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... 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

11-31 May

11 MAY -- 1:17:00 -- 10.45 miles -- 456 elevation gain
12 MAY -- off
13 MAY -- 1:28:59 -- 10.67 miles -- 777 elevation gain (my last trail run in VA)
               -- 29:26 -- 1.95 miles -- 59 elevation gain (family run)
14 MAY -- 28:25 -- 4.20 miles -- 215 elevation gain
15 MAY -- 1:03:18 -- 8.12 miles -- 343 elevation gain
16 MAY -- 1:36:37 -- 11.67 miles -- 720 elevation gain
17 MAY -- off -- packing

TOTAL -- 6:23:45 -- 47.06 miles -- 2570 elevation gain

My last trail run was on the Fredericksburg Battlefield trails, my favorite close-to-home trail running location.  Unfortunately, the remainder of the miles this week were on roads and sidewalks near my neighborhood due to time restrictions as we prepared to move. 





18 MAY -- 31:48 -- 4.13 miles -- 207 elevation gain
               -- 35:00 -- 4.54 miles -- 197 elevation gain
19 MAY -- 1:30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 174 elevation gain (mowing the lawn one final time...)
20 MAY -- 30:26 -- 4.13 miles -- 231 elevation gain
21 MAY -- off -- packed the entire house into a Penske truck in one day with the help of Alex P.
22 MAY -- off -- driving to Camp Lejeune -- but I did like 15 push ups in the morning with Eli
23 MAY -- off -- unloaded the entire truck in less than 3 hours with the help of my neighbors!
24 MAY -- 40:15 -- 5.29 miles -- 37 elevation gain (first run in flat Camp Lejeune)

TOTAL -- 3:47:29 -- 21.09 miles -- 846 elevation gain

Slow week for running since we had to pack the truck, make the move, and unpack the truck.  To be honest, I'm surprised I had the energy and motivation to run when I did.  Huge thanks to Alex P. and my awesome neighbors to take time out of their Memorial Day weekend to help me move our crap.





25 MAY -- 49:25 -- 3.05 miles -- 31 elevation gain
26 MAY -- off -- unpacking and interior decorating consumed my day
27 MAY -- 40:53 -- 5.13 miles -- 16 elevation gain
28 MAY -- 11:45 -- 1.39 miles -- 19 elevation gain (ran to the gym to use the Stairmaster...)
               -- 16:45 -- 0.28 miles -- 1488 elevation gain (Stairmaster)
               -- 15:34 -- 1.94 miles -- 19 elevation gain (took the long way home from the gym...)
               -- 29:21 -- 4.05 miles -- 39 elevation gain (why not...)
29 MAY -- 40:54 -- 5.20 miles -- 47 elevation gain
30 MAY -- 50:00 -- 6.45 miles -- 33 elevation gain
31 MAY -- 1:12:50 -- 9.48 miles -- 65 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 5:27:27 -- 36.97 miles -- 1757 elevation gain

Let me explain the Stairmaster workout before questions come up.  I did a little research - I did everything except physically measure the stairs on the machine I used with a tape measure.  I didn't remember the brand of the machine I used, so I used the most commonly referenced average of 17" per step.  After a little excel work, I translated the number of steps I climbed into mileage and elevation gain.  Simple.  Not really translatable to actual training and who knows if it will be good enough to sustain previous training, but it's really my only option.  I anticipate a lot of Stairmaster workouts between now and 2017.  And since I'll be spending so much time climbing steps, I felt that I should include it in my mileage and elevation statistics.  Right or wrong, who knows, but it's my blog and my study.  At the end of my running career, once (if?) I've reached my 10,000 hours or 100,000 miles or whatever the coolest milestone is to reach, if you have beef with it at that point then you can call me out.  Or, call me out right now and offer up a better solution to tracking this stuff - I'm open for suggestions. 

Camp Lejeune is the flattest place in the universe.  This is going to be a very long couple of years.  The nearest mountains are a few hours to the west, say, 3 hours drive to Raleigh.  The real mountains are in western NC about 6-7 hours away.  I'll most likely make the 5-6 hour drive back to VA before heading west to foreign trails.  I might take on some new challenges during my time at this duty station - possibly more timed events (24 hour, 48 hour, etc.) than races with actual finish lines.  The flat, never ending miles of service roads aboard Camp Lejeune make trail running possible but training for elevation impossible.  I might also have to trade my treadmill in for a Stairmaster...any takers?



Monday, May 11, 2015

27 Apr-10 May

27 APR -- 1:30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 214 elevation gain
28 APR -- stationary bike 4 miles (morning)
              -- upper body weightlifting (afternoon)
29 APR -- stationary bike 10 miles
              -- 30:00 -- 1.50 miles -- 110 elevation gain
30 APR -- swim 1200 meters (morning)
              -- 10:15 -- 1.00 miles -- 85 elevation gain (afternoon)
              -- stationary bike 4 miles -- upper body weightlifting (also afternoon)
01 MAY -- off
02 MAY -- 52:21 -- 5.86 miles -- 726 elevation gain (24-hour ATR team relay race)
                -- 54:07 -- 6.01 miles -- 729 elevation gain
                -- 52:57 -- 5.81 miles -- 747 elevation gain
                -- 56:01 -- 6.02 miles -- 778 elevation gain
03 MAY -- 1:44:15 -- 6.10 miles -- 793 elevation gain (sweeping the 24-hour ATR course)
               -- 40:00 -- 2.00 miles -- 190 elevation gain (family walk)

TOTAL -- 7:39:56 -- 35.80 miles -- 4262 elevation gain

Heck of a week.  Did a little swimming, biking, and running.  The 24-hour Adventure Trail Run was fun and served as a great final race before moving to NC.  I got some bro time with Alex, Scott, Dave, Jack, and Snipes.  Kari and Eli even made an appearance and made some PB&J sandwiches in the kitchen.  When I wasn't running I tried to make myself useful wherever needed - timing, the aid station, or eating as much as I could (which isn't really useful to anyone other than me).  It was a great race with a positive and motivating environment, as always is present at Athletic Equation events.





04 MAY -- 42:05 -- 3.84 miles -- 604 elevation gain
               -- 40 pull ups -- 150 ammo can presses -- upper body weightlifting
05 MAY -- stationary bike 9 miles (morning)
               -- 29:24 -- 2.88 miles -- 363 elevation gain (afternoon)
06 MAY -- 47:01 -- 6.02 miles -- 400 elevation gain
07 MAY -- stationary bike 3 miles -- upper body weightlifting (morning)
               -- 1:30:00 -- 3.00 miles -- 174 elevation gain (mowing the grass in the afternoon)
08 MAY -- stationary bike 10 miles
               -- 9:35 -- 1.00 miles -- 55 elevation gain
09 MAY -- 1:00:22 -- 8.40 miles -- 292 elevation gain
10 MAY -- 41:58 -- 5.77 miles -- 372 elevation gain

TOTAL -- 5:20:25 -- 30.91 miles -- 2260 elevation gain

Did some more biking and some running here and there.  This was my last week at Expeditionary Warfare School, so now I am on vacation until 7 Jun.  I hope to get in some decent longer runs during my break, but we also need to pack the house and move to NC.  I've been spending every second I can with Eli over the past 4 days and it's been too fun.  I've already shortened a run so I could get home by the time he woke up from his nap so we could hang out.  It's hard to willingly be absent from home to go running, but I'll need to get in a few longer training runs to stay in shape.