Thursday, January 29, 2009

Been a rough one

So, once again it has been a while since my last post, but I assure you I am back. I have been logging some serious miles and yesterday and today I have been paying for it. Saturday was a fast-ish five miles, Sunday was an hour at whatever pace I could maintain (which by the way ended up being 7.5 miles), Monday I went 2 miles in 14 min, Tuesday was another 2 mile day but at 13:30. So I'm getting plenty of miles in, and I'm also getting a ton faster, especially when compared to my old December running shape. Yesterday, it hit me. I got one mile in...uuuhhhhg. One and a half miles (seemed like 45 minutes later) double uhhhhhg. So I only went 1.75. Had to stop.

Today I feel even worse. My body is just absolutely beat. I am tired, sore, and CONSTANTLY HUNGRY!!! I think right now is the hump. I thought it was the first 3 weeks of this endeavor, but now I think its right now. Increasing miles, increasing speed, losing all kinda of time because school.

School, ridiculous. I did however pass my radiology rotation! There were 6 questions on it, and you HAVE to get 100% on it to pass. I have never sweat 6 questions so much in my life. I made it through though. That looks funny, I'm sure there is something grammatically incorrect about that, but "through though". Again, I digress.

So today I wanted to go to my first class, Trauma, then skip the rest of the day of school and surprise Kim by arriving 5 hours before she ever thought I'd be coming. But there is a STUPID quiz scheduled for this afternoon, and I cannot afford to miss it. Surgery was the worst of all my midterms, so I have to get all the points I can to keep my B. The worst part about it is the Trauma and Surgery classes got switched last second so I have already sat through surg, and NOT got the quiz. Lame-o.

Well, this is where I sign off. I am going on one of my regular trips to Bloomington to see Kim. I will try and not let it get so long between posts next time. Mybe I'll try and be funny soon too, but probably not.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Been a few days

Sorry all, it has been a few days since I've written, but rest assured I have continued to run...plenty. Let me start with a little tidbit of info. I signed up to run the Rite Aid Marathon in May on Wednesday! Its official, I'm running it, my first marathon. So I've got some training to do.

Tuesday was not too bad of a run, as I expected from the drive the day before. Wednesday I took pretty easy on the run, only went 5K, but I lifted more than normal. Yesterday I ran 5 miles, pretty happy about the run. Today, whew. Decided to make it a little longer, so I ran for an hour. Went 7.5 miles. I really liked the run, I felt great! I feel like I could have gone 2 hours, which amazes me as I ran pretty hard yesterday. But I have to be careful not to over do it and get burned out from running too much. So I think this weekend will be a little easier.

I'm really having a mind blank on what to randomly yammer about. Just woke up from a little nap and I am out of it. More tomorrow. How about that?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm Back

So after such a rough day trying to run on Friday, Saturday was much much better.  I have to say I think it was the drive that caused the bad day.  Im definitely going to remember this for the future.  If I plan on running a race or something, I have to be there 2 days earlier, not one day.  That aside, I had a great run on saturday.  Ran a warm up for 10 minutes.  Nothing crazy fast, but a good pace, got a good sweat.  Then for the next 10 minutes I alternated 1 minute at 9.5 then the next minute to recover at 7.5.  then a cool down of 3 minutes as slow as you need to go, increasing the incline.  5.0,7.5, 10.0.  Then shook out the legs with a final run at the same speed as the warmup.  Today, I feel great!  Legs are just a little bit tight which is the sore feeling I love having.

My wonderful girlfriend is in Phoenix running the Rock and Roll Marathon as I type this.  I am thinking about her and her brother, pushing them onto another successful completion of a marathon.  I'll have to get back to you with how many they've done.

On to the final subject.  Ive had this blog up for not even a month, Ive been doing my mile a day for 48 days, and I am SHOCKED with how many people have been inspired to start the same program, or to take a new approach to life.  One with a much healthier approach.  Several people in my class have started it.  A friend from my hometown started it.  My friend and wife of an old roomie from college is using this blog as inspiration.  It makes me really happy that I can help people do this.  The idea that I'm inspiring people to be healthier, and in turn happier is making me want to just keep going with my health.  Anyone with a comment, please feel free to comment on a post, share your own story, post a like if you have a blog.  Whatever your doing, keep doing it, and I'll keep the post coming.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Rough day

So I drove back to Rock-vegas for the weekend to surprise the parental units.  Long drive, long night, but I made it.  Only took one extra hour for weather so I'm not too upset about that.  What I am upset about is the stupid expressway situation through Chicago.  I need to look at a map or something.  Every time I have ever driven through Chi from east to west I always get sucked into the stupid Dan Ryan, or the crappy Skyway.  I, for the life of me, cannot navigate my way to the one that goes right by Woodfield Mall, ya and lets me skip all that traffic that constantly plugs up all other options. My west to east navigation skills are far superior and I can find my way just dandy.

So I was able to sleep in a bunch.  I was up at 9:30, which in my mind was 10:30 and I felt great.  Last night I was talking all kinds of awesome, entertaining the idea of running 13.1 today, a long run.  So I went to the gym around 10, got on the treadmill, and it was terrible.  My legs were heavy, my lungs were slow, nothing was right.  I immediately changed my distance goal to around 4 miles.  Huge drop, I know.  But come 1.5 miles, an old guy came up to the mill next to me and started walking.  Then it hit me...An oder that was just overwhelming.  Cologne.  Man it was wretched.  I had to stop within .25 miles of him arriving.  It was bad.  Oh well.  It was a sad run anyway.  So I decided to lift a ton instead.  Now I feel much better about the lack of a long run.

I think beer and pasta from Maria's will make for a much more successful run tomorrow... Yea right.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Who am I???

So it has been a few days since I posted, regrettably. So over the last few days I've obviously been running. Today marked the 45th day of my mile a day thing. I found out from a few people that I have got them to start the same program. At least 1 mile a day, more is great, but they've started a mile. I did have to warn them of the first 3 weeks though. The drive wasn't there for me until after that. Several people in my class at school have started already, or will be starting in the very near future. One of my best friends, Fatty, whom I just spoke with tonight really likes the idea and will be starting once his knee heals...As an aside he tried cutting his own leg off with a steel cutter of some sort. Not really tried so much as narrowly missed. He should be starting by the end of this month. This is great.

I was thinking during my run today, which by the by was a 10k on the treadmill (I hate them, I get SO bored), then followed by a nice 11 mile ride at 22 mph. I was cruisin! Anyway, I was thinking. If everyone would take 10 minutes everyday to run, or at least walk, one mile...Our country would be so much healthier. I have been feeling GREAT. Everyday I wake up energized, happy, and most importantly in less pain than I have felt in years! I can't rave enough about it.

I also was thinking I am probably going to sign up for the Cleveland marathon. It is in May, which poses the problem of training during my rotation in San Diego. Now, believe me, I know how much easier it will be to run out there, but I don't know how much time I'm going to have for extended runs as it will be around the time I'll be making my longest runs for training. hmmm. I'll definitely make time.

Yesterday, I was running really low on time as I was meeting a buddy out for $1 burgers at our local Bar Louis, no they don't pay me, but its a great deal. Beer and basically all you can eat delicious burgers? Gimme a break, I'm there! So I stopped in at the gym on the way. 1 Mile day...But I did it in under 7 minutes. 2 weeks ago that would not have been anywhere near possible! Monday was a fast 4 mile day. Tomorrow, I have a feeling sore is going to be part of it, but its going to be a short day, 1 or 2 miles, but I'm going to put a lift in during class (one of the ones I don't go to because it is AWFUL!) because I'm driving home to surprise the rents. Thought they'd enjoy it, that and Kim is in Phoenix for her marathon, so I wont be going there.

So school is school, can't wait for it to be over. But it is coming soon, I talked someone the grade above me, and it almost rejuvenated me for this last 6 weeks until classes are done. Can't come soon enough, I'll say that. So I wont be posting until Monday probably, as I'll be outta town, but trust me, the Mile a Day will continue. I plan an interval day, probably Friday, and those are rough days for me.

As for the title of this post, I've lost my mind, I'm convinced of it. After the workout today and my excitement for my next one tomorrow? Ive never wanted to go workout again right after the last one got over. I do vaguely remember all the miles going to my brain during high school cross country and feeling something like this, but not to this extent. Insanity is my plea.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Here it goes...

So I have never been one to keep much of a diary, nor share everything that is rattling about in my noggin. I am sitting here bored out of my mind and thought I would start a diary of sorts, and decided to do it here. These blog things seem to be popular, so I wanted to try it out.
Currently I am closing in on the end of my 3rd year of podiatry school. Yes I do like kids, but this has nothing to do with kids, no I do not have a foot fetish, and NO feet do not gross me out. Now that those three common questions are answered we can move on. I feel I have just started to learn things, and apply them in school. That, I feel, is a very big step in these four years of lame schooling. Externships are coming up and I am very excited for that.
I honestly feel I could not make it through this school with the support of my parents, my sis (and her new hubby), and mostly Kim. She has helped me more than she will ever know. Thank you all.
With the small intro out of the way I can now get into what I really want to talk about, running. When I started school in Aug, 2006, I was a chunky butt. Not heavy, but every pound of muscle I had in college went to squish. As awesome as being that lazy was, I hated looking in the mirror. I got here and met some great people. Made a few friends, one really helped me get back on track with my working out. We lifted, ran, swim, spun, you name it, we were all over it just about every day. As before, I dabbled a little bit in triathlons. This has continued my addiction to them...but that will be a later story.
So as school went on, I continued to work out, but not as hard, nor nearly as much. I chubbed up a bit again. Just recently I realized something. At the ripe old age of 26 my body isnt like it used to be. Burger King and McD's can no longer be a staple of my diet. Working out has to be a major part of my life.
December 1. This was the day I chose to do something about it. I began my mile-a-day program. I have to run a minimum of one mile every day, no questions, for one full year. I have been going for something like 37 days straight, and feel GREAT! The first 2 weeks were hard as I was awefully sore just about every day. On those days you better believe I dropped it to my mile minimum, but when I felt better the milage went up.
Back to now. Cold, rainy, snowey, icey days when Im not around a gym I can use, yup, one mile...but now my 1 mile takes much less time to do. I have actually found that I am grouchy and feel crappy until I get my run in. Weird. My good days have gone from running 3 miles to around 5 or 6. This is awesome.
So lemme break today down for ya. Out the door at 7:30 for a wonderful day of crappy boring classes that are as painful to listen to as trying to pull your bottom lip over your forehead. Oh yea, one of them was even postponed for 3 hours too. Real cool. Then I went to Sam's to buy groceries in quantities that someone living alone should never entertain. There was a jar of peeled garlic for 5 bucks. Except this jar has enough garlic in it to feed an army. Lets just say I'll be peeling paint with my breath for the next...year. Lettuce, and all the fixins to make healthy chicken salads for the next month, until I need to go back and do it again (another part of my permanent health movement). Plus snacks, hummus, pretzel rods, you know the drill.
By the time I got home tonight it was 8:30 pm. 13 hours, and sleeting. That sucks. Went to the gym, planning on a one mile day. Got to one mile on the treadmill, felt great, so I decided to do a few intervals. 1 min at 9mph then 1 min at 7 mph. did that for 10 min. Awesome. Way more than I intended. Then I did 3 laps of lunge walks just to put my legs over the top.
So now Im home, tired and have had the idea to do this blog for a little while now. It wont all be running, but I think I may try and focus on that, and the daily issues as a reach for my goal of 1 year. I hope the rest won't be this long, nor this boring. Thanks for reading, I promise it'll get better.

Now go get a towel and clean up, I just got my blog all over your face.