Sunday, December 14, 2014

08-14 Dec

08 DEC -- stationary bike 8 miles
09 DEC -- 24:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 0 elevation gain (treadmill)
              -- stationary bike 8 miles
              -- upper body weightlifting
10 DEC -- 48:00 -- 6.50 miles -- 484 elevation gain
              -- stationary bike 6 miles
11 DEC -- 47:15 -- 3.45 miles -- 341 elevation gain (combat PT w/sandbags, ammo cans, etc.)
12 DEC -- 53:33 -- 6.16 miles -- 614 elevation gain
13 DEC -- 1:13:02 -- 10.05 miles -- 431 elevation gain
14 DEC -- off -- chores and football

TOTAL -- 4:05:50 -- 29.16 miles -- 1870 elevation gain

Slow week.  Too slow.  Next week will be much bigger!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Instagram

Yesterday, I gave in and made an Instagram account thingy.  My username is "asphalt_impaired".  I also have a Facebook account that I made in 2010 but haven't used it since 2010.  Maybe, with the introduction of Little Man, I will start using social media more often.  Or, maybe not.

I'll start taking pictures during my training runs for Instagram. I see that Kilian has like 63,000 followers, so my goal is 64,000 by next Friday.  Let's make it happen.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Training Update

This morning, I quickly added the number of miles I've tackled since I started my project on February 12th.  I've done over 1,800 miles and should have no problem reaching 2,000 before February 12th of 2015.  I didn't add the number of hours but a ballpark number would be around 300 (10:00 minutes per mile).  A few months ago I posted about Malcolm Gladwell's hard and fast rule that 10,000 hours spent practicing something makes you an expert in that field.  If that's legit then I'm not sure I'll make it to "expert" ultrarunning levels until I'm Gary's age.

None of that really matters.  Plus, I plan to write an extensive recount of my entire year-long experiment once complete in February.  Maybe, since I ran every mile using my 310XT GPS watch, Garmin will be interested in the data?!  (And in paying for me to run races in 2016?!)  Really, though, I only needed an excuse to post some pictures of Little Man. 

Imagining himself crossing the finish line of his first Turkey Trot next fall

Yes, his luscious hair can be easily formed into a mohawk and keep its form for days.  This will surely scare off other kids at the race next year.

Ohhhhhhhhh...the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round...



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

24-30 Nov

24 NOV -- off -- stationary bike 3 miles -- upper body weightlifting
25 NOV -- off -- stationary bike 3 miles -- upper body weightlifting
26 NOV -- upper body weightlifting
27 NOV -- off -- Happy Thanksgiving
28 NOV -- 43:26 -- 5.85 miles -- 304 elevation gain
29 NOV -- off -- rest
30 NOV -- off -- rest

TOTAL -- 43:26 -- 5.85 miles -- 304 elevation gain

Took most of the week off to spend time with family and recover from JFK.

Monday, December 8, 2014

01-07 Dec

01 DEC -- 45:14 -- 4.79 miles -- 768 elevation gain
02 DEC -- 44:47 -- 4.77 miles -- 754 elevation gain
03 DEC -- 38:48 -- 5.02 miles -- 509 elevation gain
              -- upper body weightlifting
04 DEC -- 1:23:37 -- 10.04 miles -- 856 elevation gain
              -- 650 meter swim -- 100 push ups -- 75 squats -- 75 crunches -- 75 muscle ups
05 DEC -- off
06 DEC -- 5:28:03 -- 21.61 miles -- 5664 elevation gain
07 DEC -- off -- rest

TOTAL -- 9:00:29 -- 46.23 miles -- 8551 elevation gain

Sort of a slow week, getting back to the grind after a week off following JFK.  I'd like to get back up to 60-70 miles per week around the new year, but I'm fine with weeks in the 40's and 50's as long as they are quality miles with decent elevation training.  I have no races on the schedule so I can run carefree!



Monday, November 24, 2014

17-23 Nov

17 NOV -- 1:05:38 -- 9.06 miles -- 368 elevation gain
18 NOV -- 1:05:52 -- 9.01 miles -- 329 elevation gain
19 NOV -- off -- rest
20 NOV -- off -- 100 push ups -- 150 dips -- 200 crunches -- 100 air squats
21 NOV -- off
22 NOV -- 7:22:35 -- 50.77 miles -- 3667 elevation gain (JFK 50 Mile)
23 NOV -- off -- rest

TOTAL -- 9:34:05 -- 68.84 miles -- 3364 elevation gain

Great week!  I spent so much time with Little Man and Kari during the week as I rested for JFK.  I did two decent road runs on Monday and Tuesday to stay active, but otherwise sat around with my family.

The race went well - blessed with great weather again, great temperatures, great friends, and great competition.  The course is boring, as we all know, and again I managed to find myself alone amongst the field of 1500+ starters over the last 20 miles of the race.  I've now finished the race 3 times and have yet to meet the race director.  Or even see the race director.  Thus, it doesn't deserve it's own recount this year.  My blog, my rules.  But, on the positive side, our Marine Corps team finished first in the military team division - we finished 1 of 1 team, which is still winning.  We victoriously hoisted the trophy over Geiger Hall this morning.

Next week I plan to rest my legs as much as possible.  I need to get back into the gym to find my pectorals again...



Monday, November 17, 2014

10-16 Nov

10 NOV -- off -- rest
11 NOV -- 16:55 -- 2.00 miles -- 0 elevation gain (treadmill in my basement)
12 NOV -- off
13 NOV -- off
14 NOV -- off
15 NOV -- 57:54 -- 7.80 miles -- 310 elevation gain
16 NOV -- off -- 125 push ups -- 250 crunches -- 250 dips (in my living room)

TOTAL -- 1:14:49 -- 9.80 miles -- 310 elevation gain

This was a big week, but not for running.  Little Man was born on 11 Nov, Veteran's Day!  Both he and my wife are happy and healthy, and I couldn't be any luckier!