Archive for September, 2011

Terrible Run

Posted: September 30, 2011 by Roberts in Running Log
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Distance: 2.61 & .61 Miles
Pace: 10’58” & 16’58”

Playlist:

Star Wars in Character Podcast – Senator Grenleips

Thoughts of the run:

This run was terrible. That about sums it up. I hit the road and could not get into my groove. I didn’t even make it past 2.5 miles. I had new shoes, and I wanted to break them in the right way. This was not it. My pace was terrible, my stride was terrible, and my mood was terrible. I could hardly run in a straight line. How does that happen? I will chalk it up to a bad day, and rest.

Thoughts during the run:

I was very aware had bad the run was going and could not mentally get out of wondering what was happening. Do I want to keep running? I have come very far, further than I imagine. Yes I do. Do I? Yes. If I can’t do 6, how can I do 11 on Saturday?

Pain…just pain

Posted: September 28, 2011 by Roberts in Injuries, Running Log
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Distance: 6 Miles
Pace:  11’25”

Playlist:

This American Life Podcast – The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms

Thoughts of the run:

The start of the run was good.  I was in the zone.  Once I hit mile three I tripped over a sewer grate.  I fell forward onto the pavement and picked up two patches of road rash, a busted knee and a pain riddle foot.  I forced myself up quickly to continue the run cursing my luck.  With each pounding on the pavement, pain shot up my right side.  Every drop of salty sweat stung my forearm and knee.  I needed to get to the point of the run where the adrenaline and endorphin mute all pain.  By the end I got near a normal pace.  I am proud I finished the run.

Thoughts during the run:

I can not remember my thoughts before the spill.  The pain for the last half of my run washed out all the other thoughts.  I just kept reminding myself I was one step closer to home.  If I walked it would take longer.  Running was my only option.  Lets see how Thursday goes.

Biggest Drop Yet

Posted: September 25, 2011 by Roberts in Weigh Ins
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New Weight: 257 lbs
Difference: 5 lbs

5 lbs in a single is my best single week drop.  Finally a Sunday where I didn’t climb back up.  This puts me back on pace to be at my first milestone weigh in by Thanksgiving.  Here’s to life!

10 miles becomes 8 & 2.

Posted: September 25, 2011 by Roberts in Injuries, Running Log
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Distance: 8.09 & 2.04
Pace: 11’24” & 15’55”

Playlist:

Star Wars in Character Podcast – Stephen Staton
Star Wars in Character Podcast – IG-88

Thoughts of the run:

The run started off normal.  About half a mile into it I turned into an MS bike race.  I spend the next mile dodging 10 speeds, tandem bikes, and those strange low riders.  After the road tighten up to a back road, I had to move to run with traffic.  The road was so small I almost got clipped by two trucks pulling a low to the ground trailer.

After getting the mile 6.5, I hit the wall.  I was out of juice.  I pushed myself until mile 8 and was proud.  Running another mile and a half on empty was hard.  the last two miles I walked.  Sadly after getting home I realized 11 miles was the goal.  So it turned into a bad run.  And I added to my black toenail collection.

Thoughts during the run:

When I hit the wall, it took everything to keep convincing myself to keep going.  Repeatedly I told myself, “Just make the corner…just make the stop sign.”  Slowly I made my way.  Then the Ipod died.  Moreover, all I was left were my thoughts and my lack of energy.  Once I got to mile 8, I stopped.  I switch over to a 2-mile walk.

Recently I added friends from a long time ago to FB, and was curious as to how they would respond.  They are notorious for their sarcasm and sharp wit.  It would not be positive and full comments such as “running, why would you do that to yourself?”  It seems non-runners ask me that question even in passing as well.  My wife even thinks I am crazy.

Why do I run?  I want to live.  Last year I topped over 300 lbs.  300!  Throughout my life, I have cheated death through luck.  At times, I am amazed I am still here.  There are times if I was two inches to the left or right of eventual death.  Other times if I had been on time, or not traded my shift, death may have found me.  This time I shall win by choosing my fate not depending on luck.  It will run out one day, and I want to make sure I am in a position to survive on my own accord.

If you believe in Lady Luck, Miss Fortune, or Fem Fatale of Fate; the small decisions often are the makings the events that shape our lives.  I have decided to take my life of my control.  I can control my health.  I can control me actions.  I can control my decisions.  Let us hope I make the right ones.

Amazing what you think of when you are left alone with your mind.

No pain no gain?

Posted: September 23, 2011 by Roberts in Running Log
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Distance: 6.03 Miles
Pace: 10’57”

Playlist:

The Geekbox Podcast – Episode 136

Thoughts of the run:

I have been feeling foot pain for the past two days.  I picked up new insoles, “Superfeet,” for my work shoes.  By the end of the day and after the run, my foot felt better.  Amazing how the right equipment can change your game.

Thoughts during the run:

I have been wrestling issues that have been coming up at work.  If I wanted drama, I would have done theater.  It amazes me how people believe they are being clever and hiding their actions when it is clear as day.  Eventually the truth will come out, and I won’t be surprised.

The short run?

Posted: September 21, 2011 by Roberts in Injuries, Running Log
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Distance: 6.03 Miles
Pace: 10’32”

Playlist:

Sublime Podcast: Freemasonry Across the Globe

Thoughts of the run:

Six miles are now my “short” run.  At one time it was two miles.  And six miles feels easier than the original two.  It amazing how a little focus and a little training improves you over time.  I also got my first black toenail!

Thoughts during the run:

My thoughts focused on the ridiculousness of the podcast.  He makes connections that have no merit.  To make assertions that cave temples in India have a connection to ancient Egyptians simply because they all had separate degrees to in doctrine them to their ways does not make them the same.  And then to hide a hidden order throughout the ages from everyone would be monumental.  In order for such a conspiracy to occur, they level of control would be tremendous.  The only truth I have learned from the podcast is, humans will try to create order where there is none.  People need to make sense of the world around them.

10 Miles and no issues

Posted: September 19, 2011 by Roberts in Running Log
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Distance: 10.18 Miles
Pace: 10’38”

Playlist:

The Gr80’s Podcast – Beverly Hills Cop
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me – NPR Program
Sublime Truth – Facebook Privacy, Occult Allegories, Freemasons
Sublime Truth – Mystery Religions, Interconnected Secret Societies

Thoughts of the run:

It felt great.  The run was a relative consistent pace.  Though worried about completing it, I finished the entire run and did not need to walk the last half mile like last time.  Simply put, it was great.  I beat my 5k by 44″ and my 10k by 1’33”. Not a huge improvement, but an improvement. I want to shave another 79″ off the 5k in the next 5 weeks before I run a half marathon.

Thoughts during the run:

The first set of thoughts was a realization, I run better during comedies.  Wow, the distraction and having to think really pulls you away from the constant pound of foot to pavement.  I need to find a few more to add it to my playlist.  The last is the guy who does the Sublime Truth is in one of two camps.  He either thinks he is pulling a great prank, or believes in the rambling nonsense he is spewing.  At one point he states and I am paraphrasing, “Don’t trust conspiracy writers they may be trying to sell you a book.”  No less than 10 minutes later he asks you to buy his book!  his connections to the truth are based upon words sounding similar and to history over 6000 years old.  English was not spoken that far back.  I will listen to the rest to see where it takes me.

Now that I have had sometime to think I will keep plotting out my new blog.  I am going to keep up with this one to get a feel for layout and control.  Yes this is the test case site.  If you have any tips I will gladly take them.  Now time to keep on moving.

2nd Weigh in

Posted: September 18, 2011 by Roberts in Weigh Ins
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New Weight:  262.0
Difference:  2.6

Ah the elusive 259!  I will get there this week I hope.  I don’t know the last time I was this low.  235 is the first goal line.  Once I get there it will be time to evaluate again.  My biggest fear is loose skin.  I guess it will be a good problem to have.

The Cold Snap

Posted: September 16, 2011 by Roberts in Running Log
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Distance: 6.01
Pace: 10’55″/mi

Playlist:
Gr80’s Podcast – Review of Top Gun (Second Half)
Gr80’s Podcast – Review of Beverly Hills Cop

Thoughts of the run:

This run expanded my “short” run length.  It forced me to run deeper into the local neighborhood.  I believe I could have pushed myself harder during the run, I just didn’t want to exhaust myself for this new distance.

Thoughts during the run:

The run was too short to go too deep into thought.  I found myself contemplating my next project.  I have a few ideas, the question is are they manageable and reasonable.  More on the as the project unfolds.

5 miles is easy now?

Posted: September 14, 2011 by Roberts in Running Log
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Distance: 5.08
Pace: 10’56” /mi

Playlist:
Star Wars in Character: Yaddle

Thoughts of the run:

Five miles seems easy now. What happened? I remember only two weeks ago dreading 5 miles. In a couple days I have a 6 mile with interval training. If that is just as easy I will be amazed. The great thing is, I started with a sore back and the jog worked the kinks out. I truly thought it would be worse.

Thoughts during the run:

I found myself just numbing out the and pain from the run by falling into the podcast. That of course meant my thoughts were only on the show. I need to find a good musical play list to allow myself to think and plan. My goal is to dedicate the time for any projects I am working on and pursuing.