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Marathon Training Update Week 4, 5, and 6
It’s been a while since I wrote a training update and things have been going really well. The switch to morning running this summer has been the primary key to my consistency. To be honest, looking at all those green days of workouts completed surprises the f**k out of me.
Cross training - if there’s one area I’m not doing as much as I planned, it’s the cross training. What I’ve been doing has been a lighter 20-40 minutes of body weight exercises with a focus on strengthening hips, butt, and legs. I would like to step this up a bit to do more core abs and back.
Trouble spots - still a little tight in my left calf, but paying attention all the time; the leg work and stretches is doing its work. And last Saturday I had my first run in this year with blisters, so going back to Wrightsocks and Bodygliding my feet.
The good - I’ve never been this consistent ever. Food is good, and beer consumption is basically down to a six pack lasting two weeks, and in turn that helps with hydration. Sleep discipline is a struggle, but I’m winning there too.
And the running is so good. This morning I basically had a run that felt as good as hitting a hole-in-one in golf. 5 miles, 50:04 minutes, lots of sweat, finishing good and strong. Calm, happy, strong running.

"Please, sir, I want some more."

Marathon Training Update Week 4, 5, and 6

It’s been a while since I wrote a training update and things have been going really well. The switch to morning running this summer has been the primary key to my consistency. To be honest, looking at all those green days of workouts completed surprises the f**k out of me.

Cross training - if there’s one area I’m not doing as much as I planned, it’s the cross training. What I’ve been doing has been a lighter 20-40 minutes of body weight exercises with a focus on strengthening hips, butt, and legs. I would like to step this up a bit to do more core abs and back.

Trouble spots - still a little tight in my left calf, but paying attention all the time; the leg work and stretches is doing its work. And last Saturday I had my first run in this year with blisters, so going back to Wrightsocks and Bodygliding my feet.

The good - I’ve never been this consistent ever. Food is good, and beer consumption is basically down to a six pack lasting two weeks, and in turn that helps with hydration. Sleep discipline is a struggle, but I’m winning there too.

And the running is so good. This morning I basically had a run that felt as good as hitting a hole-in-one in golf. 5 miles, 50:04 minutes, lots of sweat, finishing good and strong. Calm, happy, strong running.

"Please, sir, I want some more."

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Mentions vs. Tags

Tumblr seriously needs to make it easier to find posts where you’ve been mentioned. I mean without scrolling and scrolling and scrolling through the Activity page.

You know like tracking a tag.

Please? 

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The Stress Of The New

There were a lot of new faces on the bus on my ride to work this morning; students who were starting a new semester at our local community college. I can see the same happening on my dash with the summer vacation coming to an end. The end of summer jobs, the goodbyes, the moving … the opening of new doors.

So I just want to say to all of you out there making those end-of-summer changes, GOOD LUCK!

If you’re stressed a bit, that’s OK. All major life changes can cause stress - even those changes you’ve been working really hard for like a new job, a new school, a move to a new home, or away from home.

I think because we often link stress to the bad things that happen to us like layoffs, breakups, finances, tough jobs, that we forget that *good* changes can also trigger stress. So if you’re suddenly feeling frazzled when you expected to be enjoying a great new adventure, it’s OK. You’re totally normal.

If the stress gets out of hand, reach out for help - don’t suffer alone. IRL friends, family, College RAs, clergy, counselors, teachers, support groups, faith groups. Do whatever works for you.

Be well be happy my friends. Take good care of yourselves,

Rupert

PS. Go out and run! It’s a great de-stressor :)

PPS. My Ask is always open and Anon is always enabled.

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Answers - Blisters, socks, bodyglide. To burst or not to burst?

steen-to-be-a-marathoner replied to your post: Ten miles done! 1:47:30. Everything we…

That is where I currently have blisters tooo! How are you going to stop them? I am soo over them. Theres a blister ontop of a blister now too

It’s sooo annoying! This happened to me years ago as well when I was training for a half marathon in very thin running socks. Went to my local running store and they had me Bodyglide my feet and switch to WrightSocks.

Wrightsocks are basically double layer socks designed to prevent blisters. I used them for a good long while and loved them. Between the socks and using Bodyglide I was blister free for years.

So I’m going to go back to wearing the Wrightsocks. After a quick google, found multiple sites in NZ selling them. Check out any reviews because some versions are quite thick, so best for cooler weather.

So the big question is - burst the blister or not? My next run will be Tuesday, so I have a few days to heal.

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Ten miles done! 1:47:30. Everything went well except socks started to rub into my right foot arch at about mile 7. I’ll size up that blister once I get home.

So for next week, new socks and bodyglide on the feet too.

Hmmmm … SECOND BREAKFAST!

#blotchypurpleface

Ten miles done! 1:47:30. Everything went well except socks started to rub into my right foot arch at about mile 7. I’ll size up that blister once I get home.

So for next week, new socks and bodyglide on the feet too.

Hmmmm … SECOND BREAKFAST!

#blotchypurpleface

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ironphenix:

runningfortheriesling:

Yowza, this hits a bit too close to home.

Children raised in abusive homes share many of these same problems.

Many books I’ve read suggest and encourage children from abusive homes to attend Al-anon meetings.

I’ve been working really hard to fix many of those problems listed above. Proud to say I’ve marked a vast majority if not all of them off. I do have to keep in check because it’s easy to slip back in to those old habits. You have to learn how to catch yourself in the process, and make a decision to break that pattern of behavior of Reacting or feeling guilty, or trying to save someone. But once you surround yourself with the right people it’s much easier to be consistent, heal from the past, and become a stronger individual.

That list really hit home. Sharing, but also putting here for me to find it later and wrap my head around it.

(Source: lostnfoundshelf)

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Post run and shower Gatorade out of a wine glass ‘cos
I’M SO FANCY, YOU ALREADY KNOW, I’M IN THE FAST LANE …
OK, but seriously.
I didn’t run this morning, so I ran five miles this evening after work. Having become used to running in the cool 60 something degree mornings, running in the sun low 80s was a bit rough.
I felt uncomfortable and in the fifth mile I had to stop a couple of times. But even with a few stops I still ran 5 miles in 51:25 so I was pleased with the 10:18 pace. 
Up again tomorrow to do it all over again at 5 AM (and 63F) so goodnight all!

Post run and shower Gatorade out of a wine glass ‘cos

I’M SO FANCY, YOU ALREADY KNOW, I’M IN THE FAST LANE …

OK, but seriously.

I didn’t run this morning, so I ran five miles this evening after work. Having become used to running in the cool 60 something degree mornings, running in the sun low 80s was a bit rough.

I felt uncomfortable and in the fifth mile I had to stop a couple of times. But even with a few stops I still ran 5 miles in 51:25 so I was pleased with the 10:18 pace. 

Up again tomorrow to do it all over again at 5 AM (and 63F) so goodnight all!