I’m not sure if it’s cold weather or what, but I’ve been achy. My back is acting up, which tends to happen with lack of activity! I haven’t put in much “good” distance in lately. There’s been a lot going on at work which has been draining over the last two weeks, so thats been my excuse of the month!
I’ve narrowed my list of Ironman 70.3′s down to two, The Vineman 70.3 in Sonoma County CA and Steelhead in Benton Harbor MI. Both races seem awesome. I think California sounds appealing cause in my mind it would be sort of a mini-vacation in reality I’d be 70.3 miles of racing!
“PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best news ever!!! YOU will love it!”
How’s that for enthusiasm? I filled out some initial paper work talking about the goals I have for next year and what races I want to run. Then on Monday we’re going to chat and I’ll findout what the next step is!
Remember that book? Well yesterday I found out exactly where the sidewalk ended. The answer is Des Plaines, IL.
I went for a 4 mile run and had to back track several times because there was no sidewalk torun on. WHAT THE HELL!!
The first time I noticed the lack of sidewalks in the area was last week. We took a family walk just to run to Walgreens. It’s 1 mile walk door to door. But about 3/4 mile in there was no more sidewalk.
After spending the last 4 years living in the loop I’ve gotten used to walking everywhere. I still walk to and from the Metra everyday. Why is it the suburban way to drive everywhere?
I’ve seen some trails in the area, but I have yet to find the entrance to them. I’m gonna be pretty miserable if I have to spend ALL winter running indoors!
I logged on to Nike+ to use the “Map It” program to see if anyone logged any solid routes near me, but it looked like every one is back tracking on their runs. And currently there aren’t many longer than a couple miles.
If anyone has any good routes in the Des Plaines area please share them.
I WON I WON!!!!
Wow it’s been a long week. A lot of work stress and no running don’t mix well.
I’ve been laying low since CM10, I did the Pumpkins in the Park 5k last sat. We went nice and easy and had a lot of fun doing it. I did one other easy 2 mile around my neighborhood too. But that’s it.
I’ve been resting up for the IM v. HIM Challenge between me and “Capt. Idiot” Adam to determine what race we’re doing next year. Which brings me to my next bout of stress… How to train for this.
I’ve been doing some research on Tri coaches. My marathon training schedule was set by Nike+ but for a Half Ironman I’m gonna need help…. Lots of help. I’m going to take the weekend and make a coaching decision, make a list of the races I want to run throughout the year and mentally prepare for what’s ahead.
Sunday I’m going to investigate the Forrest Preserve near my house and try some of the run trails. It’ll be my first “real” workout for the year of training ahead. And it’ll be the first run logged in the Distance Challenge.
That’s all for now. I’m on the train heading home to enjoy the Blackhawks game and my weekend ahead.
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Oh crap it was me!
I’m really not here to tell you an amazing weight loss story, I’ll leave that to Cubicle Dad! He did something I don’t think I could ever accomplish.
I saw the picture and was amazed at how fat my face was! At my heaviest I tipped the scales at 210. Ideally my “fighting weight” is 170, a weight I haven’t seen since I got married in 2007.
Right now I bounce around the 190 mark. Not ideal… But not 210. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, which is good cause I don’t have much else to say. But take a peak at my before and after.