Week in Review – Dec 21, 2014

This was a pretty slow week overall. Just a few things to talk about this week. With Christmas coming up and holiday parties going on, not much time to concentrate on anything else.

Training

Week Ending Dec 21, 2014
Week Ending Dec 21, 2014

This week I did 32.10 miles in 4:58:52. This is much lower than the last two weeks, but it is for a reason. One, as you may have noticed I did nothing on December 17th. I didn’t even work out. I took the day off completely as kind of an experiment. My weight has really leveled off the last couple of weeks, but my body fat percentage went down quite a bit. I was curious to see how a day off affected things. Overall, not really any effect.

The second reason is that I am trying to do 2-3 “up” milage weeks followed by a lower recovery week before I go back up in milage. This should allow my body to heal a bit after a 42+ and 38+ milage week (which is considerable considering my highest weeks have been 24-26 miles in the past). This also allowed me to take the one day off to see what would happen.

Of other note this week, on my long 10 mile run today, a stupid little toy breed dog ran out and started biting my ankle and calf around mile 9. I had to actually kick the dog to get it away from me. I couldn’t believe it, especially considering it was outside with its owner. I gave her an earful about her dog before I ran on to finish my run. Just a weird run day I guess.

New Gear

Amazon had the Saucony Nomad jacket on Lightning Deal this week. A normally $110 jacket for $32, I had to buy it! It was one of the jackets that I have been looking at since winter stated, so it was a no brainer. I actually used it on my long run today. I will have a full review once I get more runs with it. Speaking of, the review of The North Face Animagi jacket should be coming soon. I have a number of runs under my belt with it now, so a review should be coming shortly.

ISaucony Nomad Jacket image via Amazon.com
Saucony Nomad Jacket image via Amazon.com

Announcements

There will be one or two announcements this week that I am excited to share. Stay tuned for that!

That wraps things up this week! Hope everyone has a good week and gets a chance to get outside!

Week in Review – Dec 14, 2014

I had a pretty good week. The weather was a bit warmer this week so I actually got to run outside most of the week.

Training

This week I was able to run 38.69 miles in 5:50:42. As I said earlier, most of my runs were actually outside this week. The warmer weather allowed me to get out and run not on the treadmill, which I find to be extremely boring! Below is the break down of the week.

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I got to test out my new North Face running jacket, and I will have a full review once I get a few more runs under my belt with it. My long run this morning was in some pretty dense fog. Luckily I ran early enough that I didn’t have to deal with too much traffic until the end. Knowing that I had a long run this morning, I planned to take the family out to breakfast to our favorite breakfast spot. I was literally dreaming of this Denver Omelet the whole time I was running!

Denver Omlet

I don’t eat the hash browns,  but the omelet and whole wheat toast was AMAZING! Great after run meal.

This was also the week that I had the dog encounter. You can read about that and get some tips for dealing with dogs on your runs here.

Race Sign Up

Probably the most interesting thing that happened this week is that I officially sign up for my first HALF MARATHON! I signed up for the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon. It will be taking place on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 8:00am. There are usually quite a few people that sign up for the marathon and half marathon that day, so there should be a lot of runners that day.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about it already! Honestly, I think mileage-wise, I should be able to run a half, and I SHOULDN’T have issues completing the race. Pie in the sky, best possible outcome goal for me, would be to complete it in under two hours. I think I could get close, but I don’t know if I can get under. My realistic goal, to just finish the race! Being my very first half (unless I do something crazy like sign up for another before that one), I really just want to enjoy the experience and finish the race. If you are interested in signing up, you can do so here. They also have a 5K and a kids run besides the half and full marathon.

I am still looking for other races to sing up for and trying to get my race schedule set for the next year. I am looking for 5K, 10K and 15K races. I know of a few that I want to do for sure like the Paperfest 5K I did last year, the Seroogy’s Valentine Run 15K, and the Packers 5K along with the Bellin Run (10K).  If you know of any others in Northeast Wisconsin Area (or even further) that would be fun races, let me know!

Wrap It Up!

That is about it for this week! Look for a new product review and a recipe coming this week. I hope everyone has a great week!

Week in Review – Dec 7, 2014

Ran – a lot!

So this week I had planned to run 35 mile for my 35th birthday on Friday. I am happy to report that I actually was able to complete and exceed my goal! My final running tally for the week is below:

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For me, to run over 42.5 miles in a week is amazing! Last week I did 31 miles, but prior to that the most I had ever done was about 26 miles. I have been averaging about 20-22 miles during my highest training periods. I am hoping that I can keep this high milage up to bring me into my half-marathon training early.

Shop and Eat

Today we went to The North Face store down in Milwaukee. I was able to pick up a few things. Most important I was able to get a winter running jacket. I got the Anamagi jacket:

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via TheNorthFace.com

 

I will have a review of it once I get a chance to run with it, and unfortunately, I am sure I will have plenty of opportunity.

While we were in Milwaukee, we also ate at Smoke Shack. It is a restaurant that specializes in smoked meats.  Walking in just makes your mouth water! You can smell the smoke outside walking up. The place is small, like seats maybe 25-30 people at a given time small, but the food is amazing! I had the pulled chicken and pulled pork with vinegar coleslaw.

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It was amazing! Makes me want to get my own smoker so I can smoke chickens and other meats at home. The meat just melts in your mouth, and the four different BBQ sauces were all good (Carolina, Texas, Kansas City and a House sauce). We are going back there if we are in Milwaukee again for sure!

Started This Blog!

Beyond a lot of running and a running related shopping trip, not too much excitement this week besides starting this blog. Going forward I will be adding some reviews of products I have been using as well as some of my favorite recipes. I will also be sharing any training programs or workouts I enjoy. I do not plan to update every day my training, this week I did just because of the special 35 for 35 event. Thanks to anyone still reading and I hope you all have a great week ahead!