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Still Here

I am still here. I just haven’t been in the mood to write. There are too many distractions right now. There are so many things to finish and so many to start. I guess it is good to have so many things in front of you. It keeps you pushing forward. I hope that never ends.

The running has been somewhat of a struggle this year with the drought and intense heat. I guess it is a good thing I signed up for the Capitol 10,000 back in October. I received a new scale for Christmas. It was nice, but what I saw when I stepped on it was not. I was a half pound heavier than when I started all of this. I knew this was the time to step up the intensity of my workouts and get to doing runs instead of run/walks. It was kind of disheartening that just after I started this push I gained an extra pound four days in a row, so now I was three pounds heavier than when I started. That is not good psychologically. You just have to use it to push you harder. It is getting better though. I am at least ahead by three or four pounds and, hopefully, by mid-February I’ll be back close to what I was when I raced last year. It would be nice to be back somewhere in the 180’s and even better to be back in the 170’s. I probably did as good as I did in college because I was willing to run a lot and I didn’t have enough money to over eat. We’ll see how it goes. The legs and body feel good. My endurance needs to be tweaked and all of it is going to have to come together for me to get the speed I want. Anyway, as they used to say, “Onward through the fog!”

 

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One Year Later

It has been a little over a year since I first started back running and recording my thoughts. Although this has mainly been about my running progress, I didn’t start out or do I continue to think that this would be my only subject here. It will be the main focus for the near future.

This morning I opted not to go out the door. We were out until about 9:00 pm last evening getting the chicken coop add on completed in a way so that we could get the other three “girls” outside. They are not quite to the size that we can add them to our original four…too much pecking going on. Their new pen is attached to the end of the other pen so they can get used to being around each other and maybe be put together in the next month or so.

As for the running, I am at a much better place one year later. At this point last year I was still trying to make it through a two mile walk. I have since run eight miles in a single run. I have slimmed up and lost a significant amount of weight. I am still stiff and sore when I go out to run, but that may be a constant thing. I may be more surprised if that does go away. What has mostly gone away are the pains in my muscles and knee and hip joints that feel like they might be or on the verge of being an injury. I think there was a period of re-alignment that occurred as the muscles and tendons strengthened. I have done all of this in the same pair of shoes and they are showing significant wear. I know I am past due on getting a new pair. It is high on my list of things to do. For now I press on and when my schedule slows down to normal, I will again push to increase my mileage.

Sun 22:18.93 W/R      Mon 21:36.38 W/R      Tues 21:43.46 W/R      Wed 18:33.41 R/W      Thur 22:23.75 W/R      Fri 20:56.12 W/R      Sun 21:39.77 W/R      Mon 26:23.56      Tue 22:39.65 W/R      Wed 45:16.54      Thur 21:19.90 W/R      Sat 45:41.81        Sun 21:54.67 W/R      Mon 23:04.24 W/R      Tue 21:44.43 W/R      Wed Off

 


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Inching Forward

I ran an eight miler back on the sixth of March and the next day a fairly hard six miler and after that I cratered. On top of being tight and achy, my work load has greatly increased and the temperatures are rising. I am glad it is getting warmer. I am so tired of putting on and taking off multiple layers to run. It has been hard to get going for the last week or so. I am back to my longer runs and I hope I can get everything loosened up and ready to run a good race on the 27th at the Capitol 10,000. It is going to be the luck of the draw. I am not at all consistent right now. At the same time, I am so much further along now than I was 10 months ago. I am around twenty pounds lighter now. I am not totally sure where my weight is since my scale broke, but I am back to wearing clothes I haven’t worn in years. All the pain and agony I have gone through has been totally worth it. It always feels so much better after I finish.

Looking at where I was and where I am now makes me feel good, but I don’t know how realistic I was to expect that maybe I had a chance to go from no running to thinking I might have a chance to finish in the top ten in my age group at the Capitol 10,000 with less than a year of training. All this while still trying to maintain my work commitments. I do want to continue this routine, but right now I’m not sure I want to commit to running next year’s Capitol 10,000. I’ll make that decision when it is time.     Tues  36:01.34 Walk     Wed  59:33.21     Thurs  34:29.37 Walk     Fri  20:06.76     Mon  18:51.74     Tues  18:50.21     Wed  60:58.17     Thur  58:53.66.

Gary

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More Movement

I am finding now that as much as I got tired of the heat, I am finding all of this cold weather much more distasteful. It takes extra time to get all bundled up. You are never sure when you have the right amount of clothes. I took a break in all those really cold days, which put my running off for most of three weeks. I wasn’t sure then whether that would be the right thing to do or not, as far as getting me to my goals. I did know that I just couldn’t be out running in that weather. If I push this to the point I am making myself miserable, I will end up justifying the need to abandon this pursuit for something else. I am now thinking that maybe that time off was beneficial as I seem to be finding a new gear here lately. I am feeling much more optimistict. I may not make the top ten in my age group at the Capitol 10,000, but I am much better equipped to get near that now than I was even a month ago. I don’t know if my weight has anything to do with it. I haven’t weighed myself since before Christmas when my scale broke. There is a little over three weeks until race day. This will be the big push and I’ll try to be better at putting my thoughts down here.     02/20  31:29.35     02/21  34:09.32     02/22  17:57.78     02/23  54:46.32     02/25  17:14.58     02/26  52:41.00     02/28  31:23.51    03/01  17:49.42

Gary

I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn’t have to go so fast.  – Steven Wright

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.  – Langston Hughes

You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
– Charles de Gaulle

To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.  – Richard Bach

Quotes from: http://www.brainyquote.com/

 

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A Little Colder This Week…

I got out of bed last Wednesday with a lot on my mind.  Foremost on my mind was a real dread at getting out in the cold, especially if it really was around 28 degrees. Knowing it was going to be colder I had already planned on doing my short route. Running in the cold didn’t use to bother me and maybe it still wouldn’t bother me so much if I wasn’t getting out of a warm bed to go running in the cold at 5:30 in the morning. Mr. J. Frost is not necessarily always a good host and on top of that I have never been as excited about running in the morning as I was about leaving it for later in the day. It is just that this is the only way I can assure that I will be consistent.

I had some good runs late last week and intended to take off Saturday or at least wait until later in the day, which again I did not do. I got up Sunday fully intending to brave the cold and get in another run. Instead I got all bundled up and ready to run. I sat in the recliner to get my shoes on. I noticed the other day how cozy I felt all bundled up sitting in that recliner…even without laying it back. Well Sunday morning I decided to ride that pony. I just sat in the chair feeling good until it was time for me to start getting ready for church. It was kinda like eating too many brownies. It felt so good, but then the guilt lingered.

I had to make restitution so when I went out for my run this morning I picked it up a little and ended my run with a personal best for this route. I really need to be closer to 42 minutes for this route and today I did it in 53. I will lengthen my distance before I make that 42, but somewhere in there I will edge closer to that pace.     Wed  18:43.12     Thur  54:27.67  Fri  18:47.40     Mon  53:20.80

Gary

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A Little More…

I’ve been thinking for a while I was going to need to up the distance again. Today I added an extra mile to my regular run. I had set December as the time to up the distance, but thought today was not too early.  Originally I thought I would have a little initial body shock as I started running again and then I would move fairly quickly into some semblance of my former running self. What I didn’t take into account was all those years off. As you build up miles an hours of exercise, your body develops a more efficient oxygen delivery system through increased capillary action. When I stopped, this declined as it wasn’t necessary for the physical activity level I was that I had moved to. I am only speculating, but I think this is part of he reason for the dead leg feelings and the same kind of a feeling as when you are trying to get more out of acar engine and it won’t go because he air filter is all clogged up. These things don’t rectify themselves overnight. I know the best way of overcoming this is to increase my mileage. This will not only increase my endurance, but will also have an effect on my speed just because of more efficient effort.

I go out early everyday before an interruption can keep me from completing my task. There are also less people out. Thee are less cars to guess what they are about to do. I refuse, for the most part, to  run in front of a vehicle unless I have a uniformed officer in front of the car holding it back. In this day and time, people are too distracted and too prone to blame problems that arise on other people. I choose to put that control and responsibility in my own hands as much as possible.

There are new aches and pains as each day passes, but there is also a feeling of  better overall health and conditioning and that lingers longer than the aches and pains. That is why I am sure I am on the right track.                  Mon     44:53.51     Tue  55:40.70

Gary

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Today I did not want to run, but I hadn’t run in two days and consistency is what produces results. It is for that reason only that I ran TODAY. I always check my weight after I run just to keep tabs on what is going on. After Thanksgiving and two days off from running, I was up 2.2 pounds. That is not real bad and can be made up fairly fast. It did mean I had jumped back above 200.

Today is the move to get back in the groove. When you have a goal you can’t wait until you feel like it to do the groundwork. Too many things at this stage of my life can become excuses that I chose to use rather than that I have to use. That really may be true of anyone at anytime. I know way back I wasn’t forced to stop running. I just chose to use up my time doing other things. Life is all about choices and sometimes we make choices and don’t understand what they will eventually lead to. I am choosing now to look a little farther out and make choices that will have a better chance of enhancing my life in the future and this running is part of that.  Sun 18:21.16

Gary

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

I was going to be on the road travelling early today and so I was going to skip this morning’s run, but plans changed somewhat and I had time for a short run. It is still warm…has been for the last few days (60’s at night- 80’s during the day). That will all change overnight and into tomorow as we are supposed to get at or near freezing, so tomorrow may be the day for a day off.    Wed  44:31.09     Thur  17:08.48

Gary

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Keep on going…

If the truth be known, I wanted to turn around and go back inside right after I hit the road this morning. I was so stiff and achy that I really didn’t think I was going to make it very far. I set my sites to make the zero mile marker which is somewhere between a mile and a mile and a half from my house. This would be a distance that was in between the two routes I have been using. About 200 or 300 yards from that zero marker I started loosening up and feeling better, so I decided to do the full loop. This morning also had that superhero reference as I neared the zero marker there was a light fog hanging low over the ground and with the lighted lamp posts in the park shining through the fog it seemed to conjure visions of the opening to a Batman comic book. I had this thought and then it was gone and I was back to thinking about the run. My unconscious tendency is to run hard one day and recover some the next. I think now this is blocking improvement. Pushing through the pain and increasing the mileage covered is where I will find the improvement I desire.

I see myself chasing my former running self. As I run now, I am probably anywhere from a mile and a half to two miles behind that former self. I would like to be able to at least train at the level of this former self’s worst days. I want to get close to 34 minutes on the longer runs that I am now doing in 45 to 49 minutes. If I can do that, I will have a chance at making it into the top ten of my age group at the Capitol 10,000. I just have to whittle at each run and strive to make each step either a little longer or a little quicker.

I am about to run into another challenging period as the temperatures are expected to drop again and on top of that there are chances of rain coming almost daily this next week. I must shoot for consistency. Anytime idle is a step backward. I was back down to 201 pounds this morning which was the same I weighed the day before I got stuck by the agave. I fully expect, if I can maintain this consistency, that I will drop below 200 pounds sometime in the next two weeks. I have not been that light at least in the last fifteen years and maybe it has been 20 years. In the meantime, I’m pressing on.     Wed 48.03.70

Gary

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I was just starting to pick up some steam and then there was that incident with the bad food. I recovered from that only to get poked in my calf last Thursday by an Agave americana http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Agave_americana.html . It was very painful and I hobbled around limping for the next two days just as if I had pulled a calf muscle. The third day I was able to return to running, but I ran my short course just to make sure everything was okay. Today I ran my long course and I feel like I am back in the groove.

It has been a big boost to add the longer runs. I can feel it making a difference and I am starting again to shed weight. It is still fluctuating some, but I have now gotten down to 201 pounds and I am fairly certain I will drop below 200 in the next couple of weeks. The more I lose, the easier it gets to run. I started thinking about all the weight and the long time off from running and came up with a conclusion. We add weight over time as we slowly get out of condition. This weight and the condition we have developed as we have added this weight is the thing that keeps us from easily putting our body in overload, because we think we are in better shape than we are. As I have begun doing runs over a half hour in length, my wind and stamina have improved. Although I have been unsure of being able to compete at the level I want to by race time in March, I am now feeling more confident. I have registered for the Statesman Capitol 10,000 http://www.statesman.com/cap10k/ to be run on Sunday, March 11, 2010. I have not ruled out participating in another race before then, but whichever race is my next one will be the first  in over 20 years. If I keep improving like I have so far, I hope to surprise even me.  Tue  49:35.82     Wed  45:47.29     Thur  18:39.86     Sun  17:29.66     Mon  46:00.23

Gary

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