Saturday, January 28, 2017

01/27/2017 Feature: @OpticNerve_ Sunglass review & giveaway

Mashup, Driftwood
I have gotten a good number of runs in with my new Optic Nerve Desoto sunglasses.  I have been wearing Optic Nerve for a few years and they never let me down.  The prices are great, much better than the $250-$400 I see often for sunglasses recommended for runners and active people.  Also, the company has great customer service and have helped me out in the past with questions and when I have inquired about sizing, or shape compared to my on style needs.
Post 5 miler in my Desoto's

The Desoto sunglasses sent to me by the company are my 4th pair and easily my favorite.  I have loved the three before them, and still wear 2 of the pairs, but the Desoto is my go to when running.  They are shaped well for my face, are the lighted I have gotten, and stay snug to my nose when I run.  I believe the biggest reason for the snug fit on the face, besides picking the right pair, has to do with the Tactile rubber components used for grip on the nose piece and the temple spots on their performance selections.  The rubber is in the right spots and clearly grips well.

I love the fact that every single pair of Optic Nerve sunglasses is made with 100% UV protection.  It's

the most important feature available and, surprisingly, a lot of sunglasses neglect to tell you that they lack that protection.  Your eyes deserve it.  

Some of the other important technology involved in these glasses include the option of Polarized lenses, Photochromatic lenses, and my favorite, Interchangeable lenses.  The ability to change lenses in my Desoto's make it possible to change to a clearer lens on some days and a more dark lens on others.  Also, it is easy to do.
Reactor PM, black

Optic Nerve has a full, extensive line of not only performance sunglasses for all shapes and sizes, but also a large number of leisure, fashion based pairs as well.  

As I mentioned earlier, the company is great with it's customers.  When I contacted them about their product line, they were happy to provide me with a couple of pairs to giveaway to one lucky male and one lucky female in the U.S.  For the men, I have a pair of Reactor PM's, performance sunglasses with description here, in black.  For the women, I have a nice pair of Mashups, description found here, in Driftwood color.

Please enter the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win.  I was given no compensation for this review.  I was sent the pairs of sunglasses for review and giveaway.  Contest ends 2/8

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

01/26/2017 Birthday workout #2, nice 4 miler in my new @asicsrunning Gel Noosa Tri 10's

Second workout of the day, I had to try out my birthday present from Maura.  I got a new pair of Gel Noosa Tri 10's for my daily running shoe.  I like the Gel DS Trainer series, but they are more than I want to shell out.  With good reviews and a $55 price tag, the Noosa was my choice.  

The run, on some seriously tired legs from yesterday's run and this morning's workout, went well.  I kept it at a short 4 miler because of the new kicks and the wear on my body over the past 48 hours.  Surprisingly, I ended up in 31:47, for a pace under 8:00/mile.  I'm good with that.  After a couple more runs in the new shoes, I will post a full review.

01/26/2017 My birthday, workout #1

superman position
Yep, it's my birthday.  Awesome, it's a fun day with all the well wishes.  I do enjoy the day, even though I'm old because my kids give me cards, little gifts, etc.  Maura always makes it a special day whether we have big plans or smaller ones.  

My plans for the day, workout wise, are two fold.  I just finished up my second cross training session this week, as planned.  Also, I am going to get in a 4-5 mile run later.  I just spent 32 minutes on the following set:

5 minutes jump rope then twice through the following--

15 push ups
20 jumping jacks
20 bird dogs (video here)
farmer's walk, 38 lbs each side
1 min. side plank
20 lunges
2, 20 sec. supermans (video here)
7 pull ups
20 squats
30 mtn. climbers

5 minutes jump rope

If you notice, I added a couple new exercises that aren't typically in my routine.  I always like to change it up a bit so I don't get bored.  Also, I specifically chose these exercises to stretch out the body, specifically the core areas.  If you watch the video on the superman exercise, the Dr. actually talks about this a bit, so I was happy to be on the same page as he, even before I watched it.  People are typically tight through the mid section, even if healthy, simply due to daily routines.  The superman, bird dog, and other exercises can help alleviate that tightness.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

01/25/2017 Motivation and following through on a long run

The power of motivation is unmistakeable.  When I am motivated, I get things done.  Even having to switch up a run with another run the next day is simple when I am motivated.  I decided yesterday, because of weather, to switch yesterday and today.  I am really focused right now so it got done, and done well.  I ran 6 miles yesterday strong and today, I just finished up a great effort in a 9 miler.  Here are the stats from todays run:

1:09:34 total time
Avg pace 7:44/mile
Fastest mile 7:00
Avg Cadence 183/min

I could feel the strength in my stride today, even coming off 6 miles yesterday.  Tomorrow, I will do a recovery run of 5 miles and cross train for my second time this week.  Time to go eat.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

01/24/2017 Check in and a flip flop of the schedule

It has been a little while since I checked in on the weight loss front.  I am happy to report that I am just a shade under 12 lbs. lost in exactly the past 21 days.  I am a tidbit under 157 right now and I am feeling pretty good, but I have more work to do.  I have to get under 150, at least.

Today, the weather is crap.  It's mid 30's temps, but it's raining and a little windy.  The storm they were predicting with tons of rain and horrible winds kind of fizzled, but it's still gross.  With tomorrow being forecast as high 40's and sunny, I decided mid run to switch today's run with tomorrow.  Consequently, I ran a strong 6 miler at about 8:12 pace, around 49 and change overall.  Tomorrow, I plan to do a little bit longer run of 8-9 miles, and not suffer the gross rain and cold.

Thursday will be my next HIIT day and I am on track for 4 runs and 2 cross training sessions this week.

Guest Blogger: Matthew Rork and his Disney Challenge...

Here's a post by my buddy, Matt Rork, fellow Coolidge dad, Police Officer, and running enthusiast.  Matt has had the pleasure of running Disney a few times and he graciously offered to share his experiences.  Enjoy!!
Matt & his Thin Blue Line Flag

My running journey is much like any other. As a kid, I grew up running to stay in shape for sports and as an adult, I ran to stay in shape as a police officer and eventual father of 4. When I finished the academy, I was in the best endurance shape of my life and vowed to the OIC that I would complete the NYC Marathon. Well, with added life and all of its experiences, it took a Father's Day present in 2012 to get me to the start line of my first race. And what better place to complete 13.1 miles than in the Happiest Place on Earth. 

The first mistake of what has become my running life was talking to the retired NYPD Officer on the airplane to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in 2013. Or better yet, allowing the kids to listen to his adventures as a Perfect Goofy runner. We came to learn that he had completed every Goofy Challenge, finishing the half marathon and full marathon in the same weekend. Before we landed, the kids were convinced that I should do it the following year. 

Earl Start for Matt & the kids, 5K
After completing my first half marathon a few days later, I decided the kids and our new friends were literally GOOFY! I am pretty sure I vowed that I was done and wasn't going to run anything that long ever again. But as the days, weeks and months passed and I was back to a normal running routine, my thoughts were brought back to the half marathon and possibly the Goofy Challenge. So in April, as I opened the registration page, I discovered not only Goofy but a brand new Dopey Challenge. Only those runners Dopey enough would complete a 5K, a newly introduced 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon all over a 4 day weekend. And so was born my now crazy obsession to remain a perfect Dopey Runner, finishing the first 4 challenges from 2014 through 2017.

No year has been the same, each challenge has been its own experience. We've had travel adventures and weather difficulties, but more importantly, we've always had fun. This year was no different as my 7, 10 and 12 year olds got up their first morning at 4:15 am and finished the 5K with me! The following morning the 10K proved uneventful, however late on Friday, we were informed that because of predicted thunderstorms on Saturday, the Half Marathon was canceled due to safety concerns. The full marathon had its own weather issues, as a marathon in Florida should not be below 30 degrees at start. But no matter the weather, no matter the time, no matter the transportation logistics, my family was at the finish line as I crossed with my Thin Blue Line American flag.

Disney Marathon
There is no experience like completing 4 races in 4 days, where you get to travel through Epcot (4 times), Magic Kingdom (twice), Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Crossing the final finish line and hanging a total of 6 medals around your neck (Pluto 5K, Minnie Mouse 10K, Donald Duck Half, Mickey Mouse Full, Goofy and Dopey) brings a smile to even the most accomplished runner. 
Although it turned into a Grumpy 35.5 miles instead of a Dopey 48.6, the adventure is always worth it. Mornings starting at 3 am for transportation to the start, followed by hours in the parks after the races makes 5 days in Disney fly by. So although I always feel like I need a vacation after our runcation, rest assured that I have my alarm set for 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour and 10 minutes prior to the opening of registration for Dopey 2018. And as my wife and I sit with 2 computers, 2 phones and an iPad trying to beat the quick sellout, we know that many more adventures await for our family.

Monday, January 23, 2017

01/23/2017 Monday HIIT workout

Today, I am a little crunched for time, but I have a couple smaller blocks of time available.  I was able to sneak a 30 minute HIIT workout in and I am on target for my projected week of 4 runs and two cross training workouts.  In a 30 minute period, here is what I went through"

5 minutes of jump rope

3X the following:

Air squats
30 Russian twists, w/ 12 lb. med ball
Max Pull ups
30 inch Box jumps, 10
1 min. Plank (front, then left, then right)
Push ups, 15

9 minutes of jump rope to finish

The only rest was a couple seconds to get to the next exercise and about 20-30 seconds betweens the sets.

I am going to try and get in a run later of 30-45 minutes as well.