Friday, November 13, 2015

An altered plan

A day after saying how much I didn't want to have to change my plans, I changed today's plan.  In the books, and in my head, I was planning on a 5 miler and some strides at the end.  However, I knew I was short on time this afternoon so I went out a little too hard to start.  My first mile was in the 6:30 range. This on its self, no big deal.  However, combine it with the fact that I ate lunch only about an hour before running, not good.  I felt like barfing pretty quickly.  I suffered through 3 miles, then bailed.  I simply didn't feel like barfing mid workout today.  

It is well understood in running/training that all workouts will not be the best.  You cannot PR everyday.  Today for sure.  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Great soup recipes from Runner's World @runnersworld @RWfuel

It's heading into that time of the year again.  Cold weather, raw temps, and freezing hands, yuck.  It's also, in my mind, heading into soup season as well.  Soups are a great way to warm up and get some great nutrition with a lot of variety.  You can easily use different lean proteins, veggies, and spices to come up with a lot of different tastes as well as consistencies.  

In this article from Runner's World, there are 5 different soup recipes and at least one has to appeal to everyone.  Each is quite different, but all offer some great tastes and healthy ingredients.  Joanna Sayago Golub, the author, has a lot of great recipes for other nutritional choices here.

Feel free to email or add your own recipes for great soups to the comment section below!

Fitness, not running. Stick to the book!

Day two of the journal complete.  I jumped rope for 30 minutes and finished up with three sets of push ups and three sets of planks.  I haven't jumped rope in a long time so it did feel good to get going.  In retrospect, 30 minutes was a bit much, but i wasn't going to deviate from the plan on only the second day of using the log again.  So far, the motivation is working.  I alternated between jumping with two feet, skipping, running, and hopping on a foot ten times then switching.  Jumping rope is a good workout for the whole body, heart/lungs included.  I know some people are intimidated by the rope, so if you simply want to jump in place with the different patterns or use a line on the ground to jump, that is totally fine.  

I did three sets of push ups and alternated with front and each side planks.  Strength work is not my first love, but I am looking to incorporate bits of it during workouts and just suck it up.  As it goes, my intention is to add a little and see some benefits that will hopefully spur me on a bit.  I do know, like most people, a little progress goes a long way.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

First workout on the new calendar, check, & stopping the Halloween insanity

As I mentioned in the last post, I began to use a written calendar again, starting today.  In periods of mental/physical scatteredness (not sure if that's a word), I sometimes need external factors to reign me in.  Hence, the calendar.  I just took a nice 45 minute walk, around 3 miles, and the first written activity is done.  It's funny how easily one can feel a sense of accomplishment.  Maybe it's just me, but knowing I am off to the right start feels good.

I have recently been dealing with a war on Halloween candy and I guess you can look at it as me winning or losing, depending on how you see it.  The reality is, I have been devouring it at night and washing it down with diet soda, sometimes chasing it with pretzels.  It's to be expected in y world coming off the marathon.  This is one of those cycles I tend to get into.  The good news is that I have realized it quickly and can stop the downward spiral.  I am working on how to share the calendar moving forward.  Monthly, before the week starts, post week or workout, I'm undecided.  I will get back to you.

Moving forward and going back to the basics

Back in January of 2014, I started this blog as a way to keep a record of what I was doing, races, workouts, stuff I like, stuff I don't, etc.  I decided to drop the written "running journal," and pickup the internet version.  I have really enjoyed writing and look forward to continuing and hopefully expanding what I write about.  I have been thinking a lot about how the majority of what I write about are my daily workouts and races, mainly me, me, me.  It's no secret that the blogs and sites that do well, have a lot to do with the reader's needs as well.  Moving forward, this is what I want to focus on more.

On a secondary note, I have also decided to pick up the "running journal" again.  I have a need to lay out my training for a few months in order to really make 2016 successful for me, training and racing wise.  Also, I want to incorporate running, cross training, and variety into my training.  I need a plan for this and the paper lets me see the big picture, at least by month.  Finally, as I am now 10 days out from the marathon, I am totally scattered and need to reel myself back in.  This should do that.  

Sometimes you need to unplug.