Friday, April 18, 2014
Decided to race again on sunday the 27th. There is a 5K race at NMSU on that date to support their symphony orchestra. There doesn't seem to be a lot of races from then on until my July 3rd race, unless I want to go to El Paso, and I really don't. Also, after meeting with Deb's new fibro doc on thursday, we agreed to get Deb in 6 weeks of PT for her back with my good buddy Mark who helped me with my knee two years ago. This new doc is replacing all of her meds over time, and removing as much of the oxycontin as possible, and replacing it with low dose anti seizure medicine, low dose hormone therapy, and Ti Chi after the PT. His wife has had fibro about as long as deb, and he keeps up on the current research and has been published himself. So I will be a PT hubby for six weeks and do my running around the college. Hope this all works and we can get Deb at least back to how she was in Mesquite when she exercised at the pool almost every day. We shall see.......wish us both luck!
Monday, April 14, 2014
I did a bit of grocery shopping and stopped at starbucks to get coffee to consume and to take home, and headed back to deming. When I got home, deb had left a note that mike and judy had called and were overnighting in deming on their way to dallas. I called them and told them that deb was having a bad fibro period, but that I would meet them at the campground at 5, and that we would chat a bit and then go to the new Ihop for dinner. Since it was a sunday, and all of Deming seems to be catholic and closed, that and a bad Denny's were our only options. They are doing well and look great. The both enjoyed their meals, and we got caught up as best we could on everybody....that includes you, Mary and little "E". We went back to their trailer and chatted until sundown, when we all looked pretty tired and decided to hit the hay. They left early this morning for Dallas, and then on to somewhere to get more problems in their trailer fixed. This trailer has been jinxed from the start.
Today was supposed to be a visit to Silver city to take deb to her new pain management/fibro doctor, but due to wind, they called and rescheduled for thursday. Deb is really struggling, and I want to get her to Las Cruces to see my PT doc mark, so I will discuss that with this doctor on thursday. We need to get her back in gear, or I doubt she will be heading to Ohio this summer.....
Friday, April 11, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
I noticed using the new heart rate monitor on my garmin that my heart rate for the 2 threshold sessions was 87% of max heart rate, which is perfect, and my long run moved from around 70-75% throughout the run. Now the recovery run, even though slow and dragged, following the day after a good threshold workout, ended up with an average heart rate of 80% of max. Now this tells me one of two things.....either I need to slow and shorten that day, or I have gotten to a place where I really should be running every other day. I don't want to do that, because I like the routine of running tuesday, thursday, friday, and sunday, and doing weight work monday, wednesday, and saturday. I thrive on routine
Tomorrow after the gym, I am going to smoke two pork tenderloins, and smoke 4 potatoes. On the bakers, I am gonna smoke them, cut them in half, spoon out the middle, and make twice baked potatoes with jalapenos, bacon, and cheddar cheese. As always, I will take pictures!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
I bring this up now for two funny reasons. Two of my three ancient garmin GPS devices have died. After 5-7 years, the internal batteries no longer hold charges even for an hour. So I wanted to buy a new one, and went on to amazon to shop. Now this model, the 310XT, first came out in 2009, but it does pretty much all the same stuff as the newer expensive ones, but at a bargain price. And the information gets sent via an ant stick attachment into your computer via blue tooth. Now, I used it today and it was flawless. It found the satellite connection instantly, worked flawlessly on my run, has a soft comfortable heart rate chest strap, and the data transferred in three seconds to my apple laptop. When I opened the data download, it had all the splits recorded with times and heart rates during the splits, as well as average total pace and heart rate. All the data you could ever possibly use. You can also, utilizing existing data, make training suggestions for future workouts. Now, of the 500 plus reviews on amazon, about a hundred were just whining bullshit.....The watch is too large, it takes too long to get satellite reception, the HRM makes my chest sore, the bluetooth transfer of information takes three minutes on my computer, blah blah blah. They have more accessible valuable training information then most could ever use. They can do all kinds of workouts and speedwork without ever having to visit a track. Just a bunch of whining bitches!
On the shoe front, there are more varieties of shoes in different drops, all with space age lighter materials, that have never been seen before. You can pretty much dial your running style to a number of possible shoe choices. And there are great shoe review blog sites (the best being runblogger.com) that allow you to figure out the best shoes for you. And running shoe warehouse gives you great deals on shoes, plus allows you to plug in the size of any shoe you are running in to tell you what size to select on the shoes you want to buy. An amazing time to be a runner.....
Had two good runs of 10K so far this week. One included an 8, 7, and 6 minute set of cruise intervals, the other, three intervals of 4 minutes at 5 Mile pace, followed bye a 10 minute interval at 10 mile race pace. Tomorrow I will do an easy recovery run, and then try another long run on sunday. Starting to get the beginnings of a training effect again....
Friday, March 28, 2014
Got in two good runs so far this week and one easy recovery run.....tuesday I ran 9K with a 22 minute threshold interval. Thursday I ran 9K with 5 four minute brisk intervals with two minute recoveries. Today I did an 8K easy recovery run. Sunday I will attempt a longer run of 12 or 13K, if my damn foot lets me. It works o.k. for around 5 or 6K, and then the damn pain begins. I keep icing it multiple times a day. Otherwise, all is going reasonably well in the early stages of training.....
Sunday, March 23, 2014
This was my bride before the annual shelter fund raiser. She was the Belle of the Ball. At least 40 jealous women wanted to know where she got those socks......faces on the front, and tails on the back. Next year is "The wizard of paws", so any suggestions are welcome....