After a break due to injury and the holidays I am starting to ramp up my 3/three/30 plan in preparation to run a marathon. I am particularly focusing on this question right now. Can walking more and standing more help reduce my marathon time?
In an effort to reduce the amount of time it takes to successfully train for a marathon one of my main ideas was that I would need to increase my daily energy output. The idea is that a Marathon would be less of a shock to my system if I already had a high daily energy output. This is why normal people increase their weekly miles when training for a marathon. However, that doesn't fit into my plan of only setting aside an average of 3 hours a week for athletic training.
I have settled on two main ideas to help increase daily energy output without drastically changing my schedule. The first is to take more steps in a day, and the second is to work form a standing desk most of the time.
Walking More: I purchased a cheap pedometer and I am tracking my daily steps in an effort to find small ways to increase my daily step count. I was tracking my steps before the holiday and I was averaging about 6,700 steps a day (about 10,000 on the weekends and 5,500 on the weekdays). Since refocusing I have started trying to increase my daily steps I am currently averaging 8,800 steps a day. I am trying to get that number over 10,000 steps a day.
As I add resources to the website I will keep a condensed list of the most important posts and links here.
One Page Book Summaries:
RATING: 92 // Engaging book worth reading if you have young children or if you are interested in education.
THE FACTS // Author : Paul Tough > Category : Education and Science > Time to Read : 4 ½ Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // Improving parent child attachment and teaching executive function skills like grit, zest, and optimism could help close the achievement gap.
IMPORTANT NOTES // Book was written in 2012 and may become dated as new research is released.
I am going through the process of creating one page book summaries of many of the books I have read. I have been posting them to the blog as I finished the summaries. However, I have noticed this is clogging up my feed with lots of book summaries.
It was ending up like one book post then one regularly post. This gave things a very stop start feel as the books posts have a different feel than the other posts.
So going forward I am going to have weeks where I post 5 one page book summaries in a row. This way the book summaries will be together in the feed. I will post one book summary each day of the weekTuesday - Saturday.
This Weeks Book Summaries:
RATING: 76// Full of great advice and a lot of readers love this book, but personally I found it a bit boring.
THE FACTS // Author : Stephen R. Covey > Category : Self Improvement > Time to Read : 7 Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // Our habits have a huge impact on our future success. Developing these 7 habits can lead to powerful private and public victory.
IMPORTANT NOTES // This is one of the great “classics” in the field of personal productivity.
RATING: 61 // The list is of 17 “laws” is worth reviewing as a mental check.
THE FACTS // Author : John C. Maxwell > Category : Business > Time to Read : 4 Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // Embrace these 17 laws of teamwork and you will be able to empower your team.
IMPORTANT NOTES // I read this over a decade ago so take my opinion and review with a grain of salt.
RATING: 87// Recommended for all Christian parents.
THE FACTS // Author : George Barna > Category : Parenting (Christian) > Time to Read : 3 Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // Research shows what really works when trying to raise your kids to be spiritual champions in the modern world.
IMPORTANT NOTES // Written specifically for Christian parents.
RATING: 78// Interesting perspective on personal finance worth understanding, but you probably don’t need to buy/read the book to understand the perspective.
THE FACTS // Author : Stephen M. Pollan > Category : Personal Finance > Time to Read : 2-4 Hour
TWITTER SUMMARY // Don’t manage your personal finances like it’s the 19 th century. Always be searching for a job, avoid debt, don’t retire, and die broke.
IMPORTANT NOTES // The book was last updated in 1998 so a lot of the specific recommendations are outdated.
RATING: 58// A little too cheesy for my taste (think Stuart Smalley), but it is a short book read by millions.
THE FACTS // Author : OG Mandino > Category : Self Improvement > Time to Read : 1.5 Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // By mediating on the wisdom in the ten scrolls from the world’s greatest salesman you too can have personal success.
IMPORTANT NOTES // My rating above is low considering how successful this book is, but the book just feels a little off to me.The personal affirmations feel a little too cheesy and claim to offer more than they really do.