Sunday, June 1, 2014

Moving Pictures Weekend

Day 5: Friday was busy and I had to get my jog in quickly after work and a barbecue. It was a nice evening luckily. I just ran around our little community and the next one over.


Saturday we woke up and rushed to the On A Mission 5k at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. After my son did the Toddler Dash, he still had enough gas in the tank to run up and down the road leading to the 5k start.


He was hoofin it. I was chasing him here and it will have to serve as my moving picture since I forgot to take any during the 5k. I finished in just under 40 minutes, though I suspect the race was a hair short. Mile 0.48 to 1.49 I jogged without stopping. Amazingly I didn't hit 10k steps yesterday for the first time since Memorial Day even with the 5k. We had a birthday party in the afternoon and I was hopped up on Benadryl so I slept much of the rest of the day away.

Tonight was a quick mile around the neighborhood. My legs are quite fatigued. A sick toddler led to a crazy day.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Day 4

No mile today because spin class is on Thursdays. I think it counts.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Moving Pictures: Day 3

Treadmills, aka Devil Belts, are not my favorite. It took some pushing to do my first straight mile on a treadmill. My workout paused and I actually had to do about 1.08 miles to equal 1. On the plus side, my 5S using the Nike app and nothing else was dead on with the 'mill.


In fact, a shoutout to my phone. It often is doing GPS, sending GPS via Glympse, streaming music, counting steps via FitBit, all at the same time. Plus sometimes it does freaky shit like this.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Moving Pictures: Day 2

Post deleted. Too tired to recreate.

Toe hair hurt.

Pace slowly better.

Elementary school:


Bye.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Moving Pictures Challenge

Apparently keeping up with this blog is even more difficult than working out, because I still occasionally get off my ass. I decided to do a version of the Runner's World run challenge. Basically I need to jog a mile every day from Monday until July 4th. Over the last few weeks I've been jogging a mile straight when possible. For me this is actually quite a feat, as I had jogged a mile without stopping only once in my adult life. I've been a jog/walker during the 5 years since we first dabbled in races.

We have a trip right in the middle of this challenge, which should prove to be, umm, challenging. I'm not participating in an official capacity, since 13 minute miles probably don't even count. But I plan to play along and make myself get out there for a mile straight each day.

Day 1, aka Memorial Day, is in the books. Each time I work out I'll take a picture while moving, hence the Moving Picture Challenge. Today I was walking right after finishing a hot, painful mile.


Oh, and here are my new friends, the Asics GT-2000.


And proof that it was sunny.


More painful miles to come!

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Failures Bring April... Shailures?

We have a habit of spiraling a bit after big events. Since Shamrock, while we've continued to work out, my eating habits have gotten worse and worse and our family spending has remained on vacation. I'm writing this on March 31st because April needs to bring change.

Weigh-In Wednesday will surely be a big ol' slap in the face this week. And maybe that's what needs to happen. I've been losing weight at a decent clip while only eating healthfully about half the time. So when the habits slowly deteriorate, or a big event causes a free fall, sometimes the consequences aren't immediate. I should be thanking my body for reminding me these last few weeks that eating poorly feels awful. I feel awful. After a Walking Dead party last night, I'm bloated and lethargic and just generally feeling fat. So change is the next step.

I'm really looking forward to having a stand-up desk again soon. It made a huge difference for me before I transferred to my current job, and sitting most of the day is really killing my back, my legs, and my energy. It's amazing the difference it can make.

Main foods for April:
-Smoothies for breakfast when I have time, cereal or oatmeal when I don't
-Nuts and seeds for snacks
-Greek yogurt
-Small, sensible lunches
-Pasta and veggies for dinner
-Beans and rice
-Daal

I have two 5k's planned for this month. My legs have demanded restraint, and so lately I've just been walking at the gym (3.45 miles in about 55 minutes yesterday). I think my need to make everything about jogging is over. Now I'm just trying to get healthy. Walking at a good pace and incline for an hour certainly accomplishes that. I'm hoping to leave the talk of PRs and training for later in the year.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Follow the Bouncing Butts

Another Shamrock Weekend is in the books, only this time I completed thirteen point wtf was I thinking miles. My son did his first race, and Kacey did the Dolphin Challenge (8k and half the same weekend!!).


We walked the first mile of the half marathon, and made sure to take things easy for the first six miles or so. There were many beer stops, and I even ate an Oreo Double Stuff in the middle of the race. It made the whole thing more bearable!


After we finished in a little more than 3 hours, I expected to cross the finish line and either scream about how I couldn't wait to do another half, or collapse and say Never Again! Instead I'm just not sure. It was fun, it was tough, and in the end it was worth it.


The one thing I do know is that I'm happy with my plan to do lots of short, fun local races this year. After being such a slacker last year and bailing on lots of races, this year I'll redeem myself.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday

I've joined Dan from Cubicle Dad Runs in Weigh-In Wednesday (#wiw). I haven't talked much about my weight recently, but since starting a 6 month Diet Bet back in early January I've been doing pretty well. This morning I was 237.2, down 8.4 pounds since January 7th. Yesterday I was 234.8, so I have high hopes for next #wiw. At this point I should be past the remaining flu issues, but a .4 drop is fine for this week.

The Diet Bets are broken down into 6 rounds, I haven't won yet even though I've lost nearly a pound a week. The weight loss percent totals for each month's round go 3%, 6%, 8%, 9%, 10%, maintain 10%. I hope to catch up and win a few rounds before the end, but right now I'm on track (or pretty close) to at least hopefully break even. The bet ends in early July with my goal weight of 221. I hope to be below 220 by the end of summer!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014 Race Plans

The Races
The only definite race for me this year is the Shamrock Half Marathon on Sunday. However, I have a bunch of local (within an hour) races that I will likely do, many of which we've done before. I planned to do several of these same races last year but bailed on them while eating for 6 months straight after Shamrock. Anyone who wants to join me please drop me a line. (races are on a Saturday unless otherwise marked)

Shamrock Half Marathon (March 16th; Sunday)
This is our 4th Shamrock year in a row, and of course my first half marathon. Virginia Beach is nice this time of year, and Shamrock weekend has become a tradition for our little family. Kacey is doing the Dolphin Challenge, which is the 8k on Saturday and the half on Sunday! Cutest of all, though, will be Nicky doing the Leprechaun Dash.

Autism 5k (April 5th)
The toughest 5k I've done in the area, the Autism 5k takes advantage of the hills by EMU. For two and a half years, my PR was from the 2011 running. If I do this one it will be my second time.

Grand Caverns 5k (April 25th; Friday)
The organizers describe this as flat, fast, and certified! It's out in Grottoes, VA, home to all manner of freaks and Justin. We bailed last year due to weather, so I've never done it. This will likely be the first of many evening races, which will be new to me. It also includes a 1 mile fun run.
I was looking for a short race for Kacey and I to do on our anniversary since it's a Saturday. This race is as local as it gets. The land is at least partly owned by one of our high school science teachers, and is in honor of a local doctor. There is also a 1k.
Running at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds always sounded fun to me, and it's another chance for the little man to run his diapered butt off. This should be hilarious.

Vine to Wine 5k (June 27th; Friday)
Running and spirits certainly go together, since the first beer after a race is nothing short of divine. We'll try our hand at the first of two wine runs at Barren Ridge Vineyards over in Fishersville.

Valley 4th 5k or 10k (July 4th; Friday)
We've attended Valley 4th and even went to cheer the runners during this race last year. This was right in the middle of my exercise swoon so I bailed on doing it. This year I definitely plan to make circles downtown!

Be Bold 4 Miler (August 2nd)
Behold, the Be Bold 4 Miler! Bold Rock Cidery will play host to the first hard cider race I've ever heard of. Sign me up!

3 Brothers 3 Miler (September 6th)
Kacey and I formed a relay team with our friend Kai and had a great time at the first-ever 3B3M. I'm already excited about doing it again. Hopefully Mama's Caboose will be in attendance! 3 Brothers Brewery really knew how to draw people in, what with the included beer ticket and team names on the batons. Team Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Let's Booze! had a kickass time. This year I hope they fancy up the batons a bit, but it was just a wonderful day for everyone. It's great to have such a quality taproom just down the street from us.

Autumn Toast 5k (September 26th; Friday)
Another race at Barren Ridge, and another evening race, this is the perfect time of year for a run, wine tasting, and fine dining. I'm hoping this will turn into a Neckotradition.
I did this race for the first time 2 years ago when Nicky was a little 1-month old peanut. Last year I chose to do the Sherry Anderson 5k instead. I'm likely going to do both if they don't conflict this year.

Any local Turkey Trot (November 27th; Thursday)
Anyone know of anything? It's always a good idea to workout in the morning when you plan to eat 47.3 pounds of food.

First Night 5k (December 31st; Wednesday)
Oh, the First Night 5k in downtown Harrisonburg. You are a slippery little devil, aren't you. In 2012, we set out as a family, only to have a 3-month old super meltdown cause a mommy DNF and a daddy Solo Scamper of Shame. Last year (not even 4 months ago) we were struck down by the flu and bailed the day of. So, 4 paid entries in 2 years has resulted in 1 finish. Math is stupid. This year we will rise up and conquer this downtown enigma.


Spacing Out

My basic plan, once I had laid out the main races I've done before or have tried to do before, was to space events out monthly. This will hopefully keep me motivated without being overwhelmed. The Sherry Anderson 5k, which I hope to do again, is not as pre-planned as the rest. Hopefully it will work out again this year. Perhaps they could use some help?

Race Organizers


Here are the local race organizers I pay attention to. I'm including 3rd party companies that organize at least 2 local races:



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Kvetch Me If You Can

Tomorrow is our final long run before the half marathon. I've thought about skipping the race and packing it in, but unless tomorrow is a total disaster, this is happening. I look forward to the end and starting over with more general goals.

The rest of 2014 will hopefully be about working out in varied, fun ways. I'll talk about Cycle Fit class in a future post, since getting back into that has been exciting.

Most weeks should break down something like:

Monday: Yoga For Back Pain video, 7 min workout app
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: Lift/short run or elliptical
Thursday: Cycle Fit
Friday: rest
Saturday: long run
Sunday: rest

Swap any family activity in on rest days. I hope to do something active every day.

As for running, I hope to actually start running. I'm sick of being a jog/walker, and this is all on me. The rest of this year will be focused on short, fun races, and here are some on the racedar:

Autism 5k
Trauma Trot 8k or 5k
On A Mission 5k and toddler dash
Vine to Wine 5k
Valley 4th 5k or 10k
3 Brothers 3 Miler
Autumn Toast 5k
Sherry Anderson 5k
Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5k
First Night 5k

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A New Focus

I've realized while struggling to train properly for this half marathon that perhaps I need to channel all of the buzzing in my head into a new focus. I'll either retitle this blog, or retire it and start a new one. Basically, I have thoughts. And I need them out. It's very difficult to find good life blogs about a Dad's perspective. My focus will be life. Naturally, my main interests will bubble to the top, so trying (succeeding!) to get fit will make up a lot of the time. But technology, TV, and of course my family will all be topics through the lense of a husband and father.

In a similar way, I want to get back to working out for health, doing runs for fun but also going to the gym and doing different things, which I have been recently. I'm also going to plan lots of 5ks this year, with the goal to PR, with the tertiary goal of getting to where I can run a whole one.

Let's see what shakes out.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Confessions of a Part Time Jogger

April will mark 5 years since our first race. It was a local 5k done to honor the memory of a local runner who was killed by a drunk driver while running. We walked it with maybe some jogging thrown in here and there, and we were so sore after it that we slowly limped to the local burger joint.

Nearly 5 years later, a quick jog/walk the other day felt like a short workout. It was well over two miles. I had no soreness and even made it through 8 miles today.

To real runners, though, what I did Friday wouldn't even count as a workout. And thus here are some confessions of a part time jogger.

1. I'm not a runner. I'm barely even a jogger. I jog and walk my miles, thus I am a sad, confused portmanteau: wogger. And I'm damn proud when I finish.

2. When I finish my first half marathon, and it will be in about six weeks if all goes well, I might display a 13.1 sticker. This is the sin of all sins in the running community, but it won't stop me!

3. Another common target is novices worrying about hydration for short races. Pardon us, but we larger runners/joggers/woggers/walkers worry about this type of thing because we sweat more than most. I try really hard to do 14 minute miles and it makes me thirsty.

A final thought

Last week our long run (7 miles) was the longest of my life. Today, 8 miles became the longest. This pattern will continue each week until the race. It's scary and exciting at the same time.