Monday, March 24, 2014

Being a Dad and Regaining Fitness

It has been a while since I posted anything, but believe me, a lot is happening.  My son is turning 3 months and he is growing so fast.  I am 3 weeks into a 10 week pre-training base building thing.  I will be doing the Harrisburg Half Marathon in September.  Since December, my fitness kind of went down hill a little due to life happening.  But it is coming back faster than I would have imagined.  I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Being a Dad is AWESOME! Excited and looking forward for more family fun adventures.Today I escaped to do a 9 mile run that turned out great.  The first 5 miles were relaxed, and then last 4 progressively faster, finishing up a few seconds below HMRP.





                                 






Sunday, January 5, 2014

Its an Honor to Meet You!

This weekend I had the great privileged and honor to meet Mr. Gabriel David Jones Saturday morning @ 0715 hours January 4th 2014. Coming in at 7 lbs even and 20". I love you son! Mommy and Daddy are so Blessed to have you!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Coming Together

I am in week 3 of my Half Marathon training block.  I notice that my HR is going down and my pace is improving.  14 weeks left to go.  One of the thing I have learned along the way with running, specifically training for any type of race is the fact that you can not constantly wrap your self around every single aspect.  You have to trust that one thing will take care of the other.  I do watch my diet, and the sleep that I get, but what I mean is simply this.  I can say, if I did not run, I can not tell you how much I would weigh.  Probably a lot.  But when I start training, the first work out, I am not really impressed by my fitness.  BUT as I run more, lose weight, my pace gets better, and I feel better when I run.  Also, I notice my HR improve, and my fitness coming back.  While you must think about everything that you do, in hopes that it will not compromise your training, I also take everything and put it into one box.  I don't overthink things.  I just do the training, watch myself, and let the training take care of itself.  If you put the effort in, you will get the results.  With all of that said, as I go into my 3rd week of training, (base stage) I am noticing that everything is coming together.  At the end of the 16 weeks the package will be complete.  The one mistake that happens is that I lose weight, and get into race shape, then after the race, I feel justified to doing whatever.  Let's see if I can't break that habit in 2014 and after a race, or training block, move on the the next training stage.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

5000 Miles and Still Counting

Since I began running in 2009, I have logged a total of over 5000 miles.  I wasn't keeping track, but when I glanced and noticed that, I was taken back some what.  I have learned a lot about the sport of running, and have met a lot of great runners.  I have been very thankful for all of the great advise that I have gotten here as well.  I look forward to running more more miles.

I had a great time at the 3rd annual Gettysburg Blue-Grey Half Marathon in October.  This will be one of those races where I hope to run every year from the inaugural.  No race recap needed.  A beautiful course and great memories 3rd year in a row.

I am presently in week 1 in a 16 week Half marathon Training block.  I am training for the Chambersburg Half in March, 2014.  This will not be my A race in 2014, but a conditioning phase.  Earlier this year, I attempted a sub 2:00 in NC (speaking of which, aren't the Panthers playing tonight?  Whoop Whoop).  I did the Flying Pirate half marathon in 2:00:44.  My A Race will be the Harrisburg Half Marathon in Sept with a sub 1:50 in mind.  I have done this race 5 times so I know the course pretty good now.  "No Hilly Surprises"

I have a lot to look forward to in 2014.  A baby boy is on the way.  While most guys are sitting around watching Football, I am putting up safari animal stickers on my son's walls in his room.  I wouldn't trade it for the world though.  My wife is doing phenomenally well.  We are still making our new home our new home..  January 9th is the due date.  Gabriel, Daddy loves you so much!

On another note, I have started dipping back into my creative side.  With decorating the baby's room, I guess it's part of the territory.  I have started to do some running art.  Right now I am doing some rather detailed sketches.  Later, I will probably get back into painting.  So, look for this new and exciting feature of EOR in 2014.  If anyone is interested in having a drawing done of one of their great moments in running, feel free to email me (kenleyojones@gmaildotcom, or leave a comment.  Thanks for your continued readership. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lock Laces Product Review

A few weeks ago, I received a few pairs of Lock Laces to review.  I received three colors [lime green, white, and pink (for wife)] With out hesitation, I installed them in one of my favorite shoes, Asics Sky Blue which I don't think they make anymore.  Since then, I have put near about 50 or so miles in testing this product out.  As far as tying my shoes, or not tying them, that's not an issue.  This makes it neat in that you do not have to do so.  The installation was fairly easy and took just a few moments to complete.  Immediately, one of the things that I noticed when I had my shoes on was the security factor.  My feet felt as though they were made for the shoe, or vica versa.  I will only list one negative.  Once they are installed, you can not really open up your shoe, like you can with regular laces.  It can be a bit of a squeeze to put your shoes back on with the amount of room given.  With socks, this minor problem can multiply.  However, overall, I was pleased and would recommend this product.  The secure feeling that I get with lock laces far surpasses this minor issue.  I really like them and as a runner, I think you would too.  For me, with this product, it has more pros than just a convenience factor.  They offer a lot of different colors to fit almost any shoe out there and the price is very reasonable.

*Disclaimer - I received the product for free to give an honest review, but I was not paid in any way to do this review.  This product is not a replacement to teaching your kids how to tie their shoes.  

Monday, September 30, 2013

Gettysburg Half Marathon, and a Killer Workout!

My running has been doing pretty good.  The last race I ran was a Half Marathon (Flying Pirate) back in April were I came very close to breaking 2:00.  Since then, up until about a month ago, I was still running some, but not a whole lot due to my right hip being out of whack.  I actually skipped out on the local flat Harrisburg Half Marathon in the beginning of the month.  I knew I could finish, but I really wanted to do my best.  I will, however, be doing the 3rd Gettysburg blue-gray Half Marathon in 3 weeks time.  I have been training pretty hard for it.  I don't know about breaking 2:00, but I will set a course best I am sure.  From what I have noticed in the past few years, I nail a spring race, and then I get lackadaisical come summer time.  My fitness goes down, and I try and catch up come fall. So, Gettysburg, here I come.  And....I am already registered, so I will show up. I am not using a coach now, but will probably next year again.    A few days ago, I received in the mail a few pairs of locklaces to review.  In the next week or so, I will be sharing with you my opinion on them after I try them out.  Stay tuned.

I usually do my long runs on Monday since I am off.  This morning I felt pretty strong.  It was a hard 12 mile run 21 days out from race time.  It was broken up into 4 segments of 3 miles each.  The first mile was at 140bpm, then 2 @ 155, then a 1 mile recovery @ 140 followed by 2 miles @ 155.  The last 2 miles in the 4th segment were run at 164bpm, which is threshold pace for me based on my Max HR, but I often wonder what my Max HR really is.  Those last two miles, my legs were screaming.  My wonderful wife had cashew chicken and rice prepared when I got home.

Everything is going fine with Baby Jones.  He is very active and moving around and seems like he is running as what my wife describes. I foresee a running buddy in my future!  Daddy can't wait for him to be here.15 more weeks to go.  His name is Gabriel Dillon Jones!  This year has been great, and God has blessed us so much.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I've Got Some Races Coming Up and other Great News.......

It has been a while since I have posted anything here on this site, but I am still around.  My new work schedule along with the job itself is some what challenging.  My running has been doing good.  I am actually doing some races here soon.  I'm not really training hard for them to race, but I am just running for fun and as we all know, races are a good way to boost motivation.  Next year I revisit the Flying Pirate for another smack down in May.  This fall I have 2 half marathons and one marathon.  Getting in the miles in and staying active is my motto now and getting some aerobic conditioning in.  Now for the awesome news, as if the picture up top didn't give it away. lol  It's a Boy!  Yes.....yesterday, my wife and I found out. It took a while, but finally it was confirmed!  I am very excited!  Another man in the house.  Yay!!! We feel so Blessed and happy for this wonderful journey of parenthood! This weekend, I will be heading down to Fort Bragg, were my little brother will get his Officer's Commission.  So very proud of him!  Other than that, we have just been keepin' it real here at the Jones's House, and making every day count!  Oh, by the way, my right hip is doing much better.

My Dear Wife and I at the park.
 One of those moments were you have to ask someone walking by to take a picture of a perfect memory!
My beautiful and very loved wife!

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Week Off

This week, I have decided to take off from running.  At the end of last week I noticed some discomfort in my right hip.  It's not serious, but I don't want anything to get worse.  I am into my 2nd week of training, but long term health is more important.  As this week closes, I do not feel any discomfort in my hip when I move it.  It was only when I bring it up when sitting and then twist it.  I may have pulled or tweaked something.  I have ignored minor pains and continued running before, and the pain or issue goes away, but this time, I just wanna make sure.  I have actually enjoyed not getting up in the morning at 4am, but now as the week closes, I am more than anxious to start back up.  There is no issue now, so I am giving the weekend still and Monday I will try it out and go from there.  I'm not a doctor, so I don't want to give myself any diagnosis, but listening to my body, I know it's nothing serious.  Here's for a better next week. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Breaking News and a Change of Plans

I recently, this past weekend found out some wonderful news.  It's one of those things that adds motivation to your running, and puts a spring into your stride.  It is out on FB, so I thought I would make it known here as well.  I found out that I will soon be a Daddy!  Yeap!  So excited here for that.  Words can not describe the amount of emotion that I am feeling at the moment.

I have thoughtfully decided not to do the Half marathon in June.  Instead, I will embark upon a new 16 week training program starting next week.  Next race will be my favorite, the Harrisburg Half in September!  At least, that is the plan.  This will be my 4th year in a row of doing that.  I am glad that my actual training starts next week.  This week, my running has not been all that stellar.  I am battling a cold, and my HR seems higher than normal for slower paces.  Is that normal?  Well, best wishes to those racing this weekend. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tired of the Same Runs?

Of course, you have probably done enough Long runs, Tempo runs, Intervals, and Fartleks to even count.  Whether you are in training or not, if you are looking for some new runs and workouts to add some excitement into your running, you are reading the right post.  I recently found myself frequenting a running site called Competitor.  I can virtually spend all day on this site as it has so many posts and interesting things to read as well.  But, one thing in particular that they have going on in the line up is their "Workout of the Week".  They have more than a hand full of different runs and work outs that you can do to spruce up your training.  Everything from the Descending Tempo to the Halftime Fartlek.  I have only done a few of these, and have found a new spring in my stride.  I know that you will get something from them.  Have fun!   Click here to get started. **On a side-note, I am glad to see that the word verification has gotten a bit easier to read.  haha