After finishing a nearly four-mile run last week, I got home to see Abe Elam post on Twitter about HIS workout that day (18 110-meter sprints).
Trying to have a little fun with him I replied, "I just ran four miles, who ran more?" After a few more tweets he ended up replying with "...I'd like to see you try MY workout."
I've been running quite a bit lately, so I decided to take this as a challenge.
After telling him last week that I was planning to try it, I finally did the workout this morning. It was pretty straightforward—18 sprints, 110 meters each. But it sounds a lot easier than it actually is.
I didn't expect to complete them all in under than 15 seconds like Abe, but I did think I could do more than just the first one in that amount of time. After I started, I felt the effects pretty quickly, and as I got further into it, I became slower and slower.
I ran track in high school just a couple years ago so I know how important consistency is for a sprint workout. One thing I can say is that I am proud of keeping almost all of my sprints between 15 and 17 seconds.
I was still disappointed that I couldn't go any faster and with how out of shape I felt halfway through.
I've always been pretty good at pushing myself so I knew I wouldn't quit, and knowing I would report back to a Cleveland Browns player only made me push harder.
There was no chance I was going to quit without finishing, either. Overall, it was a cool feeling to know that I completed the workout of an NFL player, even if it didn't go as well as I had hoped.
I'm planning to try this again later this summer and hopefully improve, but for now I can at least say I did it. And although Elam hasn't been practicing with the team I know he's been putting in the work for the type of season Browns fans are hoping to see!
I found the details of Elam's workout on his blog at abeelam.com and from Abe himself on Twitter at twitter.com/abeelam.
I would also like to thank him for giving me the details so that I could try it.
As always I look forward to any feedback, positive or negative. You can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/deg4.