Hottest and Longest Run of Year To Date

After a weekend spent back in Indiana with family which pretty means eating around the clock, I woke up this morning and knew I had to get some mileage in early this week. I head to Dave Matthews Band concerts this weekend for the annual guy trip and therefore I need to get my mileage in before leaving because I doubt any running will be had while tailgating and dancing to the shows!

This morning I slept in a bit and around 9:30 I headed out. It was already a bit hot and very little breeze. I had not hydrated well all weekend so I knew I had to be careful, but also I knew I needed to get out for a longer run.

I did not feel too bad at first taking things nice and easy. My goal right now is not pace, but just getting back to enjoying running again. I have been in a year slump of hating running. I have decided to tackle the challenge of enjoying the run again and therefore I am running several times a week to get back in the flow.

As the miles went on I became hot. I soon remembered how this body does not take heat well. Around mile 5 I was able to stop at a water fountain and splash water on my face and head to cool down. This felt great. At this point I did not feel terrible.

Around mile 6 I stopped sweating which is never a good sign. I made myself finish up that mile and mile 7 I forced myself to walk .2 miles to just cool down a bit and not push too hard. I was able to finish up strong.

This was not an easy run. This is actually the longest run I have done all year. How sad is that? Here it is June already and this is my first 8 miler. Looking back on my training plans from 2011 when I ran my first marathon did help me. I was looking at things and noticed that I was not too far off in terms of training and point in the year compared to 2011 and actually this was when I started riding my bike for the first time. I was riding a Schwinn bike and only riding 4-10 miles. Despite my frustrations of not being in the shape I wanted to be in this year I have to take a step back and remember that I cannot burn myself out and was right in this spot two years ago. Baby steps is what I have take and I will slowly get myself back to where I want to be. I have to remember to keep pushing, but not to the point where I burn out and put myself back in the position I am in.

After water, smoothies, and a good lunch I will get my legs and mind ready to keep running for the next three days to get my mileage in for the week. I need to get to 26 miles. A nice easy run tomorrow and another long run Wednesday.

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Midweek Exercise Update

To help hold myself accountable I am back to sharing my exercise in the quest to get back into the shape I was once in this time last year.

Monday – I started back to running. I need to find the joy I once had with running. I think I burned myself out from running by worrying about pace and time and splits all the time. I need to get back to just remembering the simple joy of running. One foot in front of the other.

I am jumping into a marathon plan, but not worry about pace, time, or actually even running a marathon. I needed a basic structure to follow to give me some guidance.

I ran 4 miles which was a great starting distance to get back into the swing of things. It helps to have Chad running with me so we can keep things easy and allow us to just chat about stuff. This really helps pass the time and keeps you out of your own head.

Tuesday – After an open water swim Sunday I knew I had some more work to do in the pool. Swimming is probably my strongest sport right now as I  have not missed a swim workout in a while.
Today I decided to mix it up and did a workout I saw in Triathlon magazine to do something completely different from what I have been doing. This was a tough workout. I have not crossed the 3000 yard swim barrier in a very, very long time.

800 warm up – 200 free, 200 kick x2
12 x 25 on :30 working on descent of stroke count – My stroke count was high hovering at 15-16. I was able to get that down to 13-14 by the end. This is way too high.
500 – 25 fast/75 normal – This was a gasser
4 x 150 on 3:00 – I did one set free, one kick, one free, one kick to work on swimming with tired legs
500 pull with 3/5/7 breathing – I did 50 at 3 breath, 50 at 5, 50 at 7, etc. 7 was a tough. I hate that panic feeling of not having oxygen. It was good for me to work on this.
8 x 50 – 3 fast at every :50 and 4th one easy at 1:10 – It is amazing how fast the time goes between sets. I would finish roughly around 40 seconds so the 10 seconds flies by.
100 cool down kick

Wednesday – Today was another 4 mile run. Felt much better despite more humidity and heat. Feels good to get out and run. I don’t always want to do the run in the morning, but feel really good afterwards.

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I Had To Run Solo To Get My Mind Right

I headed out early this morning. I slept terrible all night. Not sure what my deal was, but at 3:45 I decided to just get up. I got some school work done and around 4:40 I headed out for my run. I needed to get out and just run on my own. I needed time to sort things out mentally for myself. Try to figure out what is going on. I skipped the morning group run and headed out solo.

I wanted 8 miles and I had to be home by 6 am so Amanda could run to school for sub plans. She had to stay home as Addy had to go to specialist about her arm(she broke her elbow).

I headed out and took things easy working to be sure I kept to 154 HR. I was good until mile 6 when I was much higher than I should have been. I did not feel bad. Actually, the pace felt easy. I did not feel like I was pushing too hard. I knew I should have slowed down to keep my HR regulated, but things felt good. I did slow down the last mile for a cool down.

During the run I took an Advocare gel and came home and consumed some Rehydrate. I am going to give Advocare a try. After talking with Rod Creech, my AAU basketball coach from high school I felt rejuvenated again to get back on track. I hope it lasts, but just talking about some things and life I just felt motivated to get going again. I don’t know if I am in marathon shape, but I will see how the week goes.

I am tired today from the terrible night of sleep. I am really going to focus on my diet and nutrition this week(at least until the Notre Dame game Saturday).

Back on track for one day.

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Just Not Feeling It!

I ran two times last week. Both times I was so happy that I did run, but it was not enough to get me back in my groove.

I have been in a funk since the Pigman Long Triathlon on August 19th. I took one week off after that race because I felt the need to give my body a serious rest. I could feel my motivation starting to fall off a bit the last few weeks leading up to that race, but I held on and race quite well.

The week after the race I ran one time for 4 miles. I was not too sore after the race, but my legs were tired and my mind just went right out the window. The same thing happened to me last year after training for the marathon. I lost all drive to keep training or exercising.

Last week I really felt like I would get back in the swing of things.

It did not happen.

I ran twice. Tuesday and Thursday. Thursday I ran with Jay out in the cross country course in the dark. It was a great run. I loved it. Something different and a change of pace.

It still did not help get me going.

I have done nothing since.

Here is the catch. I feel like a turd. Really, a big fat one. I don’t feel good about myself. My eating habits have completely hit a knew time high of nasty. I feel like I have juts become a fat blob. I need to change. I want to change. But, it is just not happening.

The catch is that I still have the marathon in my sights despite being three weeks away. If I am to do this race it needs to start tomorrow. I must get some solid training in to even see if 26 miles is possible. Two week off is long, but not the end of all training.

I have laid out a plan. I hope to complete it. We shall see. If not, then I guess I just sit tight until something clicks much like things did this year when I wanted to do a 70.3 triathlon distance without ever doing a single tri. Much like last year when I wanted to run a marathon. Much like the year before when I started running for the first time and ran a half. Something will connect, but just not sure when.

I need something to strive for. Something to motivate. Something will happen. I just hope it is soon…like tomorrow!

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Monday Weights(I am WEAK!) and Tuesday Run

Monday I began my plans to get back to good health, fitness, and eating. I woke up with plans to swim, but I was really not in the mood at all to hit the pool. So…..I decided to enter the weight room and test out my new goals of lifting. I still don’t have any sort of endurance training weight lifting plan, but I decided to work my upper body a bit and just get back in the flow.

I almost felt intimidated by the weights. It has easily been close to a year since I lifted. I used to be die hard and at one point had put on some lbs. of muscle. With my endurance training this just proves too much extra weight to carry. I am already big for these races. However, one thing I need to improve is my muscle strength so I can ride, swim, and run faster. This is my winter goal.

Today my arms were shaking during the first set of bench. Here is what I did. I am not mentioning the weight I attempted to toss around as it was pathetic compared to my days of several plates and feeling manly in the weight room. Today I felt pathetic.

Bench – 2 x 10
Incline DB Press – 2 x 10
Shoulder Press DB – 2 x 10
Arm Curls – 3 x 10
Lying Tri Extensions – 2 x 10
One Arm Cable Lat Raise – 2 x 5
Overhead DB Raise – 2 x 10
A few pushups to push the body over the brink.

Needless to say I was sore the rest of the day. What a wake-up call. Time for me to piece together a plan.

Today(Tuesday) I got up to run. I need to get back into running again. My plan calls for some serious running, but mentally I am just not there yet. I put on my HR monitor to ensure that I stayed below 155 HR, but trying to hover between 149-155. This only means that running has to be downgraded to a slower pace. It was nice having Curt and Emily to run with as they are very laid back and agreed to run slow with me. With my allergies and wheezing I think my HR was higher than normal compared to not having my allergies flare up. This run was a nice easy run and perfect for me getting back in the swing of things. No need to wear myself out and burn out right away. As you can see our times were slow, but it was enjoyable to talk about life and Legos.

My upper body is beyond sore. My tris hurt like I have knives sticking in them. I can say it felt good to get back into running again. I don’t know if I am ready to jump back on the bike yet, but I know I need to just for maintenance. I need to run again tomorrow as the plan calls for 10 miles. I also want to get in a swim so who knows how things will work out with the crazy Maurer schedule. I swear there is something going on until 8 pm every night this week.

I am back. Still working on the eating. I am eating great at school, but that darn nighttime block of snacking is killing me. I know I am on the right track as the junk is slowly not starting to taste good.

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New Phase In Training…..Marathon

After one week completely off of training, eating, sleeping, and basically any sort of regimen I am ready to get back on track. I feel so unhealthy. My sleep has gone downhill. I just feel gross in my own skin. To be fair, I have bee nothing but eating and drinking like a complete slob with junk food, pop, kool-aid, candy, etc.

I have four weeks until the QC Marathon. I am scheduled to run the full 26.2 miles. I am not mentally prepared to run this distance. However, I am going to give it a try.

I know that I am still in decent shape. So starting tomorrow I am going to shift back to training in the mornings.

I am going to shift my training to more run focused trying to build up my running miles and test out this body.

I am going to go for two weeks to see how I feel running and following the training plan for a marathon. I do hope to mix in a few bike rides and swimming.

If at the end of two weeks I am not digging the full marathon, then I will switch to the half. No need to make it feel like work.

As soon as the marathon is over I am going to begin weight training for next year. I want to build up my muscles to increase my endurance, stamina, and strength for the 70.3 Ironman distance and possibly a full Ironman next season. If you have any advice I would love to hear it. I am in need of a training plan to get me through the winter that will provide benefit to my endurance training.

Tomorrow it begins. I will weigh in and take off from there.

The GETTING IT DONE train is ready to pull out of the station. Let’s just hope it reaches the destination.

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Marathon Photos Finally Arrive in the Mail

Today my cd of images from the QC Marathon from a month ago finally arrived. I have been waiting for what seems like forever for them arrive. I bought the images for two reasons.

1. To remind me of the great accomplishment I was able to achieve. I never thought I was capable of running 26.2 miles, but I did it and ran it under my goal.

2. To serve as a reminder and motivation for my future goals.

Here is a little slideshow of the images. I have a few more load, but these are main ones.

This is my favorite one. This is me getting ready to cross the finish line. I cannot describe the feeling I had at that moment. I had done it. I lived up to my mantra of GETTING IT DONE!

I hope to have more of these moments in the future.

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Training – 10 Mile Run……Harder than the Marathon

Wowsers! I finally got myself up and moving around today to get my run in that I had planned to run on Thursday that I bumped to Friday that I finally got today. I wanted to get a 10 mile run in this week just to maintain some of the fitness level that I had achieved over the last four months. I have the Living Farms 7 mile creek run coming up in November and I want to run well in that so I need to make sure I don’t fall off too much in my conditioning.

With that being said it has only been about two weeks since the marathon. Mentally I am just not as strong as I was prior to the race. That is to be expected as my brain just needs time to take it easy before I throw out the next daunting goal of mine.

I went out for my run around noon when I finally had a time to run. It is hot today here in Iowa pushing 80 degrees. I have not ran in heat period in quite some time. I took off towards the bike path with breaking the run up into two 5 mile splits. From my house I can run to a water/restroom area on the bike path that is exactly 5 miles on the dot. I did not take my water belt as I did not feel like running with that on. I took one GU and was out the door. I wanted to time my first 5 miles and then GU it up and run back in hopes of breaking the time it took to get there.

It felt great to be running again. The sunshine felt fantastic and with the breeze it was actually not that bad. I was so glad to be out running. I ran mile 1 in 8:27, mile 2 8:15, and mile 3 8:19. I really started feeling good while on the flat bike path and picked up the pace running mile 4 8:02 and mile 5 in 7:47. I finished up running the first 5 mile split around 41 minutes and some seconds. It was at this point that things started to fall apart fast.

During the last few miles my stomach started to hurt. At the rest area I grabbed some water, took a GU, went to the restroom, and took off. I did stay long as I wanted to keep going.

I ran mile 6 in 7:47 just like mile 5. After this mile my stomach started cramping really bad and my foot started to give me some pain. I lost some mile time running mile 7 8:13. Things continued to feel worse as I ran mile 8 in 8:19. I remember almost thinking about stopping at this point. My foot felt bad and my stomach cramp just kept spreading like wildfire.  It was also around this point the wind either died completely feeling super hot or blowing right in my face making it hard to run. Mile 9 I dropped even farther running 8:38. During this mile my chest and heart started to get tight. I was thinking, “What is going on with my body?”. I deep some deep breathing, shortened my stride, and just tried to relax. I finished mile 10 in 8:29.

I did not meet my goal of running back faster. I did stay mentally tough not stopping and just fighting through the elements. I am positive that the combination of the heat and the unhealthy eating of the last week or so it was caused this run to be difficult. It was a great remind and wake up call that rest and recovery does not mean I turn into a slob. I am glad I stuck it out because I am sure I am going to have days like this again and I have to keep fighting through the challenges.

Have a great rest of they day. We are off to pick apples and snag some pumpkins. I finished my run in 1:22 for a 8:14 pace. I will gladly take that time.  Keep GETTING IT DONE!

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Training – No run today

My daughter Ava has decided to wake up all the time the last few nights. So sleep has not been great and I have been quite tired. I took yesterday off after running two days straight and feeling tired. I was going to run this morning, but slept in instead. I don’t feel bad about it. Perhaps I should, but it is not even quite two weeks yet since the marathon. I think my body is fine, but mentally I am just not in the right place yet to get back to some serious training and running.

I spent time last night planning out my next 6-8 months. I have a penciled calendar version of where I would like to go. I am going to finalize the schedule by next week and begin to train from there. I leave for San Diego Sunday for some training for school so upon my return from this trip I will unveil my plan and goal.

A few more days of taking it easy will be best for my mental aspect of my training. Happy Friday.

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GETTING IT DONE! – 7 Mile Run = 1000 Mile Barrier…My 1000 Mile Journey

I woke up earlier than normal this morning to start my run around 4:45. I planned for a 7 mile run today. I ran 2 miles to the Y to meet some friends for a run. We took off and ran together for about 3.5 miles. At Tanglefoot we split ways with me heading towards my house and them heading back to the Y. I finished up my nice easy run of 7 miles which allowed me to hit my 1000th mile of training this year.

Sitting here typing this up I can hardly believe that I actually have put in 1000 miles. I know seasoned runners hit this mark way earlier than October, but this is a huge number for me. Looking back at my monthly mileage I started the year off rough. I put in only 4 miles in December of 2010 when I was injured. This lead me to falling apart in the motivational aspect as well as my overall fitness. This injury allowed me to make excuses which did not do anything positive for myself. I needed to kick start me and eventually this would happen. However, to start the year off I put in only 6 miles in January.

I finally picked things up in February by getting in 57 miles. At this point I kept toying with the idea of a marathon, but not really committed yet. March I gathered 97 miles as we were training for a half marathon. I had a training partner and things were turning around. April continued with 62 miles and May I ran my first 5k in 21:27. I ended up with 55 miles in May.

June was my turning point. This was when I finally flipped the switch. I wanted to be better. I wanted to prove to myself that I was tougher than I believed. I committed to the challenge of running and a marathon. I put into place small checkpoints(races) along the way to help me stay aligned to my training plan. I added my bike to the mix and next thing you know I put in 158 miles in June, 231 in July, 177 in August.

As you know the marathon was in September and not only did I accomplish my goal of running under 4 hours, but I finished the month up with 141 miles which is not bad considering I took a week off after the race and two weeks of tapering.

I don’t know where the rest of the year will take me. I keep tossing around several races and possibly learning to bike and swim for a triathlon next year. I can only hope to take things one day at a time and just enjoy my lifestyle change. I have transformed many things in my life. I have slimmed down, I feel the best I have ever felt, and I realize that I can tackle any challenge I set out for myself. The hardest part was back in January trying to get over that mindset of making excuses. The hardest part is getting started. Now it is almost impossible to slow down.

It is amazing how easy it is to convince yourself that you can’t do something. I used them all from injuries, not  having time, not having the right body type(which I don’t, but I have adapted), etc. Now I use that as fuel to stay motivated. Not everyday is easy to get up and run, but why would I leave behind what all I have accomplished. I have placed myself at the point of no return. Too much has been invested to not continue. That is what is so great once you get started down any path to your goals. Once you get going it is hard to stop once you really, truly believe.

I leave this post knowing that I have accomplished and met another milestone. It is one that only I can truly appreciate as I put the miles in. For others, 1000 miles is too easy and for others 1000 miles may be out of reach. Each person is unique. I only hope that those on the path to success take time to stop and celebrate what they have all accomplished. That is part of GETTING IT DONE! – taking time to celebrate. Just remember that once you celebrate it is time to get back to work towards that next goal.

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