sleep deprivation

Where the hell have you been Wednesday.

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I have been missing the iPad. I wrote some blog/journal entries over the last couple of weeks. I just either did not put them on the computer or in writing at all. I still write blog entries in my head but they tend to not get published because my brain seems to have no urgency to rewrite them once they have been finished. I used to be able to just write my blog on the iPad when I was out anywhere so, yeah, I miss that. the last month has been difficult both in the cleaning and the workout arenas. I was mulling this over a couple weeks ago while my kids were playing at the mall and I decided on a new course of action. I set upon a plan to lose 20 pounds in 60 days. This begins today, November 13, 2013 and ends January 12, 2014.

I outlined a method similar to the one I laid out last year in Time for Weight Loss. Since I am not working I had to add items for  keeping busy so I would not just sit around the house on the computer and snacking. Yard work, cleaning the garage, house work and just keeping moving are a big part of the things I need to focus on. I have also got more specific exercises for building core. I can designate specific time each day to core exercises and weights.

I have been working on the mental blocks to working out and pushing myself farther. Still working on it but I have gotten past those blocks many times in the last few months by just forcing the run/workouts. I need to do it more consistently.

This weekend I will be volunteering at the Ironman AZ in the hopes of getting into the race for next year. It should be a great time.

March is the Old Pueblo Ultra (50 miles) near Tucson. I can’t wait for that!

Sleep has been sporadic lately. My daughter has been getting up anywhere between 12:30 and 4:30 each night. This explains part of my lack of posts as well as my mental disorganization and my overall sluggishness. Hopefully this will level off. My kids slept until after 5 today so I am feeling a little more awake and focused. I have found it a bit easier to meditate when I am getting sleep too. That has helped my meditation be more productive in the lsat couple days too. I need to cut this short so I can actually get to bed at a decent time tonight.

Thank you for reading. I am grateful to you all.


June 2, 3, 4

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Life steps in again. The wife has been ill. Her Majesty has decided that sleeping through the night is passé. Someone moved Arizona to the surface of Crematoria. All those elements mean I missed a couple of runs. I still ran long Sunday night and intervals last night.

June 2
Sunday was 6 miles at 85-90% of max HR. My hear rate was difficult to keep in range tonight so there was a lot of walking. I ran the last 3/4 mile at 100% and felt great!
Juice was primary meal all day. Apple, carrot, baby kale, and spinach with electrolyte enhanced water and a cup of orange juice.
Her Majesty woke up twice in the middle of the night again and I was way hellatired somewhat drained all day. I meditated for over 2 hours and slept for 3. Needless to say, I did not get much else done.

June 3
Monday was hard but somewhat productive. I was not able to work in a run but I was able to do a bunch of yard work. I got a nice upper body workout by chopping oleander branches with a machete. Hard to do with the left hand, but I made sure to switch hands to even out the load.
200 meters of swimming was the only real workout I was able to manage today.
I meditated for 2 hours today.
I also spent time posting my Liebster Award nominations.

June 4
Tuesday was busy but the wife was under the weather so not a lot was done. I did manage to spend an hour working in the yard. I got a sunburn because I was out in the sun for a longer period without taking a break. Not bad though. It was actually a decent workout.
I was able to get in 100 meters of swimming as well.
Meditation for 40 minutes
Interval running – 8 x 400 meters at 2:05 pace was the goal. I managed to run at sub 2 for each one.

I will be working in some heat running with this regimen. Today, June 5, is tempo as well as a short maintenance run.