Beard, No Beard

I’m trying hard to beat the February doldrums with anything I can to shake it up.  Yes, even shaving the beard.  When I was younger and felt I needed to make a mental switch, I’d shave my head.  Not exactly sure why I thought a physical change would help with a mental hurdle, but it did.  Before I shaved the beard, I thought I would miss it or quickly realize that I’d made a huge mistake, but really it’s not that big a deal.  I might put it back on come fall, but for now, I’m enjoying not having beard in my food or food in my beard.

Yesterday I planned on hitting the treadmill and bike at the gym, but unfortunately, ran out of time and was only able to run.  I did manage to get in 8 miles, split between 4 miles of quarter mile intervals and 4 miles of an easier pace.  One thing I love about the gym is that I can catch up on my Hulu queue.  If the wife doesn’t particularly like a show, I toss it into my gym queue.  I’m currently watching the new X-Files and 11.22.63 which I’m completely digging on.  Without spoiling anything, the last few minutes of the second episode of 11.22.63 was so frantic that I unconsciously sped up my cadence and almost ran into the front of the treadmill.

Beard, No Beard

Shredding the Tread

I’ve been a total baby about being outside lately.  Sometimes I’m just so pathetic about it.  My friends are calling me a baby, but honestly, if I wasn’t hitting the gym, I wouldn’t be doing anything.  I stopped running on treadmills for any distance over 4-5 miles because I’d get these blisters on the bottom of my toes.  2Toms to the rescue.  I’ve been using 2Toms as my lube of choice for a while now and figured I’d give it a try on the tootsies.  This has made a world of difference during the crappy New England winters.  We’ve had a very mild winter, but February is my El Guapo and I’d take a treadmill run over sitting on my ass any day.  I’ve also added stationary biking to my workout.  On longer running days like today, I’ll run for 4 miles, add in 10 miles on the bike and then hit 4 more on the mill.  On shorter days, like yesterday, I ran my 4 miles and then finished off with 10 on the bike.  My 10 miles on a stationary bike takes about a half hour and adding that extra cardio is helping in my longer, outdoor, weekend runs.

As for the blog, I’ve decided to close down greyrunner.com and just use this place as my catch all blog.  Starting next week, I’m going to start some new fitness tactics and really try to record them daily.  March tends to go one of two ways.  Shitty, late snow and cold or beautiful early spring.  I’ve been burned too many times thinking positively about the weather, so I plan mentally that it’s going to blow.  That’s why I’m going to make some changes and hit this blog again.

Of Treadmills and Hills

This morning I awoke at the righteous hour of 5 am to a billowing rain storm.  I’m already needing new shoes and didn’t feel all that great about taking them out into the pouring rain for 5 miles, so I decided to suck it up and head to the gym for a treadmill run.  By the time I parked the car, grabbed my membership and shoes and started through the parking lot to the gym, the rain had completely stopped and a nice cool breeze was kicking leaves around.  FUCK THIS.  I should have just ran from there and driven home after, but our gym is in difficult place to run to and from, pretty busy road and it was still dark and I didn’t have any night gear with me.  Rejected like Charlie Brown, I headed in and climbed up onto a treadmill.

Quick thoughts about this morning’s run.  I realized quickly that I was overstriding, something I almost always start out doing on a treadmill.  I corrected this and tried to keep the contact underneath my body.  I set the speed to a 8:34 pace and started watching an old Ginger Runner Live on YouTube.  I also turned the gps off on my 620 to see what the difference was between the treadmill’s info and the Garmin’s.  Here’s what I found:

  • Treadmill – 5 miles in 42:47
  • Garmin 620 – 4.7 miles in 42:47

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That was this morning.  The day turned out to be absoutely beautiful and I couldn’t let it end without getting out there and spending some time in it.  I have a couple hours to myself while the kiddo is at dance class and the wife is working, so I just got done a little hill workout.  Up and down a super close by hill that used to be part of a road, but is completely blocked off and used by hikers and bikers mostly.  I’ve been meaning to do some workouts on it and thought that today would be a great day to kick up that badass.  It’s nearly a mile up, I think it’s something like 0.96 of a mile or so.  I  was able to head up it twice, keeping an honest pace.  The afternoon was amazing and I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to run outside in such an amazing part of the country.  Two runs down today and happy with both of them.  I was thinking about cheating tomorrow and going farther than the allotted 3 miles, but after this afternoon’s addition, I’m going to probably stick to 3.