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JuneAthon Day 19

Thursday, ran a quick 7.5 miles after work just over an hour, had to be home, had friend coming over to help fix my garage lighting. I put in new light fixtures, but the power was working properly. Well I am not electrician and he well, he worked on this kind of stuff in the past, well 2 hours later we hadn’t figured it out, and actually made it a little worse. So Ring Ring, “hey, Dad, can you come over and help?” So soon after the call my Dad shows up and then we spend another 2 hours. Final the lights are working, switch isn’t working as it should, but still doing the job.

So after working all day, running 7.5 miles @ 8:20 pace, and standing around, bending over, flipping breaker switches my back is on FIRE, and I still need a shower then get to bed. BUT where am I???? on the computer checking up on my twitter following and blogging to my followers.

 

As for the monthly Totals.

June totals:

48 miles running
10 softball games
2.5 miles walking
40 miles cycling
10 mile Mt. Biking
4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

Softball – Juneathon Day 17

Tuesday night is Softball night. Double header tonight, (rain make-up game) back and forth first game, top of last inning, losing by 2, we score 6, Bottom of the inning, we get out of it with no runs given up. Second win of the season. Trek to the other field to play the rain make-up game. Surprise Surprise, it’s the same team. This time we don’t mess around we take a huge lead, and mercy them in 6 innings.

First game couldn’t make an out, 5 for 5 scored 4 runs. Second game I started off with 0-2, but finished 3-5 with 3 runs scored. It was a great night for Softball, Tuesday night team is now 3-4 on the season, making a good comeback.

 

As for the monthly Totals.

June totals:

40.5 miles running
10 softball games
2.5 miles walking
40 miles cycling
10 mile Mt. Biking
4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

Track Day – JuneAthon Day 16

Monday, we will call you Track-day. The local high School track is just over a mile from my house, so a little warm up there. Then started the 6×400 intervals. First lap of course was the fastest 1:28 (a long cry from my 0:53 400m in High School) but still a 6:28 min/mile pace, relax a lap, run a lap, repeat for 6 fast laps. Final 400m lap was 1:46 an 18 second decrease, but still a 7:04 min/mile pace.

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Had a younger kid out there, he was very talkative, he would run past me then slow down, then I would pass him, and this was for about 3 of my laps. Older guy out there doing some track workouts with 100m sprints. Plenty of teenagers practicing some soccer. Beautiful Michigan June Summer day 92 degrees. Brought a water bottle, Gatorade bottle, and a towel.

MUSIC – so I ran with my today’s country hits on Pandora on the way there. Had to keep it mellow. But once there I had to put on my new power playlist that I used for the first time I PRed my 5k a month ago. What a great switch helped with the pace.

Songs include:

  • I am the Champion – B.o.B.
  • Lose Yourself – Eminem
  • Not Afraid – Eminem
  • Rabbit Run – Eminem
  • The Champ – Nelly
  • Till I Collapse – Eminem
  • Welcome to Detroit – Eminem

After I finished my laps, I had put a book on hold at the Library, so I did my cool down 1.5 miles to the Library and home. Picked up “Improving Endurance” by Paul Mason. I’ll let you know how it goes. While there I was asked by another library goer where I got my GU water bottle holder called the Grip. https://guenergy.com/store/gear/the-grip.html I love this thing, great pocket will hold 2-3 GUs, plus if needed my car key. backside pocket also has a little spot where I have $$ in there, but also doubles as a great holder for your used GU wrappers until you find a garbage can.

She had never heard of GU before, said she was going home to run. I mention I love GU and swear by them for my Half and Full marathon plus for my Triathlon. She goes “Oh I’m not into anything like that, I’m just training for a 10k.” I told her GUs are still great for a 10k, most people take an hour or longer to complete one, and GUs are great at about the 45 min part of your workout. If you’ve never tried a GU, I suggest you pick one up, they have them at most running stores. I told her it was a great day for a run and to enjoy it.

 

As for the monthly Totals.

June totals:

40.5 miles running
8 softball games
2.5 miles walking
40 miles cycling
10 mile Mt. Biking
4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

 

 

Juneathon Day 15

Well, welcome back, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted and I have a lot going on. We can start with the mood, doing great, seem to have a lot of extra energy, you’ll see what I mean when I tell you what I’ve done this weekend.

Friday – Date night, had to visit a friend at a funeral home, he lost his uncle. It was sad, but in a better place now, lots of pain he has been going thru. After that out to dinner with my beautiful wife. Fridays are typically my rest days, so no running or biking.

Saturday – Pool time, My son wants the pool up for his grad party, so Saturday was the day. Wasn’t too bad, I was able to get him and my wife to help with putting it up. So it went up much easier than the typically me doing it all by myself. O-rings ARUGH! they were dry rot and I have to buy new ones. But none of the stores carry this brand, so I have to wait for my online order to be delivered, got a little bit of a leak right now, because of the seals not being good.

Saturday – Part 2. Softball time, told a guy I would sub for him, did that for my first game, then I had my own 2 games. Finished up around midnight on Saturday. But we did win all 3 games, so that makes a long day worth it.

Sunday – Fathers day, Beautiful weather up, early for church, back home for a couple hours, then off to the Trail. I love this trail, it’s about 35 minutes from my house, a 10 mile trail it’s beautiful. So off I went on my Mt. Bike. rode a great time, it was about 52 mins for the 10 mile trail, I did skip two of the difficult sections, but still felt great. Then back to car, pack up the bike, change my shoes, get a cliff bar, a GU, grab my hand held water bottle, and off I was running. 4 miles, about 40 minutes, not a blazing speed, but after 10 miles on the bike I’m not expecting much.

Few things I wanted to Note while I was running and riding.

  1. If a bug flies into your helmet. STOP, take off the helmet and get that freaking bee out of there. Yea, that was early on the ride, glad I stopped, didn’t want to deal with a bee stinger in my head.
  2. If the trail in a single track with one way posted, DON’T go the wrong way while riding. And if you are riding the wrong way, maybe you should wear your helmet. Yup had that happen to me, luckily I always have my head up looking, and I was able to avoid a head on collision.
  3. Running on Mt. Bike trails. PLEASE Go against the flow of the bikers. Nothing bad happened today, but just wanted to point out that I always do this, it makes for a more enjoyable run and it’s way safer. You can see the bikers coming, you are able to get out of the way and wait for them to pass. Most of them are polite and say Hi and thanks. Enjoy it, because when you are riding, you want the same from the runners.

 

As for the monthly Totals.

June totals:

35 miles running
8 softball games
2.5 miles walking
40 miles cycling
10 mile Mt. Biking
4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

Juneathon Day 12

Beautiful day today, got out after work, most of group didn’t run, but had one person with me. She said she was slowing me down, She didn’t, we did great. It’s not always about the time, it the fact of getting out there and moving. 6 miles just over an hour.

June totals:
31 miles running
5 softball games
2.5 miles walking
40 miles cycling

4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

Juneathon Day 11

Well, today is my two year anniversary at my job. I love my job, today I was working from home. You can’t beat that. Working from home gives me a chance to hop on my bike a little earlier in the evening, not having to fight thru all that traffic. So tonight I got a solid 20 miles in. Major wind in the face the whole first half, it hurt bad, pushing around 18-19 mph into the wind, had to granny gear a little bit of it. But I just kept telling myself, I get the wind on the way back, I get the wind on the way back. Boy that was helpful, was flying on the way back. Average min per mile was 3:37 or 16.6 mph vs way back was 2:54 min per mile or 20.7 mph, So the wind does make a difference when you are on the road.

June totals:
25 miles running
5 softball games
2.5 miles walking

40 miles cycling

4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

Juneathon Day 10

Well it was Tuesday night Softball, 6:10 game, so leave work a little early to sit on the freeway forever. Finally get to the fields, we are playing a team that is 3-1 we are 1-3 and have already lost to these guys a couple weeks ago. Well I started off with a walk, then scored on a double. 2-0 in the first inning, good start, but…. it went back and forth more like a baseball game than a softball game. 8-6 lead going into the bottom of the 7th inning. The other team ended up scoring the 3 runs needed to beat us once again.

I finished with a walk, single, 2 runs scored. Not great, but some of the guys on my team, didn’t even get on base.

As for Juneathon, no running or biking, but played 1 softball game, made a couple great catches in Left field. Tomorrow (if no rain) I’ll be back on the bike. If it’s raining, I’ll be running. I need to play if safe, no need to bike in the rain.

June totals:
25 miles running
5 softball games
2.5 miles walking

20 miles cycling

4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

 

Juneathon Day 9

Monday ugh, rough morning, long weekend. yesterday was recovery day from running and softball, but still had 3 grad parties and travel about 100 miles to attend all of them.

Got thru work ok, made it home and hoped on the Bike. I haven’t talked about cycling at all, because its been a few weeks since I’ve been on the bike and I’ve only been blogging for a week or two. So Down Lake shore drive I flew, passing guys here and there. I actually passed a whole group, they were taking it easy, but still moving around 18-19 mph. 10 miles out and it’s with the wind. BUT that means the 10 miles back is into the wind. Well, got to do my best to yell at my legs and say “shut up legs and keep going.” Only an hour out there and 20 miles, come November I have 31 on a mountain bike to tackle. Looking forward to that.

Mood is great, keeping up with my sleep and eating right. 2 things that help a lot.

 

June totals:
25 miles running
4 softball games
2.5 miles walking

20 miles cycling.

4 Graduation Party (only 6 more to go)

 

Juneathon Day 7

WOW, what a beautiful morning, up and at it early, 10k Trail run started at 8am. I did some thinking while running so I could have multiple short blogs, but I’ll just try to make short paragraphs.

Thank god for Slow people on single tracks. – Great excuse. But WAIT…. There are no excuses in running… ON YOUR LEFT. (that’s the polite way to say, you are going slow and I want to pass you, so move over.) Luckily I didn’t have to say that often, I started with the faster group this time. I did have to stop and retie my shoe… ugh, how annoying, but i quickly ran back up to who I was behind and quickly passed her and a few others. It’s actually amazing, how fast you feel when you restart in the middle like that.

Mile #5 where are you? – It was a trail run, so GPS watches don’t always work great. (my 6.2 race, was 6.5 on my watch) very goofy, most of the time they are less, they miss the zig zags and cut backs. So my Nike+ watch has manual laps, You just have to it the watch when you want to mark a lap. I use this on my trail races, because they typically have the mile markers out there. So my Laps/mile splits are as follows:

LAPS DISTANCE DURATION AVG PACE
1 0.99MI 8:10 8’12″/MI
2 1.05MI 9:15 8’47″/MI
3 1.07MI 9:49 9’10″/MI
4 0.91MI 8:04 8’46″/MI
5 1.23MI 11:13 9’06″/MI
6 0.96MI 8:50 9’09″/MI
7 0.22MI 2:13 9’44″/MI

As you an see, I had a great first mile, second mile I ran into some traffic on the single track. Third mile I had to tie my shoe. 4th mile, DAMN, but GPS also said it was shorter. Mile 5, no traffic on the trails, only 1 or 2 guys around me. But why in the hell did it take me 11+ minutes. (oh the GPS says 1.25 miles) Overall time was a 57:27, (goal time was 57:30,when I made my goals earlier this year, I put down 55 on my last blog, because I was feeling really strong after my 23:10 5k 2 weeks ago. (but trails are different than flat pavement.)

After all that, I got to come home and do yard work, Clean sidewalks, pull weeds, clean gutters, plant a few new veggies. Exhausted, but a grad party to attend, (bring on the food) then 2 softball games against the first place team (we are in third) So should have some great games, we’ve won 10 straight games, since starting 0-2 (loses to the other first place team)

And for the Bipolar downward mood, it’s gone, had to stay active, talk with wife, talk with therapist, and remember to enjoy life. Get the right amount of sleep, eat proper food, and take time to think about positive things in my life.

June totals:
25 miles running
2 softball games + 2 more tonight
2.5 miles walking

1 Graduation Party (only 8 more to go)

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