I work for the weekend. Or should I say that I run for the weekend? Either way — I don’t think there are any better weekends than summer weekends, especially as a runner. Seriously.
I am excited for this weekend for a couple of reasons. I am going to be running a 5K with my friend Jordan. Jordan and I have been friends now for over — what — a decade? I was working in Student Government at Salt Lake Community College and he applied to be a Student Senator. He was just out of high school and enthusiastic to get involved. For some reason we just — bonded.
We’ve been through a lot in the past ten years. It’s been fun watching him grow and mature — get married, have children and work towards his degree. Something that hasn’t been easy for him.
See the thing is — Jordan has cerebral palsy. Life hasn’t come easy for him. Throughout his young life, many told him what he could or couldn’t do — but, that never stopped Jordan from doing what he wanted to do. I think that’s why we bonded so fast, because I am the same way.
There were times he very much doubted the ability to get married or have a family — even simply graduate from college. But, here he is — married and the father of two beautiful girls. Not only that, but he is one class away from graduated from SLCC. I can’t say enough good things about Jordan — he’s more of brother than a friend. And, a testament that you can literally do ANYTHING you set your mind to.
So tomorrow we’re going to run a 5K together. This was something we’ve planned for a little over a year. Jordan usually runs on his own, it helps keep his joints and legs limber and strong, but he has never done a 5K or organized race for that matter. Until tomorrow.
We are running the Beat the Heat 5K in Woods Cross together. We don’t have a time goal other than to finish it. Well, finish before all of the bananas are gone (that’s my own personal goal). Finish what we started.
I can’t begin to say how excited I am for tomorrow and how proud I am of Jordan. Not just in doing this 5K, but in life. He is an example to be — to the nth degree. He’s taught me to never say never.
Make sure to come back on Monday for pictures from the race along with a race recap of the 5K. Since I need more mileage than 3.1 miles tomorrow, I’m planning on running another 3.1 miles on the treadmill early in the morning before I pick Jordan up, followed by another 6 or 8 miles later in the afternoon. It’s not continuous miles, but I want to get a good 12-14 miles in this weekend — and miles are miles.
Have a great weekend and make sure to come back on Monday!
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After a fairly brutal week on my legs last week — I feel like I’ve recovered well. Not only that, but since I’ve been doing the Whole30 diet I feel a lot stronger on my runs. Especially on the treadmill.
I know, I know, I know — it’s the DREADmill. And, believe me — I hate it. But, it’s convenient for early or late night runs. Plus, I love the mental training it provides. As much as I loathe the dreadmill I do feel like it’s HORRIBLY long miles better prepare me for my 50 miler than an easy run outside.
I have two more weeks left of this last round of Whole30. I am not sure how much I’ve lost? I don’t feel like I’ve lost as much — maybe 5-8lbs.? I think on this third round — I’ll be happy with losing two pounds a week. I mean, I lost nearly 30lbs. in two months — that’s a lot.
I want to keep that momentum and healthy habits going after this third round. And, I’ve come up with a bastardized version of Whole30 that I’ll start mid-month. It’s a combination of Whole30 (or paleo), a 80/20 mentality and Isagenix. I’ll blog more in depth about this next week. But, I’ve structured it with standards and rules like the Whole30, but with some flexibility meant to maintained long term.
I am also running my first 20 miler next week — on the treadmill. I will blog about that later as well. But, basically, I am running it ALL on the dreadmill of death. I’m starting at midnight and running until I am done. I can’t say this will be fun. But, miles are miles and these miles will be a test of will.
At least my treadmill is parked in front of the TV so I can Netflix and ‘mill. Any movie or series suggestions? I’m pretty sure I could get through at least 2-3 seasons of Friends. I could always watch SlowTV — I mean what’s better than watching a 7.5 hour train ride in Norway? (the answer is running on the treadmill)
Anyways — I am looking forward to a great workout week as I inch towards my marathons and 50. Just gotta keep it up!