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Are you hurt or are you injured?

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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.
Watched

    Turbo

tonight with the kids. It was very good. That one will be a purchase. We already got

    The Croods

. We watched

    Planes

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,
Namaste.

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I know it has been awhile since I actually posted. I have been creating posts in my head and I even thought of some pics for Wordless Wednesdays. A lot has been happening that I need to write about but I am still too mentally cloudy to put it all down yet. But, just a few things…

  • A friend gave us a really nice juicer and it is rather awesome. Not a blender but an actual blender. I am extremely grateful for that.
  • I am currently still unemployed, so actual juicing is not really in the picture.
  • I am not a fan of online job applications. I have applied for several jobs but, they do not generally contact you unless they are going to interview you. This is rather rude considering all you have to go through for some of these applications. One site basically ran me through the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (a personality test). This application took 1.5 hours to complete. One site sent me an email saying they were going with other applicants at this time. No explanation, no way of contacting anyone about this. I get that I might be overqualified to work in a running apparel store, but give me the chance to discuss this before you dismiss me. There must be some reason I left my previous full-time job with a salary and benefits to apply for a minimum wage job.
  • I found some nice minimal shoes at Ross for only $40. That was really awesome. These shoes are Vibram Minimus and they are the real deal. It is like wearing a tough pair of socks. They do not carry the heat and they allow my feet to splay out as if I were barefoot.
  • I discovered my new best friend, The Stick. I bought it years ago for ITB issues but, now I use it to roll my calves and recovery is amazing. I am able to do over 30 miles a week now.
  • I am swimming between 300 and 1000 meters every day in the pool before or after I run. I will be starting my new training schedule soon. I figure I will do as I did last year, start on October first.
  • I signed up to volunteer for an aide station at the Ironman Arizona this year. This allows me to have first dibs (besides the current participants) at signing up for the race next year.

Thank you for continuing to be patient with me. Namaste.

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday

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I did not post my workout this week. There is a reason, it is not working. I know I set goals for this month, but I do not think those goals were working for me. I did not include enough down time. It was in the back of my mind but I was on a roll. Going forward, I will be doing:
Monday – intervals
Tuesday – tempo
Wednesday – AM heat run
– PM intervals
Thursday – cross-training
Friday – long slow 70%HR
Saturday – long slow 80%HR
Sunday – rest day
Each day will include 45 minutes of core and strength.
Nutrition will continue to be juice. I include electrolyte gels, pre-workout, and recovery Vega drinks on my longer runs and I avoid products that have caffeine.

I am thankful that I came to the realization of the unrealistic schedule I had tried. I need to be able to be with my children and wife during the day and that previous schedule would have wiped me out so much that I would not be physically able to be present around them.
I am thankful I am able to be with my family as much as I am right now. I am thankful for the weather here. I want to run Badwater someday and this weather is perfect for training for that race.
I am thankful that I can even think about running in such a race. I am thankful that my Garmin has not completely died yet (even though the thing sometimes records that my HR is 225 even though I have only been working out for 45 seconds).
I am grateful for my friends. I am grateful to have known the father of one of my friends who passed away this last week. My thoughts and prayers are with my friend and his family even more these days.
I am grateful for all the blogs I read every day. I love the ideas and information I get. I am also grateful for getting to know all these people from all over the world. I feel that I am better for knowing all of them.
I am grateful I have found pre made roasted peppers. Roasting them myself would be fine but my wife is allergic and just cooking them could cause a reaction. Finding the canned ones to add to my hummus has really alleviated that burden.
Thank you all for reading. Sending you Light and Love.

June 1st

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I have been able to use my Garmin. The problem is, it only works when it has been plugged in overnight. I doubt it will work for an entire marathon or ultra. Fortunately, this helps immensely with training.
I ran for 1 hour 11 mins last night. Not a long time or distance to run but I did it at 85% of my max heart rate. I was able to run the final 3/4 mile at 100% max HR. A little out of breath but not uncomfortable which suggests that either the heart monitor was not accurate or there is more to an accurate max heart rate than using your age as the baseline (HR= 220 – age). Seems like I should have a better max HR than someone who lives on the couch eating pizza, burgers, and beer. I will look it up.
I meditated yesterday and actually, most of the night since Her Highness decided that sleep was not for her (or me). She woke up a half hour after I went to bed and again 2 hours later (an hour after I was able to get back to bed). Somehow I had a feeling this was how the night was going to go, so I meditated and got plenty of rest in spite of my child’s transformation into a nocturnal animal.

I drank about 72 ounces of juice smoothie yesterday and ate a little hummus.

One day down, many more to look forward to. Thanks for reading!

Five for Friday – June Bug

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Five for Friday

June Goals
I was going to start my regime this last week but, I decided to make this a goal for June. Long slow runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and two-a-days Monday through Thursday. Cross training will include an hour a day of yard work, cardio weights, swimming, core workouts and possibly cycling (if I can get my bike fixed). So I am looking at 200 plus miles for June (it actually comes to 230 or so but I figure life often steps in so aim low and be pleased if I overshoot). I am actually a week into meditating with regularity and properly. June will also be another month of juice only. I will work on an actual schedule each week and post it (whether you like it or not).

Snack
Air popped popcorn topped with a little salt and nutritional yeast.

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Awards
I will get my awards finished this weekend. There are several. A big thanks to Amanda for all the nominations.

Summer Movies
I found out that the nearby mall theater has the summer movie program and we went to the first movie in a theater with our kids, ever. It was ok but they were a bit spooked when there was a part in the movie that was a little tense. The dark theater combined with the threat of a volcano to our heroes on the screen was a bit too much so we sat in the wings sort of watching the climax of the movie. It all worked out and we will return next week to see Smurfs.

Hummus
I am not sure if I blogged about this before, but I discovered how to get the texture of my hummus thicker, tahini. I added tahini and it made the hummus I make fantastic! Tahini is not cheap but I only need a tablespoon for each 1 or 2 cups of hummus. I love it!

Thanks for reading! Love and light. Namaste.

Smoothieing

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I have noticed that as I stopped blogging regularly about my juicing, I started eating food. I will have been eating a bit of food each of the last three days. Has not really affected my performance but I want to get the effects of a longer term juice/smoothie fast. I will begin today. 30 days of juice and smoothies. Care to join me?