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






Thursday, February 12, 2015

Back from FL!

Back to Illinois weather... fun... I was able to get almost 5 miles in yesterday, which brought my total miles for February up to almost 65. When I planned to run this morning, I did not realize, it was a 30 mph wind... so that plan was cancelled as wind is one of my least favorite elements, more than ice and snow and rain!

After much thought, I decided to include my walking miles from vacation. With the intent of the 2015 miles in 2015 being to intentionally go above and beyond your normal routine, the walking from vacation was far above and beyond that!

We walked nearly 8 miles per day - with a high over 10 and a low near 6, it was intentional miles, lots of them! Approximately 40 miles in 5 days, not including 2 travel days! Unfortunately my UP24 quit on me the day before we left, so I was going off an app on my phone that only tracks when I have my phone with me, so there is a chance it was slightly more too! I can certainly say my legs are feeling it. The run yesterday was good and I was not pushing myself at all, but when I was done, I was definitely slower than I thought!But after yesterdays run, I am over 160 miles for the year.

Now its time to get focused. The days are numbered between now and the Lincoln Presidential Half-marathon (http://runabe.srrc.net/), so training kicks into full swing! Longer runs, speed work and strength training all in the mix! The half also got some cool national recognition in Runners World Magazine for being a great Midwest race with a flair for history! It was also designated as a RRCA championship event! It was funny to see if referred to as a "flat" course... Flat is one of the last things I would say the course is!Anyone who has ran this course will attest to that!

Happy training!

Cheers,
Jeff


Monday, February 2, 2015

Next up, February...

Well, I made it out of Illinois! I passed 100 miles on January 31st and moved int Missouri. While I was not near the 171 miles for the average, I have some time to make those up! Plus, looking at December I had only 44 miles and last January, I think I was in the single digits due to recovery from an injury. So, at 101, I am good with that. I feel good about my miles, I feel good about my training pace, and I also feel good about where I stand for my first race of the season. I also feel that as the routine gets better and the weather gets better, the miles will rack up month after month! Especially as the first race nears, I know the miles will grow exponentially!

As a team though - Team Worst Pace Scenario - we rocked it! 219 miles as a team! How awesome is that? We are nearly past Kansas City, about to enter what will be our third state of the Journey to the magical world of Portland! Okay, so maybe its magical, but it sounds better when you add those words! :)

Either way, I am really proud of my team and proud to be a part of my team! We all run at different paces, run for different reasons, run at different times, etc, but we all RUN! That's all that matters!

Cheers,
Jeff



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GET, not HAVE

So this morning, my alarm clock went off at 4:15, I grabbed my phone, snoozed the alarm and started to doze off. Then I remembered I skipped 2 days this week already (what a slacker, I know?!). I told myself, no I skipped 2 days, I "have" to run today. So I got up and grabbed my water, got dressed, and as I was getting dressed I thought to myself, that was not right.

See, nobody "HAS" to run. None of us, not a single one of us - not me, not you, not Meb, not Shalene, not Ryan Hall, not even Bolt! Nobody HAS to run. We who choose to run, "GET" to run.

Trust me, I have my days, those days when getting out of bed is as difficult as advanced physics - you know the days! But as the routine builds as you get some enjoyment out of running (or biking, swimming, going to the gym, walking), it becomes easier to start! But you also realize the more and more people you encounter that what we have, the ability to do this, is a gift. It matters not that you may run a 16 minute mile or a 5 minute mile, that you've never done a race past a 5k or 10k.

The thing that matters is that we realize we are lucky, we are fortunate. There are plenty of people in our communities, town, states, countries that have no ability to do what we do. They are not even given a chance to do so. But those people should help drive us harder and faster to take advantage of what we have!

So the next time you "have to put in ___ miles", put it in perspective. Realize you DO NOT "have" to do any miles - regardless of what you are training for, you "GET" to!

Cheers!
Jeff

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Power (and Safety) of Visibility

So this was really popular on my Facebook page (the link is over there on the right, if you need it). This is a jacket I had wanted for a while and got for Christmas! Its a Puma Nightcat jacket, its a lighter weight jacket, that is a great wind breaker and a good shell. BUT, its best feature is reflectivity! As you can see from the pictures, the one on the left is with normal lighting, but when a flash, headlight, etc hits it, its reflects all over the place!

For an early morning runner, this is VERY critical! I wasn't sure how truly reflective this would be, and even when I wore it a few times, I was thinking "I wonder if this works?" So after wearing it a few times, I figured, lets shine a light on it, literally! I was amazed! I was also happy to see that when I am out before sunlight, this will be another layer of safety for me. I feel I am a pretty safe runner, but there are WAY too many people who are not paying attention to their own driving, let alone a runner or walker or biker on the side of the road. Scary, but tragedies have happened before. Stay safe!

Cheers,
Jeff