Life Happens #BlogProblems

  

Wow! I can’t believe that the month of July is almost over. Where did the time go? I also can’t believe it’s been well over three weeks since my last post. A lot has happened. Although, not all good, we are still here. 

Sometimes when you blog you have to take a few weeks off to recharge your creative side. To experience things, even if it is different or the same. I have spent my time away to focus on other things. My marriage, my kids, my training for this marathon, and find some new passions. All have been very rewarding and have made realize that when I set my mind to it. I can do anything. 

My marriage was never in trouble. When I say I wanted to focus on it, I mean reconnect. Our lives together have constantly changed. We are no longer those kids who were constantly all over each other. We have responsibilities like a house payment, kids, and careers. Sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day to reconnect. So with my time away I made it a mission to at least have two conversations with my wife a day. Not only did this actually happen but I learned so much about her. Things that I never knew. Here we are with only three months left before we welcome our little girl into this world and I know that things are just going to get even more crazier. Atleast now I know that my wife and I have an understanding that we can lean on each other and we are each other’s biggest fan. 

I am not going into much detail about this month of marathon training. I am saving that post for the end of the week. All I will say is that it has been both a struggle and a pleasure. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I can’t wait to write and share the recap for month three with you. It truly has been my favorite month so far. 

So for the future, I hope to have a few more post about recent fatherhood events. Some are wins and some are fails but that is what it like being a dad. You win and lose but at least you are there. This blog has always been my creative outlet and I honestly can’t wait to see where things go from here. 

Until next post, 

Tyler

Marathon Training Month 2

  

So we finally made it to the end of month number two of marathon training. It was a very interesting month. I have to say the runs were longer, more calories were burned, and my body was feeling the pain. Here is how month two went.

Monday

Morning- Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)
Evening- Cross Training (30 mins)

Tuesday

Morning– Comfortable Run 5 to 7.50 miles

Wednesday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)
Evening– Cross Training (30 mins)

Thursday

Morning– Run 3 to 5 Miles

Friday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)
Evening- Cross Training  (30 mins)

Saturday

Long Run from 7.50 to 10 Miles

Sunday

Rest Day

Total Miles Ran- 74.4

I started the month with the goal to burn 870 calories per day for week one. In week two I went up to 880 calories. In week three I hit my first snag and was unable to complete a full week of burning 890 calories per day. That was mostly because I was on vacation. So I went another week with this goal. Everything was going fine but I started to have some foot issues. My gout came back and my leg and foot were swollen really bad. I decided to take a Saturday off of running. My wife and peers told me I was doing too much and it was ok to take an extra day to rest if I needed it. They were right!

Goals For Month Three- I am going to work really hard on getting a handle on my nutrition and also the runs will be staying the same as far as the distance. The big focus for month three is start building speed as well as being able to maintain my pace on those long runs. I am more then likely going to cut back on my cross training to focus more on my running and I might schedule an extra day of rest so I don’t get injured like I did this past month.

Back To Training!

  Wow that was a great break! I decided to take a little break from not only running but from the blog as well. This gave me some much-needed time to catch up on some yard work, some reading( I finally finished The Girl On The Train and it was fantastic), and I also got to hang with my wife and daughter. It was a great two weeks.

No that it is over, I started getting back to work. Training for my marathon is now in full swing. I have my schedule all laid out and my runs planned. I am ready. Monday started my first day of training with my usual 6 am crossfit class. I love my crossfit family. They are so encouraging and always push me to be my best,

Today my alarm went off at 5 am and I put on my sneakers and went for a nice 3 mile jog around the neighborhood. It was great to watch the sun come up and to have my miles in before breakfast was an added bonus.

The next few weeks are going to be crazy. I am putting in 6 days of training a week and at the moment I have a burned calorie goal of 800 a day. This goal will increase every week by 25 calories. Its been a lot of measuring and planning to make this training plan work but I know I can do it if I stick with it.

Wish me luck as I become a true marathon runner!

Training Is Almost Done! 

So my half marathon is this weekend! I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems just yesterday I decided to take the leap and push myself to the max. Since my last post about my training I have been getting a lot of questions about how training is going and if I am improving. Here is my latest update.

So training has been hard. There has been days where I feel like I can’t do it. There are days where I am pumped and there has been days where I skip training all together. It’s just the way it is.

As many of you know I have been doing crossfit three days out of the week. It has been a lot of fun a really challenging. I have met a lot of cool people who have the same goals as me and they do a real great job of keeping me motivated. I was told by the owner that with doing crossfit and half marathon training I would see a huge improvement in my overall time. I did not believe him at all.

One thing that happened during my training was I got so crazy allergies. It caused me to not be able to run for two weeks. As I was starting to feel better I resumed my training I could not run long distance. I would get tired or feel as if I could not breathe. It made my confidence very low. I was getting worried if I could finish this half marathon or not.

I decided that I needed to do a practice run. So Sunday I decided to run 11 miles. I told my wife to be by her phone just in case I needed her to come get me. I made a real good start. Miles 1 thru 3 were easy. Then a crazy thing happened around mile 5. I was actually getting faster per minute. My pace was getting better and I was running a minute faster per mile. When I finished to mile 11 my total time was 1:42:36. I even beat my 10k and 5k records!

 

My confidence is back and I am ready to head to Oak Island. I have one more run that is tomorrow. It’s a 5 mile jog and I am excited to get it out of the way. I feel this could be my best run yet!

  

 

****Friday’s blog will be live!****

Half Marathon Training Has Started!

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So I only have a little over four months till my next race so I have begun training like crazy.

If you remember last year I decided to run my first race ever which was a 5k in Oak Island. I worked my butt off by following a training plan. I would come home from work and run around the neighborhood before dinner. When the race came I ended up coming 3rd in my age division. I was so pleased. Hard work paid off in a big way. My second 5k race I came in 5th. So 2014 was a great race season but now I am ready to take it further.

I ran 13.1 miles back in September just to see if I could do it and I did. I ran it in 2:30:00. It’s not bad but there is definitely room for improvement. So I bought a treadmill for my garage to train during the cold months.

So far training is going wonderful. It’s nice to be back in the habit of running. Also I get to catch up on some of my favorite Netflix shows while I run.

Wish me luck as I complete this next milestone in my running career. Here we go!