Category Archives: Running/ Fitness

This is the home of Running for 356 Days. I like to talk about my workouts, diet and nutrition and I keep a bit of a loose workout log here. Being fit and strong is important to me as a matter of faith and responsibility to my family. It’s not easy to stay focused on fitness all the time with a career and 5 kids, but I’ll show you how I do it. Follow me here for quality tips and an opportunity to follow my fitness journey.

Days 24-51 – Holy COW I am a Blogging Slacker!

Wow… Where did the MONTH go? I know (hope) there is someone out there that is asking themselves What on earth happened to Brad? Well… First let me say I did in fact run every day this month. If you would like to see the details of every run you can see them on my Runtastic Profile. Here is the High level summary:

Not bad for a guy who thought a long run was to the fridge and back 52 days ago!

So, whats happened this month, well I have flirted with the idea of eating vegetarian, and I have to say I don’t really miss meat like I thought I would. I am currently about 90% veg and 50% vegan. Not really for any moralistic purpose, I just feel like it is a healthier way to eat. I have been reading The Engine 2 Diet and it has been a BIG help in showing me how to eat “man food” that is vegetarian, healthy and delicious. I always felt like eating veg was eating foods food and that I would be limited to salads, sandwiches,  and stuff like that, but I have had some AWESOME vegan and Veg meals. If a Texas Fireman and IronMan Triathlete can eat Vegan I feel like I should be able to go veg for a month so that is the current challenge.

I have also been barefoot running off and on in my Vibram Five Fingers, and I really enjoy it as well, but it is hard for me to get the distance in that I can in regular running shoes, but I understand the logic behind why it is a good idea to run barefoot and how it could benefit me. The issue is that your feet are used to being supported all the time, so there is a lot of muscular development that has to happen to build healthy strong feet, and it just takes time. Krisy is a stay at home mom and wears her Five Fingers out and about every day so the break in period for her has gone MUCH faster than it has for me due to a demanding work schedule. Still both of us love them and I highly recommend you try a pair on and see for yourself what you are missing. If you are thinking about it I recommend you check out Vanessa Runs, the famous Barefoot Ted or Barefoot Running University for good barefoot training information. I share what I am doing and what works for me, but I think it is always a good idea to get multiple perspectives.

I also had my first business trip as a careful eating runner. Its not as hard as I thought it would be. I was on a three day trip to Salt Lake City for a district meeting and I was able to go to all my meetings, dinners, drinks etc… and STILL get my runs in. Its a beautiful way to get to experience a new city. and the only advice I have to give is pack some shorts, shoes and tech shirt and get off your butt. It really was that simple. 🙂

Finally, I think I have a new direction for the blog. Instead of blogging EVERY run no matter how boring I am going to do a weekly wrap up of mileage and what happens and try to share more recopies and items of interest. I’ll still blog great runs, PB’s, and races, as well as the random intriguing thoughts I have, but I am not enjoying the pressure and tediousness of blogging every run with a map.  Hopefully it will make the blog more readable and informational for everyone. I’m down 13 pounds in a month and a half so the REAL plan is to keep running, blogging, and sharing with others to make their path to health a little easier.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to ask questions in the comments or hit me up on the Running For 365 Days FaceBook Fan Page.

-Brad

 

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Day 23 – Shopping and new shoes!

Today was a bit of an adventure… Krisy and I don’t do a lot of shopping but today we went to REI and got some cool stuff… the BIG buy for both of us was our new Vibram FiveFinger shoes! I got the Vibram FiveFinger TrekSport and Krisy got the Vibram KomodoSport. I also got a pair of Native Sunglasses, backpacks for Sarah and Sophia, some new Tivas for Krisy and I and a few other random things. It was a fairly awesome trip over all! 🙂

After the shopping festivities were over we went home and I had my daily run… First trip out in the Vibrams and I have to say they are REALLY cool! The TrekSport is a bit thicker in the sole because it is a trail running shoe and designed to give a bit more protection than some of the other models. Still, I really felt like I was barefoot. I could feel every pebble and twig I stepped on and the shoes ability to conform to the ground gave excellent traction. Its a weird sensation because while I could feel every thing I stepped on it never one time hurt. The one really cool thing is this shoe encourages a forefoot or mid-foot strike and as a heel striker its a big change for me. I kept the distance short and was really done when I got home. I go barefoot a lot, but usually just walking around in my house or yard. 1.6 miles continuous was more than my feet were used to and they were a bit tired, but I really enjoyed them.  My biggest concern was the pounding my feet would take being 245 pounds. The guy at the store assured me it would not be an issue and I have to say he was right. The mid-foot strike I instinctively used barefoot had NO pounding and my knees, ankles and hips all felt REALLY good. If you get a chance I highly recommend you try a pair out… It’s REALLY cool! I am following the advice given to me of keep it slow and no more that 10% of your weekly mileage and work up every day use over time. I can tell you the muscles in my feet and lower legs are thanking me for my decision the heed that warning and I feel like I am going to get HUGE calves! 🙂

Here are the details of todays run:

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Day 22 – The day before Opening Day Fishing!

Today is the day before opening day fishing and it is COLD and raining. I kept Sophia out of school to take her up to see the flowers at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festal. I’m still in rest week letting myself heal up a bit before I kick it up another notch. Anyways, I spent most of the morning waiting for it to warm up a bit, but it wasn’t happening for me. I let Sophia know I was getting ready to go and she was stoked so we both suited up and out the door we went. It was raining and windy, but we had a nice chat together and the experience really solidified the idea that Sophia LOVES to run with me, because I don’t think most people in their right mind would choose to run outside in this kind of weather… It was a good diet day. Not much else to report. Here are the details:

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Day 21 – Still resting!

Today is another rest day… Just an easy run around my normal 1 mile loop with Sophia. I’m way behind on posting my run data so not much more to say today.

Day 20 – Yet another rest day!

Yet another rest day running with Sophia. I am forcing myself to be patient and slow down… I know I could go flat out again and feel great. For a day or two… But rest is important and I am making sure I get it. t is imperative that i eat well and get plenty of rest . Running damages muscles and rest is when you rebuild them and get faster. I had another GREAT nutrition day and got in a easy run with Sophia. Best of all this is the first time in a while that I have posted my blog post up the same day it happened. I have several good recipes I’ll try to share today. I had black bean and quinoa tacos, stir fry, a smoothie, fresh juice, and some awesome homemade frozen yogurt. I’ll try to get some recipes up real soon!

Day 19 – Cold is a powerful motivator!

Today was a LONG day at work. I got home about 10PM and was tired, but feeling quite good after a few easy days. Unfortunately, it was COLD, windy, and raining hard. Nothing like a 10:30 PM run in 39 Degree weather with a 20 MPH wind to help you kick it into high gear. I am very happy that I am at a point now where I feel natural getting ready to run regardless of the time or weather. In fact I am starting to look forward to it as a time to unwind from my day and get a chance to think through lifes problems and day dream a bit.

Good news today, my 1 mile pace was 9:55 a new personal best for me! The last .15 I walked as a bit of a cool down before I went back into the house, but it was too cold and nasty for much more of a cool down and I was chilled so I headed in quickly. Its awesome what a little rest does for you. I had a chiropractor appointment this morning and had solid nutrition all day with 2 juices, a smoothie, and a big vegetarian burrito to eat. I think I was a bit dehydrated, and need to make sure I stay on top of that. Otherwise, it was a GREAT day! Just a couple more easy days before I am back at it again. 🙂 Seattle Marathon is calling my name and I am 100% sure I will be ready. I just need to stay healthy!

Day 18 – A late night jog with Sophia

Today is day two of my recovery week. I ate very good today with 3 juices, a bit of Pad Thai and chicken Satay, and some baked cod. Today was a long day with work and bible study, but I got through it and when i got home Sophia was raring to go for a run. I was really tired today so we took a very slow mile loop and then hydrated well. I am glad I moved my rest week forward a week because I am tired and I feel like I need the rest.

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Free Juice recipe book from the Juice Master Jason Vale

Updated With New Resources  8-17:

Sadly after several years of availability the Jason Vale book I linked to is no longer posted for download on his site. However, I have updated this post with several free (at the time of this update) juicing e-books available on Amazon because I do not feel right about posting his work on my site for free. I’ve worked hard to give you several options I think you will like.

Juicing is GREAT for your body!

Anyone who knows me knows I live a healthy lifestyle! My friend Shane from running on Juice turned me on to juicing a while back and I have been hooked on juice and smoothies ever since. I think people are curious about juicing, but are afraid to try it out, and I think that’s just silly. You have not lived until you have had a glass of fresh apple juice with NOTHING in it but pure apple goodness! That’s all it took for me. The best news is that it is just the beginning. I have regularly made juices with 7-10 ingredients and when you start doing that you can get some truly amazing flavors, in about the same prep time as it would take to make toast and cereal.

7 Pounds in 7 Days

If you don’t know I am a HUGE fan of Jason Vales 7 Pounds in 7 days and lost 10 pounds in a week drinking nothing but fresh fruit and veggie juice and I felt GREAT the entire time. In fact, I still drink juices or smoothies nearly every day as part of my diet plan.

Lots of people worry about being overly hungry on this kind of diet and I can assure you I was never hungry. In fact, on many days I failed to drink all of the juices in my plan because I was completely full. It was a bit of a cultural adjustment getting used to consuming so much produce, but the change was totally worth it.

My Favorite Juice Recipe:

Yesterday I made “Spring is in the Air”  and it was amazing! This juice has 3 apples, 1  orange (peeled), and 1/2 a pink grapefruit (peeled) and juiced together, then blended with 8 strawberries, a banana, and a handful of ice. the wonderful thing about juicing is it is so easy to change a recipe so you always get something you will enjoy.  Anyways, I could go on and on about the benefits of juicing and I probably will at some point… But for today I just wanted to make sure people knew about the free e-book and had a chance to get a copy because the recipes I have tried so far were awesome!

This recipe originally had 2 apples, but I upped it to 3 because I thought it was too tart. The wonderful thing about juicing is it is so easy to change a recipe to make sure you always get something you will enjoy.  Anyways, I could go on and on about the benefits of juicing. For today I just wanted to make sure people knew about These free resources I’m about to share.

4 Free Juicing Resources

40 Juicing Recipies

 40 Juicing Recipes For Weight Loss and Healthy Living (Juicer Recipes Book) 

 

 

 

 

 

Juicing for weightloss

 

Juicing for Weight Loss: Unlock the Power of Juicing to Lose Massive Weight, Stimulate Healing, and Feel Amazing in Your Body

 

 

 

 

Smoothie Recipes for rapid weightloss

 

Smoothie Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Infused Water: The Ultimate Fruit Infused Water Book: 48 Vitamin Bottle Recipes For Weight Loss, Detox, Liver Cleanse, & Skin

-Brad

Day 17 – First day of recovery week.

Mondays run is the forst day of a recovery week. I have been really stressed out at work and it was time for a res. I was starting to feel some aches and pains in my back and legs and I was waking up still a bit tired. This was a nice easy 1 mile. enough to keep busy and work me but not enough that I was overly tired after I was done. My other focus this week will be on nutrition. Details below:

Day 16 – LSD Run With Sophia

Today was the first time I have let Sophia go with me for a Long Slow Distance (LSD) run with me. She has been such a trooper with runs up to 3 miles that I though we could head out for 5 and see how she did. If it got to bad we could always call mom to come get her right? So, out the door we go… I was keeping her speed in check knowing we had a LONG ways to go today. Sophia was REALLY excited about running all the way to the fruit stand as as I plodded along she was racing all over the place hopping over logs and playing. About 2 miles in she fell on her bum, and we had a short break while I convinced her this wasn’t the end of the world and we talked about how important it is to be careful and pay attention when you train if you don’t want to get hurt. After about 2 minutes she was off again with no complaints. At the turn around point she was still going strong so we kicked up the pace a bit… and headed home. I feel bad because I accidentally turned in towards the house at my 3 mile turn shaving .7 off and hosing her out of her first 5 miler. 🙁 Still, she got 4.25 miles in, she had a ton of fun and went out to play while dad showered and relaxed! I am kind of curious how far she will run before she complains even a little bit at this point. today she really did slow me down a bit, but my knees and back are hurting a bit so I think it was good to slow down and just have fun. Next week will be an early recovery week to give my body some time to heal after 16 consecutive days. Overall I feel fantastic, but I also know I am going to hit a wall if I don’t slow down and rest. A normal training cycle would be 3 weeks on 1 week recovery, but since I am still adjusting I am going to do a couple 2 week on and 1 week cycles to make sure I get enough rest and recovery time. All my runs next week will be 1-2 miles and I’ll be focusing on nutrition and stretching. 🙂

 

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