Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Training Set Backs

My Spartan and marathon training haven't been going well.  It looks like the Spartan race is at least postponed, and probably cancelled due to Covid-19.  I haven't heard anything about the marathon yet.  We have continued to do some workouts (mostly Beach Body and elliptical), but I haven't been outside running for over a week.  I'm going to try to get back into everything.  Even if the races aren't on I would still like to continue the training.  Hopefully things will get back to normal eventually and we can sign up for some kind of race.

I don't have much else to say.  Everything kind of got off track because of the shutdowns and depressing news.  Hopefully I can snap out of it soon.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spartan Training

I haven't been working out nearly as much I should be.  Last week my wife and I took our kids and ran/walked down to the kid's school.  They have a pretty nice set of monkey bars, some rings, and some other equipment to climb on.  We stayed for a while and played on those and let the kids play on the slides and swings.

Today we road our bikes to the school and did some of the same exercises.  They also have some tires buried half in the ground.  We climbed on and over those a for a while for wall climbing practice.  The monkey bars are about seven feet tall.  I have been trying to jump up from the side and climb over, but I can't quite do it.  I can get my elbows up on the top, but I can't lift myself from there.  I'm going to practice some more on the wall that we have at home (I put in a 4 ft and a 7ft wall to practice on).  On the wall I can do it, but with nothing to push my legs against I can't quite get up there.  I'll keep trying.

In between these two workouts I have only been doing a few pushups, pullups, and situps here and there.  I need to get started working out daily again.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Marathon Book and Eating

As I mention previously I have been reading this book (Marathon You Can Do It! by Jeff Galloway) https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B004I6D6WG&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_LyVuEb2THE86S

In the early parts of the book he mentions food a few times, mostly just to say that you could run into problems if you blood sugar gets too low when you are eating.  Later in the book he has several chapters on eating.  The advice he gives is almost the opposite of the way I have been eating.  Not that it is his fault, the advice he gives was and maybe still is the advice given by doctors and many other people.  He advises eating a low fat low sugar diet, but at the same time most of the foods he recommends have large quantities of sugar.

I will be continuing to eat the way I have been eating.  This includes lots of fat and very little sugar and carbs.  This has been working very well for me.  I started eating this way after reading Deep Nutrition https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Nutrition-Your-Genes-Traditional/dp/1250113849.  In that book she advises avoiding sugar and vegetable oil as much as possible.  Sugar I already knew caused a lot of issues, but most of what she said about vegetable oil was new to me.  I feel much better and have less health issues for sure though since changing my diet.

I eat more fish than I used to.  I tried sardines recently for the first time.  I have been using bone broth and sometimes just drinking it.  Beef broth is pretty good just warmed up with some salt and pepper.  For chicken broth I add some coconut milk, or recently I found that it is very good with some butter melted into it.  I have also been making my own sauerkraut.  Sauerkraut is a very good probiotic if you make your own, or buy fresh sauerkraut that is refrigerated.

That's all for now.  My plan is to keep posting mostly about the training as I am able to run further and faster.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Marathon Training and Eating

As I posted yesterday we are training for a marathon in June.  We are following a training schedule from the Marathon book that we are reading.  My wife has already read the book and I am about half way through currently.  The schedule includes several running days each week and some days for other cross training.  On the cross training days we have been doing some Beach Body workouts, mostly 21 Day fix so far, and some other made up upper body and ab workouts.  Mostly we try not to work out legs on those days to give them time to recover.

Something else that I think is helping my training a lot is the way we have been eating.  I recently read a couple of books about diet.  One was called Deep Nutrition https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Nutrition-Your-Genes-Traditional/dp/1250113849.  The other one is called Eat Fat To Get Thin https://www.amazon.com/Eat-Fat-Get-Thin-Sustained/dp/0316338834.  I may write some more about those books at some point, but one of the main ideas from both of them is to cut out almost all sugar and simple carbohydrates from your diet.

We have been eating this way for several weeks now.  I think it helps very much with my soreness and recovery time from these runs and workouts.  Eating more healthy fat also keeps me from getting hungry on long runs.  The longest I've done so far has been 7 miles, so we will see if that continues to be true, but it seems better than before already.  I will go more into what I have been eating in some future posts.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Marathon Training

My wife and I are planning to run a marathon in Havre, MT on June, 6th 2020.  It will be my first marathon and my wife's second marathon.  She ran the Missoula marathon several years ago.

We started training about 2-3 weeks ago.  I have done several runs, today being the longest at 7 miles.  My knees hurt a bit, but I think it was because of all the sugar I ate the day before.  It was my son's birthday party.

I believe this 7 mile run was my longest run ever, so far.  I averaged about 11 min/mile.  I think on a day when my knees are feeling better I could get closer to a 10 min/mile average.  With more training I could even do better at that distance.  At full marathon distance I will probably keep the speed slow to avoid injury.  We are following a training plan from this book (Marathon You Can Do It! by Jeff Galloway) https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B004I6D6WG&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_LyVuEb2THE86S.

I'm going to try to document the process here on my blog as much as I can.

We are also going to be running a Spartan race in Bigfork, MT in May of 2020.  We are doing some additional training for the obstacles.  This will be my third Spartan race.  The first 2 my wife and I did last year in Arizona, and Bigfork.  They were both Sprints, which are about 3 miles.  The race this year will be about 7-8 miles I think.  I'm going to try to post more about the training for that also.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Recent Workouts

A couple months ago we started the Beach Body workouts again.  My wife and I were doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme videos.  We were doing pretty good at getting up and doing it in the mornings most days.  A couple weeks ago we lost our motivation somehow.  I think it happened when my wife went out of town for a few days, it may have started before that.  We just haven't been able to get started again.

For Christmas we got the kids a trampoline.  We finally got it put together. The weather has been really cold and snowy this year.  I have been jumping on it quite a bit for the last couple of days.  It is a good workout with the kids.

I'm hoping to start running again now that the weather is getting better.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Beach body workouts

Since early December I have been doing various beach body workouts and drinking Shakeology almost daily.  I have done 21 day fix regular and extreme, Insanity max 30 and quite a few other random videos.  I have seen really good results.