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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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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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Swim run bike kind of day

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My weekend nirvana

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Today started out stressful as I took a last-minute phone call at work that made me late for my now “spiritual” Saturday morning lake swim.

However,  with minimal warm-up I was able to have my fastest swim.  It’s funny how sometimes form review of swimming can hurt my performance and sometimes it helps.  Often times if I review some swim techniques before swimming, I’m too much in my head and I have a terrible swim.  Over the past weeks, I noticed my times not really improving (and actually getting slower), so I felt like I had nothing to lose by reviewing my swim form.

I followed the tips from my training time with Endurance Nation last year.  Endurance Nation has you focus on the following:

  1. Front quadrant swimming ie, keeping your lead swim arm out in front of you until your recovery hand is at your head
  2. Focus on pulling the water back versus pushing the water down
  3. be as streamline as possible, reduce frontal area and drag, this can be done by good body rotation
  4. breathing as rotation, not head lift (breathing with one goggle still in the water to avoid head lift)
  5. using your lungs as a fulcrum, ie, finding YOUR balance point where you have your legs raise up naturally instead of kicking them to the surface

There’s more to the guide, but this is the high points.  I’m not sure which one of them helped the most, but I had my fastest swim ever at Lucky’s.  I wasn’t even trying to swim fast, but when I looked at my Garmin, I was a bit surprised at the time.  I’ve had faster times at the lake, but with buoy or wetsuit assisted.

After a great swim, it was onto the run part of my day.  This is day 36 of 365 5K runs.  I’m thinking more about not pushing myself hard everyday and to leave some runs for just enjoyment and not time.  I’m also getting concerned about possible overuse injuries as my quest to run 365 consecutive 5K’s continues.  I had a bit of a hamstring “twinge” while swimming, so I decided not to push my run as a precaution.

It always feels great after running, somehow I feel reconnected with my primal self.  I imagine staying in shape for the hunt coming up later as I chase down a deer or something.

My daughter Amaya had a basketball playoff game today at 11, so I got a break in the action as I watched her have her best game of the year.  She’s in a boys league, but they almost won the game as they tired out towards the end of the game and the boys came storming back.

We went out to celebrate her successful summer basketball camp coming to a close by going to wing house.  After saying our goodbyes, I was off to sleep.  Or so I thought……

I decided at the last-minute to take Zoey out for a spin.  It had been too long since I rode her and I do no want to lose my bike fitness again.  I didn’t know if I would have any energy left in my legs after the swim and run.  Therefore I told myself that I’d go for an easy ride.  It’s so hard for me to do easy and I ended up going fast and PR’ing some of the bike course.

All in all, today was a good training day.  Also a good time spent with my kids and their activities too.  I feel best when I give time to both.

 

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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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Chlorine glory with a 10K

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I had a good drills based swim at the Roper YMCA today.  My swim was cut short by the weird YMCA closing of the pool from noon to two.  So then I decided to go for a 10K run in the dessert heat.  I did find a little path of heaven out of the sun.  I felt pretty good, on my 10 K run and did remember to take in a little hydration unlike the last time.

 

Confident enough to run with my off.

Confident enough to run with my off.

A run path paved with flowers

A run path paved with flowers

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Daily Training Log

 

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