Friday, March 02, 2012
Plantar fasciitis is gone and my running is pain free, (well sort of, running a long time at a fast pace still hurts)
I have just finalized my race season and will be doing less triathlons this year, as much as I enjoy them they are hard to do 3 or 4 in a month, so I am doing 3 sprints and 1 full. As for running I am doing 1 50k, 3 half marathons and 1 full marathon along with a handful of 5k's. It will be less training then normal but I think I will be the better for it and still having fun.
That being said I still need to drop some weight and this is proving to be much harder then I thought, I am cutting my carbs slowly and so the weight is coming off slowly, but I am going to stay patient and maintain a discipline that will produce a leaner and stronger me in 3 months time and not a fast weight loss that proves to be unhealthy and short lived. I am eating 50% of my calories from carbs (more complex carbs and less simple)and 30% from protein and 20% from fat. It is work in progress and I am moving my intake to follow my work outs more closely then in the past. So as my mileage creeps up and the fuel demand follows it, my body should have what it needs and less junk to process.
I am finishing week 5 of P90X2 and recovery week next so yeah for that.
next week should be interesting as my mileage will climb to a 40 mile week.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I just have to blog this,It is the simple things that make life so rewarding. the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning made me think of this. I can only say that if you take the time and just look around you, at different times of the day you will be amazed at what you are missing. The feeling of your heart beating before you get out of bed, the look on your pets face when you get ready to leave and when you get home The look on a childs face when the are playing. The sights and sounds that we never hear or see because we never stop and listen or look. It takes less then 15 seconds and we have lots of moments that we can. so take a few minutes out of each day and just stop and be aware of everything around you, sometimes it can make you smile and that makes the day a little better.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Ok, so I was injured this last June, just before the July 4 and a Half Marathon. I hurt my left foot and found out I have plantar fasciitis, soooo, I go into prevent mode and was able to continue my running and racing with some pain, but mostly after the race ( unable to walk right for a day or two). But I was getting better. But the training for the Medtonic Twin Cities Marathon, it proved to be to much. So I will be watching and cheering instead of running, although I kept think I would just push through it, my logical side spoke up and I soon realized that pushing through a marathon is hard enough starting out healthy, only a idiot (I know I fit into this category some times) would think of starting out hurt!
So after letting myself wrap my head around the fact that I would miss this years race, I am OK with it now, all the training is not wasted and the fun of the training and racing will be even sweeter next year, so for now it is take care of myself and be ready to race another day. I will still be working out, just biking and swimming more and use the no impact cardio equipment until my feet no longer are so angry. Life is full of ups and downs, I just am not going to let the downs last long and keep think positive and make the challenge work to make me a little better for it.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I just finished my 4 HI and I can honestly say, they do not get easier, you just get your mind right and know that you can keep going long after the mind tells you to stop. Through all of my races one thing stands out, you can never give up, you can do much more then you know, and you must train your body and your mind.
The start of the race was typical,I arrived and checked in, went to my assigned bike rack and found I had enough room for my bike and had to put my towel under the front wheel, ( this tri has the least amount of space) and put my bike stuff on one side and my run stuff on the other.
The start of the race was normal, started wave 7 and the weather was perfect. my swim went good, a little slow, but no worries. A first for me was getting out of the water they had wet suit strippers, and I was out of my wet suit in record time, makes T1 some much faster.
The bike was good, I told my self to hold back and save some for the run. I lost some time due to some very rough 8 miles of road, at on point one of my rear water bottles was ejected from the bike, never to be seen again. so I lost time having to slow down so as not to break something or blow a tire. I worked on eating and drinking something every 15 minutes to help keep energy level high for the run. Did I mention, the road was close to cobblestones, very rough.
And then comes the best part, the run. T2 goes ok but my transition area is in bad shape( my fellow competors seem to have help me in this) and I leave with out my electrolyte pills, they have them on the course but I was going to need them soon. It was around 11:00 and I had 2 hours of fun in the sun and the temps were in the 78 to 82 range. Full sun and no clouds. Everything is a struggle after mile 6, I had brought a bandanna so I could wrap it around my neck and pour water on it to help keep me cool. At one station they had ice, so I wrap it up in the bandanna and put it around my neck and it really helps, a lot. I will use this trick again. But the labors of the day started to wear on me and the run starts to get hard. I had to find something to get my mind off the subject, (that subject being Pain), and I find that slowing down just a little and chatting with some of the other runners proves to be the answer, and the next few miles melt by, and I am at mile 10 before you know it, so I get some fuel at the water station and get my electrolyte pills and I hammer down as best I can I make it to the end. but with out the help of the other runners and joking back and forth to each other, and offering encouragement to the runners we passed and to the runners that passed us, it would have been a very rough run.
I finish in 5:53:43. not a PR but close, and I learned some new tricks for the next one. I seem to remember saying just before I got off the bike," I am never doing one of these again". Now why would I say that?
So, I had the strength, but left unchecked the mind would have tried to shut me down, and that opens up a whole new level of training, and one that I hope will help me with my marathons also,get the mind out of the body and letting pain leave with it.
I felt good after the race and have no pains or problems the next day and today I will do some easy yoga and by the end of the week start my marathon training, hoping to find a way to turn off the mind when the going gets tough,and enjoy what I am doing while in the middle/end of a race and stop wondering why I am doing it. And if your not doing something that makes you feel good and hurts, start.
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