Monday, October 24, 2011
It's been a busy time in our family, but I hope to blog about my Ragnar experience before too much time passes. Hopefully I will have some time to get it written up tomorrow. Crossing my fingers...
Well, off to PT.
How's that for probably my shortest blog, ever. Nice.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I need to write this quick because I need to leave in 15 minutes...
This is it!
Tomorrow is Ragnar Las Vegas!
We meet at 4:30am and start at 8am.
I picked up one of our rental vans, today. I have most of my stuff on my bed and ready to be packed.
In 15 minutes I am running home to change and then headed to dinner with our team before we all go get some sleep before we have to wake up dark and early tomorrow morning (well, at least those of us in Van 1 have to be up early. Van 2 doesn't have to be on the course until around 1pm!)
I run legs 3, 15, and 27. They are 5.3 miles, 5.4 miles, and 5.8 miles.
The weather has cooled off some, but not that much. It will be in the 80's during the day and around 60 at night. I was expecting it to cool off more than that, so I will unpack some of my cold weather gear.
I think my Achilles is feeling better. Not 100%, but still better and less of an issue to worry about.
Anyway, it's almost go time and I'm excited!
We'll see how well I manage to do updates during the race... if i don't, then that's going to be one massive race report!
Whew! That's a lot of exclamation marks. And I think I finished in time. Gotta run! ;)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I just read this article and while I can kind of see why he's doing it... I still find myself asking "Why?!"
Read the article for yourself and see what you think. Is it really necessary for him to do this in order to gain an understanding of what his clients are going through? Is it just a publicity stunt to drum up business in a down economy? On a more personal level, is he risking his own life by purposefully making himself unhealthy?
Anyway, here is the link. Check it out.
"Why a personal trainer is making himself obese… on purpose"
Monday, October 17, 2011
It's Race Week! Our starting time for Ragnar Las Vegas is 8am on Friday. I'm excited!
Of course, as usual, this race comes with its own set of challenges and last minute worries.
For the past 3 weeks I've upped my training to get my body ready to run 17 miles in 3 segments over 24 hours. My training included running 3 times over 24 hours on Wed-Thurs of two consecutive weeks (5 miles/3 miles/3 miles the first week then 5/3/5 the second week), and then dropping out the extra 3 mile run last week as I started a one week taper.
This week, I am only doing the 3 miles I ran this morning. I was planning to run 4 miles today and 2 miles on Wed, but I'm pretty sure I'm starting to get an over-use/sudden training increase injury and I want to be as healthy as possible for Ragnar.
From August thru the end of September I had switched up from running 4 days a week to only running 3 days a week. Then, the middle/end of September, I had missed my long run on consecutive weekends. So, when I jumped back in to running 5 times over 4 days a week for two weeks in a row, my body wasn't very happy about it.
Until last week, I was sure I had got in my training without incident and was very happy about that. Sure, I was a little extra sore every Thursday and Friday from doing 3 runs in 2 days, but nothing more than just a little extra soreness - and my times were faster than I had been which was awesome.
However, this past week when I dropped the extra run, the Achilles on my right foot decided it was time to complain. It was either Wednesday or Thursday of last week that I noticed the back of my ankle being tender when I tied my shoes and started running, but it seemed like it was just back of my shoe rubbing on the back of my ankle.
Well, I figured out pretty quickly that was not the real cause because instead of having the spot where it "rubbed" getting worse as I ran, it loosened up and would go away after a mile or two. That told me that it was not my shoe rubbing, but instead was tendon soreness.
I contemplated not even running at all this morning (which probably would've been the best idea), but I was already awake at 5am and wasn't going to waste the time. At least I had some sense and decided to run just 3 miles instead of 4 or 5.
So, today I'm massaging and stretching it and will ice it as much as I can. I've sworn off running for the rest of this week until race day on Friday. I know that's not really enough time to heal whatever issue I've developed, but hopefully I've stopped soon enough that it will be okay for the race and then I can rest it for a couple weeks after.
I can't wait for the race. It should be a lot of fun! It will be a new experience for sure. And regardless of what happens, it will at least be a cool story to tell.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I had a big blog topic I was going to post, but then I got busy with work and lunch... and now I'm just not feeling the energy in the topic, anymore.
I learned this weekend that a lot of exercising does not automatically give me the opportunity for a completely free day of eating.
On Saturday, I was going to be helping another couple move from her dad's house to their new house. I still wanted to get in my run for the day, and then it turned out that they weren't going to pick up the u-haul until later and didn't need me until 10am. Score!
So, I started my 8 miles at shortly after 7am. I had just enough time after I got back to shower and eat a quick bowl of cereal before heading over to help our friends move.
We started at 10am, but they weren't completely packed in boxes and were taking apart their furniture (e.g. the bed frame) while we were packing, so it was going slower than expected. We finally finished packing the u-haul at a little after 1pm.
The trouble was, they only got a 17-footer instead of the 24-footer. They also had a full 10x10 (or 10x15?) storage unit that also had to be moved (with some going to their new house and some going back to her dad's house... and our first loud from the house had already packed the truck to the gills.
So, skipping through the details... including lunch and the trips to storage, back to the house, then to the new house again, we didn't finish until a little after 8pm. Over 10 hours of moving!
Now, I would have been fine, except I stopped along one of the trips at 7-11 to pick up some chapstick... and then also grabbed a two-serving bag of Peanut Butter M&M's and a liter bottle of Squirt. They provided lunch and then took everyone out to dinner at Island's.
From the tracking I've done, I've already calculated almost 4,300 calories consumed, and that doesn't include the one drink I had with dinner (which I will have to guesstimate). So, I probably topped out at around 4,500 calories.
My usual calorie range is around 2,200. Add in the 1,000 burned from my 8 mile run and that gives me 3,200. I don't think I burned 1,300 from all the moving, regardless of how many hours it took. But, hey, even if I was 500 over, that's not THAT horrible.
So, can I include 9 hours of moving into my fitness calculator? That would add a LOT of fitness minutes!
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