Want to get in shape and learn something? Try out Boxing

This year I turned 30, one of those milestones in life. I would like to say it didn’t bother me, but… So I spent some time reflecting on the things I’ve always wanted to do and learn. Not knowing what you want in life is like going on a journey without a destination. How will you know what direction to take?

I had been interested in boxing since I was a kid, but being a skinny kid, I was afraid to try it out. I signed up with KO 101 Boxing. The first several classes were brutal. As a beginner I was in a class with a number of kids and they were running circles around me. A general 1.5 hour class includes running, jump rope, plyometrics, bag work, technique training, and abdominal exercises.

My biggest struggle was the jump rope. The coordination and stamina required to jump rope for 5 rounds was a challenge. The key thing you learn when jumping rope is to reduce the height of every jump. The higher you jump, the more energy you use. As you build coordination, you learn to barely clear the rope with each pass.

After a few classes, I bought a speed rope and began practicing. Classes are Monday and Wednesday night, so I would jump rope Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. After 4 weeks I could make it through all 5 rounds of jump rope without stopping. After 2 months I could work through the entire class without getting winded.

Learning boxing technique takes practice, but the snap on the bag as you throw a jab, cross, hook is rewarding. So if you want to get in shape and learn something new in the process, try boxing training. If nothing else, you can always say you now truly appreciate “Eye of the Tiger.”

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Running the WOKC Oktoberfest 5K

This year I ran the WOKC Oktoberfest 5K in Addison, TX. The proceeds from the race go toward a great cause:

All proceeds benefit Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC), a Dallas-based non-profit organization founded in 1980 dedicated to eradicating pediatric cancer by funding innovative research, education and treatment, while providing hope to children and families battling cancer

If you live in the Dallas area, this is a yearly event that I would highly recommend. The race includes competitive runners as well as those just interested in supporting the cause. Beyond the great cause, once you cross the finish line you find tables full of all the German beer and pepperoni pizza you can handle. What else would you expect for Oktoberfest? Well, maybe sausage instead of pizza, or at least sausage pizza.

The beer and pizza must have been motivating as I ran a decent 22:30 time. This was my first 5K to really attempt a competitive time and my goal is to run a sub-20 5K by the end of the year. I’m running a few more 5Ks in October so I’ll report back as I work toward my goal. Unfortunately, these don’t finish with endless beer, but I’m hoping I can still motivate myself.

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