So this week, I had a big long run of 11 miles on Saturday. It was up and out of bed by 5:30. Part of my motivation was I was told by my friend James and wife, Betsey that they would be overly surprised if I got up and ran, much less 11 miles. So just to make the upset, I got up and ran. I guess that joke was on me. They both got more sleep. Oh, well. Still I needed to do it.
It was a beautiful morning, and it was nice to see the sun come up and start to burn off the fog. I ran on major roads, but with the early morning hours, I was only “almost” killed about 5 times.
This morning, I ran 6.31 miles. People from my office wanted to go on a nice little run. I told them that I normally run about 10 minute splits. They were cool with that. I am not the fastest runner, but I work towards my goal. Anyways, I started my first mile at about 9:36 and settled in for a medium run. They decided after the first mile, they were going too slow with me and pushed forward. That was fine. For the next four miles, I sat back and ran about a 9:45 split, and watched. As soon as we hit the 5 mile mark, they died. We finished the last mile and change and I was ready for more. I told them, the moral of this lesson is know your limitations and just because you can run faster for 4 miles, doesn’t mean you can do so for 5 or more. I was glad to be first back, but it was just a good reminder to keep to a pace that you feel comfortable with, and settle in for a long run. 26.2 miles is a long way and just because you feel strong on mile 3, keep looking ahead.
Just my thoughts for the week. Until next time, just keep moving right along.
So this week has been a light week. Two 30-45 minutes runs and a long run of only 3 miles. So my long run was actually shorter than my regular runs, but it is a rebuilding weeks.
Today is the Disneyland Half Marathon, so a shout out to all those running today. I know you will all do well.
The question for now, what do you think of KT Tape?
Look for more information in the coming weeks.
I know I haven’t been updating in awhile. I have been moving from Germany to North Carolina. Now that I am all settled in though, I will be updating on a more regular basis.
I have finally been able to get my Nike+ up and running on a more regular basis, so that is good. It helps keep me accountable. Follow me on Twitter @hatter324 to see my progress as well.
One other cool new thing I found is myfitnesspal.com. It is great for food logging and exercise. Might want to check that out as well. They have a really good mobile app.
Until next time, Keep on running.
So this is my summer playlist. It’s good for almost 2 hours, so I can get most of my runs done with it.
In not particular order.
The Climb – Miley Cyrus
Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
Walking on Sunshine – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Go the Distance – Michael Bolton
We Are Young – Fun
Brokenhearted – Karmin
Drive By – Train
Here We Go Again – OK Go
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Kashmire – Led Zeppelin
Wonderboy – Tenacious D
We Are The Champions – Queen
Star Wars: Main Theme – John Williams
While My Guitar Gently Sleeps – Beatles
Instant Karma – John Lennon
Give You Hell – The All-American Rejects
Stu’s Song – Ed Helms
Phineas and Ferb Theme Song – Disney
Movin’ Right Along – Alkalina Trio
Discombobulate – Hans Zimmer
Superman Theme – John Williams
Soarin Theme Song – Disney
Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me) – Disney
Spaceship Earth – Disney
I Ran – A Flock of Seagulls
I am sure this will change as I get tired of songs, so we will see. In the interim, it seems to work for me. Gotta keep that Disney Magic Alive.
Until next time, Live Strong, Strong Like.
So nothing like deciding to do a race or three, starting a blog, and then having to move from one continent to another.
I am currently in the process of moving from Germany to North Carolina. Sooo, I have been kinda busy with turning over my apartment, finishing up things with this job, and prepping to move. Not to mention that we also have another household in Maryland, that is having to do the same thing.
So if I am gone from here for a bit, now you know.
So this was my first week on my 28 week program. It has been educational to say the least. I finished all my run on/about the goal times set, but they have been challenging. Due to a scheduled medical procedure, I wasn’t able to run during the month of June. I didn’t think much of it, but it has slowed my down about 2 1/2 minute off my 5K time. Just slightly frustrating. I am sure that the cardio will come back quickly, but taking a month off is not a good idea. That’s a good mental note.
Also, I realized that my shoes that I used for this long run today are not the best. They are causing blister on the inside curve of my foot. So in the next couple of weeks, new shoes shopping. I want to wait until I get back to the states so I can go to a quality shop and see what they can do for me.
I am addicted to my Nike plus. However, even that didn’t want to seem to synch today. Very frustrating. Nike Band. No Luck. Itouch. No Luck. Oh, the humanity.
That all for now on this one. I am posting my summer playlist later today.
So I just did it. Like literally not 5 minutes ago signed up for the Goofy Marathon and a Half Challenge.
I said I was going to do it. I started eating clean last month. I got a fantastic training plan to do for the next 28 weeks starting on Sunday. But I finally did it. Nothing makes your stomach drop more than the Tower of Terror than taking the plunge and putting down $350 + administrative fees to run 39.3 miles. I figure it should even out to about $10 a miles or so. So that’s that.
I am not worried about starting my training plan. I am not worried about finishing the training plan. It’s the initial shock. The first time I rode ToT I was with family, and I was so scared, I screamed and nothing came out. Yeah, it’s kind like that.
Now Betsey just needs to take the plunge. I would have just signed here up, but there is a waiver, and of course I could have forged it. But sometimes, you just have to get on the ride yourself.
On a different note, sweet potatoes. Try ‘em. They are great and great for you. Cut back or cut out white potatoes.
Now that I am starting my official training, I should be updating more often. So there ya go.
Live Strong. Strong Like.
For the past 26 days, I have been “eating clean.” I won’t say I was the most strict or the least strict, but probably somewhere in the middle.
Basically these were my rules. No processed foods. No soda. No liquor. No beer. I was allowed myself to eat bread, but only freshly baked. I have been taking and borrowing recipes from the great people over at PaleOMG.com.
I have been drinking about 3 liters of water a day, and trying to keep up mostly fresh fruit and vegetables. I have given up regular potatoes for the most part, but have had about three since the beginning of this month.
This doesn’t seem like a big sacrifice or a challenge. So why, am I sharing this. By doing this, and nothing else I have lost 15 pounds in 26 days. Now I am only planning on doing this for this month, so we will see how the total weight loss goes. I will tell you though, I eat less now because the food is better for you, and it is quite filling.
Next month, Paleo, 30 day challenge.