Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Run, Run, Rudolph! Shelbyville Rudolph Run Race Recap

That's exactly what I did on Christmas Eve.  I got to participate in the Rudolph Run in Shelbyville with my family.  Both of my brothers and my sister in-law all ran with me.  Well, I should say they all ran ahead of me.  What a great way to start the holidays with family!  If you get the chance to do a Christmas Eve run with members of your family, I highly suggest taking part.

I spent the rest of Christmas Eve with my family at my mom's house.  We were all forced to talk to each other because her cable had been knocked out overnight by a falling tree limb.  That's right folks 6 people in a house in the 21st century without television or internet and we didn't kill each other.  We had a great dinner of steak and salmon and enjoyed each others company all day.  This finished with exchanging gifts in the evening when a lot of thoughtful gifts were given.  A huge shout out to my brother for creating a personalized Medal/Race Bib holder.  It even has the motto of this blog on it.  Check out the picture.  I am working on hanging it in my home office, but I wanted to find the exact right spot and method so I won't have to change it in the future.  I'll show you an updated picture when I hang it and put some memorabilia on it.  They also pooled together to purchase me a Garmin Forerunner 235 that I can't wait to get to use.  I even told Mrs. Re-Dan-imation that she will no longer have to guess when I will be finishing as she should be able to view my location with live tracking once I figure out how it works.

Christmas day included a trip to my in-laws to celebrate the holiday.  Again, we had great food including ham, and home made mac and cheese.  Honestly, I did try to eat at least relatively well these two days.  Again, we exchanged gifts and played a new game given to us by my mom the night before.  We had a ton of laughs and had a great time watching Mrs. Re-Dan-imation open the same card an attempted 4 times during gift unwrapping.

In the days following I have been doing a lot of research.  Mrs. Re-Dan-imation suggested that we forgo buying each other gifts this year and instead invest in a treadmill for our home.  Given the fact that it was her suggestion, I took the bait.  I like to make as informed a decision as possible at the best possible price so I finally decided to go with a NordicTrack treadmill and finally ordered it today.  I'll be pretty pumped to pick it up when they notify me it has arrived at the store.  Unfortunately I couldn't get them to throw in free delivery.  Oh well, I guess I will get in a workout moving it into a vehicle and then into the house!

As you may have seen from my recollection of the week, again there wasn't a lot of running included.  Spending two solid days with family tends to throw a wrench in those plans and, to be completely honest, we love to sleep in at our house when we are on break. With that in mind, I stepped on the scale today completely unsure about what my results would be.  I looked down to see a 262.0 lbs.  I am going to be honest that I was completely satisfied with that number as cookies tend to be the death of me and Christmas brings these in droves.  I am fine with the fact that I didn't go completely overboard on food and sweets.  So, I know over the past few weeks I have been a little down on myself, but I will again take this week as a small victory having gained just a tiny bit.  Until next week...Food. Feet. Water. Repeat!

Monday, December 21, 2015

A Mile Away!!

What a week!  This has been the week right before break...and for a teacher, let's just say it's a crazy week.  I also worked an extra 3 days this week after school and helped with our Christmas concert last Monday.  It has been nuts!  By the time I got to the weekend, I just wanted to relax.

That is exactly what I did.  I literally did not take a step on a treadmill or the street this week.  I have a feeling you see what is coming in the weigh in department.  However, Mrs. Re-Dan-imation and I managed to get all of our presents wrapped for everyone.  I can't wait to see their faces when they open them.  Giving is definitely the best part of this season.  I only wish I could do it more.  If you haven't done something for someone else this year...find some way to give to others in need.  Shop for someone from an angel tree, drop some money in the Salvation Army bucket, or buy lunch for the person behind you in the drive through.  You have no idea how good it can make you feel and how much joy it brings to the person who receives the gift.  

I also managed to finally watch some of my favorite Christmas movies.  Who doesn't love watching a little Elf and Christmas Vacation.  They always make you laugh and no matter how bad/lazy of a week you have had you will enjoy having a good laugh.  

I know, I know.  You just ran another race, how are you going to let up on the gas.  It's easy to do when you are out of gas from a long week.  I am sure everyone has heard the phrase "Excuses are like ********, everyone has one and they all stink!"  I won't give excuses, I will simply accept the fact that I failed myself this week.  

After the week I had I could see my results coming from a mile away.  When I stepped on the scale this morning, I knew what was coming.  I saw 260.9.  That's an increase for the week of 0.5 lbs.  Honestly, that was less than what I expected.  Now that I am on winter break, I will be forcing myself to get back at it.  Also, I will be running on Christmas Eve morning in the Rudolph Run with my brothers.  I can't wait to do that.  I still have things to look forward to even though I had yet another bad week.  Check back next week and see if I hold together my weight around Christmas.  

Until next week...Food. Feet. Water. Repeat!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Everybody........Hustle!!!! Santa Hustle Indy Race Recap

Another week, another race.  This week was my 3rd race of the year.  I'll go over it in just a moment. But first, let's talk about the rest of the week.

After a disappointing week last week, I gave my best effort to get my runs back in....but it just didn't go as planned.  I got in one run on the treadmill, but it just didn't feel like enough.  I planned on getting another run in on Friday as a way to keep my legs under me but it didn't happen.  I'll be honest, I was a little disappointed with myself.

When Sunday rolled around, I was thinking I might not have my best run ahead of me.  However, my brother Cory was competing in the half marathon and I decided to be positive and boost him up a little bit.  We talked about training programs and goals on the way down.  We both had a goal of a great race and both also had goal times stored in the back of our heads.

We arrived, got our packets, and put on our bibs.  I could tell Cory was a bit nervous.  He was pacing a little bit, and looking around for a good place to warm up.  We took a picture in the "selfie" area with our heads in the face holes for some elves.  Cory decided to head over to the empty area of the parking lot to warm up and then head to the long lines for the port-a-pots.  My mom and I continued to walk around a bit.  I checked our gear at the appropriate tent and then waited for the beginning of the half.

After Cory got his start, I focused a little more on myself.  I also headed to the port-a-pot and did some static stretches.  The walk down to the stadium from our parking location got my muscles relatively warm, but I had been standing around for a while.  I lined up in my corral tried to keep my muscles loose.  I got my music started and took a quick selfie to use specifically for my blog.  I know...cheesy right?  I finally got to cross the start line about 34 minutes after Cory took off on his half.  And away we go.

They say, the most mistakes happen in the first 2 minutes of a race.  I was prepared to run around some walkers based on my time corral, but as soon as I crossed the line I immediately had to jump to the right to get around some people.  I decided that the sidewalk was a little less crowded than the street for the first few hundred meters, so that was where I stayed until the next intersection.  And, it worked.  However, when I glanced down at my Garmin the first time, the words in my head were "Crap, I think I went out a little too quick!"  I reeled my pace back in and tried to keep it steady while still dodging people.

To be honest, the course was not the most interesting I have ever seen.  Basically we started at Lucas Oil Stadium and headed up Capital for a mile followed by a left for about .35 miles with a sharp turn around and basically running back the way we came.  The only difference on the way back is that you ran around the other side of the stadium to come back into the finish.  Running through the tunnel on Capital really messed with the Garmin and I wasn't sure it was totally accurate, but the updated pace at least worked when I was back in satellite view.  I think the worst part of the race was the tiny hill coming back in to the finish line.  It seemed a lot steeper than it was.  And, after I saw the hill that Cory had to run up behind the Major Taylor Velodrome, I no longer had a complaint about it at all.

After pushing through and fighting to keep pace, I finished in a time of 37:15 for a pace of exactly 12:00 min/mile according to my chip time.  That would be a PERSONAL RECORD and 1 minute and 6 seconds quicker than my previous 5K.  I was a little pumped when I crossed the line, but the pictures show a little more struggle than pump.  HAHA.

I went grabbed a banana and some powerade and went to retrieve our backpack from the gear check.  I changed out of my sweaty t-shirt, considering the temp was 60 degrees, and waited patiently for my brother to finish.  I knew his previous finish time was somewhere around 1:44 but I wasn't sure how quick he was going to run this time.  I started getting closer and closer to the finish line at about the 1:35 clock time.  I made sure I could get him coming across the line.

I spotted him 30 yards out at 1:39:?? and hit burst on my phone to pick up 27 pictures of him coming across the line.  His official finish time...1:40:09...besting his previous half time by over 4 MINUTES!!!!  So proud of him.  And, that is on limited training and without a real training plan.  I can't wait to see what he does in the Mini in May after actually following a training regimen including his planned cross training of biking and swimming.  He was super disappointed that he didn't come in under 1:40:00 but I managed to talk him up about it and got a smile on his face.  That is, until the pain set in to his legs.  He had a hot spot on his foot and some arch pain but you could tell the real PAIN was in his quads and hamstrings.  I forced him to lie down so I could help him stretch. (Check out the picture)  His legs were trembling but we got him stretched out and he was able to hobble to where my mom parked.

We headed to Shapiro's Deli, where none of us had eaten before, to get some calories back in the system.  That was when we found out his time was actually 1:40:09 and not 1:40:21 like the clock said in my picture or what his watch had said that was also different.  After lunch we headed home and you could tell he was still hurting.  I made him promise not to run for the next 3 days until he had healed a little.  We'll see if he listens.

This morning I got on the scale to find 260.2 lbs.  Another gain of 0.2 pounds.  Son of A....!!!  Gotta lot of work to do.  I HAVE to get my eating lined back up and my training back on point.  I will be running another 5K on Christmas Eve in Shelbyville called the Rudolph Run.  Join me if you live close.  This will be the first time myself and BOTH of my brothers will be in the same race.  I can't wait.  I also can't wait to drop even more time off my 5K PR and hopefully set yet another one.  Until next week...Food. Feet. Water. Repeat!!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Weak Weekends

I have a weakness!  It is titled Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Let me explain a little more about my week and then discuss how weekends are my weakness.

The past week I had a meeting or event literally every night during the week.  I managed to get a run in on Tuesday night on the treadmill.  I picked up the pace a little bit and and completed two miles with a quicker pace on the second mile than the first.  The second mile was a decent bit under 12:00/mile.

The rest of the week went by quickly and then on Friday night we had a banquet for the Frankfort Jaycees.  We went out for dinner where I had a little more food than I think I should have.  We had a great time, passed out some awards to some very deserving men and enjoyed each others company.  It you haven't checked out our organization, look us up on Facebook.  We are looking forward to shopping for families in need next week through or Holiday Helpers program.

Mrs. Re-Dan-imation made
a new friend while shopping.
Saturday, Mrs. Re-Dan-imation and myself, decided to finish our Christmas shopping for the season.  We headed to the mall and a couple other locations and managed to almost completely finish our shopping.  It is GREAT to be done this early and without truly breaking the budget like we normally would.  We also met up with my mom and had a great dinner at Logan's Steakhouse.  The food was good and it was nice to be able to catch up with my mom about her trip to visit family in St. Louis (thank you to those family members that purchased the decorations she made!!) and other things going on in her life.  After we finished eating, we headed in separate directions to finish our Christmas shopping and then headed home to finally get some rest.  I think this is the first time in a long while that I have gotten over 13,000 steps in a day without going for a run.  We parked in the very last spot in the parking lot and were all over that mall.  Glad the Mrs. decided to wear some running shoes instead of her boots that day ;).

Sunday, we put out some much needed Christmas lights around our bushes and garage.  The light display at the Re-Dan-imation household is a little less this year, but the spirit is just the same.  I also managed to get a QUICK run in.  I did just 1.87 miles this day, but I ran it at an average pace of 11:23 per mile.  With the Santa Hustle coming up this weekend, I plan to do my best to maintain something close to this pace and really drop my 5K time.  Temps are looking good for Sunday, but there is also an 80% chance of rain.  My brother also signed up for the half and I will be excited to see how he does.  He surprised himself the last time he ran one...maybe he will do it again.

Today, I got on the scale and was again bummed to see 260.0 lbs.  That's a gain of 0.6 lbs.  Obviously not my best effort.  Things get in the way during the week, but as I discussed at the beginning of the post, the weekends are truly my weak point.  I need to remember that it isn't just about the steps, but also about the food.  Increasing the steps couldn't hurt either.  Oh well.  It is what it is.  I have to do better and I will.  Looking forward to my first Christmas race next weekend and a much lower number next Monday.  Until then...Food. Feet. Water. Repeat.