Thursday, August 12, 2010

Challenge Accepted

Amanda at 5 miles past empty challenged blog readers to do lunges for a month and track progress by taking before and after pictures of your legs ... preferably unclothed (even though I am modest). Since lunges, and high stair stepping is something I want to work into my training to improve my stride. I have accepted.

Reader discretion is advised. [may contain furry animals ... and magenta cyan auto-corrections]

The calf development is what 8 years of high-school and university football will do if you push around the coach and his fat son standing on a blocking sled. I won't show you my mid-section and what 20 years of programming and BBQ ribs and cheesecake can do. [I'll leave that up to your imagination. wink wink. Can anyone say "cottage cheese bulging out of a hairnet?"]

In terms of the training schedule. I will add the lunges and high-stair stepping to my Tuesday and Thursday cross training, and a special lunge and high-stair step routine before my Saturday EZ run. I'm just a novice, but I don't think it will drastically change the way my legs will look. I think instead it will extend my stride a bit. For this reason I've been scrambling to find a way to measure my stride accurately at different running speeds - tempo, jog and walk. To include some metrics here. If anyone has a method besides the obvious one please yell out ... thank you.

Welcome Neil and Irene!


Anonymous said...

Good luck on the challenge! Lunges always make me sore!

Johann said...

Good luck with the challenge! You are braver than I am. My legs get enough pain already. I will do a post on what I carry where and how for my 50km race. Thanks for asking and giving me a good topic.:)

Rae said...

Good luck with the challenge!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

Yay!! thanks for joining the fun! What cute furry animals BTW! =)

You sound like my hubby, "this isn't long enough to change the shape of your legs" blah blah blah...we will see!! =)

As for measuring your stride you could do something simple like run through a puddle that you create and have a freind measure the distance front toe to heal strike on the dry pavement (before it dries). you could do this at different speeds. And if your friend is able to measure before they dry he/she can measure a few strides just to get an average or an idea of how consistent the stride is? You can do this once a week or once a month? i think it would work?

Good luck! I'm totally curious to see how your stride is affected!