Monday, January 30, 2012

Disabled List

Saturday night, while walking from the parking lot at Tyson's Corner to TGI Friday's I hurt my back.  It was sudden, and it hurt.  A lot.  Ouch my Sacroilia!

I think I did something while running, so yesterday I didn't run.  I'm not going to run today, either.

Fortunately, this will not put a damper on 2012 in 2012.  I've been putting in some extra miles both in terms of longer trails and occasional morning runs.  Last week I ran 39.9 miles, putting my annual total at 161.6 miles.

I still have plans to run a 5K on March 10 and compete in the Tagaman on March 31.  That gives me 40 days to prepare for the 5K and 61 for the triathlon.  I've not dropped as much weight as I would have hoped by now, so I'm going to mix things up in February with a little bit of diet.  No more sausage, egg, and cheese bagels from Breugger's and no more cookies and chips from Potbelly.  So if I'm in a bad mood in February, now you know why.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2012 in 2012: Still on Pace After Three Weeks

On Sunday and Monday I kicked things up a notch and ran my 9.2 mile trail.  It took me 93 and 98 minutes, respectively.  And then I was toast.  I took it easy on Tuesday, got in another long run on Wednesday, stumbled through a short run on Thursday, and then took two days off.

I'm picked things back up today with a 93 minute 9.2 mile run.  It snowed on Friday and iced over on Saturday.  Things had mostly melted by this afternoon, but it was still really cold.  The first half of my run was painful, but I loosened up with two miles to go.

For the year I've run 130.9 miles.  1881.1 miles to go.

Last week I was inspired to run with the thought of Tagaman.  The way I figure it, the swim will take me 60 minutes, the bike 2 hours, and the run about 90 minutes.  That means I need to be able to keep my heart rate up for over 4 hours by the end of March.  Run, run, run.  I was kind of tired this week, and was not so inspired.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 in 2012: Week Two

I managed to get in 49 miles during week 2.  That puts my total for the year at 87.7 miles.  I think this means that I've run about as much in the last two weeks as I did in the last half of 2011.  Go me.

I now have 350 days left to run 1924.3 miles.  I'm on pace for now, but we shall see what happens when I have to travel...

There are two races I'm planning on running in the next few months.  The Bank of Guam Ifit 5K is on March 10 and the Tagaman Triathalon on Saipan is March 31.  I ran both in 2009.  I think I finished at about 24:00 in the 5K, but had a big DNF for the Tagaman.

The thought of a 2K swim, 60K bike ride, and 15K run inspire me to get my butt moving each day.  By the time the end of March rolls around, I want to be able to exercise for an hour in the morning and an hour at night, maybe longer.  I can't do that yet.  Not even close.

Oh, and if anyone on Saipan has a bike they could let me use, that would be great.  I'm a size 10 shoe.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

2012 in 2012: A Good Start

A co-worker turned 29 on Friday, so several of us went out to Poste, a restaurant near our office, for a few drinks.  I also had something to eat.  Poste has the best macaroni and cheese on the planet.  I'm not exactly sure how they do it because I didn't see any bacon bits, but they include bacon somewhere.  Bacon!  Oh, happiness.

Which means I didn't go for a run, which is alright, since I've given myself Fridays off.  Even with Friday off, I managed to run 38.7 miles this week.  That means I have 1973.3 miles to go before I reach my goal of running 2012 miles in 2012.

Monday, January 02, 2012

How to Calculate Revolutions per Mile on an Elliptical Machine

My roommate has an NordicTrack elliptical machine.  I used it a few times last year and in counting the miles towards 2011 in 2011, I estimated that I ran about one mile for every 10 minutes on the machine*.  I'll likely use it again this year, but this time want to get a more accurate reading for my distances.  The machine has a reading for calories burned and revolutions turned, but not for distance.  No problem.  A little algebra helps figure it out.

The elliptical machine is connected to a wheel (that's what makes your steps go up and down), and like a bicycle, you can measure how far you've (Striden? Strode?  Ellipticalled?) by measuring the diameter of the wheel to get its circumference.  If you divide one mile by the circumference, you'll get the number of revolutions it takes to go one mile.  Quite simple, really!

Start my measuring the wheel's diameter.  That's the distance from the center to the edge, times two.  My wheel's diameter is 21 inches.  The circumference of a circle is the diameter times π ( 3.14159265..), so for my wheel, that is 66 inches.  There are 12 inches in a foot and 5280 feet in a mile.

So the equation looks like this:

5280/(21π/12) = 960 revolutions/mile

If you need a better explanation, I got this information from LiveStrong.com.  Thanks, Lance Armstrong!

*I underestimated my distances using this method.  My final total last year is short as a result.  Oh, well.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

5.3 Down, 2006.7 to go!


For breakfast I had five strips of bacon (cooked on my new George Foreman Grille), a tangerine, a blueberry muffin, and a cup of coffee.  If that's not a breakfast to conquer the new year, then I don't know what is.  Speaking of bacon, I've flirted with various degrees of vegetarianism in the past and going fully veghead has been a long term goal of mine.  Whenever I go to fisheries meetings some jerk almost always snasks me, "do you like eating fish?"  Of course, I like eating fish!  Fish is delicious.  But I know the status of the oceans...

That and Bill Clinton's a vegan now.  And so are a lot of hot actresses...

Oh man, running was hard today.  I went on a 4 mile run last night (so I guess it was actually 608 in 2011 last year...) and I hurt this morning.  Oh yeah, I drank a bottle of Veuve Clicquot last night, too.

I haven't been running regularly since September and man am I out of shape.  Unless you consider round a shape.  I am amazing adept at putting on weight fast.  I dropped to about 200 lbs last March, but went back up to about 205 around the time that I spent a month in Micronesia (I wonder what was going on there?  BBQ and Bud Lite, that's what.)  I kept steady at 205 for most of the year up until the wedding and then I slammed on 10 pounds like nobody's business.

When I stepped on the scale today it tipped 214 lbs.  That makes me 6 lbs. lighter than I was at the start of last year, but 2 lbs. heavier than when I started the Fat Guy Contest in 2009.  So my goal for the end of January is to be back at 200 lbs.  Which means I'll be in a bad mood most of the month.

Apologies in advance.

In the meantime, today's run of 5.3 miles took 58:20 to complete.  This is the course that I ran the most last year; it goes around a golf course and some of the streets in my neighborhood.  I managed to run without stopping, even though dry heaves threatened to erupt a few times.  And my feet really hurt by the end of the run.  I'm going to wear my cushioned shoes tomorrow.

And the first time I run after a long break I always have visions of running marathons and getting all buff.  Today was no difference, hence my likely unrealistic goal of dropping 14 lbs. in 31 days.

2012 in 2012: Let's try this again

They say that success depends on a good spread sheet.  Alright, so I made that up.  2011 in 2011 was more like 604 in 2011, which while not technically a win, wasn't a total loss either.  A new year brings with it renewed optimism that I'll be able to reach my fitness goals.  If this guy can reach his goals to eat 2011 chicken wings in 2011, I can at least go running one hour every day.

I've learned from last year, so this year I'm going to give myself Fridays off.  I'll have to run longer distances, but I'm starting off in better shape this year than I did last, so I can already go out and run a long distance, whereas last year it took me a few months to get there.  If you know what I mean.

The other problem is dealing with my travel schedule.  I haven't taken the time to accurately add up the number of days I was traveling, but I know it was over 150 and may be closer to about 170.  I hardly ran at all last year while I was on the road, so when looked through that lense, I actually did quite a good job with keeping up with my fitness goals (at least until towards the end of the year).  Even so,  I'm not sure how I'm going to deal with the exercise/travel conundrum.

Wish me luck!

Oh, and I want to run a race this year.  I may be in the region, so if all goes according to plan I may try my hand at the Tagaman triathlon at the end of March.