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“Grind ‘Em Out!” [Week Recap Oct. 14 – Oct. 20]

24 Oct

Hey everyone!

Again, I am sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner.  Finally, FINALLY, after three weeks of screwed up training weeks I at last nailed a week.  And it was tough.  Mainly because running wasn’t exactly top priority and half of the runs were run long after the sun set, but more on that later.  I can’t tell how happy I am though that I finally just hammered out the miles and didn’t miss a single workout.  So, let’s get to it!

Week 43 Recap:

(10.14.13) Monday: Rest day.  Since my sister was off from school for the holiday, I scrapped lifting and martial arts training and decided to hang out with her.

(10.15.13) Tuesday: 7 Miles total [6x800m.  First track workout of just 800’s interestingly enough.  Slowest 800 was very slow at 2:57 and fastest was a pitiful 2:35!]

(10.16.13) Wednesday: Easy 6.3 Miles.  Yes, not 6.2 or 6.4, but 6.3.  Like the extra .3 miles means a hill of beans.  Hahahaha (Note: this was run between 10:30 and 11:30 pm in a downpour).

(10.17.13) Thursday: 9.5 Miles with 4.5 hard effort.  Again, this was run quite late, and again, it was a downpour.  Both days I had my earbuds in, listening to some fantastic podcasts.

(10.18.13) Friday: Easy 8.  Legs felt rather sore.

(10.19.13) Easy 8.  Five with the run club, and three before to ensure I’d hit my designated mileage amount.

(10.20.13) 15 Mile Medium Long Run.  This was the only screw up, and it wasn’t really my fault.  I intended to run 16-18 but I incorrectly wrote down the exact route and therefore didn’t get the last 2 miles in.  Below is a picture of the route scribbled out on my arm.  I know, I know, so hardcore.

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So there you have it!  Total mileage was 54 out of the goal 55 and if I hadn’t made the wrong turnaround it would have been 56.  As I said before, on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday the runs were really an afterthought, but after so many bum weeks, I was ready to buckle down and go hardcore, and I did.  So happy for it!  This weekend I’ll be racing the Eastwood Park-to-Park 5 Mile and then just a few weeks after the Burn Run 5K.  I’m working hard to get a good Vlog shot, edited, and uploaded to youtube.  I’ll have more details there.

Ok, have a great day everyone! Cheers!

gda

Afternoon Snack

17 Oct

So I’ve been experimenting with eating more raw fruits/veggies than cooked food each day, and have thus far never succeeded in eating more than about 50/50. Well today I’m shooting for 60/40 (that is to say, I’m trying to eat more raw than cooked by at least a little bit). Thursday is one of two days each week where I spend the better part of the day at the community college. I’m not living in the dorms and therefore don’t have a meal plan, but often I’ll run to a local store and buy a bagel, bag of chips, or something cooked/baked for a snack between classes.
Well today I decided to have nothing but raw food for breakfast and lunch and eat whatever I want for dinner. To prevent myself from buying something between classes like usual, I purposefully left my debit card and cash at home, and instead brought this for my snack:

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“Embarrassingly Lazy” [Week Recap Oct. 7- Oct. 13]

17 Oct

Hey everyone!

Big apologies for not getting out my week recap sooner!  As I said last week, my somewhat rigorous cold took a good deal out of me, and more than that, I was so afraid of worsening the condition that I took off perhaps a little more time than necessary.  Anyway, I only “felt” the cold for just three days and as I pushed into this last week, it was mostly gone.  The only nagging symptom was the stupid runny nose (which is quite pesky on a run).  Thankfully after all that though I am back on track [no pun intended] and pushing forward this week in my last big training week before the race on October 27.  Big thanks to all of you guys who are kind enough to read this post and give it a like! It means a lot!

Alright, let’s get to it!

(Note: I am going to include some of my other workouts as well, as I am now training in several ways to supplement and complement my primary focus of running).

Week 42 Recap:

(10.07.13) Monday: Rest day (for running).

(10.08.13) Tuesday: 1.5 Mile run (Basically I went out for what was to be an easy 6 since I didn’t do a track workout.  However I planned to stop at my sister and brother-in-law’s pad to have a quick chat.  Well turns out I merely ran to their apartment (1.5 miles from my house surprisingly) and “chatted” for over 2 hours.  I would say though it was well worth it; we had an awesome talk about inspiration, motivation, and goal setting).

(10.09.13) Wednesday: 0 Miles.  30 minutes intense cardio training with a Prowler2 weight sled and kettlebells.   (I literally cannot remember if I ran that day or not, which is why A) I really need to dutifully keep logging my miles in my running journal/logbook; and B) I am excited to be getting a Garmin GPS watch so I can just look back through my workouts and see exactly what I did).

(10.10.13) Thursday: Easy 7.5 Miles (Listened to a great podcast of Rich Roll interviewing Matt Frazier).

(10.11.13) Friday:  0 Miles. Nothing.  Shame.

(10.12.13) Saturday: 3.1 Mile run. Previewed a local 5K race course with my club (the Lake Effect Run Club)

(10.13.13) Sunday: 16 Mile run.  That’s right: after a week of slacking and whining, I decided I had to [try to] redeem myself, so I did that by running a tough 16 miler (average pace in the 7:20’s).  Not as fast as I’ve been in the past, but for the distance one of my fastest long runs.  Great way to finish an otherwise bum week and get back out there!

 

Well there ya have it!  Writing it out was harder than I thought.  I was like “Man did you REALLY NOT RUN THAT DAY!?!?!”  Fuel to get me back out there this week though!  And “get back out there” I have!

How about you?  How do you stay motivated after two pitiful weeks of slacking and sucking?

gda

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Afternoon Trot in the City

3 Oct

Hey everyone!
So this afternoon, after a rather tedious chemistry lab at school, I decided to stop on the way home and run an easy 6. In case you are wondering, I always keep a pair of shoes, socks, and a few pairs of running shorts and shirts in my trunk in case I have the time to squeeze in a few miles. Today was the perfect chance. So, I parked downtown and ran an urban trail referred to as “the Creekwalk” that is approximately 2.5 miles long. After going down and back on the trail I added several more loops around the center of the city. After running most of my miles on back country roads and trails, being in the dead center of traffic (automobiles, bikes, and people!) was immensely entertaining. One gentleman happened to roll down his window and shout to me, “Fock yooooohh!” in a rather thick accent. I smiled back and kept on going, laughing to myself. I waved at many people (well
over a dozen) and only got two nods back. Apparently a dude in short shorts and sporty shades is too weird to wave back at. Who cares though, I smiled at them!

What I realized was this: no one cares who you are, or what you are doing, but as long as you care, the world will improve. The moment I take on a pessimistic approach to life, like many of the folks I blazed past on the sidewalks today do, I will see no beauty, no joy, no fun. So, it continues to be my mission to use running as just one avenue to express my inner peace and happiness to all I come in contact with.

Below is a not-so-interesting photo of one of the trail markers. :D

Cheers!

gda

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Early Morning Track Workout

1 Oct

While you were still sleeping, this crazy guy was out on the local high school track doing an intense Speedwork session. Not to say I was anticipating it with great joy, though: I had a dream right before waking in which I told a few people “I am supposed to run soon but I don’t want to and my legs hurt, so I won’t!” As it turns out my legs didn’t hurt and I did finish my track workout before 7 am.

Here’s a quick shot I took before I began.

Cheers!

gda

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Week Recap Sept. 23-29

30 Sep

Hey!

Had a great week of training!  Didn’t do as much volume as I would have liked, but did have several high quality runs that were more than satisfactory.

Monday: Squats and stretching (I am going to be doing squats, lunges, etc etc every monday and wednesday for increased injury prevention)

Tuesday: 8×400 at GRP (approx. 81 seconds each) with Wup & Cdn – Total 6 miles

Wednesday: Easy 6 (legs were sore from Monday and Tuesday)

Thursday: Easy 5 (A few more junk miles that ended up helping recovery a lot!)

Friday: 10 Mile technical trail run

Saturday: 21 Mile long run (Longest run to date!  Actually closer to 22…)

Sunday: Rest (Ran out of time to squeeze in a few miles despite my legs feeling great!)

So there ya have it!  As I said above, I was literally busy from morning to night yesterday and didn’t have a chance to run my final workout, so the total was 48 miles.  Three quality runs and a bunch of exercises and stretches in between.  Rest today as usual and back out tomorrow for a tough track workout.

I also made a few videos while out on the 21 miler.  I’ll hopefully have it edited and posted soon!

Cheers

Graham

 

Me and my sister after a tiring 10 mile trail run.  Good times!

Me and my sister after a tiring 10 mile trail run. Good times!

Ludden Fall Frolic Race Report

23 Sep

Hello again!

Excited to post my first ever running video!  I’ve been watching awesome runners on YouTube for over a year now, drawing knowledge and inspiration from their fantastic videos showcasing both their training and racing experiences.  After a long time in the making, I finally made my first ever pre race / post race video.  The footage is nothing special, but I’m excited to start working on producing high quality content to highlight the many wonderful opportunities Central New York has to offer to runners of all abilities.  These are most applicable to those of you that live in the area, but I will also be posting many videos of just training / inspiration.

So excited you can all be apart of the journey!

gda

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