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Many Blessings

This was an interesting week in training to say the least.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Track

  • Warm up run: 2.24 miles at 10:22 pace
    • hard start
  • Speed Work: 8×800 at 10K pace (8:42)
    • ran the last mile without my knee brace. That went really well, I may try it some more cautiously.

Wednesday: Rest

  • Knee felt a little weird. I am wondering if I should not have run without the brace at all!
  • Cycled easy with Kristin, it was a beautiful night! 3.7 miles at 9.9 mph

Thursday: Taper Run for LBLO Half Marathon Fun Run on Saturday.

  • Warm up run: 2.2 miles at 11:00 pace
  • Baldwin Park Loop: 4.06 at 9:00 pace
    • This run went absolutely horribly! I have been feeling with some GI issues and had to go #2 the entire run! I know TMI.

Friday: Rest

  • Carb Loading like I did last Friday. Sushi with an extra bowl of white rice.
  • Got some new balega socks and also I am trying out some Zenzah compression leg sleeves. Also bought some new Beasts!

Great pair of socks! I swear by these. Great cushion.

Saturday: LBLO Half Marathon Fun Run plus 9 miles to help Carrie get in her long run before her marathon

  • 22.02 miles at 9:47 pace
  • Started out very stressed about finishing with all the GI issues from earlier in the week.
  • Ate an egg bagel with peanut butter and a banana for pre-race.
  • Used my usual one GU chomp every two miles. At mile 13 I ate one stinger waffle.
  • This run was difficult at the start but after about the first 2 miles things started to settle in and felt great!
  • Sprinted to the end of the 13 to try to beat a pace group friend. It was fun!
  • There was a lot of reflection on the last 9 miles of this run. I was questioned many times about how I do what I do. I feel like I am very blessed to be able to accomplish what I can accomplish. I pray a lot on runs. When I was injured back in November/December 2012 I prayed for healing and that I would use that healing for good. I also feel I can accomplish what I do out of sheer will. I just want to be able to do what I do. There was also a lot of just off topic talk to get our minds off the run and on to more “positive” things that would take the mind of any pain. Carrie was awesome and had an even stronger finish then on her 20 mile run.
  • Recovery consisted of 4 muscle milks, a 4 bag of ice ice bath, and an egg bagel. I had to get going to work so the kids could play for relay for life.

4 bag of ice bath! This was the coldest bath yet! I stayed for 20 minutes. Felt great after!

Zensah leg compression sleeves. My new favorite thing!!!

 

 

Got to work around 11 am for the kids to perform for cancer survivors and cancer patients. They did a magnificent job! Very proud of them and their hard work. I think that they also got a lot out of entertaining the survivors and patients during their lunch.

Saturday evening a group of us went to Magic Kingdom for some fun! We arrived there sometime around 6pm and stayed until 11pm. Got home around 12 am. It was a great day!

Arriving at the Happiest Place on Earth!

 

Im a lucky guy!

All day, I just kept thinking back to how blessed I am and how blessed my family is. I am a very lucky person and I never want to take for granted all that God has blessed me and my family with.

Best part of going to Magic Kingdom! The Plaza Sunday!!! YUM!!!

Have a great week! Keep running!


Eat A Sandwich?!

This week started out with a  bit of a scare. After last saturday’s run I was just a little scared that I had injured my IT band again. I went ahead and took Tuesday (track day – speed work) off. This was not an easy choice, but it was made easier as my alarm did not go off at all to wake me up! I woke with a start at 5 am on Tuesday (to get to track on time I have to get up at 4 am) and I thought…oh well, everything happens for a reason. So I went back to sleep for a half hour.

This whole week I took extra time stretching in the evenings and rolling my IT and legs hoping to prevent injury.

Wednesday I tried an after work run. I prepped for this run by devouring a whole package of trail mix and most of a package of pistachio nuts. I also downed about three cans of La Croix (I like the lemon flavor). I started out at 4:15 pm. Upon starting out I realized that it was REALLY HOT! My plan was to go about 6 miles. The first three miles were not too bad, but the way back was beastly miserable. At one point I even thought WHO can I call out here to come pick me up if I get into real trouble. I did not run any faster or harder than usual but my heart rate stated in zone 5 for the entire run! That is about 174 for me. I think that it had to do with how miserably hot it was. When I finally got back to work I checked the temperature and it was 91 degrees F! If only I were training for Badwater! haha. I don’t know if I will do that again anytime soon…but I do live in Florida and perhaps I should get out there in the heat a bit more and try to get my body used to it. All in all it was not a completely bad run…other than it being really hot I did run without any kind of glasses or contacts so there was a run in with a rose bush that did not fare so well for my legs.

I was also told today, for the second time this week, that I need to “eat a sandwich!” Apparently I look emaciated?! I don’t think so. I mean I have lost weight since I started running last August ( from 155 to 148ish). My weight has pretty much stabilized for the last few months at around 148 and I am fine with that. I would not want to be any less than that though. When I carb load I get up to about 152. I was even asked if I was sick with something! What folks don’t understand is all I do is eat. If it is in front of me I will devour it! I do eat healthy, don’t get me wrong, but I will eat anything and everything otherwise.

Thursday I went with the group on our “Winter Park Hill Run.” We did some hill repeats. It started out kind of tough but once I got good and warmed up things went better.

Friday was a rest day. I got sick! It started out as a sore throat and kind of in my ears…some coughing.

Saturday was to be a short run day of about 16 miles, some folks were going to go 22.

Carb Loading: Friday night I carb loaded at Nagoya Sushi in Winter Garden with two of my favorite rolls: Mango Tango, and corral reef. I also had two orders of octopus sashimi. Finally I asked for a big bowl of white rice! YUM! This was an experiment because I have not tried carb loading in this manner. I also confessed my secret goal to Kristin this night. I told her I wanted to run 35 miles on my 35th birthday. She just smiled (which was a positive response in my book!) and I asked if she would run in the last few miles with me. She said she would consider it. YAY!

Pre-run fuel: I also tried something different for pre-run, I had an egg bagel and a banana.

Run: I started out on our first loop, 6 miles, and the first three were crazy arduous. I kept telling myself I am just going to do the 6 and go home because I feel so bad and I am sick. Getting back to the start we added people to our group and I was feeling pretty good so I thought Ill go ahead with the 10 more. This felt great! Great conversations and friends. Getting back again to the start point and mile 16 I decided I would just go ahead out with the group of three others doing a full 22. This was the best part of the run! After mile 20 it just kept feeling better. Overall a very successful run and it made me ultimately feel better!

During run fuel: I have finally found my perfect nutrition for running long, at least for running a marathon length. I have been doing one GU chomp for every two miles (considering changing to 3….but why when this works so well) with a sip of water. I also eat at two points in the run a stinger waffle. This was the same thing I did last week and it again worked like a charm. I carried one bottle of water and one bottle of chia drink.

Post run: I stretched my legs a bit before jumping back in the car. Drank a muscle milk on the way home (I tried a new flavor, Malt, and it was OK….im going to stick with the chocolate). When I got home I filled the tub with cold water and this time bought 3 bags of ice for the ice bath. As the tub filled up I stretched a bit more and rolled my legs and IT band. Got some coffee, put on my sweater, got a good book, and soaked in the cold icy water for 20 minutes.

 

After the ice bath I made some breakfast. Two egg bagels with Polaner All Fruit Preserves. I found blubbery which made me VERY happy.  I had a second cup of coffee and also another muscle milk (this time chocolate!).
Now I am off to clean the house and do laundry! Happy Easter everyone! and keep running!

Week in Review

This was a very busy week for me with my job and I really did not get much chance to reflect, in a written fashion, on my running at all. I am beginning to wonder if I need to find some kind of physical log book instead of just relying on this on-line journal.

1st does anyone know how to create some sort of table on these things? I was hoping that I could make some kind of template post that would be a simple data entry spot for my posts.

Monday

As stated in my last post was a  great 15 mile bike ride and strength training day. Sometimes I feel as if strength training makes me worry and stress that I am going to injure myself because I am pushing my body so hard. I have all these little aches and pains through the week and then I run on top of this which is crazy. But my Saturday run was amazing and all I can think about was that the strength training is really just helping out.

Tuesday – 7.72 miles

  • 2.27 mile warm up run @ 10:27 pace.
  • 5.45 mile speed work @ 8:20 pace.
    • two sets of 7 x 400 @ 5k pace
    • Great workout, pushed myself moderate-high

Wednesday – Rest

Unintentional rest day. As I mentioned earlier this was a crazy work week so my Wondering Wednesday did not quite happen. Instead I was at a friend’s middle school working with her orchestra as we are all preparing for performance assessments done by the state.

Thursday – 9.03 miles

  • 2.19 mile warm up @ 10:33 pace
  • 6.84 mile hill work @ 8:55 pace
  • pushed myself high
    • Our hill work is about a 3 mile loop and we complete two repeats.
    • The group did one set together and then our pace leader said he was going to cut out one of the miles and just hit the hills. I had it all set in my mind that I was going to complete both complete hill loops so I decided to venture out on my own and do just that. When I do this I tend to start doubting myself because I feel as if I am still really new to all of this and that I am not being good to my body. That the coach should be followed completely without deviation or you risk injury. Well, I did just what I had planned and started out on my own! Noticing the time I also amped up my speed! Looking at my splits with the group we were going at about 9:10 pace and then on my own it was about 8:45 pace! When I got finished I just hoped and prayed that I had not over done!

Friday – Rest

and stressing about Saturday’s 18 mile run! Was I injured? I have been feeling just a little knee pain from my right inside knee. It feels more like a muscular thing than anything else…like muscle fatigue.  Most everyone in my group was running  5, 10 or 15 miles. I was thinking at this point humm…again, am I pushing my body too hard. I decided, at 15 I would reassess my situation and go from there.

Carb-loading for tomorrow’s run did not happen. Plan was to eat sushi, instead we went to a fast food restaurant (more of a beatnik place…) and I had a turkey wrap and fries.

Saturday – 18.08

  • 18.08 long run @ 9:47 pace
    • Ate a banana, half a glass of chia gel, and a little chia drink (chia with a dash of lemon and honey) pre run.
    • during the run I had one GU chomps (peach tea) every two miles with water.
    • at mile 15 I ate a Stinger Waffle with water.
    • This run was absolutely amazing! I felt great the entire time! There were some moments around mile 13 when I felt strange and out of bodyesque….but that subsided once I ate a GU. At mile 15 I found that many people who were running were in fact doing all 18 so that made me happy that I had others to run with.
    • After the run I came home and drank my endurox recovery drink (orange flavor), made pancakes bacon and eggs and had coffee. I also finished what was left in my support bottles (left over chia drink, nuun, and water). I had tons of energy for the rest of the day. I even cleaned the house.

Where am I going with all of this?

Currently I do not have  a full marathon for which I am training. But I did sign up for the Swamphouse Half Marathon, which looks really exciting! The medal is actually a bottle opener! My fiancee, who is now struggling with her own running enjoyment, is going to run with me and I am excited to have gotten her to do this. I don’t know exactly why she is feeling a lack of motivation for running all of a sudden but it is a very big bummer!

My marathonfest training is going to start whittling down, as taper will begin shortly, their weekly long run millage…but I am of the idea I may keep just increasing millage and seeing where that takes me. I am getting more and more of a feeling that I am going to have to start keeping this part of my running a secret. I am getting the feeling that people are going to start to look at me a bit funny when I tell them I am going to run for a certain distance just because. Before saturday, I would tell a few what my plan was and some of them asked why and some asked oh, which race are you training for…both questions don’t really have a good answer. I am even to the point of removing my posts about my distance from Facebook and just having it on Twitter. But I do find a few motivating people who help me get through this when I post too….it is a double edged sword.

Next week is a short base run of 10 miles and then after that is a 22 miler. Id like to get the 22 miler in but that is also the same weekend as the Swamphouse and because my fiancé is running it with me I don’t think I can do any kind of pre or post run to get that milage in….unless I do it when I get home….hum…that might be something I consider.


President’s Day Shenanigans

Today, I would have to say, has been a pretty nice day. Very productive, in my mind anyway.

It started with an amazing breakfast. A “heart healthy” bowl of oatmeal with a spoonfulof peanut butter, raspberries, blueberries, banana, and honey accompanied by two cups of bulletproof coffee.

I don’t know if the coffee is that healthy for you or not. The blog says that it is very good for you, but I just felt as if I was drinking a whole ton of cholesterol and clogging my arteries. I did like the taste and perhaps it could be a treat every once in a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I had this itch to go for a bike ride. So I did. Turned out to do 15 miles, and boy was it a trek! The wind was crazy strong no matter what direction I went in. I often felt as if I was just standing still on the bike!

After the bike ride I went to Track Shack and updated my shoes. I was in desperate need of new shoes. Good bye Beats 1.5 and hello Beasts 2.0. I was experiencing odd knee pain and also some shin split feeling pain. Time to trade in.

Beasts 1.5

Beasts 2.0

I gave my Beasts the 1.5 designation as the first beasts I owned I modified just a bit to add more cushion to the tongue. I have not decided if I am modding the next generation yet or not. Right now they are fitting like gloves and my knee pain is completely gone!

Then, it was off to strength train at the Y. Here is what I did:

Seated leg curl – 70 x 3/10
Leg extension – 70 x 3/10
Hip abductor – 80 x 3/10 ??
Hip adductor – 80 x 3/10 ??
Back extension –  80 x 3/10 ??
Dead lifts – 25 x 3/10
Single leg Step-ups – 10 x 3/10
Side step-up w/ kick – 10 x 3/10
Push ups 10
Balance board squats – 3/10
Planks – 3/1:00
Stretcher – back, glutes/piriformis, calves
I did all of my note taking on my iPhone. The first number is usually a weight and then it is how many reps of 10 that I performed. The question marks indicate that I may want to increase the weight next time as it was just a bit easy.