WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Things are getting serious up in here …

marchThis was a strange weekend. For one, it went by WAY too fast and two, I missed a race because I set my alarm for PM instead of AM. Major lame.

Now you are probably wondering about this said race, because I didn’t mention it on Friday’s post. Which is true. After posting it my friend Tim invited me to a run UP the Wells Fargo Building here in Downtown Salt Lake. It’s a fundraiser for the Huntsman Cancer Institute … which was up my ally. So after paying my donation and getting psyched for the challenge I set my alarm the night before for 5:01 … PM!

Yes … PM!!!

So, I woke up around 7am after realizing it was light. That panicked feeling and realization has only happened to me a couple of times. And, I hate it. It happened to me once when I was in college and pulled an all-nighter to finish a final paper. I had a couple hours before class so I decided to take an hour nap. Four hours later I woke up in horror.

Needless to say it never gets easier.

So I decided to go back to my original plans for Saturday after all. And, my race registration ended up as a nice little donation to Huntsman. Which I am not complaining about. I just feel bad that I am missed on the time with friends. Tim is a great guy to hangout with, especially if you are running a marathon. You won’t find a nicer or greater guy. I should probably also throw in craziest guy too. You think I am crazy … but … I have NOTHING on Tim.

But, I ended up running four miles around Bountiful and then coming back home and doing 35 minutes of stairs. It was a great workout in preparation for my 25K next week. Besides focusing on the 25K I am looking towards the number of half marathons coming up as well in April and May. Especially, the West Mountain Half (April 18th) and Provo City (May 2nd), I really want to have a good showing on those two runs. And, I am working myself to physically be ready for them.

Right now it’s about being consistent and methodically preparing myself for those runs and the racing season in general.

YEAH RUNNING!!!


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It’s been kinda awesome to see so many running movies coming out as of late. Well, okay, two running movies. But, for someone that doesn’t see a lot of movies or is usually dragged to them, that is a lot. But, for those that have seen Unbroken can attest that it’s an awesome movie.

And, I think the same thing can be said about McFarland USA. To be fair, it actually resolves around running more than Unbroken, but it has just as an important center message as Unbroken had. Mainly because it involves the human spirit and the pursuit of happiness … or freedom.

I don’t really want to give the plot away or surmise it’s intentions. And, I am not a very good movie reviewer either. I either like or hate a movie and that’s about all I’ll give you if you want my opinion. BUT … I think anyone who loves running or rooting for the underdog should see McFarland USA.

You won’t waste your money on the ticket. You’ll just waste $5.00 if you get suckered into getting bottled water at the concessions stand.

Now do you see why I don’t don’t like movies.


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

daylight-savings-timeLife as a runner has changed me in many ways, for one it’s my LOVE for Daylight Savings Time. I used to love getting that extra hour of sleep in November. But, now … no way! Give me that extra hour of daylight! I’ve been waiting for this change at least for the past month or so, because I can’t wait to have SUNLIGHT for an afterwork run.

Of course this leads up to June 21 until the days start getting shorter and shorter, but I don’t want to dwell on that sadness. I’d rather focus on the beauty of sunlight and the days stretching themselves out longer and longer (there’s probably a TWSS somewhere in there? TWSS).

So in celebration of this joyous event I have planned on two post-work runs this week and by the looks of it the weather will oblige. YEAH!!!


WEEKLY RUNNING & FITNESS

IMG_2115 Last week I got myself a new running/fitness journal. It’s mainly to help track my mileage, fitness goals and life all in one book. Becky and Maria had one and use it religiously and I really liked the concept of the book so I got one as well from Barnes & Noble.

Little did I know it was a journal tailored for women runners. My first sign should have been Becky and Maria having one. But, then within the first couple pages of the book it starts talking about “women things.” Despite the focus being on the female it still is applicable for any runner male or female so I am still using it. And, I actually love using it. It’s a great combination of fitness and daily planning.

If you want to pick one up you can get one here on Amazon, it’s called the Believe Training Journal.

But, the focus is really just getting my body on track, especially with my thyroid getting back onboard at a healthily level. I really want to get rid of the unwanted weight I gained when it tanked. But, as fast as I want that to go, I know I also need to do it healthily and the right way. Nothing good has ever come out of crash diets (except for maybe the ice cream binge right after them).

So this week the focus is on my running and then I am adding strength training with my brother, Free, along with my Hip Hop Abs videos I do twice a week in the morning. There is a lot more that I am going to blog about on this topic later this week. So stay tuned. But, my focus right now is just consistency, having fun and getting where I want to go.

Easy enough, right?


MY 2015 MILEAGE

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015

2015 Training Miles – 88.6 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 45.5 miles
2015 Race Miles – 35.55 miles
2015 Total Miles – 169.65 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 18.0 miles

MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATION

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