100 straight leg situps
treadmill 4 miles 31:57 AHR 156
Average heart rate of 156 when running 8 minute miles? How embarrassing.
Just when I was going through my periodic phase of deciding to stop blogging for various boredom/laziness reasons, Nazzer posted a nice comment on a recent post and said he liked my blog. That's enough to keep me going for awhile, so I guess the internet will have to put up with one more exercise blog for a bit longer.
He did make a comment about assuming that I am a regular working dude. That is correct. For some reason, I have a hard time balancing the concept of writing about just training stuff versus going full bore into the Facebook style "here is every detail of my life." I don't like Facebook, and I try to tell myself that I am not really putting myself out there on the internet, but then I've kept this dumb blog up for over 3 years. Irrational I know.
Without getting into a ton of detail, Nazzer's assumptions are correct. I'm a white collar guy who puts in about 50-60 hours per week of work. I do a ton of research for my job, so some of those work hours are reading at home, so it's not like I'm grinding at a keyboard for 60 hours per week. However, I sit at a desk enough that it is a decent sized negative for my health and fitness. A lot of my work involves making relatively few, very serious decisions. I find the solitude of running and exercise to help with that.
To be honest, I would say that a larger time commitment is that I have a bunch of kids. I have two teenage daughters (well, one is almost a teenager). I also have two younger kids (ages 2 and 4). I'm not complaining, I love my kids very much and like hanging out with them, but if you wanted to analyze where my time goes, a lot of it is devoted to kid/family time. I'm just not the kind of guy that can say to my wife, "have a nice evening with the kids, I'm going on a 2 hour run". Maybe when the little ones are older that will be easier, but it doesn't come naturally right now. My wife is super supportive and would probably actually be ok with me being gone more, but I only do it rarely.
I'm also fortunate that my wife is very athletic and takes working out and diet seriously (she is way more serious on diet than I am, it embarrasses me that with her support and example my diet still sucks). She gets what I'm talking about when I discuss my irrational imbalance between being devoted to training, but not devoted enough to make huge progress. I like to support her goals, so the way that usually balances out is I try to get my training done before 6 am, and she gets to use other daylight hours to get her stuff done.
So the end of result of all this is a lot of high intensity 30-45 minute early morning workouts and usually one or two longer running efforts (1 - 2 hours) during the week (preferably out on the trails). My wife is always so supportive of me being gone in the mountains once a week, and I really appreciate it.
I sometimes ask myself how I would train if I didn't have any other life commitments. It is a bit of a chicken or the egg thing. Do I train the way I do because I am forced to because of my schedule, or would I do it anyway and use my free time for something else? I would probably spend more time in the mountains, but overall, I bet I would lean towards the way I do it now. I'm pretty happy with how things are working now, and I just don't see myself as an 80 mile per week runner. I suppose I seek balance in training like I seek balance in life.
George wrote a great post about balancing life and training. It is insightful, while covering something that is fairly obvious (most elegant insights are simply finding the correct way to frame something we already intuitively know - he does that here). Highly recommended.
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