Monday, August 24, 2015

08/24/2015 Taking advantage of time at the field

Tonight, my daughter Megan had soccer practice at the turf complex that was newly constructed.  It's a good chance for the other two to practice on their own and burn some energy dribbling, shooting, etc. on their own.  I also thought it would be a good chance for them to run a little to build some fitness since my daughter Emma is now ramping up soccer as well.  Connor just likes to run too.  
We did a few laps around the fields and I was able to run 2 miles with my daughter and it was nice.  She may do the town 5K with me in October.  Connor ran a couple laps, mixing in sprinting, choreographed falls, and gazelle like bounding.  I ran a couple extra laps after Emma stopped and ended up getting in a little more than 2.5 miles.  

The best part, besides running with the kids, was that after they were done at the 2 mile mark, my legs were fresh and I ran the last .6 or so nice and fast.  My legs felt great and the turf was nice to run on.  I'm sure all the other people there were like, "What's with this dude?"  However, I don't care. :)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

08/23/2015 A less than fun welcome back to running

Today, I got out for my first run in the last couple weeks.  After breaking my rib on July 6th, I have only run a handful of times.  I now have about 8 weeks to get ready for the NYC Marathon, so I better get my ass moving!

The run this afternoon started off nice and I was enjoying myself.  I did start off a little fast, probably because I was motivated to be back out there.  As a nice welcome back to running, I caught my left big toe square on a curb and fell.  It was my first fall during a run in a long time.  I cannot even remember the last time.  I was able to guide my fall onto grass so it wasn't a big deal.  However, the toe smashing into the curb that began the whole fall sucked.  I have a nice blood blister right in front and the whole thing is sore.  I don't think its more than some bruising though.

Now that I am back from vacation and fully motivated, I am ready to really get after my nutrition, running, and cross training.  Over my vacation, I read a great, quick book called: Unbreakable Runner, by T.J. Murphy and Brian MacKenzie.  It's a great book that goes into a foundation towards debunking the whole theory of needing to log tons of miles to race successfully.  It is about combining important running, good nutrition, running mechanics, and Crossfit like workouts to achieve better results and health than 50-100 mile weeks.

I like a lot of the stuff in the book and will definitely take a bunch from it.  I am going to start adding a good foam roller routine and more reoccurring body weight work.  Form drills as well as a focus on nutrition will be a part of the weekly plan as well.  

I am looking at the next few months as a great lead into next spring.  I plan to take less time off in the winter than ever before.  Also, I am going to make a big effort to control the nutrition long term.  In the next week, I plan to review my racing year so far and to play out a strong, structured nutritional plan.