Are you satisfied

I was listening to the Work Play Love podcast this week and there was a question that Jesse and Lauren were answering about a highly driven athlete and how despite setting new PRs they thought they could always do better and didn’t enjoy their accomplishments. The response that Lauren gave really hit home with me.  I don’t remember all of the details but it revolved around being satisfied.

I was like this person once upon a time and at times still feel myself drifting towards it.  I think as runners or other types of people it’s easy to fall into this trap of not being satisfied.  I could probably go on and tell my story but for now I’ll just leave you with this.  If you are running and feeling like you need to run farther, faster and you are not enjoying the experience of being able to do that you need to take a step back and see what it would take you to be satisfied.  You will never be able to run enough miles.  To run fast enough and set enough PR’s.  I’m not saying settle but find where you are satisfied. For me, right now, that is working out 3 times a week.  I’m not quite there but I’m getting there.

I did two workouts this week.  Mostly running but some kettlebells thrown in for good measure.  I think the weights (kettle bells) are important and add a much needed different stimulus.  I’m not running a lot of miles right now but I can already feel a difference by having the bells in there.

Today’s run was 2.4 miles (longest run in a LONG time) in 33:04 I believe.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Not far and not fast

Distance: 1.33 miles

Time: 19:01

(This was Friday mornings workout!)

Almost every day this week I had the thoughts of how much fun it would be to run but when the rubber met the road I found some reason to not get up a few minutes earlier. Usually when I have these constant thoughts of running it’s because I’ve been listening to a bunch of running podcasts and reading a bunch as well. I can’t say that’s been the case here but I’m being a bit cautious about it so that I don’t end up burning myself out or with unrealistic expectations. Will be doing a little something this morning before breakfast.

Have a great suSund everyone.

After Vacation Workout!

Weight: 219.6 (yikes…damn 2 Thanksgiving meals…an just vacation eating in general!)

  • 6 Rounds of the following (about 1:30 per round)
  • 2 Hand Kettlebell Swings (1 with 20lb bell, rest 35lb bell)
  • 5 overhead press per hand (15lb bell)
  • 10 Lunges/10 Step ups (did 3 sets of lunges and did 3 sets of step ups)
  • 10  Standing elbows to knees

This took a little over 11 minutes.  I originally hadn’t intended on doing this but figured it was as good of time as any.  Not quite a full sweat but my heart is beating pretty good.  It’s always a bit hard getting back into things after any sort of vacation so I’m going to try and make the best of this.  I’ll probably try and do something on Wednesday morning, running most likely.

Have a great week everyone!

A round of 8

8 rounds of the following:

2 hand kettlebell swing x 10 (20 lbs)

Push-up x 8

Deadlift x 8 (35 lbs)

This took me about 12 minutes to finish. Not really pushing it as I want to ease into things, but I was also huffing and puffing pretty good at the end.

The thing I’ve discovered with working out in the morning is that the night before can determine if you workout or not. Going to bed last night I didn’t want to workout this morning but I set my alarm and got to it! Just need to get over that hump!

Back to working out…hopefully!

If anyone reads this blog I’m just going to warn you that I plan on posting my workouts to try and help me be more consistent.  So fair warning!

3 Sets of the following

  • 2 Hand Kettlebell Swings x 15
  • Bodyweight Squats x 5
  • Pushups x 5

30 minutes on the treadmill.  Mostly walking but some running!

My goal is to lose a bit of weight but more than anything be consistent.  I’d also like to set a new PR in the 5K next year so need to get some foundation work in now!

Looking back at 40

Earlier this week I left 40 and moved into 41.  As I do when I’m a bit bored or when I left my mind wander I started to reflect back on the last year.  The highs and the lows.  I will say that sometimes when I reflect back on past times I don’t always like what I remember but it’s probably important to remember that.  Here are some reflections on the past year and some goals I hope to accomplish during this 41st year.

  • Reflections
  • Figured out that usually when I’m down it’s because I’m having a pity party for myself. I don’t know if this is the case with everyone but it’s something I’ve discovered.  They happen from time to time, but at least now I know how to get myself out of them!
  • Enjoying hiking with the family.  Wishing we could do more of it and were not limited by the season we have here in Wyoming.
  • Watching my boys grow up.  I can’t believe that I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old.  The 7 year old is getting to the stage where I can joke with him and he knows it.  And the 4 year old is just a ham but very challenging at times!
  • Even after 18 years of marriage the relationship with my wife continues to grow and we enjoy each others company.
  • I didn’t get the time to head back home to visit family in this last year and that’s something I hope to change in this next year.

Goals

  • Finally get that weight off that I’ve wanted to for the last few years! I feel like I’ve made some progress in what works and what doesn’t and I hope I’m able to get this done.
  • This one’s a bit more obscure, but I’d like to find something that really challenges me.  I’m not sure what that means, my first thought was of a longer trail race (13.1), but this also might be more related to life in general.  As I write this down I’m not really sure about this on.  This one I’m not sure that I have that much control over it!
  • Write and read more. I feel like I’ve done a bunch of this in the last year, but I still would like to do more.  This means getting off of the computer and doing it!
  • Run a website.  I’m not sure why I keep having this ‘need’ but it’s one that I haven’t been able to get out of my system so I’m going to try and do that.  Not sure what it will be about but it will give me a bit of time to tinker with something which will keep my brain engaged!
  • Visit someplace new with the family. This will probably just be a short trip to Colorado or perhaps up to South Dakota…or maybe even just in Wyoming. But I think it’s important to go and visit some place new to take yourself out of your element and just enjoy it.

I could probably ramble on with a bit more but this is where I’m at for now.  Hopefully I’ll remember next year to check in and see where I’m at!

Random Banter – September 2nd 2018!

This week was one I’d not like to repeat.  Just felt blah.  Going to work on Monday I felt like it should be Friday already and the rest of the week didn’t get any better.  It was just a trudge thru the whole week.  I’ve been trying to figure out why this is, but so far I’ve not come to any conclusions.  Only ran once during the week, but will probably hop back on that tomorrow since I have the day off.  It’s dark when I go running now and I’ve found that I don’t really care for running in the dark so it might be more time inside working on fitness (kettlebells and some time on the treadmill).  I feel the fire of ‘training’ for the trail race being put out so I need to get that fire back or at least find some enjoyment in the training.  Eating has been going well but I have my days where I’m a sugar monster and fall off of the track, but overall I think I’m doing pretty good.

My wife and I have been looking forward to watching this new Jack Ryan series since we knew it was coming out. The first two episodes did not disappoint.  Hopefully the rest of the series goes as well.

At the same time we’ve been working our way thru the first season of Homeland.  It’s less action, so far, than Jack Ryan, but is also keeping our attention.  I can feel my need for ‘kill the bad guys’ getting full and will probably slow down on watching one of these two series at some point.  But good show.

This blog, All The Little Peaces, popped up in my Twitter feed a few weeks ago and I read thru the first couple of posts and subscribed to it.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  What I thought was going to be about a wife coping with her husband suicide turned into so much more.  It’s a sad story, but also one that I am curious to see how it turns out.

Have a great rest of the weekend and a good week.

2018 Antelope Dash Trail Race Recap

I knew going into this race it was going to suck. I just wasn’t sure how much it was going to suck.

I arrived at a little after 7:30 and picked up my race packet. In all honesty I did the race for the T-shirt. The shirts are awesome and have a great design on them. There was no line and I was able to get the packet and head back to my vehicle to put my race number on.

After putting my number on I did a very slight warmup run/jog/shuffle down to a bathroom. Going thru the crowd it looked a little smaller than the last couple of years but I’m not sure.

Not to long after getting back to the start area the 8 mile race went off at 8am. It was rather interesting to see the way the race started and then have them come back thru the 4 mile racers and see what position they were in.

The 4 mile race would start about 15 minutes after the 8 mile race. I took my place near the back of the pack and intended on staying there. My motto was turtle steady for the whole race.

For about the first mile of the race it’s uphill. I knew this and was intending on walking a good part of it. But I found myself shuffling along for the first half mile and feeling okay. Eventually I did stop to walk and catch my breath, but also because there were other people in front of me that I couldn’t easily pass. Eventually things got strung out and I was able to start jogging again. I told myself that if I felt like walking I should stop and do that. For the first couple of miles I felt like running so that’s what I did for the most part. There were some uphills that I did walk but overall I was surprised that I was able to run as much as I did.

At the three mile marker things changed. However I didn’t notice this until almost another mile later when I was still running (on the plus side I did look at my watch at this time and I was approximately 3 minutes behind my time last year..which I was super stoked about!). The race director had mentioned prior to the race that the 4 mile course was a bit different this year. In the end it ended up being closer to 5 miles than to 4 miles. I did really well up until the distance after 4 miles. After that I was burning things pretty hard. Luckily I kept my feet underneath me and finished. I finished in 59 minutes and 22 seconds! In my age group I believe I was fourth which is pretty awesome!

So a good race over all. I’m glad that I did it and it’s given me a bit of motivation to put into the bank. Might try and get another race in before the end of the year but I’m not sure. Still three days after the race I’m a bit gimpy in certain movements (going downstairs!). But I think I’ll try and get out for a run tomorrow to see how things are working.

Going to the doctor

When you’re a kid, going to the doctor is pretty painless for the most part. At times you will get shots but that moment of pain passes pretty quickly. Things change when you reach middle age..or at least I believe it does.

This is when you start to realize you are mortal and your body is on the downhill slide. The doctor tells you have high blood pressure when you’re 34 or 35 and you think he’s full of shit and you’re to young to have high blood pressure. But you go home and measure it and realize he’s not so full of it. Or like this week when you visit the eye doctor and the assistant makes a little joke that you don’t need readers.. yet!

Little things like this start to creep up in middle age and just make you realize it’s only going to keep going this direction so buckle in and do what you can to hold them off. Or it makes you think about not visiting the doctor like some other people do!

Running

Running is a lot of work.  It’s not always fun.  Sometimes there’s pain and a lot of sucking air.  But it is also the opposite of these things.  It can be enjoyable.  It can be relaxing and meditative.

I started running because the doctor said that I needed to get my aerobic activity in.  Five days a week for 30 minutes.  I’ve never been able to consistently run 5 days a week so right now I’m doing three days a week. Additionally when the weather changes, which it is starting to, I tend to go inside and hibernate (or not run!).  However I’ve been thinking about all of the time I’m not running and how if I’m just consistent, even at three days a week, I’ll get to where I want to be.  Not fast, but I’ll get there.  I do intend on using more kettle bells this fall and winter, but at a minimum I’d like to have one of my three workouts be running.

For all the things that I enjoy about running there is, now days, so many things that make it hard to enjoy running.  Mainly that’s Strava.  I still use Strava to keep track of my runs but it took me about 6 months of not running to finally realize that there are people of all abilities and speed.  In this day and age it’s so easy to get caught up in who is running the fastest mile splits and how you compare.  Who ran the most days this week and did you run as many more more than them?  Once I put these things, and many others, behind myself I became more comfortable with my running and where I’m at.  I heard the wonderful David Roche say to put all the judgmental devices behind you or don’t wear them. So I don’t.  I have a GPS watch that I use, but that’s it.  It does sync to Strava, but I don’t spend a lot of time on there comparing myself anymore.  My heart rate monitor might make an appearance here and there, but for now it’s collecting dust somewhere.

I’d like to think that if I lived near trails I’d run more.  Maybe I would and maybe I wouldn’t.  I’d probably get caught up, again, with trying to run more vertical feet etc.  I see a few people that continue to get caught up in running, like I did, and they are just not consistent.  I’m not saying I’m the most consistent person right now, but I’m hopeful that by doing what feels good for me I’ll be able to make some progress.  And more than anything enjoy that journey.

Next weekend I’ll be participating in my only race so far this year.  It’s a 4 mile trail race called The Antelope Dash.  I know I’m going to be sucking air.  I know I’m going to walk a lot.  And I’m fine with that.  I think it will give me the motivation to continue on and hopefully do another 5K race later this fall.

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