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/ 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 A month and a day out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798889 So I finally did something I've been meaning to do for a while, and that is to take a close look at the course for the half marathon. I was thinking that I was going to have to devote some real time to this, but this after a closer look one word comes to mind...........CAKEWALK!!!! Yeah, I mean the course is very scenic with the radical lighting and building designs from the maps and the videos I saw. The really cool thing is that the Casinos are so close together that it's pretty easy to ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:14:25 EST Half marathon shoes................check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797534 Ok. So............HERE WE GO! The new shoes. Yeah, of course I get the new shoes for the half marathon next month on my feet, and I discover that it's raining when I went outside. BACK IN THE BOX THEY WENT! I wanted to keep them out of the rain and off of the rocks of the trail so they would wear just right and be ready for the running surface I'm going to be on (so I spilled milk on them when I was done with the run when I let the dog out as funny as that is.) ANYWAY! These shoes were... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:13:52 EST Game plan.....................GAME CHANGER!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796984 5 weeks to go up to the Vegas half. Realistically, it's 4 weeks of preparation left. The last week probably wont produce anything with an impact. That being said, it's time to break out the new kicks, lace them up, and get some dirt on the treads. With this comes a second daily run that will be aimed at the the warmest part of the day at the fastest speed or pace possible. A one mile run to shake things up and attempt to make the internal pace clock tick a little faster. The nice thing ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:36:52 EST Into tomorrow we go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794590 So I knock out my daily run early yesterday, because it's gym night, and I just don't feel like running at midnight again. I get to the gym, and it's one of those rare visits that I know exactly what my workout is going to be. Knock out the weights and head downstairs for something a little different. Now I'm not a cardio machine person, even though I dedicated a year or two in the basement to a contraption years ago when I got health conscious. I just needed something different to put my... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:06:27 EST FIRED BACK WITH A VENGEANCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793117 So with the cold weather the past couple of nights, I put in the minimum mile speed runs. This is the rough time of the year with the seasonal asthma when it gets cold, so I was cautiously fighting the effects as such. Back to back runs like that leave me feeling VERY off. Off like a switch position that is. So I enter today, temps a little warmer in the low 50s, and just had to get out there and put something together somehow even though I HATE running during the day. I had a tough time... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:03:35 EST HERE WE GO AGAIN.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792041 A mile run at a 43 degree temperature. Came back in decent time, but I was short on breath. It took me literally 20 minutes to get it back. I forget what that "bear hug" feeling is like when the cold weather first arrives and I try to breath when I run. I get used to it during the runs, but it's REALLY fatiguing. So if I get used to this now, Vegas should feel like a good reprieve and I'll probably feel unchained, unrestrained, and free when I run out there. I honestly don't know if I'm... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 02:19:40 EST TURN THE LIGHTS OFF!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791436 So I drag myself out during the daylight hours (starting to thing I'm a vampire runner) and it's the usual thing. Not feeling the run, don't think I'll make it even a half mile, and just can't escape the thought that I HATE running during the day. So I get to the first running path, I start getting loose and in form, and I'm stretching the run to almost seven and a half miles. While running between the first and second path, it dawns on me why I prefer to run at night apposed do during the... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 00:27:21 EST It's not THAT bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789458 Sometimes there are runs that I do that suit my comfort level. It's not very often, but it happens. Tonight was a good example. Of course it was getting late (but that's been around the "normal" time) that I've been going, but it was also really windy and raining. Runs like this always feel like i'm dogging it or being lazy. It mixes things up to my benefit though I think. It gives me a time to recover a little easier, especially when I've been putting out a series of decent runs. The ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:03:42 EST Just beyond my fingertips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788148 50 days left before the half marathon, and I FINALLY put together over a 13 mile run today. I have mixed feelings about today's run, but overall it's positive. The downside is that I'm still not under the two hour mark, but I'm off by only a minute or two which doesn't leave that goal out of reach at all. I had sports radio going in the earphones, and I felt that the pace was pretty right on. As usual I didn't want to get the run started, but I shook that off around the two mile mark. Fa... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:18:37 EST Beep...Beep...Beep...Beep...Beep...BEEP... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784441 So last night's run proved that I still had the stamina for the long runs. With my hips being a little tired, I just felt like changing things up a little bit. I ran at a pretty good pace last night, so I figured I would give ANOTHER shot to attempting to increasing it. I came out marginally better, but it's always the same result. I can't lengthen my stride long enough at 5 strides a minute faster to come away with a significant difference. Still, I actually felt more of my legs doing th... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:24:59 EST Yeah.......................right.................THERE!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783760 Tonight was a statement run. Over nine in a half miles tonight at the pace I've been working at all year. I'm there. I just put on talk radio for some background noise and locked into my pace. And it's in temperatures that are probably going to be very similar to Vegas when I go. While it's shorter than the half marathon, coming off of tonight's run was more sweaty than tiring. I also put in just over 35 miles for the week, so my runs have really picked up, even considering that most of... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:36:19 EST Mentally there but haven't done that....................yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782319 So I'm on a REALLY late run last night (or morning depending on how one looks at things,) and I'm just thinking of how proud I am to be out there. It's the dedication. I don't know where it came from in the everyday running, but it's amazing. I only can equate it to getting up and going to work everyday. It's just something I do. Unless I physically can't do it (which might require my heart to actually stop) I show up. I was thinking about all the people who don't have the follow throug... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:18:01 EST NA na na na na na...............not so fast now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780291 So yesterday we went to a BBQ at a friend's whose fiancee recently had stomach altering (I cant remember what type so I phrase it as such) and has of course had success with it. It sparked a topic of conversation between my wife and I on the ride home. She said a lot of what I had been thinking in my path to a conclusion on this. This person basically is forced now to make the changes she had the option to do on her own before. That just sums it all up. That's where my wife and I agreed.... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:41:32 EST ERRATIC BEHAVIOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779611 Answered back STRONG last night with a 6 plus mile run last night. After I posted that blog late last night I threw on a sweatshirt, jogging pants, a face mask, and off I went. It's becoming the normal now just to get out with a short run or route in mind and turn it into something more substantial. It's nerve racking and aggravating to go through that kind of mindset before my run last night. It's very defensive, and that's NOT me. I got psyched out basically. Fear set in about not bei... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:43:11 EST I SHALL OVERCOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779423 MAN IT'S 43 DEGREES OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!!! IN THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER! Yeah I'm screaming about the temps. The same guy that blogged about running 6 miles in 13 below zero temperatures earlier this year. When I got started on this everyday running thing, I knew this would be the roughest part to get through. It's typically my season to struggle when the weather starts changing to colder weather until my lungs adapt to it. I was on such a good roll, that I forgot about all of this. All wee... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:21:12 EST So what's REALLY going on here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776233 Ok. Let me paint a picture. Runny nose all day (allergies?) and body was aching (from the gym?) I'll use any thing but the explanation instead of me saying "I'm sick" if you can't tell. I'm sitting on the couch tonight with sweat pants and a fall jacket in a 76 degree house (broken thermostat maybe?) So it's run time. Aim for three. Tracks closed again, and man I'm not in the right frame of mind to play Ferdinand Magellan. Leave the house and get a half a block down and my body does n... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:44:30 EST It's got to be the shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775536 I spent the day on the couch in front of three football games today. Halfway through the third game, my life just drained out of me and I started to drift in and out of consciousness. I woke up enough to finish the last game, and........................still had to do my run. Dragged myself off the couch, grabbed my shoes, put them on...............THEN BANG I WAS ALIVE AGAIN! Went out and ran 4 miles. Now I ran into something similar yesterday too. Had that lifeless feeling watching a ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 01:18:15 EST 10 WEEKS AND A YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775306 So today is kind of a strange day. I'm exactly 10 weeks out from the Vegas half or 70 days away. My weight is just about there, my speed is just about there, and I'm re-adding some upper body mass again. Things are gong according to plan, other than the fact that I have to REALLY start cranking up the runs past the ten mile mark (still running everyday, still lacking focus, still running late at night.) I look great, and I feel great. I'm ready, and I think more than I was last year. T... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:06:13 EST Yeah, I still don't get it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773288 It's the morning after another stretched out late night run, and I'm just can't figure out what posses a person (like myself) to run further and further. I used to sit here in front of the computer screen and figure out a route that was going to achieve the mileage I wanted to do that day. That's easy, and it's not what I'm talking about. I still do that on runs typically past six miles, but I'm talking about here the ones that just require a starting point. I set out to knock out a short... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:11:32 EST Click........click...........click............click.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771972 So it was another late night again. I left the house feeling lazy. I felt like just doing a mile, but knew at least 3 was on the menu. I didn't feel like running that far from the house, so I brought my manual counter with and ran laps around the block. Ran a couple laps, and the thought process starts going. "If I do this many, then then there's only this many left. And........" Blah blah blah blah blaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! At some point I remembered doing these same laps in the winter time.... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:35:06 EST Feel like I came out of retirement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769616 I was stunned to realize today that it's been since the middle of the month that I ran more than what I did today. Feels weird knowing that. I'm still running everyday, but not much over the four mile mark. I know it's the disruption in my life caused by not working. I've been so focused on getting to the things I put off doing around the house and changing utility services and plans that by the time I get out it's around midnight. It's nice to get out when there's nobody around, but tha... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:07:51 EST ANOTHER hurdle AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762538 Man, this running everyday thing is challenging sometimes (especially when combined with half marathon training runs and trying to hit the 1000 mark before you get to that point as well.) The 1000 mile challenge for the year has turned into the 10 month mark actually since things are cruising along quicker now. It's the things that challenge the mind I think more than the body. I mean I've had a long, cold, and snowy winter to overcome, and now I have this construction obstacle. See I liv... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:42:17 EST This is my Dr. Feelgood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758701 For me, every run is a test. In reality it's a whole battery of tests. A test to see if I can pull off a run no matter what I'm experiencing. A challenge to complete the distance I set out to do. A speed test to see if I'm picking up the pace. A test of one's discipline to maintain a certain form or posture. A test of creativity to come up with a new route. A test of spontaneity to change a route on the fly. A test of drive in lengthening a run to make sure a certain mileage is re... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:14:43 EST VERY CLOSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756087 I'm still experimenting with the new shoes with a certain manufacturer. Went the route of a lighter weight shoe (similar to what I've been running in for the past 2 months,) and I've gotten burned with the last two choices. The latest test run left my midfoot extremely tender after a 6 mile run, and so much that I didn't break into full stride and toe off tonight. So now I will be going back to a heavier shoe again with more cushioning when they arrive next week. If anything, they will at... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:23:21 EST I'M NOT SMASHING THE PICASSO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752028 I was talking to a co worker whose house I stopped by today, and was telling him about my evening the prior night. How I had had a little bit too much to drink, but still managed to pull off a minimal mile run. Astonished he asked "Why did you run?" I thought for a second and explained it this way. Say you were working hard on a project in your garage for the last 8 months, and all of a sudden you grabbed a hammer and just smashed it into pieces. How would you feel? With that, he under... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 02:52:53 EST Loosening up a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748600 So for the past week or so, I've kinda of backed off a little bit on the runs distance-wise. I think there were a few reasons for this and some benefits from it too. First of all, I needed to shake off some of the burn out I was feeling from that phenomenal of running for me. Running everyday alone has the potential to do that, so change is good (even if it's toning something down a little.) The other thing is that my wife comes on most of my runs with me, and I have to be careful so she ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:10:13 EST GEEEEEEET OUT NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742178 Thinking back on last night today I was wondering why I left so late for my run last night. I was staring at a computer screen for over an hour trying to figure out a 6 mile run that wouldn't seem as long (and it's a challenge to do late at night with some of the trails having dark spots.) Finally, I got so tired and irritated that I just got up and left. I just figured out the run on the fly. I spent more time trying to map out the run than I did actually running it. Yeah I'm one of tho... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:17:22 EST SHATTERED GLASS EVERYWHERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741781 It's crazy how I'm racking up weekly mileage. It wasn't that long ago that I broke the 30 mile mark, shortly after that 40, and looks like tomorrow I will break through the 50 mile mark for the week. Glass ceilings, that's what these all are. I don't really see myself hitting the 50 mark again, but I felt that way about 40 miles as well. I just felt this week everytime I got out there to go for the 6 mile mark, and if it happened it happened. Yeah well most runs were at night, and the we... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:31:33 EST Sometimes that number just shows up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738275 It was a pretty good run day already. Went out to a bike path I've known since grade school with my wife and did 9.3 miles. Great path. All asphalt lots of turns and minor ups and downs kept it interesting and moving quick. Hours later, yeah the gears start turning once again thinking I have more left in the tank. Yup, going to have to put a smaller run up later. Laced up the shoes for the second time, and off I went. I had second thoughts after only a couple of blocks as my knees felt... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:53:40 EST Through a little speed into the run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734998 Coming off of an EXPLOSIVE run on Saturday followed up by two runs I struggled through after that, I needed to mix it up a little with a different ingredient. So I laced up the running shoes a little tighter and started out at FULL THROTTLE. This was a speed run with some gear shifting. I came back with a 3.1 mile run in 25 minutes (not too shabby for me, but still slower than the effort I put in.) It kills me because it's like I couldn't possible have run faster, but I come away with a t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:38:35 EST Diary of a Madman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733019 Just an amazing run last night. I had already put in over 30 miles for the week (a newer mark for me,) and I didn't have to really do any certain mileage. My wife got sick at work earlier in the day, so she bombed out of my run, and I was left just feeling kinda obligated (?) to toughing out 3 miles (anything less now makes me feel lazy like when I put in the minimal mile.) Around 11 o'clock I decided just to get out there and get it done. And so the mental process began. Run past the fi... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:34:33 EST Running suuuuuucks??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732253 Usually I don't put up two blogs in the same day, but I encountered something else I need to speak on here. I went out with my wife today when she ran her first mile ever. It wasn't easy for her to do, but she went out and gave it a shot and did it. She came away saying that running sucks. Well for some people that may be true. I'm actually one of those people who feels the same way, but I respect it for what it does and those who run as well. I mean I get out there, and it's always a c... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:31:05 EST From pace to pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732114 Noticed something on my run yesterday. Three people running together passed my wife and I, turned back a few minutes later, and returned to pass us. They weren't pacing that much faster than us, so I matched paces with them. About a minute later, I realized that even though I had stepped up the pace to run past them, I was starting to over run the new pace, so I went around them and continued on. It brought to mind last September's half marathon. I think I pretty much did the same thing.... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 19:27:06 EST Screw it.................I'LL BUY BOTH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723677 So the Hokas are going back for a warranty (not a 100% sure on the outcome which could take weeks.) My Brooks Ghosts are starting to wear and there's no second option (unless I run down the street like a cave man (ummmmmmmmmmmmmm......................NO!) So it was time to check out the Go Run series Skechers. Had my eyes on the Ultra (with the thicker soles/maximilist style.) Felt very much like the Hokas, but VERY snug and conforming around the toebox area. LIGHTER TOUGH. Moved onto t... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:47:07 EST A little less pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722763 This week has been a physical grind for me. My quest to run 1000 miles this year was hampered by a long cold winter. Fortunately, I was able to still contribute to it with my daily runs. With being within about 10 or 15 miles this week of the actual daily pace to hit that end of the year mark, I was motivated to put together some longer runs, rather than stick to the runs I had previously laid out for my training. Within the last 7 days I ran like 34 miles (if I remember and added that ri... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:17:34 EST Just thoughts "running" through my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713797 I've run everyday this year for a challenge. I run a certain amount of miles on a given day to get ready for my next half marathon. All that running will determine whether or not I hit a thousand miles or not. Leave the end of the year thing out of it. Scratch the thousand miles. Cross out the word everyday. I'm still left with a half marathon. I do all this running...........TO DO ONE 13 MILE RUN!!!!!!!!!! Makes one thing there's something wrong with the equation and the result. It'... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:47:47 EST IMPACT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711704 Today I had another one of those runs where things just turn around. I was having sluggish runs all week, and of course that gets frustrating REALLY quick. I mean, I've been just cranking out the miles, but they have just felt tiring the majority of the runs. Still, I look at each completed run and am glad I am choosing to exceed the miles I planned to run on a given day. Typically I have runs that are 1, 2, or 3 miles in between my two longer runs. I just feel now like if I'm going to ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 23:49:04 EST Uh....................Oh.................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708032 So I did some reading on the Vegas Half in November. Man it's cool to read that, other than New Years, this is the only other time that the strip is shut down for something. That was one of the good things I read. There were some concerning things that I read as well. I had a little insight from a friend of mine that lives out there who's sister ran the race last year, so when people described the parts of the race through the slum neighborhoods off the strip, I wasn't surprised. Never w... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:01:51 EST The run that stands for something.........BUT DOESN'T COUNT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707063 Ok. So in an effort to keep my wife with me on my runs, I switched my mid week long run to today (planned 6 miles.) For the last couple of weeks, I've had to listen to this childish co worker who is now on a running kick (along with other various physical routines.) Just a little insight here so nobody things I'm dogging his efforts, this kid should be called Flash. That's about how long his new inspirations last for, but of course he's preaching a different tune each time. I have to giv... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:36:29 EST 13 point NONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703668 So yesterday was a bomb in my eyes. It was the last day of the month, and that is when I run 13 miles as part of the half marathon training I came up with. I was supposed to run three mile intervals, but I felt the run was going so well that I didn't stop until the turnaround point. That's where everything just fell apart. I walked around for a few minutes and then headed back. I felt fatigued, hot, and just............OFF! Completely different than how I was up to that point. With abo... Mon, 26 May 2014 16:27:44 EST STILL LEARNING AS I GO............just some "foot" notes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692343 So in my recent runs, I think I've become comfortable with the way I'm running incline and decline surfaces. I've read people stating to both lean into and then not lean into the angle and pitch of the road. It's something that I've just struggled to wrap my mind around to where I can both run and understand the right approach to it. Here's what I have found that works for me and why. If I attempt to lean at the same angle as the road, I (in theory) am also taking that angle out of the su... Sun, 11 May 2014 01:02:38 EST EEEEEEEEEEEEEYOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690823 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73475425.jpg"> <BR> FINALLY.................A TEMPERATURE IN THE HIGH 80's TO RUN IN. Oh man. I'm sitting at my desk working, monitoring the temperature outside, and I swear I thought it was an illusion. A dream too good to be true. The kind of weather you peel off layers rather than add layers. Today was my 6 mile run day too. I was just waiting, like yesterday, for the temperature to drop like a rock, the sky to start opening up, or... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:24:31 EST Short changed reaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690179 JUST PLAIN PIST! I got screwed out of an 80 degree temperature run. I ran all winter for a day like this. A day that I could just run however i wanted, and just go at it FULL THROTTLE and be just plain tired instead of winded because it wasn't cold. NOPE! Oh it was 80 about an hour and a half before I got off of work, and then IT DROPPED LIKE A ROCK!!!!!!!! I was so frustrated. So I waited for my wife to come home from work to go on a run with her riding next to me on the bike (which i... Thu, 8 May 2014 00:15:23 EST Didn't feel like I hit the wall, MORE LIKE EVERY BRICK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689328 It happens, and I expect it (just don't know when.) Go get out for a run, and everything just seems off. Today...........THAT was the day. Too heavy of a shirt, not exactly the best path choice for a run, got caught at a couple lights, and I ran into someone on the path I was on and got delayed by that too. Start..........stop............START......<BR>........STOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!! Over and over again. This was supposed to be a quick two miles that I wanted to stretch into 3. What a pain... Tue, 6 May 2014 22:38:48 EST The transformation has already begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685396 What an UNBELIEVABLE evening after work. Set out for my six mile run (just as I planned with the new training) and about a mile into it at a red light this guy running comes to stop at the same light. So we are talking before the light changes, and turns out we are running to the same path. So, for only the second time EVER, I ran with someone. Turns out he just ran the Chicago Marathon and he was continuing training to do the Chicago Rock n Roll half again this year. So we talked training... Fri, 2 May 2014 00:43:39 EST