A Six Minute Mile Man

So, part of what I’ve been doing to escape the rat race has been to look at my goals in life and figure out whether they truly are goals or just thoughts that I am obsessing about. To be fair, most goals are just that, thoughts or dreams that people want to invest time into, want to build and eventually achieve, but in the long run gets lost in a sea of thought.

Like I’ve said before, I’m the lead personal trainer at my gym and for the longest time my discipline has not been to be superbly shredded, or a marathoner. It has been power and strength. And to be quite honest (without tooting my own horn) I’ve been able to achieve that. I can hit weight that most people (most people mind you, if you are a professional power lifter, than you have me beat, but I’m saying the 90 percent out there) would never consider to pick up and because of that I believe I have been successful in my goal. The other day, as I was going through my routine I could tell that I had turned into quite a large person. And what I mean by this, is that while I do retain some fat I have quite a bit of muscle to fill out a shirt with. But, I also saw something I didn't like, a lack of function.

I also noticed a trend. My wife has been asking me to run lately because she enjoys it, but she would enjoy it more if she had a buddy to run with. I would say for the past 3 years I have said I can’t do it, because, it doesn’t fit my workout regime and to be honest, it didn’t. If I was running than I wouldn’t be able to hit my 450 pound squat the following week and if I couldn’t do that than I would be ruined (well, I’d be upset that I didn’t accomplish what I had planned). But, as I saw myself in the mirror I also saw that I didn’t want to run because I was now not physically built for it. Seriously, my body would have a problem doing an activity it was designed to do and this did not sit well for me as I should be able to do most physical challenges, because of one my profession and two of my own workouts.

There is another element to this story. I was also in ROTC for many a year in college and having to run all the time really burned me out on the whole concept. To me, it was an activity to catabolize muscle mass, hard earned muscle mass. I also, was just never a really good runner. I am built more for sprinting. But, when I came to the realization that didn’t want to run, because I was too large for it — well, that forced me to rethink everything.

Back in ROTC, there was a test (I’m sure they still have the army physical fitness test, but I believe it has changed) and what made up the test were three basic movements: 2 minutes of push ups, 2 minutes of sit ups and a 2 mile run. From what you’ve read so far you can probably surmise that I was pretty good at the push ups and sit ups (I was, I could hit close to 80 push ups in 2 minutes and could hit 87 sit ups in 2 minutes). But the running? Give me a break, for 2 miles I believe the best time I ever had was a 14:20 (I did hit a sub 7 minute mile that first mile). But, the gold standard was to break 12 minutes.

Well, suffice it to say I don’t give a whoop about 2 miles, but I do care about a single mile. To me that is the sublime distance where speed meets strength. So, I’ve decided to take the challenge and commit some serious time for that single mile. This will be a longer term goal for me so I expect to do this in a year and a half. What I’m aiming to do is merge my current workout routine while slowly adding in the speed aspects so I can retain to a certain degree my strength and power. So please check in as I’ll be writing out how I’ll be moving towards that goal.

Lastly, in my next post I’ll be talking about how I plan on moving to sub 15 percent body fat within a year (longer term sub 8 percent, in 2 years?) — basically an abs worthy body. That will be my shorter term goal. I’ll be going over nutrition and how I approach fat loss as well as going into depth about workout schemes and trends and what I personally believe works.

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