Dreams – What Happens When They Die

Dreams they can be fleeting and yet so motivating.

They are more than a goal, so much more than that.

True dreams are something that can make a huge difference in our lives and become a part of who we are, not just words on a performance evaluation or a blog post. Dreams make us work harder than we ever thought possible and when they are dashed, can be disappointing at the least and be devastating to who you are, if you allow it.

Why?

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What Do I Want In A Gym?

It is that time of year when a lot of runners are starting to think about moving inside for at least some of our workouts. Yeah running on a treadmill and lifting weights, while it is just not the same as running outside, it is something that many of us do as the temps start to drop or the weather gets nasty.

Sure I could go out back of the garage and use the exercise equipment I have setup back there or just keep running outside, instead of spending money on a gym membership.

However, since I am getting wimpy as I get older and I want to enjoy my workouts more than suffering through being cold and miserable or risking injury in sloppy/slippery conditions – I have decided to do more inside running and workouts this year.

Which means more time on the treadmill and at the gym. Since I have decided that I am going to train this way, it also means that I want to be a member of gym that I want to go to and feel comfortable at.

Every gym has their own unique personality, some I fit in well at, others I don’t and some – well let’s just say I am not cool and leave it at that.

What do I look for in a gym? Continue reading “What Do I Want In A Gym?”

Double Treadmill Workouts — RunLog 10-30-13

I took yesterday off, initially I was going to do an easy 5.0 mile recovery run, had changed into my running gear, then life just got in the way – unexpectedly. Isn’t that how it usually happens, TheWife called to tell me that our new Jeep had a slow leak in a tire, so while I was in town, I decided to do the needed shopping at Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and a couple other places, by the time I got home, I just didn’t feel like running.

Actually Tuesdays seem to have become my body’s scheduled day off lately, so I just went with it and it was the right decision.

This morning I had an 8:00 A.M. appointment with Judy at Champions to get my fat measured and setup a workout program for me. That will be a post later in the week, because as a part of it, I have to re-vamp my running plan for the next couple of months. I know that I have to get back on track as far as eating less and not enjoying sugar and salt as much (cake, whoopie pies, chips – you know all that great tasting food that I just love to eat). Continue reading “Double Treadmill Workouts — RunLog 10-30-13”

Tough but not Grueling – RunLog 10/28/13

I didn’t know how I would feel this morning – Monday’s have become my fast interval day on the treadmill, but on Saturday I did a hard Half Marathon training run and yesterday my legs were toast. Usually, I feel worst 2 days after a tough workout, you know that DOMS thing, so I was afraid that my legs would be too beat up to do a quality interval workout.

So I got on the treadmill and thought that I would just go with how I felt.

Here is the workout: Continue reading “Tough but not Grueling – RunLog 10/28/13”

What I Learned This Week — 10/27/13

What did I learn this week?

  • That I wanted to run the Marine Corps Marathon so much today and not being there bothered me more than I want to admit.
  • That how I was feeling about missing MCM, negatively affected my running this week and made me a pain-in-the-ass to live with over the past couple of weeks. My apologies and thank you to TheWife for being patient with me.
  • That I can run a half marathon, but that I am not ready to really race any distance – yet, but I am getting closer.
  • That now that MCM is over, I can get back to training, instead of wishing/dreaming about achieving a goal that will/did not happen.
  • That I need to start taking better care of what I am putting down the pie-hole
  • That I am going to go back to “my” gym, sometimes price is not the most important consideration – the friendships that you have made over the years and being able to simply “yack” with other people at the gym is more important than, just going to there, putting in your ear buds, doing your workout in your own little world and not talking to anyone else, before you leave.

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A Very Good Training Half – RunLog 10-26-13

Going through Downback
Going through Downback

I had to try and see how I would feel doing a training half marathon, since I couldn’t be where I really wanted to be today. The way I felt today, I probably could have run and finished MCM, but I had to make the choice and when I did, I just didn’t know how I would be at this point and time. I am a little disappointed today, but know that I did make the correct decision.

So how did the run go?

A LOT better than I thought it was going to be. Continue reading “A Very Good Training Half – RunLog 10-26-13”

Good Back Cove Run — RunLog 10/24/13

Back Cove
Back Cove

I had to be in Portland yesterday and did my usual run around Back Cove, only this time instead of stopping at one lap, I decided to do 2 laps. It has been a while since I felt good enough to add a little speed to this run.

Over the past couple of days, my right knee area has barked a little and my right foot has felt a little off. However, those are my fault, I have not been doing my mobilization and stretching routine regularly for a couple of weeks and my body is not so gently reminding me that I definitely need to keep up this routine!

The first laps was more to see how I was feeling, so I started out slower and kept pushing the pace a little more each mile. I wore my Timex instead of my Garmin on purpose, because I find that subconsciously or consciously push myself harder when I am wearing my Garmin. I want those mile splits to be faster and if I am wearing my Timex I don’t worry about it nearly as much, since I don’t use the lap function very often. The knee barked a little at the start, but as I loosened up it did too. However, my right foot began to bother more than it is has in a long time on the second lap.

Note to self – get back on track with my mobilization and stretching routine, it is not something that I can ignore!!! Especially if I want to keep running comfortably. Continue reading “Good Back Cove Run — RunLog 10/24/13”

Time to Update the Winter Running Wardrobe

The leaves are coming off the trees, the thermometer is starting to drop and the days are soooo much shorter. You know all those signs tell me that cold weather running is right around the corner up heah in Maine and many other parts of the country.

Now I am not an expert or anything, but I have run in cold weather for a few years now and know it is time for us to stop and take a look at the running gear that we will be using for the next several months and maybe, just maybe get rid of some of the old winter running gear you have hoarded for so many years and get some new stuff.

It is a process that I have recently gone through!

Last year when I put my winter stuff into storage, I told myself that when I got it back out, I would go through it to see what was worth keeping and get rid of the gear that was worn-out, didn’t fit or was more than 20 years old. So I did and when II got to looking at each piece of clothing, what I saw didn’t really surprise me, anyone who knows me, knows that I definitely am not a fashionista and the pile on the floor versus the keep pile proved it.

However, I am getting to the point that when I go run out in public – I don’t want to look like “that guy”, you know the Throwback Thursday guy, who never left the 80’s and 90’s (after all they were the “glory days”), be the one wearing old rag-bag running gear that has a certain runner’s stench or be the one people laugh at behind their back and groan loudly when they see you running in them, especially if they had planned to run with you..

The more I looked at most of my winter running gear, the more that I thought about being merciful to other’s eyes and noses. Which meant that I became merciless in culling out the old, worn-out, running gear that should have been thrown out 10 years ago, hell probably 20 years ago.

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Tough/Great Interval Workout-–RunLog 10-21-13

It was 33F at the house this morning, getting closer to that freezing mark everyday, but that is okay it is part of the deal of living in Maine, it does eventually get colder up heah. However, we have been blessed with one of the most ideal fall running seasons that I have seen in many, many years. I know that I have been outside a lot in my shorts and t-shirts enjoying that weather to the max.

So what did I do today?

It is Monday and I have developed a pretty consistent pattern of doing treadmill intervals or progression runs on Mondays after the weekends that I don’t race. So even though by the time I got to the gym it had warmed up to 44 and lots of sun, I still decided to go inside and do my speed work indoors.

WTF Harold are you totally bonkers, it was freaking gorgeous outside!!!!

Probably, but I have found that I do a better job on my speed work on the treadmill, especially if I am doing it by myself – that I don’t have to think about it, I just have to do it. Also my pace is a lot more consistent and until I get back to knowing my pace better, especially at faster speeds, the treadmill is my usual training partner.

So what did I end up doing?

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What I Learned This Week — 10/20/13

New to us 2004 Grand Cherokee
New to us 2004 Grand Cherokee

What did I learn this week?

  • That my running schedule when TheWife takes a week’s vacation, is not the same.
  • That running only 3 days in a week felt weird, especially since I could have run and am definitely not injured right now, I am used to running pretty much 6 days a week.
  • That not running 4 days this week, probably was a good thing and allowed my body to recuperate a little more than usual. Gotta stay positive.
  • I definitely ate way too many whoopie pies, ate too much junk food and definitely drank more soda and in the last 5 days than I have all year and need to get back to eating a lot better this week.
  • How much I hate, yes hate shopping for a new to us vehicle, finally after a couple of weeks, we found one that met our needs. A 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with just over 75,000 miles on it, in the price range we were looking for. It was a little older than we originally was looking for, but after seeing what was available out there, it was a lot better than a lot of the other vehicles we had seen for a much more reasonable price. Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 10/20/13”