What I love about running and triathlon is the competition, not just against the other runner though, I compete with myself more than anyone. I like to work, I love pushing myself, and I get excited about the little improvements I see in my performance and how I feel. The other thing that excites me though is that I know in a big race some of the best in the world are out there with me, and I’m running with them, competing and doing my best. I KNOW I’m not going to win, but I enjoy knowing that some of the very best are out there sweating and trying just as hard as I am.
Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners. That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world’s best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL. – Hunter S. Thompson
Remember dead last still beat everyone who never started! Run for your own enjoyment. For me, it’s a competitive outlet and my opportunity to commune with God. I meditate and pray when I run. It’s how I clear my head and focus my heart. I also run to stay fit and healthy. With a wife and 5 kids, I have a commitment to stay healthy and strong so I can support them for many years to come.
If you are thinking about doing your first 5k you really should check out Run For God. It’s a 12 week 5K (3.1 miles) training program with a Christian focus where Mitchell Hollis will help you grow not only as a runner but spiritually as well. I hate to list a price in my posts because Amazon prices change daily, but I was shocked how inexpensive this book was used so please check it out.
Why do you run?
Is Milk good for you?
Is Milk actually good for you? We are told it is. However, it’s worth considering the data available and remembering that the milk of years ago is not the same as what we drink now.
My friend Chris over at Stitches n’ Dishes shared a great info graphic about milk and I thought I should share it with all of you as well. Giving up milk is not easy, but I did that about 6 months ago and it has changed my life. Since I started eating paleo
I have lost about 30 pounds and I eat a richer fuller diet than I ever thought possible. I eat more fresh fruit and veggies than before. Moreover, I eat a lot of fabulous things like crab legs, shrimp, steak, etc… My initial concern was that my kids need milk, but the logic in The Paleo Solution gave me the confidence I needed to give it a go. My other concern was the cost. However, I quickly discovered my grocery bill dropped about 10-15% when I stopped buying processed foods and focused my shopping on quality meat and produce.
Take a look at the infographic and let me know what you think. Paleo eating may not be for everyone, but it does accommodate vegetarian and vegan lifestyles and it would be hard to argue against fresh food over processed. If you are looking for a comprehensive system to get started or improve your Paleo eating you might also benefit from these Paleo Hacks.
For Further Study:
My two favorite books on this topic are The Paleo Revolution and Whole 30. Both of these books will help you transition to a clean eating whole foods lifestyle. Moreover, they are filled with wonderful recipes that will not leave you feeling like you are missing out on anything. If you need a comprehensive program to assist you in your transition this program of Paleo Hacks is awesome.
So I’m curious where do you stand on the issue of milk? DO you consider it an essential part of your diet, a luxury, or have you given it up? If you gave it up how do you feel?
11 Pounds of Fat Gone!
Well here we are officially 14 days into the new year, so I thought it was time I give everyone an update on where I am and where I am going with my goals so far. The GREAT news is I have lost 11 pounds already in 2013! It’s about 1/5 of what I’m looking for for the year.
Discipline is Key
I am VERY happy with myself so far because I have been disciplined about my eating and done an excellent job of sticking to my diet. Because of this, I’m making progress and the results are absolutely showing. My clothes fit better and some are even a little baggy now and I just feel 100% better. I have two of those five-pound blocks and one of the one pounders off my body for good and I am VERY excited! I’m a dad, and getting this weight off is VERY important to me. I need to be here to take care of my girls and everything else I do in the world is meaningless if I’m not here for them. I think when you start looking at it that way it gets a lot easier to stick to your game plan.
I Feel Good
My clothes fit better and some are even a little baggy now and I feel 100% better. I have two of those five-pound blocks and one of the one pounders off my body for good and I am VERY excited! I’m a dad, and getting this weight off is VERY important to me. I need to be here to take care of my girls. Honestly, everything else I do in the world is meaningless if I’m not here for them. I think when you start looking at it that way it gets a lot easier to stick to your game plan.
I have started my push-up, sit-up, and squat challenge but have been taking it easy while on the restricted diet. I’ll be relaxing the diet for a few weeks in a couple days though and plan to increase that activity as soon as I do. It’s been cold, so I haven’t been getting out to run yet, but I am taking the stairs at work and trying to generally increase my activity. My birthday is coming up, so I am moving into a maintenance phase on the diet (I’m realistic and still want to have fun!) and upping the physical output till February 1st, then back onto the strict diet for February with the goal of dropping another 20 pounds or so before I get focused on my running.
I know everybody starts off very motivated in the beginning of the year. However, I know from experience that if you use this time to build momentum and see results I can follow through with my goals for the entire year. Blogging this here keeps me involved and focused on whats important.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll start building out my list of races for the year starting with a spring 5K or two leading into my summer and fall mud runs, with a possible BIG event later in the year. Who knows what that will be? Could be anything from a 10K to a 50-mile trail race… only time will tell!
How are you doing on your goals so far?
Most people know I have been a paleo eater for a few months now and I thought I’d give a quick update and share a fantastic free resource! As of right now I am down about 25 pounds, but the more important thing is I feel awesome. The two main things Paleo cuts out are gluten (wheat) and dairy. I don’t know wich one has had the bigger effect for me, but I know I can absolutely feel a difference! A BIG part of eating Paleo if figuring out how to cut gluten. It’s in EVERYTHING! Right now on Amazon you can get a copy of Gluten Free Cookbook: Gluten Free Diet and Gluten Free Recipes for Your Good Health free from Amazon in the Kindle addition. If you have a Kindle or any iOS device or Android tablet you can get the free Kindle app for it and take advantage of this opportunity! I just downloaded this tonight, but I will try to do a more thorough review soon!
If you download this please let me know what you think in the comments!
I made the BEST frozen yogurt in our Vita-Mix blender tonight. I tell people all the time how awesome the Vitamix is, but I really don’t think most people really “get it” because they only look at it as a smoothie machine and forget that it is also able to cook soup and freeze ice cream and frozen yogurt!
Here is what I did: Add 1 pound frozen strawberries, 1 cup vanilla yogurt (you can use greek yogurt but it has a texture I do not like in this recipe so try it at your own risk), and 1/8 cup Splenda. All you do is put everything in the vita-mix and blend until it is thick and smooth. The Vitamix blends the berries so quickly that as they are chopped and stirred they freeze the yoghurt making a delicious sweet creamy frozen yogurt.
I’m planning to make this with frozen pineapple and coconut soon! This is an awesome healthy recipe the entire family (including the kids) LOVED! High in protein and fresh fruit makes it a great way to cap off the day! For me losing weight is not easy, and I am an ice cream LOVER so this recipe is a BIG winner in my house. I know the Vita-Mix is expensive and that a lot of people have a difficult time justifying the expense but it has become an appliance I use nearly every day and I do not regret for one second my purchase.
If you are trying to lose weight or just eat healthier by making smoothies you should try The Smoothie Diet. It’s a great way to get started and the kit also comes with kid friendly smoothies, gluten free and diabetic friendly recipes, an exercise guide, and a healthy eating guide.
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
Thursday night was another late night run. I was very tired after work and had a bit of acid reflux from some very spicy hummus I ate about 4 hours earlier. I had planned a longer run, but decided a few yards into it that tonight would be a easy 1 mile. I know a lot of folks will say that running every day is terrible for you and that you should avoid it, but I disagree. The human body was built to run and move. what you need to be careful of is not to go to hard or fast too soon. There are a LOT of steak runners some of whom have a mile or more every day for 20 years! This idea is reinforced for me based on the idea that you don’t see the repetitive injuries in sheep herders or other hard-working people who walk run and work every day for their entire lives. However, I do think you need to be VERY careful. You need to keep an eye on your mileage and pace and increase slowly once you have a feel for what you can tolerate. You also have to keep a VERY close eye on nutrition. I personally feel VERY comfortable with the slow pace and short distances I have been doing and will slowly mo more than 10% per week increase the distance and pace over time to get to my goal distances.
I have been super busy all week and have consistently been behind on my blogging. Thank goodness for Runtastic taking care of logging all the details of my runs so I can go back 2 days later and write a post if I need to! Anyways, I hope you have been enjoying my daily ramblings… Here are the details:
Today was a short run only 1.33 miles… but I got to run with Sophia today and we had a LOT of fun. at about 1 mile Sophia stopped in a big field and picked a big bouquet of wild flowers for Krisy. I am really happy with how excited Sophia is to run with me most days. I hope that it will turn into a life long love of exercise (Or college scholarship!). The time we spend together is priceless and I am sure I will look back on it fondly when she is a teenager and too cool for me. 🙂
My left leg was a bit tight today, so we took it really easy from and speed and distance perspective. Nutritionally, I had a GREAT day. I had one of my Banana Smoothies for breakfast:
Brad’s Banana Smoothie Recipe
Lunch was leftover stir fry I made Saturday night followed by a fresh Juice made with apple, pineapple, carrot, celery, and cucumber with a handful of peanuts and Macadamia nuts. Dinner was a Morningstar Prime Griller and some leftover mac n’ cheese. Finally, for dessert, I had a small glass of fat-free milk and a Kashi oatmeal raisin flax cookie. Over all a GREAT eating day! I feel fantastic 10 days into this, but I need to make sure I take it easy and not to push too hard. A simple injury could kill the dream of running every day for a year.
Anyways, here are the details of today’s run:
Today was an awesome day… I ate good, and had a really good LSD run. I was nervous about extending the distance but I was very comfortable at 3 miles and was ready for a little push. Today was 5.33 miles or about 8.5K! I was really excited because I feel like I did a good job and finished strong. I was all alone just me and my iPod so I had a good opportunity to get in my own head and reflect on things. It was nice to get a little quiet time to myself just me and my iPod.
Nutritionally, today was a GREAT day. I had french toast made with some awesome whole grain bread (Dave’s Killer Bread), a fantastic chicken stir fry with tons of veggies I made for myself, Weat Thins and Brie, a smart dog and some mac n’ cheese for dinner and a Kashi cookie for desert. Not 100% perfect but overall a GREAT eating day.
I feel fantastic a few hours post run, but am looking forward to a good nights sleep tonight and a short run tomorrow! 🙂
Here are the details of todays run:
You can see I was moving right along twords the end! Days like this give me a LOT of confidence over the long run!
See you tomorrow!
Today was a good day… After a very busy week today I got some good rest! The day started with breakfast with some friends at The Buzz Inn Steak House. I had eggs benidict that fore some reason I was able to tolerate quite well. I got home, played some games for a bit and did a little reading. The the entire family went shopping for dinner and some new running shorts. I had a bean burrito for lunch, and a few hours later went for a nice fast walk run with Sophia through the hills in the neighborhood. We had an awesome time and spent most of the time talking and goofing off. Its nice to enjoy time with my children and still get a good calorie burn, and I was excited to hear sophia wants to run track. At 6 this is a ways off, but she knows what training is, and seems to be taking her new goal quite seriusly!
For dinner I made an awesome stir-fry with chicken, tofu, red cabbage, spinich, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. Krisy had hers chicken free, but the girls and I ate the meat version. Awesome stuff and lots of good nutrition in there! 🙂
Here are todays run results: