Fitness Monday

In the summer of 2011, after my third semester at film school, I decided it was time to start thinking about fitness. I’m one of those lucky people who is blessed with a very high metabolism, so my weight has never been an issue despite what I ate or how much time I spent sitting around. As a result, fitness and healthy eating just wasn’t something I thought was necessary.

I spent a lot of time that summer working in the grip and camera departments of various thesis films, and came to realize that there were certain aspects of those jobs that I just couldn’t perform. I couldn’t lift anything of significant weight, which is a problem as most film equipment is quite heavy. That inability to perform basic aspects of my job, combined with my awareness that I was getting older I guess just made me realize that I needed to shape up.

I had tried running several times over the years after high school, but it never really stuck for me. I think I was always pushing myself too hard right away, which made the whole process of running seem like a painful chore. So this time, I decided to get into it gradually. I started with a Couch to 5K plan, and downloaded RunKeeper. I started running because it was free and I had to excuse not to.

Fast forward to today. I kept up with running off-and-on at first, but have continued to push myself to improve. I finished my first half marathon in September of 2012 in a little over 3 hours. I ran another in September of 2013. This January, I ran a third half marathon, finishing in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Running has changed my whole outlook on my health. I started eating better because I realized how much better it makes me feel in the mornings when I wake up to run. Eric got me a Nike+ FuelBand for Christmas, which I’ve been using to track my activity throughout the day. And just last week, I joined the gym. I decided it was about time to start working on strength training in addition to cardio.

In order to keep up with my goal of improving my fitness — I hope to get in the best shape of my life before I turn 30 — I’m going to post weekly updates to the blog about my progress.

Monday (2/17): Started with a 15-minute yoga session in the morning, then headed to the gym for a 54-minute game of racquetball with Eric. He got tired before I did. Overall, I burned 1063 NikeFuel.
Wednesday (2/19): I woke up early and headed to the gym for a run. It’s been too dark in the mornings to run outside before work, so the treadmill does just fine. I ran for 35 minutes at an average pace of 19 minutes per mile, burning 877 NikeFuel. Took it nice and slow to get back in to running after a three-week break.
Saturday (2/22): Headed to the gym again to finish up my running mileage for the week. I ran for 38 minutes at a pace of 14 and a half minutes per mile. A significant improvement over my run earlier in the week. I burned 1053 NikeFuel this time.

Overall, I ran 4.4 miles this week, at an average pace of 16:26 minutes per mile. Next week I’ll be starting some weight training. Wish me luck!

As a side note– I realize that “Fitness Friday” is a more alliterative choice, but as most of my fitness apps use a Monday through Sunday week, it makes more sense to post these on Mondays. So there you go.

30 before 30

2/12/15 Update: I wrapped this project up in February 2015! You can still see how I did below, but I encourage you to read more about the project in my wrap-up post!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been away from the blog, yes, but I’ve still been thinking a lot about it these past few months. I think I let pressures of what I thought my blog was “supposed” to be get in the way of what I really wanted from it — a place to post my thoughts about those things that interest me. So I’m going to make an effort to do that again. And to keep up with it this time.

Last week, I turned 29. Since I’ll be 30 in a years’ time, I decided to make my own “30 before 30″ list; a list of things I’d like to accomplish in the next year. Without further ado, here they are:

1. Run a marathon
2. Write a screenplay
3. Go camping with Eric
4. Get in the best shape of my life
5. Watch 100 movies I haven’t seen before (62/100)
6. Get married
7. Blog at least one day per week
8. Take a vacation
9. Run 750 miles (216/750)
10. Go hiking five times in five different places (2/5 — Mount Lee & Mount San Jacinto State Park)
11. Relearn French
12. Start investing & formulate a plan to get out of debt
13. See the Grand Canyon
14. Do a pull-up
15. Take more photos & improve my photography
16. Go wine tasting
17. Design and send out Christmas cards
18. Learn to play a song on the guitar
19. Organize a social gathering at least once per month
20. Learn to swing dance
21. Read a new book every month (13/12)
22. Redecorate my apartment
23. Try at least one new restaurant every month (12/12)
24. Learn Irish
25. Fly in a hot air balloon
26. Print my photos and use them to decorate the walls of my apartment
27. Sign up for a triathalon
28. Organize all of my music
29. Keep up with a skincare regimen
30. Learn to surf

In no particular order, of course. I’ll update the blog as I progress on these. 30, here I come!

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