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?
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.
January 17, 2013
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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.
October 12, 2012
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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 2, 2012
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Yesterday I started my kettlebell bootcamp and it kicked my butt. I used to think I was coordinated but, I struggled to do the kettlebell exercises correctly. I wanted to squat when I was supposed to hinge. I was lifting with my arms and not popping with my knees and hips. I will get better. I was able to go home and study some You Tube videos on proper form. I just hate feeling like I have no clue what is going on. It’s a packed class too so, the instructor doesn’t have much time to work with me. However, I was lucky enough to be paired up with someone who knew what she was doing and was willing to help this old guy. I did work up a sweat and today my legs are sore. It’s the good sore that comes from muscles being used that don’t get used in the way that they we used (wow, that was confusing).
My bootcamp is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I didn’t plan this very well but, I also have a 5 mile race this Saturday. I have a feeling my legs are going to be Jell-O by then. During lunch yesterday, I was able to run 4 miles but, my delayed onset muscle soreness didn’t start up until now. My plan is to run 6 miles at lunch today. It will either help or hurt. On the other hand I am excited about my run. I get to have a run date with me wife. The kids will be home with a babysitter. The run is at a winery so at the end, we get to have wine….bonus.
I did take measurements prior to my bootcamp and I will post them on my Bootcamp page. I will update the page with progress measurements and pictures about every two weeks. I spared you a beginning picture for no other reason than I was too lazy. People that read this have seen the pictures of me even after Captain Morgan. Should I wear those same shorts in the progress pictures?
September 24, 2012
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For the handful of helpful followers I have, you have and will kind of know more about me that you probably want to. No secrets left behind but, we are all family (in a weird way) so I hope it doesn’t bother you too much. My main goal for eating healthy and exercising is not really to extend my days here on this earth but, to look good naked. I know selfish, right? I just want be able to look good when the family heads to the beach or maybe when my wife looks at me when I get in or out of the shower (I don’t think she even looks now). I really have no clue what that has to do with this post. I guess I just wanted to share.
I kind of love this time of year. Football is in full swing from high school, to college, and to NFL. The thing I do not like is the colder weather. I have taken pride for the past few months starting in March I have been getting up at 4:00 am to run. Yes it was 40 degrees when I started then but, I had been used to the colder winter weather. Now it is 40 degrees but, I have been used to the warmer summer weather. Going from hot to cold makes the cold feel colder and lately my bed feels warmer at 4:00. My alarm goes off and I have the outdoor temperature flashing on my ceiling. I am kind of weird about time and weather. I like having clocks everywhere and I am always checking on the weather. Bad for me! When 37 degrees is flashing it’s really hard for me to get up and go running. I even have my clothes laid out. Don’t laugh…I have some Capri type thermal pants. Yes they are women’s. I am short and guys’ thermals or tights are baggy in the crotch and don’t fit right. Those are worn under a pair of jogging pants. Then I put on a couple of layers for my top. I have a hat and gloves right there in the pile. I just can’t wake my lazy butt up. It has been over a week since I have run. I guess I am waiting for my Indian Summer. I guess that is my excuse but, next week is when I start my Kettlebell Bootcamp. My baseline picture and measurements later this week may be a bit comical. No more excuses. I forgot to mention staying up too late watching football and tailgating all day on Sundays. My boys went to the Colts game with me yesterday.
My two boys tailgating at the Indianapolis Colts game.
Time to start trying to help myself look good naked (I may need a mask and another body…it is Halloween time).
September 5, 2012
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I think I have said this before, I am a creature of habit. I like not having to work but, when my normal day changes, I get all fubarred. My workouts and usually my food choices suffer. Normally, I run in the morning before work. At lunch, I lift weights in the gym at my office. This gym has everything I need and it doesn’t cost me anything. Anyway, over the 3 day weekend I ran once and no weight lifting. Throw in my bad (but very good) food choices of ribs and grape pie, I am such a loser. Now back to work and back to my normal habits.
I am under my wife’s health insurance plan. We get a discount if we pass a health screen. So, after my morning run of 7 miles in 55 minutes (I am patting my back right now), I went to a med check for some health measurements. Here they are:
Weight: 141 pounds
Blood Pressure: 98/62 mm Hg
Body Fat: 13%
Waist Circumference: 31 in. (weird…above my belly button)
Total Cholesterol: 175
There you go everything you wanted to know about me but, were afraid to ask. Don’t be afraid to ask I am an open book. I guess I am healthy enough for at least a discount. I am up 10 pounds from my biggest loser lowest point. That low point was a lot of water and I weighed in wearing very little clothes. Also, I am hoping some of those 10 pounds is muscle.
On a really, really side note…Should I be proud that Astroglide is now following me on twitter? Is this a subliminal message that something is about to happen to me?
August 1, 2012
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Last night my wife and I were feeling depressed because the kids have to go back to school next week. Where did the time go this summer? On a whim, we booked a hotel and planned a last minute vacation. This is so not us. We usually sit and plan and shop and talk ourselves out of things like this. This weekend we are going to Kings Island for 2 days. Kings Island is an amusement park about 130 miles from our house. Which also happens to be the number of miles I ran in July (132 miles). Do you think they would want to run or take the van?
I have had 2 runs while wearing my compression shorts. I guess I was kind of hoping this look would give me the look of a runner. I am not sure if I would pass for a runner or a bicyclist. My intentions were to wear the shorts under other shorts. But as someone pointed out to me, I run in the dark so who would see the skin tight shorts anyway. So, one less article of clothing I have to wash. Also, it kind of gives me that sexy/naughty feeling. Not that I look all that sexy in them it’s just something I would not be caught wearing in public (doesn’t leave much to the imagination…hehe).
Last night, I was out getting some peppers and tomatoes, imagine that. My oldest son came out to swing for a bit so, I had him take a picture of me. I am short 5’6” but, look how much taller a couple of tomato plants are compared to me. I said in a post they were 7 feet but, they might be pushing 8 feet. They even have tomatoes growing at height of my head. Very amazing!
Notice the height compared to my barn’s roof.
July 3, 2012
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Even during my Biggest Loser Competition I never counted calories. I thought it would be interesting to finally find out how many calories I consume. So, my plan for the next month is to track my food using MyFitnessPal. It’s a pretty neat app for my Android phone and free. I like the fact I can scan a barcode and all of the info gets pre-loaded. I am lazy and that helps a ton. Another thing that helps is my wife is also starting to use it. Now when we eat dinner, I can copy all of her info. I would never take the time to measure out serving size but, she does (told you I am lazy). My breakfast and lunch are pretty easy because they are the same thing every day. My breakfast is oatmeal with banana crème protein powder and cinnamon. My lunch is always a spinach salad, with cottage cheese, tuna, hot sauce or hot peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette. Soon I will be adding my home grown tomatoes. For dessert it’s Greek yogurt. Three snacks in the day. I have fruit, a protein shake, and some almonds. That is my standard fare during work. Now the weekends may get a little complicated but, I will figure it out when that gets here.
Like I said, I never counted calories but I always read the label. Some of the serving sizes on the label are a bit misleading so when I scan something in myfitnesspal I have to check the serving size. For instance, my salad dressing is for 2 tablespoons and the bottle has 6 servings in it. This same bottle I have been using for 3 weeks. (3 X 5 = 15). I guess I don’t use 2 tablespoons but, I have plenty of dressing on each salad. I eat sunflower seeds on my way home from work. There is a science to putting a handful in the side of your mouth cracking open one at a time and filling up a solo cup with the soggy shell (at least it isn’t chewing tobacco). Anyway, the label on the bag says it has approximately 3 servings in it. I am into my 3rd week on the same bag. Then there are some food labels with serving sizes so small that would starve a mouse trying to feed off of it. I guess that is the main reason I never really counted calories.
The exercise part of myfitnesspal is decent if you are only trying to figure calories spent from a cardio activity. I didn’t read all of the directions so; some of this is my fault. In the initial set up myfitnesspal asked how long I exercise. This really means cardio exercise. I lift weights for an hour. I know I have to burn some calories doing that but myfitnesspal didn’t calculate a number for calories spent for that. That is no big deal. It was just something that I found. I guess entering it in just helps with the diary.
This morning I had a short run of 3.7 miles in 31 minutes. I wanted to give my legs a rest because I am going to try to run 10 to 15 miles tomorrow morning. I am undecided if I want to run straight out on a road for half then turn around for the second half. My only problem with that is what if I need a drink half-way thru. I didn’t really want to run in the same circles over and over again. Decisions, decisions!
June 6, 2012
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I still have not been able to sleep through the night due to my back. Instead of crying about it at 4 this morning, I got up, stretched, threw some clothes on, and ran. I am not sure what happens when I run but my back feels ok. Maybe it’s the weird chemicals that make everything go numb. When I finished running, I was hoping my back was better but, NOPE. I am typing this at work sitting in my chair on my butt with my feet on the chair and my knees pulled to my chest. Sounds weird but, it helps the pain. Sitting just kills me. At least I got a run in this morning.
I snapped a picture of myself after working out yesterday. Taking a picture in a small bathroom in a mirror while holding a phone is hard to do. It’s not a very good picture but, I tried. Only a few days left until I leave for vacation.
I ended my biggest loser competition at 131 pounds. I am now staying right around 139-141 pounds. This past week I haven’t done much cardio (blaming my back). I am still eating relatively well with a few cheats now and then. Now it’s time to eat my lunch of spinach, cottage cheese, tuna, broccoli slaw, hot sauce and Greek yogurt.