January 31, 2010
I spent thirty minutes on the recumbent bike. The normally boring workout wasn't too bad. Josh was in the gym circuit training, so I had someone to talk with. Followed the session with a treadmill run. Nice and easy pace. My legs feel surprisingly fresh.
Engine 2 Basic workout
1 and 3 assisted
I'm embarrassed to admit my inadequacies with pull-ups. Hope to change this predicament soon!
Yesterdays "free-meal" turned into a full blown "free day", which was evident on the scale.
January 30, 2010
Race Director Bill Gardner has his thumb on the pulse of trail runners. Without hesitation I would be happy to register for any race he directed. The parts of the race that should be simplistic were, and the usually neglected items were diligently managed. Great job, Bill!
A general sense of concern loomed over me running this morning, because we have all three kids with us this weekend. Having the kids aren’t the issue, but taking them out in 33 degree weather IS AN ISSUE. The kids showed an authentic interest in attending my run, so we kept our plans and prepared accordingly. Andrea went to great length to dress everyone in multiple layers of clothing for maximum warmth, which worked perfectly.
I was shocked to realize we were loaded and actually on our way a few minutes BEFORE schedule. Being early or even on time is a rarity. Maybe that single act set this perfect day in motion.
We arrived at Lake Houston Park about 45-minutes before the 9am start. Registration and packet pick-up was easy to find. The volunteers were as friendly as much as they were efficient. Earlier in the week I had corresponded via email with Bill Gardner about my returned race registration, so I needed to explain my case to them. Even with my little issue, I was completely done in less than five minutes.
Once we left registration we walked a quarter-mile to the race start/finish line. The first thing I noticed was the huge camp fire, complete with benches around all four sides. The radiant heat from the fire was greatly adored by the race participants. Initially, there weren’t many runners congregating around the fire, but as the race time neared the real estate closest to the fire became extremely valuable.
Between the camp fire and the start line was a nice looking jeep, which was the power source for a simple, yet impressive music/PA system. When we first arrived most of the runners were happily listening to the music, while only a few people were socializing.
As I was warming up next to the fire, I also attempted to “warm-up” to the other participants. I asked the group a series of questions, which included; “Have you ever run in this park before?” I felt somewhat special, because I have run here on plenty of occasions, most recently earlier this week. For those willing to listen, I gave information how the trails were holding water BEFORE the last big rain. I also gave them a brief insight to the ownership of the park (LHP was a State park before being purchased by the City of Houston), and why they should try to avoid the low ground bridges. Most of those bridges are in dire need of repair and I find it safer to run next to them rather than risk injury by running on them.
Several people were talking about this being their first trail run. I offered tidbits of information on what to expect at this particular park. It’s a neat feeling to finally be the one with a little experience. Again, this added to my feeling of being both “at home” and confident.
In the pre-race announcement the RD warned of two-three cumulative miles of ankle deep water and mud. I knew we’d see water, but I assumed his wording of “ankle deep water” was an exaggeration. I didn’t let the fear of running in water bother me, because honestly, I didn’t believe it would be as bad as stated.
I’ve never understood why so many races are unable to start on time, but that wasn’t an issue today. We heard what Bill called his, “Cold weather National anthem”, which was a beautiful and respectful 1:45 minute version of the US national anthem. At 9:00 sharp we were on our way.
The first thing I noticed was the sharp left turn once we left the starting area. I imagined the race to take place in the back of the park, which would have required a right hand turn. With all the running I’ve done in this park, very few miles have been west of the power line easement.
Before the race started I was standing around the camp fire with a great deal of confidence and probably acting a bit cocky, because I knew the layout of the park. One mile later I found myself running a section I’ve never seen before. I love karma and how it always has a way of bringing me back to reality.
Miles one and two were fun and fast. My pace was hovering around 10:00/mile. I felt smooth as I glided through those first miles, but I wondered how long I could hold the pace. My question should have been how long the trails will allow me to hold the pace. By the time I reached the second mile I was running in cold muddy sloop. The trails were holding an abundance of water, much like Bill Gardner warned us of. The runners before us had tried to run to either side of the water only to turn the entire section into a swamp land.
For the first hundred yards I was able to keep my feet dry. I knew it wouldn’t last and it didn’t. The water was so cold my toes were almost immediately numb. I remind you, it’s still 35 degrees in the park and now I’m wet. There were stretches of water and mud that lasted for a mile. Okay, maybe not a mile, but a long damn way. As soon as I left the water behind I’d make a turn on the trail and see another long stretch of what I just left. I watched a couple women lose their footing and take a nose dive into the water. There is no way for me to image how cold or disheartening that must have been. After seeming Karen’s friend fall in a pool of water, I made my number one goal to stay upright at any cost.
The bulk of the mud and water was behind us as we approached the five mile mark. By this time we were finally in a section of the park I was familiar with. I was running alone as well. No complaints from me though, I like running solo on the trails.
I ran long enough on high ground that my feet were starting to dry. I joked with the aid station volunteers and asked for directions to the next mud hole, because my feet were getting too dry. Over the next couple miles we saw small patches of water. Most of these were easy to navigate around.
The seven mile marker was located in an area familiar to me. From that point I was able to predict the last few miles. The start line was 2-3 miles away, which was consistent with the remaining mileage. Again, I assumed we would run along the power line easement then turn on the main camp road towards the finish line.
I struggled with ideas regarding how to finish the race. I had run continuous and a lot faster than expected. This doesn’t take into account I was running on muddy trails! If we followed the roads I mentioned above it would be a fast finish. I had 4-5 runners ahead of me and I eagerly wanted to reel them in. As well, I tried to remind myself that I have a HUGE race next weekend and this might be a foolish move. During the half-mile spent thinking about my options I never thought we would enter the west end trails again. To my surprise we made the dreadful right hand turn for another round of mud and fun.
There was enough mud to last any runner a lifetime. With a smile on my face I ran straight down the middle of the trail splashing water several feet in the air. I didn’t make a single attempt to dodge anything. Quickly I learned the areas with the most water had a solid bottom. Everyone else was still slipping and sliding while trying to avoid the large bodies of water. During this time I was able to maintain my pace and I actually caught all but one of the runners I had in my sights.
Those last couple miles went fast. There was a part of me thinking something was wrong. This race was going all too well. I figured my Garmin was fowling up, resulting in a faster pace than I actually was running.
The course was beautifully marked. There was one small turn at the end I was not sure about. With only half a mile to go I simply turned in the direction of the music. Ahead of me in the last half-mile was a runner who followed me for a couple mid-course miles and eventually passed me. Once I caught up with him, I made the generic comment of “good job” to which he replied, “You caught back up!?!”. In all honestly, it was a combination of his slowing pace and my increasing pace. We were side by side with the finish line in sight 150-yards ahead. He said something similar to; “Let’s kick it in”. I cranked the pace a little and quickly put him behind me.
With a mere ten feet before entering the finishers shoot I could hear Andrea and the kids yelling in excitement. I had assumed the excitement was for me, and only me. What I didn’t know, as I slowed to enter the shoot the other runner was on my heel and was coming around me. I had already stepped on the first timing mat as he passed me, but he passed me fair and square. Of course if I had known he was there I could have easily prevented it, but it’s not like I was fighting for hardware.
Once it was all said and done, I was glad to finish a wonderful experience in such a dramatic fashion. We both congratulated each other as runners always do. That is what I love about running trails; there are never any bad feelings.
The post race party was phenomenal. They kept the campfire burning hot, while the caterer filled the air with delicious aromas. The music was playing, the beer was cold and everyone was congratulating each other and telling their personal stories of THE MUD.
Simply because I’m a vegetarian, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the smell of grilled meat. When I walked up to the caterer I told him I’m probably the pickiest fat guy you will ever meet. We both had a chuckle and I proceeded to ask about the ingredients of his foods. After a series of questions I was able to feast on sweet corn, a fresh roll, and a rice medley that was to die for!
I saw a lot more people than expected. Most notable was Karen. It’s always great visiting her and I feel faster just knowing her! Sabra and Yong were in attendance as well as numerous familiar faces from Kingwood FIT. I mentioned to them how I’d like to see Kingwood FIT start a trail program much like the Woodlands FIT has. If they are inclined enough to enter a trail race on their own, maybe this will help support my ideas of a trail marathon group with KWFIT.
All morning I carried my Flip camcorder and captured several videos of before, during, and after the race. I’m getting better at recording while running, narrating, and picking parts of my race worthy of capturing.
My chip time was 1:43:15, which was good enough for 13th place in my age bracket. Unfortunately, my knee ached for a couple hours after the run. This is most likely due the down hill kick into the finish. Once again, this was apparently a bitch slap from Karma to keep me in check.
For the first time ever, I wore “dirty girl” gaiters I received for Christmas. I’m not sure they help when running in water, but I know there are comfortable and don’t bother me. This was a test run before running in them next weekends 50-miler. I started the run with a couple s-caps and only used a single Gu during the run. I didn’t stop at any of the aid stations, but I made it a point to thank them for their time.
Of the forty plus races I’ve run, this has been my best overall experience.
I love me some trail running!!!
On last thing; this is the first race I've started under 200 lbs!
January 28, 2010
Ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill followed by thirty-minutes on the recumbent bike.
I'm tired and hungry. My weight bounced back quickly, but at what cost? I'm in need of more energy. Beginnings are always tough, especially this time.
Next week I'll increase the calories in preparation of my big race. Most likely my BMR + 200.
January 27, 2010
As usual Preston hitched a ride in the jogging stroller. For some unknown reason, he LOVES the jogging stroller. Preston brought a few of his favorite toys and I cranked up the music loaded on my iPhone so we could both hear the tunes. We had us a rolling party!!!
This mornings run was very leisure without any formal structure. The first leg of our run was a four mile stroll to Subway at Town Center. I finally used the last of a Christmas gift card. Lunch cost me a whooping 0.30 cents. Thanks Marty for the Christmas gift!
We ran three miles to Kingwood Park High school on the second leg. Andrea seemed happy about our surprise visit at work.
On our final four miles home we stopped at a playground. Preston saw an airplane ride on the playground and nearly jumped out of the moving stroller to get to it. On that final stop I allowed Preston to play for awhile before finding our way home.
This evening I did another Engine 2 Basic workout, push-ups, and pull-ups. It's embarrassing not being able to do a single pull-up. I want to build a pull-up bar at the house so I can practice. Today I used the kids' play set.
The E2 workout seemed too easy. I probably should be lifting weights, but with my goal race on the horizon I'm playing it safe.
Engine 2 BASIC workout
The diet has been on track for three days. I've been sub 2,100 calories all three days. That's the magic number where I see decent weight loss.
My body weight has been the same for two days. The damage of the last month was not as bad as I had expected.
I'm hungry right now, but I'm tougher than a few hunger pangs.
January 26, 2010
I've changed my recording device. The bike computer and GPS greatly differ in the total distance. And honestly, I trust the GPS more.... even if it consistently shows a shorter distance. On today's ride the difference was nearly 1/3 of a mile.
My run was a short two-miles, yet I gassed out.
I was wearing a pair of shoes that are well beyond their running mileage. In fact, I retired them months ago. Most of the shoes I retire are still in decent condition, so I use them for other activities like cycling. About a quarter-mile into the run I realized I forgot to change shoes from the bike ride I had just finished. As a safety precaution I ran on the grass next to the greenbelt to minimize any unwanted pounding.
Half a mile into the run I came across a large dog without his owner in sight. He was a huge and gnarly mixed breed dog, but it was obvious he was friendly. I tried shooing him away, but he refused and ran right next to me. I've never been the type that "has to have a dog", which is why I don't understand people and their obsessions with their canine pets.
I'll be the first to admit, it was kind of cool running with a well-behaved dog.
Not sure why, but he had a stub of a tail, maybe 2-inches long. The entire time his little stubby tail was wagging so fast you could almost hear it moving in the air. As he ran next to me he was sticking his chest out, as if he was strutting and proud to be "runner".
Every couple minutes the dog would look up at me for validation. And EVERY time he took his eyes off the trail we bumped into each other. Any other time I would have been frustrated that a dog was interfering with my run, yet I found it comical when our legs got entangled.
Our route was an out and back, so after 1.3 miles I turned around. Interestingly, he stopped running with me at nearly the same spot he joined me. I wonder how far he would have followed me?
My legs were totally dead and I didn't want to run, but my new friend surely kept me entertained.
Unknown dog, "Thank You, it was fun".
Tonight I made the nearly two-hour drive to attend "Math Game Night" at Alison's school. I barely made it in time due to traffic. We had a lot of fun being together, but I'm reminded that I'm likely to miss a lot of school activities due to the distance barrier.
Erin, Andrea, and I worked out the logistics for me to bring Preston home with me. This is going to be a great week!
January 25, 2010
With the exception of not running while in Colorado, I've maintained a respectable amount of running. Unfortunately my cycling, strength training, and dieting have been "On & Off" at best. I'm in dire need of some consistency.
After a glutenous, albeit fun weekend, I'm trying to get back to my strict, consistent regimen of fitness and dieting.
Even though I'm at work, the day has gone as planned. Work days are often the most challenging.
Engine 2 basic workout
Ran around the station with part-time employee Calvin. Earlier in the day he told me, "I can't imagine running six miles". Calvin has been consistently running three milers and has never run more than five. Today he ran with me for a mind-numbing 20-laps around the Fire Station complex. I talked the entire time and ran Calvin straight to a distance PR of six miles. He was really excited when I told him how far we had run. Admittedly, I was excited for him as well.
Great little run for me. My legs were sore in the beginning, but quickly settled into a nice mid-ten minute pace. We ran the entire distance without any stops or changes in pace.
January 24, 2010
Andrea and I just finished our third night time run. Eleven miles on the trails, with nothing more than a small LED light clipped to our hats.
Finally.... a nice slow pace. Lately I've been pushing my long run pace with exhausting results. Tonight's run was AWESOME!!!
Andreas right knee is bothering her. I hope she heeds my advice and learns from the mistakes I made. My stubbornness resulted in knee surgery as a result of an overuse injury.
Stop wearing HIGH HEELS to work
January 23, 2010
The ride was tougher than it should have been. I've lost a bit of cycling fitness. The fitness loss is the direct result of not riding since December 27, 2009. This time last year I had already rode 121 miles. I need to get on the bike and start logging some miles!
January 21, 2010
For some reason I thought we were meeting at my house at 8am, but I actually had told Bob 7am. I was awake, albeit barely, when Bob showed up. Within a few minutes I was dressed and ready to run, but I skipped breakfast.
From my house we ran to East End Park. After two laps in the park, we made our way back home for an even 20-miles.
The first 10-12 miles were smooth and went by fast. After those first twelve "easy miles" I hit a rough spot. I had lots of energy, yet every inch of my legs was aching. It's the same achenes I get on distances over 20-miles and it is the same issue that slowed me down last Sunday. I need to learn to run through this discomfort, but today was not the day. In the last five days I've logged 54 miles, so my legs have a legitimate reason for being sore.
I didn't actually run 20 miles today. Per the training strategy from Rick Cook, I'm trying to concentrate on spending "time on my feet". We ran intervals, which consisted of; one-mile run followed by quarter-mile walks. We did this for the first 15 miles, then we reversed the order because my legs were trashed.
Once I reviewed all the data from my garmin, I see we held decent paces for both the walk and the run. I'm always looking for the good in every run. And as I often say, I learned a lot from this run.
It's unseasonable warm this week. Our 7am departure and route kept us in the shade. The entire run was nice and cool even though the temperature was near 70 when we finished. I always enjoy cooler running weather, but the heat was not a negative factor.
I really appreciate Bob running with me. Not only did his attendance help get me out the door, but he kept me from walking more than I did. Bob is an incredible athlete. At the end he told me he only planned to run three miles, yet he ended up running the entire distance with me. If that's not awesome enough, he did it without a single drink of water. He's a machine!
Still in a diet funk and the scale is showing it. I'm on and off right now. Not sure what the deal is. I'm always hungry and nothing seems to satisfy my urges. I need to find a way back to managed weight loss and soon!
January 20, 2010
Tonight she ran 8 x 1 minute run followed by 2 minute walk. She did a lot better than I expected. She's off to a good start.
January 18, 2010
Like everyone else who ran yesterday, I'm sore and achy all over. For me, it is a result of all the concrete. I've said it a hundred times before, Concrete Will Rattle Your Bones!!!
My "big" race is in a mere three weeks, so I don't have a lot of time to sit around and wait for my body to stop aching before I start running again. Today's schedule called for a 4-6 mile walk. The wooded trails of Lake Houston Park released something inside me. I ran half-mile intervals followed by quarter-mile recovery walks.
Trail running has found a special spot in my life. Trails are where I truly feel like I belong.
On today's run the single track trails were muddy, the blisters from yesterdays race were screaming at me, and it was warm enough that I was drenched in sweat. But even with those factors, I was at total peace on the trails.
Andrea joined me, but we parted ways within the first quarter-mile. She chose to walk leisurely around the front of the park, while I took off towards the hiking trails. I love Andreas company, but I'm glad today's run was a solo jaunt. There's something about trails that I can't explain in words. It's something magical that needs to be experienced, because it can never be expressed in words or photographs.
Even though my weight is over 200, I'm at peace with it. My clothes still fit the same and I feel healthy. I'm going to shift the weight loss goals to something less aggressive. It's hard to be a serious "dieter" and a serious runner. Trust me, its not easy.
I think it's best to limit the number of road races I run per year. On February 28th Andrea and I are running a marathon in New Orleans, but that will probably be the last long road race this season. This is probably a wise decision for me, especially since I'm eager to pursue my new love for trails and the idea of ultras.
I found a new iPhone app, which is from a web site I've known about for awhile. It's called 100 push-ups (.com). The app makes it easier to record, time, and track progress. I've attempted this a couple times prior, but I've never made it past a couple weeks. Maybe this time!?!?
Push Ups: 60
I'll start my Houston Marathon recap tomorrow. This weekend has been busy and blogging wasn't at the top of my list.
I bought a new pair of shoes today. I'm returning to regular running shoes and sticking with Asics. I'm tired of all the blisters.
January 15, 2010
I had plans to sleep late, but my cell phone started ringing before 8am. By 9:30 I had already picked up Wyatt. Earlier in the week I talked Wyatt into going to the Houston Boat and RV show. Part of my New Year's resolution is to start engaging in more family activities, so I'm looking for a small bumper tow RV.
Unknown by us until we arrived at Reliant Stadium, but the expo didn't open till 1:00pm. Both of us had a full schedule and couldn't wait around that long. Since we were in the South part of Houston we met Shaina and had lunch at Cafe Express.
Today was the first of my "Vegan Friday's". Even though Cafe Express is a healthier restaurant, I found it a challenge to find full "vegan" options. It would have been easy to order a vegetarian meal. Eating only vegan foods left me with two side dishes; roasted artichoke hearts & tomatoes and sweet potato fries. My selections we delicious, but left me hungry.
On the way back home we stopped at a couple RV stores. I found the particular RV I've been looking for and it's actually cheaper than I expected. Now that I know the available options and prices, I'll start a hunt for a used unit.
Once I finally got back home I ran three miles. It was amazing how strong my legs felt. I honestly thought I was running a ~12:00 pace, but it was actually in the low ten minute range. Those three glorious miles will be the last till Sunday's marathon.
I had just enough time to get a haircut and shower before Tom and Andrea made it to the house. From here we headed to the GRB to pick up our race packets at the Houston Marathon Expo. This years expo was by far the best I've been too. Lots of useful booth's and it wasn't too crowded. I would have liked to look around longer, but they closed at 6pm.
The energy of the expo has me fired up for the marathon. It's also a great feeling to be around Tom and Andrea as they prepare for their first marathon. Their pre-race nervousness is sandwiched by the excitement of the "unknown" and it is contagious! I'm so proud of these two. They've both worked hard day-in and day-out and deserve this monumental achievement. Their first marathon is something they will never forget and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.
As for me, I'm ready and a PR seems within reach. I'm lighter than I was in 2006 (199.25 versus 218.5lbs) and I'm in better shape. The only difference is, I was "faster" back then. As I look through my training log I clearly see a significant difference in my training paces. In the months leading up to the 2007 marathon, most of my runs were in the low 9:00 range. Currently I train at a leisure 11:00 pace. There's one big difference I'm counting on; in 2006-2007 I was always hurting and today I'm happy and healthy.
My race strategy is to run a safe, consistent pace. My ultimate goal is run sub 4:30:00. If that doesn't happen I'll be content with a new marathon PR (sub 4:39:01), but I really need to focus on getting Andrea and Tom through THEIR run. I've run hundreds of miles with these two athletes and I don't want to abandon them now. On the other hand, if one drops we have already agreed I will stay with the front runner. Our plan is to run together and finish together. I truly believe we've trained smart enough to cross the finish line together.
After the Expo, we found a great Vegan restaurant in uptown called, The Pepper Tree. Great food and reasonable prices. I only wish it was closer to home!
Even though I should be in bed, I'm still busy. I work tomorrow till 8pm, so I'm getting all my race stuff together tonight. I've already programmed my garmin, selected my clothes, pinned my bib, attached my chip, gathered my GU/S-caps, and even packed my drop bag.
All I have left to do is wait for the start gun to go off. I'm keeping my fingers crossed my shift at work is easy. I have the night part off, but that won't matter if we make a house fire or something even bigger.
January 14, 2010
Schott park is a hidden gem I often forget about.
We started the session with an extended warm-up with stretches and maintained a leisure 11:30 pace. I started with a slight tightness in my legs, but they feel a lot better now that I've run.
The schedule called for two miles. Earlier in the week, Tom and I decided to run three miles. Once we completed three miles we elected to run one more mile. At the four mile mark Tom departed, but I kept running to complete an even five miles. Then finally, at five miles I convinced myself to run the seven miler I skipped yesterday.
The diet is on track and my weight is back under 200. I've maintained my pre-scheduled caloric intake since Monday. I'm VERY excited to be back on the wagon. The combination of Christmas, New Years Eve, and the wedding-honeymoon played havoc on my diet. I don't have any regrets. I'll make a conscious attempt to learn from those behaviors and move forward.
January 12, 2010
Tom and I met at East End Park for a sloooow three-mile run. Toms knee is bothering him, so we spent an extended amount of time warming up and stretching. The late morning run was as enjoyable as it was peaceful.
Just minutes upon completion of our run, we saw Steve entering the park. Steve was in the middle of a nine mile run. It would have been fun for all of us to run together, had we known he was running in the same area. Running socially in a group is as beneficial as any training program I've ever seen.
January 11, 2010
The OCD inside me considered being extreme in an attempt to make up lost ground, but I decided to simply start back on my pre-scheduled diet & running plan. The transition back to weight loss and running should be easy. This week's caloric intake is equal to my RMR + 200, which is a generous amount of calories.
Not sure why, but I felt like running near the top of my ability. Andrea matched me stride for stride while Taylor followed closely on her bicycle. Nice little family outing. I felt selfish, but I wore my ipod. While I was running hard I cranked up the tones and "went to work".
January 10, 2010
I wasn't in the mood to run and had to force myself to exercise. Looking back now, I'm really glad I made myself lace'em up!
I started running solo. My plan was to run 5 x 1-mile intervals followed by 0.15 mile recoveries. Shortly after completing the first interval Steve joined me. The original plan was altered upon Steve's arrival. I ran through the remaining recoveries and improved the pace to an impressive 9:30 pace.
For the first time in a couple weeks I felt good while I was running.
The area surrounding the blister on my right foot is bright red. I tended to the issue after running. Hopefully there's still enough time to heal before the marathon.
January 9, 2010
The temperature at the start of our run was 20 degrees. As usual I quickly warmed up and within two miles I had removed my hat. For the first time this winter I wore tights. It was nice at first, but I didn't feel the need for them once I started running.
Ran the entire route without any stops and we held a consistent pace. At no time did I see more than an eight second swing, which I found impressive.
Unfortunately I developed a blister on the arch of my right foot during this mornings run. I'll pop it at work tomorrow, using sterile equipment. Not sure why this happened!?!?!
Still not monitoring my diet. I'm looking for motivation to restart my regimen. I'm desperately looking for that "one thing" that stokes my fire. Any suggestions?
My nervousness about the 50-miler is growing at an alarming pace. I have convinced myself I am not ready.
January 2, 2010
With the wedding a mere three always, I was nervous about getting lost on the mountain. Luckily, the weather improved, which enabled us to speed up to our destination. The rock formations were striking. Wish I was a better photographer and could capture what my eyes witnessed.
I don’t have the words to describe the wedding ceremony. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever been a part of. The scenery was breathing taking, but it didn’t stand a chance when compared to Andrea in her wedding gown. She was so beautiful I had to pinch myself to determine if it was reality or a dream.
For the first time since October I ate meat. Andrea and I’ve been craving chicken, so we figured there wasn’t a better reason than our wedding reception dinner. The scenery at Twin Oaks Restaurant was picturesque, but in my honest opinion, the food was subpar. Eating meat felt heavy. At least it didn’t upset our stomachs as EVERYONE predicted.
January 1, 2010
I didn’t have time to do an “End of Year” recap, so I’m doing it now (January 11th) and dating it back to January 1st.
2009 started a bit rocky, but in the end it turned out to be a good year. I spent a blissful year with the woman I would marry the second day of 2010. And while I had two major knee surgeries, I bounced right back into running and cycling. Below are some tidbits about my 2009:
*Ran my first ultra marathon (Rocky Raccoon 50k) in Huntsville State Park
*My only “PR” of the year was also my second ultra; Texas Trails Endurance Run 50k in Huntsville State Park
*Coached Kingwood FIT this year with mixed emotions whether to do it again
*Coached Power in Motion in both the Spring and Fall sessions. I really enjoy this, but it’s a burden for me to take off work and drive all the way to Memorial Park every week.
*Set the foundation for my own running club, but there hasn’t been any consistent interest.
*Erin and the kids moved to Trinity TX, which was emotionally tough for me.
*I learned who my real friends are and that I need to be more like them.
*Near the end of the year my weight was at a 15-year low of 194
*Ran 697 miles
*Walked 646 miles
*Cycled 1817 miles
*Average body weight: 228 lbs
Goals for 2010:
*Build a closer relationship with my kids and wife, utilizing outdoor activities as the foundation.
*Volunteer at an endurance race
*Attempt my first Triathlon
*Run 1500 miles
>>Every month over 100 miles
*Cycle 2500 miles
*FINALLY reach my goal weight of 175 lbs
*Fridays will be completely Vegan. No meat, egg, or milk products at all.