So, we’re a month and a half into 2014, and as I wrote in an earlier post, I am trying to make it through the entire year without buying any running gear. So far, so good. I mean, that last pair of shoes that showed up to the house in the middle of January were ordered the day after Christmas, so that totally counts (right, honey?)
It’s a little hard to believe that I haven’t “needed” to buy anything to keep up this running habit. Sorry, incessant marketers, but so far I’m resisting temptation. I don’t care if your latest pair of shoes will tuck me in and kiss me goodnight (It is Valentine’s Day, after all)- I’m not buying.
That’s not to say that I’m not looking. This is the time of year when all of the new models of shoes are starting to hit the market, and I’m always interested to see what the latest and greatest promise to be. I am keeping an eye on things, but instead of rushing out to pick up a new pair, I’m making a wish list. By the time 2015 rolls around (or my will power runs out), maybe there will be some decent feedback and reviews of the things I’ve been interested in. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up making a more informed choice when it is finally time for a new pair of kicks.
I’m going to do my best to continue to use the gear I’ve already got, and I’ll keep you posted as the year goes on. Like they say, running is such a cheap sport. All you need is a good pair of shoes, right?
You read that title right- today was 50 of the Summer Run Streak! Things are going well, and I’m excited to keep this up through the rest of the summer. Before I started this little adventure, I hadn’t even run a week straight.
There are a few things that are helping me on this journey.
My foam roller- if you don’t have one, get one. You’ll hate it and love it all at the same time!
My Monday night group run crew- while most of my runs are solo endeavors, it’s great to touch base with these guys, whether we’re celebrating or commiserating.
And a new one as of this week- my PRO Compression marathon socks. I’ve used various brands of compression socks and calf sleeves, and the black and yellow pairs I picked up this week from PRO Compression are great. And I have never seen a client base that so rabidly endorses a product.
And so, after a couple of runs in my PRO Compression gear, I want you to join the bandwagon! They’ve got a 40% discount site-wide (plus FREE shipping) through August 4th. Check out their website, and use the promo code JULY when checking out. Your legs will thank you!
This week has been a pretty solid one, from a training standpoint (You can scroll down to the numbers if you’re just dying to see. I won’t tell.). On the nutritional front, however, things haven’t been so stellar.
I’ve been relying heavily on the, “I run every day. Did you hear that? EVERY. DAY.” conversation (either internally or externally) when justifying some of the things I cram in my face. I know that I can’t possibly be working off all of the calories I am consuming. But I run every day, see?
This is the negative feedback loop I’ve been stuck in the past couple of weeks. Plus, it’s been hot (I’m not sure if you’ve noticed), so the wife and I are less inclined to want to heat up the entire house by cooking at home. Oh, and Little Man loves to go to restaurants (which is kind of weird, because he oftentimes acts as if he is on a two-hour pass from the looney bin once we get anywhere).
So there you have it. Hot weather, eating out, running every day (Did I mention that already?). I think I may have had a breakthrough moment this week when I ran across the following:
This is what I needed to see! So much so that I printed it off real big (at work, of course) so that I could stick it on my fridge. So far, it has only made it as far as my work bag. But I know it’s there, so that counts, right?
Apparently, some actual change in behavior is required. I wasn’t thinking about that when I ordered a giant grilled enchilada that night. Needless to say, my run that night was not fantastic. Not even close. In fact, my notes in my running log state that it was, “not a lactate threshold workout, but a reflux threshold workout. Awesome.
So, I’m learning some lessons this week. Hopefully I can turn these little lessons into progress. Nobody wants to see any more race photos full of moob (sorry about that).
Here’s the numbers:
This week’s mileage: 22 miles
Total streak mileage: 125 miles
Six weeks already? I guess it has been 42 straight days of at least a mile. (Not that I’m counting. Oh, wait. Yes I am.)
This week was one of those grind-it-out, just-get-out-there-already, you’ll-remember-why-you-like-this-once-you-get-started kind of weeks. I was again confined to the treadmill for a few runs, since we seem to be locked into the monsoon pattern for weather here in the panhandle. I did manage to get outside a couple of times, one of which was the group run I do on Mondays. Thank goodness for a little
peer pressure accountability.
Had a little scare this week, as I got sucked into a late-night History Channel black hole and nearly missed a run. It was close, but I had to tell myself that King Tut would still be dead when I got back from my run. For those of you wondering, he was still quite deceased upon my return.
I’m hoping that this week was just one of those times when you have to force yourself to get out there no matter what. But that’s what a run streak is about, right?
Here are the numbers for week 6.
This week’s mileage: 14.35 miles
Total streak mileage: 103 miles
Wait, didn’t I just post about week 4? Ok, I’m catching up. Don’t judge.
This week has been crazy. Sure, we’re on our break between summer school sessions, but we’ve been running around like crazy, trying to get the house ready for our expanding family. After a legendary trip to IKEA, I’ve been trying to turn this
In addition, it is monsoon season here in the Southeast. We had four straight days of heavy rain this week, forcing me onto the treadmill at the gym most nights (Yippee!). So what’s a guy to do? Sign up for a 4th of July race, of course.
The Firecracker 5K was a soggy one, to say the least. I was imagining that I would be drenched as soon as I got out of the car. Fortunately, the rain stopped for a few hours. Unfortunately, the course resembled a steeplechase, and the humidity was like July in Florida. (Oh, wait…)
The race went fine, and my time reflected both the conditions and the maintenance phase my training is in. Here’s a photo of yours truly, exercising the freedom to show a little leg on the 4th.
I realized that I also was showing a little more moob than I’d like. Let’s face it. Nobody wants to see that. It may be time to tighten up on the nutritional front around here.
The run streak is still going strong, and here are the stats:
Week 5 mileage: 15.8 miles
Total streak mileage: 88.7 miles
Mileage is a little less this week. Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was the holiday. Regardless, I’m reminded of the wise words of one of the fathers of our great country.
Anyway, keep exercising the freedom to get out there and run!
Sorry this is a few days late. I know there are so many of you who just can’t make it through a Saturday morning without reading about how my summer run streak is going. Again, my apologies, but we’re on “buh-cation!”
That doesn’t mean that my running is on vacation, though. I’ve been keeping up with my run streak each day, having to rely on a hotel treadmill the past couple of days.
Anyway, here’s the report.
Week 4 mileage: 19.7 miles
Total streak mileage: 72.9 miles
A friend of mine from high school has just started a running blog at iamladyrunner.com. Be sure to check it out! Word is, there may be giveaways and other blogging fun as Katie gets thing up and running. The only giveaways around here are the occasional picture of my cute kiddo (and gratuitous overuse of parenthetical phrases). See what I did there?