Wednesday, March 25, 2015

100 Mile Dilemma

Well, my goal to at least hit 100 miles a month, has reach a fork in the road. I kind of assumed this would happen this month as I reach and passed the 2 week period before my first half. I know I need to taper my mileage to prepare for the half on 4/4, but part of me wants to push to get to 100. The other part of this is the fatigue I can feel on some runs, not all runs, but some. I was hoping to set a new PR, but right now I feel finishing at or near my previous mark is probably okay. Training has been decent, but the weather has not cooperated and I have not pushed myself near as hard as I wanted to, in order to break that PR mark... time will decide that, literally I guess!


In other news, now that the lottery period is open and I wait for my results for Chicago, I am exploring other cool ideas for a first marathon... Chicago would be nice, but it's not the end of the world in the vent I am not selected.

I am also close to big news for the 2nd Annual 9/11 Heroes Run for Springfield. If you are not familiar with the event, go here. This was a wonderful event to be a part of last year and I have even higher hopes for it this year. Our local benefactor looks to be the same from last year, the Local 37 of the IAFF - Supporting our local Springfield firefighters. More details will come soon. be sure to follow the Springfield, IL 9/11 Heroes Run Facebook/Twitter pages for all the updates!

Happy running!
Jeff

Friday, March 20, 2015

Product Review!

As a runner, don't we have plenty to think about? I know for sure I do. Even with all the running related things, the non running related things I think about during runs is plenty!

Well, let me help! I am NOT being paid for this either - just a really happy customer! Check out the Mino. This amazing product goes under your insole, near the heel and tracks the life of your shoes. It measures the compression and impact of your foot strike. If you run in more than 1 pair shoes (not at once, don't be silly) then keeping track of the miles is kind of important to remain injury free.

They are a fairly low dollar investment that adds value to your shoes really. I know the running shoes I pick are not usually cheap, so I want to maximize the life span of them. This helps there too!

Check em out!

Jeff

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chicago, here I come... Hopefully!

Well, I am officially crossing my fingers that I get to run this race! I like my odds, but know there are a TON of others who will be in the same boat! Good luck to all those who are jumping in, especially for your first time!

Jeff

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mondays...

While I committed to run as many days as possible, the power of rest cannot be underscored! After pushing myself yesterday on my longer run, I had thought running today was going to happen. It did not. Between some soreness and daylight savings time, I was beat!

Unfortunately for me, I can't let up now as the first half of the year is coming up! Fortunately for me, the weather seems to be getting better, much much better! I feel like this winter was just plain mean to those of us who prefer the road to a treadmill!

On another note, the lottery for the Chicago Marathon opens on Tuesday! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get in, based on last year, it looks like its about a 50% chance! Not the best odds, but no harm in applying! Good luck to those who are jumping into the lottery as well!

More to come,
Jeff


Monday, March 2, 2015

Closing out February...

Well I am happy to report my team has crossed over the 400 mile mark for the year!We are well into Nebraska... Which also means we are nearing 25% done! With the weather we have had, I think we will all take this as success!

We are at 451.2, exactly. Which is just past Lincoln Nebraska, fitting since we started in the land of Lincoln! With Spring finally getting closer, I would like to think we will start to see the miles come and go with ease... but at the rate the crappy weather keeps coming... who knows?!

For my personal journey, I crossed 200 miles on Saturday with my first double digit run of the year. Quite frankly it sucked. Poor fueling, poor water, who knows what else... I was not feeling it. Here is a recap of my run:

Miles 1-5: I am glad I am getting this run in, its needed, badly...
Miles 5-6: I think my pace is a little strong today...
Miles 7+: How fast can I get home and eat a cheeseburger? Wait is that Obed and Isaac's? Do they take Apple Pay? Whats that smell? Mel-O-Cream... dear Lord, that's not fair!


Yep, great run... But its done and I  have many more to go with just a bout 30 days before the Lincoln Half...

Happy Running,
Jeff


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Trudging along...

I am nearly at 200 miles for the year, which is way above where I was at, this time last year! But I don't feel my progress is really forward... feel as though I have plateaued a bit... Maybe its the winter? Maybe its the snow and ice?  I can't quite put a finger on it.


As the "trip" continues solo, I am somewhere in the middle of Missouri... Its kinda funny to zoom in on my map and see the lack of any major city or landmark or anything significant. I can't imagine if I was actually on some of these roads! I guess I am not one for long stretches of nothingness! Sorry Missouri, I will stick around St. Louis!


I started working in strength training last week with all the indoor workouts, which I can tell a difference in my soreness the following days. I am hoping it pays off come race day. Its closing in on 30 days from the Lincoln Presidential half, which is a bit concerning seeing as I have not ran a double digit length yet in that 200 miles! My training plan calls for one this weekend.... and of course the weather calls for more wintry mix of garbage! 9 miles was hard enough inside, I don't honestly think I have 10 or 11 in me, indoors. Guess we will see... 

I take comfort knowing this is not my first half marathon nor is it my first time on the course for this one... Granted, the hills and I still don't quite agree, so that will be fun! I also know and fully realize there are people who can't run and people in far worse conditions than what we have here, so I will only complain so much!

Cheers and happy running,
Jeff





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bulu Box, Part 1!

I was recently asked to review a Bulu Box! What is Bulu Box? Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.Plenty more here: http://www.bulubox.com/

I received mine while we were gone, but was excited to unbox it once we got home. Here is what I received:

You can see all the goodies, nicely packaged. There was a card from the company, some motivational cards and then some fridge magnets, the kind where you can write your own sentences! Fun stuff for the fridge and to come up with fun motivating quotes for your kids, wife/husband, partner, friends, whoever!


I got 2 samples of the Miracle Tree tea - perfect to avoid soda, even the diet kind!

A Flyjoy protein/energy bar - coconut Almond!

Lentil Crackers - cracked pepper flavor

Vitamin Gummies

Dream Water


As I try them out, I will post a review of them on here, so stay tuned. I love sampling new products before buying a case or pack of them.

Sometimes it takes 1 sample - Sport Beans, Clif Bars, Larabar - to figure out I like something and it works for me.

Sometimes it takes lots of samples for me to figure out I like it or I don't. Expo's are great for this! Because most of the time they are free - the best kind right?!  Interested in getting your own Bulu Box? Here is how you can save some serious cash!

Normally, a Bulu Box subscription costs $10 a month, which is not too bad really - but if you use this code 3410NLLG, you can get a 3 month subscription for just $10! That's a pretty nice deal!

As I said, I will post more once I start sampling!

Oh, if I have not said it already, winter can go away now. AT. ANY. POINT. 

Cheers,
Jeff