September 13, 2012

Couch to 5k

My apologies for such a large gap in updating my blog. I had temporarily lost motivation in that area. Fortunately my golfer's elbow problem that had benched me from playing poker for 2 or 3 weeks now seems fully healed, and things are back to normal in that respect. My Evoluent 4 mouse is working out nicely, and I purchased a Razer Nostromo Keypad to help take a little pressure off my right hand/arm, which is very useful.

Although blog motivation has been lacking, a few weeks ago I developed the motivation to try and get fit. I think it stemmed from my lack of stamina putting in long poker sessions, and I read somewhere that good fitness can really aid concentration. It's been many years since I belonged to a gym, but the last time I did I remember it having a positive effect on my poker. Coincidence or variance, perhaps, but I think there is merit to the phrase "Healthy body, healthy mind".

Not really having time to trek to the gym all the time, I decided to start running, and stumbled across a running programme as I did a little research. It is called "Couch to 5k" and is a 9 week programme where you gradually build up from being a complete novice/couch potato, to being able to run 5km. You download the podcast on iTunes, run when the (rather lovely sounding) lady tells you to run and walk when she tells you to walk.

I am now on Week 4 of the podcasts, and I am rather proud of myself for sticking with it. I am actually really enjoying it. I have experienced a few "runners highs" along the way, and just generally feel better about myself. It's also nice to be able to race with my son in the back garden without wanting to collapse after 5 minutes :)

Poker is going okay at the moment. I'm still not putting in the volume I would like, but I have found a decent schedule which is basically MTTs mixed with the occasional 45 and 180-mans. It means I get lovely sync breaks, and my table count has gone down a little which makes sessions a little bit easier going. On the flip side, I can expect bigger swings than when my sessions were mostly SNG filled.

It's been a while since I posted my 2012 stats (since April I believe). I'm doing very nicely, but am well aware that my results are propped up by my bink in the Sunday Supersonic in May, which was essentially just a lucky break.

Hopefully I can continue to run good in more ways than one :)