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!
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!
I know I go on and on about this, but I can’t tell you how much I enjoy running with Sophia. We really have a LOT of fun and she may slow me down sometimes, but this early in the game it is more important that I get out regular than it is to be fast or log a ton of miles.
Today we ran down the Centennial Trail. I usually run on a short flat section of this trail right in front of my house, but today we drove down to the big trail head and took a different route for a little variety. Walking in the forest was a lot of fun, because it was a cool teaching opportunity for us as we discovered new birds and plants. We also had a great conversation about cougars because of the big orange warning sign. This route had a much bigger hill that slowly climbed 390 feet over about a mile. It’s not a huge hill, but it is LONG and steady. It was nice to get a change-up from the short steep hills around my neighborhood. the details are below:
Today was an exhausting day… All week has been building to an operational review with the company COO. As I sure anyone knows this type of thing causes a lot of stress. Things went ok for me all things considered, and it is a BIG relief to not have to think about it any more. I swear when I left the office at 6:30 I was about to fall asleep at my desk as a few days of stress and sleep deprivation have started to catch up with me. On the positive side, when I got home at 7PM I was greeted by Sophia who was rip-roaring to get out of the house and run. Mom was leery because it was 30 minutes until bed time, but she acquiesced to the request and let her go with me.
I have to say, one of the BEST things to come out of this running challenge has been the quality time I spend with my oldest daughter Sophia. Today’s workout was short, and not very fast, but we had a GREAT chat about eating healthy food and how some people go without… This lead to a talk about charitable giving, why it is important, and how we should be thankful for the many blessings we have received in our lives. We also talked about the value of education and hard work why dad is still in school and works so much. That’s a LOT of deep topics for a 6-year-old, but she was up for the task and really into the conversation. She ask good questions and had a lot of solid input. I don’t think enough parents get to spend this kind of time with their kids and it makes me happy she is so excited to get it. I dread the day she becomes too cool for me; but I am happy to know I have had so much quality time like this to help prepare her to make good decisions as an adult. I have a belief that our job as parents isn’t just to get our kids to 18 and out of the house, but to get them to act like adults and prepare them to take care of themselves because someday I wont be there to solve all her problems. Anyways, this is a running blog, so enough of the parenting philosophy… except to say if you don’t run with your kids try it. Its awesome! 🙂
Here are the details of todays workout:
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: