Week 6 Marathon Training Wrap up

Got done with my long run for the week a few hours ago. This was a tough one. Originally had planned to do about 15 miles, didn’t preplan my route and it ended being 16.5. The distance wasn’t the big deal, but the last 6 miles I had some significant wind in my face. It was discouraging to be pushing it pretty hard then look down and realize I was going about 10:30 a mile. I had also decided around mile 6 to run up  a pretty significant hill to the top of Awbrey Butte, that put some wear on my legs.. On the upside, I’m physically feeling good, just tired.

View of Bend from top of Awbrey Butte

View of Bend from top of Awbrey Butte

Pennywise coming to Bend

Two of my all time favorite bands are coming to Bend this weekend. Pennywise and Lagwagon. I’ve spent many hours running to both of these bands. I used today’s long run to cycle through a few of their best albums. I use my long runs as an opportunity to listen to complete albums from beginning to end. With some artists, I think its better to listen to a complete album beginning to end., Tool comes to mind. They are still holding out on iTunes for that reason.

pennywise--tickets

Pennywise Tickets

Not your bitch anymore

copenhagen

Can o’ Cope on my run

Its been a little over a year since I quit dipping tobacco. Running in Bend, I see a lot of discarded Copenhagen and Kodiak cans on the side of the road. When I see one, I’m reminded of how much of a slave I was to it. Aside from the many health risks, it had negative implications in all aspects of my life; Financial, relationship and social. I’m grateful today that It’s not part of my life. I still smoke cigars from time to time, but that’s a different post.

Other Items from the Week

Pronation Appreciation: Myth Busting For Runners

How to Get Faster with Interval Training

Hydrosleeve: Hands-Free Hydration for your Upper Arm

Book Review – Scott Jurek: Eat and Run

eatandrunA few weeks ago I finished up reading Scott Jurek: Eat and Run. For those that don’t know Scott is one of the most accomplished ultrarunners in the world. He has won the Western States several times and has a slew of other wins and course records to his name. He is also a pretty outspoken vegan and lays a lot of his success to his diet.

His book starts with this childhood and the relationship he had with his parents. His mother suffered with MS for most of his life and his relationship with his father was detached. Running for him became a way to overcome some of the challenges in his life.

The book is a blow by blow of some of his highs and lows throughout his childhood and running career. Intermixed with the stories is some commentary about the vegan lifestyle and the process he went through to find a diet that worked for him.

Overall I thought this was a good read. Some of the vegan recipes in the book looked interesting as a non-vegetarian, but more importantly is got me thinking about my own diet and how it can impact my running performance and my overall quality of life. I have no intentions of switching to a vegan diet, but I will probably be making some different decisions because of this.

I did feel that the book could have used another round of edits, at times, he would be in the middle of telling a story then go off on a 6 page rant about the western diet, only to come back to the story right where he left off. A bit hard to follow.

Towards they end, it did get a bit monotonus, felt like the same story was being told over and over.

I’d give it a solid B. The recipes and training tips at the end of each chapter were great to have and can spark some questions about your own diet perhaps.

Looking back, looking forward

New Years Eve is always a good time for some reflection and projecting into the future for me. I’ve never been much into the “resolutions”, those life changing dedications that will flip your world upside down tomorrow morning. For me, those types of drastic changes rarely hold because there is no plan, they are just hopes and usually are so unrealistic that I can become disenchanted and give up by the second day.

However, last year around this time I had a few things in my life that I wanted to change. I wanted to:

  • Quit Dipping Tobacco
  • Hit the 140 weight mark I set for myself in 2008 (Was 165 at the beginning of last year)
  • Start exercising again
  • Get back into school

I’m glad to say that I have been able to meet or exceed all of these goals. In the past 12 months, I have:

  • About a year off of chewing tobacco (the hardest thing I’ve done in my life)
  • Hit 140 pounds and been able to maintain that range
  • Ran over 900 miles, completed my first half and full marathon
  • Completed 27 college credits with a ~3.8 GPA

Some of my goals were pretty specific, others were more broad. This worked for me. Quitting tobacco and losing weight at the same time was pretty dang hard, you typically want to eat more when you are in nicotine withdrawal  So, instead of eating, I would exercise. It was a great combination to work on 3 things at once. Was hard mentally at times, and I became short with my family, but I knew that would be a temporary inconvenience for a lifelong freedom from tobacco.

On the college front. I never went to college out of high school, went directly to work. The past few years I have been taking classes at our local community college to slowly work on my AA degree. I had quit taking classes around 2010 and never got back into them. Bottomline was I just needed to get my ass back in school and register for a class. Enough said.

Looking forward

Looking towards 2013, it is more of the same for me. I don’t want to lose the momentum I gained in 2012 and improve where I can. For 2013 my current goals are:

  • Run a sub 4 marathon (Eugene April?)
  • Run 1500 Miles
  • Take at least 1 college class per term
  • Maintain weight around 140, but focus more on a leaner body composition
  • Take 1 or 2 family trips in the motorhome this summer

I think all of these are easily attainable, they will just require some focus, knowledge and priority in my life.

2012 was a great year for us and I feel incredibly lucky to have the people in my life that we do.

Happy New Year!