Man, why haven’t I been posting more about the newest and biggest joy in my life? My son Christopher.
He’s now 18 months old. Every day there are new words, new actions, new personality traits. I love just watching him think something out, showing off a new word, or taking me by the hand for a awk (walk). I love chasing him around and seeing the utter happy expression on his face as he gets away. I love when he greets his moma! at the door when she gets home from work. Of course I love it more when he greets his daggy! (daddy) at the door when I get home. I love showing him something and seeing him copy it. I love asking him if he wants something and he says yesh (yes). I even like when he says no no. I love that he loves peeeeech (pizza) as much as I do. I love just thinking about him and smiling at the thought.
Well, well, well. Who could have predicted this? Me actually. And other “realist” fans. On message boards there is always headed debate between fans that fall into two camps. Homers who always seem to think the team is a Super Bowl contender. And realists who have a more pessimistic outlook. I have never been as pessimistic as I was during this offseason. And it’s gotten worse and worse ever since. I won’t recap, it’s all written in previous posts.
The Bills finally fired Jauron last week. It needed to be done. But that’s not it. The entire front office needs to go. The scouts. The GM. Everyone responsible for the personnel blunders. Draft reaches. Draft busts. Draft “projects” that they don’t have the luxury of trying. Horrible free agent pickups. More horrible free agent losses. And an unyielding cycle of redundant mediocrity.
The fine mess now is they are in such a deep hole that I’m not sure any of the top tier coaches available would want to touch the team with a ten foot pole.
No, I haven’t been slacking. I’ve actually upped my efforts. I’ve been able to get runs in every other day. I think the gaps prior to this streak really took a toll. I only broke 10 mins per mile once in my last 5 runs. I’ve been running a little over 3 miles each time. But I felt good each time. I’m still waiting for my goal of a seemingly effortless 3 mile run.
I’ve been running the streets. I want to hit the track a day or two to do some HIIT training. My cardio/wind is fine. My legs feel like they can use a little shocking though. I think getting some interval runs in will help break me into a better pace.
I was bummed out when the new Droid hype hit and I saw all the cool features of Android 2.0 that are rumored not to be coming to the G1 (the original Android phone which is on Android 1.6). Especially turn by turn navigation. I had turned a corner prior to the Droid promos and was actually starting to really dig the phone. Updates 1.5 and 1.6 really ironed out a lot of issues I had posted about earlier on this blog. But when I see something I can’t have, suddenly buyer’s remorse starts to set in again–even if it’s a year later. I’m really not the type to keep buying the latest and greatest gadgets. I took a gamble on the G1. Yesterday Goggle issued and update to the Google Maps app. I ran the update but didn’t get a chance to kick the tires on it right away. Then I read some blog posts and tweets this morning that the update included turn by turn navigation. Wait, WHAT!?!?! I tested that bad boy out and sure enough, there it is. I’m now completely satisfied with the G1 purchase (again). For now.
It’s been a week since my last post. I REALLY need to jog more often. My goal is every other day, but it seems to have slipped to once or twice per week.
Well I attempted a run yesterday. I was off to a really good pace, but just kind of lost interest half way through and stopped short. I really could have pushed on, but I had a little too much on my mind and I kind of felt fatigued in my right hip. I’m a mental case when it comes to distractions during my jogs.
Well the fatigue might have been due to starting up P90X on Thursday! I’m not following the plan as they have it outlined yet. Rather I’m going to run through each DVD once or twice to see what they are all about, see where I stack up, and do some trial and error before committing to it full time. I like to know what to expect when following along on a tape or DVD. This is especially true when it will come to the band movements. I’d rather go through it once or twice to not only get my body ready, but also to know what I need to do equipment wise.
I did the Kempo DVD. I kept up well, but my kicking form was lacking. I’m glad it’s form I have to work on rather than cardio. I feel I’m in good cardio shape as to not have that be an obstacle for this or for other training efforts (resistance / HIIT, etc). Back to going through the DVDs a few times first… I’d like to have perfect form throughout before starting the program up fully.
It’s a nice day today. I hope to get a good solid 3 miles in. If I consistently break 30 minutes, I’m going to try to up the distance. Ideally I’d like to maintain a cardio workout for 30-40 minutes. Maybe instead of focusing on distance, I’ll do 40 minute runs.
Just a quick update on my 5K training progress. I was able to run more frequently–close to every other day. I’ve been shaving time off my 3 mile runs. On Saturday, I ran at a pace of 10:08 per mile. Today, I ran a little over 3 miles at a 9:55 pace per mile–TADA!!!
I finally have everything down. These two runs were close to effortless the entire way. No pains, no distractions, steady pace.
I haven’t yet started up my resistance training or my P90X (which arrived in the mail last Thursday). I’m going to use up every last non-freezing day jogging outside. I want to maintain this momentum. When it gets too cold, I’ll hit P90X and indoor training.
I haven’t lost any more weight. Not a surprise since I’ve been slacking on the diet. Though I’ve been slacking, I haven’t been eating anything terrible. Just more than I should if I want to lose. I wonder though if eating more is giving me the energy to make my runs more productive. If that’s the case, I’d rather continue progress on cardio rather than lose more weight. I might keep things at this status quo as long as I’m jogging every other day.