Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

What are the basics of a well rounded life that values wellness? Just like in so many story books (3 bears, 3 little pigs, 3 wishes from a genie, etc,...), the answer seems to fall back to 3 primary targets...consciousness, accountability and discipline. 

The building block of the universe. You might think its matter...I suggest you read up on quantum physics.

You are a part of the collective whether you like it or not. Find something or someone that matters and establish goals for improvement.

Some things matter. Be unyielding. A passing phase is fine for entertaining the trivialities of life, but there are no half asses in the winners circles.

Again with the 3's...A strong mind requires a strong body which requires a strong will which requires a strong mind, ..., ..., ...,the essence of it all is as the elders have often said..."You are what you eat." 

I am not a runner...

I am not a runner...

Its true. Running is a means to an end, but its not the only means. I'm a fitness enthusiast. I lived life as a somewhat large man for a decade or so, I found it to be unsatisfactory, and so now I take steps to ensure that I maintain certain levels of activity, health and fitness. I'm not doing it to extend my life, though statistically that is probable. I'm doing it to improve the quality of life that I live while I'm here on this earth for however long that may be.

Running for me has always been about the intense long duration calorie burns. I do love them, but they aren't needed to maintain any of my health and fitness goals. My base layer of wellness is nutrition, followed by flexibility, followed by strength, followed by low impact cardio (swimming, cycling, etc...) and lastly...high impact cardio such as running.

Hard competitive running the way I do it requires a solid base and the truth is my base is shit. I don't deserve to run. Over the past few years, since roughly 2012, I have been paying much less attention to nutrition, I seldom do any significant flexibility exercises and I only strength train to maintain a minimal standard of functionality whereas I should be working towards gains.

I'm going to regroup and get back to basics before I run again. My blowout at the 2016 Blue Ridge Half was unacceptable by any reasonable standards. Over the next several weeks I'm going to work on some defined standards that I will have to achieve before I make another go at competitive running. I'm going to start blogging more about the journey as well as the events. I'm going to spend time in the back of the pack with the walkers and get a feel for that end of the spectrum.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

2016 Blue Ridge Half Marathon

Blue Ridge Half Marathon

2010- time 1:49:27 (chip) 1:49:37 (gun), Pace 8:22/M, Place 58/450 overall, 10/30 in my age group, 51/216 among men
2011-time 1:37:19 (chip) 1:37:22 (gun), Pace 7:26/M, Place 10/368 overall, 1/36 in my age group, 9/176 among men
2012- time 1:35:29 (chip) 1:35:29 (gun), Pace 7:17/M, Place 8/515 overall, 2nd place Master, 7/231 among men
2013-time 1:41:53 (chip) 1:41:55 (gun), Pace 7:47/M, Place 48/798 overall, 3/42 in my age group, 41/357 among men
New/Certified Course
2014-time 1:44:51 (chip) 1:44:52 (gun), Pace 8:00/M, Place 25/752 overall, 3/51 in my age group, 22/330 among men
 2015-time: 1:45:29 (chip) 1:45:29 (gun), Pace 8:03/M, Place 23/840 overall, 1/54 in my age group, 19/355 among men
2016-time: 3:54:56 (chip) 3:54:56 (gun), Pace 17:55/M, Place 846/890 overall, 64/64 in my age group, 389/399 among men

Statistically, its bound to happen. Go out for a run, over do it, something becomes uncomfortable and walk back home. Its unfortunate when something like that happens during a race and even more so when its a race that has been the focus of a training cycle.

It must have happened during the 2nd mile...by mile 3 I found my pace falling back and I couldn't open up my stride at all. I ended up walking the course this year. No big deal...sure its a little disappointing to have to end the 5 yr streak of podium finishes at this event, but at least I stayed on course and crossed the finish line. The streak of finishing the Blue Ridge Half every year since its inception remains intact.

Its not like I really had anything to prove to myself at this event anyway. I already had a half marathon PR of 1:32:58 at the Martinsville Half Marathon just a few weeks prior, so I can't say the training cycle as a whole was unsuccessful,  plus I finished the race that was the focus of the training cycle. A bit slower than goal time, but as I've always said...

"In the world of endurance sports, just waking up and going the distance makes you a winner."

Garmin Stats: HERE