Friday, October 24, 2014
Well it's nice to know that I'm not the only CRAZY PERSON on the bike trail after midnight. Yeah I broke one of my "new" training rules tonight just two days in and went for a night run. Well, I stretched another "new" rule too as I ran sliiiightly beyond the 3 mile maximum also. Actually I have the run options all figured out, and I will definitely will keep it under 4 miles. Yeah, so I run up to the trail, pass a guy walking his dog, and in the distance I see a blur on a bike that turns out to be a regular at the gym. I've run into him before on the trail once or twice late at night so it really wasn't so strange. I was running for time, so I belted out a "Yo Gerrado!" and kept going. Man my pace was MOVIN' tonight, but I kept hearing gear shifting behind me and then tires. Yup, he was catching up. "Hey you're really cruisin!" he said. I told him I was running for time and where I was going. So we finished out the short trail that was left before making the turn to head back on the streets. He was telling me about some story about him and court, but I made maybe half of that out because he kept falling behind. Hey I tried to listen tilting an ear in his direction at least. Finished up the run, and I discovered for the second day in a row I've gotten under the 8 minute mark (YEAH YEAH!) I've been running the metronome a few beats higher at 175, and it's actually about perfect. It wasn't that long ago where that just wasn't working out. Now I can just about fully stretch into my stride, but I can at least utilize the count for a faster pace. The idea is to wind up with a faster natural pace when I put on the head phones and run on the one long run of the week (the exception to the maximum mileage rule.) So everything is like hair away from where I want it with about 3 weeks left to go. It all depends on how I feel after the half, but I looked at the numbers, and I also think I'm going to go for that 1200 mile mark for the year. With figuring in the long runs and the half, it's less than 3 miles a day. I think I can do that. And while right now I'm trying not to get injured, I'll be a lot more carefree afterwards up to the end of the year. I'll be completely unrestricted and UNCHAINED!!!!!!! Just need to get there. Life after 1000 miles is a little less stressful and a little more FUN AND MOTIVATING NOW!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Going into today, I really felt the wear from the runs the past couple of days. I had less than 4 miles left on my 1000 mile challenge that I kicked off the first of the year, and I wanted to hit that mark tonight. On last night's run I felt some wear and discomfort in my right leg in the hip area, so I went to the gym and worked on that before the run (steamroom, sauna, light lifting/resistance to stretch everything out.) I stared at the computer screen countless times today and thought about where I wanted to run to finish this off. In reality it wasn't like this incredible run I had ahead of me, but I just wanted to be sure I surpassed the mark for sure without aggravating what I was dealing with. Like usual, the biggest obstacle was just putting on the shoes (I know it's dumb and I've said it before) and actually mapped out the run (which I haven't done in a while.) All good on the run, approaching the major turning point, and heeeeeeeeeeeeere comes that little voice "make sure you run enough miles so you're not short." Yeah, the dummy I am caved in to the paranoia (AND I HAD THE MILEAGE FIGURED OUT BEFORE HAND) and ran up two more blocks before the turn I needed to make. On the turn after that to head back, what I had dealt with all day had returned with the right leg. I was screwed, had to finish it now (GOOD PLAN EINSTEIN!) So I'm two blocks from home just about down to a hobble, and THERE I GO AGAIN! I'm cutting through parking lots and now I'm almost a half mile up the street............AGAIN! I did finally turn around to bring it home, after running almost 2 miles past the mark I was aiming for. I just had to be sure, so I BURIED IT! Either way, it doesn't matter. Other than three more longer runs on the remaining weekends, I'm not (hopefully that is) going to be doing runs like this and not this late at night anymore. Just want to do some pace runs during the week from 1-3 miles a day until the race. Then just finish out the year running whatever or locking up 1200 miles for the year (depends where I'm at mileage wise and if I'm up to the challenge.) So probably most definitely maybe! Yeah but THIS ONE IS DONE!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Less than 4 miles left to crack that 1000 mile mark for the year. TOMORROW IS THE DAY FOR SURE! I had almost 12 miles left today, and I chewed up as many miles as I could so I can SHATTER this thing tomorrow. I had to drag myself out for this one, but I just stretched it further and further. I ran the route strategically at each turn making sure this run wasn't going to dull me out, even though towards the end it pretty much WORE ME OUT. I'm ready to put this challenge to bed and turn the page to get to the home stretch for the half marathon training (less mileage, more speed.)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
So last night I meet up with someone I've been working out with at the gym and a friend of his. One guy came to play basketball, the other showed up to lift with me again. While we are lifting, his buddy keeps coming by us asking "Are you guys done yet?" Yeah, somebody was a little impatient. We did eventually wrap it up and play some ball though. Flip to today and I run into my new trainee at the restaurant where he works. We of course are talking about last night, and he goes off on a rant about his buddy. Now his friend has a pretty big weight issue (much like he did as well a couple years back.) He starts going on and on about what he does and what his friend doesn't. Saying how his friend doesn't do anything when he goes to the gym, and that's why he doesn't lose any weight. So he's going and going and going and going. My wife jokingly told him he was cocky. He said he lost all his access weight (and he did losing about 110 lbs,) and he earned the right to be cocky. He reminded me a lot of how I was when I lost the majority of my weight and started hitting the weights. At the same time I can't fault that kind of mindset either. Hey, it's a good feeling of accomplishment and you want to talk all about it. I'm guilty of the same thing, but I don't talk as much trash as he does. I used to though. People misinterpret that though and that's one of the reasons I refrain from doing that for the most part. Well unless you are a trash talker, then it's Game On! What I also get is how he looks at his friend. What he sees (and I know this is accurate because we talked about this) is a person that is where he used to be and is just dogging his time at the gym instead of busting his A$$ to get were he talks about being. I see that all the time. My wife is like that when she goes to the gym a lot of time. It's kind of watching a zombie walk on a treadmill. Pretty much pointlesss, but I've learned to just back off no matter how irritating it is. Yeah, I get all this though. It's hard to turn a blind eye to a person's potential. That's the bottom line. You are looking at wasted opportunities time and time again. So you start thinking of what you do and what others don't . Next thing you know, you come off differently than how you intend. Still I get it. I learned it through trial an error. The frustration over what I see from others, however, is still there. But the bottom line is that it's really none of my business. Sure I can think what I want, jump on here and blog about it, and vent it out some other way. But its still the same thing. People do what they want a lot of times not necessarily when they say they are going to do something, but they will do it when they are actually ready for it. You can act like a cheerleader and do everything including dressing up like one (no I haven't and I'm not by the way) but a lot of people push back or give up. So you just try to help only when you are asked.
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