HIGHNRG13's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIGHNRG13 HIGHNRG13's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Destination Achieved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890677 So I get off of work and I'm doing the Superman thing. Rip off the work clothes in the bathroom and change into the running clothes (boy did I feel out of place walking out.) First run home from the new job. It was supposed to be in the mid 50s, so I was excited about just getting outside on a half day of work. It felt a little cool, but I had no idea it was only about 42 degrees. Nonetheless there I was in shorts and a tank ready to go. The run took a longer than I thought it was going... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:50:45 EST DON'T BELIEVE ME JUST WATCH!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880187 Man I got that lyric just RINGIN' in my ears! That right there is going to be my motto for the year. It's not a message to anyone else. It's a message to myself. That's ALL motivation for me. I feel strong, fast, capable, and just overall athletic. I'm doing things I haven't done in years, and SOME of the things I've NEVER done EVER! IT'S AWESOME! I have no race plans at this point now, but I'm looking forward to the spring. Running, walking, or biking to work and wherever else. The... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:13:08 EST Ahhhhhhh the polar run returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878479 Two below zero, one mile run COMPLETE! That's what I have been missing from my workouts the past couple of months. I just wanted to scratch that itch. I've been doing some intense leg training at the gym between a certain machine and treadmill, and I wanted to see how it affected my running. It brought my form into an even stronger and better posture. I felt my front leg lift increase a little bit and my back kicks REALLY extend and lift. It was only a mile, but it was a test run, and l... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:10:08 EST Just figuring things out and moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876466 So it's I'm starting week #3 of the new job. Sundays are an off day for me, so I got in a little workout in the new gym. Like usual I started with some time in the sauna and steam rooms. I was thinking about how frustrating it is to go into a new job and just struggle to get to that point where you can do anything that gets thrown at you. Working with cranky customers in customer service is frustrating enough, but attempting to do that with learning on the fly is a BIG multiplier. I tho... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:03:11 EST WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN CAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874186 So leave it to me to start a new job and look for the part about how Im getting to work as positives for working there. Much like my last job, this job is close to home. Actually at four miles, it's a half mile closer than the other place was. The cool thing is that in between home and there are two running paths I frequent. So there's options. I thought about them when I was getting ready to leave the gym tonight. Oh another perk was being like a ten minute drive right out of work to t... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:49:51 EST So...........I put the shoe on the other foot and.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873463 So yesterday I turned the tables on my fellow gym rat. I'm the one who takes the lead in the workouts. I don't choose to; it's just that I've been lifting a lot longer that the guy I work out with and I have A LOT of different things to choose from to do. I usually start thinking about either a starting point or a loose workout in the steam room and just run with it. I started to do that last night, but then I stopped. I decided that I was going to have him decide what we were going to d... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:56:34 EST aaaaaaaaaaand...................THERE HE GOES AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872174 So I got this short story here. I have pretty much refused to run outside from the first of the year in or on any conditions that might be somewhat uncomfortable or dangerous. EVERY once in a while I get the urge just to go on a run. So the urge came today getting out of the Target store with my wife. She's sitting in the truck while I walked the shopping cart over to the parking lot cart garage (what the hell do you call those things anyway?) All of a sudden I get this idea to run a cou... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:00:12 EST It said...........OPEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871581 So I got into the new gym location I've been waiting on to open. I thought it would be GREAT, but ehhhhhhhhh it was just alright. A little smaller than I thought, steam room not working (disappointing for me being my first stop when I go to the gym and this being the first week it was open,) the chemical smell of all the new floor coatings and machines, and just felt cramped. So all that made it "ok." The new place DID however have all the toys I like to play with that I have only seen at... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 01:01:29 EST Let's just see were this goes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866262 So I saw this race medal holder that said "Celebrate finish lines not finish times." I thought that was kind of cool It provoked some pretty quick thoughts that just made me wanted to blog on here. This kinda says something to me as I am transitioning from a goal for time runner to a (I don't know what you call it) free runner. I'm just looking to run where and when I want for however long. I've talked about this in some of my recent blogs, but this got the excitement going again I have... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:00:15 EST All about the drive!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863306 So I had already done a short run yestererday morining, but I met up with my gym rat student at midnight when he got off of work to hit the new gym I went to a week prior. Got there at one and hit the Woodway Curve treadmill I've been chirping all about. He ran a mile, and then I ran a mile. OMG! I can run a half marathon, but a mile on this thing kicked my a$$ along with his. It was smooth to run on, but man I had to really work my core just to keep it moving! A TORTUROUS SUCCESS!!!!! ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:29:34 EST Pure enjoyment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862438 Got up this morning. I was hungry and knew my wife and I were going out for a restaurant breakfast. I remember the idea I threw around about trying to run to breakfast every week or just to get in a run. Snow on the ground was what I saw as I looked out of the window. "Nah, forget it. I don't HAVE to do anything. I'm not suffering through bad weather anymore if I don't have to." I said. Got up and went outside with the dog, and I realized that it was maybe around an inch. I mentally ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:35:01 EST New toys, stuff, and things in different places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861766 2 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:12:20 EST SEQUEL IN THE WORKS????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857562 I drove past the airport for the first time since I got back from Vegas. Man, that really did something to me tonight. It brought a lot of things back into my mind from the trip. Just a very independant adventure. Sure I went out there to see a friend I grew up with, but the other reason was to run the Rock n Roll Half Marathon out there. Just the thought of walking to my terminal to catch my plane out, to walking through a virtually vacant Las Vegas terminal to meet my friend, being alo... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:04:57 EST I WENT OUTSIDE TO PLAY TODAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856529 So I get out on the run all excited. I'm thinking "Alright, let's see what this body can do now!" Two blocks away I turn the corner, and that little story changes 180 degrees. 40 degrees, about 10 in the morning, but over 20 mile an hour winds just killed all that. I thought "I don't just NOT want to run long distances, I don't want to run ANY distances anymore." I'm thinking about how far I have to run to just turn direction, and it feels like it's 5 miles away. The it all hit me. I DO... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:43:05 EST OH WHATEVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856158 So for someone who said he was taking time off from running, I'm apparently not doing that well. I went to the Skechers outlet to by a pair of shoes. The plan was to just get something simple to walk in...............AND I COME OUT WITH NOT ONE BUT TWO PAIRS OF RUNNING SHOES AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! So now I have a worn out pair of Ultras for the gym (for the cardio machines,) a slightly worn pair of Ultras from some of the training runs and the half marathon I did (so pretty much new,) this new pa... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 01:14:31 EST A different kind of year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851871 Eleven days into this running hiatus, and I just feel differently now. With not a single goal in mind, I'm feeling good with taking a break from the runs. My struggle is just determining when I'm actually going to get out there next for a run, but I'm being picky. No running on snow, ice, or in crazy cold temperatures. Just want to enjoy the time I do my thing. I want it to be kind of like my time at the gym. Something that I just do. I have wrapped my mind around doing something worko... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:35:17 EST I played shadow today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849152 So I just got back from the gym, and this was a really good experience for me. I got to work out with someone who already does their workout thing at the gym. For me, it was nice to have the tables turned and be shown some new stuff and be critiqued along the way. I don't get that opportunity very often. It's cool just to watch and learn from someone and to struggle with something new you are doing (YES I DID.) I felt like I was being challenged. I was challenged by the exercise, and by... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 03:20:16 EST Yeah............I'M NUTS!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847193 So we've had temperatures touching below zero in the last day and more in the days to come. I haven't done a run since New Years Eve. At first I was happy to take time off, and I was REALLY happy not to run in the cold weather and snow like yesterday and today. But man I get these wild hairs. Last year I was driven by everyday. Actually I was thinking tonight. I began questioning what drove me more or even when it drove me. Was it running everyday? Then again, maybe I was actually driv... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:54:08 EST SIDE B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845176 Yeah, I know. I'm on a little bit of a blogging tear here. The video blogs are uncomfortable for me, but that fades a way with doing more of them. I actually want to do more to see if it can possibly help me communicate a little better during job interviews (maybe it seems weird, but not the sole reason of course.) So the blogs are going to change here and there. Another thing that's changing are the workouts I'm doing. For the last few weeks, I've been lifting on a new format for power... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:17:59 EST OUTSIDE OF THE BOX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844910 Yeah, this looks a little odd with the darkness, but I just had something to put out there again, and I'm trying to get used to the video thing a little bit anyway. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:09:29 EST Into 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844798 First vidio blog! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:48:06 EST The challenging finale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842350 Go figure. Last run of the year, and it turns out to be THE MOST challenging run probably of this year and ranks up there with some of the other ones I now remember struggling through years before. I had my total mileage for the year in front of me, I mapped the route out, and I was ready to (honestly) just get it DONE WITH! It's been a long year, and I looked forward to getting beyond this point. It's been in incredible year (and I'll throw up a year blog very soon.) Minutes before I wa... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:29:36 EST And the rambling on and on just keeps going on and on............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841181 I sit here on this 9 degree morning waiting for the temps to warm up. I sit here waiting for the time when I decide to put on the shoes and go. Everyday there's a decision to go. Once I'm out there, it really all goes automatic, and then the decision on when and where the run needs to stop needs to be made. That's how many of the runs have been this year, especially within the last week. After yesterday, I'm now resigned to the fact that the final mileage number for the year won't be pre... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:36:19 EST THIS MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE BLOG SO FAR!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839598 So with things winding down to 5 runs left towards the end of the year, I'm less than 1.5 miles away from hitting another goal. I want to hit the 3.33 average per day mark for the year, and I'll hit that easily with a 2 mile run tonight along with whatever I run beyond that in the days to come. This brings up interesting numbers. Where am I going to wind up? How significant is that final mileage number? Goal-wise it really doesn't mean much. I mean after tonight, or even beyond the litt... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:05:16 EST The animalistic zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837762 Here's something I noticed today. When I get back from a big run, I am a really stubborn and unforgiving person. I look at things very black or white (no gray area.) I think it's because I get into this aggressive frame of mind that is set on driving until I achieve my desired result or goal. So returning from like a run that lasts an hour and a half or two hours, that kind of attitude is hard to shake off. Today was the second time in the past couple months that I locked horns with some... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:47:35 EST 1,200 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837625 Well that's out of the way! Yeah, that was kind of the the reasoning behind the half marathon distance run today. The weather was warm today (for here) at almost 50 degrees. So I got out early (against my religion) and figured that I'd knock out some miles to get closer to the 1200 mark (I had like 12 to go.) Ehhhhhhhhhh. Daytime, sunlight, and boredom made me NOT want to do a lot of miles once I got out there. I ran to the first path and just kept running. I'd get to a point where I c... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:16:42 EST No map, no destination, no idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835829 So I lay in bed this morning thinking about the coming new year. Most people seek out New Year's resolutions. I honestly did that one year. That was 11 years ago when I got serious about my weight and health issues. It was the ONLY New Year's resolution I kept. Honestly, I don't need a New Year's resolution to make a change. Change starts when you decide to embark upon it. I think that motivation actually can lose it's thunder and importance if you wait until a certain day to make thos... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:28:46 EST 20 DAYS AND 20 RUNS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831714 That's it. That's all there is left. Countdown to New Years and a countdown (or rundown as I look at it) to the 1200 mile mark. I got aboooout............55 miles to go. Tonight I did things a little backwards to give myself that extra kick in the a$$. I planned my route, logged my miles, and then did my run. The REALLY messed up thing is that it also prevented me from running longer than I originally planned. It's strange to admit, but I didn't want to get back on the running website ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:26:43 EST CONTENDER or pretender...................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831159 So I'm on another little running streak here (hence another blog streak as well) as I went out on another decent run tonight. Just like last night, I just grabbed the wife's mp3 (because mine is BROKEN along with the radio bought this year) and I just took off with sports radio in my ears. I just use it really for a little background noise and distraction sometimes. All I know is that it does the trick. Occasionally something does get noticed by that little acorn object between my ears an... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:55:02 EST JUST RUN WITH IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830592 Finally got out for a sort of decent run tonight. I've had a really crappy week of runs with a suspect case of food poisoning and a little bit of not wanting to deal with some of the weather elements (rain or freezing ground.) I've been getting up the last couple of days (out of bed and then off of a chair after sitting for a while) and one of my knees feels sore or stiff too. Strange because when I was running all those miles this year I didn't feel that kind of stuff. Well I should know... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:29:30 EST Gear shifted...............goal TARGETED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827282 MAN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK IN THE GYM ON A DIFFERENT FORMAT! For a long time now I've been doing high rep sets, toning muscle, cutting weight, and leaning out. Now I'm back to short sets, HEAVY weight, and just bouncing from exercise to exercise. IT'S AWESOME! What I'm finding is that I really haven't lost as much strength as I thought I did. I just forgot how I got to lifting the heavier weights with the lower repped sets. I'm not burning myself out so early on, and it's more aggress... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:52:59 EST Just taking things in stride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825943 This is just a short add on to my blog earlier today. I did go on that run I described earlier. It's just really about throwing everything together for the run and getting out there. A lot of my blogs say the same thing as "just get out there." Once I did that and I set my metronome, a just ran and kept the pace. I felt ok, a little uncomfortable with being bundled up, but it was manageable. At this point, that's what it's going to be til the end of the year. Just get out there everyda... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:56:37 EST Don't ask me.......I don't even know where I'm going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825772 So being 2 weeks removed from the half marathon, I'm left feeling very unmotivated and somewhat directionless. It's the final month of the year, and I'm excited just to finish out the final weeks and days of continuous running. The 1200 mile mark is just dangling out there, and as I get closer to it, I want to scratch that itch a little bit more. I like rounded numbers. Even at the gym, I usually base my sets off of reps by 10s or 100s. It's a little bit more difficult now than it was la... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:39:23 EST A return to the trails and the "hmmmmmmmm" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821381 So it's kind of cool. With no training for a race, I can pretty much run anything I want distance or speed-wise. The only commitment I have is to run everyday til the end of the year. I have that soft goal of 1200 miles out there for the year, and I'm like 98 miles away from locking that up too. I think that kind of pushed me to stretch a 3 mile run today into almost a 5 mile run. I just wanted to get back on the trails. It's been a while because towards the end of the training, I kept ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:57:32 EST And when you train like a crazy person....................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820234 So Sunday was the half, and I NAILED the 2 hour mark by about 5 minutes. I ran into a few potentially disastrous things that came up, and almost had to back out of the race at the starting line and a couple miles into the half. Fortunately I was able to overcome all of them and finish what I had set out to do. I pulled out all the stops to get the job done. Made me proud of the training to not only continue on to finish the race, but to come away with a time goal achieved. I attribute ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:16:08 EST It's starting to feel POLAR again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815873 So temps are now in the 20s in the morning and at night. This morning's run was a frigid mile. Tonight I had my Ghosts on and a jacket already from getting coffee so I just threw on the neoprene mask and left. Back to that run where things are kind of blurry. I can't wear glasses with the mask because they fog up so that takes a little getting used to. It was actually nice running in the old Ghosts tonight, even though they are pretty much worn out. I honestly felt a lot better than th... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:50:19 EST A completely breed of animal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814570 So there's no more runs above a mile before the half on Sunday. Three one mile runs a day just to see if I can increase that natural pace. The first run was quick enough to knock 15 seconds off my last speed run. The second run I notched up the metronome a few beats, and I came around where I was the other day. After that I was like "Man I don't want to do this three times a day." I got out there the third time tonight and think I figured out how to attack it. I just need to keep increa... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:24:33 EST Smooth...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813654 So coming out of breakfast this morning, I was a little behind my wife because I paid the bill. She was at the truck already, so I did a little jog across the parking lot. I was VERY happy to notice my natural form just with that short stretch of strides. Had a nice immediate forward lean, great mid foot strikes, and a good stride length Just felt very put together. I've been running in the Hokas I got last week. Now these are not my favorite shoes (especially on long runs) because they... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:25:01 EST READY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812754 So I'm down to a week before me trip, and 9 days before the Vegas half. I had a few days since my last post where the weather was on the warmer side for November, and I put together some decent runs. I got another new pair of Hoka shoes in the mail yesterday, and they are an updated version of the original ones I got (they feel like a heavier and more bulky version of the Skechers.) I did a mile in them just under the 8 minute mark, and today I did about five miles just over an 8 minute pa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:04:12 EST YOU'LL HAVE TO KILL ME TO STOP ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808967 That's how I'm feeling right now. I really thought I was down and out of the two remaining challenges I have towards the end of the year. It's frustrating and scary to be faced with the possibility of bowing out of something that's been worked on all year. I've rolled ankles, I've fallen on my hip, and I've hit the ground with one of my shoulders. Each time, I've bounced back. The rolled ankles took work, the hip took time, and the hamstrings took some different strategy. I felt REALLY ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 22:31:54 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808450 So with the temperatures in the 30s and vicious winds to go with them I just got out for a speed run, and I put off a mid range run for sometime tomorrow. First one since the hamstring strains. I started out just as I did the first time around with a song between 7 and 8 minutes long. I was able to crank the speed up right away. I felt a little discomfort in the worse of the two hamstrings, but I made it all the way through. I missed beating the end of the song by about 8 seconds, but I ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:51:13 EST Just give it a shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807884 I felt a little more comfident about the knee today. Didn't really feel that much tendon snapping, and i only iced it in the morning. I let the run linger on later and later (as usual) and finally just before midnight I had enough. I threw on the running kicks and headphones and just figured I'd see what I can do. Wound up with almost 3.5 miles. I could have run it straight through I think, but I stopped a couple times just to do an assessment of the knee and hamstrings. Knee was perfec... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:09:46 EST NOT CHANGING COURSE......................yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806642 So I'm still hobbling around today with sore hamstrings. They are a liiiiiiiittle better, but I still have this snapping sensation behind the left knee. Yeah, I'm starting to freak out a little more now being it now Tuesday, but at least I notice some progress (unless it's just an optimistic mindtrick.) Made it to the gym for heat again, and I noticed that when I walk without shoes the snapping does not occur. "AHAAAAAAAAA" I said to myself when I realized this. So I abandoned the street... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:19:32 EST JUST KEEP GOING!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805386 Well I guess this REALLY mixes things up for me with my runs. Just as I expected, I felt the aftereffects (SEVERE SORENESS) of the yard work yesterday and pulling off that mile run last night. I heated up my hamstrings for a few hours on and off with the heating pad and gutted out a mile for the daily run. It was slow. Like 12 minutes slow. Big difference when a few days ago I was in the 7 and a half minute mile range. It's all good though. I'm just looking for that rebound run in the ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:07:11 EST STRANGEST RUN EVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804829 This was just one of those runs where the result did not matter, because it was just the fact that I finished. So it's late, and I'm staring at the maps on the screen trying to figure out a fast 3 mile route. I took so much time to do it, that I said "Screw it, I'll nail a speed mile!" I was a bit disappointed, because I wanted to try to run 3 miles everyday. SO I CHANGE THE GAME heading out. Grab the MP3 and look for a song between 7 and 8 minutes. I find it, and I'm ALL CHARGED UP thi... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:47:00 EST Now I got chased by a guy on a bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803719 Well it's nice to know that I'm not the only CRAZY PERSON on the bike trail after midnight. Yeah I broke one of my "new" training rules tonight just two days in and went for a night run. Well, I stretched another "new" rule too as I ran sliiiightly beyond the 3 mile maximum also. Actually I have the run options all figured out, and I will definitely will keep it under 4 miles. Yeah, so I run up to the trail, pass a guy walking his dog, and in the distance I see a blur on a bike that turns... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:45:58 EST IT DIDN'T COME EASY TONIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802534 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Going into today, I really felt the wear from the runs the past couple of days. I had less than 4 miles left on my 1000 mile challenge that I kicked off the first of the year, and I wanted to hit that mark tonight. On last night's run I felt some wear and discomfort in my right leg in the hip area, so I went to the gym and worked on that before the run (steamroom, sauna, light lifting/resistance to stretch everything out.) I stared at the computer screen countless ti... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:32:25 EST 996.23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801879 Less than 4 miles left to crack that 1000 mile mark for the year. TOMORROW IS THE DAY FOR SURE! I had almost 12 miles left today, and I chewed up as many miles as I could so I can SHATTER this thing tomorrow. I had to drag myself out for this one, but I just stretched it further and further. I ran the route strategically at each turn making sure this run wasn't going to dull me out, even though towards the end it pretty much WORE ME OUT. I'm ready to put this challenge to bed and turn th... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:11:56 EST I got chased by a woman on a bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801029 True. I did, but that was the plan. My wife finally after months got out on the bike with me and went on my run today. I grabbed my metronome, aired up her tires, and off we went. It's a constant grind from start to finish when she goes with me. I just turned on the metronome and took off keeping the same pace until it was all over seven plus miles later. It worked out perfectly today. It pushed me for a pace just 7 seconds over 8 minutes per mile. I'm trying like hell to get under th... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:49:49 EST Yeah. I get it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799570 So last night I meet up with someone I've been working out with at the gym and a friend of his. One guy came to play basketball, the other showed up to lift with me again. While we are lifting, his buddy keeps coming by us asking "Are you guys done yet?" Yeah, somebody was a little impatient. We did eventually wrap it up and play some ball though. Flip to today and I run into my new trainee at the restaurant where he works. We of course are talking about last night, and he goes off on ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:31:51 EST