I’m kicking myself for still not starting interval training. I need to get to a track to do it, and my weekends haven’t provided the time. What makes it more difficult is that the local tracks/fields are full of events on the weekends. I don’t know how strict they are about enforcing the 9am-dusk rule, and I don’t want to find out the hard way.
I had to take it easy for a few weeks. Like I wrote earlier, the 4 mile runs were taking their toll on me. I had to rest up a sore ankle and toe, which seem to be all better now. I also got a sore back. I’m not sure the sore back was from running the extra distance, but it did require some rest.
Since the rest I ran two 2 mile runs to get back in the groove and to test my foot and ankle. When all felt right, I followed it up with two 3 mile runs. The first 3 mile run was finished with a 9:21 pace. And last night’s was finished with a 9:12 pace. I’m psyched that I’m closing in on 9 minutes per mile. Also I feel like my stride is nice and smooth. These two are new personal best times.
Since I think I have my injuries under control, I’m going to try to increase the frequency back to every other night. And hopefully get interval training done on the weekends. And hopefully too I can shed some more weight–which has been at a standstill.
I mentioned in my last post that I’m done with 4 mile runs (or anything farther). I’ve never been a distance runner and only 10 or so 4 mile runs started to take its toll on me. I’ve developed a soreness on the inside of my ankle. I rested it up for a few days, then went back out yesterday for what was going to be a 3 mile jog. I felt the ankle a little and ended it at just 2 miles. The good news it was a fast 2 miles (9 minute per mile pace). The bad news is I need to rest up the ankle some more. The last thing I want it a nagging injury. Luckily I stopped when I did. That takes some discipline. My next run, for sure this time, will be intervals with sprinting. In the meantime, I’m going to give these a try:
I started them last year but never finished.
I got in another 4 miles on Saturday. This time I came in at a little over 10 minutes per mile, which was no surprise since I ate garbage all day. I didn’t struggle though. However like I mentioned in my last post, it seems the 3 mile mark is when my body starts telling me enough is enough. This time the inside of my ankle got sore. Sore enough for me to have to rest a few days. With the 4 mile runs, I’ve been needing at least 2 days rest between. I can easily bang out 3 miles every other day. The sum of course is more distance overall per week if I limit myself to 3 miles.
I STILL need to get myself to the track and do interval running. I’ve been talking about it far too long. It’s just a pain in the neck that the local tracks are always taken up on the weekends.
No surprise too that my weight loss has come to a halt the last 2 weeks. I really slacked in the diet department. At least I didn’t gain anything. I really don’t mind. As I said way back, I want to sort of cycle the calorie restriction so my body doesn’t get used to it. Although my slacking off hasn’t really been part of the plan per se, it does serve as a resting period. Looking at the big picture, I’ve maintained my weight and have continued to improve my cardio. Hopefully I can take the improved cardio and refocus and get results out of it.
Since June I lost 15 pounds. I want to lose another 18. At my pace I should be there by the end of January (faster if I refocus and stick to it). It’ll be a challenge to keep active through the winter. I’m already making a Christmas list of winter gear I’ll need to jog in the freezing cold. Realistically, I’m pretty happy where I am right now and don’t mind if it takes me until April to carve off the rest. I just have to seriously avoid falling off all-together (like last year).
Buddy Nix finally crawled out from hiding yesterday and issued some statements. They are OBVIOUSLY in reply to my postings.
First, I’m finally happy to learn he’s not blind. He admitted that the team is an utter disaster.
He asked the fans be patient, that the rebuilding will take time.
See that’s what I still have an issue with. Buddy Nix was with the organization since January 2009. While it’s great that he’s finally doing SOMETHING in week 4 of 2010, more should have been done before the season started. A lot more.
His reasoning is that they wanted to evaluate things for themselves. Man o man. Did the man watch any game film whatsoever? I used to subscribe to the notion that “if fans were so smart, then why aren’t they GM?” Well this is one rare case where fans (and media alike) showed that they knew a lot more about the team than the “experts.”
So while we’re busy being patient while the team implodes, Buddy Nix is only now learning what he should have known long long ago.
He also addressed the Kelsay resigning. While he said that “no one is safe” on the roster, he defended his resigning of Kelsay to keep some veteran leadership. He went on to say that they realize that there is a culture of losing on the team and in the locker room, and they aim to fix it. He also alluded to knowing that Kelsay wasn’t any good!!!! Sooooooooooo. If you say no one is safe, you say you want to kill the losing culture, and you allude to the fact that Kelsay isn’t good, THEN WHY DO YOU RESIGN HIM? That action right there is what’s maintaining the losing culture.
I have a mix of emotions right now:
- Should I be happy Buddy Nix finally “gets it”?
- Should I be mad that it took Buddy Nix this long to get it?
- Should I have faith that Buddy Nix will make the right moves? He oversaw the Maybin draft pick and extended Kelsay afterall.
Well, no I’m not happy and I have no faith in Nix. I still don’t think he realizes how terrible the team really is and he doesn’t have the skill to fix it.
I hit the road last night and got 4 miles in. Not the fastest time, but still under a 10 minute per mile pace.
I REALLY need to start interval training. I’m starting to get really bored of the long runs and I think overall health wise, interval training is better for a lot of reasons. Plus it seems like the 3 mile mark is the limit to the very comfortable run. All and all my cardio is fine, but it seems every time shortly after the 3 mile mark, my feet start hurting (not bad by any means). If I can get myself into a good consistent 2x a week interval program, I’m going to then limit my “distance” runs to just 3 miles.
Funny thing happened. I had set my music player to repeat one song for my son earlier in the day. I guess you have to undo that setting, because when my playlist came on, it repeated one song throughout my entire 40 minute run. I must have listened to LL Cool J’s Mamma Say Knock You Out over 10 times.
Yikes. It’s been a full week since my last run. This is my longest layoff since starting back up in June. This time a minor cold set me back. Weird thing with this cold is that it’s not severe at all, just long lasting. Also we took a trip to Philadelphia last week for a much needed mini-vacation. I can’t wait to get back on track tonight.
I have been on a beef jerky kick recently. In my search for a somewhat healthy, somewhat filling, and not all carb snack, I found the old beef jerky friend to satisfy the carnivore in me.
Like with the Bubba Keg a while back, I don’t know why sometimes it takes more than a couple of bad experiences to turn me off completely.
Also like with the ever leaking Bubba Keg, once you’re on my bad side, that’s it. You’re finished!
In this case, I’m done. I’ve just opened another bag where the product tastes terrible. From my unofficial count, it’s about 1 in 4 bags are duds. Disgusting, too dried out, tasteless, rubbery, or all of the above.
I though I’d weigh in on this since I’ve been chronicling all of the Buffalo Bills blunders.
I don’t dislike the trade. It’s too late though. The trade should have happened in the off-season, not 4 games into the season. But it’s better than nothing I guess.
I have a bigger problem with the perceived value of draft picks. This isn’t a problem for only the Bills.
So the Bills give up a well above average running back for a 4th round draft pick. Ok.
I’d like to know what percentage of 4th round draft picks end up being better than average. I’d be willing to guess it’s a small percentage. I don’t see why the value of a proven talent isn’t more than the gamble of a draft pick. Same with the Randy Moss trade. I think it’s a product of the monkey see, monkey do, behavior that’s rampant in the NFL.
Well, well, well. What did you think of the team’s performance yesterday? Are you surprised? I’m not. You did nothing at all to improve the team for 2 straight years. Yes two. Although you were GM for one, you were with the team for 2, correct? You and the rest of the imbeciles in the front office. Do you have any say in personnel matters, or is it all Ralph?
Funny thing happened this week. You gave a contract extension to Chris Kelsay. Granted he’s a super nice guy from everything I’ve read about him, but on the football field he is a liability. Don’t you see that? Don’t you watch the games? Doesn’t it bother you to see him futility try to cover rookie tight ends? Doesn’t it bother you to see running backs run right by him over and over again?
This tells me you have no clue. You are in over your head. You took two straight years off. You set the team back even further. With you in charge, I doubt we’ve even seen “rock-bottom.” Do yourself and Bills fans a favor and quit. Unless you enjoy being the laughing stock of professional sports.
Mad Bills Fan,