Friday, March 11, 2011
I am currently on week 15 of a 19 week half marathon training program. I've learned a few things along the way so I thought I'd ramble on about them for a minute. Please keep in mind that I've not quite been running a year yet, so some of these are pretty basic!!
1. I've learned that building miles is more about training the body to take a beating than conditioning. I'd say about 80/20. 80% train for the beating, getting my legs and joints used to the miles and about 20% is conditioning itself. As the miles get longer and longer, it takes me longer to recover. I've decided it is definitely to my benefit to take a supplement to aide with muscle repair!
2. I've learned that I have to eat MORE in order to fuel my body to keep up with me these days! I'm not even cross training on my non-run days due to the recovery process either. Just takes more fuel to keep me going.
3. I've learned that I MUST take time to sit on the floor and stretch every evening!
4. I've learned that I LOVE my new foam roller! If you don't have one, go get one!
5. I've learned that my chiropractor has become a necessity as well. I'm not big on Chiropractors to be honest, however, Dr. Speaks is incredible and takes great care of me! He is going to take my right knee, lower and upper back with rocktape before the HM.
6. I've learned that I can't wait 4 months between massages. My massage therapist spent two hours working knots out of my legs a few weeks ago, sure I felt better, but WOW did it hurt during the process.
7. I've learned that I still have work to do on my core! I need more core strength!
8. I've learned to trust my training schedule! I was pushing past the scheduled miles daily, thus I was wearing myself out. NOT ANY MORE! (well, maybe on Sunday's) I run what's on the schedule and leave it at that, trusting the schedule is tougher than you think!
9. I've learned that it is necessary sometimes to take supplements to help fuel muscles, help fuel recovery, help sharpen focus! Yes, I do take supps that are all tested to have NO banned substances in them.
10. MOST importantly, I've learned to 1. RESPECT THE DISTANCE and 2. RESPECT RUNNERS in general!!
Having said all that, I am resting the next two days as I've just had one of my toughest weeks yet! , as you can see below.
Having said all that, I am STILL learning daily......I'm still a rookie with TONS to learn!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
THANKFULLY the snow and ice are all melted away now!!! As you may know, the Dallas area has had ice and snow, not to mention bitter cold temps this week as we welcomed the Packer and Steeler fans for the big game in Jerry's world!
Due to the greal melt off, I was able to hit the dam today for my longest run to date. I was scheduled for 8, but felt good enough to go a little longer than that. I am a little disappointed with the average pace, but the speed will come, right! I've had to learn to slow down to get the distance up where that needs to be. I have 9 weeks to my first half marathon, I'm thinking I'll be ready to knock that outta the park, I hope anyway!
ANYWAY...here are the stats from today's run
I'll take it anyway!
Friday, February 04, 2011
So it's been BITTERLY COLD in Texas this week, like 20 degree cold! brrrr I'm blaming Jerry and the Jones for bringing all the northerners here, and they brought the cold with them.
We were all ICED in the house on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Thursday we took the kiddos to the sitters house so my wife and I could get to work, we were all a little stir crazy at that point. Thursday night it snowed! WOO HOO....FINALLY Something we can play in!
My girls at play in the snow
And the BIGGEST KID OF THEM ALL AT PLAY, LOL!! I was 'challenged' to make a snow angel, so I did!
I thought this one was funny!!
Isn't that a beautiful snow angel! (and somebody suggested today that I would make snow devil's instead...HA)
Then I cleaned off the drive way, while having a snowball fight with both my girls and the neighbor girl!
I stood there thinking to myself that one year ago, I would have never done any of this!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Hello Spark friends....
CALLING ALL RUNNERS....CYCLISTS....WALKERS
I know we don't like to think about it, but accidents do happen while we are out on the road. Carrying ID is something that I'm trying to do more and more with every pre dawn run I do.
My question to all of you is:
Do you wear any sort of ID bracelet, necklace, or other??
If so, what do you recommend and why?
SO....from EARLY reponders, this is the way to go
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I shouldn't have teased it, but I did, so I'll quickly update everybody.
I had surgery in October to repair a major sports hernia, then I was down until December 3rd not doing any fitness, except walking, which I did the last 2 weeks of my 6 weeks off. This was Dr approved walking I might add. :-)
Well....I've been having some pain/discomfort in that area of surgery since I've started running again. I decided to return to the surgeon, just to be checked out. I was scared to death that I'd already had another blow out so to speak due to the location of the pain!
GOOD NEWS - the Dr. said everything is normal on the side I had surgery. He said that the scar tissue is what I'm feeling and yes, it will hurt when you cough for a while(oh my it hurts). He advised against lift heavy weight, to which I said, OK, not that I lift must anyway. He told me to take aleve or ibuprofen for discomfort and just keep doing what I'm doing.
Yep, I can still run........ whew!!
So there ya have it.........that's the update
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