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Category Archives: Running
May 7, 2014Posted by on
This will be a back to back post. Two days in a row is a record for me. It got me to thinking of a question. What actually motivates me to run?
- I am stuck in front of my desk all day. I have to get up and move.
- I know it has to be burning some calories.
- Surely, it makes me healthier.
- Sometimes it helps me think.
- Sometimes it helps me NOT think.
- I don’t want to go to lunch and eat “good” but, unhealthy food.
- I like to run in the fun runs that serve beer, wine, chocolate, foam, or mud.
- Most importantly, I am going to the beach in a month. The sun is out and I am very pale. I run to soak up some rays.
What motivates you to run?
May 6, 2014Posted by on
A couple of weekends ago I played in the mud without getting into trouble. I ran the Indiana Spartan Race. This race was about 5 miles of trail running with 20 plus obstacles. The obstacles ranged from jumping over walls to crawling under walls, to belly crawling in slippery mud under barbed wire to climbing a cargo net ladder pyramid. Flipping tires, pulling cinder blocks on a chain, carrying a 30 pound sandbag were a few other obstacles. I also, had to rope climb to a bell about 30 feet in the air. If we failed any obstacle we had to do 30 burpees. It wasn’t about getting the fastest time but, more of pushing myself and being a team player. This was one the best races I have ever been part of. As you can imagine the clean-up was a bit of a chore. First as you might see I was the lone male on my team. Getting dressed back at the car was a bit nerve racking but, I figured if they have seen one, they have seen them all, right? It was a blast we hung out at the car and had a few drinks and talked about the race. We plan on doing more of these.
Also, as a week passed I noticed scrapes and bruises. Here is a good one under my arm.
May 1, 2013Posted by on
I have been slacking in my running department lately. This has to do with me wanting to lift more weights, loving the calf burn from 30 minutes on an elliptical, and just not wanting to run on a treadmill. Yesterday was gorgeous outside so; I figured I could catch some rays and burn some calories. I ran almost 5 miles in 45 minutes. My legs felt like they were full of lead when I stopped running and to think I almost bought a bib to run a 13.1 miler this weekend…so glad I didn’t do that. I thought I would be able to pick up right where I stopped about a month or two ago. I feel I am good shape but, maybe starting at 13 miles is a little asinine.
We just got our workout of the week (WOW) from coach.
10 push ups
20 reverse lunges (10 right / 10 left)
30 mountain climbers (total)
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes. Your total score is the number of complete rounds plus the number of reps completed of the exercise you ended on. Example: 7 complete rounds plus 15 reverse lunges.
This made me sweat. I am not sure how I stack up against everyone else but, seeing as I was dripping wet, it must have been a good workout. I was able to to do 14 complete rounds plus 25 mountain climbers. So, close to 15.
April 17, 2013Posted by on
If anyone follows this blog you have heard me say that I am a creature of habit. I guess that makes me pretty much a boring person. I figured I would explain my weekly routine. The only part of a schedule on the weekend is that my weekends are so chaotic that I consider them a habit of chaos. At least I know it’s going to be chaos.
Monday through Friday I pretty much do the same thing. This is so exciting I thought I would write about it so you can see the inner me. I know scary, right? Don’t fall asleep!
- I wake up at 4:40.
- Brush my teeth and splash water on my face.
- Dress for Kettlebell workouts in the front room so, I don’t want to wake anyone else up.
- Compression shorts
- Outer shorts
- Old shirt with my work logo (I don’t want to ruin good clothes and they don’t make cute workout clothes for guys and I doubt cute clothes would help this ugly mug)
- Socks and Shoes
- Drink my pre-workout drink at 4:55 on my way to my workout.
- Swing, snatch, pull, squat, etc. a kettlebell from 5:15 to 6:00.
- Back to home and throw matching clothes into the washer (darks or whites) and set the washer to wash in 8 hours.
- Swallow some BCAA’s.
- Shower, deodorant, body spray, and get dressed.
- Fix my infamous Vanilla Latte with 2 scoops vanilla protein powder and coffee and another large travel mug of black coffee.
- Grab my lunch from the garage fridge.
- Head to work by 6:30.
- 8:00 eat an egg.
- 10:00 eat plain DRY old fashion oatmeal with a half scoop of vanilla protein and a small handful of flaxseeds.
- 11:30 eat Lunch
- Spinach or Spring Mix Salad
- Leftover veges and/or couscous or quinoa
- Salad Dressing – lately it’s been Bolthouse Farms Chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing. Other times it’s Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Balsamic Vinaigrette.
- 1:15 pm workout at my office’s gym.
- 20 minutes elliptical between 9 and 10 mph.
- 20 minutes quick arms, chest, back, shoulders, or legs strength workout – rotate through the week.
- Shower and dress again
- (Sometimes I run for 45 to 50 minutes if it’s nice outside.)
- Swallow some BCAA’s.
- Back to my desk by 2:15.
- Another infamous Vanilla Latte. Only one scoop of Protein Powder.
- 3:00 Fat free non-flavored Greek yogurt with frozen fruit.
- 4:00 driving home while eating sunflower seeds.
Once I am home my schedule is a little less structured but, it is pretty much the same every night. I put the laundry in the dryer. I snack on way too many nuts until I eat whatever my wife makes for dinner. It’s usually fish or chicken with vegetables and some sort of “good” carbs. Then it is off to some sort of practice for the kids. Back home again to fold the laundry, pack my lunch, put workout clothes in my car for work and set out clothes for the morning kettlebell workout. Read my one year New Testament Bible. (Yes, I am still doing my new year’s resolution.) I am usually asleep by 10:00pm.
This is my daily week schedule in a long winded nutshell. On the weekends I am horrible with my food choices. I usually go to a Saturday Kettlebell class and try to get some sort of run in on Sunday of about 5 miles. I am ok with my bad food choices on the weekends because I know my week schedule is only a couple of days away and my food choices are pretty good then. So, now you know all of my dirty little daily secrets…Actually, they aren’t secret nor are they dirty but, I AM a creature of habit.
March 25, 2013Posted by on
After the 9 inches and counting of snow we are getting here in Indiana, I am ready to head to Florida. What I am not ready for is the 15 to 16 hour drive with three kids. Anyone want to guess how long into the trip the question of “Are we there yet?” gets asked? Like father like kids, their attention span is pretty much non-existent. I just hope that staying with my in-laws in their small condo won’t dampen
my our vacation. Normally, my ideal location in Florida would be a place right on the beach. To get to a beach we will have to drive about an hour. With kids at various ages, I like the freedom of hanging out at the beach but if they get bored we can go back to the condo or pool. We will not have that luxury but, we WILL still have fun.
Another thing I will miss is the local restaurants, the ones on the beach that have fun names and stores where you can buy shirts. I hope to drive to one at least once or twice. I guess the positive thing about that is that I might actually force myself to eat close to normal most of the time.
The retirement community, where we will be, does have a nice exercise room. I am not sure I will have access to it since I will be a guest but, I hope I can use it. I know I will need some time away so, hopefully, it’s the gym and some running.
Whatever happens I get to sport my new swimsuit. It’s a good thing the suit is not the speedo bikini type. I am not sure the retired people would be ok with that but, everyone needs a good laugh and why not laugh at me?
January 17, 2013Posted by on
On purpose I hold on to my vacation days for work to use when the kids are sick. This year the kids were pretty healthy and I had a ton of time left to take off. So, I took this week off but, wouldn’t you know I had 2 sick kids. That’s what I use PTO for, right? All of those items listed on the honey do list just stayed on the list. I did get to go out for a run today. For Christmas I got some colder weather running clothes. How bad am I, about a month later I finally get to try them out. It’s 30 degrees so it isn’t that cold but cold enough. I kind of like running with less clothes than more clothes. After 4.5 miles and about 15 different pictures and adjusting the self timer camera in a dead flower-pot I was able to take this great (not true it’s me) picture of my new clothes.
The kids are feeling fine now and I guess I have to start on the honey do list. At least after this post and then after a shower, I may have to see what’s on TV…I procrastinate…I am on vacation, sort of.
January 7, 2013Posted by on
I was thinking nothing really happened last year. Then I thought I did start this blog. I went back through and realized that I did do something last year. I started this blog in February (wow almost a year). This was just a way to keep track of my attempt to lose weight for a competition at work. Since it was a weight loss blog I had to swallow my pride and post some half naked secret photos of myself. The first ones are scary but, I stuck with it and faithfully posted pictures about every week or so.
I learned that eating clean and healthy actually made me feel better. Towards the end of the year I also learned that I really love food and sometimes bad food outweighed the way good food made me feel. I learned my normal day to day weight isn’t 130 pounds where I finished nor is it 170 pounds where I started. It is somewhere in-between. I am at 150 pounds right now. I am not really happy about it but, I am not going to kill myself for it either.
I set some goals to run some races. I ran 3 races last year with my best one a 10 K that I finished in 45:40. I ran 2 other shorter runs with my wife and that was fun as well but, not as competitive.
I also, started lifting weights more and actually have fallen in love with Kettlebell Training. I started this in December and I have just started a new session today.
Now going into 2013, I will continue with my Kettlebells. Being in my early 40’s, I plan on staying a little stricter on my food. If I did in my 20’s what I do now in my 40’s, I may have been cute with a great body. Now I just have to try harder. A goal that I have started is to read my Bible every day. I have tried this before but, I am a slow reader and sometimes I just don’t understand the language. So, I am doing our church’s One-Year New Testament Challenge in 2013. It should be shorter reading on a daily basis and I can look up stuff that I don’t understand. I will do this one. I am still running every day and plan to run a few more races and may even try to do one of those cross training, mudder, ultimate warrior type of a race.
I also plan to update something on here once a week or so. Hopefully something fun and exciting things will happen for me to write about.
Cheers to a great year in 2013.
November 29, 2012Posted by on
I have not updated this blog in a while. I don’t really have an excuse other than I am just lazy.
Last week I finished my third race. It was a little over 4.5 miles and I ran it completely with my wife (brownie points). I was a pretty easy run with very little elevation changes but it was packed with runners. There were over 15,000 people that ran. Since it was such good weather in Indiana on Thanksgiving, everyone that registered actually showed up. Although I was all set to wear my long tights, it was warm enough to wear shorts. Whew, saved from embarrassment again.
I am totally into my kettlebell classes. I think I am getting stronger and thicker but, I also have added some pounds. I have not taken any measurements and I am not real too happy with what I see in the mirror. I am going to stick with my extra insulation for the winter and be ok with it. I really haven’t changed the way I eat but, I cheat a lot more than I should. I really meant to post my progress pictures and measurements during my Kettlebell Bootcamp. I have about a month to go and I promise I will post some of my insulated self-pictures at the end. And with that I will leave you with breaking news, we have all been doing it wrong…
October 12, 2012Posted by on
I originally said that I was going to update every two weeks with progress pictures and measurements. I don’t think this is going to happen. I have just finished week number two of my Kettlebell Bootcamp with mixed emotions. Sometimes I am so lost trying to figure out what we are doing other times I am doing something that doesn’t seem to be doing anything. I am in a class that probably accepted a dozen or so too many people. Too many people have made it crowded and hard to hear the instructions. Another thing that has made it tough for me is that it is a mixture of rookies (me) and experienced kettlebellers. I am guessing this also makes the experienced ones a little upset when we have to do the “basic” training exercises when they want the “advanced” exercises. The experienced ones also are supposed to help the rookies out. I have been lucky enough to be paired up with a couple of good ones but they didn’t sign up to help me. Sometimes we go to stations and I have no clue what to do or where to do them or for how long. I am not giving up but, I hate this slow start. I guess I was hoping I would wake up a little more sore. I have been sore but not too bad. My legs were sore but, I never really worked them that much besides running and running isn’t hitting the same muscles used in squats and lunges.
Another confusing part of the past two weeks is my weight. Prior to KB camp I was running in the morning for about an hour (6-8 miles a day) and then I was weight training during my lunch break (30-45 minutes). Change is good. I know that. I was told this kettlebell would easily take the place of both of those workouts. In my mind I swapped the weights and runs now. I do KB Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and during my lunch I am running on the treadmill (only 30-45 minutes). I am still trying to run every day. My diet hasn’t changed much. I am a simple person. I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. My dinner changes some but, is still reasonable. RAMBLE RAMBLE…I have gained 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks.
I really doubt I am adding 7 pounds of muscle. Here are some things that have changed:
- I am only running 3-4 miles not 6-8.
- I have added Creatine Monohydrate. This might make me retain water.
- My protein powder is a Whey Isolate, Casein, and Hydrolyzed Whey mixture.
Here is a question: When you have going through Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), do you retain more water, and junk while your body is trying to rebuild the muscle?
Sorry about this long written post. I doubt anyone will even get through all of my ramblings. Maybe next week will be better.
October 9, 2012Posted by on
Saturday evening I had the opportunity to run with my wife. YIPPEE! We had a busy cold day of the kids’ soccer and football games and then off to a local winery to run 5 miles. Busy, busy. The winery was packed with runners, walkers and fans. Over 2000 people finished either the 5 mile run or the 5K run/walk. I am really bad at picture taking. I am at a very picturesque winery and I take three pictures. Here we are before the race.
I told my wife that we would run together but, I guess I lied. It is almost just as hard to slow my normal pace down as it is to speed up. I am in no means a speedy runner but, it’s just something about races that gets my adrenaline going. There were some decent size hills that caught my wife off guard. They don’t seem to bug me as much and I felt really good running. I was one of those guys that sped up and slowed down. I know some of you know what I mean. I would start running at my own pace and then start feeling guilty about leaving my wife. So, I would go to the side and try to slow down while looking backwards to find her. I repeated this a few times. I ended up passing the same people maybe 4 times. At about the 3 mile mark I told her I would meet her at the finish line. It felt fun passing people but, it was also consuming tons of energy weaving in and out of people because at that time we were also meeting up with the 5K walkers. I went from high 8 minute pace to a 7 minute pace. I finished the run in 42 minutes and my wife finished at about 46 minutes. In the end we were treated with a glass of wine. We are not wine drinkers but the wine tasted good enough that we bought two bottles.
Hopefully, my wife will still run with me again because we have a planned run at the end of November. It’s supposed to be flatter and I will try my best to steady my adrenaline.