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My next goals

Posted on Apr 08, 2013 under Exercise, Health, Running, working out | No Comment

After last month’s successful ultra race (more on that later), I feel like I can now look at my goals for the rest of the year. I definitely want to get faster and break my speed records at just about Evey distance. That’s a pretty tall order. I haven’t trained for speed in a long time. A very long time.

My fastest 5k is a shade over 24 minutes. Right now I’m just starting to flirt with slipping under 30 minutes. Here’s the thing: during my truraining for the ultra I was working on running slow. Now that I know I can do the distance, I can look to add some speed.

It’ll take some time to get to 24, but the speed is building. On April 27 I’ll do a 5k speed test with a goal of being close to 29 minutes.

By the end of the year I know I can do sub 24.

But that’s not my only goal. I want to set records at the 10k, half marathon, marathon and 50k distances. I also want to hit 1,200 miles this year. Right now I’m just a hair off pace, mostly due to recovering from the ultra.

Today I had a good four miler. 39:44 that included a long hill at the end. My 5k split was 30:32. Not bad. I’ve got a speed session scheduled for Wednesday.

It’s funny, but as nervous as I was going into the ultra, it’s given me a good deal of confidence for the rest of 2013. Records will fall. Cool.

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.

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.

Reaching for a new challenge

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 under Exercise, Health, working out | No Comment

A few years back I gave yoga a try. I enjoyed it but it didn’t stick. It was a time thing mostly.

A couple weeks ago I listened to a podcast where a runner started doing yoga, and it got me thinking about giving it a shot again. I’m still under a time crunch, what with trying to fit in running, work, family and the occasional boxing workout into a 24 hour day.

Lately though I’ve been trying to figure out what I NEED to be working on to be a better runner. Strength in my core and enhanced flexibility. I knew these two would help ward off injuries, treat what soreness I did have and improve my running efficiency and form.

I don’t have time for a yoga class. Not right now. Lil’ Geek takes precedent after work and my mornings are usually reserved for runs. But I wanted give yoga a shot. I downloaded a couple of different apps to my phone, scanned some beginner articles online and figured I would do some routines and then try as many poses as I could and repeat for 3 sets.

Yoga and running are similar. At first, I couldn’t do either very well. But that didn’t discourage me. I pushed on and wanted to get better. Had to get better.

My first yoga session was brutal. I was bending, and at times, very nearly breaking. But it was fun. Pushing my body. That’s what endurance running and yoga are for me.

The morning after and I’m fine. No real soreness. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. By the end of the first session I felt invigorated.

So what’s next? I’ll probably do the yoga three times a week, varying the lengths of the sessions and changing up the poses. I’d like to do a class in the future, but I want to get better before I get in front of others.

If you’ve never tried yoga, don’t wait. Go in with an open mind. You’ll be challenged in a new way and you’ll see some great benefits.

It’s About Time

Posted on Nov 06, 2012 under Exercise, Health, Running, working out | No Comment

I love running. I love eating. I love working out. I love fast food. I the discipline of training. I love enjoying a big meal.

No more. For the last week I’ve flirted with dieting. That’s a funny word. Tell people you diet and they imagine you’re eating rice cakes and celery sticks.

I’ve always thought I had a handle on my diet. But the truth is it’s a tenuous grasp.

This past week I spent three days counting calories. It was frustrating, exhausting and very beneficial. It worked. I ate less and ate better.

But I know now that I need to diet. Every day. Count calories. Focus on what’s going in. Enjoy the occasional bad meal, but cut back on the real junky stuff.

This is not something I want to do. Not exactly. I want  to be healthy. I want to look better and get in top shape. But that takes discipline, something I’ve struggled with when it comes to training and to eating.

No more. Beginning tomorrow I’ll be posting regular weigh-ins and progress. The progress reports will be part of my weekly recaps on Monday.

As for goals, they’re pretty simple.

Drop 7 pounds
Lower body fat to under 19%
Run a sub 8 minute mile
Do 75 pushups in a single set

I’m currently training for my first ultramarathon since last year. It’s a 12-hour race in March.

I plan on being ready.