Thursday, April 17, 2008

Time-Out for Total Fitness

The following is a video that I originally saw at "Barefoot" Ted's website:

Ted gives a good explanation of it, so I will let you read his post--click here to find out more:

Barefoot Ted's Adventures: Methode Naturelle : Georges Hebert 1875-1957

So what does this have to do with ultra running?

Well, I regret to tell you (I'm sure you're gonna lose sleep over this) that I won't be running the next race I planned on running in. Oh well, that's just how the cookie crumbles (man, that was lame). I was really looking forward to it, but I am also refreshed now to think that I don't have any other ultramarathons to train for until Summer, when I will begin training for the Mother Road 100 (part 2) in November.

Why am I refreshed? As much as I like running, I hate losing my "total" fitness as a result. I plan on taking the next couple months to work on improving my all-around fitness level. This means push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, boxing (my favorite full-body trining), and a series of unique training methods (maybe not quite as unique as the video above, but something like that). This is not to mention the mental and spiritual aspects of "total fitness."

Regarding the "physical" fitness traning, there are some other groups of individuals who inspire me. They are the martial artists and gymnists, and they can do some amazing things. Take a look at this guy (in case you are wondering, it's not me):



chris said...

How about a regular marathon just to keep you running?

Rocky Randall said...

Good suggestion. I will still run; in fact, I am thinking about an annual half-marathon that I have ran three years in a row. This will force me to not only keep running, but to work on speed which is something I rarely work on.

chris said...

I like your website update--it's a lot easier on the eyes!

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