45 Days of Hard Core

Kat and I made a commitment to doing a flawless next 45 days on our fitness and nutrition programs. We’re shooting for 45 straight days of hitting our Core Performance program and 45 straight days of eating within our nutritional targets.

For me, here’s the overlay.

Core: 6 Days a week.
Gym: 3 days at lunch or in AM.
Running: Higdon’s 1/2 Marathon training for novice (I’m on week 9 this week).
Nutrition: 1400 calories a day, more carbs in the morning/protein at night, NO MONSTER SNACKS at 10PM.
Self Esteem: More Inner Coach, far less Inner Critic.

We’ll see how that goes.…

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5 Miler

I started on Whitehall Road, a rolling stretch alongside Lake Gardner with two great hills and some great views of the town. Down the other side of the hill, I crossed state lines, which felt surreal. I’ve just run into another state. Out on these roads, I saw farmlands and the developments that slowly claim them like blight.

There were Canadian Geese along the Powow River, dozens of them, eying me warily but not yet committed to jumping back into the misty cold water slowly creeping past the banks. A little further up the road, I entered old South Hampton Center, white schoolhouse and church gleaming in the early morning sunlight.…

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Great Read for Distance Folks

I’m reading this book and it’s really good about getting inside the head of a first-time distance runner.

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It’s well written. The guy worked for the New York Times. But it’s really good because he’s not some kind of superhero. He’s really a new blood just trying to get in there and overcome all his personal anxieties. It spoke really well to my personal interests.


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All Signs

Massage Therapist at Chiropractor’s: Wow, what are you doing that’s beating up your legs so much?
Me: I’m running a lot.
MTAC: Have you considered softer surfaces? Like, trail running?
Me: Funny you should ask.


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5K Trail Run

Maudslay State Park in Newburyport is a rolling run through meadows, into pine forests, and across old stone bridges that take you past 19th century gardens. It’s situated along a bend in the Merrimack River, and features well groomed trails for running. (map) It’s also beautiful at 5:05AM.

The other night, a few things happened at the same time. I ran that 5K around Wakefield, where I realized that I didn’t much care about my times, even while reporting them. I also read an article in the latest issue of Running Times featuring Dave Mackey, where he said that trail running was better for his big body at 175 pounds.…

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5K Fun Run: 33:32

I ran a 5K tonight and did much better than my last one at the end of may. I ran 33:32. The last 5K was a trail run, though, so it’s not like they equate.

In the “not as good” categories, I accidentally did a 9:20 first mile. I ran at 90% heart rate or more for most of the race (heat, pace). I finished dead last out of 30.

That said, I’m not *really* racing other people. I’m racing myself. I beat my last 5K time by 1:23, which is a fairly good chunk of time. And I’m learning that the 5K distance seems to be where my fitness comfort level STARTS. I get this great second wind just around 30 minutes, and I feel like a 10K distance (more?) might be more my speed.…

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3 Miles

Much better run this morning, which is funny because my mental critic was very vocal about not wanting to go out. There were piles of excuses, but I just nodded to each of them the way you do well-meaning relatives who load you up with diet advice upon learning that you’re losing weight.

I ran alongside Lake Gardner, a little drink of water that feeds the Powwow river. The temperature was just a hair below shirt-soaking. I ran past big homes overlooking the water, each with a manicured lawn and sprinklers fit-fit-fit-fit-fit.

The other side of the road becomes sloping hills the few remaining farmers use for haying.…

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MP3s (for Bug and family)

Here’s the playlist of music I listen to occasionally while running:

Session- Linkin Park (from Matrix 2). My warmup.
Inner Vision- System of a Down. Get running.
I Come From the Water- The Toadies. Move.
Rollin’ – Limp Bizkit. (Sensing a theme, energy-wise?)
It’s the End of the World As We Know It – The Suicide Machines (punk).
One Vision- Queen (Bug’s Dad will appreciate that song)
Crazy – Seal.
Payback- Fatboy Slim.
Without Me.- Eminem.
Sugar- System of a Down.
Start the Commotion- Wiseguys.
Belleville Rendez-Vous.- Triplets of Belleville
Business- Eminem
Gimme the Prize- Queen.…

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Body Image

I’m a former fat guy. Sure, I’m still 30 or more pounds overweight. I’m 40 pounds overweight according to the national standards. But when I look at myself, I see a fairly fit guy who’s got some pounds on that need to come off.

That’s a first.

For decades, I’ve had one of two opinions. I’ve either thought I looked just fine and what’s all the fuss, or I’ve thought I was a fat guy that looked pretty okay for being fat.

I was telling Kat that I find myself running little diagnostics on my body these days. I’m always sizing things up, considering my training, looking at everything I’m doing from the centerpoint of how I got to where I am right now.…

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Little Slow, I Guess

Seeing as I’m without a pedometer, I have been guessing my mileage by time. I’ve been assuming a slow pace to be 12 minutes a mile. Guess not. Today, when I was done running, I went to the car and traced out the route. Instead of 3.5 miles, I’d done 3.1 in just under 40 minutes. Whoopsy. That’s a little slow, even for slow me.

I think I’ll give the treadmill a whirl at lunchtime and get a better feel for a 12 or 11 minute pace.

Not that I’m complaining. I ran down by the Merrimack River, where all the wooden sailboats are in the water, where loons dive like calligraphy to find fish.…

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