It was very cold most of this week. I’m tired of being cold. During last Saturday’s run it was about 10 degrees. It was the kind of run where you are covered with frost by the time you finish. Tom had one inch icicles hanging off his hat just below his ears. Fortunately it was a short run, only about 11 miles. Yesterday’s run was a little longer about 23 miles. It was a little warmer about 25 degrees, but I was cold the entire time. This was the final long run before Louisville’s Lovin’ the Hills. Today I ran six miles in shorts. It was sunny and about 45 degrees. Next Saturday is Bop to the Top. I don’t know what I’m getting into, but since it’s indoors at least I won’t be cold.
Finally the results of the Maintain Not Gain contest came out today. My team won the grand prize, a six month membership at NIFS for each team member. Very exciting! I’ve never had a gym membership. NIFS is an awesome facility and I’m looking forward to kicking my strength training up a notch.
My knee seems to be recovering nicely from the little mishap 7 miles into a 21 mile trail run last Saturday. I still did another 6 miles Sunday, but by Monday I was pretty sore so I finally took some Ibuprofen, prescription dosage for a day. That knocked the soreness out of my knee. I sandwiched five half mile intervals into a 7 mile run Tuesday and had a 9 mile pace run Thursday. Tomorrow is a cut back week on the long run so it will only be about 10.5 miles. I also managed to squeeze in a stair workout during lunch on both Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday was burpee night again this week, 75 burpees. I’ve had two solid weeks of training and I feel pretty good.
My diet has changed dramatically in the last couple of weeks. I’m cutting back on sugar, eating more protein, and getting more carbs from vegetables and fruits than from breads, pastas and other starchy stuff. I wouldn’t say I’m on a zone diet, but that is in part where I’m getting my inspiration. I wouldn’t say I’m trying to lose weight, rather I’m trying to lean out a little i.e. lower my body fat percentage.
Here’s a recipe I’ve been using this week. I’ve been using some lean beef my wife broiled Sunday evening.
Saute a cup of chopped onions, clove of garlic, and a teaspoon of chipotle spice in a teaspoon of olive oil. Add 3 ounces of thinly sliced beef, ¼ cup of cooked black beans, and 6 diced prunes. Stir and cook until heated through. Pour onto a plate and sprinkle a ¼ cup of low fat cheddar on top. Very tasty. You can use whatever spices you like and you could even substitute chicken for the beef. If you don’t want meat at all then use a couple of egg whites instead and call it an omelet. Some mushrooms would be good too.
This quote was on my desktop zen calendar Tuesday. It was appropriate for that day considering the intervals I ran in the rain and anyone who is an ultra runner has run through rain and snow and has been cold, hungry and weary.
“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.” – Henry David Thoreau
I like running my intervals on Tuesday. Intervals are one of the best things a runner can do and I like doing them on Tuesday. It fits my schedule, long run Saturday morning, recovery run Sunday afternoon, intervals Tuesday, and pace run on Thursday. Yesterday I was driving home from work and it was pouring rain. It would be difficult to talk myself into going out to run in the rain, so I prayed for a break in the rain. I wouldn’t care if it resumed raining while I was out just a long enough break to get out the door. I had decided to stay in and do conditioning then do intervals on Wednesday. I was just about to start doing burpees when I noticed it wasn’t raining. I was out the door in no time. God is so good. I had planned to do five one mile intervals. The first interval wound up being about 1.25 miles. Then it started pouring rain. I ended up doing 3 of the 1.25 mile intervals for a total run of a little over 7 miles. When I made it back to my house I was dripping wet, but I felt good. I love doing intervals.
Maintain not Gain ended yesterday. My team lost a total of 16 pounds. Nancy lost 6 pounds, Maria lost 4, John lost 2, and I lost 5. I don’t know yet how the other teams did, but we will at least be in the drawing for prizes. I’d like to lose another five pounds before Bop to the Top. I’m doing the triple step option, so the fewer pounds I have to haul up those stairs the better.
So far the new year is going well. In the first week I ran 32 miles and kicked my conditioning up a notch. Saturday morning I did 75 burpees in just under 20 minutes. That isn’t much to brag about, but that was only the second time I’d done burpees. They are an excellent all around exercise and I can’t wait to do more.
Tomorrow is the final weigh in for the “Maintain not Gain” program at work. The idea was to maintain your weight from just before Thanksgiving until now. As of today I was down four pounds. This is the first time I can recall where I wasn’t heavier after new year’s than I was before Thanksgiving. I’m on a team with three co-workers. If combined we don’t gain more than 8 pounds then we are entered in the drawings for prizes. One of the prizes is 6 months membership at NIFS. There may be bonus prizes for those who lost weight. God is good.
Started 2008 off right by running the Resolution Revolution this morning. It’s a three mile loop in downtown Indy. You make one, two, or three revolutions. I ran three, of course. It was cold, snowing, and windy, but I averaged 7:02 per mile with the first mile being my slowest and the last being my fastest. Overall I was about five minutes faster than last year. All those one mile intervals I’ve been doing are paying off.
Dino and Kooper wish everyone a very happy new year.