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Having fun while running? No way - can't be done!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Time: 5:00pm
Location: Bailey, Colorado - Burland Subdivision
Timed Distance: 3.0Miles
Time: 30 Minutes
Average Pace: 10 min/mile
Company: Alone
Total Time: 40 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
Weather Condition: Clear, Temperature 45 °F, Feels Like 45 °F, Wind-2.3 mph WNW 29%, Patches Snow and Ice

Elevation: 8,500 ft

I just had a fun run. Being an ancient ex-competetive collegian athlete I tend to think of training as hard work. I hear the old mantra in my head, “go faster - go faster - go faster."

I really wanted to do an easy run today. Against my better judgment , I grabbed my Garmin timer. This timer goads me to run faster than I should. Thankfully, I forgot to charge the timer. The thing ran out of battery right after my warm-up. With no timer to push me, I ran at a comfortable pace for 3 miles. Judging by my home clock, I completed the run in a touch under 30 minutes.

This is the sort of run I wanted to do. I just tooled through the neighborhood enjoying myself. I actually ran better than I thought I did.

I stretched after the run and did my physical therapy exercises. I lifted some easy weights and did some abs exercises. I jumped on my elliptical machine and hit it hard for 10 minutes. I stretched again and called it quits.

Now it is time for a couple of slices of Papa Murphy's Mediterranean De-Light Pizza. Now I have a different mantra in my head, “eat slowly-eat-slowly-eat slowly.”

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MEXIFRO33 1/16/2010 11:57PM

    That run sounded pretty sweet. I had my 1st run on a dreadmill in about 5 years today. Bleh. I'm heading back outside as soon as I'm rested.

I really enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of my neighborhood when I run, especially late at night when it's a little calmer.

Keep up the good work! :)

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Unpopular Immutable Truths

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I weigh about 215 pounds today. My all-time maximum weight was 285 pounds. I have lost 70 pounds. My goal weight is 185 pounds. When I reach my goal weight, I will have lost 100 pounds. My waist size used to be 48”. Today, I can comfortably wear 36" jeans. I can squeeze into 34" jeans. However, a genuine 34" waist is in the not too distant future.

I guess I could be smug about dropping so much weight. Of course, my smugness is tempered by the fact that I gained those 100 pounds in the first place!

I have found there are two unpopular immutable truths about losing weight and getting in shape, these are:

(1) To lose weight you have to be hungry
(2) To get in shape you have to sweat

I don’t wish to be blunt. The truth hurts. There are some people would rather be fat than be hungry and sweaty. These people want magic pills. There are no magic pills. Losing weight is neither pleasant nor easy. That’s just the way it is.

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    I don't mind sweating...love it in fact. But, man, I HATE to be hungry. Its a frame of mind I'm dealing with head-on this week, because you're right. I have a deep-seeded fear of hunger. I need to deal with it. Its not like I don't know where my next meal's coming from!

Well done on your successes! Keep up the great work!

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GBOOMER 1/14/2010 6:25AM

    Ah.... Go ahead and be full out smug. emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 1/14/2010 12:51AM

    Great Blog! So true, at least for me, and SO worth it!

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GSCOTTC 1/13/2010 11:42PM

    In the beginning I agree you 100%. Now that I have lost a few pounds I find that I am not as hungry as I use to be. I acutally do not feel very good if I eat too much. The sweating part I have always enjoyed. A good sweat never hurt anybody.

Take care


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CHARGER25 1/13/2010 10:27PM

    I'm not sure I agree completely with Immutable truth #1.....

I am rarely hungary not that I don't get hungary before a meal. If I get hungary it is usually because I screwed up and didn't plan right, or I am at the mercy of someone else's schedule.

I am right there with ya on #2.....with Spark giving away workout calories like candy you gotta sweat a little extra if you want to see the scale move....

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KARVY09 1/13/2010 10:11PM

    I agree wtih the sweating truth. Not so much with the hungry one. I've lost over 60 pounds, and I can count on one hand the amount of times I've actually been HUNGRY and had used up all my calories for the day.

It's definitely not easy, but the healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be all about deprivation.

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ELYMWX 1/13/2010 8:37PM

    Good blog!

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SAMGERBINE 1/13/2010 8:33PM

    Ditto :)

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CHICLITE 1/13/2010 8:03PM

  That is so true! It is a lot of hardwork even to lose one pound. emoticon

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Long slow distance - What goes up, must come down

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: Bailey, Colorado -- Burland Ranchettes
10K TIME: 59:52
AVERAGE PACE: 11:29 min/mile
TOTAL TIME: 67 minutes (Warm-up, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, Temperature 27.1 °F, Feels Like 38.5 °F, Wind 3.5mph NNW, Humidity 42%, Patches of Snow and Ice


I read in a runner's magazine that LSD (Long Slow Distance) is a great way to train. I also read in the same magazine that a runner should shorten their stride to make running long distance easier and faster.

I am skeptical on both counts.

Firstly, the notion of "long distance" is matter of opinion. I personally find 10K to be a long distance. I know there are people that consider any race under 26.2 miles to be a short distance.

Secondly, I should know better than to mess with a stride that has served me well since I was 14 years old.

I stepped out my door and ran up my driveway. I live where it is hilly. Every direction is up hill both ways. There is precious little flat terrain. So I am either running up hill or running down hill. Of course, there always seems to be more up than down!

I found myself limping along trying to make my feet strike the ground "properly", which is flat footed. My pace was awful! My right knee started to hurt. After running 5K I was not doing well. I reverted back to my ugly natural stride and felt far better. My pace picked up and I finished 10K in just under an hour.

Running this 10K really wore me out! I am going to keep trying to increase my distance. I hope I don't prove to myself that I am a terrible long distance runner.

I need a few days of rest. I am beat!

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    I consider anything over 4 miles to be long distance....so, phooey on them. I'm with you on the natural stride thing. Unless your natural stride is hurting you, I wouldn't mess with it.

I find a shorter stride on long distance works well for me, because it helps me conserve energy. I use my longer stride for sprinting.

Would you listen to me? One 1/2 marathon and I'm talkin' like I've done this for years.....so take it with a grain of salt! emoticon

And, give yourself a break. You're coming off of bronchitis and injury....let the runs be what they will. I don't think your pace is all that bad!

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GBOOMER 1/12/2010 5:33AM

    10k is a long distance to me too, if that's any consolation. I remember when I thought I'd never even be able to run 2 miles because of my knees.

I think you are doing great. If your goal is simply health, then you are already there running-wise.


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Monday, January 11, 2010

I had planned going to go running today. However, I found myself a bit stiff and sore from yesterday’s run. I decided to wimp-out and do some cross training. I also wanted to get in some physical therapy exercises. Here is what I did:

- 40 minute brisk walk with my Beagle
- 40 minutes on elliptical trainer
- 20 minutes of stretching
- 10 minutes of PT exercised with therapy bands to strengthen small leg muscles

I have found that the exercises I hate the most are the very exercises I need to do the most. I dislike stretching. I am not very flexible and find stretching to be uncomfortable. I also hate therapy band exercises. Unfortunately, the therapy band exercises and stretching are what have given me pain free running. Pain free running means I can train more and get faster.

Sometimes I hate doing things that are good for me!

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CHARGER25 1/12/2010 8:55PM

    That is a good workout....I need to start with some variation this month or I am going to get bored to tears....

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DELRIO1 1/12/2010 10:01AM

    Actually, it sounds like cross-training is an excellent idea - gives your body a rest from running for one day, yet continues the workout in other ways. Sounds like you're doing the right thing!

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    I don't think that's wimpin' out. Really...wimping out would have been deciding to never run again...or to forgo the stretching! Good job reading your body...and your mind. You're right...the things I hate to do the most are the ones I need to do...and they're generally HARD.

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JOVANB77 1/11/2010 8:06AM

    Wow you still did a lot even though you didn't run. Thats great! Good for you. So therapy band exercises and stretching give you pain free running? I'm always looking for ways to not feel pain while I run long distances (in my knee). Last year for my marathon training, all I did was run. This year I'm hoping to try and keep up my cross training with my runs so maybe it won't hurt so much running long distances.

Well anyways - keep up the good work!

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That is as fast as I go

Saturday, January 09, 2010

TIME: 4:00pm
LOCATION: Thunderridge HS Track-- Highlands Ranch, Colorado
5K TIME: 27:46:12
AVERAGE PACE: 8:54 min/mile
FASTEST PACE: 5:01 min/mile
SLOWEST PACE: 11:37 min/mile
TOTAL TIME: 90 minutes ( Warm-up, Timed Run, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, Temperature 38.5 °F, Feels Like 38.5 °F, Wind-Calm, Humidity 33%, Patches Snow


I decided to drive down to Denver for a 5K timed run. I normally run in the mountains at 8,500 feet. I wanted to see what I could do at the lower elevation of 6595 feet.

I ran wearing shorts since the temperature was a balmy 38.5 °F. I enjoy running with bare legs. I wore my light fleece pullover on my upper body. I also had new shoes! This was the maiden run for my new Nike Air Pegasus +26 shoes. The shoes felt great.

I felt good. I started off slowly and picked up the pace. My Garmin 305 told me I was running well. I passed the 2.5K mark well under 13 minutes. I was pretty pleased. I just couldn't keep up a sub 8 min/mile pace. I started to slow down.

My pace was erratic. I did a good burst at a 5 minute per mile pace. My slowest pace was 12 minutes per mile. I need to get more consistent.

I managed to run the 5K in just under 28 minutes. I was surprised! I have not been able to run much due to the cold weather. I may push too hard when I can see my pace on the Garmin. I will leave the Garmin at home tomorrow. I want to do a nice long and slow run. That stupid Garmin won’t let me go slowly.


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DELRIO1 1/10/2010 12:02PM

    Sounds like a great day to me. Good run and you learned alot about what you want to do for the next run. Keep up the good work!

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HARRINGTON5 1/9/2010 11:23PM

    I loved your blog. You are a maniac! I don't think I have met anyone else as driven as you. You are really doing super, especially after having to take time off. That is much faster than I run, believe me. I am trying to get ready for a 5K in Feb. (my first of the year) I'm complaining because it is 30 degrees out....and this is Florida for heaven sakes! I'm a sunshine runner, I don't know how you do it! Great job!

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