Thursday, June 26, 2014
My coach scheduled a 4 mile walk at the track for time as part of my base training for the Lead King 25K. Our high temperature here in the desert hit 95F today, which means I waited until 6:30pm. I jumped on the commuter bike and headed over to Stoker Stadium. The temp was 92F at this time but we had those amazing mid-level Colorado clouds blocking some of that intense heat from Mr. Sun. The GJ Rockies ( Colorado Rookies Rookie League ) was just getting under way while I was changing into my "running" shoes. I felt rather lucky at that moment and picked Lane #7 as my lane for the next 4+ miles.
My 1st "mile" was stiff and pretty slow but I concentrated on my posture and rolling my hips with every forward propulsion. The baseball game has the BEER BATTER up in the 1st inning. If that visiting batter strikes out, beer is only like $2 for about 10min. Something like that. Well, that batter struck out and the fans poured out of their seats and lined up for a beer. My attention was glued in their direction and the smell of pizza was overwhelming. Part of me was enjoying the atmosphere coming from Suplizio Field and part of me was sad about Tony. Regardless, I was happy to be in the moment and injury free.
So my 2nd "mile" was much smoother and my confidence was "walking" high. I noticed that I hit an 11min mile pace a few times during that mile and recorded that mile at 15: 24. The 3rd "mile " was awesome. I could feel my toes spreading and my hamstrings pulling the ground beyond my vision. The baseball game had all the sounds of close pitches, baseballs coming off the bat and leaving the park, fans cheering, and the music synchronizing itself to the birthday wishes. I was sipping water and pealing away the laps in a comfortable and controlled manner. My the 3rd mile was recorded at 15:11 and I was stoked as it was over a full minute faster than the 1st 4 laps.
Mile 4 put in on my game, like power up. Relaxed my shoulders, opened my hips, and rolled through each lap. By lap 3 I hit the 4 mile mark in a time of 58:08 and had another lap to reach my 16 laps around the the Stoker Stadium track. My body was feeling GR8!! My mind was evening asking if I should continue on another mile or even complete a 6 mile adventure. I leaned into the curve and powered my way down the back stretch and finished the 4.28 miles in 1:02:15. Totally Stoked!!
I slowly toured the football field and listen to more of the baseball game. Then, I began to notice my surroundings, kids playing pickle ( do they even call it that anymore ) group of college kids working out in a cross fit group, at least 10 other folks on the track, and a guy standing near the end zone w/a ball glove waiting for a foul ball???? While walking about another half mile or so, I didn't even notice my surrounding because I was cursing around the track in my own little 4 mile world. AND INJURY FREE!!! I reclaimed my position on the bike and headed for home. And it took me almost that far to find my riding legs. My legs were so heavy and uncoordinated. I quickly took it easy and turned back into my surroundings and watched out for cars coming and going for the ball game. I can see some brick workouts in my future. I can also visualize double digits in miles coming up. Thank You Legs For Making This Happen. "This" means movement. "Happen" w/o any PAIN. Thanx Legs
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
|Patiently Waiting 4 Our No Excuse Loop|
Training is going well and I am feeling the idea of walking a sub 14 min mile and can pull that off for over 3 miles. Shadow Boy & I did our no excuse loop under 28min and thats a two mile loop. The reason I bring this up is because I was able to notice when I began to slow down and then I am able to bring awareness to my posture and find my groove again. The other day, I was belly breathing my scheduled 60 min walk. I was supposed to be on a trail but ran out of time so I hit the streets and worked on my breathing.
This week: Crossroads Gym for my 4 hours of volunteer work, a timed 4 mile at the track, block captain job, radio show, and a big day Friday & Saturday. Thats all a surprise. Wait for it More photos coming soon
Have a wonderful week, stretch when you think about it, & pound the H2o….. Cheers
Sunday, June 22, 2014
|Yes, Life Has Been Spinning Around|
Just finished a no excuse loop w/the Boy Dog. Its Sunday night and feeling warm still in the high desert and the stray cats are everywhere. This is not a complaint as we have had the mildest spring so far. Many high 80s and low 90's but NOTHING in the triple digits. As you know, last week was hard on the body and I mean physically and mentally. He will stick w/the physical aspect. The tile work in the groomers is a hoot but I forgot how much I don't miss standing on concrete. Friday, after setting tile from 8:30am- 4:45pm, I was beat. And that night, I was throbbing beat. My knees had that dull or when is it ever going away kinda pain. And my baby hands, my finger tips are raw. I can say this," This is going to be the best damn looking groomer lodge in Mesa County for dog."
|He Wakes Up Happy|
My little Summer job as a block captain ( not in all caps for a reason other than the obvious ) is going to work so well during Thursday Night's Famers Market. Yes, there is always change, new ideas, so I just keep smiling until everyone figures their own SH*T out. The vendors now understand that showing up on time and unloading quickly will be the key. I don't mind the complains because I can easily put myself in their shoes. I can also step back and think to myself that THATS their own SH&T and that they can just deal. Meaning, if you can't be present and you just wanna bitch, have fun and you will find me over there. If you are able to convey your thoughts, we should be able to come up w/a very simple solution. Such as: I need chalk, more to breathe, and more water.
I believe that I was able to let the week of Ortho go. Some really good sessions rolled out of the office on Saturday so I must have learned something. Also, the time flashes on by when you are working OB compared to massage. The clients seem to release a lot of thoughts during the session, its a nice release because their breath shows up big time after their bones move around.
So, just a few random thoughts tonight. This week should be fun and I am looking forward to the track work, trail running, cleaning at the gym, Famers Market, radio show, and Saturday's Turkey Flats 9 mile loop for time. Until then, stretching, water, & relaxing……….. Cheers
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
|The Trail Was Gr8 On His Paws, Don't Touch Him Though|
|Feel Free To Call 970-241-8801 x1|
|Do You Ever Ride Into The Wind BOTH Ways????|
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
On the schedule from my coach ( FOOTFEATHERS ) today was a 3 mile walk as fast and as SMOOTH as I could go because this time will set up a base for the rest of the month……… I rode the bike over to the track because I can NOT walk out the door w/o the Boy Dog…. If I jump on the commuter bike….. Thats different he says…. Riding to the track was nice but not a Gr8 warm up as I found out later…..Jumped on into lane #4…. Why??? No Clue….. My 1st mile ( 14:22 ) was finding my posture & doing my WORST to loosen up my shins and ankles….. Hints: The Lame Warm Up…. Totally my fault and NOT Shadow Boys Fault…. 2nd Mile ( 14:18 ) was deceiving for sure…. I felt like I was sub 14min walking mile…. I was thinking about rolling my hips…. Shoulders back and relaxed….. "Fluid" some might say….. 3rd Mile ( 14:26 ) was a real pisser because after seeing the 2nd mile NOT under 14, I tried to kick it up a bit AND complete a sub 14 mile walking….. 14:26, Son Of A Witch w/a Capital B…… Here is some of my mind space….. I could run this next mile…. Why did the small dick jacka$$ driving that big damn truck full on gas it off the the line when you know the next intersection is going to face him w/a red light….. Holy Smokes, this lady is walking backwards in lane #6….. Was that car blaring Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna??? I can hit 13:45 on this mile….. Oh Look, A Blue Heron
The rest of my day will consist of this…… Commuter ride to Footprints Animal Hospital to finish the tile work in the dog kennels…. Should only be grouting today…… Cooking up some organic stuffed bell peppers…. Reading more of Eat & Run my unlikely journey to ultra marathon greatness w/Steve Friedman ….. Scott Jurek story….. Pounding H2o…. Stretching….. And More Stretching
Happy Hump Day Folks