Still Alive

Sorry for my weekend hiatus, but my dad was here and we were having an awesome time.

I picked him up on Friday night after getting my new Garmin from Best Buy. Yay! Finally something dependable. We went to the Bottle Tree Cafe for some grub, then we headed back to my apartment, which is an hour drive unfortunately. Epic sweet potato fries. We polished off a basket in about two minutes! When we got back, we just watched some TV and then crashed for the night since it was already pretty late.

You will all be surprised but I took a rest day on Saturday (gasp!). I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to spend with my dad and I actually hadn’t taken one in a few weeks. It was nice to get it over with and I planned it for a day when I would be busy to keep my mind off running. It is pretty sad that all I think about is running on my rest days. I may have a problem. At least I don’t have to worry about taking one for awhile!

We spent the day just hanging out and doing errands. We bought me a grill (stay tuned for recipes), stocked up at Whole Foods, got my car serviced, and watched the movie W. It was pretty funny, but pretty stupid at the same time. George Bush is actually a lot more pathetic than I thought he was. I won’t go into politics here though.

I did run on Sunday though. I ran an easy 10 miles in the rain before I had to take my dad to the airport.

Time: 1:26:03

Distance: 10.81 miles

Average Pace: 7:55 per mile

It was humid as hell during that run!

I was in a reduced mileage week (they suck) so I didn’t worry about getting a long run in. I am actually going to take my mileage down until Chicago. I have put in the miles and effort and I feel very well trained. I’ve worked way too hard to put my body at risk for injury. I’m well trained and ready to go, so the next month will be dedicated to maintaining fitness until the big day. I plan on two more long runs and a two week taper. If anyone has any taper tips, please feel free to comment. I bet those are going to be the longest two weeks of my life.

What an awesome weekend!

I got my butt up early today for an 11 miler. It was hard to get up after going to bed so late. Why the hell would my boss want to schedule a staff meeting on Sunday night? I got home around 10 and still had some homework to do. Going to bed at 12 and getting up at 5:30 is tough.

Time: 1:20:27

Distance: 11.2 miles

Average Pace: 7:11 per mile

Epic run this morning. It was cool and breezy with a temperature around 60 degrees. HEAVEN. I pretty much felt like I was cruising the whole time. I warmed up for a mile, ran 9 mile at GMP, then cooled down for a mile before doing some core work. It pretty much felt effortless. If the weather is like this in Chicago, I will be out for blood!

Speaking of Chicago, we made our plane reservations over the weekend. I AM PUMPED! We made our hotel reservation a few months ago so we are set on that front as well. Only 6 more weeks!

This run also concluded my running for August. I clocked 366 miles which is a distance PR and is an average of 91.5 miles per week. I will take it!

Stay tuned for some cooking this week. I have some stuff ready but I just need to find time to type up a post!

I am also thinking about purchasing a domain for my blog. Can anyone recommend a host?


I can’t believe it is already Thursday!

This week’s Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by JillWillRun from the blog Jill Will Run.  Her question this week is:

It’s the morning of your weekly long run… what do you eat and why?

Hmm… Interesting question actually. I am probably not the best role model on this one, but I will give it a shot!

I actually very rarely eat before I run. Anything 16 miles and under, I roll out on an empty stomach and will usually just take a Clif shot at mile 10 or 12 and I am good to go. If I am running a race or more than 16 miles, I will eat a banana with peanut butter and I am out the door. I will usually have some coffee as well!I am always eating something literally 5 minutes before I go to sleep. I like to eat a big bowl of cereal/granola. It helps me sleep like a baby and gives me energy to run in the morning.

Dinner is almost always some sort of pasta and lean protein such as chicken or fish. I like to stick to things that I am familiar with to keep my GI tract in working order. I once ate fried rice before a long run and I almost had to cut it short. Of course I didn’t (LOL) but it wasn’t pleasant. I sometimes get the runners trots if I eat something really fatty the night before (sorry if TMI).

This is just what I am used to and it works for me. If you are eating a balance diet and enough food, you shouldn’t need anything to get you through a normal run. A long run is a little different, but it is still the same concept. As long as I am eating well, I can pretty much do a long run whenever. I don’t really require any special fuel. Eat well to run well.


I am sorry about my lack of posting this week but I have been swamped. Running, class, and work are taking over my life. I will NOT give up the blog though. You guys will just have to bear with me during these busy periods. I am currently eating my dinner and watching some TV but I thought I would sneak a post in.

I have had some good runs this week, but my hip has been killing me from that damn fuel belt on Sunday. I tied it too tight and I have a large bruise on the back of my hip and on the top of my ass. It does not feel good.

It is good that I am immune to pain. At least it hurts less to run than it does to walk around! It is just a pain because the bruise is right where my shorts come to my waist so it is always pressing on it. At least God invented ice!

Tuesday: 11 miles with 7 @ GMP (goal marathon pace).

Wednesday: 10 miles tempo (6:18 average) AM; 6 miles PM.

Thursday: 11 miles easy.

I think Wednesday will be my only double for the week along with a shorter long run this weekend. I am going to cut some miles to give my legs a break to recoup for one last push before my taper. It will be easier though because my dad is coming into town to hang out and I don’t want to waste our time together by running the whole weekend. My mom is going to be at a funeral (sad) and he doesn’t have much to do this weekend so I invited him out. He is coming in tomorrow night and leaving early Sunday afternoon.

Hopefully I can sneak in a post tomorrow or this weekend. I have some recipes I want to share!

Feeling Good

I woke up this morning and I wasn’t that sore. Kind of weird!

Time: 1:06:07

Distance: 8.69 miles

Average Pace: 7:36 per mile

I woke up about a half hour late today so I had to speed up and cut some mileage. Cutting mileage was probably a smart idea anyways, even though I had to speed up. It was a good recovery distance.

It was a really good run. I think it was actually under 60 degrees when I started. I can’t even remember the last time the weather felt this nice. I stepped outside and it felt cold! It wasn’t cold out, but it was just the complete opposite of what I am used to. It also makes running a lot easier; today’s run felt almost effortless. Thank God I didn’t break anything over the weekend. It is always hard to tell if anything is hurting after a long run because your whole body hurts. I usually can’t tell until the next day. My Achilles tendon is a little sore, but nothing major. It gets like that when I need to change my shoes but it will be fine after some ice and foam roller action. Time to bust out a new pair tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s already time!

Not much else to report. Today was pretty standard and I need to get started on some homework.

Have a good night everyone!

I was in the mood for some Salmon on Sunday night, but I also wanted pasta because I was running 20 miles in the morning. I have probably stated this before, but I ALWAYS eat pasta before a long run or race. It is sort of like a ritual. I usually stick to basic dishes because I don’t want to risk intestinal distress. I did some looking around on Google and discovered Grilled Salmon with Tomato Dill Marinara.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pound of wild salmon filets
  • 2 shallots, chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 3/4 pound angel-hair pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti)

Mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil with the lemon juice for a marinade in a bag. Place the salmon in the marinade, coat well, and let it marinate for about a half hour, turning once or twice.

Heat a large sauté pan, add the final tablespoon oil, and then add the shallots and garlic. When the shallots begins to soften, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, fresh dill, sugar, and the bay leaf. Stir everything together, and simmer until the sauce has thickened but is still sort of liquid. I like my sauce pretty thick so I simmered it for a few extra minutes.

Boil a large pot of water, and cook the pasta according to instructions. Angel-hair pasta cooks up quickly (3 minutes) and should be served al dente.

While the sauce is simmering, remove the filets from the marinade, and either place them on your heated grill, or broil in the oven until nicely golden, at least 3 minutes on each side. I broiled them because I only have a George Foreman grill. It sucks at cooking salmon.

Place your pasta on the plate, spoon some sauce over it, and then place your salmon on top of the pasta. Sprinkle lightly with the parsley for garnish, if you wish. I used parmesan cheese as well. Makes 4 servings.






I hit 100 miles for the week!

Let’s start from the beginning. It is not every weekend that I run 38 miles and live to tell the tale.


Time: 2:21:00 (estimate)

Distance: 18 miles (estimate)

Average Pace: 7:50 (estimate)

This run had disaster written all over it. I woke up to a dead Garmin. The thing started beeping during the middle of the night so I got up and took it off the charger. It was dead when I woke up. I have been having a ton of problems with it and I think there is something wrong with either the charger or the battery. I actually drove to Best Buy yesterday and they are exchanging it for a free one this week. Thank God my mom bought the service plan. The store was out so they are getting another one from a different store this week. Hopefully this one will last the week!

Back to the run. This was suppose to be a 15 mile run with Kelsey (her longest yet). Everything started fine. I had a 15 mile route in my head and my stopwatch, but I am not exactly the best pacer. It was about 60 degrees and we were cruising.

We were doing great until about mile 12 when we were going to take the road back. It turns out there was a triathlon going on here in town and the road was closed. The policeman wouldn’t let us through and we were forced to double back for three miles and take a different route. I felt really bad for her because she already looked pretty beat up. We were pacing much faster than she is used to (my fault) and we still had a ways to go. I offered to run back and get the car but she wanted to stick it out. I am so proud of her for sticking it out. It would have been so easy to call it quits and walk but we made it.

All of those times are estimates. It was a confusing run, with a confusing route, and no Garmin.


Time: 2:33:49

Distance: 20.02 miles

Average Pace: 7:41 per mile

Oh wow what a run. Perfect weather and all of the motivation in the world. That is all I needed!

Luckily I got my Garmin to charge last night. I figured out that when the metal connectors are wet it will make a charging connection. Sounds weird but it worked. Maybe that is helping to conduct electricity?

I started out at about an 8:00 mile, but once I got to 10 I dropped it to around 7:45 and once I got to 15 I dropped it to around 7:30. I am trying to work on starting out conservatively and running negative splits. The marathon is starting to get close and running like this is really helping to build my confidence. Running a marathon is more about heart than it is legs in my opinion. Right now I just need to work on building my confidence. The fitness is there, but sometimes I second guess my abilities. That is a big no no.

The run was pretty standard and nothing really sticks out in my head. I didn’t hurt myself, I didn’t get lost, and I pretty much just cruised to some good music. There were a lot of runners out today; it is nice to see people out there enjoying the morning. I slept in a little and actually didn’t leave until around 6:30. I usually leave for my long runs at about 5:30 to beat the heat but it has been really nice this weekend. It was 61 degrees when I left. PERFECT. If it is like this in Chicago I will be dangerous and I could really do some damage.

Here is my weekly run down!

Monday: 10.63 miles

Tuesday: 12.03 miles AM; 6.2 miles PM

Wednesday: 10.5 miles AM; 5.11 miles PM

Thursday: 10.2 miles

Friday: 11 miles

Saturday: 18 miles

Sunday: 20.02 miles

Total: 103.69

I would be lying if I said that was easy! It really doesn’t seem like all that much once I look back on it. My PM runs were really really slow and I was running with some friends from work.

This will probably be my peak mileage. I don’t really see myself running more than this or actually wanting to run more than this. I won’t have enough money to feed myself!


Oh man, yesterday was the day from hell. I will start from the beginning.

I woke up, checked my email and noticed that my schedule was incomplete. I signed up for 16 hours and for some reason it was only showing 10. It turns out that I was dropped from two of my classes.

I emailed my advisor and went on a 10 mile run. It was 6 AM so I wasn’t expecting a response until around 8.

Around 8, she emailed me back saying I was dropped because I didn’t have the prerequisite class ST 260 (statistics) when I actually spent the whole summer taking it. It turns out that someone forgot to put the transcript that I had sent into my folder. I was pretty pissed. She wanted me to come down so she could override the registration system and I could reregister. I told her I would be down after Best Buy came with my washer and dryer.

I waited around for about 4 hours. They claimed they would come between 8:30 and 12:30 and of course they come at 1 o’clock. I had class at 2 and still had to see my advisor. I told them to hurry up and get done. At least I got my washer and dryer.


Once I got that done, I hauled over to student services to meet my advisor. Everything went smoothly there except for the fact that one of the classes was full. I SIGNED UP FOR THAT CLASS IN APRIL. I get dropped and someone takes me spot. Not fair. My only option was to talk to the professor. I went to talk to him and he advised me to just sit through a few classes to see if anyone drops. I sat through the first class and it was JAMMED. I was pretty worried at that point.

Then I got stuck in a massive storm walking a mile back to my car.

Luckily later that night I was looking for classes and someone dropped out. There was 264 out of 265 spots. I grabbed the last one! Whew…

That day was jammed packed!

Today was much better! It was our first run of the semester for the Alabama running club. It is just a local group here on campus that runs a few times a week. We did 7 miles, but I ran 2 there and 2 back so I clocked 11 for the day. It was nice to have some people to run with, but some of them were really cocky. I am new to it this year and they treated me like I had never run before. It was pretty annoying actually. Perhaps I will show them some moves this semester.

As of now, I think I am the third “fastest” guy. There are some guys in there that can run a sub 5 mile, but they are beat after an easy 7. I know for a fact that I have the biggest gas tank. I might not be fast, but I can run for a really long time. I eat miles for breakfast and I like it that way. I would rather be a mileage machine than a sprinter. There is something about the endorphin rush after a long run. I get more of a high from running long than running fast. To each their own right?

I am off to take the GF out for some pasta and then watch a movie over here. She is running her longest run of 15 miles tomorrow so I think I will tag along. It will be a nice warm up for my long run on Sunday. If I extend my run a bit, I may hot 100 miles for the week! Should I go for it?

I have some free time right now while I wait for Best Buy to deliver my washer and dryer. They claim they are coming between 9:30 and 12:30 but who knows. I hope they come before 2:00 when I have class. If not I guess it is not a big deal because I was dropped from two classes because student services lost my transcript that was sent from the community college where I took class this summer. I need those classes to actually take the classes I am signed up for. I am going over there today to straighten it out. I will update further once I let off some steam this afternoon. I plan on raising some hell over there.


When did you know you had become a runner? Was there a defining moment, or was it a gradual progression over time?

I think I have gone over this a little before on my old blog about how I started running, but this is a little different. There is a difference between running a little bit and actually “being a runner”. Do you know what I mean?

I started running when I was a freshman to lose some weight. I quit tennis when I was a senior and started to beef up a little bit. DO NOT eat a double whopper meal for a snack when you sit on the couch all day. I went from playing tennis 3-5 hours a day to pretty much nothing. That will put on some serious pounds.

I started running on the treadmill for maybe 1-3 miles at a time at a pretty slow pace. Some of it was walking as well. Over time, I dropped some serious pounds (along with dietary changes) and running became a habit. I started running on the treadmill maybe 3-5 times per week. I wasn’t fast or anything and I was dead after about 3 miles, but it was something. Slowly over time I could run those 3 miles a little bit faster each week.

Once I lost some weight (initially I lost too much but I am not going to go into that… Let me know if you guys want a post on that) I started to actually LIKE running. It was something about the endorphin and adrenaline rush that you get out of a sweaty run. I trained a little bit Freshman year and ended up running a half marathon in the spring. It wasn’t fast, but I had a great time. I also ran a few 5k’s and 10k’s.

I think the defining moment for me become a runner was the winter on sophomore year. I pretty much started running every single day no matter what. It was like I had to get that adrenaline fix for my day to be complete. That is when it turned into a complete addiction. It is probably even more out of control right now! Haha. I know you guys think I am insane but there is reason behind my insanity. Hopefully this post helped you guys learn a little bit more about me!


I have been doing a little bit of running this week as well.

Tuesday: 12 miles AM; 6 miles PM

Wednesday: 10.5 miles AM; 5 miles PM

Thursday: 10.2 very slow miles. My legs were a bit tired, but the run helped me clear my head. If you read my post at the top, you will understand why I am frustrated.

I also started working this week as well. I pulled my first actual shift yesterday and it was pretty fun actually. I spent most of the time talking to my coworkers and playing FreeCell. I work at the desk in the weight room at the Aquatics center and I just swipe people in when they come to work out. It is pretty slow, so I have a lot of free time. It is a good job for when you have homework and stuff to get done. I didn’t really have anything yesterday since it was my first day of classes, but I am sure the assignments will pick up next week.

I also have been running my PM miles with some people I work with. They run triathlons, so they are more interested in the shorter distance running. I promised to whip them into shape this semester. They may beat me in the pool, but I will own them on the run!