It is summer time, which means there is always something going on. This is not the ideal time to train for a marathon as training takes up a bunch of time. Like previous weeks, I had to figure out a schedule that juggle training, time with my family and having fun!
Monday 8/5/2013: Cross Training
My knees felt a little sore from the long run yesterday so I decided to not do any activities today and take it easy. Looking forward to having a great week of running!
Tuesday 8/6/2013: 4 miles
My wife went to the gym this morning so I planned on an evening running pushing the jogging stroller. However, she got off work a little early so I was able to go on the run solo. Tonight was a great night for a run. The sky was overcast and it was cool; ideal conditions for a run. I usually run in Mizuno Wave Inspire’s which is a standard running shoe. However, I wore the Saucony Kinvara 4 shoes on the run tonight. This is a bit of a different shoe as it has a minimal style to it as it only has a 12mm drop from the heel to the toe. This is a completely different feel when running. I felt it in my knees and ankles but it wasn’t a bad or painful feeling, it was just different. The minimal type shoe is great, but it takes time and mileage to get used to it. I ran at a fast (for me) pace tonight over the 4 mile run. I ran at a pace of 9:57 (39:51 total time) and it felt great. I felt like I could run another 4 miles at that pace. I was in a groove and running didn’t seem like a chore. I truly enjoyed tonight’s run and I hope I can have the same feeling in future runs.
Wednesday 8/7/2013: 7 miles
Ran late tonight. Started my run at 8:24pm and got home around 9:45pm. I thought I would enjoy running at night as the weather is cooler and there isn’t as much traffic. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The route I planned had me running on a busy street with a sidewalk that was too narrow and had me right on top of the oncoming traffic. I didn’t feel safe which made me not enjoy this run as much which means my time suffered. Once I got off the busy street, I felt a little better but the run still wasn’t enjoyable as I found that there aren’t many street lights in the area I live in. I was running in pitch dark in many spots and that made be worry about stepping on a crack or a rock and twisting an ankle. My intentions were good, but the run wasn’t very enjoyable. I’m glad I got the run in, but would have like to enjoy it. I think that if I have to run at night again, I may go to the gym and run on the treadmill. Even though I didn’t enjoy the run much, I finished with a decent time and pace: 1:15:02 (10:43 pace).
Thursday 8/8/2013: 4 miles
I ducked out of work a little early today so I could get home and get my run in before my softball game. This paid off as I was able to run solo without having to push the jogging stroller as our babysitter was still watching the lil dude. I ran a nice little out and back that I have been running a lot of and I enjoy the route. Even though I run this route quite a bit, I still see new and interesting things everytime I run it. Its interesting that I notice and see things while running that I don’t think I would notice otherwise. I think running opens my mind and allows it to just be, to perceive and that is really cool to me. I am running quite a bit now and I really enjoy it. I have a test coming up this weekend and I am excited to go longer distances. Finished with a total time of 41:47 (10:26 pace).
Friday 8/9/2013: Rest Day
Good rest day. Excited for what running has in store for me this weekend.
Saturday 8/10/2013: 7 miles
Today is my dad’s birthday and I wanted to get a run in early in the morning before my wife went to work so I could run solo without the jogging stroller. I didn’t get up and get going, so I had to push the stroller. I decided to head to Crown Hill Open space and check out the trails and the loops…I’m glad I did. Crown Hill is an awesome place to run with a lot of trails, sidewalks and scenery. About a half mile into the run, my dad called and said he was out and about and wanted to see my lil guy. So he met me at the park and hung out with the lil dude while I ran. As I was running the loops and passing my dad and son, I could tell that my dad was a bit over it and wanted to take off and go about his day. So I stopped at 4.6 miles and packed it in instead of doing all 7. I felt a little bad about not getting it done, but am feeling good about my fitness and running and am confident that I am on the right track. It took me 49:10 to run 4.6 miles which is a pace of 10:32.
Sunday 8/11/2013: 15 miles
I had planned on running the full 15 miles, but I got a late start and was only able to get 11 miles completed before I had to head home and get cleaned up before my dad’s birthday party. I ran at Crown Hill which is an awesome place to run. There is a large/long outside loop around the park and there is a small/short loop around the lake. There are so many trails that go in different directions that allow me to vary where I run on every loop. The weather was great and the scenery is awesome. I am pretty proud of getting in 11 miles. It took me a bit longer (2:03:29 total with a pace of 11:13) than I was expecting and had hoped, but its a good test for me. Being able to notch 11 miles gives me the confidence of long distance running and it helps me with the mental side of running. I know I can achieve and I want to keep pushing myself.
All in all, I’m happy with my training this week. I’ve been working on cutting down on excuses for not running and just going out and getting it done. Not only getting it done, but trying to take it all in and enjoy it. The marathon is fast approaching and I’m getting excited to cross the finish line.
The Premier Protein Human Charging Station event was really fun and I met a lot of great people. When I arrived, there was a line of people at the charging station and out of nowhere, a marching band appeared and jammed out. About 15 minutes later, a cheer leading squad appeared and lead the crowd in a #GoodEnergy cheer. The line formed again for the charging station when all of the sudden, a break dancing crew came out and did their thing.
The Human Charging Station itself was a lot of fun and brought laughs to everyone. The charging station has buttons for either a protein bar or protein shake. A few seconds after pressing the button you want, a mysterious hand appears from the charging station to deliver the treat. It was quite comical and totally awesome! The great thing about the event is that Premier Protein products are really great. They don’t taste like your typical protein product. They are delicious and they deliver when you need it.
If you weren’t able to make it today, there are still opportunities for you to check out Premier Protein. The Human Charging Station will be setup at 13 South Broadway in Denver off South Broadway and Ellsworth. Also, the Premier Protein sampling crew will be around Denver the next few weeks handling out samples so be on the lookout. Make sure you post a pic of the Human Charging Station to your Facebook page tagged with #Good Energy and #PremierProtein to get a special product pack in the mail!
If you don’t know about Premier Protein, I highly recommend you check them out and at least try one of their products. Premier Protein is the provider of good energy, so you can get the most out of every day. Premier Protein cares about good energy and they believe that the world needs more good energy because when you have good energy, that kind that is low in fat and sugar but packed with protein, you can keep going with no booms, busts or crashes.
The #GoodEnergy event hosted by #PremierProtein is in full swing and a bunch of fun and cool stuff is going on! For starters, they have the Human Charging Station setup (pictured here) that dispenses protein bars a shakes to everyone!
They also have a few different acts that appear from time to time including a marching band, a cheerleading squad and a break dancing crew!
Awesome weather, awesome event. Come down and check it out!
Quick post to remind everyone to come down to Confluence Park (the Platte River by REI) today between 12-5 to get free protein products from Premier Protein’s Human Charging Station. This event will be a lot of fun and good energy moments are bound to happen. If you come down, take a pic and post it to your FaceBook account tagged with #GoodEnergy and #PremierProtein you will get a special product pack in the mail.
If you can’t make it today, the HCS will be setup tomorrow on South Broadway! Hope to see you there!
Denver…we are in for a treat! Premier Protein, whose protein products are awesome, is hosting an awesome event in Denver on Saturday 9/7 at Confluence Park. The event kicks off about noon and finishes up around 5pm. Premier Protein is setting up an 8 foot Human Charging Station (HCS) that will offer free protein shakes and protein bars to anyone who interacts with the charging station. Premier Protein’s goal with the HCS is to bring good energy to the people of Denver. While some people will get protein bars and other protein shakes, everyone will get entertained and special moments of good energy are bound to happen! As an added bonus, anyone who takes a photo of the Human Charging Station, tags it with #GoodEnergy & #PremierProtein and posts it to their Facebook page will receive a product prize pack in the mail from Premier Protein.
If you’ve read my blog, then you know that I struggle with balancing work, family, friends and working out…which is why Premier Protein has a philosophy that resonated with me when I first read it: “We believe that everyone should live a healthy, active life, and nutrition is the cornerstone of that life. However, we know that eating healthy and staying active is challenging in today’s hectic life, so we strive to be your health and nutrition partner—making powerful, healthy choices easy.” Premier Protein offers both shakes and bars that make it easy to get the protein you need, how you need it! Premier Protein has formulated their products for all different scenarios when you need it most:
- Those Crazy Mornings
- When you need a better snack
- A quick and healthy meal replacement
- Low-energy afternoons
- Fuel for fun activities
- Grab and go
- After dinner treat
Come on down to Confluence Park between 12pm-5pm, get some free protein products and meet like-minded peeps all while having a great time. What more could you ask for? There will be a ton of people there enjoying the weather and the Platte River. I hope to see you there!
If you are unable to make it, the HCS will also be setup on South Broadway on Sunday (9/8). Stop by and check out Premier Protein!
Week 7 of running/training left me satisfied with the work I put in, but also left me wanting (almost craving) more. I’m beginning to consider my a runner and I like that. As I look ahead on my training plan, the miles are about to increase and that no longer worries me. It actually excites me and I’m ready for the challenge.
Monday 7/29/2013: Cross Training
I had planned on running 9 miles to make up for the day I missed, but there was no way I could get it in before the funeral. I went to bed late as we were up late hanging out with my wife’s family. The weekend has turned into a family reunion, which is great for my wife. Bummed out that I missed a long run…again. Need the time and motivation to get these long runs in. Thinking about moving everything back a day in the schedule so my long runs are on Saturdays.
Tuesday 7/30/2013: 4 miles
I was much too tired from the long weekend and the funeral yesterday to wake up in the morning and get the run done, so I ran after work. My wife works late on Tuesday nights so I took my son out in the jogging stroller. My times tend to be a tad slower when pushing the stroller. I am happy with a 10:44 pace over 4 miles, but think I can get to about 10min pace without the stroller. The sky was a bit overcast which made the temperature nice to run. About halfway through the run, the wind picked up. i ran down wind for a bit and then had to run in a headwind for the last mile or so. Running into a headwind, while pushing a jogging stroller is not so fun. On the bright side, I can say that I incorporated resistance training! It started to rain pretty good with a mile left, but that was not a deterrent and it felt kinda good to run in the rain. The jogging stroller has a plastic shield so the lil man didn’t get wet at all. I’ve been questioning myself the last few weeks. having thoughts like “I’m not sure if I can actually pull this marathon off with dignity” and “Why am I doing this?” etc. I read a quote today and gave me the inspiration I need to keep on this journey “Today, you’re the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be”. What a though provoking statement! Basically, go do things while you can and not regret it later when you can’t do it. So, I’m back in the saddle and ready to be the best I can be! The plan is to hit the pavement by 5:45am tomorrow morning.
Wednesday 7/31/2013: 7 miles
I set my alarm for 5:30am. When the alarm went off I hit snooze. The alarm rang again at 5:40am. I was very tempted to set my alarm until 7am and get some more rest, but something inside me told me that I had to get up and run. I shot out of bed at 5:42am and got prepared for my run. As I was lacing up my shoes, a feeling of excitement came over me. I was about to run the longest distance I’ve ever ran and I was very excited for that. As I started out on my run, I wasn’t feeling very good about it. It was early and I knew I had a long way to go. When I hit a 1/2 mile, I was hooked. I was starting to feel good and knew that I would complete this run and complete it in great time. I planned a route that I knew would work well for the distance and have me finish at my front door. This route is a little different than usual as I usually run out and backs but this was a loop. Everything was going great and I was pacing at the time I had in mind, but around mile 5 something hit me. I had to go #2 and my stomach was telling me that. To curb that feeling, I walked for close to a half mile until that need to go went away. This killed my time! I was pacing at 10:15 but finished at 10:53 pace. Very happy that I finished under an 11 minute pace, but mad at myself for not being able to push through and keep running. I need to wake up a bit earlier and take care of business before running! I’m really enjoying running and know that it is changing who I am. I am making better decisions in regards to food as a result of this training and that feels good. I know this training has an impact on my wife but she is supportive and that means the world to me. My finishing time was 1:16:16 (10:53 pace).
Thursday 8/1/2013: 4 miles
Today was a great day. I got up early and ran 4 miles at a pace that I was comfortable and happy with. Feels good to see my time getting better. After my run, I played golf at a course that was on my bucket list, Bear Creek Country Club. It was great to get out there and meet new people. I felt great during the day as the run started my day off with a bang! I’m really starting to get tuned into my body and what its telling me during a run. I know when I can speed up and push it but I also know when I need to slow the pace down. I ran at a 10:05 pace and finished the 4 miles at 40:26.
Friday 8/2/2013: Rest Day
Always good to get a rest day in, but I am itching to run tomorrow. On days that I don’t run, I think about running and get excited about my next run.
Saturday 8/3/2013: 7 miles
I wasn’t able to get 7 miles in today, but was able to finish 6 miles. I ran with a friend today, which was great. Up to this point, I have run by myself and having a running partner is a lot of fun. I also pushed my son in the jogging stroller, which slows my time, but also allows me to spend some time with him. My time was a little slower than I had hoped as I finished at 1:09:10 (11:30 pace) but running with my friend and son was worth it!
Sunday 8/4/2013: 14 miles
My plan was to run 14 miles by running all the way to my parents house and back. However, at 4.5 miles I decided to turn around. I simply didn’t have it in me today to do 14 miles. Partly because the first half of the run was mostly (although slightly) uphill. I just couldn’t fathom running another 2.5 miles before turning around. I just didn’t have it and I’m, not too happy with myself, but I’m proud that I was able to run 9.62 miles. I ran at a steady pace, but fairly slower than what I would have liked. I finished with a time of 1:47:53 (11:12 pace). I am happy that I got it done in that time considering that its my longest run to date. However, I know that I have more work to do and can get better.
Even though I didn’t do all the miles that my training plan asked me to do, I am happy that I was able to run every day that was planned. This is a huge accomplishment and sets me up for the future. I am anxious to hit the pavement again and log more miles!