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?
For the past few years I have been among the people aligned in the “anti-Hoka” running community. Just another fluky trendy shoe that will soon disappear. After recently talking with a few speedsters running in Northern Arizona, who are Hoka sponsored I decided to give them a shot. I picked up a pair of Odyssey’s and when first wearing them around my house I was impressed with the plus feel but stableness without trying to control motion. I initially thought maybe the new hardwood floors in my house had something to do with it-why?- so I went out for a run. My feet, calves and legs love the cushioned run. I now know why people can do multiple long hilly back to back runs in these shoes and not feel beat up. What was just as surprising was when I downloaded my GPS data to Strava I was only 10 seconds behind a local segment PR-one I hadn’t been able to get within 15 seconds of when trying. I was out for an easy trial run that day. Today after doing a hard 10.5 miles in the hills around here I wore the Hokas and ran through the segment area, pushing it. When I got home and logged on I saw that I captured the CR by over 20 seconds. I am sold now. I need to get a trail pair next.
They may not work for you, but that is what’s great with running, there are so many shoe and gear manufacturers out there you can find what works for you, despite what the voices of knowledge say.
Also today I also wore a pair of Stance golf socks. Why does that matter you ask? These socks have non slip strips on the bottom that keep the sock from moving while running. Thus no blisters. And they are comfy and made of wicking materials. A good deal for $5 at Marshalls.
The new breakfast of champions.
Table of energy expenditure for endurance athletes.
I really had the best of intentions to run as much as possible as well as spend some time in Northern Arizona during my 15 days off from work, however neither has happened although I have run the last 3 days in a row. I usually falter during the holiday seasons when it comes to my running so I am hoping to get back on track and get back to 35-50 mile weeks to start the new year. Maybe a shot at the Sedona half marathon in 5 weeks. That should be doable.
My family went to the Fiesta Bowl parade a few days ago, fun but cold. And we got to see a car hit the light rail train at Central Ave and Indian School Road. Good times. Here are some pictures and another one of my cheesy time lapse videos.
Light Rail vs. auto collision
But first let me take a nature selfie. Most of these are from the long abandoned Prince Mine in North Peoria (this is actually probably part of the old abandoned Clementine Mine airport, but I have seen the area frequently listed as part of the Prince mine). There used to be a lot more trash but it has been getting cleaned which only means one thing, more residential development way out here in the desert.
Yep, “development” is coming.
Biggest threat to desert runners…urban rednecks and their shotguns.
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!
Wow time is flying by it seems. My grandfather used to tell me that as you get older time goes by so much faster due to your point of reference. As you are younger there have been less days in your life so time will appear to go by slower and as you age it increases. Don’t know if that is accurate, but since grandpa said it I believe it.
Once again I applied for Soulstice Mountain and got in. I am really excited about it, I had thoughts of not entering the lottery and leaving that spot for a local to get, but by the looks of things there are less locals getting in and more out of towners getting in as word of this great race spreads. I am also giving consideration to entering the Flagstaff Marathon, 26+ miles at an average altitude of 9450 feet. And a lot of climbing. And at times, a very technical trail. Sounds like fun, where to do sign up?
Also giving thought to entering and seeing what the Mountain running/Sky running championships have to offer, except my butt getting kicked.
What is a post without pictures?