Saturday, February 1, 2014

02/01/2014 PM Workout

Tonight I got on the treadmill for a good 6 miles in 49:30.  I maintained about an 8:15/mile pace and I kept the incline at 2% for the duration.  I felt good and although I have been concerned about where my fitness level is, I am beginning to think that it isn't as bad as I expected.

Because of the cold weather, I haven't been able to use the treadmill.  It simply will not turn on when it is under 28-32 degrees.  I don't necessarily want to be on the treadmill at those temps anyway, but it doesn't matter.

The weather is supposed to be better over the next week or so.  Consequently, I am going to try to get in a lot of running over the next couple weeks.  I plan to include a few days of multiple runs as well.

02/01/2014 Afternoon Workout

This afternoon, Maura and I took the kids ice skating for the first time.  Although there was no real aerobic benefit to 2 hours of ice skating, I did get a good lower body workout in and the skates definitely forced me to use different muscles in my feet.

It was a good time and a simple bit of lower body work so it was win-win.  It was also nice to strap on the skates again.  After a couple trips around the rink, I felt right back in the groove.  The feel, the chill, and weaving in and out of all the people brought me right back to the ice rink in Chenango Bridge.

The only thing that was missing was Don Hardy and Jason Smith!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Southwestern French Fries Recipe

First off, I admit, I haven't made these fries yet.  I will be making them this weekend and I cannot wait.  The recipe looks simple and awesome.  I am envisioning these paired with some freshly made guacamole and my mouth is watering.  Add this to your Superbowl menu and it should go very well with your favorite tall cold one.  Before any of you freak out, it is ok to have some potato once in a while and not everything has to be bland and lack calories!  They have been proven to provide a number of key nutrients.  This recipe comes from Runner's World.  

Bobby Flay's Southwestern Fries

2 TBSP Ancho Chili Powder
1 TBSP Kosher Salt
5 Large, Peeled Idaho Potatoes
1 Quart Vegetable Oil
1/4 Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Combine Chili powder and Kosher salt in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch thick fries.  Place fries in a large bowl of cold water.  Heat oil in a large straight sided skillet to 325.  Dry fries in batches on paper towels.  Fry each batch for 3-4 minutes or until a pale blonde color and remove to a sheet pan lined with paper towels.  Increase the heat of the oil to 375 and fry each batch again until golden brown.  Remove to a sheet pan again with paper towel lining.  Season with chili mixture and cilantro and salt to taste.  Serves 4.  

If any of you are bold enough to make these, send me a pic and let me know how they come out.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

01/30/2014 AM Workout

My apologies for going AWOL for a bit.  I had my 40th birthday (awesome thanks to Maura, the kids, and in laws).  Also, I have and still am dealing with a major customer service problem with my cellular company.  I will not name names, but they suck to the tune of $1400 in unauthorized charges to my debit card.  Finally, I am a self pronounced cold weather wimp and the weather is.....freezing.

Anyway, enough excuses.  This mornings workout consisted of 125 laps around my gym, for a total time of 45:09.  As measured by a distance calculator used for field measurements, I went about 4.8 miles.  I did the first 3.44 miles progressively faster, ending with a slower 1.36ish.  It felt good to run again, although the tiny course with a million turns and a fair level of boredom were annoying.  I am still happy with it though.

My plan is to use the gym more if needed.  I really need to get this base training built.  Also, the weather is supposed to be in the low forties this weekend, maybe I can get outside.

On a side note, I received an email from an old friend, Brian Robertson the other day.  It was awesome to hear from him.  I have loosely tracked Brian's exploits over the years because I hold no career in higher regard than Brian's.  He is a member of the U.S. Air Force.  Helping to keep our country safe, Brian is career Air Force.  He is currently training for a half marathon in Madrid and I wish him the best.  I am proud to call him my fraternity brother and life long friend.

Good luck Brian and let me know if I can help!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Performance Review: Feetures! Socks, @feetures

I no longer wear cotton socks unless I am getting into bed and want a cushioned, soft feel.  Feetures! Ultra Light, no show socks are a game changer.  I haven't been running in anything else for about 5 years, but I have switched my daytime and regular everyday socks to the Feetures! as well.  About a year ago I switched full time to them.

They are very thin, super breathable, and indestructible.  I still have the original 3 pair that I bought 5 years ago to start running in.  They have kept their shape the whole time and still fit correctly.  I have not gotten a running related blister since I switched to these (except during the extreme race distances and types I have tried like the mountain run and the marathon).

I really do recommend even non runners go for the socks.  As I said, I wear them all the time.  They wick the moisture away from the foot so well, it's amazing.  I linked the name up above to the website.  Go, check their products out, buy stuff, be happy you did.