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Long Time No Blog - Training Update

Friday, August 16, 2013

So, it's been a while.


At least my training is much more regular than my blogging! (although, looking back at my calendar, that could be debatable...)

So, I got my training runs back up to 2.5 miles a week before the 4th of July when my daughter got sick and I got sick and I had an ear infection and my eardrum ruptured. Then I took an extended weekend to work as a driver on a local fire after the 4th of July.

Finally, after nearly 3 weeks off, I was able to get some sleep and get back into my training.

And the best part? I was able to jump back in to running 2.5 miles with no problem.

Flash forward to this Sunday which was the first 5 mile run of my training program. Today was my second 5 mile run. I'm nowhere near the speed I had in my past half marathons, but that's to be expected when I take a year off to focus on other things.

My last half was the end of June of 2013. It was the Running With the Devil at Lake Mead (50k, marathon, half, 10k, 5k). If you follow my blog (which I totally understand if you don't), you might remember that my back went out 2 weeks before that race and I ended up still managing to complete it as a run-walk.

Well, this year's version I was not in shape for and didn't sign up for, but it ended up being the weekend where we had 2 weeks of record heat here in Las Vegas and even though the race is designed for extreme heat, the NPS got nervous with the forecasts and pulled the permits for the race and they were unable to hold the event at all. With all the difficulties they've had this year and past year, the race organizers decided they would reschedule this year's race to the end of the summer and run one final version and call it "Sympathy for the Devil" and likely stop holding it at all in the future.

I wasn't going to be ready for a half in September, but it was great timing for a 10k, so I signed up to do the "Sympathy for the Devil" 10k.

I'm not enjoying being out of shape and essentially having to start my half marathon training program from scratch. I definitely am not in the shape I had been for my past races. But, I'm looking at this as a building block to future goals and milestones. My wife is encouraging me to finally train to do a full marathon sometime next year. And then after that, it's time to start figuring out how get started with training for an Ironman. And with all my excitement over watching ON2VICTORY's awesome 70.3, I'm even more inspired than ever!

That's all exciting and all well and good, but I can't get too far ahead of myself. Right now it's time to train for this half.

August is the month that I really got rededicated to training. My wife and I joined a DietBet started by our friend and trainer and manager of our local gym. We have from Aug 1 to 31 to lose 4% of our body weight. All this half marathon training is really doing the trick and it's also got me back to using the SparkTracker to get my nutrition back in order. Yesterday, I hit 182 pounds for the first time since the first of September of last year! I can't believe I haven't been under 182 for almost 12 months! Once the DietBet is over I'll be back to a normal BMI and back in maintenance mode which is where I need to be for optimal half marathon training.

The only possible hitch I can see, right now, is that when I drove on the fire, the very beginning of the second day, as I went to get into the giant flat bed truck I was driving, I whacked my right knee on the handle by the side of the door. I can still feel soreness and tenderness in my knee despite the passage of almost a month and a half. That plus running on some newly paved and slightly banked streets and gutters and sidewalks around my neighborhood have made my right leg and knee sore and tight. Time to get out the foam roller a get those kinks worked out. I've been doing to religious icing of my knee for the past few days and I thinks it's helping, but I really need the foam roller to get the rest of my leg loosened back up. As long as I can manage that, and get some semi-regular strength training in to keep my back in check, Lord willing, I should be able to get through my training and have a great race and be ready to move on from there.

And that's where I stand, today.

Thank you, Robert, for your inspiration! I haven't been this energized in over a year! You are a stud.
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