Day 59: 10 Miles (Cashews Edition)

cashew

By far, my “current” favorite type of nut is the cashew.

When I was younger I preferred the pistachio (my father’s favorite).  I have mixed feelings on the peanut.  Although I do love peanut butter, I was never crazy about them.  Almonds, once a perennial favorite of mine, have fallen down the ranks.  So, I find myself eating cashews more than ever.  I prefer organic, but not a deal-breaker. The heal benefits of the cashew are well-documented.  They are delicious, work well in a smoothie or alone, and provide ample health benefits.  So, all of this to say…go eat some cashews!

Anyway, to close the gap on the nearly 11 miles I’m behind, I ran 10 miles yesterday. The only problem I faced yesterday was that I felt bored while running.  If you’re a runner (especially one who runs longer distances), I’m sure you feel that from time to time. But I mixed in up halfway through and began intervals, which helped to break up the monotony.  I finished in a little over 90 minutes.  Around 9:00/mi pace.  Not bad.

Check the numbers and links below! Have a good Friday night.

photo-1

TOTALS FOR THE YEAR:

Miles Run on Day 59: 10 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 319.16 (1,693.84 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 6.23 miles (1.9%) BEHIND pace 

Around the Web:

1. Wine tasting: Is ‘terroir’ a joke and/or are wine experts incompetent?

2. Bet Your Bottom Dollar on 99 Cents

3. The Long Arm of “the Google”

All the best!

Surprise, I’m Still Going Strong-ish Edition – Days 44 – 58 – 73.84 miles

For those of you who thought I’d abandoned my ill-advised goal, you were sort of right. It’s just that the goal I temporarily abandoned was my goal of updating the blog daily.  The running goal is still intact (if not slightly behind pace).

Below you will find all of the distances for days 44 – 58. Of those 15 days, I ran during 12 of them (80%).  I totaled 73.84 miles during that time.  That leaves me nearly 11 miles behind pace. While not exactly where I want to be at this point, I feel fine and will look to close the majority of that gap in the next week.  Thankfully, the reason I am behind the pace is due to general fatigue, lack of motivation, and general life circumstances. The main concern is that my body is healthy.  If it holds up, I still have a good shot at this thing.

I also have found it interesting that I’ve had little interest in running outside in the cold as of late. Throughout November, December, and early-January I was invested in running outside as much as I could. I’m assuming that I’ve just become entirely sick of winter and dreary February has been the icing on the cake (sidenote: giving up soda for Lent was a REAL good idea). All that to say that I’m going to appreciate it when the East Coast begins to warm up in the coming weeks and months.

Already got my run in for today.  Look for a post tomorrow afternoon. Until then, check out below for all sorts of things that may or may not interest you.

Miles run:
Day 44: 6.61
Day 45: 5.64
Day 46: 3.37
Day 47: 3.78
Day 48: 9.56
Day 49: 5.36
Day 50: 0
Day 51: 0
Day 52: 9.5
Day 53: 4
Day 54: 9.7
Day 55: 6
Day 56: 3.45
Day 57: 6.87
Day 58: 0

IMG_0681 IMG_0680 IMG_0687 IMG_0689 IMG_0716 IMG_0693 IMG_0719 IMG_0720 IMG_0722 IMG_0726 IMG_0731 IMG_0733

TOTALS FOR THE YEAR:

Miles Run Days 44 – 58: 73.84 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 309.16 (1,703.84 miles to go) 

Pace for the Year: 10.71 miles (3.5%) BEHIND pace 

Around the Web:

1. GM Food – Golden Rice Will Save Millions

2. Salt, Sugar, Fat

3. The Last Man Up – Story about man who dissapeared during a 5k in Alaska. Compelling.

What I’ve Been Listening to: Sam Amidon, David Byrne & St Vincent, CFCF, Serengeti

All the best!

Days 33 – 42: THE LAST TEN DAYS

So, it’s been a while.  Between school, council, running, and vacationing, I clearly let the blog fall through the cracks.  But I am committed to getting back on track and providing daily updates.

During the last ten days, I’ve run 51.25 miles (leaving me a couple miles behind the yearly pace).  Nearly half of the runs have been outdoors.  Nearly half of the runs have been interval training runs.  These typically involve running hard for a minute or two and then bringing it down to a jog for a minute or two. And repeating that over and over.  This can be a more effective training method and can also make a run more interesting and less boring.

Overall, my body is feeling good. I’m thankful that is the case after having already put in 225+ miles for the year.  But I do desperately need some new running shoes.  Believe it or not, I’ve had the same pair since MAY.  Unbelievable, silly, and stupid.  The shoes I have are cut out for about 400-500 miles and I have probably run over 1,000+ miles with them.  Incredibly lucky I haven’t suffered an injury as a result.  But I should be getting a new pair this week. At least, that is the plan.

This past weekend was spent with friends in the Poconos.  We were lucky (or unlucky if you got caught in the storm) to get about 7-8 inches of snow on the first day.  I got 3 runs in during the weekend.  Saturday’s run was clearly the toughest.  My friends Mary and Jenna joined me for a difficult yet enjoyable 10+ mile run where we dealt with a negative wind chill, wild and unpredictable winds, snowy roads, snow and ice blown in our faces, and numerous hills.  Definitely the toughest run of the year for me.

If you care to see how many miles I ran on each day, you can find that below.  Look for another update tomorrow after today’s run.

Saturday

4.44 miles

photo (29)

Sunday 

6.28 miles.

photo (30)

Monday

6.66 miles

photo (31)

Tuesday 

4.17 miles

photo (32)

Wednesday 

Zero miles.

Thursday 

Distance: 12.29 mi
Time: 1:46:44
Avg Pace: 8:41 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 264 ft
Calories: 1,677 C

Friday 

Distance: 4.21 mi
Time: 35:33
Avg Pace: 8:27 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 361 ft
Calories: 580 C

Saturday 

Distance: 10.05 mi
Time: 1:40:14
Avg Pace: 9:59 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 971 ft
Calories: 1,366 C

Sunday 

Distance: 3.15 mi
Time: 32:10
Avg Pace: 10:13 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 792 ft
Calories: 440 C

Monday 

Zero miles.

So, where am I at for the year so far?  See below:

Miles Run in the past 10 days: 51.25 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 229.67 (1,783.33 miles to go) 

Pace for the Year: 1.96 miles (1%) BEHIND pace 

Around the Web:

1. Would You Spend the Night at an Underwater Hotel?

2. How Chef Lost 55 Pounds

3. Who Wants a Nice Tall Glass of Coca-Cola’s Algorithmic Orange Juice?

ALL THE BEST.

Days 30 – 32: 17.32 miles, One Month Down, Super Bowl Pick

First things first.  I’ve got the 49ers over the Ravens in the Super Bowl by a score of 23 – 17.  The 49ers offensive line and offensive versatility are too good.  Some good analysis on the matchup right here.

Sometime in the next few days I will do a total recap of the month of January.  Short version is that I’m ahead of pace and uninjured.

And here we go for a wrap-up of the last 3 days:

Wednesday – 6.78 miles (9.34/ Mile Pace)

On Wednesday, my wife’s half-marathon training program had her running 6 miles.  So, I decided to do something similar.  I began the first mile near 10:00 pace and then lessened it to almost 9:00 pace by the time I was done.  Nothing special about this run, but it does feel good to get over a mile ahead of pace (to get to 2,013 miles I need to average 5.515 miles per day).

Thursday – 5.65 miles (just above 8/ Mile Pace)

This had been my first outside run in over a week or so.  I had previously expected it to be a decent day outside.  I was wrong.  It was sunny but cold and extremely windy.  I scooted along (too fast) until I ran along the Delaware River.  At times, I was nearly going backwards (wind gusts up to 40mph).  Overall, it felt good though. However, I’m sad to report that I’m still unable to slow my pace.

Friday – 4.89 miles (9:26/ Mile Pace)

This was a short inside run.  I took it nice and easy considering I had really pushed the pace the other day.

CameraAwesomePhoto (4) CameraAwesomePhoto (5) photo (23)

Miles Run Yesterday: 17.32 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 178.42 (1,834.58 miles to go) 

Pace for the Year: 1.94 miles (.1.1%) AHEAD of pace

Around the Web:

1. The Wolf Man

2. My Day on a Treadmill Desk

3. Commuting 40 Miles to Work on a Bike

All the best!

Days 26 – 28: 16.09 Miles (Don’t Worry I’m Still Here Edition)

Nope, I haven’t given up yet. But I wasn’t able to update the blog over the past two days. The first day can be attributed to laziness, the second to some technical difficulties.  However, it’s all settled now.  So, to catch up…

Saturday

My run on Saturday was nothing special.  I wanted to stay ahead of the yearly pace and so I was able to do that with a run of 6.24 miles. The pace was mid-9’s and very enjoyable.

Sunday

After having run for 13 straight days, I realized it was time for a break. Luckily, my off day coincided with being a judge in a local chili contest. After that experience, I probably should have run 10 miles. Good chili though.

Monday

Yesterday, my guilty conscience kicked in.  Too many sweets, junk food, and chili. So, I went for two runs.  One in the late afternoon. 6.28 miles. Then again, in the evening, I ran another 3.57 miles. The second run of the day is always rough to get through, even if it is a shorter distance. Both were done at a leisurely pace for a total of 9.85 miles.

Today’s run should be about 5-6 miles.

Progress so far…

Miles from the past three days: 16.09 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 157.03 (1,855.97 miles to go) 

Pace for the Year: 2.47 miles (1.6%) AHEAD of pace

CameraAwesomePhoto (2) CameraAwesomePhotoCameraAwesomePhoto (1)

Around the Web:

1. 9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along

2. “Color” Photographs of Paris in the early 1900’s

3. For Sleep, January is the Cruelest Month

Running Playlist:

Air France

All the best.

Day 25: 6.62 Miles Run Yesterday (140.94 miles run for the year)

I hope I’m not disappointing serious runners everywhere when I confess that I ran inside yesterday…and not in the snow. I hope it won’t be considered a mortal sin.  But it does look like there is an end in sight. It’s looking to warm up towards the end of this weekend and into next week.  Looking forward to some nice runs outside. Treadmill runs are for the birds.

So, yesterday’s run was rather pedestrian.  It was good to get 6.62 miles in, and at a reasonable 9:03/mile pace.  It was run at a 0.5% incline, which I’ve found simulates outside conditions rather well.  Anything over 1% incline begins to feel rather laborious, when contrasted with a natural outdoor run.

Well, that’s it for today.  As always, I appreciate everyone checking out the blog and leaving comments.

Miles from Yesterday:  6.62 miles in 59:58 (9:03/mile pace)

Total Miles for the Year: 140.94 (1,872.06 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 2.94 miles (2.1%) AHEAD of pace

photo (22)

Around the Web:

1. Did Predictions From 1967 come true?

2. Paul McCartney: My Life as a Vegetarian

3. Tiny Robot Helicopter Will Follow You Around, Film Everything You Do

Running Playlist: 

Martin Eden

Food Consumption:

4 cups of coffee, greek yogurt, cucumber-banana-strawberry smoothie, carrots, pasta, cereal, beer, cinnamon muffin, assorted desserts!

All the best!

Days 23 & 24: Trembling in the Face of Old Man Winter

Spoiler Alert: It’s cold.

Sorry for neglecting to post yesterday.  It was combination of busyness and a boring run!  So, the past two days have both been indoor runs.  I have simply been unable to muster the courage to brave the frigid cold.  In my defense, normally I wouldn’t mind going for a run in the freezing cold, but now I have to average 5.52 miles each day.  So, the prospect of crushing my body outside is not appealing when I realize I need to stay fresh and run 6-7 days a week.

Yesterday’s run was 3.81 miles.  The day before was 4.44 miles.  These were both run at a slow pace.  How have I been doing with injuries?  Good, so far.  But I have noticed that my legs have simply been feeling extremely TIRED. However, I’d much rather have that problem than deal with an injury or sickness.

Will update again tomorrow!

Miles from the past 2 days:  8.25 miles

Total Miles for the Year: 134.32 (1,878.68 miles to go)

Pace for the Year: 1.84 miles (1.4%) AHEAD of pace

photo (20)

photo (21)

Around the Web:

1. How the Post Office Can Save America

2. Chicago’s Freezing Fire – quite remarkable photographs

3. Basic Pitching Metric Correlation – for baseball nerds

All the best!