|Not the author.|
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
|Meb agrees! Slow progress is the way to go. SOURCE: Running Times, Oct. 13|
|The fall is such a great time of year to run! Seen on my run...|
|See? From the Runner's World daily calendar, 2013.|
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Spotted a heron on my long run Saturday!|
Shoe Review Update: Adidas Boost
|The "Boost foam" is holding up very well after 100 miles|
Friday, October 11, 2013
|Smaller box than I expected, but packed!|
|From the makers of BioFreeze; for when it really hurts!|
|RockTape...StrideBox must think I'm likely to be in pain in October! (They're probably right)|
|The natural stuff!|
|Ignore the Lance Armstrong endorsement; Honey Stingers are great!|
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Since I started running, I've gotten into the habit of always having a water bottle with me. It doesn't matter if I run 3 miles or 13; I have it handy. My philosophy is that if I don't have to be thirsty, then why should I? I never carry it in a race, though; no problems switching from a constant source to an aid station-based source.
For most of my short runs, I only need a small bottle. I've tried three different types: the Fuel Belt Sprint, the Amphipod Thermal Lite, and the Ultimate Direction Fastdraw. These are in the 10-12 oz range.
|The Ultimate Direction Fastdraw; great, reliable bottle.|
My favorite is the Ultimate Direction. It is more secure than the Fuel Belt; I've never had a bottle slip out. Also, it is easier to open while running. I've had the "nipple" pop off of the Fuel Belt before. This has never happened with the UD. Once you get a couple of carriers ($14.95 for bottle and carrier), you'll only need to buy bottles for replacements ($5 each) or just replacement tops as they become scratched or worn (takes a long time). The Amphipod is a decent choice, but the UD has a better pocket for money, ID, small packets of nutrition (like Sports Beans), or even tiny MP3 players like the Shuffle or Clip Zip if you want to stash that kind of stuff. I put the UD bottle/cap in the dishwasher all the time; never a problem. You can machine wash the UD carrier (I don't know if it is recommended, but I have several times). Highly recommended!
I hope your progress is going well!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
|Seen on my run; morning sunrise is beautiful this time of year!|
|It lets me know (often), when I'm zoned out.|
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
|Yes; this slow!|
|A good primer|
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
|Easy to set heart rate zones in the 610 touchscreen|
|Bright yellow Boost!|
|The High Roller; a new huge Ferris Wheel near Harrah's in Las Vegas. Taken on my run in early September '13.|
Monday, August 26, 2013
After a great start to my "running career," including my first (and PR) half marathon, things never quite got on track. That half marathon was in 2011. Sure, I've had three since, but none of them quite as good because my health, training, and motivation slowly went downhill.
There are plenty of excuses. Life and stress certainly were a problem. My jobs (yes, plural) demanded most of my time, and time became money, and the increased stress drew my attention away from my running (and my health). I had lost 60 lbs prior to that 2011 half marathon; by August 1 of 2013, I'd gained 55 of them back.
I had various false starts to get back into the game. But I never could quite get motivated to run a race. I did gut a half marathon out in March of 2013; I have no idea how I did so. I guess that should say something about my will power when I really put my mind to something. But I was running the race in an unhealthy body.
This came to a head at the start of August, when I had to go to the hospital for what I feared was a kidney stone. Turns out it wasn't, but my blood pressure was ridiculously high. This prompted a trip to the doctor, and adjustment in medication, and blood tests. Turns out my cholesterol was also high. My doc recommended at statin. After reading about statins, they seemed like something I wanted to avoid.
So the alternative is getting back to being "me." The "me" I created in 2011. When I felt as good as I had in years. But getting back to this "me" takes effort. My medical information has provided me that motivation to put forth that effort.
So I'm back in the game. True to the title, it will be slow progress. But progress is progress. I'm focusing on the information my body gives me as a guide. I'm tracking my blood pressure, my heart rate, and my steps along with my mileage and time. Heart rate running appeals to me, as your heart rate provides you a guide to what you're ready for so you don't overdo things.
I've been back at it for a few weeks now. I've lost a few pounds, but more importantly I feel better and my clothes are fitting better.
Rather than focus upon a particular race, I'm focusing on my health. However, races are great indicators of health, so I'm game for some to move me forward. I've signed up for a Thanksgiving Day run, and who knows after that.
Even slow progress is progress! My goal is to avoid regression.
Wishing you the best!