Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Wife is Always Right

I have recently learned that I should always listen to Mrs. Speedypants. Actually, I am continually learning this but I seem to continue making the same mistakes. Early this month Mrs. Speedypants got her flu shot and suggested I do the same. I didn't. She suggested I double up on the vitamin C during the flu season. I didn't. When I got sick she suggested that I take a day or two off from work to rest and get better. I didn't. She got sick because of me (and was not happy about it) but do you know what happened? She followed her own advice and took a day off from work.

The end result?

Mrs. Speedypants was sick for no more than 48 hrs.
I was sick and miserable for 8 days and still am not 100%.

Some of that might be just because she is stronger and has a higher pain tolerance than me. As I have mentioned before, I am a big baby when I get sick. But I believe the lesson to be learned is that you need to get your flu shot, take care of yourself, and rest when you start feeling symptoms, and that the Wife is always right. Every year I believe that it is going to be different and yet every year I should have just listened to her advice.



This week I have been feeling well enough to start running and working out again. It is nice to start getting active again but taking a week off feels like I took a year off. I am sure that it is because I am still recovering from my illness but it is a little unnerving that I am struggling on 4 mile runs when I have 26.2 miles to run in 17 days.

So I will continue with easy runs this week and will reassess my ability and adjust my training plan after this weekend.

Here is a bedhead selfie at 4am. In case you forgot what I look like. :)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dang Sickos

This week I have been totally immobilized because I have come down with the sniffles. I have finally caught the cold that has been circulating the office for the past 45 days. Since I am a big baby when it comes to being sick I haven't done any workouts of any kind all of this week. I am still going to work though so that I can reinfect everyone. That will teach all those dang sickos to get me sick.



Before I started actually feeling the symptoms, Mrs. Speedypants and I took a little romantic trip to Fresno, CA. It is a fairly long drive through California's agricultural region, the Central Valley. Which is where we were able to really pass the time playing the game "What is that #*$& smell?". When we finally arrived in Fresno, we had a great relaxing weekend. Fresno is where Mrs. Speedypants and I started dating about 14 years ago. So we had fun reminiscing and spending time together. We visited the same park, and movie theater we had our first dates at. The weekend flew by far too quick.

We started the Selfie craze 14 years ago. Sorry world.


It took me 14 years to grow that much facial hair.


I am still planning on going to the Turkey Trot 5k/10k this weekend. I guess my arrogance of predicting nothing less than a PR is coming to haunt me. Without running a week, gaining 10 lbs, and being sick, I think my new goal is to not DNF (Did Not Finish) the race now.

I am now off to spread my germs. :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Marathon Training and Other Updates

AHHH!! I can't believe that my first marathon is exactly 30 days away right now. Time is flying and I am starting to worry about whether or not I am going to get enough training in before then. I am sure everyone feels that way before their first marathon. But my training so far I would have to say has been very up and down. I have had a few long runs of 18+ miles, but they were not exactly confidence building runs. After I reach 17 miles I feel like death and I have concrete blocks attached to my feet. 26.2 miles is still unfathomable for me.

This past week I concentrated on speed and actually each of my speed workouts have gone very well. I was able to do sprints and intervals faster and further than I have ever been able to before. So that makes me happy. Maybe I will just sprint and beat everyone off the line at the start of the marathon and when everyone starts catching up to me I will just fake a muscle injury. :)

Next couple weeks I will be getting back to the long runs again and I am really hoping that they start to feel a little easier. If not, I just might have to give up running and find an easier hobby.

I have started making plans and booking my room in Las Vegas for my marathon that is coming up. I realized that I have been to and done enough things wrong in Las Vegas that I might actually have some tips and tricks to share with all of you. So stay tuned for a future blog post about that.

I do have a Turkey Trot 5k/10k coming up also. I still am undecided on which distance I want to PR in yet. Because I am just that good!

In other news, has anyone else watched the new Billy Yang video "Western Time"? It follows Nike Trail athlete Sally McRae and her first run of the Western States 100. It is a good video and well worth 30 minutes of your time. Full video YouTube link here: Western Time. Southern California runners rule! :)

The video got me all pumped up and wanting to enter the Western States lottery that is currently open. I actually almost entered but with my luck I would beat the odds and be selected and I am easily a couple years away from being ready for 100 miles. So I wisely decided not to, or did I? Muahaha.

Ok. I better end this post here. It is already random enough. I guess I just am glad that the weekend is finally here. Woohoo.

Look at me go!

Who lost their Stanley Brothers cassette? I know you all are guilty of liking their 1950 song "Man of Constant Sorrow" which can be heard in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Morning darkness cannot stop me and my training.
OK, really. I am ending this post. Have a great weekend.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Running is Better with an Armband From Armpocket



Today I am going to tell you all about my new must have running accessory, an Armpocket armband. Many of you have probably been running and have gotten along just fine without an armband so far. Even I have been running for a few years now and have survived just fine without one. That is until I started training for my first marathon coming up in December. I don't know about you, but long runs are really hard. After suffering through a few long runs and reaching new distances, I soon realized that I wanted to distract myself with music and have my phone available to call Mrs. Speedypants to pick me up if I needed. My runs would be so much better and safer if I just had my phone on me.

Armpocket to the rescue! I was contacted by Armpocket to see if I would be interested in trying one of their armbands. I checked out their website Armpocket.com and realized that their products were exactly what I was looking for and needed.
Armpocket Racer

Couple days later I received my Armpocket Racer. It is one of their slimmest and lightest models that they have. Which was great because I knew it would take a little bit of time to get used to having something strapped to my arm. They have a multitude of different armbands with different size pockets, and lights, and colors. But I am boring and just wanted a nice slim, simple, black armband that would fit my phone, car key, and a little money.



Some awesome things about my Armpocket Racer:

Water resistant - Very important for me because I sweat a lot.
Slim and light - I seriously do not notice or feel it on my runs.
Comfortable - The strap is comfortable and the band has memory foam so it does not slip or move around on my arm without being tight.
Touch window - The window lets me easily see my phone screen and is touchscreen compatible. So it is very easy to quickly skip songs, or check text messages without stopping mid-run.
Price - Although my armband was free for me. All the prices on the their website are very reasonable.

Out on a run selfie

Blurry early morning selfie
Bathroom selfie


Overall I am very happy with my Armpocket armband. I wear it on all my runs now, even if I am not listening to any music. It has become just as important to me as my Garmin watch and my RoadID bracelet out on my runs.


Disclaimer: I was given an armband to review.
All opinions are honest and are my own.


Monday, November 3, 2014

October Recap

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend. October really flew by fast for me. Probably because October was the real start of my training for the Hoover Dam Marathon. Actually getting ready and training for my first marathon is starting to get exciting as my long runs keep getting longer.Which also has been making it start to feel more real and the distance of a marathon is has become more intimidating than ever. I don't know why I never thought 26.2 miles was far before but I am really respecting the distance now. OK, so here is the month in pictures and numbers.

Family hike up in Big Bear, CA
Running and sweating in the crazy early hours of the day.
The first winter air finally arrived.


October Stats

Total Miles - 102 miles
Longest Run - 19 miles

Total Time - 18:53:22 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 7,190 ft.

October Races

October 11th - High Desert Half Marathon (recap)


Just noticed my eyes are shut. Can I ever take a decent photo? lol.


Official Time: 1:52:17
Overall Place: 39 out of 155
Age Group Place: 12 out of 24


Summary

I don't know where all the days have gone, October was gone far too quickly if you ask me. Anyways, the first cold air of the year finally arrived and so the weather has turned into the perfect running temperature. Hopefully it stays that way for a while. In other news, I actually did pretty well in my cross training finally. Woot! I know I have been complaining each month how I did not do any but finally I actually stuck to an easy plan. I did lots of foam rolling, push ups, stationary bike, sit ups, lunges, and even a good family hike. Now I just really need to keep the momentum up as I get closer and closer to my first marathon in December. 

November

November means Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas shopping, and cold weather. So it will be tough to keep my awesome training going, especially because I refuse to run on a treadmill. I do have a small turkey trot race coming up this month which I hope will help me stay motivated. I also have received my Armpocket and have been loving it so far. I will have to put together a review of it shortly for all you awesome readers.

Stat Total for the Year

Total Miles - 920
Longest Run - 19 miles
Total Time - 162:44:02 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 78,609 ft.