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226 day run streak…Cleveland Half Marathon

I’m very happy with today’s outcome. I shaved 3+ minutes off my PR and I never saw a 10 minute mile! There’s still work to do to get to 1:59:59…my Garmin had me at 2:00:41. I left it all out there and today’s run was rewarding for so many reasons.

I’ll be back for more with Team Fleet Feet and I guarantee I’ll find a way to shave off at least 42 seconds. I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of the training groups. Getting the encouragement during the training and cheering during the race today was amazing. I highly recommend that anyone that is looking for a training group you look at Fleet Feet first…such an amazing group of people.

I’ll take the rest of today easy and then back at it tomorrow.

Decide to dominate!

215 day run streak…Wednesday double up

Decided to get a run and a ride in this morning back to back. Luckily today was a short run just to keep the legs moving, which made it easy to jump on the bike.

I couldn’t have asked for a better morning to double up. Believable humidity and not a ton of wind. Days like today make me want to focus more on training for the Summer duathlons…still deciding if I’ll be doing those ever again 🙂

215 day run streak is in the books

Decide to dominate!

It’s like riding a bike

I’m sorry. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’ve had a busy few months doing stuff with the family, running, riding, etc. I got out of the habit of posting, but I am going to try to be better.

My company embarked on a weight loss challenge today. For the next 90 days we’ll be focused on being healthier. For some that will be easy and for others it might take more work. Being healthier is not all about the number on the scale…you can lose weight and still not be heathy. Heathy living takes into account lots of things like weight, what you eat, what you drink, if you smoke, etc. Wait…all those questions on a new patient intake form actually do mean something. My goal might be to focus on a number, but I won’t get to my heathy living unless I work on eating better. I have to consume more fruits and vegetables and less junk. I have to get back to what my body was taught to do years ago.

As I rode through the woods this morning it made me realize healthy living is like riding a bike. We learned the right way to do it and we will always know how to do it. We just have a way of going off the wrong path and need to remember to get back going in the right direction.

Yes, I’ve lost weight, but I still believe I’m on this constant journey of living a heathy life. My journey is far from over and for others it is just beginning. I can learn from others as they are better than me at some things and hopefully I can help out a few people with things I’ve learned along the way.

Decide to dominate!

185 Day Run Streak – Avon Eagle Run

A great day for a 5 miler at the Avon Eagle Run. I’ve always enjoyed this race as it’s an easy course through the subdivisions near the high school. It’s usually the late Spring heat and humidity that make it really interesting. This year was no different with 90% humidity at the start. 

Coming off the Cleveland Half and my week  and a half of head cold hell I finally felt good. Ran slower and shorter all week getting the legs back. I covered the course in 42:50 which put me in at an 8:34 average. I tied my fastest time for this run from two years ago. Very happy with today’s performance. 

Great job by the sponsors, volunteers supporters and the City of Avon to make this years Avon Eagle Run a huge success. 

Decide to dominate!

179 Day Run Streak – Cleveland Half Marathon

This was the largest race I’ve ever run in and I made sure I was prepared. I put in the miles and focused on the mechanics. I was ready to go and I was going for a personal record. Two factors I couldn’t control caused my plan to go off track…humidity and a head cold. It didn’t end the way I hoped, but it was fun.

I was shooting for a half below 2 hours, but I came in at 2:08. I held tough for the first 8 miles and had the goal in my grasp, but then the wheels came off. I couldn’t breath and nothing was helping so I slowed down. I so wanted to walk or even stop, but I found a pace that I could handle and just pushed through. 

In most races it seems you end up alone and just pushing your pace…not this race. The streets were lined with people cheering and I always had a group of runners around me. While I didn’t get the personal record I was looking for I still had a blast. The medal made it feel all better and I’ll go for that personal record again down the road. 

Decide to dominate!

Monthly Miles – April

I logged 128 miles in April. My average came in at 8:56. 

I had a few runs in NY and a ton of runs in Avon Lake this month. I also completed the Cleveland 10 Miler to get ready for the Cleveland Half in May. 

For the year I’ve logged 498 miles at an 8:56 average. I’m on target for my 1,300 miles with an average below 9. 
I’m also sporting a 158 day run streak. I’m very happy with April and how the year is shaping up. 

Decide to dominate!

Sleep Isn’t Overrated 

After scoring a 10 mile personal record yesterday I was tired. My body was hungry for food and sleep. I tried to do some yard work, but just didn’t have it. I shut it down and retread to the easy chair.

I’ve been forcing myself to get more sleep. At one point I was averaging about 5-6 hours and things just weren’t right. My workouts weren’t good and I constantly felt tired. I’m now forcing myself to sleep more. Even pushing myself back to bed in the morning. I’m now getting between 7-8 hours and everything is better from my workouts to my overall prodictvity. 

Last night I got almost 10 hours of sleep. I woke up and was a bit sore, but felt refreshed. I jumped on the bike and hammered out 21 miles at a 17 mph pace. I then jumped on the treadmill and added another 3.5 miles to keep my run streak alive at 151 days. No way I’d have been able to do this today if I was still averaging 5-6 hours. 

It’s not easy to force myself back to sleep, but it’s needed. You can eat better and workout smarter, but if you don’t get enough sleep all your hard work goes down the drain. 

Decide to dominate!