Take on the Forrest Gump Route

by Gong Liu April 18, 2010 19:55

My cross country workout tracker has proven to be a smashing success. Here is what I have achieved since I started the tracker a little bit over a year ago:

  • Lost more than 20 lbs
  • Body fat has dropped 5%, from 20% to 15%
  • Got some impressive cardiovascular readings for my age
    • Total cholesterol: 160 mg/dL, HDL/LDL: 67/85 mg/dL
    • Blood pressure: 106/67 mmHg, close to that of an athlete according to this chart
    • Maximum heart rate: 172 bpm
    • Resting heart rate: 40 bpm, not bad at all compare to Lance Armstrong's 32 bpm
  • Finished my first half marathon with an above average Age Grade
  • The training of my first marathon is well underway
  • I am in the best shape I've been in since my 20's

To maintain these benefits in long term, I need to take on something grander, more ambitious. What I have in mind is the Forrest Gump Route. According to my research, the route consists of 5 cross country trips with a total distance of some 15,000 miles. Supposedly, Forrest Gump did it in over 3 years. Since I have a full time job and a life other than just fitness, I will allow myself to cover the same distance in 5 years through daily workout. And like my previous cross country workout, every activity by any means counts, running, biking, hiking, cardio machines, swimming, you name it. Here is a breakdown in percentage of mileage I try to maintain:

  • 60% - by bike or stationary bike
  • 25% - by running outdoor or on treadmill
  • 15% - by cardio machines, hiking, etc.

I credit much of my improvement in physical fitness as well as mental strength to the intensive marathon training. I would like to do this once a year just to reassure my fitness level. If I can run a marathon, I must be in good shape. Here are some local marathon events that I have targeted on:

  • Orange County Marathon 2010 (Done!)
  • Los Angeles Marathon 2012 (Done!)
  • Orange County Marathon 2012 (Done!)
  • Long Beach ICB Marathon
  • Rock 'n' Roll Marathon San Diego
  • Surf City USA Marathon

Goal Statement

So here is a summary of my goals:

  • Traverse the Forrest Gump Route in 5 years through daily workout
  • Long term commitment to fitness and healthy diet
  • Run a few marathons along the way

The Tracker

I will use the following tracker to track my progress. I will update it on a daily basis. So please come back and check it often. Just zoom in and hover your mouse cursor on the little red dots to see my daily activities.



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