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Pace yourself, and stick with it

August 24, 2011

Running has been going well, and my confidence and determination are pretty high, so I decided to try something else that I’ve been putting off for a while.

P90x seems frightening and crazy as hell to most onlookers, including me, but really, you don’t have to be afraid of it. I’m not saying that it’s easy. It’s ridiculously hard. Anyone who’s done this program before can tell you that the “warmup” can be a workout in itself. Thing great thing about P90x though, is you can do it at your own pace.

Most other workout programs I’ve looked into or have tried are all about doing a certain number of reps in a required amount of time. With P90x, there’s a number of reps you’re supposed to do, but you’re the one choosing the number.

Also, if you feel like you’re getting destroyed, you can simply hit the pause button on the DVD player. Once you feel like you’ve recovered, press play, and you’re right back where you stopped. The most important part of the program is to pace yourself, stick with it. In other woods, “Just Keep Going.”

The reason I like the couch to 5k program I’m doing (and the reason I think I’m sticking with it) is that it gives me a small goal to focus on for each session. Every other time I’ve attempted to acquire a running habit, I would just set out, stop when I got tired and then say, “Fuck doing that again.” I didn’t have any frame of reference. I had no idea if I was doing “OK” for a first workout.

P90x seems to be able to give me the similar small goals for each session. Just set your goal, and if your brain was bigger than your body, that’s OK. If you’re not able to hit you goal, just do as many reps as you can with good form. You’ll be able to do at least one more next time.

I didn’t purchase any of the “extras” such as their brand of power bars, their “official” recovery drink or their line of nutrients. I already take several supplements and coconut water has been my recovery/rehydration drink of choose for a while. I been keeping a box of cliff bars on hand at all times since I started playing disc golf again.

I’ve looked through their suggested meal plan, and I agree that I’d do better with portions closer to what they’re suggesting, but I’m going to have to do some research and find a few substitutions. There’s no way I’m about to start adding 8 oz. of cottage cheese to my breakfast each morning.

For my first round, I’m doing the “Lean” program. It focuses more on cardio and less on resistance training, so for where I am right now, I think that will pair better with my running than the “Classic” or “Doubles” versions.

Day one was “Core Synergistics.” Lots of lunges, squats and rolling around on the mat. The workout has pushups in it too, but they include some kind of squat thrusts as well. I gave the finger to the “Bonus Workout at he ends of the session, but Tony Horton told me that was OK since it was My first day. Even though I didn’t do the same number of reps, with the same weight, at the same speed as everyone in the DVD, I still got worked, and felt good at the end of the session.

This is going to be interesting, but I think I’m up for it.

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