Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 1474 (ex)

Easy run with family coming in town.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 1573 (ex)

A good run today, before volleyball with the kids. All the reading of sword fighting and war in space from the In Her Name series has me motivated to lose some weight and get stronger.

20:00 run

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 1572 (ex)

A good run late in the day. Between lifting and not sleeping right, I had a sore neck nerve, but some Aleve and Icy Hot this morning and taking it easy all day helped.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 1571 (ex)

Lifting day. I took my son to the gym and we did 18:00 min of biking, then 40:00 of hard lifting. Really tired after working with free weights.

18:00 (bike)
40:00 (weights)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 1570 (ex)

A good run today after 6 days off.


The End of a Streak

I stopped running last Friday.

After 1564 days, I reached a point where it didn’t work in my life. I was on vacation with the family, we’d skied all day, it was late, kids were hungry, and I needed to cook some dinner. I was thinking to take 20 minutes out of the late afternoon and run, but the hotel where we had booked a week didn’t have a exercise room. It was icy outside, which felt too dangerous to me for a run there.

I  could have driven over to a local health club, but interrupting every afternoon, especially when I’d worked hard on the mountain, just didn’t seem worth it. Delaying dinner was even a worse idea, to me. So I made the decision to stop, and move on with life. I knew this streak would end in 2013 with a week long scout trip on a sailboat, so I was prepared.

Putting aside my streak, I went to the store, bought groceries, cooked dinner and called it an easy night with the family.

And I was OK with it. It felt a little weird not to run, but I was tired from skiing and my body didn’t miss the exertion. The rest of the week I skiied hard, not worrying about saving anything for a run and enjoyed the time off. As of today, it’s been 6 days since I’ve run, though I’ll run today.

I was 234 on the active streak list that day, and ending at 1564 puts me at #114 on the retired list. I sent in my note today that I was done.

I may start another one, but not right now. I do want to aim for exercise every day, but I’d like to try a few new things. My wife has wanted to try hot yoga, and I’d like to give that a go. I am aiming for some swimming, more weight lifting, and perhaps even back into martial arts along with the skiing, baseball, volleyball, and of course, running.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 1569 (ex)

Light day on the mountain.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 1568 (ex)

Great day on the mountain. Working through knee high powder for awhile in the trees. Tired legs.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 1567 (ex)

More snowboarding. a relatively easy day. Hard for an hour or so, then helping my daughter.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 1566 (ex)

More snowboarding. A hard day on the backside.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 1565 (ex)

Continuing the streak, but with just exercise. Today was snowboarding at Steamboat Springs. A great day.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 1564

Quick one as we're packing up to leave town.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 1563

Nice, steady run today.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 1562

Nice, slow run on a cold, blizzardy day outside. 6.2mph for most of it, then realized it wasn't any easier than 6.4 for me and sped up.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 1561

A good, hard run. Not BFL, but the same distance.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 1560

A quick, good workout today.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 1559

A good, hard run after lifting. Not too long with volleyball later.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 1558

A nice, easy run today.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 1557

Easy run today. the legs are tired after a long week and I ski tomorrow.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 1556

Good, steady run.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 1555

After lifting, a nice steady run.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 1554

skied today, then an easy run.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 1553

Good, hard, BFL run left me out of breath.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 1552

A good, hard run today. Not too long, but this was a push on my lazy day.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 1551

A medium run early in the hotel, before flying back to the US.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 1550

Nice run along the river in Cambridge. not as cold as yesterday, and a good cruising run.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 1549

An early morning run in Cambridge along the river. Cold, about 32F, but it felt good. The one downside was some snow and ice, so I had to slow step it in a few places.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 1548

Flew all night from the US to the UK and had meetings at work. A struggle to get going in the gym after work, especially when the temperature was in the 60s in the gym. I lifted a bit, then a short run since I had to go eat and I need to get up early.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 1547

Quick run before a plane flight. The body is tired,so I didn't push too hard.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 1546

I needed a run. Not sure why, but I wanted to get out and run. Chilly, and glad there was a sweatshirt in the car because I needed it. It was slow, just jogging along and the hips were sore to start, so I had a slow first mile.

Felt better on the way back, but still didn't push too much.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 1545

A good run today. Pushed a nice 9:00 mi for the first mi and then slowed down to cruise to an easy 2nd mile.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 1544

Pushing a bit after a driving all around day. I did intervals of 30sec with a pyramid. I'd do 30s at 6.7 then back to 6.5 (steady pace) for 30sec. Then 6.8, then 6.5, repeating working my way up to 7.0 and then starting over. A good run for me.