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?
My daughter and her team ran I last weekends NCNSW race down in Casa Grande. They all did well and my daughter set a PR by about 15 seconds. Not bad considering the low volume she has been running since the High School season ended. I told her that she was tapering. Here are some pictures from the event.
I was going through the pictures on my phone when it dawned on me that I didn’t put anything up here from my trip to California a few months ago for a soccer tournament for my daughter. They did very well winning the tournament playing up an older age group and the top bracket of that age. Very proud. The team also spent an afternoon at Point Loma Nazarene University meeting the soccer coach and a few of the players while getting a tour of the beautiful campus.
I was able to get some running done in some of my favorite parts of San Diego, Sunset Cliffs and Point Lona such a funky vibe going on in that part of the world. I would love to live there. And no, the fact that I caught a whiff of burning marijuana no less than 5 times during my run through the Cliffs and Point Loma has nothing to do with it. I was not staying near Subset Cliffs so I relied on the awesome app, Localeikki to find me some great places to run. If you haven’t tried it you are missing out. What was also very cool and unplanned was the Northern Arizona University football team was staying at the same hotel for their game against San Diego state. I wore my NAU shirts around the hotel with pride. Again unplanned. These pictures are overdue, and yes I saw the Jack In The Box innovation center. Where cheesy curly bbq fries are thought up.
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!
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
Been there. #slowrunner
Getting coached on her way to the win.