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Day #150 of consecutive 5K run (a late post)

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I love running paths and running someplace new.

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A unique view, doing my post run stretches on my back.

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A beautiful duck, who is quite comfy around people. It had zero fear of me, even running by him.

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My first run at Gaston Edwards Park

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Shameless selfie

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My app that keeps track of all my runs

 

Has it really been 3 months since I’ve blogged?  You’ve got to be freaking kidding me!  You know what has distracted me is posting quite a bit?  The answer is posting on Facebook/Instagram and not porting my activities over to this blog.  To be totally honest, I don’t have time to post to all three everyday.

I have to make some decisions about what is the best way to communicate with the largest audience.  Facebook seems to be the easiest to use via my cell phone.  Posting to this blog seems to require me sitting down at my laptop.  Whereas, I can post to Facebook while I’m pretty much anywhere with a few minutes to spare.  Look me up on Facebook for the latest on my activities.  I will be revamping this blog soon, so more to come.

What have I been up to?  I guess the best way to start is the latest adventure and work my way backwards.  As you can tell from the title, I’m still pursuing my quest for a complete year of running at least a 5K a day.  I’ve just completed day #150 https://www.strava.com/activities/442060722/embed/c43d5137463c147c8fd07f5f398f5a148c6e2918  As a matter of fact, you can add me as a friend on Strava to see all of my 5K runs and times.

So what have I learned so far in regards to running everyday for 150 days straight?

  1. Forces you to spend some time on you everyday
  2. anything you work on everyday will improve
  3. after reaching a certain point, momentum begins to assist you
  4. You can still perform with injuries, I’ve suffered a sprained ankle, shoulder, muscle spasms that cut off my breathing, hip flexors, knee soreness and of course ye ole hammy.
  5. I choose very carefully the things I do as to not injure myself or put myself at risk of not completing my 5K
  6. My mind is now asking the question, “where else can employ this consistency in my life”
  7. Never put yourself last, or your goals will be last too
  8. you can’t outrun a poor diet.  No matter how many miles I run, it can not compensate for my poor food choices.  I shudder to think of how much better I’d look with a cleaner diet.  God please give me more strength.  LOL
  9. My goals have to be high to motivate me to achieve them
  10. Sometimes you just need a little music to get you through
  11. Equipment is critical
  12. Stretching and warming up are keys to avoiding injuries
  13. My body can heal and still continue to keep going
  14. Whenever you need a little motivation, just run somewhere new.  The freshness of the new sights and sounds will keep you engaged and entertained

That is the good news, my running continues to get stronger and stronger.  The bad news is my swimming and biking have been taking a back seat to keep this streak alive.  On days where I have only enough time to swim, bike or run, I have to choose running.

In addition, I’ve started coaching my son’s basketball team.  Coaching has taken up any remaining time I might have left.  I’ve been studying plays, drills and how to get the best out of 4th and 5th grade kids.  It’s not as easy as I would have thought.  It is a rewarding experience as the kids keep asking me to coach the next league when it starts.  Basketball has changed quite a bit since I played back in the 80’s.  LOL

 

 

 

 

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Morning run with my daughter Amaya (aka The Female Flash)

Me and the Female Flash

Me and the Female Flash couldn’t keep the sweat out of my eyes.

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Today was a chilled run day today.  No biking or swimming on the agenda as my body is tired.  My daughter Amaya decided she wants to come running with me.  Now Amaya is not a long distance runner, she is a sprinter.  But she wanted to get a decent run in and hang out with Dad.  We had a good run, good conversation and she made the run so much more enjoyable.  I see Amaya doing big things this year in track.

Today was also day 51 of my 365 consecutive days of 5Ks quest.

 

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Day 40 of 365 5Ks and a 2 mile swim

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What a way to start the day! Nature is truly amazing. Did a 2 mile swim, followed by my 40th consecutive 5K run.  My first crossing was a little rough as my goggles fogged up making it really difficult to sight.  I’m also only three crossings away from reaching my 300th crossing at Lucky’s Lake!  There is no badge or award for 300 crossings, but I think I will celebrate in my own way!

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My goal is to run 365 straight 5K runs.  Over the past 40 days, I’ve suffered through hip flexor pain, muscle soreness, hamstring tweak, back spasms, and rolled ankle.  The rolled ankle was from playing my kids one on one basketball after training, not a good idea.

All in all I feel really good when I run.  I realize that it’s going to be key to monitor my effort level as to not sprain or over do it on any particular day.

My new Altra shoes have been a big help to keep me running strong. When you start to get some nagging injuries, sometimes it’s good to look at the wear and tear on your shoes.

 

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Bike, brick run, home movie

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After a quiet night at work last night, I decided to go for another 25 mile bike ride and my now usual 5K run.  My thoughts were to get home fast and out on my bike before it started getting too hot.  The prep to exercise always seems to take longer than I think it should.  Warm-up, using the restroom, and grabbing hydration/ food seems to take forever.  I was able to head out the door in a reasonable time to get a good bike ride in before the real heat or rain started.

After my 25 mile bike ride, it was on to my daily 5K.  I felt ok during the run, but was paying very close attention to the signals from my muscles that they were only a little harder effort away from cramping.  I decided to keep my pace dialed back as I did not feel like walking home.  All in all a great training day.

With the training all behind me, it was off to spend time with the kids watching a newly purchased Justice League home movie.  A really good movie, if you are a fan of the series.

Home movie with the kids

Home movie with the kids

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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I coulda/shoulda been sleeping kinda workout day

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Today was just one of those days where you fight with yourself.  Not your higher self, your lower self that likes you to stay right where you are.  I woke up just feeling groggy and not looking forward to my swim.  I love to swim, so this feeling was not like me.  I wondered if I was just hungry?

Then it hit me, I was putting undue pressure on myself to best my last workout.  I just decided to get rid of any expectations I had on today’s performance.  To just let what will be to be.  This choice of releasing myself from expectations lifted my spirits.  I would still do my best, just not put undue pressure on me.

I had a good swim and a great run.   I’m still concentrating on hip rotation, and relaxed breathing on the swimming.  I’m also focusing on faster leg turnover on my runs and relaxed foot strike.  My running times are continuing to improve.

After a good swim and run workout, it was time to get the kiddies involved in so physical activities.  So I put them through Dad’s basketball camp for wayward boys and girls. lol After basketball, it was on to the pool for a playful swim.  All in all a win-win sort of day.

Kids at Dad's basketball camp of discipline

Kids at Dad’s basketball camp of discipline

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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What have I been up to lately?

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Digger the dog, swimming after his tennis ball in Lucky’s Lake

A group of morning swimmers gather around

A group of morning swimmers gather around

It has indeed been awhile since I blogged.  I’m not sure why?  I could blame it on the kids, exhaustion, etc.  But, the fact remains I haven’t been blogging.  No excuses.  I’ve had plenty to blog about, I just have not made the effort.  I have been focusing a lot on my children’s activities this summer.  We have them both in basketball camps, and I have been actively training them in “Dad’s basketball and track school of discipline”  LOL.

In spite of the kids taking up a big chunk of my summer time, I have been keeping pretty consistent with my open water swimming, running and biking.  My bike has been in the shop for a couple of weeks that derailed my training several times this summer.  I always seem to have tire/bike trouble more than most.

My next triathlon adventure is the http://www.huntingtonsdiseasefl.org/ which will be an Olympic distance race.  I’m really doing the race in support of my good friend Sincy Curley who is doing his first Ironman distance race in Chattanooga this year on his 50th birthday.  I’ve been in better shape coming up on a triathlon race, but considering all things I feel pretty good.  I’m still working 3rd shift which continues to be a training challenge, as many days I’m just really tired and probably should not be training.

Today I ended up doing a triathlon of sorts.  During the summer months since the kids are out of school, I get to swim at Lucky’s Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  So, my day started with a lake swim, followed by a 25 mile bike ride and a 3 mile brick run.

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I’ve set a goal to go the entire year running a minimum of 3 miles a day.  I’m currently on day 20 of the 365 day goal.  About day 10 I overdid my training and suffered a hip flexor strain.  As a result of this pain, I have been unable to run at any speed worth mentioning.

I will have a full race report for the Olympic race this weekend!!

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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Swimming the “dynamic duo” lakes today

Kayakers providing safety for the swim

Kayakers providing safety for the swim

Many nice people showed up to partake in the festivities

Many nice people showed up to partake in the festivities

Up high to enjoy the view

Up high to enjoy the view

Awesome pancakes that would put IHOP out of business!

Awesome pancakes that would put IHOP out of business!

 

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Today I had the distinct pleasure of swimming in both Lucky’s Lake and Jack Beattie’s Lake today.  One crossing at Lucky’s Lake, followed by a 1 mile swim at Jack Beattie’s place. I didn’t know how much time I had to get from Lucky’s Lake to Jack’s place or what to expect, so I only did one crossing at Lucky’s Lake.  Upon retrospection, I probably could have gotten away with doing two crossings at Lucky’s instead of the one because I found out I had a couple of hours between Lake swims.  Nonetheless Lucky’s lake was awesome as usual, but I was overwhelmed by the grandeur and hospitality of Jack Beattie’s family and friends.

While driving to Jack Beattie’s place I remember thinking “am I headed in the right direction?”.  I had this thought because my GPS began to take me into a very prestigious neighborhood in Winter Park.  I began driving by beautiful million dollar estates on my way to Jack’s lake.  Well little did I know that Jack Beattie’s swim was in back of Jack’s beautiful estate home too.

While still in awe at my surroundings, I was greeted with open arms, smiles and a killer breakfast of pancakes (strawberry, blueberry and chocolate chip), muffins, sausage, fresh fruit, mimosa just about anything you could want for a great breakfast.  All of this great food and friendship the for cost of just showing up.  I think this is what they are talking about when they say the best things in life are free.  I could not have imagine a more perfect Saturday as an open swimmer.

The swim itself was amazing.  The swim was in a triangle shape course with plenty of kayakers, etc to keep you safe.  The water clear and fresh, I felt like I could drink it if I got thirsty.  On both sides of the lake were million dollar mansion to enjoy while swimming if you so desire.  It was really hard to focus on the swimming as there was so much beauty to take in.  I did stop a few times to take it all in as this was my first time, I was less concerned about my time to complete.

God willing, I will be a participate of this annual activity for years to come.  Thanks Jack, thanks Lucky you guys are what give me hope for humanity!!

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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