One year ago a new year began. Like all beginnings, this one held much promise. Possibilities were endless. Not really true because we tend to pass off these magical qualities on the future. What we tend to forget is that we will still have the same pressures and obligations as we do on the day we are fantasizing about what we will do in that “undiscovered country.” I am not in the same place I was a year ago. I have less resources than I did then and my time is just as limited as last year ago. I have certain things I need to do at specific times during the day just as I did when I worked and my personal time must revolve around the schedules of others. I have a bit more time for training but that time must be tempered with time spent cleaning and house maintenance. I have more time to schedule dinners yet I find myself often making the same meals I did a year ago. I find that my energy levels fluctuate in the same ways they did when I was working and that I am still tired when the kids come home from school. Last year this was the “undiscovered country,” now that I have discovered it, I realize that I was living here all along. I just found a few features I was not aware of back then.
Tuesdays in 2013
I was productive in 2013 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I do not know if this correlates to the Tuesday/Thursday classes I had back in college, but anything is possible. A whole lot of running and cleaning was accomplished on Tuesdays this year. This was the day I ran a lot of intervals and washed a lot of clothes. This was the day I volunteered at The Dictator’s school. I helped his class in the computer lab. I think I will be doing this a bit more this year until I get a job and perhaps will do it even after I get a job if I am not working.
Today feels like a very scattered day so I will have to end here. We are heading off to the mall.
Well, anyone following me has not had much to read from me for awhile. Life has stepped in and said, ‘Mine! I want attention!’ So I had to care for family and household for a few days. Turns out my wife is allergic to just the aroma of peppers now. Life has a cruel sense of humor. She almost passed out from anaphylacsis while we were in the pool with our children Sunday, so the rest of the day was shot. Yesterday was more about recovery than anything else.
Needless to say, workouts for a few days have been
restraint from releasing my shut-in children back into the wild where they belong core and weights. Tonight looks like I can get back on schedule for intervals. I may do a longer run and work in both a tempo and intervals. Tomorrow is still a heat run, probably 10 miles to the local Sport Chalet.
I will work a little on the awards today after I get some of that garage cleaned up. I will not show any pics until I am done for fear that someone will call in Hoarders on me.
Today was a topper with taking my car in for service in preparation for the trip to Sedona. Turns out, I need about $1,500 of work done with another $500 waiting in the very near future. Life is my friend, life is my friend, life is my friend (who does not want to lend me any money today).
The week after next I will be goining up to Sedona to do some altitude training. I am looking forward to it. It will be tough and tiring but I am pumped to be able to get that type of training under my belt. I have only run at altitude once before. The Guy Who Whines Like a Little Girl and I went up to Prescott a few years ago to drop his daughter off at a Girl Scout Camp and we ran while we waited. It was tiring to say the least. The altitude is not that much higher but we felt the difference within a half mile. The elevation of Sedona, AZ is 4,423 feet. The elevation of Prescott, AZ is 5,034 feet. The elevation of Scottsdale, AZ is 1,248 feet. So I will be going up about 3,200 feet. This is not as significant as Flagstaff (6,900 feet) but it is a start.
I might need to get some zero drop trail shoes though.
Altitude training, a new excuse for new shoes.
Well it has been one week and I have run, lifted, and swam this week. More in one week than I have done in the last couple months combined (maybe not, but it feels that way). I did not get to do as much as I wanted to because life stepped in, but I expected this. I am feeling sleep deprived again. I even tried napping after meditation today and could not. I have become rather slothful as a result. Her Majesty seems to be on an owl’s sleep pattern and she drags me right along with it (actually, I feel more like the mouse avoiding that owl in the dark). I think it is just the change in routine from her school routine that has led to this (the same goes for Little Bit’s illnesses). Hopefully, this will not last much longer. Even if it does, I will still be able to do what I can, which is more than I do during the work season.
June 1 – 7
Total distance – 25 miles (not counting the few miles I did not have Garmin use (I really need to
take a crap and then flush this thing down the toilet get a new one).
Avg HR – 151
Total time running – 5:35
Cross training – swimming, yardwork, weights, cardio weights, push ups, core leg lifts from bar and on the ground
Tomorrow and Sunday will both be long run days. 10 miles at 80% HR
Monday – AM 60 minute tempo run (10 minute warm up, 10 minute cool down, 40 minute 90% HR)
– PM 45 minute run at 70% HR
Tuesday – AM interval run (10 minute warm up, 10 x 400 at 2 minutes each)
– PM 45 minute run at 70% HR
Wednesday – AM 60 minute tempo run (10 minute warm up, 10 minute cool down, 40 minute 90% HR)
– PM 45 minute run at 80% HR
Thursday – AM – Off or 45 minute run at 70% HR
– PM – interval run (10 minute warm up, 10 x 400 at 2 minutes each)
Friday – AM – Off (We take the kids to a summer movie each Friday morning. This week it is Planet 51.)
– PM – 10 miles at 80% HR
I will also begin using the app, My Fitness Pal, to track kcal intake and expenditure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
Air popped popcorn topped with a little salt and nutritional yeast.
I will get my awards finished this weekend. There are several. A big thanks to Amanda for all the nominations.
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.
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.