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Snow Run with Heidi and Cash

Posted: January 10, 2011 by Dave Kohrell in Running
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Snow Run 2011

Snow running is a blast with furry friends along

Beautiful in between snow rounds day.  6 inches of snow were on the ground. Weather was perfect for running – 22 degrees with no breeze.  Laced on some snow spikes and headed out with my dog friends Heidi and Cash for 3 miles.  We weaved through sidewalks, streets and some open field running.  Slow going but that’s ok.

 

Julie snapped a shot as we returned.  Dogs thrive in cold weather and as long as their paw pads are free of ice, they’re happy!

War wound two – sweetness!

Posted: January 7, 2011 by Dave Kohrell in Running
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MoPac trail was a little icy today.  Picked this souvenir up at mile 5.  Was a fun run with freaky fast friends Amber, Dave, Heidi(4 paws), Joel, Megan And PJ. 

With a 20-40 MPH NW wind we used an age old and wise technique of leap frogging or driving one car 6 miles out, leaving it and returning to the group starting line.  Thanks Megan for letting Heidi share your car, she said she was sorry for the muddy paws.  :-).

The technique proved itself as the fastest freaky of us, Joel, blazed in an extra mile.  His 1/2 mile back in the wind was brutal.

Weekly stats

* Running – 40.3 miles
* Bike/spinning – 10.5 miles
* Swimming – 0 miles
* P90x – Week 12 workouts – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps, Back and Biceps, Legs and Back, PlyoX, 2 Ab Riper X, YogaX and XStretch
* Snow Shoveling –NONE – YES!

Somehow was able to notch 40 miles running this week, aided by 2 long runs: 12 miler on Sunday and 18 miles on Saturday. First YogaX session in 4 weeks – actually was my best attempt at so far. Have to love the ab work at the end.

Sunday, Day 78 – 12 mile run from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo with friends Laura (run) and Tony (bike) Ceraolo. Nice to get out and run over 10 miles – felt great. Stiff wind from the SW – we ran into of course. The 26 degrees felt so much better than minus 11!

Monday, Day 79 – P90x Chest, Shoulders and Triceps at home. First time seeing the DVD’s in a while – have been using the book and YMCA for the pull up bars and better weights. Was nice to get the moves going again and see how on target or off target I was for the routines (fortunately, on target for the most part). Ab Riper X to wrap up a tough workout. Oh those push ups! 😉

Tuesday, Day 80 – 3 mile run in the afternoon with the dogs – icy still but that’s life. Nice to enjoy the 20 degree thaw this week. Plyo X to finish it up. When I go through a P90x routine after a run/swim/spin I skip through the warm up – figure I’m pretty lose. Plyo is still a blast – not too much stress on heart rate even with skipping the water breaks. In reading www.fitbomb.com, another P90x inspired blog, skipping through the water breaks and fast forwarding from time to time helps condense the workout.

Wednesday, Day 81 – Another 3 mile run in the late afternoon (morning runs with the snow melt and icing are dicey at best). Wrap it all up with Back and Biceps at the YMCA during kids’ swim team practice. Spied another guy doing some P90x moves and behold, he was. Very cool. Seeing improvements on pull ups – starting out first 2 to 3 “solo” and limiting weight support on the machine. Biceps felt like rubber afterward but a good kind of rubber. One benefit of taking P90x to the gym is the expanded weight options, ironic a home DVD series plugs me into the gym more. Ha ha!

Thursday, Day 82- YogaX to begin the day. What a way to begin, still leaves me trembling at end. If PlyoX, which normally is one of the toughest workouts, is the easiest for me; YogaX has been the hardest. But it’s been enjoyable to watch my improvement from completely inept to just slightly laughable! 4.1 mile late afternoon run with the two dog friends.

Friday, Day 83 – Legs and Back at Bellevue University during a late lunch. Was fun to work out in a small but nice Div 2 gym – nothing like seeing a couple of young soccer and baseball players hitting it hard. Great discovery during a wonderful consulting gig and taught me value of “take gym bag and towel with you every where”. Debated whether to swim or spin, but opted for spinning at night. Spin instructor Tom was a P90x grad and had a glossy picture with Mr. Tony Horton on the wall from earlier in person love tour in Lincoln Nebraska to show for it. Wow, legs are sore and there’s an 18 miler tomorrow…. Oh Snap!

Saturday, Day 84 – Ran 18 miles in 3 hours 29 minutes – longest since Des Moines Marathon and start of this P90x journey. Felt good the whole way with running friends Heidi (faithful running dog), Michelle, Laura and Julie. Icy in places and a wee chilly to start. Wasn’t fast but in ice and temps of 16 to 22 degrees, an 11:45 pace is just fine. Rule of thumb is 90 seconds slower in hard winter conditions compared to ideal Spring or Fall running. Going to crack open XStretch right as soon as I publish this, and maybe some Ab RiperX!

Back at the end of Week 13 and completion of this round of P90x. Now thinking about what’s next? Insanity on top of triathlon disciplines? Or continue the money of P90x upper body/core, occasional yoga/plyo and the Triathlon disciplines?

Weekly stats

  • Running – 23.25  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 13.2  miles
  • Swimming – 0 miles
  • P90x – Week 11 workouts – Chest & Back, Shoulders and Arms, Legs and Back, 4 Ab Riper X and KenPo
  • Snow Shoveling –45 minutes

Talk about a challenging week to run outside.  I made it 3 times outside and 2 track workouts inside.  Temps dipped into minus 14 range overnight Thursday – Saturday.  Brrr… 

Sunday, Day 71 –  Walk/jog 1+ mile to get the car parked back at church, chest and back as well as 5.7  miles on bike and Ab RiperX at the Y.   Great to have P90x in the inclement weather.  Not making gains on every routine, but overall better workout.  The push up bars (used since week 4 at home or at Y) really stress the form.   Pull up routines benefit from the Precor pull up machine (allows a little weight to boost) as well as straight out trying it.  Still not above 12 in one shot.  Really enjoy the chest/arm/ab workout!

Monday, Day 72 –  3.2 miles – with last 2 at an elevated track at Faith Lutheran during boy scouts.  Felt great to just run without worry of footfall on ice/snow.

Tuesday, Day 73 –  Ran 6 from Lincoln High at night (good footing on the trails) and Ab Riper X core (all exercises except for the sit up modified). 

Wednesday, Day 74 – Ran 6 from home with dogs Heidi and Cash.  Much slower.  In advance of another, thankfully lesser, snow fall.  Spikes held up well.  Went from 9:50 pace on Tuesday night to 11:10 mile.  Yuck!  Shoulders and Arms at the Y afterward.

Thursday, Day 75-  7.3 miles on bike at the Y – much faster than Sunday.  Maintained a 15mph pace.  Then Legs and Back, Ab RiperX!  Tony Horton comes to town on Friday so better look good!

Friday, Day 76 –  2 miles running in minus 5 weather, with dogs, then KenpoX.  Met Tony Horton and other area coaches tonight!  What a blast of encouragment.  Nice to have him stop in right after a flight when he could have ducked and crashed in the hotel to rest.  What an inspiration!  I’ll be with my kids on Saturday at a swim meet, so will miss out on the group work. 

Saturday, Day 77 – Ran 5 miles at 8:30 clip at a nice indoor track at Norfolk YMCA during the kids’ swim meet.  Joshua and Annaliese rocked during their swim events!  Also Ab RiperX (4 times this week)!  Mason Twists with medicine ball on final 10.  Probably my biggest improvement in P90x has been the Ab Riper X.  The first workout I had to take 2 minute breaks between each of the 11 routines, fading and falling to match the reps on final 5.  Now I can actually add to each one. 

Back at the end of Week 12 which kicked off with a great 12 mile run on Sunday!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 25.89  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 63.0  miles
  • Swimming – 0
  • P90x – Week 7 workouts – core synergies
  • Snow Shoveling – 3 hours, 25 minutes, 7 rounds, (yes it’s legit).  Aerobic/Anaerobic equivalent of 20 miles.
Good week for the “core” part of P90x.  There’s four more weeks of the “extreme” part before a few “recovery days” and end of P90x, round 1.  All AbX workouts and the 3 traditional strength workouts are back this week.  I bypassed Plyo/Yoga and KenPo this week due to heavy running/spinning load (89 miles) and alternate KenPo/Plyo workout – Snow ShovelingX.  Yeah, snow shoveling can be great exercises, especially after 13 inches of snow over a 3 day period in the worst blizzard these parts have seen since the mid 1970’s.  Check out this reference from renowned distance runner and coach Dick Beardsley.

Sunday, Day 57 – Chest and Back.  The first workout returns and some improvement from Day 1 and Day 8.  All push ups were done with a push up bar (amazing to think I can now do over 250 push ups across the multiple types).   Pull ups were done on a chilly bar outside.  It was all fun though.  Ab RiperX is something I continue to look forward to and no longer dread.

Monday, Day 58 –  4.2 mile run at pretty good clip with my dog friends (Heidi and Cash) and 8 miles on the Precor bike during the kids’ swim team.  No Plyo today – felt the run/bike was sufficient.  Did work in some sprints on the bike.

Tuesday, Day 59 – Shoulders and Arms, nice return to this Phase 1 routine as well (did this following the book at Y).  Also AbRiper X.  9 miles of running (6 outside w/ dogs and 3 on the “dreadmill” at the YMCA) and 18.5 of spinning.  Great aerobic day.  Busy day of workouts!

Wednesday, Day 60 – Gee maybe I should get a day 60 picture – or how about Day 75?  Yoga day was spent spinning 18.2 miles and slipping through the rain ice of the leading edge of the blizzard for a mile with Heidi and Cash.

Thursday, Day 61 –  Back and Legs, following the book at the Y, 18.3 miles spinning (wow one of the toughest ones yet), Ab RiperX and 2.15 miles running at the onset of the blizzard.  Another good tough 20 mile day.  Plus Round #1 of the Shoveling brigade!  I wish the weather was a bit nicer, would make the workouts easier, but that’s not how it is and there’s a certain twisted joy in overcoming extreme obstacles!

Friday, Day 62 –  KenPoX is replaced by 3 more  rounds of ShovelingX.  All kidding aside, the pillar and core strength helped the shovel only enthusiast in me make it through today.  Plus 1.44 miles of running with the dogs during the peak of the blizzard (insane fun running against 30 – 40 mph winds and 3 foot drifts).

Saturday, Day 63 – 8 mile trail run with friends on the newly cleared MoPac.  Yes I live in a city that clears the bike trails before the residential streets and it’s a good thing!  3 more rounds of shoveling at home and helping others. Arms and obliques are sore but plenty of stretching to help!

Back at the end of Week 10!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 22.1  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 46.5  miles
  • Swimming 3,600 yards  (2 miles)
  • P90x – Week 7 workouts – core synergies

I’ve been juggling the dual goal of P90x faithfulness and achieving 2k of total miles in running/biking/swimming.   This week seemed a perfect way to help nudge those miles up – right at 1.85k so have some activity these last 10 days of 2009.   With one core synergy workout and 4 swimming sessions, I felt my core would receive equivalent benefit of the recovery weeks routine.

Sunday, Day 50 – Core Synergies & 4.2 mile run – Good mix up of a snow crunched run in the morning and synergies in the afternoon.  Ice is in the forecast for Monday or Tuesday, ugh!

Monday, Day 51 – The ice man commeth – early Monday morning.  Ventured out for just short of 3 miles with Yak Trax and dogs.  Sidewalks to slick for even the yak trax – ran on neighborhood streets.

Tuesday, Day 52 – Combo day of 13 on recumbent bike at new Fallbrook Y and 1,100 yard swim.  1st 500 of the swim in 11 minute range.

Wednesday, Day 53 – Rest Day – those happen every once in awhile

Thursday, Day 54,  Tri-combo day – short run 1.1 to get kids from school (footing a little better),  7 mile bike followed by 750 yd swim.

Friday, Day 55, Tri – Day 2 (20 miles), killer spinning workout at Cooper Y (15 miles), 4.2 with dogs and 1,100 swim a night during Dolphin swim team.  Almost 20!

Saturday, Day 56, Tri Day 3 (22 miles), 10 mile rile in the heavy North Face shoes, great on ice/snow but felt like bricks on good trails, upper 11 minute pace at best; 11 mile on upright Precor at Y and then 500 yards of a slow swim.

Back at the end of Week 9!

Weekly stats

  • Running – 10.5  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 23.5  miles
  • Swimming 0 yards
  • P90x – Week 7 workouts – all workouts w/ some portion of Yoga X missed and back only on legs back.

Highlight for me this week was somehow moving through a good old Nebraska blizzard, three no school days and all sorts of schedule adjustments.   You can still run, mountain bike and workout in the winter weather.  Here’s a great article from Runner’s World on preparing for it.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267-269-12331-0,00.html

Sunday, Day 43 – Chest, Shoulder’s and Triceps – No run in the morning (long run on Saturday) – wasn’t feeling the most motivated but did the workout with my oldest daughter Rachael, which brought the motivation and then some!  Weight in the 14 to 25 range and much stronger on push ups (w/ bars).  Great wrap with Ab Riper X!

Monday, Day 44 – Plyometrics.  Another good plyo workout – hint of winter weather so got 3 miles running in before the start of it.

Tuesday, Day 45 – Back and Legs.  3 miles running during the heavy snow with my dog friends.  Back and Biceps were done @ the Y on Thursday…. Improvised my own back workout – 70 minutes of shoveling with good back rotation.  Incorporated some good stances, leap frog squats and full body movement.  Kept a heart rate of 125-140 during the shoveling – so think I accomplished about as much.  No School today.

Wednesday and Day 46, Yoga. Got all the moving postures and some balanced postures.  Good way to recover from Day 2 of Shoveling.   A nice 3 mile run in 10 inches of snow to begin.  Day 2 of No School!

Thursday, Day 47, Back and Biceps –25 minutes of precor bike and then back and biceps at the Y.  Oh, Day 3 of No School – ARGGGGGH 😉

Friday, Day 48, A light run with my dog friends, Spinning Class (13 miles on bike) and  KenpoX / Ab Riper X.  Kenpo and Ab Riper were done at night.  Amazing how despite fatigue, my energy picks up once I’m into it!

Saturday, Day 49. Rest Day.  5 miles on recumbent bike at the Blair Y during swim meet.  Joshua and Annaliese hit PR’s or right at PR’s.  Very close to regional qualifying times  – really hope and pray they’re able to nail those this year!

Back at the end of Week 8!