With my last two blogs, I want to talk about our upcoming lab, Assessing Fitness II. Today I want to talk about what I’ve done in the past month after Assessing Fitness I, what tests I am going to redo this week, and what my hopes are. My final blog on Thursday will include a reaction to the results I get in lab, as well as plans for health and fitness as we move into the spring semester and beyond.
So, what have I been doing to improve my fitness in the past month?
-Well, this first change actually occurred a few weeks before Jan Plan started, but it still has been a significant change for me. I’ve been eating way healthier the past 1-1.5 months. I know that’s not a long time, but I really plan on continuing it. Instead of stocking my dorm with sweets to snack on while I’m doing work/watching tv/etc. I’ve stocked my room with nuts, fruits, and vegetables. I eat breakfast every day. And I try to shy away from the (oh so tempting) burgers, pizza, fries, and other unhealthy foods at lunch and dinner.
-I have been doing a bunch of rehab work on my foot. Each day I do stretches and movements that help my foot get back to normal. I have even gone back to Portland to see my physical therapist, and I’ve worked with the athletic trainer a few times to release some of the scar tissue (trust me there’s a lot of it).
-On my fitness calendar I said I would bike 2-3 times a week and swim 2-3 times a week. I must admit though, I haven’t been swimming. I have been biking almost every day though. I have a couple different workouts I do on the bike: an hour on the cardio setting, a 30 minute fartlek, or anything else I can think of.
-One of my other goals was to improve my flexibility. I wrote on my calendar that I would stretch every day, and I have. I just don’t see very much improvement. I’m not sure if I’ll retest flexibility for that reason. I will keep stretching every day though, because I think it will eventually get better.
The only test I am sure I will retest is my VO2 max. My injury in September kept me immobile for a very long time, and I was very out of shape coming into January. I’m still not close to where I want to be endurance-wise, but I have improved (I don’t think I will be where I need to be until I can start running daily). I’m sure I will improve my score on the Kosmin Test. For one, I kept a very cautious pace the first time I did it, especially on the first minute. I have a lot more confidence in my foot this time around. Secondly, and more importantly, I am in better shape than I was at the beginning of January. The test predicted that I would run a 2:21 in the 800 the first time around. I’ve never run an 800 in a race before, but c’mon- I can do better than that! I guess we’ll see how much better on Tuesday.