Category Archives: Fitness

Getting Ready for Fall/Winter Training

I’m getting ready for fall/winter training. As the temperature drops my weekly mileage will increase and hopefully the pace will improve as well. Heat can really take a toll on the body. I know many athletes will train in the early morning to avoid the heat, but I don’t really do morning very well. But today I rolled out of bed around 8:30 and decided to get the heart pumping.

This morning was cross-training with a 20 mile bike ride to downtown Rogers and around the Lake Atalanta trail system. The trails around Lake Atalanta are beautiful and allowed for time to reflect on the goodness of God’s creation (Genesis 1).

I was also able to find several hills to get the heart rate up.

Wearing my Garmin Forerunner 235 fitness watch with GPS and on-wrist heart rate helps me to keep track of mileage and training effect. Below are the screenshots from this mornings ride.

I have my Garmin Forerunner 235 connected to my Strava account and all my Strava workouts are displayed on the left side menu of the site. Feel free to send me a connection request on Strava. You’ll find me as Johnathan Sexton from Rogers, Arkansas.

This morning I was riding my new Kona Dew 2018 that I bought at Lewis and Clark in Rogers, AR. I got a great deal at the Labor Day sale. This bike is a hybrid road/trail bike. It has a smooth ride, easy gear shifting and disk brakes for more secure braking. I used those brakes hard a couple of times today on those hills around the lake.

I was also wearing my Under Armour HeatGear short sleeve compression shirt. These shirts gives you that locked in feel when riding and running and helps keep the moisture wicked away from your body.

I’ll be adding two long sleeve versions to my rotation for fall and winter training along with another pair of Under Armour UA base leggings. I’m so glad I had a pair when I ran the Bentonville Half-Marathon in April when the starting temperature was 25 degrees!

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Garmin Forerunner 620 1″ Advanced GPS Running Watch and HRM-Run with Recovery Advisor, Black/Blue

Under Armour Men’s Heatgear Sonic Compression Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Under Armour 1235253 Women’s Tactical Tee HeatGear Compression T-Shirt- XS-2XL

Under Armour 1239729 Men’s Black Armour Block UA Base 3.0 Leggings

Under Armour 1244398 Women’s ColdGear Infared Tactical Leggings Size XS-XL

Under Armour 1216006 Men’s Black Tactical 6″ Inseam Training Shorts

Personal Record 5K

This record was made possible by a strong finish. Training in the summer makes cool weather PRs possible.

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Are Kipping Pull-Ups “Real” Pull-ups #DiscussingPullups

Let’s discuss kipping pull-ups.

I was reading up on why people may think that a kipping pull-up should count in a pull-up contest. And I’m not finding any good news for the pro-kipping folks. Sure, a kipping pull-up may provide some fitness benefit, but not much in the way of building muscle (my opinion).

What are your thoughts?  Discuss in the comments of this post.

Here is some reading material if you are wondering what a kipping pull-up is:


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Brooks Ravenna 8 Running Shoe Review

I started running again late last year and was wearing some basic New Balance running shoes. They worked fine for my short distance cardio and gym workouts, but for my longer runs they didn’t give enough support or comfort.

My training partner who actually runs marathons (I’m not there yet) suggested that I look into buying some quality running shoes that are not too expensive but definately do the job.

So he suggested I get a run analysis done and try on some shoes. We went to the local Rush Running store and tried on different brands and ended up with Brooks Ravenna 8.

This shoe had the right arch support and comfort level for me and I really enjoy running in them. I am currently running 5K about twice a week and have nearly 30 miles on these shoes (tracked using Strava).

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Brooks Men’s Ravenna 8 Black/Classic Green/Nightlife Athletic Shoe

My training and better eating has paid off. I’ve lost 20 pounds since January. It wasn’t only from running. I’ll post more later about the other products I have been using from weight lifting gloves to protein shakes.