Thursday, September 30, 2010

Almost Done.

The end of the long(ish) training runs is in sight. Granted, I have fudged the numbers and haven't put in as many long miles as I should have. Nonetheless, the weekends of ludicrous lumbering through headlamp-lit lanes are finally coming to a close. Just a couple more weeks and I will arrive at the best part of the ultra-training--the taper. It's about time.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Boys' weekend did not go off quite as planned.

It rained ALL day. No soccer game, no outside time.

We did manage to get haircuts, but we had to wait about 30 minutes at the barber shop before they were able to get to us. Ezra did very well, patiently waiting his turn.

Oh, and then Texas got completely exposed and demolished by UCLA.

Ah well, at least we had a nice dinner with Pop. And Ezra did great at Sunday school the following morning.

It is good to have Nell back home.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Boys' Weekend.

Just me and Ezra for the next couple of days. Nell is in Fredricksburg with the girls, so I promised Ezra a boys' weekend. It starts with a bootcamp workout in the garage this morning, followed by breakfast at Montgomery Street Cafe. Then we are both getting our hair cut at West 7th Street Barber Shop. After that, it's time for a soccer game. And then a nice, long nap. When we awake, we will watch Texas tromp UCLA (revenge for the 1997 game). After we destroy them by no less than 60 points, we will meet up with Pop for some golf and pizza. That should make for a good Saturday.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Days Five, Six, and Seven: Free at Last!

It's over. Finally. What a long week. Much like a hundred mile run, it started okay, then got progressively worse. By the end, I couldn't even look at a green veggie or red meat without dry heaving.

Carbs, oh carbs, I have missed you.

And dairy, yes dairy, I embrace your creamy goodness.

The end result--7 pounds in 7 days. Pretty incredible.

The plan now is to eat healthy (but not gonzo-no-carb-raw-veggie-stupid) for the forseeable future. Less weight makes for better running. Should be helpful for 100 miles along Route 66 in November.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day Four: What's the Story, Morning Glory?

I kick ass at this nutrition plan in the mornings. I wake up ready to go. I am a machine. Black coffee, grapefruit, green veggies--bring 'em on.

And then the afternoon hits and I turn into a spineless sloth salivating for sustenance.

So, again, I caved. Dinner wasn't unhealthy, but it certainly wasn't sanctioned. But, oh, did I enjoy my Amy's Organic Black Bean Burrito with salsa.*

For the past two days, I've been about 50% compliant. Now the work week is here, and the cheating must end. The goal is to make it through Thursday.

Friday is a 30 mile training run. There is no way I am attempting that without carbs.

*And a beer in the golf course.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day Three: A Little Cheatin'

Six and a half miles on pretty much zero carbs is tough.

But that's not what caused me to cave.

I was fine until lunch. And then, after spending two hours in the sun watching Ezra "play" soccer, the carbs started calling. Combining the cravings with the Texas-Texas Tech night game proved a bit too much. So I had some pizza and some beer.

I know. I am weak.

But that doesn't mean I am done. I'm back in the saddle and ready to finish this thing. It was a momentary lapse of reason, and I am refocused and ready to rock.

Bring on the raw.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day Two: Green and Dumb.

No headaches, but still hungry. And I'm already sick of the never-ending smorgasbord of raw, green vegetables. If I could just cook them, that would make such a difference.

But no, say the nutrition Nazis. All green vegetables must be eaten raw.

Which leads to my next question--why only green vegetables? Why not red and yellow and orange? I had always been led to believe that colorful vegetable selections were healthy and encouraged.

That's true, say the green veggie Gestapo, but green vegetables have the highest fiber content and are thus better during the induction phase of your nutrition plan.

It's all just a bit too green and dumb.

The only reason I am continuing this unpleasant assault on my appetite is the amazing result after two full days. It may only be water weight, but pants are already a little looser and the scale has me down 2 pounds.

5 days to go.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day One: My Head Hurts.

Throughout the day, I consumed copious amounts of lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, zucchini, celery, and lean meat. I also chugged more than a gallon and a half of water My only carbs came from a single grapefruit, half of which was eaten in the morning and the other half in the evening.

I was doing just fine, thank you, until my mid-day spinning class. Following 50 minutes of intense cardio, the hunger finally become noticeable. The headache kicked in a couple hours later and didn't subside until I finally drifted off to sleep.

Hopefully, today will be a better day. I will be in court all afternoon, so I will not have the opportunity to snack much after lunch. That will be tough. To make this plan work (i.e., to minimize hunger and headaches), repeated noshing on nutritious eats (i.e., bland, boring vegetables) is required.

Day two, let's rock.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Breakfast of Champions.

The "Jump Start" phase of Nell's (and now my) nutrition plan has started.  The purpose of these first seven days is to rid the body of processed foods, starches, sugars, etc. 

It is going to suck. 

Breakfast this morning included two scrambled eggs, half a grapefruit, a cup of black coffee, and two slices of roast beef. 

Throughout the day, I will be "enjoying" lots of green vegetables and lean meat. 

I am already hungry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


My biggest battle is always nutrition.  I do not like the idea of dieting.  Eating is fun.  Drinking is fun.  Not doing those things is not fun.  But I need to drop some weight.


Nell's school has started a health initiative.  As part of it, Nell was able to meet with a nutritionist who is going to plan a diet for her.  I am going to (attempt to) join her on her journey.  We shall see how it goes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Running more than 20 miles before work makes for a long day at the office.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Marathon distance training runs.

All of my long runs for the next month will be in excess of 26 miles.

I am already sleepy.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A Fresh(er) Approach.

It was time for a change.  Enjoy!

p.s. 24 miles went well last Saturday.  It is amazing what a difference heat, or the lack thereof, makes.  60 degrees at the start, mid-70s by the finish.  Glorious.

p.p.s. Unfortunately, I seem to have developed some odd pain along the front of my right knee.  It is always something.


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