So hey, remember how I was going to start working out before work? Yeah, that hasn’t happened.

Which is to say that I woke up and ran before work once, and have every day since set the alarm for 6am but dragged my ass out of bed closer to 7am. I’ve been walking or biking every day that I haven’t had to take someone to the airport – but that’s not the same as getting in a run. Oh well.

Which brings me to my next point: P90X.

P90X – or POWER 90 EXTREME (all caps necessary) – is a crazily intense 90 day boot camp-esque program that promises significant change through muscle confusion. My friend Natalie started P90X two weeks ago and has been blogging her experience, which I’ve found totally amusing and inspiring. A colleague at a previous job lost at least 20 pounds doing it. We’ve been talking about it for a while, mostly because it’s an intense regimen of both strength training (which Shane prefers) and cardio (which I prefer). And this week, we’re bringing it.

Well, sort of. Shane is bringing it – P90X vernacular for what you do in your workout – while I’m still testing the waters. I want to keep running, but I need to build in strength training and core work as well. And we both could use a good kick in the butt, diet-wise. So while Shane is BRINGING IT P90X-style, I will be doing what I’m calling P90E – my mod of the program, subbing in running for the prescribed cardio. I’m also going to do the “Lean” program, which emphasizes cardio, working out to 3 days of strength training and 3 days of running, with alternating distances on alternating weeks: 3-5-7 miles or 4-6-8 miles. Distance-wise, this should segue nicely into my training for the Detroit half in the fall – and I should be in amazing shape for it to boot.

So, that’s what I’m doing. Last night we took hilarious “before” shots and measurements. I did the fit test. I’m ready to BRING IT, starting in 10 days when we get back from Cleveland. Stay tuned.


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  1. I love that you’re doing P90E.
    Nate and my brother-in-law both did it a few years ago, and Nate lost probably 20 pounds. My brother-in-law managed to tear up his neck and is now sticking to running. Here’s my favorite part, though – do you guys have the AB RIPPER? I haven’t quite figured out yet whether they mean my abs will be ridiculously in shape or they will literally rip in half. After you try it, you’ll realize you have a 50/50 shot either way.
    Good luck!


  2. Janine and I started it. She finished it. I didn’t. The diet part is a decent chunk of the success of this program. Although our diet was crud and Janine got pretty friggin ripped by the end of the 90 days. We also have the 10-minute trainer program or whatever they call it. It’s a little more low-key, plus 15-20 minutes is an easier slice of time to manage when you’ve got a wee one around. Aaaaanyway. Good luck!!!


  3. You guys are totally inspiring. As soon as I’m allowed to do proper exercise (not for another month or so) I want to do the 30 day shred thing. Now I’ve got something else to put on the list!


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