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:
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!
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!
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.
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:
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. 🙂
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:
After a LONG day fishing with the girls It was time for another run. I was really tired after a night of staying up too late, eating hot dogs and getting up WAY to early. I got a limit of trout, Krisy got 4 and Sophia got 3 so it was a good day over all, but I was REALLY tired by the late afternoon when I finally got out for my run. Diet and sleep are everything.
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
- 1 cup Honey Greek Yogurt
- 1 Banana
- 15 Raw Almonds
- Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Raw Organic Cacao Powder
- Blend smooth in the Vitamix with a few ice cubes.
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: