October 2010 Fitness Diary!

Friday, October 1: I began October with a short 25-minute stint in the gym just working my chest, shoulders, triceps, and lower abs just a little. My legs were still a little stiff from Wednesday’s 10.4 kilometer run. (See September Fitness Diary).

Saturday, October 2: A solid hour in the gym before lunch. My legs felt better today so I hopped on the treadmill for 3 steep kilometers. And a weights session which consisted of exercises for my back, lats (almost recovered from the tear), traps, biceps, lower back, and hamstrings. Plus a pretty good stretch. October has started well, but I have a busy month ahead…

Sunday, October 3: An early morning swim in the pool ebhind HomePlus: 32 laps, 1.6 kilometers. Felt really relaxed in the pool. Felt like I could have swum all day if I had wanted to, I didn’t want to.

Monday, October 5: Back on my exercise bike for the first time in almots a month (since September 7 to be exact). A nice steady 25 kilometers while watching the “Die Hard” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

Wednesday, October 6: Forty-five minutes in the gym today after lunch. Three kilometers on the treadmill and then an admittedly half-hearted chest, shoulders, and triceps session:

Friday, October 8: One final trip to the gym before Sunday’s Hi Seoul (half) Marathon: back, biceps, traps, lats, lower back, sides, forearms, and a very light leg workout. Then later at home a final cardio session: 20 kilometers on my excercise bike while watching the latest Office and Fringe.

Sunday, October 10: Well my half marathon didn’t go exactly according to plan. I strained my calf muscle after just a few kilometers. I still got a medal though which was nice:

Monday. October 11: An early morning gym session less than 24 hours after the shocking events of yesterday: Chest, shoulders, triceps, lower abs, sides, thighs, and hamstrings. Good workout! I hope I can get into the habit of working out before 9 a.m. classes.

Wednesday, October 13: My first cardio session since Sunday’s half marathon was a twenty kilometer exercise bike session clocking in at 30 minutes even:

Thursday, October 14: A rare back workout at home! Back, biceps, traps, and abs.

Friday, October 15: A nice leisurely 2 hour 15 minute walk to begin the process of strengthening my calves (I also did a few sets of calf raise) so hopefully they won’t stop me from running any more half marathons.

Birthday, October 16:  An early morning birthday workout at the gym which consisted of chest, shoulders, triceps, lower abs, sides, lower back, thighs, and hamstrings! Quite a workout that one. Later in the day a nice steady and sweaty 20 kilometers on my exercise bike while watching the latest Supernatural:

Sunday, October 17: Oops, I was supposed to get up early and go for a swim, but it didn’t happen. Instead, a 2-hour walk around campus and many laps of the athletics track listening to Michael Giacchino’s music for the final season of Lost:

Monday, October 18: Up bright an early and at the gym by 7:40 a.m. and stayed until 8:20. It was my best back workout since injuring my right lat muscle a few months ago. The workout involved exercises for my upper back, traps, lats, biceps, forearms, things, hamstrings, and inner thighs.

Wednesday, October 20: Another early morning and I was out the door by 7 a.m. for a nice leisurely 2-hour walk that included a few sets of calf raises. The music of Michael Giacchino kept me company, specifically his score for the final episode of Lost.

Thursday, October 21: A good solid gym session today consisting of chest, shoulders, triceps, and my first treadmill session (3 km) since injuring my calf in the Hi Seoul marathon:

Friday, October 22: Twenty-five minutes of pure core in the gym! Lower abs, upper abs, sides, and lower back which I sure felt the next day and the day after. I definitely need to do that more often.

Monday, October 25:  Back on my exercise bike for twenty kilometers after a weekend without exercise:

Tuesday, October 26: Another twenty on my exercise bike plus a 45-minute night walk in the cold. Winter arrived suddenly and without mercy today:

Wednesday, October 27: Up early and at the gym for a pre-class workout – 7:40 a.m. – 8:20 a.m: back, biceps, traps, lats, lower back, forearms, hamstrings, and thighs. I’m writing this 12 hours later and my right side doesn’t feel quite right. I hope I haven’t pulled my lat muscle again…  Update: I’m fine!

Saturday, October 30: Ninety-five minutes in the gym this morning, my longest and hardest workout for quite a while. My workout consisted of chest, shoulders, triceps, lower abs, abs, sides, thighs, inner thighs, hamstrings, and calves plus 4.4 kilometers on the treadmill. After a long and hectic week I really needed that:

Sunday, October 31: A light swim (1.2 kilometers) to end October’s fitness campaign: