I asked Angelina's husband Chris to help me with my running. I need some aerobic training on the off days that I'm not doing Crossfit. Chris agreed to help me and asked me when I wanted to start. I told him that I would be willing to accommodate his schedule because mine was the most flexible.
I said, I'd like you to run with me because you can run faster than I can. I want you to set a pace that makes me push myself to keep up with you, but not so fast that I cannot keep up with you.
I only found out yesterday afternoon that Chris was a sprinter on the track team in High School. Well he is 49 years old. So that was at least 31 years ago.
Anyway...he wanted to start at O'dark thirty this morning. 5:30 a.m. to be exact. So last night I set my alarm for 4:45 a.m. Where we met up is only about a 5 minute drive away, but getting up 45 minutes earlier gave me time to drink some water, eat a small banana and down a cup of coffee.
It was still dark when we started. We did some warm-ups and light stretching before beginning. After our first run, we were back in the parking lot and Chris wanted me to do some sort of sprinting exercise.
I didn't have time for sports when I was a kid. My mom signed paperwork when I was a freshman in high school that allowed me to only take the bare minimum number of credits to graduate from high school. So I only attended school till 11:30 a.m. Then I went to my jobs. I was a grocery store bagger and then in the evenings I did janitor work at a local drug store. Part of my paycheck(s) went to my parents to help with expenses. My father was disabled and unable to work by the time I reached 7th grade.
While this arrangement didn't prepare me for higher education, it did teach me responsibility. But I'm digressing on the main topic...the sprinting exercises.
There are parking strips in the parking lot. I started on one line and as fast as I could manage would run to the next strip and then back to the starting strip. Then run to the 2nd strip and back to the starting strip. Then the 3rd, the 4th, the 5th strip and so on to eight strips. Then count down running from the 8th to starting point, then 7th, 6th, 5th and back to zero.
After that exercise we closed with another 1/2 mile run. This is good for me. I was breathing hard and couldn't carry on a conversation. Chris was fine and he did everything I did. So I feel I picked the right person to train me.
Our next training day will be Thursday morning. He plans to add on another 1/2 mile. For those of you that run regularly, you may be thinking...pfft...yeah, right. Big deal...that's nothing. Well I say, we all start at zero, and move forward from there.
I don't want to be a sprinter, I just want to run my 6k in a respectable time and would be very happy to get back a 10 minute mile for multiple miles. But I'll let Chris decide how to train me. After all...he is helping me on his own time and for free.
When you watch the video below, imagine listening to Eye of the Tiger while watching it. I was having video editing issues this morning. Have a great day!
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM2PJfe__-Q