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303 Days to go. Train for the games. My Progress

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Another week has come and gone and I’m still kicking, which is always good news. I’ve increased the rounds of my 200m sprints to10, which happened earlier than expected. My next goal is to do 10 x 300m sprints. To accomplish this I plan on starting at 4 rounds again, then increase the number of rounds each week until I hit 10. My ultimate goal is to get to 10 x 400m, with minimal rest time between. I figure that if I can do that, I will have kicked my running nemesis squarely in the teeth.

I have a couple questions for all you runners out there.

  1. I have all sorts of aches and pains after I run, everything from ankle, to knee and hip pain. A running coach I spoke to in passing told me that I was probably pounding the pavement, huh? Sorry, but at 223lbs, I still can’t float while I run. Any advice on how to take the stress off my limbs? Maybe advice or running technique?

  2. Is there some trick to breathing while running? Should I take one breath in then one out, should I breathe in, and hold for a certain count and then exhale? Some people have suggested breathing in through my nose and out my mouth (which I can’t do because my nose is always stuffed).

    I would really like to work on a breathing technique so that when I do get tired I don’t start panic breathing.

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes.

I received my new lifting shoes. I haven’t tried them out yet, but will soon, and promise to give a full review. I got a great deal on them by doing a little research prior to my purchase. I found four places (as of this writing), Adidas.com of course, Rogue fitness.com, Oleiko or something like that, and Eastbay.com who carry them. They are listed for $200 (A bit pricey), but from reviews it seems they are well worth the cost.

Always wanting a deal I searched for promo codes but found none, except on Eastbay.com. I found a 20% off coupon for orders of $98 or more on their website. This was a no brainer, I bought from them and had my shoes the next week with no issues. Had I ordered from any of the other retailers, the total would have been approximately $220 plus. I got mine out the door, shipped etc for $179.

Before I purchased I did some research (via google) about Eastbay.com. They do have a few negative reviews, but nothing that scared me into not buying. Since this order went smooth I would gladly shop there again. Heck I even signed up for their affiliate program, which pays me 5% if you purchase through this link. (If the link doesn't work and go straight to the shoes they might be sold out.

WOD tracking websites.

One other thing, and I don’t like knocking a product, but there has got to be an easier way of inputting WOD’s than using beyondthewhiteboard.com (BTWB).

Sure it has a bunch of features, but its quirky and a bit difficult to use. I do a lot of custom WOD’s and have to “Create” a new workout almost every time. This wouldn’t be a problem if the system were easier to use. Sometimes I get all the way through inputting, only to find out that I made a mistake and have to start all over. Other times the WOD gets added to my “Bilderz.com” home gym. I then have to re-log my individual workout under my own gym (Hope that makes sense).

One of the first steps I take, prior to creating a WOD on BTWB, is to search to see if one already exists. My luck with searching is less than 30%. The problem is that while some WOD’s are close to what I want, they aren’t exact. Since there is no feature that allows me to customize a previous WOD for my own use, I have to start over from scratch.

Sadly what I have seen at BTWB isn’t much different from the other WOD logging programs/sites.

One new service I found promises to do stuff differently, Social WOD. In essence you take a photo of your whiteboard, send it to them and they do all the entry stuff. Great idea in theory, but at this time it is only geared toward affiliates not individuals, and the pricing is much to high.

*A month or so ago I posted about Social WOD’s lack of individual pricing via our Bilderz.com Facebook page and received a comment by someone at Social WOD. That person said individual pricing is on the way, but I have yet to see it.

Why can’t someone come up with a system that’s easy to use and inexpensive?

An individual or affiliate owner has to time the WOD’s, write them down, then spend even more time re-entering the info into some clunky website.

The logging part really does suck but it’s a necessary evil, I just wish it were less time consuming. While I’m wasting my time doing WOD entry I could be doing other fun stuff.

There has to be a better way, if you know of any I’d love to hear about them. The sites I have come across are either ridiculous in their pricing or look like the craigslist.com designer built them.

A side note.

My original plan was to keep my progress posts (Train for the Games) on a separate page within this site because I doubted most people wanted to read about them. Well life sucks for you, because that ain’t happening. If you don’t want to read about my progress, choose another article, because they’re getting published in all their glory, right here.

My blog, my rules.

See you in the hills.


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The product I have written about, I have personally tried. Sometimes I get the products I review for free but most of the time, I pay for them just like everyone else. On the rare occasion I do get something kicked down for free to review, I’ll tell you in the article. The opinion I offer, regardless of how I got the products is genuine, I’ll write the good and bad, I hold no punches. Also, I cannot speak for any other products or services their company may offer. Basically unless I have tried them, I have no opinion. In any case you need to know that certain links from this article are to affiliate products for sale. What that means is that if you click on the link and later purchase a product from the site and product I link to I get paid. You can read a more in depth disclosure here if need be. So why would I tell you this? Well first it’s the law, second it’s the right thing to do and third I ain’t got nothing to hide. Since this site don’t pay the bills by itself, I figure reviewing a product I’ve already tried and like, benefits both of us. First you get an honest to goodness opinion and two, I might make a few bucks as well.

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