so it’s that time of year again…
For those who don’t know, I will be running the Boston AIDS 5K Run on June 2nd in order to raise money and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Some of you may be asking why and thinking that HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past. Fact: every 11 minutes, someone is newly diagnosed with HIV in the United States, and nearly a quarter of those new infections are among people between the ages of 13 and 24.
Since 1999, new diagnoses of HIV in Massachusetts have gone down by an astounding 53%, translating into less than 650 new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts per year. As a result, 5,700 people have remained HIV negative, and $2 billion in HIV related health care costs have been saved. But with all the success achieved throughout the past several decades, funding cuts threaten to undermine the very programs that keep countless men, women, and children alive.
I’m running because I care, because this is an issue that is important to me. Because people’s lives are at stake. Because with all the success, there is still much more work to be done.
To donate, visit my page. Many companies also match gifts! Remember, every little bit counts.
Whether you knew it or not, Mayor Tom Menino issued the city of Boston a challenge in April of last year. His goal? To have the residents of the city shed more than 1 million pounds in a year. An ambitious goal to say the least, especially for a city that already ranked fifth on Men’s Health‘s list of fittest cities in America. Bostonians are no where near that goal, unfortunately, as collectively the city has lost less than 96,000 pounds. Thankfully, we still have a month to go…
The challenge also asks for residents to walk 10 million miles in a year (running also counts); the city is doing much better with that goal, currently clocked in at just under 8.3 million miles walked.
The initiative is known as Boston Moves for Health, and the mayor’s goal was to reduce the effects of the obesity epidemic on our citizens, and in particular on children. Check out the website and register – you can track your weight loss and get personalized fitness tips. And if you lose some weight, you can bring us a little closer to our 1 million pound goal.
I have a serious question for all of the guys out there who workout. Well, it’s not that serious actually… but I’m asking so therefore you should take notice.
What in the sam hell is up with guys who wear shirts that have the sides cut out to the point where the shirt basically covers nothing!? No clue what I’m talking about? Well here’s a visual to help you out….
Don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I dont like the visual. Most of the guys that I see at the gym with shirts cut out like this have the body to back it up. But is it really just to show off the muscles you have? Seriously, please tell me it’s more than that. Cause quite frankly, wearing a form fitting tank top would accomplish practically the same goal.
Again, for all the men out there who work out – what’s the deal!?
Yes folks, you read that correctly. I, justgngr, will be running around the city of Boston with 500 other people wearing only a speedo (and running shoes of course). Well, and maybe a set of antlers or jingle bells or something.
More importantly, the charity run benefits the organization PlayBall! which strives to give Boston’s inner city children opportunities to engage in athletic activities that will enhance their physical, social and emotional development. This is a really important cause, and I would greatly appreciate any support you can give. The run is on December 8th – so you can bet it will be mighty cold out by then.
Again… I’m running in a speedo – I think that’s worth at least $25. Go to 2012 SSRun for more information and to donate. Thanks!
Any of you who follow this blog know that I’ve posted this picture of Ryan Gosling from Crazy, Stupid, Love a couple of times before, indicating that his physique in the movie is my inspiration for working out and continued improvement in body shape.
Well, move over Ryan Gosling… there’s a new sheriff in town.
I should start by saying a few things. #1 – I did not find this picture. Once again, I need to give credit to Bosguy for posting a picture of this handsome devil on his blog. Additionally, Bosguy also posted a link to someone’s tumblr for this gentleman as well, which is where I found this actual picture.
#2 – I dont typically like other male gingers. I know it’s hypocritical… but I don’t care. You see, there are very few of us out there, therefore another ginger instantly means competition for the ginger spotlight. And well, I cant have that.
#3 – I rarely find other gingers attractive. I’ve again been proven wrong.
#4 – new inspiration because Sean Patrick Davey is only an inch taller than me at 6’4″, which clearly says that if I work hard enough, I may actually be able to resemble this. I will admit, he looks rather built in some of the other pictures on the tumblr – probably too large to fit my frame and would look absolutely ridiculous. But I think this picture is well… just right.
Hey Bostonians – nothing to do tonight!? Well then, you should go to Club Cafe for the 2nd annual Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction! All proceeds from the auction help raise money for the men and women participating in Harbor to the Bay - a charity bike ride that supports critical HIV/AIDS organizations in Massachusetts.
The event begins at 7:30 pm. General tickets are $10 and include admission, a bid number, a drink ticket and entry into one of several raffles. For an additional $10 you can purchase a VIP ticket and participate in an interactive segment and “preview” the bachelors and bachelorettes prior to the auction itself.
Several of my friends are riding this year (see below), so come on out to support them and a great cause… and maybe you’ll get a date out of it too!
For those who don’t know, I will be running the Boston AIDS 5K Run on June 3rd in order to raise money and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Some of you may be asking why and thinking that HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past. Fact: every 9.5 minutes, someone is newly diagnosed with HIV in the United States. And with all the success achieved throughout the past several decades, funding cuts threaten to undermine the very programs that keep countless men, women, and children alive.
I’m running because I care, because this is an issue that is important to me. Because people’s lives are at stake. Because despite all the success, there is much more work to be done.
I’ve almost reached my fundraising goal for this year. But I challenge you to give – to meet and far exceed that goal. Only 11 more days left – let’s make them count.
To donate, visit my page at AIDS Walk & 5k Run Boston
so… I ran my first 5k on Sunday. Some people would call this my first “competitive” run. I use quotation marks because quite frankly… I have a lot of friends who run MUCH farther distances. Such as marathons, half marathons, 10k, etc. So my 5k seems to pale in comparison – THOSE seem like real competitive runs to me.
In any case, I’m very happy with how I did @ a 9:10 pace, ran under 30 minutes. First a first time, not too shabby. More importantly, I’m just proud that I actually completed the whole thing. I have never been a “runner” and I dont really aspire to run distances much greater. Again, I use quotation marks because to me, runners are people who do MUCH farther distances. Runners are also people who actually enjoy running. I dont really enjoy running (check out my workout post a few back) but rather do it for the cardio.
So it begs the question. For those of you out there who are runners – do you remember your first competitive run? How long was it, how did you do, and how did you feel when it was over?
I dont think I (read: I know I dont) have the world’s best body (again, my goal is Ryan Gosling’s physique as pictured in Crazy, Stupid, Love) but I am often asked what my gym routine is. People are generally shocked and amazed to find that I’m at the gym twice a day most days of the week. They often ask how I have the time to go twice a day, and I’ve generally assumed their shock and amazement is solely regarding having the time and not at the way I look. Yes, I’m self-deprecating a little. I’m allowed; it’s my blog. Truthfully, I go twice a day because it’s easier and I actually get better workouts. I’ll detail my workout schedule further in this post, but I’ve found through trial and error that combining cardio with weight-lifting results in doing one really well or both poorly. I simply get too tired to do both well. Again, some people say “oh that’s only natural”; I think… wow my endurance sucks! Yes, I definitely have the “that’s not good enough” attitude, perhaps not the best when trying to improve oneself physically…
I will say, I’ve been blessed with a body and a metabolism that have kept me tall and thin for my entire life; no one would ever have accused me of being fat, overweight, or out of shape. I’m in no way gloating here or trying to rub it in anyone’s face; it’s merely a fact of life and I’m very grateful. While no one else would accuse me of being fat/overweight/out of shape, I certainly accused myself of being out of shape for years. To clarify – thin does not equal in shape to me. Some of the thinnest people I know can hardly run a mile without collapsing or barely do 5 pullups. I’m continually amazed at and amused by the “jock” guys at the gym who attempt to do a 30 min abdominals class and have to quit halfway through. Likewise, I know people who look overweight but are seriously strong athletes and are in incredible shape.
But I’m not going to lie, I wasnt always like this. Prior to my fourth year in medical school, I hated running and I feared lifting weights at the gym. At some point during 4th year, I found myself with significantly more time on my hands (for those of you who dont know, 4th year of medical school is filled with bursts of hardcore intense rotations and then time off to interview for residency and “elective time”), and that’s when my push started at the gym. To call it a “push” at the time would have been ridiculous. To fill the extra time, I would run 30 minutes in the morning – maybe 3x a week and not at a terribly fast pace or high speed. And by run, I mean use the elliptical. I was truly only running to keep my heart in shape, not to lose weight or be thinner. To me, running is purely for cardiovascular fitness, not to shed pounds or to eat another piece of cake… because lets be honest, I’ll eat the cake anyway.
If I decided not to run, I would lift weights. But I had no game plan, no lifting goals, close to zero motivation, and almost no idea what I was doing. The one good thing on my side was a knowledge from medical school of anatomy and physiology, knowing which exercises worked what muscles in whatever manner, something that still helps me today and makes me cringe at the gym when I see people lifting in ways that are clearly not correct. But at the time, I had no idea what weight level to start at, how many repetitions to do, etc. I’m amazed that I managed to not hurt myself. When the machines at the gym say “ask a professional” in order to avoid injury – they arent joking; you can do some serious damage. I will fully admit lifting weights around men (because gyms are filled predominantly with men) who are significantly larger than me makes me uncomfortable. Thankfully, my apartment building had a small gym where I could lift without feeling completely inadequate. I eventually changed things up after getting advice from a medical school friend who lifted frequently but generally kept chugging along at weights I was comfortable with. No push really…
My time in Chicago came to an end and I moved to Boston in June of 2008. I didnt join the gym until several months later (due to time and also the embarrassment factor), and I joined not because I felt a burning desire to get a killer body but because I didnt feel good anymore. I felt run down, broken, and out of shape. I remembered my final days in Chicago of working out and how good I felt after cardio. Finding the time during residency was tricky though, so I would run and lift after work; so began the conundrum of either running or lifting well or doing both poorly. I found myself exhausted and unable to achieve what I wanted to. And at this point, cardio was still more important to me.
A year later, it was ultimately my roommate who pushed me to hit the elliptical with him when the gym opened – at 5am. Most people believe this is crazy; I admit it’s not entirely normal, and I definitely moaned and groaned the first few times. But cardio at 5am allowed me to fit in some gym time before heading into work. I eventually found I had far more energy throughout the day when I ran as compared to the days I didnt. Eventually, 5am runs became my “thing”. I still lifted weights in the afternoon every so often, but once again – no game plan, no dedication, and still no real clue what I was doing other than knowing I was using the machines properly.
If I missed a lifting session in the afternoon, I always justified it by saying “well you ran this morning”. And I certainly never ventured into what I like to call “the big boys room” – the room at our gym with all free weights. Yes, my damn personal insecurity kept me from going into the “big boys room”, but I also felt it was slightly dangerous/irresponsible for me to attempt free weights alone without someone spotting me or telling me what to do.
Everything finally changed last summer, when I suddenly had even more time on my hands. I would often think “what can I do to not die of boredom right now?” and the solution became the gym. I started swimming in the mornings; swimming is an amazing cardio exercise and also a good shoulder workout, a muscle group I continue to loathe doing weights for. Yes, putting on a swimsuit at gym with a predominantly gay clientele was terrifying and intimidating at first. After much arm twisting, my friend Greg convinced me to join an abdominals class, which I have come to love and almost religiously attend. On the weight lifting front, my good friend Sergio became my weight training buddy. I finally had someone to push me to do more at the gym and give me a goal to achieve (again, see Ryan Gosling above). In return, I convinced him to start doing cardio in the morning and join abs class. The Sergio/Julian combination has thus far yielded great results. Now I often plan my day around the gym, ensuring full time for cardio and lifting/abs. Yes, I may be addicted…
So you’re probably thinking – alright, stop blabbing and tell us your damn routine! Cardio is usually either a 30 min run or 30 minute swim (amen for having a pool at the gym!). Here goes:Monday: Cardio around 8am, 30 min abs class at 1 PM Tuesday: Cardio around 8am, lifting in afternoon Wednesday: Cardio at 6:30am, abs class at 1PM Thursday: Cardio at 6:30am, ?lifting in afternoon Friday: Cardio around 8am, lifting in afternoon Saturday/Sunday: some combination of cardio and lifting but usually only one gym trip per day. The next stage of the game is yoga… more to come if this pans out!
My whole body hurts. Let me explain.
I went running on Wednesday for the first time in a couple of weeks, so my legs hurt after doing that, reminding me that I need to keep up with the running in order to stay in shape. Yesterday, Aaron and I played tennis for an hour. It’s funny that after so long, I had forgotten how exactly I hit my forehand. It took me awhile to get it back. Oddly, I dont remember hitting it that way, but it seemd to be working. So now my arms hurt from that, and my legs hurt again to, but in different places. It’s strange.
I’ve enjoy my exercise though. This is something I never thought I would say. I’ve always despised running, probably because I was never very good at it. But, after the exertion and the hard work, I feel oddly cleaner inside, more healthy in a way. Peculiar indeed.
So maybe it’s just me, but I’m completely terrified of the fact that this is my senior year of college. Thankfully I’m not entering the real world next year and I’m instead enrolling in another 4 years of school, but it’s still scary. College is so cushy and inviting and fun. The real world is, well, not. Totally freaked out.
But at the same time, this year is going to be really great. I’m going to do all of those things that I never got a chance to do…examples: go to the MFA, see a Red Sox game, attend a BU hockey game, go to the Museum of Science. It’s unfortunate that I’ve been here for so long and not done any of these things. Oh well. It will happen.
I ran tonight after a long hiatus. Let me just say that the 1.5 miles to the Hatch Shell has never felt so long before. However, I’m going to go more often now than I did during the summer, so I should hopefully get into better shape.
That’s it for now…more to come I’m sure
I ran tonight for the second time since I graduated from high school. I know, that’s a long time to not run. I’ve never liked running. It’s hard to do, I feel like crap while I’m doing it. There are some people out there who delight in running. I’m not one of those people normally. But after running tonight, I do feel better. I know that sounds odd that after the second time running that I can already feel a difference in how my body feels, but it’s true. Although, now I’m really awake which is bad cause I wont be able to fall asleep.
I volunteered at the Boston Living Center again on Saturday. It was a lot more fun this time. I got to meet Gina, and as Jonathan said, she is the funniest lesbian I’ve ever met in my entire life. But she’s also the biggest sweetheart in the world. I really think I’m going to enjoy volunteering at the BLC. It’s a good way to meet new people that I normally would never interact with. And I really feel like I’m helping out in a way. It’s a rewarding feeling.
Friday was my roommate Sally’s 21st birthday, and Sunday was my friend Anthony’s 21st birthday. We went out to dinner at Vinny Testa’s to celebrate and had a great time. While we were there, this one table started laughing very loudly. And it went on for about 10 minutes. So then we tried to rival them. Everyone in the restaurant just looked at us. Totally ridiculous.
So everyone is finally 21 except for….me. Yeah, it sucks. I realize that it’s only 2 weeks to my birthday so I shouldnt really complain. It’s just frustrating cause I cant go out with my friends for their birthdays. So soon though….
Alright, gonna end it here…
Today at lab we had a party for Alexandra and Ken, who recently got married. It was beautiful and amazing to see two people perfectly suited for each other. Since I work with both Ken and Alexandra on a daily basis, I get to learn a lot about their lives and get to hear all the funny stories.
After the party, I began thinking about choices. I remember at Nadia’s wedding that David had toasted that getting married to my sister was the easiest choice he had ever made. I flashed back to the time when I first asked Dr. Cooper if I could work in his lab and I met both Ken and John. After choosing to work with Ken, I wondered if somehow I was missing out or if I would regret not working with John. However, getting to spend so much of my time with Ken and Alexandra, I know that I couldnt have made a better choice.
I went running today with my roommate Sally. I don’t normally run. Ever. It was hard running for the first time in…well a long time. Sally and I are going to try to stick to it and run every other day to stay (or in my case get) in shape. I also casually noticed that there were plenty of attractive men who also were running, a little added incentive.
I looked at my MCAT scores online today and was pleased to find that I scored a 33, which is excellent. I’m very pleased to know that I did so well. Hopefully this score will be sufficient.
Well, I’m tired after the run. More to come…