Category Archives: Training

Information related to training for the different obstacle course races

Goals Update for February

My goals for 2015 are as follows:

Run 1,000 miles (almost double the previous year 576)
– 114 of 134 miles completed as of today. I’m behind, but I can make it up

Stay in the Spartan Trifecta Tribe
– 2015 Beast Completed
– 2015 Super scheduled August 8th
– 2015 Sprint scheduled October 17th

Complete a Spartan Hurricane Heat
– Scheduled August 7th

Take an average of 12k steps a day for all of 2015. If I fail, I donate $2,000 to Paws and Stripes, if I succeed donate $1,200.
– as of now, I’m way behind, but all is not lost.

Month Average Steps Per Day Total Steps Goal Percent
January 9,245 286,604 372,000 77%
February 7,936 134,916 204,000 66%
Total 8,781 421,520 576,000 73%

Getting ready for my Marathon Weekend

I’m a few days away from my Marathon weekend (Spartan Beast on Saturday and Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday) and I’m not in top form! I’ve lost all of the holiday weight that I gained, but some how managed to get a knot in my left calf and take a small chunk out of my right heel. Thankfully my wife has dramatically reduced the knot in my calf, but the chunk is still giving me grief, While testing out the Reebok All Terrain Super shoes this past weekend, the back of the shoe rubbed against my heel in bad ways. I shouldn’t have used the socks that I did as they are a little too long for me feet and bunch up at the back. My training running shoes do not have this issue, but what’s done is done. I just hope that it heals as best as it can and wrapping my heel will help. A test run on Friday will let me know if the wrap is doable.

2014 Goals Revisited and Looking forward to 2015

For 2014 I had a few goals, become a member of the Spartan Trifecta (complete a Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast in the same calendar year) and complete a half Marathon. I completed both of those goals in 2014, which helped me get into the best shape of my life and I did obstacles that I never thought I would be able to do. Continue reading 2014 Goals Revisited and Looking forward to 2015

Training for my Marathon Weekend Continues

Mid January I have the SoCal Spartan Beast on 1/17 and the next day the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland or what I am calling my “Marathon Weekend” as I am guessing that I will be running close to a full marathon that weekend. I’ve upped my training with trail runs, as I found an entrance to a park that is three miles away so I can add in trail running into my longer runs. Within the trails of the park, I can quite easily run a half marathon in, so there’s plenty of trails to explore. I’ve nicknamed this run the “Grandma’s House” run.IMG_4534
Closer to the house is a .45 mile hill loop that is pretty steep that connects to a bridge and stairs for getting a hill workout on my smaller runs. I’ve noticed that the stairs have gotten a little easier, but the uphill run is still brutal. I’m glad the hill is there to train with!

Fitness is a skill

Fitocracy has a great article that says ‘Fitness is a skill‘. Motivation is a tough beast, but once you get into the habit of making fitness a priority, you can master it. The article compares fitness to riding a bicycle and it’s fairly true. At first you really suck at it, but after practice, patience and time you can ride a bicycle. Fitness is no different. With practice, patience and time anyone can become fit.

RunKeeper Half Marathon Training Completed

Today I completed the 111 day half marathon training that I used from the RunKeeper app. A few weeks ago, there was a 13 mile run that I decided to make my first half marathon run. I mean, I’ve already ran 99% or more of the way, just go an extra .1 of a mile. This was an easy choice.

Today, I dropped about 8 minutes off that time.

During my run, my mind wanted to quit, change routes and I told my mind to STFU. I ran my planned route and completed the planned distance.

I am determined. I will not derail my progress or dreams.

Running Stats for the Past Three Weeks

I’m now tapering down from the half marathon training as I am on day 108 of 111 (Thanks RunKeeper!). This Saturday is 13.1 miles! This will be only the second time I have gone that far running without stopping.

For The week ending July 6th
Total Miles: 27.5
Time Running: 4:26:12
Average Pace: 9:18 per mile

For The week ending July 13th
Total Miles: 20.6
Time Running: 3:16:03
Average Pace: 9:20 per mile

For The week ending July 20th
Total Miles: 11.6
Time Running: 1:43:09
Average Pace: 8:49 per mile

I finally did it

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I finally ran a half marathon. I never imagined that I would be able to do this when I first started running. I thought, maybe at most, I would do a 15k, but a half marathon, that’s just crazy go nuts! Well, thanks to my RunKeeper Half Marathon training plan, I have built up my endurance to run a half marathon!

In truth, I was supposed to stop at 13 miles, with the full half marathon is to take place in two weeks. But I had already gone 13 miles, what’s another .1? Besides, now I have a PR to beat when I do finish the training plan.