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Changes

Been a while since I posted anything here, especially anything if value. 

I started using a Ketogenic diet mixed in to my workout regimens to see if I can get over this hump and finally lose the 25 or so pounds I need to in order to get my running weight back to where it was when I was able to “race” 3 marathons and multiple other events a year. I feel as if I have been in a rut the last few years with running and hopefully this will be the catalyst to get me back to more time training than on the couch. Being fat adapted sounds like a great way to train and compete if done right and I will attempt to capture and chronicle my path on here. 

I started on June 12th after returning from a racing weekend in Flagstaff where I actually felt great racing until the last mile of the 8.5 mile course. I haven’t weighed myself in 2 days but at my last weigh in I had dropped almost 7 pounds in just over a week. I feel much better, more alert and clear headed than I have in a long time. I think I might be on to something here. 

Eating this way can be a challenge but I think as it goes on my wife and I (she is doing it too) will be able to adapt well. Who knew using grilled zucchini as a pizza crust would taste good? 

So that is where I am at. Hitting the gym for weights and cranking on the stair climber, dieting and *gasp* thinking of trying out the crossfit gym my daughter has been going to. I have to say this facility (refuse to call it a box) breaks most crossfit stereotypes. Friendly, beginners welcome, and no cult like feel that I have seen at other gyms. Proud of what they accomplish and who they are, yes. Making that the center of their universe I haven’t seen yet. We will see, 1st week free! 

What’s a post without pictures? 


Flagstaff running weekend

Yes the Flagstaff Marathon was last weekend and I was in town but no I didn’t get a transfer to run the race. While that disappointed me as it was my own fault, I still got in some nice running in the ones and I did my best to cheer my daughters soccer team onward to the championship. They fell just short loading the championship in shootouts after the other team tired the game late in the second half on an own goal. Ugh, that really hurt. The annoying CDO parents made it worse. Oh well just another life lesson.
Soulstice is in 4 weeks. Flagstaff, I will be back.
In the meantime, pictures!

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Missed opportunities

I have been planning to run the Flagstaff marathon for a few months (actually sine I ran it last year) so when I went to register last Wednesday imagine me disappointment when I saw that the race sold out on Monday afternoon.  I know that it is my fault and thats what I get for procrastinating, but I often wait like many others in the event an injury or other factor comes up that prevents me from being able to run the race. On the other hand registering early (like Soulstice) places a concrete date on the calendar for me to plan for and train through the minor injuries and setbacks instead of letting them get the best of me and stopping my progress and training.  I tried to see if there was any chance of getting a transfer into the race but there were no takers on the Flagstaff Marathon Facebook page.  I am still going to be in Flagstaff for a soccer tournament so I will still get a 13.1 mile run in probably along the FUTS (FUTS click for map) or maybe go out and run the Waterline trail out in the mountains.  There is also the pending storms that are to move into northern Arizona later this week, so maybe not paying to run will pay off if the race is a mudfest.

My daughter has started her Cross Country career as a Freshman at Greenway High school.  In her first meet held in Prescott she held with the lead pack for 2 1/2 of the 3+ miles before blowing up and finishing 23rd out of 90+ runners.  Last week at the Washington High meet (held at Moon Valley) she was the overall winner beating second place by almost a minute.  In full disclosure the top 2 runners for Greenway did not run but still.  Oh, and their coach had them run from Greenway to Moon Valley before and after the race, 2 1/2 more miles.  I am getting jealous of the success my daughter is having as I am nowhere near fast and will never win a race anywhere, so when she tells us that she doesn’t like running and just wants to focus on soccer I don’t know how to handle it.  She has so much potential for running but if she has no passion…

Well, anyway as always here are my favorite pictures from the past few weeks.

My daughter on her second lap

My daughter on her second lap

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Been there. #slowrunner

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Getting coached on her way to the win.

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I wrote this a few weeks ago…

But I have not found the time to post it. Am I really that busy? No, but I have been really trying to make family and other important commitments a priority and getting everything else done around what is truly important. So a little late but here it is.

So here I am, the week of the Flagstaff marathon and I am feeling pretty good about how my training has gone so far. I am signed up for the half, but my 19 mile run 2 weeks ago felt so good (although slow) and the 15.5 I ran yesterday felt hard but was at the same pace as the 19 miler a week prior. What does that mean in terms of the race coming up? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if my legs rebound well this week and I am able to keep my nutrition, hydration, sleep and training (easy) where they should be I might ask to move up to the full marathon at packet pick up. I know running at 8000+ feet with all of that climbing will be hard enough for the half but I just may feel sporty and go for the full. My daughter has a soccer tournament game Saturday morning, and I will miss that but her next game isn’t until 5:20 so I will be there even if I walk the marathon.
I love Flagstaff and often think that I made a mistake moving back down to the Phoenix area, but I know that everything happens for a reason and if it is meant for my family and I to move to Flagstaff it will happen.
I got a new pair of running shoes, Asics Gel Nimbus super high visibility version (or whatever they are really called).

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I have only 1 real long run in them so far and I really like them but the ends of my longer toes were feeling a bit numb when I finished. I am hoping that is due to the socks or something else.
I think that I am going to pack Wednesday to give me an extra day to remember what I have forgotten as I forget something every time I go run. It just dawned on me, I haven’t written up about my exploits running in Tucson have I? I better get on that one.
My daughter and her soccer team played their first league game last Saturday and there were a lot of emotions for players and parents. The team they played picked up 4 players that were on my daughter’s team last year and their coach was a trainer/assistant coach for my daughter’s team last year. The defectors left thinking that the team was not going to be any good this year so they left to go to Sereno Elite 00. My daughter’s team won 2-0 but the score does not indicate how badly Sereno was dominated. I know it’s my daughter’s team but Sereno had zero shots first half and 2 what I guess you could call shots in the second half-neither was on goal. It was very satisfying to look across the field at the other coach after he said that my daughter would at best be a substitute on his team-she played over 80% of the minutes and shut down all attempted attacks down the right side of the field and had a little attitude to boot. I found out afterwards from a few sources that their coach yelled at his players that he wanted to see who was going to “be big enough to take out” my daughter. We aren’t scheduled to play them again and they will get demoted to the lower division at mid-season but we may see them on the fields and I will let him know that I don’t appreciate that.

Update.  Ok, so how was Flagstaff?  I finished the half marathon 9 minutes and 30 seconds faster than I did last year even with the last 4 or so miles kicking my ass.  That shows me that my training is paying off and if I would have been a little more ready for the race who knows how much faster I could have finished.  My daughters soccer team took the under 14 championship by beating the Flagstaff team 5-1.  For the tournament they outscored their opposition 19-3 (Proud defender dad).  I was able to go and drop a little money at Run Flagstaff, I really like that store.  Friendly and not pushy staff and a pretty decent selection of merchandise, especially nutrition.  I was surprised by how many products they had that I just had to stock up on.

Now I have Soulstice Mountain run on my radar, and after that 50K’s in both November and December.  Hopefully I can keep up the decent training then hit a 50 mile run in March or April.   I was selected to get a free training program from the fellas who wrote Run the Edge.  It is their Level up Training program.  I will be using it as part of my training once I get past the 50K, it looks like a great program with a lot to offer.  Check it out if you get a second.  It is worth your time.

I am really sad that Breaking Bad is over.  I have slowly been watching the last 3 episodes, I am now down to just the last one but I cant bring myself to watch it although I think I know where the story is headed and I am not sure I like that.  I have always recorded the episodes and watched 3-4 at a time like a movie but I cant pul the trigger on this last one.

Hey, what would a post be without pictures.  Here are some pictures from Flagstaff and other places.  Enjoy.

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Picture Thursday…or something like that.

So far I am surviving training through a Phoenix summer.  The volume isnt where I want it to be but the intensity is coming along nicely.  I will never be fast, but I am discovering that if I train properly -including running S   L    O   W  on slow days I have more top end speed on longer runs.  I really need to look more in depth to my proper heart rate zones as the movescount software I use with my Suunto Ambit says I am working way to hard almost every run, while Training Peaks says that I am working too hard some of the time but hitting my zones fairly often.

It is now 7 weeks and counting for the Flagstaff marathon.  I am looking forward to it but need to start hitting large weekend volume.  Starting this weekend I will get up at 4:30 to beat the heat on a 2-3 hour run if need be. Still looking to get a room for Saturday night at the Drury hotel in Flagstaff, anyone have a hook up?  After that great run it is only 4 weeks until my favorite run, Soulstice Mountain.  Good times ahead. Then comes November and December, where I am aspiring to run a 50k each month.  Things keep going well I will hit them both no problems.  I just hope that my daughters soccer schedule works well with my training/racing schedule.

And, here are the pictures.  Enjoy.

A neat way to keep track of hydration.

A neat way to keep track of hydration.

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This I Believe  <— a good little article related to getting the most out of your training and running.  Take a peak.


Pictures from the Flagstaff marathon

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Hey there

It has once again been a while since I have been posting here.  Things have been busy at home and work, but the new WP app makes it very easy to post new content so I may start trying it.

I interviewed for a promotion at work which would make me a supervisor of a unit that basically reviews the work of others throughout the state and approves the work or sends it back for follow up work.  I feel good about my chances but not counting my eggs before they hatch.

Home has been busy with school starting up again as well as soccer and football is right around the corner.  My running has been hit or miss as I dont get every day to run.  I went for an afternoon run today when it was 104 and it felt much hotter with the ambient heat from the volcanic rock that lines the trails. Here is a 360 panoramic I took at the top.

I am going to sign up for the Flagstaff trail marathon as my daughter has a soccer tournament up there the same weekend!  That works perfectly, unless I miss an early game when running.  I am going to try and hit a few of my favorite brew pubs while up there.

I see from the stat tool that the site is getting a lot of hits for the pictures, so as not to disappoint here you go.  Some of my recent favorites.


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