TRAINING RECAP 12-26

My sister is home for the Holidays, and this morning we spent a few hours in the gym/pool for a little post Christmas workout!  Much to our surprise, as they were only calling for flurries this morning, when we left the gym, there was 2-3 inches of snow on the ground, highways shut down everywhere, and accidents all over the place!!!

While I haven’t begun a patterned and structured workout plan thus far for my first 70.3 Ironman event next year, I have however ramped back up my time spent training, and well begin a structured workout plan after the 1st of year.  Below I have logged my past 7 days worth of workouts!

 

Saturday 12-21

Spent about 70 minutes hard at it on the trainer while watching TV.  As much as I would prefer to be outside and off the trainer, it was approximately 22 degrees that day!

 

Sunday 12-22

60 Minutes in the pool.  85 straight fast-laps with no breaks.  I am working on building up my long distance swim endurance as the farthest to date I have even swam in a race was .8 miles with the current.  The Ironman features a 1.2 miles swim in a lake!

 

Monday 12-23

Was supposed to be a rest day however the weather was a bit mild, about 40 degrees that day and I had some time to kill waiting for my wife to get home.  Soooo I went for a quick 38 minutes run… 5 miles!

 

Tuesday 12-24

56 Minutes in the pool, 80 straight fast laps.

 

Xmas Day

REST!  I ate way to much junk, and basically un-did everything I worked for over the past several days!!!!

 

Today 12-26

4 Mile run on the treadmill at a modest 7:30 pace, and then 70 fast laps in the pool.  Total workout lasted about 1 hour 35 minutes!

 

I have been logging my workouts on a IOS app called “myFitnessPal.”  Anyone else out there using this app?  One of my favorite features is that it allows me to see my friends logged workouts as well, which can help motivate you to get at it!  Anyone else know of a better app that offer like features?

 

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Future Ironman – Welcome Ethan!

This past Sunday, my son Ethan was born, at 3:35 PM.  Checking in at 7 pounds 2.8 ounces, and 19 inches long!  I am a PROUD dad!  Ethan is my second child, as I also have a 2 year old daughter, Fiona.  I have been graced this week with not only my own little future ironman, but the ability to spend a week home from work, for some much needed family bonding time!

I am now in the midst of week 2.  Yesterday I logged an easy 4 mile run, and this afternoon a logged an 8 mile run, with a little hill training thrown in.  My splits have slowed a little, however, I think that is to be expected with the lack of sleep that comes along with a newborn in the house!  Tomorrow morning I will be running an easy 5 miles, and then Saturday, I am ramping it up to a 17 mile run.

I have began to work in a 3 ounce glass of Tart Cherry Juice before and after each run.  I have read multiple articles that talk about just how powerful the vitamins and nutrients found in cherries are.  Many athletes speak values of much faster you can recover after introducing cherry juice into pre and post workout routine.  I will follow up on this next week after Ive given it some time, to let you know how its worked!

 

Cheers!

 

Just how EFFECTIVE is KT TAPE

So, a few days ago I wrote a post about registering for my first Marathon.  Since then, I have found and began following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training guide.  However, due to the short time (8 week) that I have to prepare, I have fast forwarded to week 8 of his guide.  While this is most certainly not recommended, due to the gradual buildup in mileage that his plan is designed around, I was already a fairly active runner, logging no less than 15 miles in a given week.

My first week calls for a total of 39 miles, and so far I have already logged 15.  I have began to feel a bit of Arch Pain in my left foot, which I believe is related to a prior injury from earlier in the season.  After contacting a friend of mine who works for Inside Track on the West Shore, he suggested I try using KT Tape.  I have seen many athletes, including football players, hockey players, track athletes, and even my own sister wearing this “neon colored tape,” but never really knew what in the world it was.  After he explained how it worked, I figured for 12 bucks, what could possible go wrong.

Today at work, I followed the instructions found on their website and applied the proper pieces to my foot where I am experiencing the soreness.  THE SORENESS WAS INSTANTLY GONE!  It has now been 6 hours since I applied the tape, and I feel like I could run right now.  I would recommend this tape to anyone experiencing soreness due to running.  Now, rest assured if my foot turns green or falls off tonight, I’ll be sure to update this post tomorrow, however, as of now I am 100 percent SORENESS FREE!

Registered for my first MARATHON

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Yiiiikes!  Today I registered for the Monster Mash Marathon in Dover on October 19th of 2013.  My Brother-In-Law, Matt will also be racing, who is a TON faster than I am.  His goal is to qualify for Boston this race – I think he will not only qualify, but be a legitimate threat to win our age group at Dover!  My goal for this race is to FINISH!  I would love to hold a 9:30 pace.  I will be hitting the pavement hard over the next 8 weeks to prepare!  I will keep you updated on my training and progress leading up to the event!