Switched theme

The three column thing was giving non-Firefox users fits, so I’m doing this until I get a chance to get under the hood.
BTW – the all lowercase? It’s in the theme. I’m still writing with caps, ’cause I like the way they look.


Still digging the run

So, this is like the umpteenth time in a row I’ve busted out the Navy Base run during lunch. And I’ll be honest – I really, really like the course.

Almost didn’t go. Big push at work this week. Forgot my iPod. Still sniffling.

But I went. Out was into the wind, all the way. Back was uphill, but wind at the back. Out in like 23 minutes and change. Back in 23 minutes and change.

Been using Breakingthetape to track mileage, etc. Jeff and Reece (and others) have been doing a great job putting together workable tools by real runners.

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Great Friday, So-So-Saturday, and Sunday

Friday was good. Good run about 1; beautiful spring day. Did the Navy Base 5.2 miler in 44 minutes. Not cooking but good.

As I was wrapping up work, I realized that I hadn’t broken out the bike all March. Luckily, it’s been riding in the back of my car all week. So, I squeezed in a quick couple of miles on Jamestown. Feel better about it after running it through the Gmap Pedometer – the odo on the bike told me it was just over 8 miles; the map is saying 8.57. I’m lovin’ that, ’cause it bumps my average speed up over 16 MPH.

What a day.

Saturday was the Physical Readiness Test. Did better than last time by busting out 70 situps and 50 pushups. The mile and a half – completely different story.

I’ve been fighting a cold for the better part of a week, courtesy of the Groton Public School Systems (though it should be noted that the parochial pre-school we sent Jake to was just as fetid a pool of disease). Saturday morning, I knew it wasn’t going to be a good day.

As we finished the calisthenics, the next omen rolls in: What had been a beautiful spring day is sullied by grey, light rain, and a powerful breeze out of the south. Making things better, the run finishes with three quarters of a mile into the wind.

Started out pretty good. I was hanging with the fastest five or six runners for the first quarter mile. Then, one of the really tall guys just kind of stretches out his stride, and opens up about 30′ on us without breathing hard. The other three really fast guys opened up, too. Me and Mac, the guy who did the epic 19 miler with me back in October, keep legging it out together, past the turn.

After the turn, I initially opened up a little on Mac. But, into the wind, the cold, the snot, and the wind all worked against me. Effort was pegged, and extreme discomfort began to play a role. With about a third of a mile behind me, I heard Mac’s footsteps pounding behind me. That broke me.

It hit me that there was no way I’d be able to hold him off until the finish. I was spent. Dead on my feet. Enough juice to make the end, but not enough to pick it up and finish strong. So, I pulled up, Mac blew past, and I cruised into the finish. 10:22 for the 1.5 miles.

The time – not so shabby; I’m pretty much happy with anything under 11. But, man, was that a sucky run. Not because of the run, but because of the cold. I’d have broken 10 if I felt good.

Sunday – felt like crap. Completely muffed up ripping the sermon. Didn’t run. Didn’t bike. Didn’t get a nap. Went to bed early.

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SUS Food Diary, Day 8

French Toast
Total: 320 cal

Snack 1
Dried Apples, Nuts, and Yogurt Raisins
Donut (Boston Kreme)
Total: 570 cal

Green Salad, no dressing
Granola Bars, Crunchy
Total: 200 cal

Nada, nada, enchilada
Total: 230 cal

Italian Sausage Sandwiches.
No, ones that are actually good for us:
Whole Wheat Buns
Turkey Sausage
Sauteed peppers and onions
Good, low-fat sauce
Dessert? 120 cal of low-fat ice Cream.
Total: 720 Cal

Day 8 total: 1700 Cal

Remarks: Today? I’m f’n starvin’. Trying to fight it off. Running at lunch will help lots.

But the scale was at 169 this morning, for the first time in a long time. I’ll try to keep up 1900 cal (give/take) for a couple more weeks, then go up to about 2100 which should put me at a lb/week until I can get down to target of about 150.

NB: Boston Kreme Donut? Only 240 cal, 9 g of fat, and tons of satisfaction. Less than three miles each!

Epilogue: 1700 cal, and I’m feeling full before bed…

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SUS Eat Diary, Day 7

French Toast
Maple Syrup
Total: ~520 cal

Grilled Cheese (Wheat and 50% cheddar)
Progresso Lentil Soup
Diet Coke
Total: 350 cal

Ice Cream Sundae
Total: 330 cal

Barilla Super Pasta Spaghetti
Spicy Red Pepper Sauce
French Dressing
Total: 1200 Cal

Day 6 total: 2300 Cal

Remarks: The math is kind of screwy. Kind of the blew diet today, but, according to FitDay, I should be allowed 2500 calories a day. The upside is that I wasn’t chowing out of hunger, but out of habit. I’m actually feeling kind of bloated tonight…

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