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!
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!
Here are the details of todays run:
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:
Today is another rest day… Just an easy run around my normal 1 mile loop with Sophia. I’m way behind on posting my run data so not much more to say today.
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.
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: