No, I do not mean 2013 Mondays (I counted, roughly, and it has been more than that at my age). I mean Mondays in the year 2013. Mondays have been a lot like Fridays but I have run a lot more on Mondays. This day has been my day after a two day rest so I would be restless and want to run. The hard part in the last couple months is that, after two days with the family at home, I needed to get things done around the house that I could not do with the family around. With the holidays, I had to do a lot of cleaning and reorganizing the piles of stuff so the house would look presentable for family guests. We have not had many guests but, next month is my daughters’ birthday and we will have people over for that. Score! I look, relatively, organized. It seems that Mondays at home have mirrored Mondays when I was working. Not uber productive but far more than Fridays. We will have to explore this with other days of the week.
I should probably look back at
all a few of my posts from this year to see how far I have come (or at least how bumpy the path was), but that would mean more work and I would rather just muscle through and hope I don’t repeat much of it. Part of my original purpose in starting this blog was to impart some of who and what I am to the world. I hope I have done this in some small way. Another reason was as a release valve for my thoughts and emotions. The idea behind this is to give them a medium to reorganize and organize in such a way that they make sense. This also allows me to evolve my thoughts. They say that we have tens of thousands of thoughts each day but that there are only about 600 unique thoughts. I figure that continuing to combine and reconfigure these thoughts might help increase that number or at least change the ones I have. Change can be a good thing and I think that is what I need right now.
“I said yep, what a concept, I could use a little fuel myself and we could all use a little change.” Smashmouth
This is post 180. I wrote that I wanted to write 200 by year’s end. I have quite a few unpublished and many unfinished posts. Let’s see if I can do this by midnight Wednesday. This might take a central line of caffeine. Good thing Starbucks and Redbull now have a home central line kit for just this purpose. The last few I write might be a bit unintelligible but they will be humorous.
What were Fridays like this year? The year started with working those days with one or two off. Starting during the summer, Fridays were spent with the kids and so not much cleaning or yard work was done. I am too lazy to go back to see if I wrote about this but trying to get anything done around this house is impossible with everyone home. Fridays were probably my least productive days of the year no matter whether I was working or not. Next year will be different. This is my second long run day. This is required because I need to train my body for the rigors of the long run while tired. If I take the lazy route with this, the race will be a massive fail. I do miss looking forward to new movie releases on Fridays but I will survive.
It has been an interesting year. My Saturdays have been spent tending to family needs. Getting about 500,000 cupfulls of apple juice. Tending to 750,000 gallons of tears. Giving out 3,000,000 tickles. Levelling out 100 timeouts. Filling the bathtub and washing 200,000 pounds of dirt, oil, and grime from two beautiful children.
Making 300 pounds of pasta. Washing every sheet and dish in the house each Saturday.
Watching more kids movies than I ever have. Watching box scores of the Sun Devils winning a lot and getting to a bowl game.
More than half of those days were spent without a paying job. This did not make any difference on Saturday because I have not worked a Saturday in over ten years.
I got less sleep on Saturdays but I did not do much so it really made no difference.
What did I do on Saturdays in 2013? Not much. 2014? These Saturdays will be relegated to rest because my long runs will culminate on Fridays. So, what will change on Saturdays? Not much.
I thought my days of sleep deprivation were over, or at least down to a minimum. Shows what I get for thinking. The day after I posted that I was goin to start running twice a day, the kids decided I was not going to get sleep anymore. They and I had been getting sleep so was thinking clearer and able to set goals. Somehow they read my
thoughts blog and figured I did not get to do anything without them like sleep so they started a streak of wetting the bed and waking up in the middle of the night not seen around here in hundreds of years. It got so hectic that they even messed up a couple of times and forgot who’s turn it was and they both got up. I know when I am not getting enough slewp by the number of posts I make on Facebook and my blog. I post way too many pictures and silly responses on Facebook and stop posting fitness posts here when I miss a couple nights. I sit and stare at the computer all day when it goes beyond two days. Well it has been way too long and I feel like I am slipping back into the abyss of not running and just turning into comic book guy (well, on the outside).
A couple weks ago I won a case of Suja juices from another blogger and I am very happy. Apart from the 33g of sugar in each bottle, they are excellent. The green one even has protein from the kale they add. They all taste about the same because they have banana in them but that is fine, I like bananas. I saw these juices at Sprouts yesterday and realized I cannot afford to buy them regularly but if I needed lunch in a hurry, this juice would work perfectly.
I mentioned before that I am retooling for the Old Pueblo Ultramarathon so my training is going to look different, slightly. Core remains, tempo remains, and even intervals (to an extent), but now I am going to focus on gettng used to the distance.
Monday – 1 hour tempo
Tuesday – 15 min warmup and cooldown and 5-8 Yasso 800@3 min
Wednesday – off
Thursday- 4-5 hours running
Friday – 4-5 hours running
Saturday – off
Sunday – off or 10-30 minute easy run
I hope to get the longer runs down to under four hours but for now, I want to get in the total distance of the ultra and get my body used to it. I will continue this until about three weeks prior to the race then I will taper. I will use the tempo and interval days to run trail and hills or on my treadmill (which has a 10-20% grade on it) to get used to the terrain (Old Pueblo course has an average 6% grade).
(In case you wondering, I got to sleep until 6 this morning even though I still had to clean up a pee bed when I got up.)
There is probably more to write but I am behind on posts so I will stop and fashion another post for later today.
Just hurt. Not much working out today. I fell while running yesterday and hurt my toe. Planks were difficult. Did not feel it much until I got up this morning. I started to run but after a mile I was not able to run on it without feeling like there was a nail in my foot. Went home and put it in compression. It is a little stiff now but does not hurt. I was able to walk/run about 2 miles today. Unfortunately, my legs are stiff after not being able to run again today. We will see what tomorrow holds. The rest should help both my legs and toe immensely. I know my complete recovery time will be longer because I am not juicing but I think it will still be lower than in the past because I am not taking in animal protein like I once did.
tonight with the kids. It was very good. That one will be a purchase. We already got
. We watched
and we were not impressed. The movie seems a little too ‘talky’ and dry for little ones.
I have to say that I am not really training directly for the marathon anymore. I will probably not be running in the marathon next month so I will focus my attention on the Ultramarathon in March. It is a fun run with an elevation change of 8k feet in southern Arizona. I have been working on increasing my speed and I will be increasing my longer runs to help my brain wrap around the idea of running for such a long period. I have taken 6 hours to finish a marathon before but this is a different animal altogether.
My son has had a rough couple of weeks at school. He has been getting marked down for behavior. Yesterday the teacher marked him down for cutting his hair. I understand her point of view that he was not using class supplies appropriately, but this is a case of natural consequence. He cut his hair, and will have to live with the goofy look he has. Perhaps she has a problem with the fact that he did this in class and is afraid of how it will look on her as a teacher. I don’t know, but to mark him down through the class behavior system seems a bit ridiculous to me. Calling the parents might be appropriate but not marking him down on the behavior record. I can see the traditional thought pattern running here. The teacher is responsible for the student at school and if they do anything ‘abnormal’ the teacher is held accountable. That is the ‘legal’ aspect. It is also the old way of looking at behavior. My perspective is, you do not need to punish for something that already has a natural consequence attached. Is her marking him down for cutting his hair somehow going to deter him or others from doing this in the future? Doubt it. Did she teach him anything by marking him down for cutting his hair? Un-friggin-likely. My only conclusion is that she had some anxiety about the act and could not resolve the issue in her mind or heart unless she did something about it. The only thing she felt she could, mark him down. Not, use it as a teaching moment. Not use a creative way to discuss it with him or come up with a consequence related to the action. No, use the limited punishment/reward system she has in her classroom to deal with it. Teacher? FAIL. Harsh? Perhaps. Teachers often do not perceive their role in teaching more than academics. We now include socialization in academics because of the rise is awareness about bullying but the fail comes as a result of the system and she is just the end result. The education system is set up to get kids off the streets and out of our hair while we go to work. The recent evolution of this system is to get kids to learn how to think well enough to get into college. Now it is becoming more and more a system for getting kids a trade so they are not as much of a burden on society. Sadly, they are often not taught directly the resons for why they need to learn the rules, they are just taught to obey the rules (I do not remember ever seeing a rule posted about cutting your hair in the classroom. I will have to look closer next time I am in there). All they are going to learn from this type of system is how to get around the rules they do not agree with or get in the way of having fun. I fault the teacher for not using her clever teacher mind to change how the system deals with situations that stray from the normal misbehaviors (not following directions, hitting, etc.) and fall in the range of creative and perhaps weird (cutting one’s hair in class, peeing in the corner, or standing on the table waving around unclothed body parts while singing ‘God Save the Queen’ to the tune of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’). I understand the teacher has limits for handling behavior in the classroom but how we handle the normal is testament to the system and how we handle the bizarre is a reflection of who we are. When a person responds to behavior that is clearly outside the box by trying to put it back in the box, a disservice is done to both the boxer and the boxee. What woud I have done? Take a picture and text it to the parent. At the very least, have the child call and talk to mom and/or dad. Is this on par with hitting someone (for which the same level is assigned according to the classroom behavior system) I would not say it is. I just pray for whoever gets my daughter because my son is a pice of cake compared to that little spitfire.
Good night folks,