Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mmm... running movie, "Spirit of the Marathon"

I found this on the blog Run Bulldog Run through See Corey Run.... I can't wait to see this movie. It's called Spirit of the Marathon and you can find better information on the RBR post where I found it. If you want to watch the trailer, click here. I got chills checking out the trailer (and yes, I know I'm a big running dork, thanks).

*** Update- I've got two tickets for January 24th (only day it's in theaters) for Melissa and I to go see this at Manor theaters in Lancaster. There's a spot on there website to see local theaters that will have the movie. FYI.

As for today's workout... I went to the gym with the intention of lifting and riding the bike. After doing my first chest/back workout since I got back to lifting, I went over to the bike. I sat down, looked at it, and jumped on the treadmill next to it. I ran 20 minutes at 10:30 pace. Very light workout, but probably not in my best interest. What can I say, I'm a runner.

Back to the chest/back workout. For the first time in a long time (maybe since college?), I did bench press today. I used to lift a lot in my college days. Enough so, that I think I maxed out on the bench press at 230-235 pounds. Not unreal amount of weight, but nothing to sneeze at either. Anyhow, I put two 45 pound plates on the bar (total weight of 135 pounds) to "warm up". Well, I could only lift it (safely without a spotter) 3 times. I was literally laughing at myself as I was doing it. I jumped up and put two 35 pound plates on (total of 115 pounds) and lifted that 5 times. Then, I went all the way down to 95 pounds and did 6 at that weight. Kinda humbling. But, I also know that it comes back pretty quick (not that I'm trying to get big anyway).

Run recap- 1.88 miles, 20 minutes, 10:38 pace


Bill said...

I did some bench pressing for the first time in probably a decade a few weeks ago and it was equally humbling.

Thanks for the info about the movie, I just pinged some friends to see if they want to catch the movie in Harrisburg.

Eric Gervase said...

I'm content being a runner. So, it was just plain funny.

In regards to the movie... That's cool. We'll have to exchange reviews after we go.

cyberpenguin said...

Hi Eric,

Hope you enjoy the movie & thanks for the mention! Am exciting about seeing it too. Looks like a fantastic movie. Good thing Cymrusteve mentioned it in the first place, eh?!

Regarding your thoughts on weight lifting, I can completely relate. I'm in same boat as you with my weight-lifting regimen. Used to lift a LOT more than I do now, but atleast I know that it's possible to get back there again. It just takes time.

Believe it or not, I read recently that, on the whole, strength-training is actually more effective than aerobic activity at helping people lose & also maintain their weight. Can you believe that? It seems to go against all conventional wisdom. The fellow who wrote that is the Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine (David Zinczenko). What do you think about that? (Of course, I'd rather do both types of activities -- strength AND cardio, just like you, but it's an interesting statement nonetheless, don't you think?)