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Make this a Training Log or Keep Writing About Workouts or ?? April 16, 2017

I continue to walk and do the workouts on my journey back to health and then fitness. I have comfortable crossed the half mile distance and should be beyond a mile soon. Some basic goals for the immediate future :

  • Adding distance
  • Increasing speed
  • Improving flexibility and softness/ suppleness in my joints( knees)
  • Adding strength throughout entire body

The first is a simple proposition…keep walking and everyday go a little bit longer. The biggest challenge I face with this (many of us face it) is repeating the daily mileage without hurting legs and knees that have already been stressed and damaged on the gridiron and basketball court.

This concern is being addressed with the 3rd and 4th bullets in this list. Increased flexibility and improved suppleness will allow me to move “over ” the ground rather than on and through the ground with the related pounding. Strength will also improve the ability of my muscles to “catch and release”each footstrike with negligible pounding.

When I start working on speed I will pick a few workout routes or section of routes to time and then later to ” time trial”. A section that took me 10 minutes might have an ultimate goal of 6 minutes 30 seconds but intermediate goals of 9 and 7 minutes. Successfully increasing speed will ultimately rely on common sense and patience….not always strengths of mine .

I hav been joking with a high school friend about getting ready for a Fall half marathon …when I wrote that to her on Facebook I had just walked a half mile for th first time since my heart diagnosis.

I am still looking into creating some sort or running/ walking / fitness club or group for folks recovering from or living with some sort of heart health diagnosis. 

martysmarch@yahoo.com for information or interest in the club.

@martyroddy

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Summer Running-Race Prep..How is Your Body? September 5, 2016

Filed under: Cross Training,diet,fitness,massage,Recovery,Uncategorized — bigfootmarty @ 4:54 pm
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In many parts of the #USA the local race scene is put on hold until the Fall. But training continues and runners all over prepare for Fall/Winter races during the summer months.

If you have maintained proper hydration and used  sensible plan your training should going well and you might be ready for the fall race season . If you have trained reasonably then you should be in good condition, but so few people actually train properly for their lifestyle and physical specifics and lots of people join the walking[or running] wounded.

If you re among the many walking wounded there are some things you can do to get over it and continue to run. See your doctor as need d and do what they suggest but some of these can be used to healthy exercise and running program.

ICE packs -Great info on custom made ice packs to fit you and your injuries.

-have pain in both knees and a shin, 3 ice packs will get ex0pensive- Make 3 for ~$5-6

Make Your Own Shapeable Ice Pack

 

 

 

 

Your favorite Running / Fitness Books January 31, 2016

I read a lot for fun and work and knowledge and health. As an athlete and fitness enthusiast I have read a lot of related books.

In this post I am asking you for input on your favorite running and fitness books. I have listed my favorite books about running- it was a tough choice but 1 of the books was a clear leader( because it was my first fave).

Reply here or on twitter at https://twitter.com/martyroddy

 

My favorite running books:

  1. Galloways Book on Running  by Jeff Galloway  http://www.amazon.com/Galloways-Book-Running-Jeff-Galloway/dp/0936070277     And his website  www.jeffgalloway.com
  2. Chi Running  by Danny Dreyer     http://www.amazon.com/ChiRunning-Revolutionary-Approach-Effortless-Injury-Free/dp/1416549447     Also at his website http://www.chirunning.com
  3. The Lore of Running  by Tim Noakes, M.D.        http://www.amazon.com/Lore-Running-Edition-Timothy-Noakes/dp/0873229592

I originally read these books in their 1st Editions and the later editions added or changed some things.   Galloway’s book took me from my first road race (a 10 miler) ever to a marathon As a one time footballer and still a 6’8 280-300 runner it was very helpful.

Chi Running has in the subtitle as Injury-free running and since I started running after years of football and basketball with the attending knee and ankle injuries- running without additional injury is a goal -a passion.

I originally read THE LORE OF RUNNING in its 2nd edition but really like the changes that arrived in 3 and 4.

Now in my 50’s my workouts on the roads and trail combine the ideas of bot Galloway and Dryer and the info in Lore has combined with other reading for background on how I live sweating and in rest of life.

WHAT ARE YOUR BOOKS?

 

 

 

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Total Body Workout for Athletes – 3 Levels May 6, 2014

Filed under: Cross Training,Health,Strength Training — bigfootmarty @ 3:59 am
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The following program will strengthen the body and prepare you for training, games and/or practice Also useful for running and triathlon preparation.

They are simple and safe moves that will build the body and help prevent injury when participating in your chosen “game”. They are also easy to perform in your bedroom or out in the backyard.

 

The exercise include (but are not limited to) :

Squats, ( VAR.  Narrow Squat) ,   Good Mornings –(straight legged deadlifts) ,

Sumo Squats, Push-Ups, Lunges, …variety of AB moves.

OTHER MOVES: Step Ups ,Plank, Squat jumps, Heel Raises, Toe Raises, Burpees

Also includes: a variety of abdominal and CORE exercises and Jumping jacks and maybe even Jumping Rope.

BEGINNING

SQUATS   –                 3 x12 , (3 sets of 12)

GOOD MORNINGS–  3×12

Abs  –                           3×20

LUNGES–                     3×10 (first right leg, then left)

ABs     –                        3×20

PUSHUPS    –               3×10

ABS    –                         3×20

*** The exercises are performed in a circuit for maximum total body benefit- agility, muscular and stamina. If using for muscle / body building the individual exercises would be done in sets with a variety of repetition counts for each set.

INTERMEDIATE

SQUATS     –                    3×15

GOOD MORNINGS –     3×15

Abs       –                         3×25

LUNGES   –                     3×12

Abs   –                              3×25

PUSHUPS –                     3×12

Abs  –                               3×25

SUMO SQUATS   –         3×10

ABS      –                          3×25

 

ADVANCED

SQUATS –                         3×18

GOOD MORNINGS –       3×18

Abs   –                                3×30

LUNGES  –                         3×15

Abs   –                                3×30

PUSHUPS –                         3×15

Abs     –                               3×30

SUMO SQUATS   –             3×12

ABS   –                                3×30

NARROW SQUATS   –       3×10

Abs  –                                  3×30

 

SEE –  https://werunusa.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/basic-exercises-for-total-body-impact-for-athletes/

 

FOR INFORMATION ON THE EXERCISES

 

 

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Exercising for Fitness,Health and Strength: Runners need the Balance March 28, 2014

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I have been running for 25+ years and have had a lot of fun and have also been quite lucky to never have missed running because of a running injury.

Now a little background info: I played football in school and as a result of that fun I had more than a handful of knee and ankle surgeries. Thankfully they  were relatively minor in scope and I can run and running- easily- has kept them loose and fluid. Being smart I have remained relatively injury and pain-free

Why should runners get and stay strong – head to toe?

A)  Good for posture especially during runs as the miles and time passes

B)  Musculo-skeletal strength is helpful in preventing injuries as the muscles absorb much of the impact.

C) Muscle burns more calories / fat than other cells- keeping us more fit in general states

D) Balanced muscles aid in recovery from workouts.

The following articles cover a variety of workouts – notice most have similar moves- REMEMBER THOSE !

*chart of great body-weight exercises

http://strength.stack52.com/periodic-table-of-bodyweight-exercises/

* 20 good moves for strength and fitness

http://jasonferruggia.com/top-20-bodyweight-exercises-for-building-muscle-strength/

 

http://weighttraining.about.com/od/exercisegallery/a/Top-10-Bodyweight-Exercises-For-Strength-And-Muscle.htm?r=twitter

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Cross Training for Total Fitness and Safe Running March 17, 2014

I spent the weekend working in the garden- the biggest job was moving fresh sandy soil from the stream bed to loosen heavy clay soil . Each wheel barrow load weighed ~200 pounds and the grass path and hill to traverse was “fun”. The final 15 yards were especially fun as they were criss-crossed with mole tunnels and rolling over those was challenging.

We also did some other soil building efforts as we collected several yards of leaf mold and natural compost from the forest floor. It was beautiful material and the garden will be HAPPY.

But at the end of the day the basic sets of non-running exercises I practice have set me up for comfort when i run and when I work like a crazy man in the garden.

*Bodyweight exercise you can do almost anywhere- without a gym and a lot of gear.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/are-bodyweight-exercises-alone-enough/#axzz2vmto91Z7

** Bodyweight exercises for fun and fitness.

http://ashotofadrenaline.net/body-weight-exercises/

*** Some core basics and stability issues. Build and maintain stable and supple core for comfort int he runs and balance to prevent injuries.

http://kayciesantics.blogspot.com/2012/03/300-ultimate-ab-and-core-challenge_22.html

 

Resistance bands for Fitness and Strength. *Runners Get strong without Extra Size January 8, 2014

Filed under: Blogs/Articles,Books,Health,Injury-Rehab,Strength Training — bigfootmarty @ 11:09 pm
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After years of heavy barbells and dumbbells in the football weight room I still enjoy exercising and lifting BUT in my 40’s and now 50- I do not need great strength or size any more- IN FACT I need to be and stay smaller.

I have done a bunch of body-weight exercises and now enjoying the resistance bands. I get to feel the pull and burn of the workout with out the growth- also I am not spending 2-3 hours, 6 days a week.

Now the bands are helpful for the fun of a workout and are also useful for rehab and recovery of a few injuries i carry around. Shoulder, ankle But the rest is for fun and fitness.

Looking back  on football and other lifting for sports- I wish I knew about, or that the bands were more popular(outside of the Training room).

* Some basic Workout Suggestions.

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2013/09/seven-move-resistance-band-workout-slideshow?intcid=trail_2#slide=1

These are great starters and with some creativity, these 4 moves can be expanded into 8-12-24 exercises for the entire body.

http://www.fitsugar.com/Easy-Resistance-Band-Exercises-24528501

* Book with info on resistance Bands.

http://www.emailwire.com/release/125656-Become-Healthier-And-Save-Money-With-Living-Complete-Resistance-Bands.html

-a really serious book

http://www.ironmind-store.com/Training-with-Cables-for-Strength/productinfo/1303/