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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 5 – Nutrition is a BIG deal!

I learned a lot today… I was all excited about yesterdays 10 minute mile. I was confident and feeling awesome. So today was student appreciation at work today. I spent the day grilling hundreds of hotdogs for the students, but to provide a healthy option for staff I bought chicken italian sausage and caesar salad. At 100 calories less per link I thought this was a much healthier option. what I learned is while it may be a bit better it still wasn’t good. Krisy and I have been juicing and making smoothies for a couple of months now and I had been eating about 75% raw and vegetarian for a while now. I felt good, and really don’t give much thought to what I eat. We focus on having healthy things in the house and I attempt to make good decisions, but it’s not the focus of my life, and I am not really vegetarian, vegan, or a raw foodie, though I borrow from all of their play books. Anyways, I had a chicken sausage, caesar salad, a coke and a small bag of Doritos at lunch. This was a POWERFUL lesson in nutrition. Last night when I ran it was all I could do to keep moving, I was short of breath, my legs were heavy, and I felt like I was going to vomit the entire time. I toughed it out and got a run in, but I was regretting my eating choices all afternoon and the evening run really drove those feelings home. Lesson here: Eat better and run faster. I’m not sure how or why the impact was so sever, but I really felt terrible. Tomorrow will be a better day nutritionally.

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Day 4 – I ran a 10 minute Mile!

I ran a 10 minute mile today! I know thats not something most runners would get excited about, but I am totally stoked! If I can run a 10 minute mile being 50 pounds overweight, that is confirmation that I am strong and fast… I just don’t look it yet! 🙂 Todays run was alone, after work. It was about 9:30 PM running in the cool nigh air. I really felt great. I had three smoothies today, a PB and J on Dave’s Killer Bread, and 3 vegetarian tacos (I’ll post the recipe for these soon. They are FANTASTIC!). I felt fast, breathing w2as easy and my legs felt fresh and light. I feel VERY encouraged by tonights performance!

Here are the details:

As you can see my splits got slower and slower, but I really felt quite good the entire time. What held me back was my weight. I’m currently 243 on a goal weight of about 180. All this running and good nutrition can only help though! 🙂

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Day 3 – Time for a little rest…

Day three… The site is still down, but I kept on running! 🙂

After 2 good days of slow running I decided I should rest the legs a bit. I ran 1.05 miles with all three girls. Krisy and I were chatting while I pushed the baby jogger with Sarah. It was a nice opportunity to get a little together time with the entire family. I had Pizza today… Papa Petes! My favorite! It was not kind to me though. 🙁 After a couple of months of clean eating I don’t seem to handle pepperoni like I used to.

Here are the details:

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Day 2 – Running with Sophia

The server crashed last night and I lost all the data associated with the site except yesterdays post,  so I am playing catch-up to get all my runs logged here. Whenever you start something new there are always bumps in the road, so I am just rolling with it. I changed the app I was using to track my runs from Runkeeper to Runtastic. So far I am very impressed with the Runtastic app for the iPhone and am especially happy because they have blog widgets to share my stats. It also has a cool feature that lets people cheer you on while you are running by clicking a link that appears on your Facebook wall while you are running.

Anyways… Todays run was with Sophia my 6-year-old. We didn’t set any world records, but that’s not the point at this stage of the game. all I am trying to do right now is get in the habit, have a good time, and get the body used to running daily. Most importantly, Sophia had a GREAT time!

 

April 10th run details with Sophia.

 

 

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Day 1 – Who am I and why am I doing this?

The first post of a new blog is always the hardest to write, but I guess the best place to start is by telling you a little about me and to shere my basic goals and motivation here. First off, I am not a runner… YET! I have been an athlete most of my life playing soccer, and rugby, but I have never really been a “runner”. I do enjoy hiking, backpacking, climbing, etc… but the idea of running without being chased has always struck me as weird. So why am I doing this? Well because like most of America I am a disgusting fat slob! I wasn’t always, and that the problem… I know what I am missing. Additionally, I have an amazing wife and two beautiful girls and I want to be healthy and strong for them.

So why the blog? Well, like everyone, I am busy. I work between 40-55 hours most weeks and am also working on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. When you add this on top of my role as husband and father its safe to say my life can get a bit crazy. I know I need to change some habits, and as a long time blogger I know that a little accountability and encouragement go a long way. The purpose of this blog is to share my story and encourage others to take steps to get a healthier lifestyle.

So why this crazy goal? A couple of reasons… First I must have a reason to run. I wont just do it. Second because I know a global audience will keep me motivated and pumped to excel.

So how did I get to this point? Well, I have been dieting and making some lifestyle changes for a few months, and was chatting with my friend Shane who I met through my other site Sales Management 2.0 and I found out he has an awesome blog called running on juice. Shane got me into making smoothies and actually gave me my first Juicer that I have had for about a month now. My experience with juicing so far has been awesome! I read Jason Vale’s 7 Pounds in 7 Days and did my first 7 day juice feast and lost 10 pounds! The experience was so exciting and I felt so good I decided to start walking and then upped walking to running.

Over the next several months I will obviously be training and sharing my thoughts, feelings, and of course healthy recipes for everyone to try. I’ll also be logging my runs here. I’m crazy busy so don’t be surprised if you see a post that has nothing but a date and time, or a post with three days of running all logged into one, but I’ll be doing the best I can!

Finally, today was day 1. I ran to the railroad tracks and back with my 6-year-old daughter Sophia. we had a lot of fun and she was a GREAT partner. we didn’t run the whole way, but we spent some good quality time and we both got a good sweat and to be honest I was more out of breath than her. Here are the results:

Not the fastest time ever, but I will get better with time. Whats important is I did more today than yesterday!

More Tomorrow!

-Brad

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