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Rolling hills 5K #324 (41 remaining)

I spent a lot of time procrastinating this run. I stood outside for 10 minutes contemplating which direction I should go. I finally decided on a familiar route and off I went.

With the soreness in my right hamstring and calves, I’m amazed that I’m still able to run. Sitting at work has become a liability and I must get up frequently to avoid sciatic pain as well.

While running my usual route, I had a spur of the moment inspiration to run a route that I had been contemplating for months.

What was my apprehension regarding this route you ask? Well it was all rolling hills and no shade. I generally try to any and all hills during this streak as it requires additional recovery time that I can’t afford to take.

 

Following my moment of inspiration off I went in the direction of the hills. When running hills, I like to take short, choppy steps, to maximize efficiency and reduce impact on joints.

The new route was just what the doctor ordered as I was awakened with new sights and sounds of the open road.

 

 

I’ll know over the next day or so, what price (if any) I’ll have to pain for the added load on my muscles.  324th 5K

 

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I love exploring my surrounding neighborhoods

I’m also making a concerted effort to stay hydrated as the weather continues to get hotter. The countdown continues as day 325 arrives tomorrow.

 

 

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Life balance 5K run #215 & Lake Swim #367

  

   
With all this 5K run concentration, my other disciplines such as bike, weights, and swim drills have been suffering.  Due to my worry about over taxing my body with a daily 5K run I have been putting off the other things I love to do.

Well today I’m making the decision to get back on the bike, weight training and getting to the pool to do my swim drills.  I will still use the lake for my distance swim work, mainly because I think it’s important to keep a balance between loving what you do and getting good training in.

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So today my training started with my usual Lucky’s Lake crossing.  Due to having to get the kids ready for school, I can only do one crossing.  I never seem to warmup properly and my first 500 meter crossing is stop and go with some elevated heart rate.  Once I’m warmed up however, my breathing settles down and I’m able to swim much more relaxed.  I love looking at the sunrise as I’m swimming across the lake.

As far as my run went today, I’m still experiencing some discomfort in my left hamstring and glute.  No matter how much treatment I get on it, it seems to only offer temporary relief.  The pain as suspected comes right back the next day.

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Much too cold to run outside. #199th 5K run

   
    
 
So with the temperature almost zero degrees outside, it was definetly a run inside treadmill kinda day. The run itself wasn’t too bad once I got warmed up. My back has been absolutely killing me. I have to really exert some energy to get up from a seated position. I’ve reduced my stretching so as to keep from aggravating my other injuries. So I’m in a bit of a catch 22 situation. I need to stretch to keep my body supple. But I also need to avoid stretching the aggravated areas. 
I’m starting to rethink the advantage we warm weather athletes have over cold climate athletes. 

With cold climate you get the following advantages

  1. Forced rest days
  2. Chance to heal from pounding the pavement 
  3. Forced to train indoors.  This allows greater concentration on technique. For example one legged peddling drills. Faster cadence running on the treadmill. More indoor pool time to work on drills. 
  4. Take a much needed mental break from daily training. 

When I’m in Florida it’s just so hard for me to reject the outdoors for indoor training.  I haven’t been able to do it yet. However, in Ohio I’ve had no choice and I’m getting a new appreciation for the treadmill. I never thought I’d say that phrase. 

When I get back to Florida, I will substitute some of my outdoor running for indoor treadmill work. I will also force myself on my bike trainer too. I’m still resisting the chlorinated pool. I just love lake swimming so much. 

I think at some point, I made a decision that I don’t have the time to compete at the highest level right now. So I might as well enjoy what I’m doing. 

 

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Halfway to my goal of running a 5K daily for one year

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My day started like a lot of my days with a lake swim at Lucky’s Lake.

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A bit chilly out this morning.

I love this sign!

I love this sign!

After my two lake crossing this morning, I reached a running milestone. Day 183, which means I’m officially half way to my goal of running a 5K a day for one year. 183/365=50%.

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I’m amazed that I’ve made it this far considering the nagging injuries I’ve incurred.  The journey has had many twist and turns that’s for sure.  Like right now I’m currently struggling with some nagging right glute and hamstring issues.  These issues have really slowed down my running.  I dare not push the pace, for fear of being derailed for a longer period of time.  I have to somehow keep running while at the same time allowing my body to get some rest and heal.

You’ve heard of the term “dog days of the summer”?  That’s what my quest currently feels like.  Each day it seems to be a grind to complete my 5k run.  A part of me longs to do other activities that I have put aside for fear of injuring myself.  Activities such as basketball, weightlifting and cycling have not been part of my routine for awhile now.  This has been the longest time I haven’t cycled in three years time.

I do plan on adding some light weightlifting to beef up my physique and make my body more resistant to injuries going forward.  The problem is that I can’t push too hard as building muscle requires rest and recovery.  Is it possible to build muscle on minimal rest and recovery?  We shall find out, as I’m going to take a before and after picture to track my weightlifting journey.

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I wanted to capture the halfway point of my 5K/Day journey with a nice photo

I love bamboo

I love bamboo

I’ve really become dependent on running with music.  I’m finding motivation by running with a different playlist everyday.  Before I started this running quest, I loathed running with music and just enjoyed the sound of my breath and feet hitting the pavement.  I would like to get back to running without music, but for now the music is a good motivator for me to continue the streak.  Also running in different locations that I’ve never run before adds motivation and “childlike” intrigue.

Instead of my normal what have I learned list, I’m going to talk about what has been the easiest part of my journey and what has been the hardest.

The easiest part surprisingly has been the actual running itself.  I’ve got the 5K run down to such a routine, it’s just a matter of doing it.

The hardest part has been documenting my journey.  It seems that I’m having trouble keeping up with recording my runs, how I’m feeling that day, challenges, blogging etc.  A close second would be taking the time to address my injuries properly.  Getting more massages, acupuncture visits, roller therapy to really address my injuries.

I’m looking forward to learning more about myself on the second half of this journey to a year’s worth of daily 5Ks.

 

 

 

 

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A run with my son #163 consecutive 5K

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5K run #163 was all about getting my son some exercise.  My son was in a “deep chill” status after a pretty hectic Saturday and wanted to lounge around all day and play video games.  I don’t mind him playing games, but I always tell him to break it up with some exercise and other things.

I gave him the option of going for a bike ride or a run with me.  He chose to run with me as for some reason, he’s not really into biking as of yet.  I’m still suffering from some glute issues, so I have to be careful.

 

 

 

Instead of spending a lot of money on a fancy roller to help work out the muscles, I went “old school” and bought a rolling pin from Goodwill.  Instead of spending $35, I only spend $1.99 and it works wonderfully well.

good old fashioned rolling pin

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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Enter the next pain to deal with glute strain? #164 consecutive 5K

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Ooh ouch ooh ouch could be a song today as I ran my 164th 5K.  I have officially developed some sort of glute injury that hurts with every step of my run.  How long will the pain last?  How long will it take to heal?  Will this last the remaining 201 days of my year of consecutive 5Ks?  I’m mentally prepared to endure the pain if that is the case.  I can barely sit at my desk without the sharp pain starting from my right glute and all the way down my hamstring.  I’ll address it with some acupuncture and massage therapy and see how it goes.


I did manage to work in a “dad’s basketball camp workout” with my son before my run.  It was a hectic day and I’m really feeling tired towards the end of my 5th night of 3rd shift work. #can’twaittosleepatnight

 

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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Run thought day 161st 5K


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Oftentimes when I run, I have creative and thought provoking ideas.

My thought while running today’s was……..What if you’ve never discovered your greatest talent? Try something new and out of your circle of comfort.

What if you are missing out on your greatest challenge because you haven’t tried anything new since high school?

Get out and discover all your gifts!

As a side note, I’ve developed a slight glute issue from running too fast.  Sigh, I wonder how long it will take to heal?  Better make another appointment to the Acupuncturist.

 

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