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/ 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 200 DAYS TO GO!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684491 So the Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon is 200 days away. Had the run on Sunday to gauge where I was at with the time (or distance depending on how you look at it) and decided to jump right into the training the next day a few days early. This was REALLY to test out my theory on a one mile run the day after a 2 hour run. It went according to plan, so I continue to roll on with yesterday and today being good as well. Yeah, this seems a little crazy to start this so soon, but it's a slow 6 m... Thu, 1 May 2014 00:15:25 EST TODAY WAS HUGE!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682011 So I've had this Vegas run in November hanging over me. Yes, I said "hanging over me." How? Well I like to be 100% certain that I'm going to be ready for something when it comes around. For the past couple of months, I've been waiting for (warm weather, a good route, being physically up to the challenge, etc.) a good time to bust out either the half marathon distance or be on my feet for about the same amount of time that I expect to run it in. TODAY WAS THE DAY! I stared at my computer... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:52:07 EST SO COMPLICATED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679033 Cant get a sandwich from here; they only have white bread. Cant get a beef from here; only have French bread. Cant get a burger here; only have white buns. And then there's the coffee that needs to be freshly ground, the fries (once in a blue moon) that have to be steak fries and not the stringy half cooked ones. Even bagels are tricky sometimes when they are out of multigrain and wheat. I just can't settle on "whatever" anymore, and it's funny because I was told I was picky as a kid. NO... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:28:33 EST It's just different, but not in a bad way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678282 A lot of a person's confidence comes through repetition. Last year, I was cranking out higher mileage runs for various reasons. Winter weather really didn't arrive until Februeary, and that lasted for maybe about a month an a half. This winter was different as it started right after Thanksgiving and lasted pretty much until spring with extreme cold and deep snow cover. Running everyday of the year instills the consistency, but the winter burnout was unavoidable. So now comes the warmer w... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:58:24 EST TRAINING FIRE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674555 When I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it. I will not turn what I say into a lie. From the time I say it until the time I do it, I'm running away from the giant Failure boulder across a narrow bridge over the RIVER of EXCUSES! Some might look at it as pressure. Me? No. I keep my eyes on my destination, and do what it takes to get to where I said I was going to be. Everyone else and everything around me isn't competition. It's all just traffic. Get around it and keep m... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:31:39 EST I WILL figure this out............maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670835 So the jury is still out on the new shoes. I've done four runs in them, and I ham fighting some unexplained uncomfortability inside the toe box area. Ok. So when I get fitted for shoes, I come in at a 10 1/2, but with the shoes running so narrow up front, I usually go all the way up to a size 13 (yeah, I know it's 2 1/2 sizes bigger.) Both the Ghosts I have are 13s and I haven't had a problem. The new shoes I got (Hoka One One Bondi 2) have a REALLY wide toebox. I mean the footprint of t... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:50:41 EST Last half marathon?????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669434 Yeah so FINALLY the weather is pretty much at that comfortable point (60s and 70s) after a BRUTAL and LoooooooooooooooooNG winter. I started this year with the challenge of running everyday of the year, and I think tomorrow will be the first 100 days. I'm burnt out, and actually have been for over a month. I guess it's the lack of scenery and the usual routes that's brought this on. I mean, without the rush of a subzero run (because I'm like the only nutjob out there) or 20 foot piles of ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:28:55 EST Where's the "right" place to be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666989 My runs vary from one day to the next a lot of times, and with that so do the tools I take with. Some days I take my pedometer with the Mp3 and run for time and distance. Other times I just take the Mp3 and just run to escape all the mental thought I put into my runs. Then there are the ones that I don't take anything, and I just mentally run cadence through the whole run. Then there are times that I just throw on the shoes and knock things out as fast as I can (sometimes short on time an... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:31:37 EST THEY ARE CHEAP$$$$ but are they THE OTHER cheap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665276 So I picked up a couple recent Competitor running magazines issues a couple of weeks ago, and one of them had their ratings on some of the new shoes that are out. I've been seeking out a possible new brand (well new for me) to run in, even though the Brooks Ghost series shoes have been good for me. Today I tried a few pairs of Skechers on. There was an outlet by were I was today, and I checked them out. Walking into a shoe store for running shoes is a little adventure for me a lot of time... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:03:44 EST Too bad I can't wear basketball shoes anymore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659570 OMG I've been driving myself crazy with looking at which running shoes I'm going with next. I'm a forerunner/midstriker and an underpronator so my options are rather limited. You would think that he decision would be made a rather easy with the far less options than the traditional runner, right? WRONG! The first problem you run into is the lack of cushioning in the mid and front part of a pair of shoes. There are some out there that do cater to runners like me though (Hoka, Altra, Newto... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:44:06 EST Make SOMETHING happen SOMEHOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627847 I walked into the gym tonight after a week long absence. I did the usual with sitting in the steam room and mentally planning my workout. It unraveled like a ball of yard bouncing down a long flight of stairs though as soon as I got into the work area. This is one of the worst times of the year to go to the gym as a regular. The gym is full of new members on their mission to failure (new year's resolutions.) I'm not being mean and negative. I'm just being honest. Along with that are th... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:43:29 EST COMMITMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613532 So on my first run today (yeah one of those days that I wanted to do two,) I'm running proud thinking about how I've lived up to this running everyday commitment. I wasn't thinking about today's running. No, I was thinking actually about the one mile run last night. I was fighting some bug or allergy the past few days, and last night I was SHOT! I barely stayed up in the afternoon to watch a movie on the couch. About like 9:30 (I think) I remembered that I hadn't done my run for the day.... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 23:55:42 EST It's going to be a REAL challenge this time around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588647 So of all the new year's "resolutions" I have taken on this year (4 if anyone is counting) two are gong to be quite challenging. Running in Vegas, well I just have to be ready for the long run and show up (not that bad.) 100 miles in a 100 days of running? Yeah well I'm up to 20 already so I might have that mission accomplished sometime in February already. The 1000 mile challenge? Well I might be playing catch up once spring arrives, and once fall hits I have to find a way to keep racki... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:33:25 EST 2014 MADNESS HAS ALREADY BEGUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577219 New Year's resolutions. Yeah, almost everyone has them. Unlike most people though, I live up to the ones that I make (like drinking my coffee black last year.) So now it's that time again. I didn't give it any thought to be honest until today. Along came a post on Facebook from a friend wondering how many miles they were going t do. I, not knowing what it involved, just threw up 2,014. For what ever reason, my eyes looked at the number and thought "Ok thats probably like 2 or 3 miles a... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:46:37 EST REDEMPTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572657 So being a couple of days after the polar tumbles, I met my wife up at the track, and I ran. The run just didn't take, after a mile I just shut it down. I think that my frustration stems from the environment I'm running in. Indoors, running in the same circle, and passing the same people. It's a place where I can work on my speed and sure I've had some decent short runs, but nothing compared to how they are outside. Like tonight (yeah I couldn't just settle on that mile at the track,) I... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:37:31 EST DISAPPOINTMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570673 Checked the weather tonight. 4 degrees outside and a 25 below zero windchill. TIME FOR A RUN! Sweats over pants, thin outer Columbia shell coat over hoodie, slipped the thermal facemask on, slipped on knit gloves followed by thermal mechanic's gloves, and weaseled the earphones to the MP3 into my ears. READY TO GO! Fall #1 not even 100 feet from the house as one of my feet caught something on the ground. Stop, drop, roll, get up, and GO! Half a block from turning the corner for the 2.5... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:56:23 EST Toys make a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119432798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I got one of those counting/clicking things today to help run on the track, because I can barley keep track of 9 laps on a mile run to begin with. WORKED OUT AWESOME! So I was thinking driving on the way home from the indoor run today about the different gadgets and gizmos I have and how they change the runs I do. So this new one is to count the laps around the track I said. I threw on the MP3 player just to... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:05:00 EST 0 to 100 to 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560953 I'm unlucky enough to live in a state where there's four seasons of weather. On the other hand I'm lucky enough to endure and then embrace those four seasons of weather as well. I will have to say that I'm gifted with the ability to run easily in extremely hot and muggy conditions. On the opposite side of the spectrum I am able to run as well in the cold. When it starts getting cold, it takes around a month or so to get used to the changes as a seasonal asthmatic. This year winter came e... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:47:52 EST RANDOM thoughts RANDOM workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559046 I usually run into a day like this once a month. The wife has to work a Saturday, and I spend the morning goofing off on the computer, watching you tube videos, and then trying to do something with my day. So here I am, typing away, and letting the WILD workout hairs come about. Went downstairs to throw a load of laundry in (yeah this guy does that) and did a little lifting downstairs. The plan is to get to the gym still for some stress relieving time in the steam room and then some more ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:15:32 EST ELEVATED LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550962 So I tried out the elevated (or raised) track at the new place we signed up at a couple times now. Yesterday I spent about an hour on it. I did a mile walk, then a mile run, then a half mile walk, and then a half mile run. Seems like the track runs wear me out faster than my outside runs. It could be the softer surface absorbing some of the energy on my footstrikes. It also could be the slight inward lean of the track. Another thing is that with being inside on a level surface, I'm able... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:37:35 EST Another weapon for the arsenal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549217 I signed up at a local park district today to use their raised running track. It's a nice new facility, but I don't like it enough to leave the gym I've been a member to for about six years now. Not being a 24 facility made it a little of a challenge to squeeze into today (especially when an unexpected mishap happened at home) whereas the place doesn't have limited hours. There's also not enough mirrors to see what your doing, no steam room, and the equipment is too new and user friendly (... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:21:15 EST My point of view http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543042 When someone comes up to me and asks me for help, I take it as a commitment. All of a sudden I feel like I'm like this team mate of theirs now. When they fail to follow through with what they say they are going to do, I feel like I got misled or lied to. What I fail to realize is that they might not actually be ready to make the necessary sacrifices to get to where they want to be. These changes take A LOT of time and effort. I think it took about a year for those changes to turn into my... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:30:56 EST Let's get real here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541323 Eat terrible, feel terrible, and look terrible. I still see it, even though I have made a vow to myself not to jump in front of anyone anymore. Poor food choices are an indicator of a lack of caring. They don't care, so why should I. So essentially, if they continue to follow the same habits, it's obviously not REALLY that important of an issue (even though my opinion or anyone else's may be different.) They aren't actually serious about changing anything. It obviously works for them, s... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:50:02 EST CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538783 First measurable snow of the year, 26 degrees, and at the last minute of the evening I'm out for a quick 2 mile run. Just wasn't feeling right and had to do it. The air seemed to feel colder than last winter, but that could be because I'm a little leaner heading into this kind of weather this time around. The slight wind made my nose feel FROZEN, but other than that I was good. I just put the tunes in the ears tonight to get it done. Nice to hear and feel the crunch of the snow and leave... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:01:12 EST Crazy thought process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537415 So I was on this running streak of 5 days in a row (longest streak since I was training for the half marathons or even before that.) So I was thinking of just running everyday, since I wasn't feeling sore in the morning when I got up and the runs were a lot shorter now with the colder weather. THEN CAME YESTERDAY. Felt some soreness in the hips, so I figured on taking a day off. Went about the day, went to the gym last night, and the mental running gear starts turning once again. Actuall... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:58:24 EST CRAZY STUFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533448 The runs I've done the last two days have been excellent. They aren't long like the summer runs, and they are more by choice and very care free. I mean, yeah running the Vegas strip next year is like a year from now and a couple weeks change away, so I'm not even going to really crank it up until next spring or possibly even summer. So I run when I want. Sometimes the urge is there in the beginning of my work day, but when I get home it's gone. SO I DRAG MYSELF OUT. Then it comes back. ... 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