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Johnson & Johnson Performance 5K #284 (81 remaining)

 

a warm welcome

 

My day actually started with a full night of work from 11pm to 7am. Then off to Johnson & Johnson Performance Institute workshop.

This workshop was a full day of self discovery and learning new strategies to get the most out of the energy you have in a day.

A side benefit was getting to attend with several of my friends from Lucky’s lake.  The class was lively, funny and very informative. I learned key strategies to be more effective. Strategies like breaking the myth of multitasking being an effective strategy. Eliminating the excuse story I tell myself as to why I’m not doing more.  The value of adding recovery to your work day, just like an athlete does.

The campus was amazing and felt like a very exclusive country club. There were healthy snacks and drinks to keep you alert throughout the day.

Immaculate grounds


A light healthy breakfast


Lots of healthy snacks

A lively group of athletes

 

etched in the band says “finish the mission”

 

Feeling uplifted and at the same time absolutely exhausted by the time I fought rush hour traffic to get home.

I knew I still had my 5K to run and my energy was almost zero. After tending to the kids, I slugged myself around to get my run clothes on. My son must have sensed my utter despair and offered to run with me. This kind gesture from Daddy’s little man was just the extra energy I needed to get through my 5K run today.

My favorite little man

My run was surprisingly easy considering that I hadn’t slept for almost 24 hours. I had some spots of aches and pains but nothing I couldn’t manage. 284th 5K

An absolutely amazing day.  That left me almost too tired to sleep, if that makes any sense.

 

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Amaya’s 14th birthday 5K #257

Today is the official day of my baby girl’s 14th birthday.  Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate the way we want to because she had track practice after school and a host of homework assignments to be completed before spring break this weekend.

We did have time to go to her favorite place in the world Chewy Boba Tea.  We also played a couple games of UNO before heading home for a long homework night.

My actual run was a little faster than normal because I wanted to have lunch with my son at school. I only had about a half an hour to get to his school on time this meant that I had to run at about a nine minute pace.  For those of you that have been following my runs lately, you know my runs have been no where near a 9 minute pace. However, the motivation to meet my son for lunch seemed to give me a boost to run at the faster pace.  I was able to make it to his school just in time for lunch.  I

During my run, I experienced some slight right ankle pain, right knee throb, and my right hamstring had just a little slight throb.  But other than than that, I was able to run at the faster pace.

My Garmin watch seems to be failing on a daily basis now when I try to upload my activities. I have to reboot my laptop, add the device again, etc. it’s getting to be extremely time consuming and annoying.  I am still unable to upload my run, as Garmin was closed by the time I tried to upload my watch.

Whenever I call Garmin, they are very helpful. However, the sync issues continue to plague my day. I really need to get another watch that wirelessly transfers my runs.

 

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Amaya’s basketball championship run 5k #248

Today was filled with excitement as my daughter Amaya’s team was playing in their first playoff game as the number one seed and cluster regular season champions.  Watching her play is the highlight of my week.  She plays with such passion and energy that is contagious.

I definitely wanted to get my 5K out of the way as they would be playing the late 6:30 game on the other side of town.  I knew it would be very late, and that I’d be lucky to get an hours sleep after the game and long drive home.  If I still had to run a 5k when I got home, it would not be a good idea.

My 5K run was ok, started out slow but relatively pain free.  Still worrying about my knees, I’m really concentrating on perfect running form.  I have no room for sloppy run mechanics or “lazy” running.

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I did check the mileage on my shoes and they are definitely are in need of replacing as they are well over 300 miles.

ALTRA RUNNING SHOES

Amaya’s team, the Sunridge Lady Eagles won a close game and are onto the next round. A fast turnaround next game is Wednesday with a yet to be determined opponent.

 

 

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Lucky’s lake swim #375 and #246 5K


I live a busy and blessed life on Saturdays.  After working all night from 11pm to 7am , I drive to Lucky’s Lake for my morning swim.  No matter how tired I am, or rough my night was, I always swim in the lake.  The only exceptions have been when I’m coaching my son’s basketball team.  Luckily, my son’s game was not until 4:30pm.

Today, my swim started late as I assisted in interviewing some of the esteemed lake swimmers for a project.  Although a beautiful sunny day, the air was quite chilly in the low 40’s.  It was actually warmer in the water at 68 degrees.

The weather was not a deterrent, as we had a good turnout for such a chilly day.


After spending about two hours interviewing people, it was my time to swim on the lake.  Due to my late start, I really only had time for one crossing.  The first crossing was a little shaky as it had been a week since I last swam.  The swim back across the lake was much better as my body adjusted to swimming again.  Only 25 more crossings before reaching 400!

I’m still not swimming with a wetsuit and I feel my body is acclimated to the cooler waters now. https://www.strava.com/activities/509586507/embed/a0e3e0914201aafde6cd5c19f1ac7dbaee719ced

A quick soak in the hot tub and it was onto make breakfast for the kiddies.  After making breakfast, I was in a dilemma about trying to run or getting a nap in before my son’s game?

I was very tired, but realized that if I didn’t get my run in before coaching my son’s basketball game,  I would be at great risk of not completing my 5K.  I knew after the game would be awards ceremony, then post game meal celebration, which would leave me extremely tired on no sleep the night before.

These days I feel thankful to just completing my runs. I somehow managed to get faster with every mile during my run today, when I wondered how I would even complete it. I felt much better than I imagined in my mind before my run.

I am extremely worried about my knees these days, as they ache and throb even when I’m not running.  At day 246, I feel there is no way I can just decided to stop.  I’ve come way too far now to quit.  I’m praying that my knees can hold up.  Hoping to find some time to run on some trails and softer surfaces.  I know softer surfaces are out there, I just don’t have the time to drive to them.  https://www.strava.com/activities/509586523/embed/eaaa7872969b9621e89110ef11b229e4cbad89f2


My son’s team lost their game, but played really hard.  I guess in the end that’s all a coach can ask for out of 4th and 5th graders.  All in all a great day to be alive.

 

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A pain free Leap year 5K #241

 

That after 5K glow

I woke up feeling extremely tired, and just hoped to get through my run as painless as possible.  Almost as uncommon as leap year, is me running pain free.  However, I had a great run today. For the first time in a while, I had relatively no pain while running.

Today I decided to run after getting some much needed sleep and before my son’s basketball camp practice at 7pm.  I’ve tried running after his practice and before work and it is an extremely late/hard run.

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Although I was running relatively slow, my heart rate was through the roof. An indicator of still need rest and sleep. But must keep pressing forward only 124 more days to go for a year straight of daily 5Ks.

I’m also on day 11 of my no oil, no dairy, Vegan lifestyle challenge.  I noticed in the beginning some weight loss.  Now I seem to be craving quite a bit more sugar than my Paleo lifestyle.

 

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An exhausting night 5K run #228

 

I should be sleeping….

Today was a very tiring day. Operating on about 2 hours of sleep since last night I headed out on my 228th consecutive 5K.  I really did not feel like running today and just wanted to get it over with.

My body felt all achy all over. But at some point I started to enjoying the run.  The night air felt extremely good.

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I can promise you if it weren’t for this run streak, I would have been resting on my butt all day.  I just feel really exhausted at the end of my 5 consecutive nights working third shift.  The lack of sleep and the unnatural habit of working when I should be sleeping really takes it’s toll on me.

 

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A love myself Valentine 5K #226

So today was Valentine’s day.  A day to spend with that special loved one.  Since I’m pretty much solo these days, I decided to love on myself.  It is really hard for me to address my own needs before the ones I love.  Which is mainly my children who were with their mom today till 6.  Leaving me all alone to figure out what to do with my time.

I woke up exceptionally groggy and it took me awhile to get up to run my 5K.  I can tell you with 100% surety that I would not have exercised today had it not been for my 5K a day streak.  Looking for motivation as I’m having to do a lot these days, I decided to explore a nearby neighborhood.

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My main focus today was to just get it done.  Take it easy and not put unnecessary stress on my already groggy body.  I did a good stretch and then spent the rest of the day playing UNO and drinking tea with the Kiddies.

 

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