Friday, February 6, 2015

02/06/2015 Morning 10 miler, 1.5 hour run

I haven't stretched it out distance wise in awhile.  It was good this morning to stretch out to about the 10 mile distance.  I ran a comfortable pace that I could push harder if need be, and finished in about 1.5 hours.  The good news is that I feel like I could have definitely ran for another 5 miles at least without any real issues.  The fitness is there, I need to add in some speed stuff and get outside on some terrain.  

I am continuing to update the site, and I want to make it a good place to get information, read about some training going on, and learn some things you didn't know about that you can adapt to your workouts/runs.  I have a couple ideas for upcoming posts, including another interview and some help on how to pick a good sneaker.  If you have any questions or need some tips/advice, let me know and I will address specifics on here and get back to you personally.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Great, Free Digital Subscription

I am surprised I haven't mentioned this before, but here you are.  Competitor Magazine online offers a free digital subscription to there magazine that has a lot of articles written by a wide range of experts in various outdoor fields.  Running is often covered, but other sports and workout training as well.  Hey, it's free.  Go and sign up and it will be delivered to your email every month, no strings attached.  Here is the link:




02/05/2015 Changes to the Daily Fitness Journal

There have been a few changes to The Daily Fitness Journal over the last day or so.  First and foremost, I sprung for my own domain!  The web address is no longer 20 characters long with dashes, blogspots, etc.  Here are the easiest ways to check out the blog:

www.thedailyfitnessjournal.com  (new and easy!)

https://www.facebook.com/thedailyfitnessjournal

@dailyfitjournal


Also, I have changed the look, graphics, placement of a couple things.  I'm trying to freshen it up a bit.  I have added a couple simple Amazon ads as well.  I don't want it to be obtrusive, but why not.  Amazon is where it's at.

Finally, I have added a store to the site.  You will find the link tab just above the most recent article on the main page.  I have no illusions of getting rich, but what I was really going for was a way to showcase the products I have and/or talk about.  I will update it once in awhile.  It has books I have read, some of the gear and clothes I wear, as well as the current and older models of the running sneakers I wear.  Check it out if you see something I mention and you want to try it.  I just figured if I am talking about stuff, why not make it easy to find in case people are intrigued.

If any of the changes make the site difficult or cause things to not load, work, link, please let me know.  Also, if you don't like what I have done, let me know.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

02/04/2015 5 miler in the morning

On the loose legs, I ran a nice 5 miler this morning, just before lunch.  I swear, when I walk in the morning, I want to be more productive.  Maybe I'm on to something!  I am still a few months out from the Memorial Day run and I am already nervous.  I have set lofty goals and I am going to hold myself accountable.  

Regardless of that outcome, I think it's important to know your competition.  I, along with most people, have a tendency to look at others to compete against.  There is nothing wrong with that.  However, it is a good idea to look at yourself for competition as well.  I don't think there is anyone better to compete with than your previous self.  What you did last workout, last week, last game or race, whatever.  I believe that if more people compared themselves to their former self rather than others, people would be happier and would stick with running or working out long term.

It may be easier said than done, but think about who you are challenging during your next workout, yourself or some stranger.  Challenging yourself pays dividends.  

02/04/2015 It's not crazy fitness, but a walk helps

A 20 minute walk to start the day always seems to clear my mind and focus me for the rest of the day.  I don't always mention it on here because it isn't necessarily a big workout or run, but I do feel it's a benefit to my mind and body.  I cover a variety of topics in my head during the time and simply walking out the muscles feels good.  I plan upcoming workouts, runs, classes for my students, go over the family schedule, think about how amazing my wife Maura is, etc.  

I encourage you to walk a couple times a week even for just 15-20 minutes.  My only suggestion beyond that is that you walk a little quicker, not a slow pace.  It should look like you have a purpose, or that you are trying to get somewhere.  This increased pace will up the heart rate and loosen the muscles, as well as start your mind in various directions.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

02/03/2015 A second, faster run in the new @mizunorunning sneakers

A second 4 miler is in the books with the new Mizuno Wave Inspire 10's.  I wanted to try a little different run from the first 4 miler but was limited in time and environment.  I decided to up the pace.  Last week, I ran about a 9:00/mile pace and it was comfortable in the new Waves.  Today, I ran a pace between 8:00-8:20/,ile and I am happy to report that everything was still very smooth.

The only piece of information worth noting is that these shoes are a hair bigger than my Asics.  Consequently, I need to make sure I have my Feetures (best socks ever) socks when I run in them so my feet are secure, but not too secure.  Going forward I think the slightly larger shoe may help me substantially when I go on longer runs and maybe my toenails will not take such a beating.  We'll see.