felt great. Upon completing my run after 65 minutes I compared the treadmill’s calculations to my pedometer. And low and behold I was not surprised. SEE BELOW.

After 65 minutes, the treadmill calculated I ran 6.6 miles.

However my pedometer calculated…

4.96 Miles?

For a long time I never trusted the calculations on any cardio machine. The picture above says it all. I have said it before and I have said countless times over the machines give “estimates”. Those estimates should be taken with a grain of salt.

Since I completed 4.96 miles in 65 minutes at a speed of 6.1, I decided to run for another 35 minutes therefore completing a 100 minute run. The final 35 minutes, at a speed of 6.2, did not seem like a punishment run, instead it was a way for me to train my heart and my mind. Afterall if I intend on running a marathon, I need to prepare for distance.

After 35 minutes here is where I finished…

Treadmill Calculations #2 3.53 Miles?

Drum Roll Please…

After 35 minutes my pedometer calculated a combined distance of:

2.63 Miles in 35 minutes for a total of 7.59

Should I be upset that I ran for 7.59 miles instead of 10.13? Um. At first I was. But then I thought about the past. I thought about last year when I ran for 15 minutes at a speed of 3.5 while fighting for each breathe. Now  today I can complete sustain a 100 minute run. Imagine what I can do if I ran on a track or asphalt? The outlook looks bright.

Mark my words in no  time I will surpass 7.59 miles. Now I cannot guarantee it will be in the next session or within this month, I can guarantee that it will happen. And when it does happen I will share my success with the world.

How did I celebrate 7.59 miles? Simple…Greek yogurt, a protein shake and a banana.

A Runner is Born

February 18, 2011 2 comments

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the thought of pursuing this goal. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined of participating in the BIGGEST race in the world. In November 2012, I will face that goal head on when I complete my “final chapter” …the NYC Marathon.

Last night I took a major step in accomplishing that goal. After work I headed to the gym for a cardio workout. Typically I reserve running for the weekend. But last night with two stair master machines in use, I had the option of using the spin bike, elliptical or the treadmill. Any of the three would work, but I really wanted to use the stair master. Nevertheless, since the stair master was not an option, I had to pick. And that decision had to be made in a quick manner. Peak hours at the New York Sports Club in Manhattan quickly gets crowded. With that I selected the treadmill.

My goal was to use the treadmill for a few minutes until the stair master became available. Of course, I lightly stretched for a few. Upon completing my stretches, I jumped on a machine and began my workout. Taking advice from a friend, I started the speed at a comfortable 6.0 mph. Typically I start at 6.5 or up. But now I understand why my friend suggested 6.0. PACING. If one goes over his or her pace then that person will quickly suffer from fatigue.

Low and behold that was my problem. Running at a speed of 6.5 mph in one hour was an accomplishment. But by overdoing I had little energy to go beyond an hour. Mind you a marathon is the equivalent to 26.2 miles. I could barely complete 5 miles. I needed to do something and it had to be done soon. That’s when my friend recommended I start at 6.0 and slowly build my endurance after.

On the treadmill, I started my run at a speed of 6.0. My body was not responding well to the run. Was I bored? Yes. But if it is a way to build my endurance I had to start somewhere.

After ten minutes, one of the stair master machines became available, but I decided to trek on the treadmill.  10 minutes eventually turned into 20 then into 30 and so on. Yes there is a 30 minute time limit during peak hours at the gym, but I paid no mind to their “protocol”. Was I wrong? Of course. But I was enjoying the workout.

Yes I was enjoying the workout but the speed was too simple. After 50 minutes I decided to increase the speed to 6.5. I kept it at that pace for another 50 minutes. Now with an increased speed and good music (you cannot forget to have good music while running) my body approved. I ran and ran. I somehow lost track of time. But I continued to run as if I was in the marathon. I ran as if I entered the final stretch in Central Park and headed straight towards the finish line. And in the end I crossed my imaginary finish line by ending it after 100 minutes. Of course I could have gone on further but the machine has a 100 minute limit and also I had a bus to catch back to New Jersey.

In the end as I was drenched in my own sweat, I was overcome with feelings of happiness and motivation.  Did I really run at a speed of 6.0 and 6.5 for 100 minutes? Yes I did; considering just a few years ago I could barely jog for 15 minutes at a speed of 3.5 without feeling winded. I consider the feat to be my “Welcome to the Neighborhood” party.

By the way, I typically do not like reading the digital information on the treadmill. It said I ran for 10+ miles. But I really do not take it at face value. I did, however, purchase a pedometer. Next time, I’ll be ready.

I can only wait until warmer weather. Central Park is calling my name. And when it does I will challenge that. Baby steps? Agree?

I know where I am heading. It looks bright. But while that was just a way to get warmed up. I am looking forward to seeing what the future lies ahead. By all means if anyone who reads this is a runner or knows a runner and can give this novice runner tips please feel free to comment. I will truly appreciate it.