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This is the home of Running for 356 Days and the place where I talk about my workouts, diet and nutrition. Just because I’m a geek doesn’t mean I dont want to be healthy!

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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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 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. ūüôā 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

Apple juice with two apples
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Anyone who knows me knows I live a healthy juicy lifestyle! My friend Shane from running on Juice turned me on to juicing a while back and I have been hooked ever since. I think people are curious about juicing, but are afraid to try it out, and I think thats just silly. You have not lived until you have had a glass of fresh apple juice with NOTHING in it but pure apple goodness! Thats all it took for me. The best news is thats 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, and to be honest about the same prep time as it would take to make toast and cereal.

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 2-3 juices or smoothies every day as part of my diet plan.

Lots of people worry about being overly hungry on this kind of plan 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 eating so much produce, but the change was totally worth it. So, I am writing this quick post because I wanted to share a free e-book from Jason Vale that has  17 amazing juice recipes in it. To get it you will have to sign up for his news letter, but its totally worth it and you can always unsubscribe.

I yesterday made “Spring is in the Air” ¬†and it was¬†amazing! This juice has 2 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. ¬†I thought it was¬†delicious, but a bit tart, so I made it again with a 3rd apple and it was even better. Thats 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!

-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. ūüôĀ 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. ūüôā

 

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Day 15 – The Great Trash Run of 2011

After a long week I was ready for a short fast run. Sophia and I suited up and¬†headed¬†out the door at a fairly good pace. However, less that 100 yards from the house she¬†stopped¬†to pick up a piece of trash and told me all about how bad littering was. I applauded her commitment to the environment and encouraged her to continue on. About 15 paces later she found a Wal-Mart bag and I knew it was all over… from that point on we both¬†stopped¬†to pick up¬†everything¬†we found¬†around¬†our 1 mile loop. I was a bit annoyed at first because I was ready to run, but her saving the earth song brought a smile to my face… I wonder how much nicer everything would look if everyone who ran took a day a month and picked up their usual loop? Mine looks¬†pretty¬†good right now!

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