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2013 Resolutions

Posted on Jan 03, 2013 under Exercise, family, Health, Running | No Comment

I’ve got a lot big plans for 2013. Some are personal, some are professional and plenty are family related.

2012 was a very good year in a lot of ways. I worked hard to improve myself in several categories and I intend on continuing that into the new year.

My running and fitness goals:
Run 100-125 miles a month
Run 1200 miles in 2013
Complete 100 pushups in one set
Complete 200 crunches in one set
Complete 15 pullups in one set
Drop weight to 155
Run at least 45 miles in the 12 hour race*
Complete the Red Top Mountain 50K
Run a sub 4:30 marathon
Run a sub 5:30 50K
Run a sub 59 minute 10K
Run a sub 24 minute 5K

I think some of these are definitely doable – the first two definitely. The “speed” goals mentioned in the last four will come as my mileage and speed continues to improve.

The fitness goals are there because I really want to get more fit this year. It’ll help me in so many ways.

Two notes: I mentioned yesterday I wasn’t sure about a goal for the 12 hour race, but I needed to put on my 2013 goals so I figured I would aim fairly high, but lower than what I really wanted. If my training continues these next two months, I think 45 miles is definitely possible.

The Red Top Mountain 50K – I attempted this in June 2011 and failed pretty spectacularly. A blend of summer heat – temps in the 90s, inadequate training and a stomach that just quit digesting about 8 miles into the run. I stopped at mile 27.5. I want to finish the run this year. In the heat too. I’ll start a little earlier and I’ll be in much better shape.

It’s exciting thinking of the possibilities. It’s like spring training. Everyone suddenly has a chance to win. If I keep up with everything, I should accomplish most of these goals.

Other Goals:
Blog regularly – I’ve restarted the blog and I’m planning on updating it much more regularly.
Read more books – I debated putting a goal number, but longer books take more time. Just reading regularly is good enough.
Do more around the house – I try to pull my weight, but I want to do more.
Be a better father/husband – self explanatory right?

That’s all for now. Here’s to starting 2013 on the right foot!

Looking Back, Looking Ahead 2012/2013 edition

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 under Exercise, family, Health, Running | No Comment

There was a lot of bad in 2012, but plenty of good too.

I’m far from being the husband and father my family deserves, but I’m trying to improve that. Hopefully I made some strides. I did my best to cut out a lot of the activities and hobbies that were just mine to make sure I was spending as much time as I could with family.

My running this year was a comeback story of sorts. January and February started off well, with February hitting 110 miles. But I wouldn’t hit triple digits again until August thanks to mix a of illnesses (mine and Mrs. Fitgeek and Lil’ Geek), laziness and just life in general.

August was a strong month, and September was too, slowed only by a stomach bug and a vacation. October was a complete failure, but November was 101 miles, and December was the best month of the year: 114 miles, including two 20 mile runs. My final mileage for 2012 – 888 miles.

I didn’t run any races this year, and that was a good thing. I didn’t have any business doing any races. I’ve only got one on the schedule for 2013: a 12 hour race in March.

Looking to 2013, I’m planning on continuing to improve my running. I’m way too slow. There’s no question about that. So I want to work on my speed and continue to build my miles.

I also want to get into better overall shape in 2013. As decent as my running was, overall fitness was severely lacking. I want to be in much better shape at the end of 2013 than I am when it starts.

My mileage goal for 2012 was 1,200 miles. Obviously I was nowhere near it, but the final months of the year showed I can do it. So in 2013, my goal again is 1,200 miles.

As for the March race, I still don’t have a goal. Or I did, and I think it needs to be revised. I’ll figure it out by the end of January.

These aren’t specifics. I’ll show those in my 2013 resolutions post.

Overall, 2012 was a pretty good year.

Here’s to making 2013 even better.

Realistic Running

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 under Exercise, family, Health, Running, working out | No Comment

I’ve come to grips with a lot in life. I won’t be devilishly handsome. I won’t have millions of dollars to spend on building a home movie theater. And I won’t be the runner I want to be.

That’s not to say I won’t try. That’s part of the fun. But here’s the facts: I have a job, a wife who for some reason enjoys spending time with me, a lil’ girl who is my entire world, and a good number of TV shows and movies that I really want to watch (I’m looking at you, Breaking Bad and Justified).

My training will never be the best it can be. Instead, I’m aiming for the best it can be, given my life situation. To be able to run five days a week would require a lot of sacrifices of not just me, but also my family. To put in the miles I should be doing would be too much of a burden on everyone around me.

I’d rather run when I can, train the best I can and see what happens. Time with Mrs. Fitgeek and Lil’ Geek is what’s important.

2012 was a not-so-great year for me, running-wise. I’ll do a recap in a few days, but overall it was incredibly disappointing. In other ways though, it was a very good year, and the outlook for 2013 seems pretty positive.

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I took today off from running. Sunday’s run triggered some Achilles pain in both legs, and yesterday I was limping pretty badly. It’s better today and I’ll get in a nice run tomorrow. Saturday is a virtual half marathon I found out about on Twitter. I said I’d do it, so I can’t skip it now!

If the legs are all better, the plan is for a nice 20-miler on Monday that will give me a good projection on what I can expect in the 12 hour race a few months down the road.

I’ve also started more weight training to be a bit more balanced. It’s fun getting back into it.

I’m really really trying to catch up on Breaking Bad. I’ve got just three episodes left in season four. The show is like a runaway train, picking up speed and racing toward an inevitable but entertaining disaster.

News Flash

Posted on Dec 08, 2012 under family | No Comment

Lil Geek said this tonight, “I’m a big girl. I can do lots of things.” That’s not the least bit scary.
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Lil Geek turns 3

Posted on Dec 04, 2012 under family | No Comment

Oh, Lil Geek. You’re 3. I still can’t believe it.

It’s hard to look back at an entire year. There were so many great moments. From little ones, like watching you at the zoo, to big events, like you dressing as a Tootsie Roll for Halloween.

You traveled, went to baseball games, danced at restaurants, made forts, colored, played with Play-Doh and so much more.

You are a ball of energy and every moment with you makes everyone around you feel more alive.

One moment. One moment out of thousands to remember your third year of life.

One night we were rocking on the rocking chair and you looked at me and said, “Love you, so much.”

That was a big one.

The first time you said, “Nuggle more minutes.” That’s your way of asking us to snuggle a few more minutes.

Maybe it was the time you read a book to me. You had memorized it, but you were so happy.

No, my favorite moment is definitely this: We were driving home one night and you were tired. You were asking for something, I can’t remember what exactly. I would say no, you would ask again. After about the 10th time, you started to laugh.

“No!”
“Yes!” You’d yell back and giggle.
“No!”
“Yes!”

Your mom was laughing and our shouts and laughter filled the car. We couldn’t see each other’s faces, but I know we were all smiling. For just a few minutes the world melted away and it was just us three in the car, in the dark, laughing like crazy people.

Lil Geek, you’re growing into such a sweet girl. I couldn’t be prouder of you.

We love you. Happy birthday my little maniac.

Looking back, looking ahead 11/19/12

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 under Exercise, family, Running, working out | No Comment

Lil’ Geek’s birthday party was yesterday, and that’s a post all it’s own, coming tomorrow. Wow, she turns three this week. Three.

Running-wise, this was a pretty good week. I managed 28 miles and had one really rough run where the legs were just blocks of cement. Chalk it up to lack of sleep plus the cold.

My long run was great, though. Twelve miles on a one-mile loop in similar style to my goal race, the 12-hour race in March. Mentally, it was tough to think of doing 12 individual loops. But I broke it down into stages and never felt like I wasn’t going to finish. Physically, I felt great. I can tell already that the mental challenge of the loops is going to require more training.

I’m planning on doing all of my long runs on the weekend on the 1-mile loop course to get better acclimated to doing it for long periods of time.

I boxed a bit and did yoga.

It was a busy week as we get ready for Lil’ Geek reaching the big zero-three. She’s super excited. Even if she’s throwing gang signs whenever she shows us her three fingers for her age.

This week my goal is to just maintain my mileage the best I can. I ran six miles today and I’ll get in another run tomorrow before we head out of town for Thanksgiving for five days. I won’t run on Lil’ Geek’s birthday (no time!) but I plan on running on Thanksgiving and maybe Friday, but definitely Saturday and maybe Sunday. If I miss a day here or there, that’s fine. I know this is going to be a tough week of running and staying fit.

Outside of that, I’m trying to catch up on Arrested Development before Season 4 premieres. There’s something I never thought I’d have the chance to say. I’m also slowly getting into Sons of Anarchy. The new favorite show, however, in the Geek household is Revenge. We burned through season 1 on Netflix in less than three weeks and quickly caught up on the current season. A week off without Revenge is not a fun week.

Growing Pains

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 under family | 1 Comment

I can’t believe Lil’ Geek is nearly 3. This morning she woke up at 5 yelling for me to come and rock her. I picked her up and we sat down in the rocking chair.

“Faster,” she whispered, her arm wrapped around Tigger.

We sped up, but she couldn’t get comfortable. She tossed and turned, rolled this way and that. Finally, she got situated, but the message was clear: she’s almost too big to rock in the rocking chair.

No. Nononononononono.

I felt a lump grow in my throat. Our days, actually late nights and early mornings, of rocking were drawing to a close. No. She’s my lil’ girl. My baby. No matter how much she grows, she’s still just a girl who wants to be comforted.

But soon, we won’t be able to in the rocking chair. When that day comes, I don’t know that I’ll handle it well.

She’s my lil’ girl.

I do my best to savor every moment. I play with her every chance I get, I snuggle her when she asks, and when she begs for “snuggle more minutes” I gladly reset the clock.

But that clock won’t stop. It’s still ticking. And she’s growing.

My girl is growing up. I’ll be OK with it. Not now. But eventually.

Let me just have a few more chances to rock her to sleep.

Weekly Recap – November 5, 2012

Posted on Nov 06, 2012 under Exercise, family, Running | No Comment

What a week. Mrs. Fitgeek had sinus surgery on Monday and Lil’ Geek was sick Friday through Sunday.

Halloween was a blast, thanks to Lil’ Geek’s adorable costume and her ability to make everyone fall in love with her. Yeah, I’m not ready for the teenage Lil’ Geek.

Lil’ Geek doesn’t understand how Halloween candy works. She refuses to eat any of it. Instead, she just wants to look at it, shake it and take it from room to room. It was torture trying not to steal from her. For the record I ate ONLY one piece of her candy and I gave her additional candy out of guilt.

Everyone in the house seems to be on the mend. Finally!

My running and working out was sporadic, but it’s starting to get back on track. I only ran 14 miles last week, but in the midst of all that was going on, that’s just fine. I did weights and boxed two days and that certainly helped as well.

This week my goals are pretty simple:

Run 28-30 miles
Box and lift weights 3 days
Catch up on Walking Dead!

Cute Candy

Posted on Nov 04, 2012 under family | No Comment

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For Halloween Lil Geek was the cutest Tootsie Roll. Ever.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 under Exercise, family, movies, Running | No Comment

Well, it was a busy one to say the least. We had some family health issues. Mrs. Fit Geek’s grandfather was seriously ill and we spent Saturday with him and the in-laws.

Lil’ Geek was her usual, mini-tornado self, running, playing and fighting sleep with every ounce of her tiny body.

My running this week was a little ying and yang. I did great up through Wednesday and then didn’t run another step through Sunday. I had runs scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, but work, life, laziness and a youngster who didn’t want to sleep, all prevailed.

Total mileage: 10 miles. That’s a shade lower than the 30 miles the previous week.

Overall for February, I had a strong month of running and working out. I’m over 100 miles for the month, and I’m starting to feel gains from the lifting. Because of Lil’ Geek’s schedule, I’m lifting in the evenings and doing it in about 40 minutes. Short and sweet.

I didn’t get near as much done as I’d have liked to for the other aspects of my life, but that’s almost always the case. All I can do is keep striving.

I’ve got a half marathon run slated for March 18 with a bunch of friends. I’m not expecting to hit a PR but it will be a good test for my 2012 goal of breaking 2 hours for 13.1 miles.

This week I’ve got loads to do. I’ll be passing 30 miles for the week in running, lifting at least three times and doing a lecture at work. Busy, busy, busy.

As for Lil’ Geek, I’m hoping to spend tons of quality time with her. She’s my sun and my moon.

Mrs. Fit Geek and I love us some reality shows. This week’s Biggest Loser and Survivor should be good, and I’m looking forward to the finale of Top Chef. At last. It’s been a long season.

Mrs. Fit Geek is always stoked about the Bachelor. Oh well. She’s close to perfect so this isn’t a huge flaw.

Me, I’m lovin’ some Justified. And I’m looking forward to Awake. I’m also big into the second “A Song of Ice and Fire” series (better known to many as A Game of Thrones). The second book so far is stellar.

So the blog is finally back up and running. I’m redoing my blog roll, so if you’ve got a blog e-mail me at schulmanwriter@gmail.com and I’ll add it as long as you add mine too.