Sunday, August 9, 2015

03-09 Aug

03 AUG -- off -- crossfit day!
04 AUG -- 43:04 - 11.00 miles
05 AUG -- 45:17 -- 11.75 miles
06 AUG -- off -- realized I hadn't taken a day off in awhile
07 AUG -- 20:00 -- 4.97 miles (my Tauki exercise bike came in the mail!)
08 AUG -- 42:27 -- 10.93 miles
               -- 24:27 -- 6.21 miles
09 AUG -- 34:21 -- 9.32 miles
               -- 35:34 -- 9.38 miles

TOTAL -- 4:05:10 -- 63.56 miles

Since I'm not a cyclist I have no idea if 63 miles for the week is good or not.  I have no goals of breaking certain miles per week, although 100 miles sounds like a reasonable challenge.  I'm basing my work load on the amount of time I spend riding.  After talking to a few triathletes around work, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I'm not following doctrine...  Don't care. 

I was running upwards of 5 hours per week, so I imagine I'll need to cycle that much, or more, to sustain my cardio for the next 5 weeks.  Week 1 was a success, in my opinion.  My quads are tender and my metabolism hasn't slowed down, so I must be getting something out of the workouts. 

I've read a few articles and watched a few YouTube videos for workout ideas.  I'll keep grinding away, but tomorrow is crossfit day in the garage to the bike will have to wait until Tuesday.



Sunday, August 2, 2015

27Jul-02 Aug

27 JUL -- 31:54 -- 4.54 miles -- 26 elevation gain
28 JUL -- 26:40 -- 2.00 miles -- 1003 elevation gain
29 JUL -- 44:35 -- 6.22 miles -- 43 elevation gain
30 JUL -- 10:30 -- 1.31 miles -- 13 elevation gain
             -- stationary bike 8 miles
             -- 9:52 -- 1.28 miles -- 4 elevation gain (morning)
             -- 10:04 -- 1.29 miles -- 13 elevation gain
             -- stationary bike 6 miles
             -- 9:23 -- 1.27 miles -- 4 elevation gain (afternoon)
31 JUL -- 30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 25 elevation gain (unit run)
01 AUG -- off -- stationary bike 12 miles -- 35:00
02 AUG -- off -- stationary bike 16 miles -- 46:32

TOTAL --

Well, bad news.  It was inevitable and I couldn't keep lying to myself.  I finally saw the podiatrist and took his advice, and so this:


A possible fracture of the sesamoid bone, but the MRI I have in 5 weeks will confirm whether or not a fracture exists.  X-rays were negative, which is always positive. 

I only cried once before I realized this could be a good thing and found creative ways to fill the void: biking, ab workouts, reading, crawling races versus Eli, etc. etc.  Adapt and overcome.  I might have to lay off the beer and cookies for awhile (as I sit here with a beer...), but it is what it is.

In any event, for the next 6 weeks I won't be running.  I'm not supposed to bear any weight on my right foot at all, but that's nearly impossible for anyone to do.  The Doc has given me permission to bike, however, so bike I shall.  I've been looking online for a road bike and a stationary bike for the garage.  We'll see what turns up. 

I think a 6-week break will be good.  My foot pain started last October and got worse, got better for a short time, then got worse again over the last week.  Clearly, I'm not happy about having my foot in a boot for 6 weeks, but rather than tinker around with gear or inserts or orthotics or other crap, I'm following strict Doc's orders and fixing this darn injury the first go around. 

This blog will continue as a temporary biking blog and will continue as a running blog in a few weeks.



Sunday, July 26, 2015

13-26 Jul

13 JUL -- off -- cross fit work out in the garage
14 JUL -- 34:57 -- 5.15 miles -- 8 elevation gain
15 JUL -- 11:13 -- 1.39 miles -- 10 elevation gain
             -- swim 1000 meters
             -- 18:25 -- 2.22 miles -- 22 elevation gain
16 JUL -- 13:27 -- 1.86 miles -- 20 elevation gain
             -- 32:15 -- 3.40 miles -- 20 elevation gain (Fartlek run)
             -- 12:14 -- 1.77 miles -- 10 elevation gain
             -- 11:32 -- 1.00 miles -- 422 elevation gain
17 JUL -- 32:48 -- 4.43 miles -- 31 elevation gain
             -- 21:38 -- 2.00 miles -- 739 elevation gain
18 JUL -- 1:39:51 -- 13.11 miles -- 56 elevation gain
19 JUL -- 1:04:48 -- 8.38 miles -- 49 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 5:53:08 -- 44.71 miles -- 1387 elevation gain

Foot pain starting to dissipate slightly.  I switched to my Hokas full time after realizing many of my other shoes have 500-800 miles on them and need replaced.  My Hokas has probably 350-ish miles on them, although I haven't been keeping track of my mile-per-shoe...maybe an idea for my next pair...I think I'll do that.  It'll be good data for other runners, although many factors need to be considered: running surface, stride of the runner, and so on.  Regardless, someone somewhere will get something out of the data, and it's easy to track, so I'll help out the community.





20 JUL -- off -- cross fit workout in the garage
21 JUL -- 10:55 -- 1.38 miles -- 17 elevation gain
             -- 12:02 -- 0.27 miles -- 1000 elevation gain (Stairmaster)
             -- 9:50 -- 1.35 miles -- 4 elevation gain
22 JUL -- 43:29 -- 6.19 miles -- 36 elevation gain
23 JUL -- off -- duty
24 JUL -- 26:30 -- 2.50 miles -- 924 elevation gain
             -- 30:22 -- 3.76 miles -- 16 elevation gain
25 JUL -- 1:47:01 -- 14.49 miles -- 120 elevation gain
26 JUL -- 9:53 -- 1.31 miles -- 18 elevation gain
             -- 16:28 -- 0.40 miles -- 1500 elevation gain  (Stairmaster)
             -- 10:52 -- 1.00 miles -- 449 elevation gain
             -- 9:07 -- 1.27 miles -- 4 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 4:46:29 -- 33.92 miles -- 4088 elevation gain

Mondays somehow turned into cross fit days.  I've never done cross fit before so I don't know where this came from.  I don't even know if I'm doing it right, so to speak.  If there's a cross fit inspector aboard Camp Lejeune then please know that your services are requested.

Aside from my Monday's spent jumping over milk crates in my garage, I've been getting in the mood to race again.  It's been since Bull Run in April. 

After running on flat roads for a few months I've been getting faster and faster.  I've been able to maintain 3,000-4,000 feet of elevation gain some weeks by steady treadmill and stairmaster workouts, but I realize nothing substitutes real trail running.  I'm considering taking another crack at Grindstone this October, but I don't know my work schedule.  It's filling fast but it's expensive (over $200 I believe) so I'd rather not throw my money away if I can avoid it.  But, if I sign up and things don't pan out, there's nothing else I'd rather throw money at than the ultrarunning community. 

Tristin signed up for a 100-miler in October which also motivates me to start racing again.  I'll likely see him at a wedding later in October and it would be awesome to share tales of running in the woods.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

06-12 Jul

06 JUL -- off -- upper body weightlifting
07 JUL -- 11:44 -- 1.35 miles -- 10 elevation gain
             -- swim 700 meters
             -- 28:12 -- 3.28 miles -- 6 elevation gain
             -- 20:04 -- 2.00 miles -- 739 elevation gain
08 JUL -- 10:30 -- 1.34 miles -- 10 elevation gain
             -- 12:08 -- 0.27 miles -- 1000 elevation gain
             -- 10:44 -- 1.00 miles -- 317 elevation gain
             -- 10:05 -- 1.30 miles -- 4 elevation gain
09 JUL -- off
10 JUL -- 37:08 -- 5.20 miles -- 30 elevation gain
11 JUL -- 1:22:46 -- 11.09 miles -- 57 elevation gain
12 JUL -- 30:18 -- 3.00 miles -- 950 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 4:13:39 -- 29.83 miles -- 3123 elevation gain

Well, I was consistently running 50-60 miles per week in Virginia where I had a selection of trails and locations.  Here in NC I am beyond bored.  This week I'm going to focus on elevation and smoke myself on the treadmill and Stairmaster every day - hopefully that'll keep things interesting.

Congratulations to Scott Jurek for taking on the AT this summer and finishing today with a new record!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Not-so-little Little Man

This guy is getting big.  He's almost outgrown his first car seat already.  Those things aren't cheap.

 
The last picture taken in our house in VA, the day before we moved.  Notice there aren't 100 pairs of shoes on my photographer's side of the closet.
 
He chases that basketball up and down the driveway in his go-cart
 
He got to the mail before we did.  Luckily it was useless coupons.
 
Bath time is generally more fun for me than for Eli.  Check out that farmers tan!
 
 
 
From just this past weekend.  What a ham sandwich,
 

08 Jun-05 Jul

08 JUN -- 31:08 -- 4.02 miles -- 28 elevation gain
09 JUN -- off
10 JUN -- 39:39 -- 5.27 miles -- 44 elevation gain
11 JUN -- 20:19 -- 2.06 miles -- 34 elevation gain (Fartlek run)
12 JUN -- 24:55 -- 2.50 miles -- 726 elevation gain
13 JUN -- off
14 JUN -- 1:06:47 -- 8.65 miles -- 51 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 3:02:48 -- 22.50 miles -- 883 elevation gain

Very slow and easy week.  Work was real busy and Eli wasn't sleeping well.  Pain in my right foot/big toe has been getting worse and slowing me down.  Time to schedule an appointment...




15 JUN -- 21:05 -- 2.00 miles -- 686 elevation gain
             -- 33:07 -- 4.45 miles -- 19 elevation gain
16 JUN -- 21:38 -- 2.00 miles -- 792 elevation gain (morning)
             -- upper body weightlifting (afternoon)
17 JUN -- 18:07 -- 2.08 miles -- 28 elevation gain
             -- swim 800 meters
             -- 12:02 -- 1.41 miles -- 4 elevation gain
18 JUN -- 41:42 -- 5.22 miles -- 12 elevation gain
19 JUN -- 41:34 -- 4.72 miles -- 21 elevation gain
20 JUN -- 1:22:06 -- 10.40 miles -- 65 elevation gain
21 JUN -- off

TOTAL -- 4:31:21 -- 32.28 miles -- 1627  elevation gain

Getting real bored with my running options.  Foot and toe still hurting.  Morton's Neuroma sounds about right.  Still dragging my feet (no pun intended) on making an appointment though....




22 JUN -- 51:11 -- 6.47 miles -- 34 elevation gain
23 JUN -- 11:21 -- 138 miles -- 13 elevation gain
             -- swim 1200 meters
             -- 11:26 -- 1.38 miles -- 4 elevation gain
24 JUN -- 40:15 -- 5.07 miles -- 30 elevation gain
25 JUN -- 10:11 -- 1.33 miles -- 14 elevation gain
             -- 12:48 -- 0.31 miles -- 1150 elevation gain (Stairmaster)
             -- 9:55 -- 1.31 miles -- 4 elevation gain
26 JUN -- 21:59 -- 2.00 miles -- 792 elevation gain
27 JUN -- 1:34:06 -- 12.25 miles -- 93 elevation gain
28 JUN -- 28:08 -- 3.72 miles -- 37 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 4:51:20 -- 35.22 miles -- 2171 elevation gain

Solid week with no rest day.  Toe and foot still annoying.  Finally scheduled an appointment for 7 Jul to see what's up.  Mileage has decreased significantly since moving to NC, mostly because I've succumbed to the boredom and monotony of running the same routes day after day after day.  I need to find a way to mix it up, but there truly are limited options here. 




29 JUN -- off
30 JUN -- 31:08 -- 3.00 miles -- 1188 elevation gain
01 JUL -- 37:12 -- 5.11 miles -- 20 elevation gain
02 JUL -- 41:22 -- 4.94 miles -- 46 elevation gain (Fartlek run)
03 JUL -- 1:04:21 -- 8.25 miles -- 39 elevation gain
04 JUL -- 40:15 -- 3.08 miles -- 19 elevation gain (Family run with Kari and my brother)
05 JUL -- 56:12 -- 7.49 miles -- 39 elevation gain
             -- 12:58 -- 0.30 miles -- 1100 elevation gain
             -- 9:57 -- 1.27 miles -- 4 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 4:53:25 -- 33.44 miles -- 2455 elevation gain

A decent week.  I've only taken 1 rest day in 2 weeks, but I'm not getting in the mileage and time on my feet like I used to.  The only ways to get elevation training remain the treadmill and the Stairmaster.  The Doc is looking at my foot next week and it'll be nice to finally have a diagnosis.  My brother recently moved to Fayetteville, NC, a short drive from Camp Lejeune, and he's been here twice in the past few weeks.  It's nice to spend time with him, a luxury we haven't had in years.  I'm taking Monday off next week to take Eli to the aquarium before heading back to work on Tuesday.  I'm not registered for any races, but I've been looking.  I still don't have a desire to "race" but I'm very curious about how I'd perform at timed events.  I'm not keen on spending hours away from my family on Saturday/Sunday mornings, plus it's 100 degrees every day, so I might do an overnighter this coming weekend to get in a long run without losing playtime with Eli.





Sunday, June 7, 2015

01-07 Jun

01 JUN -- 14:29 -- 1.30 miles -- 13 elevation gain
             -- 15:24 -- 0.32 miles -- 1200 elevation gain (stairmaster)
             -- 10:08 -- 1.29 miles -- 4 elevation gain
02 JUN -- 1:16:20 -- 10.03 miles -- 45 elevation gain
             -- 7:54 -- 0.16 miles -- 605 elevation gain (stairmaster)
             -- 9:25 -- 1.28 miles -- 4 elevation gain
03 JUN -- 11:54 -- 0.27 miles -- 1000 elevation gain
04 JUN -- 19:46 -- 3.01 miles -- 32 elevation gain
             -- 22:18 -- 2.98 miles -- 13 elevation gain
05 JUN -- off -- played slow pitch softball
06 JUN -- 1:43:54 -- 13.51 miles -- 70 elevation gain
07 JUN -- 37:12 -- 5.09 miles -- 20 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 5:28:44 -- 39.24 miles -- 3006 elevation gain

I'll continue to track my runs to the gym, the stairmaster workout, and the run home afterwards as separate workouts on here, but I'm tracking them as one continuous workout in my statistics for the year.  Although I stop my watch and reset it while I'm on the stairmaster, the whole workout is really just one run separated by a few doors and a flight of steps to the machine.  I don't want my total number of runs for the year to be inflated, which would happen if I counted each Stairmaster workout as 3 separate runs.  That's not confusing...

I'm finding that running around here continues to get more and more boring.  It will be a constant struggle to find happiness in running on flat, long, boring stretches on base.  There's a park outside the gate (Croatan National Forest) which has some cool trails from what I've seen and read online, but it's an hour and twenty minutes away - longer than my drive was to Shenandoah from our house in Fredericksburg.  I've been aimlessly running down dirt roads and through tall grassy fields looking for some type of new adventure, but they almost always lead to concrete or one of a thousand dirt tank trails on base that all look the same.  It's no use. 

This week, I'm going to start training hard for elevation on a treadmill.  Like many times in the past, Microsoft Excel has saved the planet by allowing me to plug and chug some simple numbers from the treadmill post-workout to tell me my elevation gain.  Microsoft has my vote for President, but don't tell my iPhone... 

I'm still thinking hard about signing up for some timed events in the summer or fall.  I'd really like to do a 12-hour event - I've never done one and I'm curious to see how many miles I can cover.  But I'm still not mentally comfortable with registering for any races.  My work schedule will largely dictate my race schedule over the next few years anyway.  Likewise, I'm still not keen on racing towards a finish line - those races aren't fun right now.  If the Marine Corps would give me 3 months off then I'd already be in the rental car heading south to Springer Mountain in GA to tackle the Appalachian Trail...