The Time Is Now

                     

I know what you’re thinking – “where’s this week’s healthy recipe with accompanying pictures?!” …”Who gave this strange-looking dude permission to post something?!”

To answer said queries, first allow myself to introduce … myself. My name is Matthew Zimmerman – the ghost editor-in-chief of this blog and the other half to TeamZ. Some would say the better, more handsome half, but don’t tell Vicki that’s what the people on the street are saying.

Even though I am quite handy in the kitchen, and even more adept at holding Vicki’s various food items in the perfect position for the right picture, I will not be posting fun food recipes and pictures for your viewing pleasure. I will, however, utilize: 1) my knowledge of the human body – how it works, what makes it hurt, and how to make it un-hurt; 2) past experience in training for a 5-day, 250 mile off-road bike in Israel, the 2011 NYC Triathlon, 2011 Tough Mudder, and the 2012 NYC Marathon; and 3) current literature and expert opinion on how to “maintain” while gearing up for athletic feats, ranging from a 5k to our triathlon … all in an effort to educate and inspire you fine people, and maybe engender a few laughs along the way – at my expense of course.

So as indicated in the title above, it’s time: Time I got off the couch and hit the training circuit; Time I started to speak on the subjects listed in the previous paragraph; and Time I started to opine on what’s happening throughout this training process. The picture above was taken 3 weeks ago in the elevator ride down to our building’s gym to partake in the first of many of these workouts – initially drawn up by my chiropractic classmate, and personal trainer friend, Joe Van Wagner, when I was getting ready for the Tough Mudder 2 years ago.

This workout hurts, plain and simple. It is not for the faint of heart and takes a good 30-45 minutes to get through. But when all is said and done, you’re left feeling like you can break through walls and climb mountains – that is until the next morning when you can’t get out of bed because everything hurts, including muscles you didn’t even know existed: Serratus? …  Quadratus? … Obliqus?? .. Who are you and who invited you to this gym session?! This program is not meant for everyday usage, especially if you’re gearing up for something like a triathlon where there’s plenty of other disciplines to worry about (hint: if you ever imagined a world where being in a pool is the anti-fun, then this is it). But it’s good for those days during the workout training week where focusing on strength – shoulders/arms, core, glutes (yes, there’s more than one kind of glute), hammies and quads – is the key to making sure that you can get through the daunting swim-bike-run combo, or any endurance challenge for that matter, in one piece.

I went ahead and did this workout – felt like crap the next 4 days of course – but since its  incorporation into my weekly training schedule, the after effects are barely noticeable with next-day recovery achieved.

Stay hydrated, don’t forget to stretch the right way both before and after a workout, and pour yourself a nice tall glass of chocolate milk after your workout: “Sweet for Sweat” as I like to say.

Next time, I’ll talk about the first swim training session, my ailing shoulder, and benefits of taping.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your workout!

-Matt Z.
 

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We Are Not Bunny Rabbits: Running Tips

As you may have guessed by looking at the pics on our blog- one of our favorite non-food hobbies is running.

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We like to go out and run together but the truth is we end up doing our own thing- Matt runs at a faster pace, and when I run with him my competitive side tries to keep up causing me to tire out sooner.

I started running in 2011 by joining NYRR and participating in the races.  I love the energy of a race- even it is only a 5k. Also time seems to fly when you are in a race rather than running on a treadmill. I started at literally 0 and with practice and dedication built myself up to doing the 2012 NYC Half Marathon.   I would love to do a marathon but I have hip injuries and don’t think it is a good idea to put the stress on my bad hips.  So instead I am doing a triathlon ahhh (hence the title of our blog Tri-ing).  We will eventually blog more about why we are doing the triathlon this year.

I went to the Tri-mania event in NYC where I picked up a couple of tips on how to improve my running.

Thought I would share

1. Focus on your cadence- this is how often your feet touch the ground.

slow cadence= longer time in the air and harder land on the ground= not nice to your joints!

faster cadence= lest time in the air and softer land = happier joints

Goal: 90 steps/minute (180 steps/minute if counting both feet)

2. Do not over stride- this means landing each step with the heel out in front of you. Instead your foot should land directly underneath you.

3.  Set the treadmill incline to 1 percent- this more closely mimics running outdoors.

4. Strengthen your butt!

5. Take out your ear phones and listen to your run- your feet should not be pounding the ground.

6. We are not bunny rabbits- we should not bounce up and down with our hair flailing in the air- fast cadence and no over stride is key.

7. Change out those sneaks every 6 mths.

8. Strengthen your core- plank it!

9. Video your run and play it back slowly so you can see how you run and pinpoint areas where improvement is needed.

10. Breathe- sounds simple but I actually forget to do this sometimes.  In through the nose and out through the mouth.

11. *** Have Fun****

xoxo not a bunny rabbit