Ouch… my everything hurts!

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 have a run planned for tomorrow morning to kick start my weekend! Monday I get to touch base with Coach Jen! I’m anxious to get back in a routine, I think part of my issue right now is I don’t know what to do with my self. I’ve been on a program for so long that I feel like I’ve forgotten how to just run!
It sounds ridiculous I know, but I think it’s true. Ok I have to get some serious work done today, then it’s time to relax!


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!

Benton Harbor is also awesome. I haven’t been up there in over 10 years. I love the area, it’s close enough to drive, which eliminates have to ship my bike (which I don’t have yet).
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I still need to win the Distance Challenge in order to pick my race, and by the tone in Adam’s voice this morning he’s not going to make it easy! I told him I was confident that I would win, and in turn pick the event.
Plus there is a LOT of work to do in the training department still to come. Which brings me to my next order of business… I’VE GOT A COACH!!!                     title.jpg
I mentioned last week that I was looking for some guidance. I emailed a few places/coaches one of them being Coach Jen Harrison. I first heard about Coach Jen from CubicleDad, andafter doing some research on coaches and coaching, I knew I had to work with her. When I told her that I was ready to get started on her program she replied
“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!

I’m anxious to get started, and looking forward to a new year, a new program and a new event!

Where the sidewalk ends…

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!!

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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. 

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!


Thanks to everyone who took time to vote and gather votes in the Ironman v. Half Ironman Challenge. I’m happy to say that the voting did go in my favor and now it’s up to me to lock down in the Distance Challenge portion of the challenge.
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Adam and I will compete in a 30 day Nike+ distance race, which will give me that chance to lock in my win or him the chance to overturn the vote. So I’m not in the clear yet.
However I did compile my list of races I want to run in 2011. They’re all running races and depending on the 70.3 we choose some of them may not be an option. Also I’m going to talk to my coach (once I pick one) about adding in both bike and swimming races, or better yet what they recommend!!!
I was emailing with Cubicle Dad yesterday and of course running Chicago in 2011 came up. Again, Ideally it;s something I’d like to do, but it will depend on what my coach would think and on the timing of the 70.3. I know I can’t guarantee the weather of CM11, but I want my chance to break 5 hours.
Damn I have some serious goals for next year!!! But in all honesty my main goal will be the 70.3, so I need to find out what its going to take to get there before I start adding the Marathon in!
I’m also narrowing the list of 70.3′s to decide what I want to do… here is my current list.
I know that’s not a SHORT list, but I’m still looking in to it… so simmer down.

Wow, what a long week!!!

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.

Who is that fat guy?

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.

Yesterday I had asked Adam for some pictures for an upcoming blog, he sent me one from a few weeks before be started training for CM10. I remember the day we took it. We were taking before and after shots of the Barbershop shaves we were going to get at Mario’s Barbershop on Southport (if you’ve never been… GO! Mario & Zoran will take good care of you!!)

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.


  BEFORE: March 2010
AFTER: 10-10-10
As you can see the girl in the background is also amazed at my progress!