Monday, August 17, 2015

Very Low Miles, Very Big Gains

About a few months ago, I stopped running as many miles as I use to.  With my wife and I's schedule, and the two kids, it was very difficult to remain on training mode to suffice for a marathon or half marathon of sorts.  I love running very much, and wish not to quit so I decided to give something a try.  I still run during the week but not as much.  I put in about 6-9 miles a week.

I have been focusing on Strength Training.  I will do my little run, and then hit the weights for about an hour or so.  I do this work out around 3 times a week.  Since I started weight lifting I have noticed a very big difference in under a month.  I feel 100% better, better than I did running a ton of miles.  I have lost a lot of weight.  My diet is better.  I just feel so much better, and when I run, it feels good.  I think 2 things attribute to that.  1. Im NOT on a training plan of any sorts, so if I miss a day, O Well.  2.  The strength training has added a new dimension in my movements and energy levels.

So that's where I am at now in my running.  I should have done it from the start over 5 years ago.  At first I did lose some weight running.  But training 40-50 miles a week is not doing for me right now at least.  Not running has been me appreciate it more.

On the other hand, I have been at it in the studio with my art works.  For those of you that might be interested, I will be posting a link to a facebook page, and a new blog in the near future.  Other than that, Run on. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The "Whenever I Can" Plan

This year has brought a lot of challenges.  All of which are good, needless to say with 2 beautiful healthy boys, and Mom's work schedule.  Needless to say, I have no races planned for the rest of the year, and my running has dwindled down a lot.  I did run 3 miles last week though.

I enjoy running and testing my self and my body's limits, but my schedule does not really allow a full on training plan of any sort.  And I have really enjoyed myself.  Yes, you read right.  I have thoroughly enjoyed NOT running as much as I use too.  I feel better actually.  I still get out and run a few miles here and there through out the week, but just enough to tell myself I still know how.  And I am doing it because I want to, and not because it is written some where that I have to run a certain amount that day.

This blog is about running, so I'm not going to yammer on about fatherhood, nature, and stuff like that.  But man, I am thrilled to get up and spend time with my little critters all day.  And by the way, I am losing weight like crazy not running as much.  Probably because I don't feel so ravenous at night to were I want to eat the refrigerator and  everything else in the kitchen.  (At least I am not dumpster diving like the dude on American Ninja Warrior).  haha.  But yeah, I think because I am burning calories doing other things and what not.

However I have replaced all that time running with other cross training and strength training stuff like push ups, sit ups, and watching The Last Ship, and The SPROUT channel.  I also revisited an old hobby of mine which is drawing.  I tried Color Pencil.  Seems like my talent for that grew with my age, even though it's been awhile.  My wife posted some on my facebook of a crab that I did for my son's room (Nautical Theme).  So if you like art, stay tuned for a blog on the work that I do in the near future.  Seems I really like nautical things.

When I do run now, it feels good.  I don't care about time.  I even walk some.  Who cares.  I don't.  I just run when and where I can.  I love it.  What I have learned now about running is that running is good and NOT running is good too.  I look forward to getting back into it maybe next year as far as training.  Then again, maybe the year after, or I might just continue to run here and there forever just because I can.  DO you really have to be on a training schedule to be a runner after all?  Oh, I will still write here as often as I can.  I enjoy seeing what every one is up to.  Until the next time, enjoy the quite moments and have a crabulous day.