Week in Review – May 17, 2015

This week was a rather busy week (hence why this WiR is almost a week late! Here we go!

Training

Week Ending May 17, 2015
Week Ending May 17, 2015

This week I ran a total of 29.20 miles in 4:52:54. This was, of course, the week of the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon. My first half marathon and my goal race for the first part of this year. So 13.1 miles of the 29.20 was actually my half marathon race, and the rest was the final training sessions for this training cycle.

I took it easy with the mileage this week as part of the taper leading up to the half. Monday was a cross training day, a few lighter running day (with light intervals on Wednesday).

When I looked at the training plan, I realized I was scheduled to run an easy 3 miles on Saturday (the day before the half marathon). I figured that if I had to run 3 miles anyway, I might as well do the Cellcom 5K! My wife and brother were already signed up a long time ago for it, so I decided to run with my wife and push her a little bit, but also let her keep me from going to fast and burning myself out for the half the next day. We completed the 5K in 36:09. It was my slowest official 5K time, but it was Lori’s new 5K PR, so I was very excited for her!

The next morning, I was able ran the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon. I finished with a time of 1:52:31! This was a PR time for my and my first official finish! I had a great time doing it, even though it was quite warm! I will have full ARRs coming for each of these races when I get the pictures from them squared away.

That is really it for this week. I hope you have/had a great week!

Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon – Two Weeks Out

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is less than two weeks away (12 days as I write this). Last week was the hardest training week with the most volume and intensity of my training. The next two weeks will be tapering down to get my legs rested and ready for race day.

As I look back over the last 2 months of training, it is with mixed emotions. I have had a lot going on with both running as well as personally. Right around the start of training for the half marathon, my dad was diagnosed with emphysema. I have to say that as I was not surprised by this being a life long smoker, but it was still hard to hear. My uncle (his brother) has emphysema as well, and has been living with it for years. So while I know that the diagnosis is bad, it seems like something he can live with for a while.

Well, this past week, he was taken by ambulance and admitted to the hospital. He was inpatient for six days, and it seems like what caused the issue was the flu. This whole situation happens during the week that is my hardest training, as well as being busy with kids activities (dance recitals/rehearsals and baseball practices). Going to visit my dad in the hospital and take care of things for him at home, as well as work of course. It was a challenging week, emotionally, physically and mentally.

For the first time in my training I was questioning myself. Wondering why I am doing this? I came up with an answer. Thinking about my dad and his situation, and all the things he won’t be able to do, I realized that I am doing it because I can. I am lucky enough to be healthy. I was able to fight and lose 135 pounds, and be in the best shape of my life. I have fallen in love with running and pushing myself to do the best I can. That is why I am doing it. Because I can. Because I want to, and because I love it.

I am getting very excited for the race. I am looking forward to participating in my first Cellcom event and my first half marathon. It is even going to be a family affair! My kids are running in the WPS run, my wife, brother, his girlfriend, my mom and step dad are all participating in the 5K event. My wife’s aunt and cousin are running the half and  2 other cousins are running the full. I think it will be a very exciting weekend and I am looking forward to it!

Week in Review – January 4, 2015

This week was a pretty good week. Had a few family events with the New Year and things, but overall I got in most of my training time, with the exception of Friday. I just had zero time to get to the gym or get out for a run, so I took it as a rest day. Here is how the week went down.

Training

Week Ending 01/04/2015
Week Ending 01/04/2015

This week I managed to log 32.26 miles in 7:11:46. You may notice that most of my runs this week were pretty short. In fact, most were under 4 miles except for the one 5 mile day and today’s run (which I will get to in a second). I decided to try and add in some cross training on the elliptical this week and run less miles to see how my body handled it. I have heard that 1 mile running is the same (cardiovascular-wise anyway) to doing 1 mile on the elliptical. If that is true, I put in an extra 13.6 miles this week which would bring the total to 45.8 miles. I don’t know if that is true or not, but a little running break can’t hurt.

This brings us to today’s long run. A run that I had every I had to do on the treadmill because of the snow/ice sub-freezing weather we have been having. I went into the run with a goal of 11 miles. About half way through, I just decided to go for it and run the full half marathon. I actually finished it 1 minute and 3 seconds over my goal time of 2 hours or less. I could not believe it! It was a challenge to stay motivated on the treadmill for 2 hours. It was also a challenge to keep my shorts up! They started falling down around mile 5 or 6 and I had to tie them while running. Was probably funny to watch but I got it done. Also ran into an issue with the treadmill shutting down when I hit 99 minutes. Apparently it doesn’t want you to run longer than that? I had to restart it which took a bit of time, so I am guessing I would have been closer to my goal time had it not been for that technical limitation. All in all, it felt amazing to actually run the half and know I can do it, before I have to do it for real in a few months. It also gave me a chance to see how my 15K time should be when I run my first 15K race in February.

All in all, it was a good week training!

News

As you may have read here, I have already signed up for the Green Bay Cellcom Half Marathon. Well, I signed up for a few more races as I am trying to plan out my year with races and camping that I want to do and everything else that is going on.

First, I signed up for the Seroogy’s Valentine Run that will be taking place in De Pere, WI on February 7th, 2015. There is a 5K and 15K option for the race, but I opted for the 15K. I want to do a longer run to see how I would fare for the up coming half, and I would like to use it for a bit of speed work to try and improve my half marathon time. You can sign up for that here.

The second race that I have signed up for is the Orthopedic and Sports Institute Miron Construction April Fools 5K Fun Run. This one will be taking place in Appleton, WI on April 3rd, 2015. There is only a 5K option, so that is what I am doing. The money raised for this race goes to the Appleton Area High School athletic programs. I guess over the last 4 years, over $60,000 has been raised, so that is pretty impressive. Nice part about this one is I was able to sign up at Fleet Feet in Appleton and buy last years Brooks long sleeve shirt for only $5 on save the online fees! If interested you can sign up here.

There will be a bunch more races that I plan on doing but that is all I have on the books right now! If you know of any, leave a comment and I will check them out!

Wrap Up

That is it for this week. Hope everyone has a chance to get out and run and has a great week!

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.

Training Week 12142014

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!