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/ Balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012871 It's just an awesome feeling right now. I decided to stop trying to engage myself with getting back to the high mileage runs and just go with things. Go off of feel. Simple as that. I've dialed into a routine with the gym, and I run when I want whether it be a mile, six, or whatever. The only thing I have on the radar is the Hot Chocolate Run next month. Tomorrow I intend on running 6 miles to breakfast as a test. If I feel like it, I will run it. If I don't feel like it, I wont. The... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:30:55 EST Ah...........HA!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003578 I think I'm onto something here. Now that I have a pretty good drive to work, I leave early enough to allow for things that might come up (accidents, traffic, clowns on the road, whatever.) In doing so, I've been arriving early enough to get into the gym before work. While there hasn't been enough time to get a good workout in, I got the chance to get in the steam room, shower, and get a quick set in. I'm back to having a more physical job again, so this I guess kinda gets ready for it. ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:03:25 EST Mission to continue on........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001103 I'm fighting the lack of drive still. I'm still getting out there, I'm still running, and I'm still getting in the gym. It's just a struggle. A struggle to stay engaged, a struggle to run out what I plan out, and a struggle to get around some of the wear and tear at the gym. I'm NOT quiting, I'm not giving up, and I'm not caving in. This is part of the process. This is where you keep chipping away at the wall in front of you to break through. And in breaking through, you build strength... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 23:20:14 EST Treading water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995740 I would have not thought this last year, but this year has been a challenge to stay engaged. Everything has really fallen off. I can see it in everything I'm doing. It drives me crazy. I had a big job change this year, and it's what I've been thinking that touched all of this off. I've been playing things by ear pretty much, and the result is that I've been getting the days in the running shoes and at the gym down one or two times a week. Big contrast from everyday last year. My durabi... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:15:53 EST ACCESS DENIED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975594 I quit with this half marathon race this year. I had the race all picked out after MONTHS of brain storming, and everything fell through related to where I was going to run it. With that and the distractions between the jobs (the one I don't like and the one I might be moving on to) I'm just TOTALLY out of sinc. I haven't been to the gym in a few weeks, but that's good as it's promoted a slow healing to a couple issues I've been having. The latest idea is to try to run or bike every night... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:01:52 EST Searching for the CONSTANT FIRE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966843 Mentally frustrated. Unfocused. Basically unmotivated. HARDLY DEFEATED though. This is just such a drastic difference from last year. From not having clear goals, to dealing with injuries, and the complete change in the workouts and their frequency there has just been no chance to lock in. Somehow through the eating focus on protein and the little activity I have done, I've managed to wear the same clothes from last hear and still carry 15 extra pounds. So something right is still goin... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:33:49 EST What you see.......WHAT YOU WANT???????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964048 So my wife texts me as to how she thinks it's amazing what she saw yesterday at the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Chicago seeing the runners. Eeeeeeh........I don't know. Maybe it's a matter of perspective. For a former smoker, someone who was overweight, for someone that was asthmatic, and someone who never run I'm just not left with the same feeling. I got to the point I needed to be at to be able to run a half marathon by putting in the time and effort. I don't think it's different wit... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:07:16 EST IT WAS COOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963369 So today was the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Chicago, and my wife and I went down to see some of it. We didn't make it to see the actual beginning of the race, but we did see the lead runners around the 6 mile point and then at the finish line too. Actually when we got to the starting line, we did see a few of the final waves getting started as well. I thought it was really neat seeing the different runners. We also saw the 10K finishers too who were running along the half marathon finis... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:15:24 EST Drove home to run away from home to burn carbs so I could eat carbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962465 Rib muscle injury.......so what. Temperatures in the 90s...........so what. Just give me a dry window and I'll run. I got out of work at 5pm, and AGAIN...........dark skies loomed overhead. By the time I got home and put my running shoes on it was raining. I stood there waiting to go under the big overhang of my garage and swore that the rain was taunting me. It appeared that it was raining on only half of my house. Finally I got tired of being messed with and just took off. Then the ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:22:46 EST Continuing on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961495 I have turned a blind eye to my rib injury and put together a few decent runs. With that it seems to accelerated the healing process. I just cant stay down in fear I might not get back up. So I figure my issues out. Mental strength leads to physical mending and ability. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:32:19 EST STILL FIGHTING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959804 So I'm still fighting this intercostal muscle thing. I did some light lifting at the gym the other night and tried stretching things out a little to see if I could loosen the muscles up a little, but I think I ended up aggravating things a little instead. So now I'm applying ice, after experimenting with heat too. So I'm kinda trying to keep things going, but stay out of the "intense" zone I like to be in. Speaking of which, I did get a little in that zone tonight though. I've been doing... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:48:57 EST Out of commission or out of your mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957216 So last Thursday a freak injury occurred at the gym. During one of my lifts I felt a pop in my ribcage on my right side. It instantly made me stop what I was doing. It was not the first time I did this exercise, and the weight wasn't really that heavy. Just curls with an easy bar on a preacher bench. That doesn't mean something can't go wrong though no matter how routine or harmless something you do may seem to be. So five days later, I still have about the same pain as when it this occ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:04:18 EST Reasons don't matter as long as the results are good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952403 I don't have a clue as to why my running times are getting faster. I'm not complaining, but still I search for the understanding in it just to satisfy my curiosity. The weather absolutely sucks this year. It rains just about everyday. Days where it's sunny, it seems to cloud up when I get off of work, and the the sky opens up. So I've only been running 2-3 days a week. Still, I'm very happy with my run times. I had a wild hair this morning and went on a 3.5 mile run before work, which ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:29:06 EST If I can run there, I KNOW I CAN RUN BACK!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946415 I swear there has got to be some kind of chemical change that occurs when I go out on a run sometimes. I got out of a VERY bad half day at work, and after lounging around the house, I had a protein bar (which obligated me to go out and run) and headed out for my run. I felt flat, unmotivated, and just uninspired. I questioned why I was still putting on the running shoes still, if I had peaked with my running last year and headed on the way down, and just questioned my overall abilities. A... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:59:11 EST The animal is lurking around and stretching his legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941415 I'm getting closer and closer to locking the focus into another half marathon. The weather is getting warmer, and the runs are changing. Certain traits of the runner I was last year are coming back now. Last night I went out alone and just kept stretching out a run. Much like many of the runs last year, I waited and waited , and finally just headed out not planning on doing too much. I would get to a turnaround point and would just keep going, and I would then change the course with a di... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:07:29 EST NUMBER ONE???????????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934847 Well it looks like if I am to do another half marathon this year, it's going to be in North Carolina. I was opposed to doing another day race, and thought country-like scenery was not interesting enough for me. In talking with my uncle though, the possibility came up for me to come out there again to bring a relative home for good. I started looking at races out of curiosity out there again, and there was a race close to where I would be at that looked interesting winding through wooded ar... Tue, 26 May 2015 23:04:00 EST STILL alive and starting to KICK again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929856 So now the weather is getting into the warm and sticky area. It's the weather I thrive in. I REALLY backed off on my running since the first of the year, and right now I'm just starting to get that "on a roll" feeling. I had the idea of running everyday to get back into the groove, but changed my mind with the muscle soreness. I can run through it like last year, but I'm still in the process of building muscle and not training for a race (yet?????) I was VERY driven last year, but I lost... Sun, 17 May 2015 22:24:43 EST 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