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5K Run Adam Culp Running training

Time to train for my first race in a long time, a 5K run.

It came to my attention that others in the company I worked for were going to participate in a 5K Susan G. Komen race in West Palm Beach on January 31st.  I was feeling pretty good, and decided that with a month and a half to train I would like to run it also since it was only 3.1 miles.  Surely I could do that, after all I already run 3 miles for some workouts.  This will be just like another workout, but with hundreds of other people.

Found out that even though I can still register for the race it is too late for me to be considered on the same team as my co-workers.  Oh well, I will still go and have some fun.

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5K Run Adam Culp Endurance Training Marathon Race Running

The Start…

I have a brown belt in judo and want to start preparing to test for my black belt.  I realize that even though I am an active person, I am not in the best of shape.  Muscles are a bit soft, and my endurance…well, I don’t have any.  Sure, I run from 1 to 3 miles a few times per month, but it is truly hard work to really complete the longer distances.  As for weight training, I lift a bottle of beer once in awhile, as well as move my wireless mouse around my desk while coding. (I am a programmer.)  The only exercise I really get is attending judo class twice per week with my son. (No, I was never fat at 184 pounds and 6’1″.  Just not in great shape.)

In November 2008 a new LA Fitness will opening down the street from where I was work.  I had been thinking it would be nice to get into better shape, so after the required haggling to get the lowest monthly cost I joined the gym. (It is not even open yet, but I signed up and waited until they opened their doors to start working out.)

As with most men I tend to show results of weight training pretty quickly. (My wife hates that, and thinks it is so unfair.) I started feeling pretty good within a the first month, and also noticed that my strength in judo was drastically improved.