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Summary

If you’re an aerobic athlete (runner, swimmer, cyclist, triathlete) who’s reached a plateau, has found more miles does not translate into success and wonders if strength training might help – please read. I’m not offering a quick fix, food gimmick, shake, or simple  trick.  Over the last year I’ve ventured into a different way of getting to a goal – it may not be for everyone.  But I have found an incredible payoff from it and embrace it.

It’s a few simple things

  • Incorporate the right kind of strength training (read more in this blog) 2-4 times a week
  • Cut back your miles for miles sake
  • For your existing mileage look toward performance, speed and stamina
  • Chart your progress over 12 months and see what happens!

Detail

Proof.  Data.  Trends.  Statistics and data gathering can mislead and interpretation of results requires wisdom as well as raw analytic power.  That clarification and limitation declared, I do think there’s enough evidence that a combination of Strength Training + Aerobic Training is far more powerful than Aerobic Training alone.  Modify that aerobic training to focus on stamina, speed, flexibility and burst, and alongside the strength training, your results will be strong.  Hone that further with improved nutrition and those strong results become powerful.

Two years ago, during one of my worst marathon experiences (4:52 at Twin Cities), I thought about punting it.  Pack it up.  Give it up. It was miserable weather day, but I had endured worse.  It seemed though a goal of getting to Boston (or 1 hour and 22 minutes faster) was an impossible hope. Rather than give up I decided to push it harder.  So in 2009 I ramped up the training.  I knocked off a Pikes Peak Double and some “ok” marathon times (4:30 range).  The price of that ramp up was high: a strained, torn sartorius tendon.  By October of 2009 I was hobbling at the start of the Des Moines Marathon.  Sure, lots of miles in the bank, toward 1,500 running for 2009.  But hobbling still.

That began my entry into cross training – had done that in triathlon terms for several years.  But serious cross training, or more properly strength training, nope, nada, avoided it.

P90x was Stage 1.  It was perfect for torturing my aerobically fed and strength dead body into shape.  All the Tony Horton’isms, pull ups, sneaky lunges, gut cracking ab routines, yoga twisting/humbling sessions and push ups a guy could hope for.  I saw some nice results.

A chance encounter with a surly but dedicated athletic trainer, Mike Livergood, at Bellevue University in January of 2010 led to Stage 2 – CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance.  Similar in many regards, the difference between the Beachbody DVD fed programming and organic CrossFit approach was significant. CrossFit is a better fit for my performance goals.  Step by step, coaching from a great box and set of trainers at the Lincoln CrossFit box (Cole, Jeremy, Kelsey Phil and Tanya) and staying with it on my own have led to the best fitness base in my adult life.

Stage 3 involved extending a wonderful speed group of like minded, er like age, friends to a group of Freaky Fast Runners I had no business trying to chase.  From June until present, this group has been an evolving network of fast people who have fun.  Not quite the same every time, but always putting the hammer down for speed, hills or a Saturday run.  Love you all!

So what does this mean?  Big deal?

I’ve been blessed to achieve 15 year PR’s in 5 mile, 15k and marathon races.  This has been my best year of racing since 1996-98.  There’s been some learning curve and minor injuries: a hamstring pull in late May from performing too many deadlifts a day before a 5 mile race and calf pull in July as my body adapted to move towards a “pose” esque running style, lots of hills, etc. From beginning to end – I’ve been pleasantly surprised or more apropos, shocked!

While a 3 hour 30 minute marathon for Boston or a Full Ironman triathlon are not a sure thing, I can at least place those in the realm of possibility.  I’ve been able to shave 24 minutes off my aerobicly training injected marathons of 2009, and now have only 37 minutes to go.  The table below lists the results for marathons.

I’ve also cut 15lbs, from 176 to 161, increased muscle strength and burst across a variety of tests.  My “vitamin I” (ibuprofen) fix has been cut dramatically (not pounding the body and actually strengthening muscles, ligaments and connective tissue).  I am to do things I didn’t image possible – a kipping pull up, jumping up with confidence to a 8′ pull up bar height, over 250lbs for deadlift, 40 unbroken knees to elbows. This still a ton of other goals to still drive me; for example, why not try to attain the Navy Seal standard for 40-50 age males?

More distinctions:

  • In 2010 I will run 66% the amount of running miles compared to 2009  (1,000 to 1,500) with the same biking and swim miles.  Total aerobic miles will nudge 1,550 to 1,600 versus 2,000 in 2010.  New aerobic miles have been introduced through rowing.
  • In 2010 that 66% running miles will have been done at much more efficient and faster pace.
  • In 2010 my anaerobic training (CrossFit) will reach 140 Workouts Of the Day (WODs), not including the aerobic oriented WOD’s.  Overall training hours will be the same as 2009.
Marathon State Date Place Overall Place % Pace Time PR +/-
Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa
Marathon
OK 11/21/2010 422/1648 25.61% 9:27 4:07:55 P.R.
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half-marathon 2010 – Run -Marathon NE 5/2/2010 667/1154 57.80% 9:51 4:18:29 +10:34
Brookings Marathon – RUN – Marathon SD 5/15/2010 119/203 58.62% 10:02 4:22:57 +15:02
Lincoln Marathon – Run :: 26.2Mi NE 5/4/2003 523/785 66.62% 10:02 4:23:14 +15:19
Siouxland Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon SD 10/20/2007 107/166 64.46% 10:07 4:25:11 +17:16
Scheels And Adidas Fargo Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K – Marathon ND 5/19/2007 819/1191 74.81% 10:18 4:30:02 +22:07
IMT Des Moines Marathon 2009 – Run*Marathon IA 10/18/2009 922/1374 67.10% 10:21 4:31:27 +23:32
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half Marathon 2009 – Run -Marathon NE 5/3/2009 768/1142 67.25% 10:26 4:33:23 +25:28
Go! St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon 2008 – Run-Marathon MO 4/6/2008 1106/1617 68.40% 10:36 4:38:00 +30:05
Lincoln Marathon 2006 – RUN – MARATHON NE 5/7/2006 775/959 80.81% 10:44 4:41:28 +33:33
11Th Annual Gobbler Grind Marathon,Half-Marathon, 5K & Marathon Relay – 26.2Mi Run KS 11/18/2007 175/244 71.72% 10:54 4:45:46 +37:51
Oklahoma Marathon 2003 OK 11/22/2003 205/308 66.56% 10:57 4:47:15 +39:20
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & Medtronic Tc 10 Mile 2008 – Run-Marathon MN 10/5/2008 6172/7967 77.47% 11:04 4:50:09 +42:14
Pensacola Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon FL 2/17/2008 175/263 66.54% 11:09 4:52:24 +44:29
Community First Fox Cities Marathon WI 9/24/2006 510/706 70.96% 11:13 4:54:10 +46:15
Pikes Peak Marathon 2007 CO 8/19/2007 551/773 71.28% 18:28 8:04:03 +3:56:08
Pikes Peak Ascent 2009 – Marathon CO 8/15/2009 668/711 78.48% 21:31 9:23:49 +5:15:54
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1995 NE 5/1/1995 NA NA 9:38 4:12:22 +4:27
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1994 NE 5/1/1994 NA NA 9:03 3:57:11 -10:44
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1996 NE 5/1/1996 NA NA 8:59 3:55:36 -12:19
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5 Weekly stats + a Sunday – Day 148 to 184.

Week ending 6/27 7/4 7/11 7/18 7/25
Running 12 21 21 12 21
Walking / Hiking 0 0 0 6.95
Cycling/spinning 0 7.5 2.25 2.25 21
Swimming .17 .2 .2 .45
Rowing 1.0 .25 .5 0
CrossFit WOD’s 2 1 3 2 2
Total miles, Time. Workouts (WODs), Highlights 13 miles
3:02
10WODs
1,000’s and Obs. Hill
28 miles
4:19
6 WODs
MS Run
25 miles
5:09
12 WODs
5k Timed Run @ NE – 23.41 & CF Fran
23 miles
5:24
13 WODs
Hiking @ Camp Cornhusker
42 miles
6:25
13 WOD’s
Repeat 400’s on Monday – 92-1:42 & balance of bike/run

Drats – another multi-week catch up.  Am just including highlights below and will get back into the full swing of things from August on.  Also am changing up weeks to a Monday to Sunday format – this fits with the Daily Miles tracking.

I used to be far more obssessed about weekly mileage totals – especially for running.  I’ve modified and mellowed a bit.  I try to attain three simple goals now.

  • Monthly total mileage at 140 (swim, bike, run)
    • 3 hard running workouts each week (generally aligned with CrossFit Endurance and broken into speed, hills/threshold and longer medium pace), recovery run and 1 to 2 bike or swim sessions each week.
  • 3 CrossFit/Metcon (metabolic conditioning)/ P90x workouts a week
  • 5 to 6 hours of exercise each week done at a high intensity of anaerobic and aerobic burst (so heart rate above 145).

Highlights over last five weeks.

  1. Mixing in each week a speed workout (Monday nights) and hill/threshold run.  The group is growing by leaps, bounds and sometimes limps!
  2. Give and you’re given back to.  Had hit a lull after June racing, time each week was going down and speed seemed to evaporate.  Then Michelle encouraged running with Ashley Kumlien’s MS Run Across America.  That and inspiration from Prefontaine snapped me out of a slump (July 1).  Also led to meeting new running peeps who keep on adding on!
  3. My CrossFit Fran, Murph and Angie’s are improving, both in time, form and closeness to the “rq’d”.
  4. Hit a nice 5k time trail with Rachael in mid July – was very encouraging.
  5. Can hiking through hills/woods in the heat of day qualify as workout?  Absolutely and did it with my son Joshua at Webelos Camp.
  6. Sometimes an old bike can still do you good!  Love the new Trek Alpha 1.2.  But for biking and running with a dog alongside, the old hybrid and simple pedals works perfectly
  7. Exercise time is going up!  And will need that for the Pike’s Peak Ascent on August 21st!

4 Weekly stats

Week ending 5/29 6/5 6/12 6/19
Running 11 14 11 12
Walking 1 4 1
Cycling/spinning 11.5 1.5 19 23
Swimming 1 .17 .5
Rowing 1 .5
CrossFit WOD’s 3 0 0 2
Total miles 25 miles 23.5 31.5 36

4 weeks of racing and catching up on logs!  Details are below.  Here are three lessons I think I’ve learned well over the last four weeks that included a 5 mile race (better than last year), 10k race (2 minutes slower than last year), 1 Sprint Triathlon (impromptu change due to weather), 1 Duathlon (impromptu change due to weather), 750 meter open water swim and 5k race.

  • Bucko, mucho, “lotof” racing is fun, but can leave rest of the week at risk.  Still this year was unusual with the Hy-Vee triathlon moved up 2 weeks and Cornhusker State Games moved up a move for Special Olympics (very worthy cause and reason).  6 races in 4 weeks can be a bit of a mental drain.
  • My happy place for CrossFit is 3 WOD’s per week.
  • Still debating the full embrace of CrossFit Endurance.  I agree wholly with the 4 day running, cross training and when you do train, train hard!  I may not be at the point though to pull off the intensity week-end and week out.  I do think I need to ramp up mileage just a bit and carefully manage distribution of “aerobic” miles – across swim/run/bike.  Also am sowing long runs back into the equation.

Sunday, Day 120 (5/23) – Bike ride on Specialized Hybrid – 11.5 miles holding around 12 mph.  Seat mount broke so last 3 miles were off saddle, sort of.

Monday, Day 121 (5/24) – East High Track – baseline mile.  1/2 mile warm up and then a 6.43 mile.  Gunned first 400 too fast – 81 seconds.  Felt good though.  6 seconds faster than April’s baseline mile.  Right after Rachael’s Lincoln Jets track and in between Joshua’s Jr. Salt Dog’s game – life as a busy parent – squeeze those workouts when you can!

Tuesday, Day 122 (5/25) –  Timed mile swim at the YMCA – 41.01 for the mile.  OK, getting slightly faster – miles last year were in the 44 to 46 minute range.  Would like to get to 36 minutes in practice this year.

Wednesday,  Day 123 (5/26)–  CrossFit morning – rowing, Shoulder WOD from 5/25) and 400 Meter Walking Lunge.  The walking lunge blasted my glutes for a good 4 days =]!  Then a little barefoot running with Heidi and .62 miles @ Doris Bair before Annaliese’s softball game (gee busy parent gig again, but worth it!)  CrossFit Lincoln WOD Part 1: from Tuesday – wu – 400 m row, 25 situps, 10 samson stretch, 10 rock climb, 10 walking lunge, 20 squats, 10 kb 1 pu, Shoulder Press 10 wu 65lb then (1 – 75, 1 85, 1 95, 1-100, 1 -105): 1,110 total, Push Press (3 -75,3-85,3-95,3-105,3-115 — 1,275 total) and Split Jerk (5-75,5-85,5-105,5-115,5-125 – 1,925 total ). 4,310 lbs total load. Part 2: Wed WOD – 400 meter walking lunge in 14.42 (that was tougher than I’d thought it be, great Pikes Peak trainer).

Thursday, Day 124 (5/27) –  Two’fer Thursday

  • CrossFit WOD – warmup 400 mt row, 20 situp, 20 squat, 10 shoulder pass through, 10 pull up. Cashin 2 rds of 5 ring pull up, 10 jump muscle up, 10 ring dip, 5 chinup chest to bar. 50 pushups. Then main event AMRAP in 20 min of 15 ghd/ reg sirup, 30 jump rope su, 15 back extension. 9 rds + 30 jump rope and 9 ghd sirups. So total was 144 sit-up / ghd, 210 jump rope and 135 back ext . Still stinging a bit from walking lunge yesterday.
  • 4 miles of hills @ Pioneer’s Park – temp’s were rising and quads/ glutes were rebelling!  Slower upper 10 minute pace and crawl!

Friday, Day 125  (5/28) –  Rest

Saturday, Day 126  (5/29) – Two’fer Saturday

  • Run – 4.1 with dogs and a little extra walking with Heidi, .6
  • CrossFit “WOD” – Linda.  The key lesson learned, no Olympic lifting within 3 days of race!  Ego got ahead of strength and punch through some nice weight loads.  That felt good – but downside was weaken state going into Boystown race on Memorial Day.  CrossFit Lincoln #WOD Linda (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1). 175 deadlift (185 on 1st 5) 9,625lbs , 145 bench (155 on 1st 5) 7,975lb, 95 clean – 5,225. 41.07 time (17.52 longer). 22,825 total – 7,700lbs more. Compared to 2/18 after Spinning. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 – 23:15 but lighter load (15,125lbs total): 115 bench, 65 clean & 95 deadlift.

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Sunday, Day 127 (5/30) – Exercise bike at the Cooper Y – kids were swimming and had a 1/2 hour.  Leg’s feeling ok, but not great.  Glutes still sore.  5.75 miles in 30 minutes.

Monday, Day 128 (5/31) – Boystown 5 mile – 40.27.  Another comparison to 2009 training – finished 42 seconds faster than last year. A bit of hammy tweak at 3.5 mi. 7.36, 7.44, 8.08, 8.48, 7.57.   After the race 2.6 miles of walking at Henry Doorly Zoo for a birthday celebration for Annaliese.

Tuesday, Day 129 (6/1) –  Walking/ hobbling with Heidi.  Right hamstring, left glute/ groin were very sore.

Wednesday,  Day 130 (6/2)– Rest

Thursday, Day 131 (6/3) –  Rest

Friday, Day 132  (6/4) – 2 mile easy run, needed to test legs to see if Havelock still a go.

Saturday, Day 133  (6/5) –  Havelock 10k – only race in 2010 that was slower than year previous, rats!   Hamstrings and glutes sore / stiff until mile 4. Seemed like I was stuck in 3rd gear until 4.5 then was able to hit race pace from then on it. 8.04, 8.08, 9.13 (up “the hill”), 8.16, 8.40, 7.54, 1.38. Bob’s Tavern team did great – Juan was under 50, Sherri and Andi ran strong 50’s and Anelle snagged her 1st 10k in the 60’s!!! PJ rocked the 3k and got 23 th!

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Sunday, Day 134 (6/6) – Exercise bike at the Cooper Y – kids were swimming and had a 1/2 hour.  Leg’s feeling ok, but not great.  Glutes still sore.  5.75 miles in 30 minutes.

Monday, Day 135 (6/7) – Boystown 5 mile – 40.27.  Another comparison to 2009 training – finished 42 seconds faster than last year. A bit of hammy tweak at 3.5 mi. 7.36, 7.44, 8.08, 8.48, 7.57.   After the race 2.6 miles of walking at Henry Doorly Zoo for a birthday celebration for Annaliese.

Tuesday, Day 136 (6/8) –  Walking/ hobbling with Heidi.  Right hamstring, left glute/ groin were very sore.

Wednesday,  Day 137 (6/9)– Rest

Thursday, Day 138 (6/10) –  Rest

Friday, Day 139 (6/11) – 2 mile easy run, needed to test legs to see if Havelock still a go.

Saturday, Day 140  (6/12) –  Havelock 10k – only race in 2010 that was slower than year previous, rats!   Hamstrings and glutes sore / stiff until mile 4. Seemed like I was stuck in 3rd gear until 4.5 then was able to hit race pace from then on it. 8.04, 8.08, 9.13 (up “the hill”), 8.16, 8.40, 7.54, 1.38. Bob’s Tavern team did great – Juan was under 50, Sherri and Andi ran strong 50’s and Anelle snagged her 1st 10k in the 60’s!!! PJ rocked the 3k and got 23th!

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Sunday, Day 141  (6/13) – Hy-Vee Oly turned into Sprint Triathlon!  1.39 for the 400 meter swim, 20k bike and 5k run.  was a dark and storming morning. Olympic Triathlon was cut to an impromptu spring – 400mtr swim (13 minutes), 20k bike (48 minutes) and 5k run (27 minutes in severe downpour). Swim was ok, bike was fun as the cold front moved in and 5k run was treasure of thunder, lightening, tiny bit of hail and 2 inches of rain. 15.2 mph on bike – not what I had hoped for in terms of decent bike – wind was rough for the later waves. Think I’ll hit what I’ll need next week @ Cornhusker State Games

Monday, Day 142 (6/14) – CFE WOD Danny.  AMRAP 30 20″ box jump, 20 push press at 65, 30 pull ups w band. 2 RSS plus box and push press.  Good seeing Phil and lunch gang at CF Lincoln.

Tuesday, Day 143 (6/15) –  4 miles running – Crossfit Endurance Aerobic WOD from 6/14 – 12 x 1 minute on and 30 seconds off – made it 2+ miles. 6.25 to 6.45 pace for the 1 minute pickup. Walk / jog on the recovery

Wednesday,  Day 144 (6/16)–  10.6 miles cycling – with Rachael to soccer (about 9mph) than to Mahoney and back (13 mph) and home (9 mph)

Thursday, Day 145 (6/17) –  Rest

Friday, Day 146 (6/18) – 2.1 miles running -with Heidi and Cash – a little later in the morning, was reaching up to 90 degrees.  Wanted to loosen legs up before weekend of racing!

Saturday, Day 147  (6/19) –  Two’fer race day!  Times slightly off last year.  Bronze in open water swim and 5k run.  Weather was as hot as last year’s games (held in July) but much more humid on the run (kicked my buns!).  Swim 750 meter open water – 21.07 – at Holmes Lake and 5k run CSG Footstock 5k. 7.46 pace. Splits 7.23, 8.10, 7.54, 40 final .11. Bronze in age group. About 46 secs slower than last year. Next up triathlon in the morning (hope the storms break before 6am! — sadly they didn’t so the triathlon became a duathlon)

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Sunday, Day 134 (6/6) – 1 mile walking w/ some lunges.  Active recovery day.

Monday, Day 135 (6/7) – A bit of three workouts – one testing a real road bike!

  • CrossFit Lincoln – warm up: 400 mtr row, 10 kte, 10 walking lunge with 10lb overhead, 10 samson stretch, 10 x 45lb s.press, 10 45lb push press. Cash in – 3 x 1 minute wall sit, 30 sec rest. Main – split jerk max – 7 x 1 rep (65, 85, 95, 105, 115, 120, 125, 130), Cash out 4 x 50 meter sprints. Still not at full sprint form so more of a jog on 50’s
  • 1 mile walk with Heidi
  • 1.5 mile bike test on at Bike Rack.

Tuesday, Day 136 (6/8) –  Warmup: 10 push ups, 10 KTE, Samson Stretch, Quad Stretch, 400 Meter Row. Buy-in:Tabata mashup: 8 rounds alternating between exercises 20 seconds of work 10 seconds of rest of: L-holds & Pushups (55)  #WOD:  For time: 13.10 – Run 800 meters, 30 back extensions, 30 ghd sit-ups, 30 back extensions, 30 knees to elbows, 30 back extensions, 30 abmat sit-ups.  Cash-out: 10 Burpee pull-ups.  Ran a bit more at home with Heidi for an even mile.

Wednesday,  Day 137 (6/9)– Swim and Bike – 300 yard swim at Uni over break and little over 11 miles bike riding on new Trek!  Held 14.5 mph on new Trek looping around Mahoney, much smoother ride but clip shoes still take some practice (always fun to fall).

Thursday, Day 138 (6/10) –  5k run with dogs to Mahoney (31 minutes) with 50 squat warm up before, then 3 x 2 minute trials – 51 push ups in 2 min, 25 strict pull/chin ups and 71 walking lunges after.

Friday, Day 139 (6/11) – 7.66 Bike – 1.6 with Heidi and then loops around Mahoney – a little slower 11.7 mph.

Saturday, Day 140  (6/18) –  Easy 5k miles with dogs – loosen the legs before Hy-Vee Triathlon. 30 minutes

Weekly stats – total miles 30.5,  total time –  6 hours 21 minutes
* Running –  30  miles
* Walking – 0 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – 0 miles
* Rowing – .5 miles
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 4
I shared about the Lincoln Marathon: some nice improvement in time, faster recovery and some things to work on (namely not quite so aggressive tactics).  I’ll have a chance to put that into action 13 days after the Lincoln Marathon with one in Brookings’ South Dakota.  The 13 days in between will be a challenge for recovery – my focus on the typically “blah post marathon blues week”, was to rebuild strength.  Then on the week following,  ramp up some running miles and a little swimming.
Sunday, Day 99 (5/2) – Lincoln Marathon – 26.2 miles, 4.18.  Fastest marathon since 1996 – 23 minutes off PR and 48 minutes from Boston.  Awesome front half and then inability to hold that in the second half.  Still pleased with it overall.

Monday, Day 100 (5/3) – rest.  Walking around pretty well today and took Heidi on a short barefoot walk.  Eased on over the the Y for the Crossfit Endurance Recovery workout of bench, 3 rounds at 75% normal rec load of 115 bench, 20 lb db swings, 15 back extension and 15 knees to chest.

Tuesday, Day 101 (5/4) – Rest

Wednesday,  Day 102 (5/5) – CrossFit Total (CFT) – Max for Back Squat (200lbs – nice to have spare 2.5 lbs around), Shoulder Press (105, failed on 115) and Dead Lift (255lbs). Total 560.  Improvement of 45lbs from 2/23/10. Thought back squat and dead lift would be weakness after marathon, shoulder press was the weakest post marathon  (same as 2/23)

Thursday, Day 103 (5/6) –  Two’fer Day!

  • Crossfit Death by pull up :-). Warm up – cash in 400 meter row, 10 box jumps, 10 inch worm push ups, 10 Samson stretch, 10 knees to elbow. Cash In 20 Handstand Pushups in 76 seconds. Then 8 rounds of pull up on minute, adding one each minute. Made it to 8 rounds plus 7 – strict pull ups on first 6, light band on rds 7-8-9 partial. 43 total pulls ups in 8.58.
  • Crossfit Endurance Maximum mileage in 20 minutes plus a little more.  Go 2.36 miles done in 20 minutes then added a bit more for 5k total at Holmes Lake.  feeling a little bit of Sunday’s marathon. 8.21, 8.42, 8.45, + 58. Nice day!

Friday, Day 104 (5/7) –  Two’fer Day

  • CrossFit Lincoln WOD.  10 push ups, 10 box jumps, 10 shrugs, 10 over shoulders, 25 situps. Then AMRAP in 20 minutes of 12 – 65lb power snatch and 10 push ups. Made it 8 rounds – 96 snatch and 80 push ups. Whew. Beat.  This was an intense workout.  Will not push my CrossFit as hard until after the Brookings’ Marathon – it was a charge to do the workout as required (Rx’d in the lingo for CrossFit).  So went full 20 minutes and at proscribed weight.
  • Easy 1 mile run with Heidi and Cash – her first since surgery to remove a mast cell cancer tumor.  She’s doing great and we’re hopeful for a long life of running, fetching balls and playing with her kids.

Saturday, Day 105 (5/8) – Rest.

Weekly stats
* Running – 28.5 miles
* Walking – 2.75
* Bike/spinning – 23 miles
* Swimming – .14 mile
* Rowing – .5 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 4
A good mix this week of biking, running and Crossfit WOD’s with a little swimming and rowing.  Highlight was split long run on Saturday, splitting it 8 miles in morning during soccer games and 8 after we got home.  The result was the fastest long run since mid 1990’s.  Want to snag one more 17-18 miler, next weekend, before the Lincoln marathon.  I’m eager to run that and put the 23+ weeks of cross training to the test.  Other highlights were the track workout (pace mile with great group and 6.49 baseline mile) and Session 2 Crossfit orientation by Jeremy at Crossfit Lincoln!

Sunday, Day 64 –  2 miles of a slower jog (10 minute) pace by hotel in Roseville Minnesota.  Was feeling pretty wiped out after yesterday at the pool.  A bit more energy at Mall of America and walked 2.75 miles at a 17 minute mile pace – mixed in some wall sits.

Monday, Day 65 –  WOD – 1 mile run with dogs to let them run off some steam after the WOD!  Been a few days since they could get out. 4 rounds, 5 handstand push ups (HSPU) & 15 chair dips each round. 5 rounds of 5 thrusters/7 hang clean, 10 sumo deadlift 60lbs (30lb dumbbells) 1 mile run 8.45.

Tuesday, Day 66 –  15 mile day! 10 mile commuter bike (to office and Y) then Crossfit Endurance WOD – 5 rounds 15 pull/chin and 15 push ups. Used pull up machine at Y rather than jump or kipping. Pull,Chin, Wide Pull, Chin, Pull. Push up – chest to deck.  Another track session with a great group.  1 mile with dogs before then 1 mile with group, baseline mile  warmup and 2 mile cool down. Will be fun to watch us improve over the next several months. Andi, 8.25!, Anelle – 9:58!, David 6.49, Joy 7:58!, Juan 7:00!, Sherri 7.25!

Wednesday, Day 67 –  Another 15 mile day!  13 on bike (lost my keys though, argh!) commuting to office and 4 with Rachael to soccer.   Then Crossfit WOD Helen modified 3 rounds of 400 sprint, 12 pull ups and 21 kettle bell. Used a stone at Rachael’s soccer about 20lbs. Felt Scottish. Time 9.33

Thursday, Day 68–  Sluggish 2.1 mile morning jog with Heidi – 10+ minute pace.  Then, Crossfit Lincoln WOD – Squat coaching and Tabata. Great coaching by Jeremy on overview session #2! 500m row, 100 jump rope, 5 pull up, 25 walking lunges, 10 knees to elbows then about 45 squats for technique – OHS, air, front, against the wall. 8 round Tabata session – air squat and push ups. 9 on squat, 7 on push up – 87 total squat, 78 push ups.

Friday, Day 69 – Was planning a rest day but had a little time to swim – 250 yards, 55 second 50’s.  At the Fallbrook YMCA.

Saturday, Day 70 –  16.25 mile long run. 8.25 during soccer and 8 at home (6 w/ dogs). Windy (25 mph gusts), 40 in morning, 60’s in afternoon. 1st mile barefoot (felt good but cold and slow 11.10), 2 more easy miles then (10:15 average on 2-3) 8.50, 8.58, 9.10, 9.03, 9.28, 8.55, 8.52, 9.10, 9.08, 8.52, 8.55, 8.52, 8.40.  At 2 hours 12.75 miles. 1/2 marathon in 2.03.19.

Weekly stats
* Running – 36.9 miles
* Bike/spinning – 13.5 miles
* Swimming – 0 mile
* Rowing – 0 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 3 total

Good week of running, nice week for WOD and a little spinning. My body needed some extra rest this fifth week of Crossfit and the long run today (Saturday) was all the better for it. At a little over 19 miles today I do feel much stronger with less DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). So I think the 18 weeks of cross training is paying off!

Sunday, Day 29 – A bit of a run (3.1 mi) with dogs in the chill (20’s, wind, light snow the usual this winter) and CF WOD Angie. Took the bold step of my first DROID video recording and posting to Youtube. In looking at the video I noticed some misses on my push up form (not quite chest to ground) and air squats (coming off toes instead of heals and not going low enough). It wasn’t a vanity trip – can be good to actually see it after the fact. Oh, Angie involves 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 squats and 100 situps.

Monday, Day 30 – R E S T D A Y. The whole day, not even a swim or gentle spin. And needed it – had been over 30 days since last true rest day

Tuesday, Day 31 – CF WOD – max weight on deadlift, shoulder press and back squats at Bellevue University and Yasso 800’s at night. Woot! Made up for the rest day. Weights are detailed on exercise log – and now think I have permissions worked out so you can see a pdf without logging into google docs. Summary – DL max BS- 185, SP – 105, DL – 225. CF tot 515. Don’t think I’ve talked about the CF warm up – that in itself is challenging 15 squat (air), thrusters (air), pull ups (15), push ups(30), situp (30), back ext (15) Back Squat, Press.

Track workout with Laura – Yasso 800’s.

Yasso 800

2001 highlight photo for Yasso

For more on Yasso read this article! Yasso 800’s
It involves 10 x 800’s with condensed recovery. Last night at Bob Devaney’s lush 200 meter indoor track (sniff, sniff). The average time is a good indicator of potential marathon time (in our case a 3:50 average would trend to a 3 hour 50 minute marathon). 10 x 800’s, 1/2 wu, 1/2 cd w/ Laura 3.51, 3.55, 3.45, 3.54, 3.49, 3.55, 3.54, 3.50, 3.50. 3.35. Approximately 3.50 average, last one was 15 seconds faster. Same workout (solo) in January resulted in a 3:59 average. We’ll do this again in early April for a 3:40 average.

Wednesday, Day 32 – CF WOD Three Play of Thrusters, Kettle Bell and 200M sprint.  All you can do in 20 minutes.  After the full CF Warm Up (short cut yesterday’s and got grief by Mike Livergood, bless his heart) jumped into with abandon.  I’m still not sporting the best squat form. Went full load for Thrusters – 95lbs and 1/2 pood lighter on kettle bell overhead.  Got 4 clean rounds in plus 5 thrusters.  But as fate would have it, Mike appeared on my final 5 (like a shark smelling blood).  The form breakdown, not getting buns to the medicine ball would have resulted in 2 clean ones.  Great workout though.

Thursday, Day 33. Spinning Class with Jessica at the Y and running a couple of hours after – biathlon day! Got 7 miles in at an ok clip with the dogs.

Dog Running

Heidi, Cash and me

Felt a little “tweak” in my back bending over to dump some trash (maybe I should just stop that all together, the trash taking out thing).  Better job on spinning today and pushed the 7 mile run with dogs.   My daughter Rachael snapped a nice shot of the dogs – Heidi, yellow lab in front and Cash, golden retriever in back.  True running buddies that never complain about weather but do like to chase squirrels, rabbits and all sorts of dog things on the way.

Friday, Day 34– R E S T D A Y # 2. Back was a little tender from yesterday so held off from WOD. Was thinking about a nice relaxing swim but opted for a full rest day.

Saturday, Day 35 – Long Run Day and a nice 19.4 miles. Felt like I could go quite a few more. Nice morning, a bit chilly in shorts (regretted not taking full gear), but hands and head were toasty. Went from home to NE YMCA to Dietrich Bike trail (partial ice) to 33rd to MoPac to new trail by Antelope Creek over to Billy Wolf back to Y on 70th and a bit up Adams (for Laura’s 18). Good steady upper 9 minute / lower 10 minute pace for the most part. As shared above felt stronger afterward less groin – hip pain, and hopefully less DOMS tomorrow!

Weekly stats

* Running – 28.5 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – 1.01 mile
* Rowing – 1.86 miles
* Crossfit – WOD – 5 total with these “tagable” exercises – Deadlifts/Pull Ups, Thrusters/Rowing,  Bench/Squat/Dips, Medicine Ball Cleans/OH Squats, Burpees.
* P90x – none.

Week 1 of Crossfit WOD’s + Triathlon Training carries on the Weekly Report vibe of the P90x journey.  It allows for another 13 week cycle before the Lincoln Marathon.  26 weeks of building significant core and overall body strength to a body that needs it!

Crossfit

Go to Crossfit

This week of Crossfit, mixed in with 2 intense running sessions (with 2 moderate runs) has been a killer!  It took me about 30 days to get a comfort zone with P90x – even though the workouts flipped a bit on upper body, I was ok with it.  This week has blasted my legs, back, gluts more than any point of my lift.  If I were wiser, I would take a week off from running to let my legs recover.  Instead I back the runs down to 4 days.  Any worry of missing out from pure ab exercises vanished with a special whole body form of situp – the GHDs.  The whole body movements are just as advertised – Crossfit pushes you beyond the staged movements of P90x.  I recommend finding a certified trainer.  Fortunately, I’ve been able to find 2 fantastic ones at Bellevue University (thank you Mike and Mel!) and am getting great support from T.J. at the YMCA!   The squat is the best overall weight training exercise and that movement extends to about 8 others.

Oh, before I dive into the weekly log, here’s my big discovery.  Like the majority of runners, my calves and lower part of hamstrings/quads are developed.  The upper quad, sartorius (little muscle that tortured me in the fall and led to this nonsense), gluts, hamstring and hip flexors are WEAK!  Those are the muscles that are the most sore after a marathon – go figure.

Sunday, Day 1 – Ran 7.75 miles with Laura, feeling ever so groggy after an all-nite sleep over that YMCA for swim team, and then 185lb deadlifts (15, 12, 9, 6, 3), 150 pull ups  (50,40,30, 20, 10).  Whoa – this was a major wake up call.  Pulls were pretty good but had to add 50-80 lbs on machine to get the rep count up.   Hadn’t done deadlifts in years, but felt oddly good.

Monday, Day 2 – Running rest day and first full workout with Mike Livergood’s supervision.  Rowing 500 meters & 5 Thrusters x 5 95, 65, 65, 65 65.  I would pay dearly for those thrusters – a variant of a squat with a shoulder press.  It would take 2 days for legs to recovery.  Rowing was nice – thoroughly enjoyed the C2 machine.  Mike barked out good orders and affirmation “your squat sucks” to me!  I liked it.

Tuesday, Day 3 –   Orientation with Mike and Mel.  Need to work on my quad/hip flexibility and get straight and low on squat.  My fear was seeing my knees pop out into the air.  They didn’t.   Mel recommended going light for 2-3 week to get used to it – advice I’ll gladly heed.  At night it was track time.  A few peeps couldn’t make it so Laura and glided through next to some UNL track stars, high school runners and just random fast people.  In the ‘speed kills’ mood we focused on short distance.  Total of 4 miles. 3600 sprints, 2800 wu, recovery 200 – 42, 400 -1.43, 600 – 2.35, 400 – 1.43, 200 – 44, 10 burpees, 400 – 1.47, 600- 239 – 400-1.42, 200- 47, 200 – 41!

Wednesday, Day 4 – Crossfit “warm up”.   This qualifies as about 1/2 of  P90x workout on its own,  A series of 200 sprints and then push up, dip, pull up, situp fun! Here’s the ticker tape.  WU – x 2: (200 run, Air Squat, Snatch, 10 pull, 10 push, 10 dips, 10 GHD Situp ).  10 Overhead Squat ( bar only (45lb)), 10 snatch (bar only) 95lb bench x 10; 115 bench x 8.   All of this in 22 minutes (the unique feature of Crossfit is doing all this anaerobic activity for time). Swam a 750 at night – felt great to move in water.

Thursday, Day 5-  Slept in today, cause I was tired (deep thoughts here baby). My quads and hips are threatening to secede from the Union!  Started the afternoon workout with a nice 9:30 mile tempo run with dogs (cold out again, but hey 6 more weeks of winter, right).  Also the 4th WOD this week.  3 x Clean & Jerk (10 reps @ 75) and 30 GHD situps (on highest plank at the Y), .25 WU on Elip.).  Can’t say I felt like I had 100% perfect form on the Jerk leg split.  Still a kick in the buns!

Friday, Day 6 – Crossfit WOD . 3 x ( 21 Pushups (chest to floor), 65lb overhead squats, 7kilo medicine ball 15lb ): 9.58 for time. I studied the medicine ball videos at Crossfit.com to make sure I was nailing the form.  Wonderful resource there in terms of explanation – maybe not the high production value of Beachbody, very beneficial and real!.  Good to swim after to loosen up after again.  21 laps in.  10:48 500 WU, 3 X 100’S w/ recovery – 1:52, 1:57, 1:51 & a 50 @ 52.

Saturday, Day 7 – Ran 13 miles with YMCA Gang!  Yes.  Crisp morning – around 8 – 12 degrees (call it “fresh”).  OK pace, around 10:30.  Felt strong overall but my quads, hips and glutes were singing unhappy songs to me at the end.   Lots of box moving in the basement to make way for the beginnings of finishing it off.  Felt happy to survive 5 WOD’s and keep up 2 legs of the Tri table (no spinning this week).  I can see a difference in overall body strength and am eager to see the improvements.

Let’s see what Week 2 of WOD’s bring!