Wednesday, August 6, 2014

08/06/2014 Afternoon 4.2 mile run

It was about 90 degrees today and 4.2 miles in the sun drained me pretty good.  I ran a comfortable pace of about 7:56/mile so I finished up about 33:30 for the run.  It wasn't that it was difficult, but I definitely was dehydrated during/after.  I tend to run on the low side for hydration as is it.  I have a real disdain for water in general.  I just don't understand how people like drinking water.  There is literally no taste.  I know, I know, add some lemon, or lime, etc.  I'm too lazy.

Anyway, the run went well and I was thinking during my run that I need to start utilizing my new, homemade foam roller.  I have tried it, but haven't started incorporating it into the daily ritual yet.  I have heard from many people that it is awesome.

I should explain that instead of buying a $40-$50 dollar foam roller, I went homemade style because I was told by a couple people that it was cheaper and actually better than a store bought roller.  My 4 inch diameter PVC pipe cost me $5 in a 24 inch length.  I then covered it in basic duct tape to keep it from being slippery.  Total cost about $8, nice!  I was told to go this route becaue of the price and also because the harder the roller, the better the stretch.  Finally, store bought rollers tend to get softer over time.  However, I am pretty sure my PVC isn't going to get softer.  

I will post a picture with some more links to exercises.  Here is are great link from Competitor Magazine for 3 awesome exercises with the roller.  Good luck!

Monday, August 4, 2014

08/04/2014 PM Bike workout

Tonight, I felt like getting in a workout.  I hit the stationary bike for a 30 minute high speed spin.  As always, I used no tension and kept it to high speed the whole time.  If you haven't read any of my posts about the bike or simply forget, I keep the tension completely off because it can be hard on the knees.  Also, high speed spin has shown to clear lactate and other toxins from muscles.

It is time to start getting back into running/fitness now that I have had a little break.  I am looking forward to doing some beach running and some runs by the ocean in Cape Cod soon.  A change of scenery sounds great and I am going to look to log some serious miles over the next 2 months.  

Now that I am past the Running with the Devil, I am looking forward to stretching some long runs.  I have not been past about 12.5 miles (besides the race) in a run in awhile.  Sometimes, simply running 15 or 16 miles, no matter the pace, just does wonders for your confidence and your fitness.

08/04/2014 A little time off never hurt anyone!

Well, it's been a bit of a vacation for me from running, etc. for the last couple weeks.  I simply felt like a break.  I am comfortable in the fact that I will not wilt from taking a little time off and I know my body appreciates it as well.  Following my last event, I needed some time away to recharge, rest, and do a little reflecting.  

I am not sure what I want from my racing these days.  I am still figuring it out.  In the last year, I have run up and down a mountain over and over.  I have done some 5K's.  I have done a half marathon.  I have done a full marathon.  I have also contemplated a 50K.  I honestly enjoying racing any and all distance.  However, it can be difficult to train with such a wide variety in mind.  

I am currently trying to decide on my racing schedule (tentative) for the upcoming year.  As a teacher, by year, I mean September 2014 through June 2015.  The only absolutes right now are a marathon somewhere and the Ridgewood Run 2015.  

Over the next week or so, I am going to look online for some interesting choices (choices that fit in the family schedule as well!) and set up a schedule of sorts.  I'll keep you posted.