I’m Gonna Claw My Eyes Out

Today’s Run

Time – 49:54
Distance – 4.51 miles
Pace – 11:04 min/mi
Elevation – N/A

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Winter running at its finest…

Treadmill running. I couldn’t bring myself to run outside in the dark as the cold front has moved through today. It’s just a little too cool, and the darkness has crept in early, which calls for a headlamp, reflective vest, or other visibility gear. I’m not in possession of any of that equipment yet, and I didn’t feel like carrying my phone flashlight the whole way. So I went off to the gym to watch the middle innings of the Cardinals-Cubs game and stare at the wall.

Treadmills are boring…

Seriously, gonna claw my own eyes right out. Treadmill running is bad. I’m not sure how the winter is going to work out for me. If I have to run inside while staring at the wall the whole time (there’s no baseball in winter), I’m gonna lose my mind. And with marathon training for the winter needed in order to get ready for a springtime race, I’m pretty sure that my brain will melt out of my ears.

I’m going to be buying a lot of running tights (thank goodness I’ve lost all that weight) and long sleeve shirts. Must run outside… Need scenery changes…

It’s time to learn what the best clothing options are for running in different temperatures and weather types. This site has a chart on options. There are a ton of others out there that I found that have good data. A little Google searching and you’ll see what I’m talking about there.

Does Running Hurt My Family?

Today’s Run

Time – 45:38
Distance – 4.01 miles
Pace –11:23 min/mi
Elevation – 158 ft.

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Got a phone call from my best friend in Denver as I was getting ready for my run, and we got to talk as I did today’s easy workout. A simple way to run at “conversational pace” is to have a conversation while running. Thanks, Mike!

You Only Hurt the Ones You Love, Right?

Lives are pretty busy. This is a rather obvious concept. There’s a lot to do. Work, sports and events for kids, meetings for church or school or organizations and clubs can all take up time. Then there’s the cooking, cleaning, and general maintenance and upkeep of a home and household. Each of these require time. Then we want to spend time with our loved ones laughing, talking, and being together. How can you possibly fit in running? Doesn’t it mean you have to take time from something else? Don’t have I have to steal from family, because I can’t take from my job to run?

This is something I’ve had to think about a lot. When do I find the time? Am I taking away from the kids? What about supporting my pregnant wife? Where is her time and help?

She and I have discussed this. After the heart scares, and the weight loss, and the new baby on the way, we’ve had to decide together that health is a priority. It’s not the only priority, but it’s on the list. 45 minute runs can be worked into the schedule. Long runs on Saturdays or Sundays can we worked into the plan. This is what we have to do in order for me to get to walk Baby Girl down the aisle in 25 years. That’s how we’ve judged our priority. If I can work in phone calls with friends or famliy, social time with the local running club, or just a mental break to recharge, all the better.

The 100-mile race, however…that’s all my crazy…

The Plan

Today’s Run

Time – 49:59
Distance – 4.51 miles
Pace – 11:06 min/mi
Elevation – 198 ft.

Yeah, I’m gonna need to do a little bit more than this, but it’s a start.

The Plan

So, what, you may ask, is The Plan? Let’s put this into perspective:

Today’s “workout” (I’m getting a little loose with the wording already…this should be an interesting post) was a pretty standard one for me. Run 40–50 minutes, somewhere in the neighborhood of 11:30–12:00 min/mi (today was a little faster than normal). Put one foot in front of the other and get some miles down. That’s the obvious part of running.

The less obvious, but no less important, piece of all this is The Plan. How long do I have to train to pull this (THE GOAL) off? When am I going to do it? HOW AM I GOING TO RUN 100 MILES?! The answer, it seems, is just as simple as the obvious part. I’m going to put one foot in front of the other. I’m just going to have to do it with a training plan.

Part of this journey is going to be finding a training plan that will work. I have, secretly buried in the deep, dark places of my brain, an unspoken, yet overwhelmingly lofty and unreasonable, goal that I hope I can acheive. Certainly not blog fodder as of yet, but something that I’ll alude to, tease, and finally, one day, like my virginity, give up in a moment of weakness on some random, over-caffeined, late-night, thesis-writing-session-break binge (Did I mention that I’m due to finish my Master’s in the Spring of 2018? This year will be busy…). In the meantime, I’m going to have to find something that can keep me on track and trail at a regular rate. Some well thought out, structured, and overly-charted document that gives me the Holy Grail/X Marks the Spot/Heart of Davy Jones’ directions I need to: a) NOT injure myself severely, b) NOT cause my family undue harm and heartbreak from unnecessary absences, and c) push me towards that most hidden of goals. The Plan, however, MUST push me to 24 hours at Western States. This is, of course, non-negotiable.

So, the hunt begins. I’ll be scouring the internet, books, magazines, and coaches’ websites to find a training plan that can work. I’ve already read 80/20 Running by Matt Fitzgerald. (In full disclosure, it was an audiobook, but with a 45 minute commute each way, a lot of my “reading” is audiobooks. For the purposes of this blog, I’ll be “reading” some books via the speakers in my MINI Cooper. His name is “Blue,” by the way.) I don’t know if I’ll go down the 80/20 path, but I certainly think that more miles at lower heart rates makes sense given THE GOAL. Meanwhile, I’m going to keep running until someone tells me how to do it better.