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September 2010

So yesterday I got lots of encouraging words from friends and I  went back to some of my favorite websites and by the time I got home I was itching to run.  So I did!

I felt GREAT... listening to a podcast about the Mutiny on the Bounty.   And then suddenly, *WHAM*  ... right at 15 minutes I suddenly lost everything. Legs didn't hurt but suddenly wouldn't move. Brain went all fuzzy, and I just had to stop.   I had eaten before I left, was feeling strong... and it just left me.


I guess that's what I get for taking almost a month off, can't expect to run as long as before.  But I did get out and do it. By the time I finished walking the mile home I felt fine. Legs were spent but not painful, just tired. When I mapped it out I had don 1.3 miles in 15 minutes... 11:30 m/m and 5.3 MPH average... right about what I was managing for 5k before, just didn't have the stamina for that distance.   But was good to get back out at least.


And on the positive continuing story of my son , yesterday after practice his coach told him he wants him to run in the meet Saturday  and not just attend to cheer on teammates.  My son knows he won't be competitive  but as a Freshman he's pretty proud that the coach thinks he is ready for a full meet race . We're pretty proud too! I'll let you know how he does.

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A few websites and some great demonstration videas about forefoot/barefoot running benefits and techniques. - Barefoot Ken Bob's website. especially the getting started section. - a great study by the Harvard  Skeletal Biology lab - Good demostration video of the stride by the New Jersey Sports medicine Clinic - Made By the manufacturers of Newton Running shoes. I haven't tried  the shoes but reports are they work as advertised and really are truly  built for the forefoot strike - Another video by Newton. - Pay stepcial attention to Step 1 ;-) - A great video.  He's maintaining a steady 5 Min mile pace - Ken Bob is basically the Godfather of barefoot running. he would  cringe at the inclusion of his site in any discussion  including shoes.  But his  tip on starting barefoot, training and  his sheer enthusiasm  translate well to minimalist shoes and forefoot form discussions.

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Well here I am again, finally writing another blog post. Haven't really seen much reason to write one before now since I haven't really done anything since 9/2/2010. There are a lot of things that contributed to this, a couple even semi-legitimate but the fact is it got hard and it was easier to slip into bad habits. As an exercise in  cleansing, let me write the reasons and hopefully I can shake the cobwebs off and see past them.


     My last 5K was back on 9/2, just before Labor Day weekend.  Was a great run and could have marked my completion of C25K  but in my mind I wanted to see 9 consecutive  25+ minute runs  like week 7, 8, and 9 should be.  But that Sunday I stepped on a rusty Nail in my foot  and that  wiped out a whole week.  I could barely walk normally for most of it but on Saturday 9/11/2010 I did manage a 4.5 mile hike up Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire.  So my foot must have been healthy by then. I remember still feeling the sore spot but it was OK. That hike, combined with another lapse in meds that week, left me really sore and I didn't do anything Sunday or Monday.

     I planned to resume running Tuesday but my wife was going in for Surgery on Wednesday the 15th so  I spent the night trying to help make sure the morning was ready for her.  The rest of that week and weekend she was pretty looped on Percocet so I let myself have the excuse of  "I need to hang out to take care of her."  But I could have found time to run.  Probably a week I could have used a run more than ever.  But I never made it happen.  That was the beginning of all the old excuses rolling back.

     Finally  got a nudge from some friends on the 200+ pound trhead and got out for a run  Last Monday, the 20th.  Only did a mile and a half, with all the best plans of  it being a gentle warmup and going back to full runs  Tuesday.  I can't even tell you where the rest of last week went.  Just... wasted.



     So here I am,  more than 6 months into this grand scheme of " Re-Inventing myself by my 40th Birthday"... so far I have lost a whopping  18 pounds  and managed to ALMOST complete a 9 week training plan in  28 weeks. ALMOST complete, but not even. The 5K I was shooting for was cancelled and I never booked another,  my goal of being really fit by that mountain hike failed and I was still  the last one up the hill. I have about 13 weeks till my 40th... enough for... what?  How do I break this cycle and get to that 40th with some sort of  satisfaction at all... How?  All my grand plans and  positive thinking and I've let myself slip right back to old habits.


     Hopefully I'll post tomorrow or the next day with some spectatular  inspiration. or at least some small clue.  But right now, I don't see it.


EDIT: On the big plus side, the one  shining light, my introduction to running has stuck with my son. He  joined the Cross country team and so far in 3 weeks has lowed his 5K  time from 47 minutes  to 36+/-. At his meet yesterday afternoon  he  ran  2.2 miles in 20 , tied for 3rd among freshmen and  35 out of 48 total.   He had never run before he started with me.  So that much I can be, and  am, immensely proud of.

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9/2/10- still plugging away

Posted by Wideguy Sep 2, 2010

So I had a great run a week ago tonight,  did my first full 5k and then my life exploded again. Dunno what it is but I keep finding excuses.... my running workshop last  Saturday was canceled and I worked that night. I helped friends move Sunday,  Had meetings  till 9:30 Monday night and didn't get home till 10:30,  my wife's computer  blew up Tuesday morning so spent the night  trying to fix that. Last night we did get out for a two mile  walk and I did three 1/3 mile sprints just to get my legs moving and get  the blood pumping.


Then finally got out tonight, and after a week off my expectations weren't high . Early part of the run felt.... like I hadn't run in a week.  Felt  slow and was definitely hot, 80 degrees. The whole run I was just kind  of "hanging in" , determined to make 30 minutes plus. Near the end I was  gassed and saw my watch at about 33 minutes so decided to try and hang  in for 35:00...and finished at the next closest cross street.  Looked at  my watch and it was officially 35:38.  So pretty happy I stuck it out  and  got the my forth 30+minute run.


Got home and mapped it and was happily surprised to see 3.13 miles...  My second full 5K and happily comes out to 11:24 per mile, only 6  seconds a mile slower than last time,  so pretty happy.  Next run will  be Saturday  after Hurricane Earl blows through and cools us down.  Looking  forward to that!


My son is doing really well on his HS cross country team.  He did 2.75 miles today  plus, as he said "Sprints, pushups, sprints, planks, sprints, ...puke... sprints , pushups... " LOL


Gotta love the dedication!

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