Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12/07/2016 Wednesday walks, looking for a race

Well, I was in a bit of a rush this morning and ran out of the house without a jacket or my gear bag.  Consequently, no gear equals no run at lunch.  To keep from being idle today, I am going to do some 10-15 minute walks throughout the day and keep moving as much as possible.  Also, I am going to do some sets of push ups here and there.  Building up motivation keeps mind mind going so I want to capitalize on it.  

Moving forward, I am focused on finding a race now.  I am leaning towards the half marathon distance as I am beginning to think that might be my sweet spot.  Translating my speed over that distance has been doable in the past and I think I can really get my time lower than my PR (1:34 even) if I train hard and pick a flatter race.  The race I've done twice, Franklin Lakes Scenic Half Marathon, is great, but definitely hilly.  I want to go sub 1:25 for a half.

If anyone has any suggestions that aren't too far away, send them to me in the comments sections, on social media, or email.  Nothing too soon either, at least March.  The West Point Half is a possible, if they ever update the site.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

12/06/2016 First run since the training cycle begins

12/06/2016 Sweet, new shades from @OpticNerve_

Check out my new sunglasses from my favorite company, Optic Nerve.  These Desoto glasses in matte black look great.  I will wear them for a week or so and do a few runs in them before I post my review.  However, my first look is awesome and I will tell you that they come with multiple, interchangeable pairs of lenses.  I love them.  Optic Nerve was also generous enough to provide me with a couple pair to give away to a couple lucky followers( one man and one woman).  More details on the sunglasses and the giveaway soon!

Optic Nerve Desoto, matte black

Monday, December 5, 2016

12/05/2016 Need a quick 30 minute workout? Here it is!

Slowly, the motivation is coming back.  Today, I was motivated to workout, but not in the cold.  Tomorrow, I will suck it up and run outside.  F.  However, for today, I decided to jog 10 minutes as a warm up and then do 2 times through the following exercises.  On a side note, the 10 minute jog did feel great.  I felt rested, smooth, and free of nagging aches/pains.  I guess that it's a sign to get out there and use these strong legs.  Here is the circuit:
Front Plank

25 Jumping jacks
25 Push ups
1 min. Wall sit
1 min. Plank ( 1st set I did a left, then a right side plank, second set I did front plank)
2 min. Farmer's walk
25 Crunches
25 Push ups
25 Box jumps

At the end, it worked out to be just about 30 minutes total.  I didn't rest between exercises, but I took 30 seconds between the 2 sets to catch a breath and sip my water.  

Guest Blogger, Jeremy Basis and the Wheat Belly, @WilliamDavisMD

Here's a quick story, but a strong one from my friend Jeremy.  You may remember him from a blog post a couple years back when he ran the 2014 NYC Marathon and did a guest race report.  Here he is again, sharing an interesting take on nutrition and his own attempts to be comfortable with his weight.  Enjoy!

My Journey To Find My True Self:

My journey to find my true self has been a long and bumpy one. Like many people who struggle with weight fluctuations I never had any problems losing weight. The tough part for me was always keeping it off. I have gone through multiple body transformations in the past 20 years but this one feels different. I was always an athlete as a kid and into my adult years but it becomes harder to keep up when you're carrying extra weight. Another damper on my adult athletics was that I was diagnosed with gout about 6 years ago. Those that have gout will tell you that most days you feel fine and don't even know it's there, but when you're in an attack it's a nightmare. 

In April 2012, I got married and during my engagement, I had set out once again to lose weight and look my best for the wedding. That was when I found running races and extreme races like mud runs. I was hooked right away. I loved the rush of running and completing them and you had to train hard to even compete them so it forced me to train. I signed up for one every month. I enjoyed it so much that I continued them even after the wedding. I was at a decent weight at that time but when I would get on a scale I would still be puzzled that it didn't seem like the work that I was putting in was equating to losing pounds on the scale. 

A bunch of friends and I went out to Vegas in spring of 2014 to run a Tough Mudder and the unthinkable happened. I got a gout attack the day before the race and I had to sit it out. I was devastated. Someone who is an athlete and trains for events but also has gout never knows if the gout will flare up at the time of the event and anybody with gout knows that there is no toughing it out through an attack. You can barely walk. When I got back to LA I went to the doctor and he prescribed me a daily pill to help keep my uric acid levels down and I started taking that every day. For the next 2 plus years I didn't have one bad day with gout. Over that time my wife and I had a baby boy in December of 2015. Those with kids will tell you that it's pretty easy to let yourself go when you have a newborn. I did. 

Skip to the beginning of summer 2016 and I went in to the doctor for a routine checkup. He asked how the gout was doing and I was happy to report that since I got on the daily pill after the Vegas debacle I had no issues. He did mention that I could stand to lose a few pounds which is something I already knew. Two days after I had that appointment I had a gout attack. It was at this point that I told myself that I needed to take hold of my situation and find my true self. 

I started doing some reading online to see if there was something I could do differently and I came across an article that talked about gout patients and how they should stay away from wheat because it's better to deal with gout when you aren't carrying extra weight. After some more reading, I came across a book called, "Wheat Belly," by William Davis. I rushed to Barnes and Noble and picked it up. It struck a chord with me because in the beginning of the book the author talks about how his wife is into extreme races just like I was and when he goes to support her he noticed that a large number of the people competing are overweight. Here are people training and burning tons of calories and they are overweight. The reason that he derived is that these people are all eating wheat to carb load and eating tons of it because they feel they are doing so much training.  This was what I did during my training as well. I always felt that I should be able to eat what I want because I was working out like a madman. 

I read the book at the end of June and decided to eliminate wheat starting the beginning of July. 5 months later I dropped 30 pounds and feel great!  I am under 200 lbs. for the first time since college. I don't think I could've done this without the book because it framed it in a way that made sense to me. It illustrated what kind of poison today's wheat is and why we shouldn't be eating it.  That was enough to get me through the really difficult first few weeks of not eating something that has been such a prominent part of my diet for my entire life. I highly recommend giving this book a read. Especially if you're someone who just cannot seem to lose weight or keep weight off. It'll change your life and lead you to your true self!!