Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bi-Weekly Jog Log: Mar. 7-Mar. 20

Due to crazy busy happenings this blog may become neglected and possibly a bit stagnant in the coming months. I am hoping to keep up with and I will definitely have some good stories as there are lots of new developments in the Carlson family. I will be sure to keep everyone updated as to those as they happen. 

Wednesday 3/9/2011
Blackwater- 7 miles (1:00)
First day back running in a couple days due to busy but successful weekend of traveling. My wife surprised me yet again with a pair of New Balance Trail Minimus. Love them! I didn't take much heed to the warning listed on the shoes that calf strain is likely and I ran until I got sore...most likely a mistake but was very enjoyable. These shoes are awesome. Closest thing to the ground without sacrificing comfort or safety.

Thursday 3/10/2011
Poplar forest-7 miles (61:00) + Barefoot
Real Rainy, sluggish run this morning. nothing special.

Friday 3/11/2011
Beechwood -2.7 miles (21:00)
Nice shakeout run this morning in the Vibrams. Took it easy because my calves were still a little sore.

Sunday 3/13/2011
Apple Orchard Falls Hike
It was a gorgeous day today so me and the family decided to take a hike to Apple Orchard Falls. I was also using this to scout part of the trails used for the Promised Land 50k as I intend on running that (depending on AZ move). Beautiful hike! The trail was a little washed out and even underwater in some places due to the recent rain.
Stash and I in the middle of the falls.

Monday 3/14/2011
Run home from Work-5 miles (41:00)
Had a lot of time off my feet in the past two weeks and this was meant to be just a quick jaunt home and ended up going really well. I was able to really test my speed and how long I can hold a quick pace.

Wednesday 3/16/2011
Hortons Dam Playground-4.5 miles (46:00)
Overslept this morning so I wasn't able to go near as long as I wanted to. I was planning on doing 10-12 miles but only did 4. Lots of up and down on the Liberty Trail System on some trails I haven't hit up yet. I also registered for the Terrapin Mountain Half Marathon. I was hoping to be fit enough to have a go at my first 50k but I haven't been able to get even one "long" run in, let alone multiple long runs.

Thursday 3/17/2011
Poplar Forest - 7 miles + barefoot (58:00) 
Finally was able to conquer daylight's savings time. Ever since we've had to change the clocks I have had the hardest time getting up at my normal 5 am. Finally was able to get out of bed this morning and wow was it dark. Rather uneventful run, minus the old man who looked like he was cross-country skiing and wearing a HAZMAT suit.

Saturday 3/19/2011
Farm Road/Towles Mill-7.5 miles (1:08)
This was originally going to be a long run but due to the weekend's travel plans I needed to cut the run short. I did the full run in the Vibrams and my legs were really quite sore so it was good to only go so far.

My training has been quite casual as of late due to busy schedule getting ready for April's big adventure. I'm going to be racing on Saturday in the Terrapin Mountain Half and I'm excited to put my legs to the test although a bit nervous about my current level of fitness. I guess we'll see. My calves have been a constant area of soreness so I'm going to take it pretty easy this week.  


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weekly Jog Log: Feb. 28-Mar. 6

Tuesday 3/1/2011
Poplar Forest - 7 miles + barefoot (56:00)
Had a good run this morning. Was a bit chilly because the air was very damp from all the rain we had yesterday. Most mornings I do this run with my head lamp so I don't face plant on the back roads by poplar forest. There seems to be a high frequency of large, misplaced boulders that more often than is desirable decide to jump out at my feet. Well this morning I forgot my limitation a almost paid for it. Due to recent gale force winds, there just so happens to be a large number of giant sticks all over. These sticks are also completely invisible to the human eye at 5:30 in the morning. Thankfully, the particular stick that decided to make acquaintances with my shin, was kind enough to break before bringing me to the ground. The other issue with forgetting your headlamp is this, in the rare occasion that you happen to meet other morning joggers who were fortunate to remember their illumination, they can't see you. Doesn't matter if you are wearing a bright obnoxious reflective vest and breathing like a stuck pig at christmas. This chick just about ran me over but right before the impending collision, she saw me an most likely pooped herself from fear. Quite hilarious until I see the same joggers three miles later. I'm very sorry for whoever you are!

Wednesday 3/2/2011
LMTS-10 miles + barefoot
Ran up Candlers mountain and the back thru the trails via the camp hydeaway trail head. This was only meant to be a six mile jaunt but ended up being around ten. I got really hungry during this run. Actually, the last two days I've gotten real hungry mid run. I think my fat stores might officially gone and now I will really need to concentrate on fueling. Finished the run with a fast barefoot loop around campus.

Thursday 3/3/2011
Poplar forest-7 miles (55:00)
Ran in the Vibrams today. My intention was to just go real easy but my feet tend to get a little carried away in the Vibrams. Ended up turning into a training run of sorts. Felt good to sustain a strong effort for a couple miles. I also got cussed at by some older lady in 70s jogging suit because her dog would have rather joined me than trudged along with her. Rude!

Friday 3/4/2011
Subway run-3.5 miles (35:00)
Ran to subway and back with Patsy to get some lunch. We went at the worst possible time because school was letting out and there was lots of traffic and Patsy is not very skilled when it comes to navigating traffic as a pedestrian. Sorry love! Was real easy jog just to get to my legs moving.

The running week was cut short due to some scheduling mix-ups at work and weekend travel plans. It was still a good week of running and outdoor enjoyment. Due to a successful(more about this later) weekend trip, let's just say my scenery will be changing soon. Please check back for some exciting updates on that subject!

Total Miles Jogged: 27 miles
Total Time Jogging: 4 hours