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Milo and the Calf

Well, I think I can now safely announce that this blog is finished.  I’m now continuing the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire, and writing about working out, learning ancient languages, and studying classical history over at my new website Milo and the Calf.

Come on over and check us out at

www.miloandthecalf.com

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Hiatus

Friends,

It looks like I am on a long term break from running. I just cannot seem to stay healthy, first it was the ankle issues, then the groin pull and now a very bad case of plantar faciitis that just will not go away. I’m still working out though, and still compelled to write about working out. Check me out over at Milo and the Calf where I will be writing about rock climbing, weight lifting, body weight exercises, classical thought, and how to get in some decent cardio work when you can’t run. Here’s a good place to start.

I might return to this blog in the future, who knows, but right now its time for a change.
I hope to see you around.

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RECAP:  This was the highest number of hours of physical exercise I have done in month and months.  It was a mixed bag. My climbing is getting much better, I’m getting strong at bodyweight work and, of course, I am looking at another running injury.  Two out of three isn’t bad.

I’ll talk about the body weight work and climbing in another post, let’s focus on running here. The week started well with an 8 mile commute home from work, first commute from the new job, and considering this commute involves crossing mid-town Manhattan, it was pretty fun.  The trouble came on the weekend ten miler where for some reason my PF/Achilles really started acting up.  I finished the run, because who likes giving up on a run, but I paid a price and was limping some yesterday.  I took yesterday off and came in just shy of the weekly mileage goal. I am not going to beat myself up over that – better to be safe than sorry. I’m taking today off from running as well, though I might hit the bike for a while. Gotta be safe, gotta stay healthy.

Here the Numbers:

Summary:

Run Streak: 0

Average Weight –186

Running Miles: 28.5 in 4:44:38

Bike Miles:  2 in 10:00

Strength and Flexibility: 4:00:00

Total exercise time: ~9 hours

Daily Breakdown:

Monday – 4.5 in 42:44; yoga and general stretching, foam roller, 2 minute plank.

Tuesday  – 8 in 1:21:54; 3×10 v-ups, 5×10 push ups, general stretching

Wednesday – off

Thursday – 6 in 1:00:00; 10,4,3,2,2, pull ups; 5×25# plate pinch

Friday – off

Saturday – 10 in 1:40:00

Sunday – 2:30 of bouldering; 50 V-ups; 5×10 push ups; 5×3 pull ups on training wall

Goals for Last Week:

  1. Run 30 miles – close, but not cigar.
  2. Exercise for at least six hours – DONE
  3. Decide on a body weight program – DONE
  4. Stretch daily – FAILED

Looking Ahead:

I am excited about how some areas of my fitness are coming along (i.e. strength and climbing) and a little worried about my running. I want to capitalize on the gains I’ve made in my general fitness without exacerbating this Achilles thing.

For now, I’m going to take the running one day at a time and supplement with biking, climbing, and bodyweight work.  If things go well, I’ve got big plans for the first week of April.

 

Goals for Next Week:

  1. Exercise everyday while taking care of your Achilles.

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For years now my primary fitness goal has been qualifying for the Boston marathon.  Though I am slower than I was at this time last year, I think I am finally on my way to reaching that goal.  My injuries this winter humbled me and made me realize that I need to train hard, but smart.  I need to be hard, but also patient, consistent, and humble.  I need to build up, over years if necessary, and I need to take it one run at a time.

In the past I’ve given lip service this “the trial of miles” Once a Runner ethos, but I think I have finally internalized it.  If I want this, and I really, really want this, I’m going to have to come to grips with the fact that getting good is as much about being patient as it is about fighting through a tough work out.

This very well may be a rebuilding year.  I might not run a marathon and if I do, it certainly won’t secure me a BQ.  But someday I’ll get it, that I know.

But there is more to my jock interests than the Boston Marathon – there are body weight exercises, bouldering, gymnastics, and more. In the coming months I’ll be writing about running here for sure, but I’ll be writing about other aspects of my physical life as well.

Though the blog will continue to be comprised of thoughts on getting good, not everything I’ll be trying to get good at will be measured in distance.

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RECAP: Busy, people, I’m very busy, but I’m getting the running done and that is what matters, right? This was the first time in a long while where I felt good about running, until Sunday when my goddamn ankle started to hurt. I got in a good chunk of running, including a 15 miler on Saturday which felt relatively easy considering it was my longest run in months. I’ve got the Philly half in two weeks. I am not expecting a stellar performance, but as long as the ankle hold up, I’ll be alright.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Summary:

Run Streak: 12 days

Average Weight –185

Running Miles: 46 in 6:59:00

Bike Miles: 20:00 minutes on a spin bike

Body Weight Work: 2:15:00

Total exercise time: ~9.5 hours

Daily Breakdown:

Monday – 3 in 26:33

Tuesday – 8 in 1:15:00 / 50:00 strength and flexibility at PT

Wednesday – 11.5 in 1:41:00

Thursday – 1 in 9:00

Friday – 3.5 in 31:35 / 15 of strength and flexibility

Saturday – 15 in 2:17:59

Sunday – 4 in 38:47

Goals for Last Week:

  1.    Run at least forty miles –  DONE!
  2.    Cardio exercise of at least eight hours – DONE! (basically)
  3.    Physical therapy exercises everyday – DONE!

Looking Ahead: Just going to keep the train rolling for another week and pamper this gimpy ankle.

Goals for Next Week:

  1. Run at least forty miles
  2. Physical therapy exercises everyday
  3. Flexibility work at least three days
  4. Ice ankle every night

 

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RECAP: I know you are all waiting with baited breath to find out how the Paleo thing is going. It isn’t. I’ll write a longer post about this tonight or tomorrow, but suffice to say, I couldn’t do it. I don’t know if it was psychological or what, but I had a really hard time focusing at work in the afternoons and my running went to shit. I’m trying now to be a little smart about what I eat, but more importantly for me losing weight, I’m just trying to exercise more.

This wasn’t a bad week for running, but it wasn’t great either. The stupid diet tied together with stupid work commitments meant I only got 32 miles in six runs. That isn’t nothing, but it isn’t what I wanted either. Next week will be better.

Alright, the numbers:

Summary:

Run Streak: 5 days

Average Weight –185

Running Miles: 32 in 5:01:10

Bike Miles: 0

Body Weight Work: 0

Total exercise time: ~5 hours

Daily Breakdown:

Monday – 1 in 9:00

Tuesday – 0

Wednesday – 5 in 48:10

Thursday – 4.5 in 41:30

Friday – 5.5 in 53:00

Saturday – 6 in 56:30

Sunday – 10 in 1:33:00

Goals for Last Week:

  1. Experiment with the Paleo thing and see if it works – DONE!
  2. Run at least forty miles – FAILED
  3. Do all physical therapy exercises everyday – DONE!

Looking Ahead: Not all I wanted out of the week, but I’ll take it. It is time to take my fitness to the next level. Right now, all I want is to get light and build aerobic capacity and (safely) add some mileage. In keep with my new philosophy for these weekly goals, I’m going to try and keep them manageable (I fail too often) while still pushing myself and building towards my long term goals.

Goals for Next Week:

  1.    Run at least forty miles
  2.    Cardio exercise of at least eight hours
  3.    Physical therapy exercises everyday

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Ugh. Right now I am in a state of why do I even do this? Grunted through a miserable loop in the park last night and woke up this morning with a pretty sharp pain in my left ankle (again). Perhaps I need to realize this just isn’t my sport, perhaps I should just head to the gym like all the other middle aged lawyers.

 

Bummed. Hating running, I need to get out of this slump, but I’m not sure how.

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