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March 2018

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Location:

Billings,MT,

Member Since:

Jan 10, 2011

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

~~Longest Ultra: Bighorn Trail Run: 12:19:00, 52 miles, Bighorn Mountains, WY, June 20, 2015

50K: Bighorn Trail Run: 5:52:13, 32 miles, Bighorn Mountains, WY, June 15, 2013

Marathon: 3:25:01, Deseret News Marathon, SLC, UT, July 24, 2013

Half-Marathon: 1:37:00 (downhill), Deseret News Marathon Split, SLC, UT, July 24, 2013

10K: 44:07, Big Sky State Games, Billings, MT, July 2012

5K: 20:25, Big Sky State Games, Billings, MT, July 2013

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back into running shape.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Not get super fat, and qualify for Boston before I'm 50 (April 2023).

Personal:

Started running seriously in March 2010. Married 22 years to a hot momma and we have 3 boys, 1 sweet girl, 2 dogs, 3 2 0 1 cat, and 6     4 5 6 3 5 3 1 2 new chickens (spring 2018) who have yet to lay eggs. My day job is Learning Architect for a regional bank in MT, WY, SD, OR, ID, and WA. In May 2017 I joined our local School Board as a Trustee for a 3 year term.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 98.20 Year: 668.92
Cascadia 10 Lifetime Miles: 438.72
Cascadia 10 Pt2 Lifetime Miles: 442.75
Brooks Adrenaline 15 Pt2 Lifetime Miles: 387.02
Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 538.47
Adrenaline 16 Lifetime Miles: 361.80
Adrenaline 17 Lifetime Miles: 392.03
Adrenaline 18 Lifetime Miles: 320.56
Cascadia 12 Lifetime Miles: 208.00
Total Distance
52.50
Adrenaline 18 Miles: 41.50Cascadia 12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 177.04
Total Distance
3.00

3 elliptical miles at the Y. Wore a calf sleeve to work today, and during the workout, and it feels much better with the sleeve. Calf was pretty tight the first bit, so I need to find a way to warm it up next time before hitting the elliptical, maybe cycling, not sure yet. After a bit it felt fine and I was able to up the difficulty and got a little bit of a sweat on. Followed with 30 situps, 20 pushups, 10 pullups. Pullups are hard!

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 175.60
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3 elliptical miles. Not bad! Warmed up by doing some calf strengthening on the stairs (I forget the proper term, but lower the heel, up with the tow, lower again. Repeat 10-20 times, then switch.) I've done them before - concentric heel drops is what they're called - and they work great for sore achilles and/or calf strains. Doing much better, no limp when walking.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 3.00
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3 or so cross country skiing miles with my wife and 14 yr old son. I never really broke a sweat as it was my son's first time, and cross country skiing is tough, especially when going uphill. Had a fun time, got snowed on, and enjoyed being out amongst gorgeous snow covered pine trees and a mostly frozen creek nearby. Gorgeous.

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3 elliptical miles.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 176.40
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2.00

2 miles walking from home this morning. Chilly and snowy roads, hopefully it will all melt soon.

Cascadia 12 Miles: 2.00
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I found my new routine while my calf is still healing: 10 minutes on the recumbent bike first, then hit the elliptical. I did 3 miles in 10 minutes on the bike, resistance was 10, then an elliptical machine opened up so I did 2 miles there, at resistance of 15, then 16 after a while. I got my sweat on! Didn't think it was possible on the elliptical.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 177.20
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Total Distance
2.50

2 miles on the bike, 2 miles on the elliptical, and I was warm, so I used the TM and ran 0.5 miles! No pain - wahoo! Went slow, 10 minute pace, but felt fine. Would've gone more but needed to be somewhere. Cooled down with 50 concentric heel drops - I think these have helped my calf heal the quickest.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 2.50
Weight: 178.20
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2 miles running this morning! Got up early, did some concentric heel drops to get the calves warmed up, then headed out way overdressed, and went very slowly. No watch, but it was a turtle's pace. No pain or niggles, so that's a good sign. Hope to do 4 miles tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Cascadia 12 Miles: 2.00
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4 miles! It's the furthest in weeks. I was being pulled by our dog Hazel. She's just over 1 year old and the last time I tried to take her she was horrible - ran all over the place, not just straight ahead. She pulled me - the entire way. My arm is sore from trying to pull her back. Bought her a harness later in the day, looking forward to trying her out again. She certainly loved it.

Since then, my quads and legs have been crazy sore. Kind of nice.

Cascadia 12 Miles: 4.00
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3 TM miles at the Y, 1% incline, mostly slow, but finished at 8:27 pace. Quads sore, effort was harder than it should have been. 30 situps, 20 pushups after. Left shoulder still sore, need a massage and chiro to fix it.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 176.60
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3 TM miles at the Y. 1% incline, 1/2 at 6.0, 1/2 at 6.5, 1 at 7.0, 3/4 at 7.5, then stepped up to 8.1, and 8.6 for the last 0.1.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 177.00
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4 miles! TM at the Y, 1% incline. Similar to yesterday. 6 mph 1/2 mile, 6.5 1/2 mile, 7.0 1 mile, 7.5 1 mile, 8.0 3/4 mile, then faster last 1/4 mile. 5 minute cool down.

30 situps, 25 pushups, 10 pullups.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 176.60
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3 TM miles at the Y after work. 1% incline, 6.0-8.0.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 3.00
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5.00

I let Hazel drag me this morning for 5 miles. It went pretty well, and she learned a lot since the run last week; she stayed on the side of the road (although she went after a car that drove past), and she (mostly) paid attention to my "uh uh" or tongue clicks or "Hazel" calls or leash pulls. The harness is definitely much better than the neck collar, but I need to buy a waist leash so she doesn't pull my right arm out of my socket. It was nice to go 5 miles for the first time in a while, but the left calf niggle came back up as I forgot to wear compression sleeves/socks and I forgot to warm up with concentric heel drops before running. I need to do that.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 5.00
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4 miles early this mornig and Hazel appeared as I was getting ready to head out, so how could I say no? She was so excited. I honestly think she could go 10 miles with ease, with no previous training. She pulled me most of the way, until I tugged at her harness multiple times in a row on the return trip and she sort of figured it out. I again forgot calf sleeves/compression socks and forgot to warm up my calf first, so the niggle returned, and continues this morning. I will keep doing concentric heel drops in the stair well and hope nobody else uses the stairs (rarely used above the 3rd floor, and I'm on 4th).

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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4.00

4 miles this morning with Hazel. She has quickly figured out that if I'm up early, I'm probably going for a run. I got up, got ready, then woke up our Junior at 6:00 as he's taking the ACT and wanted to be up early. Hazel found me in his room and was going berserk. She was being very good - she sat without being told to, kept looking at me and trying to lick me. So funny. My left calf niggle is still a thing, so I warmed it up, wore compression socks, and headed out slowly. I kept about an 8:30 pace the whole time, which seemed to be okay. No clouds in the sky, so a gorgeous very pre-dawn Eastern sky, but the headlamp was still needed until the very end of the run. A nice way to start the day.

Unfortunately my day ended poorly for my left calf muscle. I took my two youngest to the NAIA women's basketball championship game (we had free tickets all week). As we exited my kids both did the heel click thing (jump, click heels together) and normally I can do a nice funny high kick to my side. When I did this, I felt a pop in my left calf and I hobbled the rest of the way to the car. Poop. Might be a while before I run again.

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 177.40
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Total Distance
2.00

2 elliptical miles. I haven't done anything since reinjuring my calf last Tuesday, as it's not been feeling well at all. It didn't hurt walking normal, but even half running across the street to beat the light, or half jumping on the bed to pretend attack someone I felt a jolt of pain in the left calf. Argh. Then, been busy in the mornings and at lunchtime, so finally snuck away for an hour today. Elliptical isn't too satisfying, but better than nothing. 30 situps, 20 pushups, 1 pullup (right forearm hurts).

Adrenaline 18 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 178.40
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Total Distance
52.50
Adrenaline 18 Miles: 41.50Cascadia 12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 177.04
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