Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Remember Your First?

Everyone remembers their first time.  After months or even years of anticipation, when the moment has finally arrived, you can't believe it's actually going to happen. You have butterflies in your stomach and are so excited you don't know if you are going to throw up or laugh uncontrollably. Maybe you should just run away to save embarrassment for poor performance. But you don't. Somehow you manage to keep it together just long enough to begin.

As I think back to my first time, I can feel those butterflies. This week however, I am on the sidelines. Tani is running her first marathon, Marine Corps in DC and I will be in my rightful place, as supporter and crew. I wish I could simply turn off the pre-race jitters switch, and turn up her confidence. But I know that is not possible and I will therefore listen, yes listen and do my best not to comment. There is nothing I can really do beyond that as she needs to go through this torturous time and learn for herself. 

While Tani (and all other first timers who have put in the effort) should feel good about what lies ahead, knowing that all the sacrifices are about to pay off.....That is not how it works. Nerves take over as we panic and every little thing is a major issue. Here are some examples of thoughts that may be running through her mind right now:
  1. "My foot hurts, it's probably a stress fracture. No way I can do this with my foot this way"
  2. "I feel like I am getting sick, must be the flu. No way I can do this feeling this way"
  3. "I missed my long run a few weeks ago. I did not train enough. No way I can do this on such little training"
  4. "What was I thinking??? There is no way I can do this."
As the fall marathon season is in full swing, the air is filled with anxious thoughts from 1st time marathoners, and many experienced runners too. It may fall on deaf ears right now but to all and especially my wife I say this - "You may not feel this way until you cross that finish line but you are ready. Enjoy this moment, savor every second, because like most first experiences, this one too will be over much faster than expected."

Peace

Sunday, October 13, 2013

48 Hours, 164 Miles, $110,000

Three weeks ago with the support of so many amazing people I ran/walked 164 miles in 48 Hours, completing 27 loops in New York City's Central Park. Most importantly we raised over $110,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation as we continue to do what we can to help find more effective treatments and eventually a cure for cancer. I am still struggling to find the words to meaningfully share this journey so for now I hope this amazing montage Tani put together will suffice.

Peace


Friday, September 13, 2013

Our Journey For A Cure Continues - 48 HOURS IN THE PARK

One week from today I will begin running in New York City's Central Park to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. I along with my wife, family and friends have been on this journey to help find a cure for all cancers since 2007. To support our efforts please like our Facebook Page and more importantly DONATE HERE to fund critical research. Peace and thank you!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Find Your Inspiration

Living with Multiple Myeloma since 2008 Pam inspires me with grace and courage!

Albert Einstein said “Life is like riding a bike. To maintain your balance you must keep moving.” This was brought to my attention by the young man who spoke at my sonʼs 8th grade graduation a few weeks ago. Yes, thatʼs right a 14 year old boy about to move forward into high school got me thinking. What exactly is it that keeps us in balance? Is it simply moving forward with our training wheels slightly above the ground? To truly experience the ride, sometimes you need to take off those training wheels and go flying down a hill even at the risk of a few bumps and bruises.

So what motivates us? For some, basic personal drive provides enough incentive to take chances. The simple will to succeed or experience something new is ample fuel to actually risk failure? For most of us however, I think we need a little something else, “Inspiration”. So where does inspiration come from? Where do you find yours?

  • Watching your children fearlessly glide from one year to the next? 
  • Holding the hand of your partner as she gives birth to your child? 
  • Watching someone dear to you fight an invisible killer to stay alive? 
  • Witnessing a man or woman accomplish physical feats you canʼt imagine?

Whatever it is, when it happens I believe in taking that fire, lit by another and running with it. I have been inspired by my children, my wife, friends and strangers. The thing is, I never know where itʼs going to come from. So I canʼt actually say I find inspiration, it finds me. When it does, I feel this insatiable appetite to take a chance. The need to get out there and do something that scares the hell out of me, knowing I could get hurt or even worse, FAIL.

Donʼt let fear of failure hold you back. Being balanced does not mean never falling down. Use the incredible actions of those around you to become the inspiration others will feed off of. 

Get inspired and pass it on. 

Peace E

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pain Don't Hurt

Yes it does, but that does not mean it's bad.  This weekend while cheering on Tani and watching runners come through the first aid station during TNF's half marathon in DC, I read the following quote on the back of a man's shirt.


I have not stopped thinking about it all week. I did a little search and apparently it was originally said by General Lewis B Puller who was a U.S. Marine. What he may have meant was, that if you work through the pain it is strength that will survive the pain.

I honestly don't know what that means to General Puller or anyone else for that matter. I do know this...

After I have run for a day, or even two
When the sweat has dried and nausea fades
My feet are swollen and blisters are full
And my legs feel beaten and stairs seem like Everest
I have washed the trail dust from my body
Life seems anew
The beer is crisp, the hugs are warm
I feel fresh, so incredibly empowered and stronger than I was before.
At these moments I am so aware of my body and my mind feels forever clear.

Perhaps all the weakness is gone. Maybe it was never there and I just need to run to remind myself the strength is right there where I left it. 

Do what ever it is that reminds you of the strength you have.

Peace

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Boston 2013

This was quite a week for the running community and even more so our country. Once again we were attacked by a couple of cowards, who decided to target innocent, defenseless people. Much of the attention has focused on the two murderers these past few days and I am sure there is more to come with dick head number 2 being alive and in custody. While I am hopeful the authorities are successful in extracting any valuable information they can, I choose now to focus my energy on what is most important.

First, let us remember the four people who were murdered, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier.  I will never forget their faces. There will be much healing to do, for the countless innocent victims whose lives have been changed forever, physically and emotionally. Lives and limbs have been lost, dreams shattered and hearts broken. My family's thoughts and positive energy goes out to all those people whose lives have been scarred by this attack.

Despite all the tragedy and sadness surrounding this past week, as is
often the case there are many positive after effects. I for one could not be more proud to be an American right now and it is clear there are so many others feeling the same way. There were so many heroes who ran towards the explosions to help out their fellow man. Simply amazing to see how in times of danger so many act without thought of risk to themselves or what's in it for them. They just want to help others in need. Our amazing men and women in law enforcement once again acted swiftly, efficiently and safely and you got the mother fuckers who did this. THANK YOU!

Going forward let us be vigilant. As the saying goes here in NYC, if
you see something, say something. We owe it to each other to look out for one another. This is our country and we must defend it and our way of life.

I ran my first marathon just 2 months after 9/11 in NYC. I plan on being in Boston in 2014.

Peace! (I hope some day we have it)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Wall

During a run a couple weeks ago a friend who recently completed her first half marathon asked me about "The Wall".  What is the wall? Have you hit it? How do you get through it?  I tried to explain what I thought "The Wall" was and I realized something. There are actually three walls. One is at the top of the list of greatest rock albums ever. The other two are just as well known in endurance sports but not nearly as popular.

Scientifically Speaking
The wall by technical definition is a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifest itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy.  While most of us experience some version of this at some point while exerting maximum effort, I do not believe most of us truly hit an impassible physical wall. Physical pain and discomfort? Yes. Impossible to conquer? No.

I think this video accurately demonstrates what "The Wall" is (physically). Certainly famous I would say among endurance athletes, in 1997 at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham have given it all they have and their bodies are totally depleted of all energy as they crawl to the finish line in a courageous battle for 4th and 5th place.

Reality Check
Endurance sports hurt, plain and simple. Nothing scientific here, just reality. Run long enough and hard enough and it hurts. The wall for most of us is brought on by physical pain and/or other discomfort within our bodies. The intensity or severity of this however is most often all in our minds in my opinion. That is not to say the pain is not there, it is. What I am saying is, it's how we interpret the pain and deal with it that is within our control. This is our reality check. Give into it, or embrace it.

As the pain grows and the self doubt creeps in, you have hit the wall. Perhaps more specifically you have entered the point in time when rationalizations and decisions determine the outcome of your adventure.  Hitting the wall is a mental state where we need a bit of a reality check. A time to determine what is really going on and a chance to make choices.  For me "The Wall" is defined by the thoughts and questions that go through my mind to remind me it is decision time.  Decision time is when we need to decide if we want to continue to suffer.  Here are many of my thoughts when I begin to struggle:

  • What the fuck was I thinking!
  • Is my foot broken? It must be because anything that hurts this bad must be broken.
  • I wish I could just sit down for 2 minutes.
  • I am such an idiot.
  • How the hell am I going to do this?
  • I am not feeling so hot.
  • Oh please don't let this happen, just keep going......

The wheels are coming off and it's time to embrace the pain. I think this quote from the movie "The Runner" says it best.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Monday, March 25, 2013

Faces of Cancer

This past week after learning a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with colon cancer, Tani and I decided to start an album on our Facebook page called Faces of Cancer. We invited anyone and everyone to share their pictures and stories of cancer and are extending the same invite now. I posted the first picture of my father who is a prostate cancer survivor (at left). You are welcome to share your pictures and stories on our Just A Mile To Go Facebook page or simply follow along as we continue our Journey For A Cure.  Email us your pictures and stories on FB or at e.rock67@yahoo.com.  Peace and Have A Great Day! E

Sunday, March 17, 2013

It's Better To Give

Strong at mile 10!
She did it!!! Tani kicked some ass today at the NYC Half. Her third run at that distance, her first road half and her fastest by far. After all the hard work and anxiousness about achieving her goal of 2hrs 11 min, Tani nailed it with a 2:08. I continue to maintain my amazement at her accomplishments as a full time Mom, Partner and Athlete.

Pre-race huggin
As someone who is usually on the other side of the ropes, supported and cheered on by others, especially Tani, today was beyond words. I was nervous and excited.  I was of course hopeful that my wife would accomplish what she set out to do. However, I was more focused on not letting her down. I wanted to be sure I was at each place I said I would be and remind her how proud I am of her and that she was looking strong. The thought of not being there if she was struggling ate me up. I wanted to be at her side reminding her she could do it. I don't think she needed me because Tani was strong the whole way, but it felt damn good to be there for her.

If there is ever a running tip I can give, its go out and support your friends and family when they are pushing themselves and achieving new goals. I know you will never forget it, and I'll bet they wont either. Peace

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Running Moms Rock


Crossing the finish line with Isla!
When you see a woman running with a jogger, sometimes a double wide or rushing to the gym with babys in tow to get to a yoga class, what do you think. I think, "Unbelievable"! No way in hell could I pull all that off, running, parenting, shopping, and all the other stay at home Mom responsibilities which are endless.
About 9 weeks ago Tani asked me to put together a training schedule for her as she got into the NYC Half Marathon.  This will be Tani's 3rd half, but first on the road. She is a trail junkie! After running 2:44 at The North Face's mud fest last June and a 2:24 after going down with a busted up ankle at Pain to Paine, she has set a goal of 2:11 this time. With just 2 weeks left before the race on St. Patrick's Day I thought I would share the schedule I put together for her, and perhaps it is one that can work for others.

First it is important to understand the following which needed to be taken into account.
  1. Tani is a full time stay at home Mom. Yup, she does it the old fashioned way, with no help. What this means is she needs to fit her training in between the needs and responsibilities of every day family life. Anyone out there who has seen a rockin Mom at work knows exactly what I mean.
  2. She has other interests as well, yoga, kick boxing and boot camp classes she was not willing to give up. This limits her availability to run to 3 days per week.
  3. During the week she only has about 90 minutes max of actual workout time which she must squeeze in while our daughter is in nursery school or during the 2 hr time limit at the gym's nursery. Weekends have been interesting as well with us both trying to get our long runs in.
In typical Tani fashion, she has managed to make it happen, and I am certain she is going to kick some butt come March 17th. So here it is. A half marathon training program for a full time Mom. Just 3 run days and no more than 21 miles in a week.  Just remember no runner with a family can do it on their own. Gotta help each other out!!!  Peace

11 weeks (8 miles)
F- 4 miles easy
S- 4 miles easy

10 weeks (14 miles)
M- 4 miles hills
F- 4 miles easy
S- 5 miles easy
All runs were schedule for Mon, Fri, Sat but of course you gotta go with the flow when life gets in the way!

9 weeks (15 miles)
4 miles speed
5 miles easy
6 miles w/3 at race pace

8 weeks (17 miles)
5 miles hills
5 miles easy
7 miles with 4 miles at race pace

7 weeks (18 miles)
5 miles speed
5 miles race pace
8 miles easy

6 weeks (19 miles)
5 miles hills
9 miles with 5 miles at race pace
5 miles easy

5 weeks (20 miles)
5 miles hills
10 miles easy
5 miles at race pace

4 weeks (21 miles)
5 miles speed
5 miles easy
11 miles with 7 miles at race pace

3 weeks (17 miles)
4 miles easy
5 miles hills
8 miles easy

2 weeks (21 miles)
5 miles speed
11 miles with 7 miles at race pace
5 miles easy

1 week (20.1 miles)
4 miles easy
3 miles easy
Race Day 13.1 Hard

Saturday, March 2, 2013

EricG's Running Tips #40 ALWAYS Tell Someone Where You Are!

127 Hours, the biographical survival drama about Aaron Ralston is as extreme an example as you can get without death. Ralston, who ended up amputating his own arm to free himself from a canyon he was trapped in for  more than 5 days most certainly would have died if he had not been able to free himself. Why? Because no one knew where he went on his adventure or when he was expected to return.  If you are heading out for a short 3 mile run or a 6 hour bike ride or run let someone know your planned route and approximately when you think you will return. It only takes two seconds and that way if something unfortunate happens and you are unable to help yourself, at least someone will know where to look and when to begin worrying.

Either the night before or the morning of my runs I tell Tani what my plan is. If I am running multiple roads and trails I may even leave a note. Below is what I left on our kitchen chalk board this morning.

Be safe out there. Peace

Friday, February 15, 2013

This One Is Going To Hurt - 48 Hours In The Park

I have been thinking about this one for a couple of years and finally decided to go for it. This year our annual charity run for the benefit of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, will be a solo effort in New York City's Central Park. Beginning on Friday, September 20, 2013 I will run/walk for 48 hours straight in an attempt to cover 200 miles. That is 33 loops on Central Park's outer roadway. By way of comparison, my Catskill 155 effort was 155 miles and took me 45.5 hours and Badwater at 135 miles took 42+ hours (significantly more harsh conditions of course). This will no doubt be a challenge of epic proportions for me. I wrote about the park as my oasis a couple years ago and I am extremely excited about the struggles I will certainly go through here. It's a place of great presence in my heart and there is no question this adventure will strip me to the core. I can only hope my commitment and support of so many carry me through, bringing much needed attention to the MMRF and raising a boatload of money so we can find a cure for cancer together.

We will continue to provide updates over the next 7 months as we train and further develop our strategy. If you would like to make a donation to the MMRF please click here.

Peace

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Marshall Ulrich - It's Not About Being a Badass!

Me and Marshall
Prior to running the Catskill 155 back in 2011, I reached out by email to Marshall Ulrich for some advice. He replied within 24 hours. I had the chance to thank him personally last year as I spent some time running with him for a couple of miles during the early stages of Badwater.

I recently saw a video/interview that AARP posted about him. His adventures, durability and determination are obviously incredible. From Leadville to Badwater and Running Across America to the Seven Summits, Marshall is truly an inspiration. What I am most impressed by and in tune with however, are his thoughts on why he does it and what it's really all about.  Keep doing it for all the right reasons Marsh. Enjoy the video at this link!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

EG's Running Tips #39 More Important Than Training?

As runners we are always talking about gear, nutrition, pace, training, racing and the list goes on. Sometimes it's just good to get out and run with your friends and family. Today on my long run day I did not spend 3 or 4 hours busting my hump on a training run (my schedule called for 3 hours). I don't feel guilty about it for one second. I spent about 30 minutes running with my family and my friend Tony Portera and his family. No matter what is on your training schedule, it's ok to skip a day for the important things in life. Hope everyone else got to start their Super Bowl Sunday with something awesome too. Peace and Have A Great Day!
Freezer 5k with Tani, Jared and Kyle!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Challenge II - Tani vs Eric: And The Winner Is...

I don't see a loser here. Do you?
Nearly four weeks after we began our little competition we are done. Thankfully! As much fun as this is, I have made it clear by now that I am not all that comfortable living my life this way. I don't like restraints, rules or guidelines. I prefer freedom. Funny, I guess I was free to choose to do this. Be that as it may, it has been fun and there is nothing wrong with winning:) Especially when I can now claim the title "King Of The World".

One little side note to be fair. Tani spent nearly all week home with Isla who has been sick. No working out for 4 days and she still stuck with it and gave it her all.

Tani here.....I am not going to lie, I am disappointed with the results.  I do NOT like losing!  I'm sure if I had spent the last 2 months of 2012 (and not just the month of December) packing it on, this competition would have been a lot closer.  Talk about an unfair advantage!  In all seriousness, so I'm not "the" winner, but I still come out a winner.  I feel fantastic.  I'm stronger, leaner, faster and in the best shape of my life.  I am going to continue with the Beyond Diet plan while enjoying wine and my favorite foods in moderation.  So congratulations to my husband, the "King Of The World"!

Measurable results are below. What is not, is how great we feel. Not only from this competition, but generally from living a fun, active life. Peace E


Tani
1.1.2013
1.27.2013
Total Loss
% Loss
Weight
131 lbs
125 lbs
6 lbs
4.6%
Waist at belly button
30”
28”
2”
6.7%
Waist at largest circumference
33.5”
31.5”
2”
6.0%
Right Thigh
21”
20.5”
0.5”
2.4%
Right Bicep
11”
11”
0
0%

Eric
1.1.2013
1.27.2013
Total Loss
% Loss
Weight
173.2 lbs
163 lbs
9.2 lbs
5.8%
Waist at belly button
37”
34.5”
2.5”
6.8%
Waist at largest circumference
37.5”
34.5”
3”
8.0%
Right Thigh
22.25”
21.5”
0.75”
3.4%
Right Bicep
13.25”
12.5”
0.75”
5.7%

Thursday, January 24, 2013

EG's Running Tips #38 Find Your Sweet Spot

A while back I wrote an opinion based on my experience about running hills and if that in fact will make you faster. Lately I feel like there have been an abundance of postings, articles etc. about the high mileage runner and varying opinions as to whether high mileage is necessary to be a successful runner, regardless of your preferred distance. The one overwhelming response when it comes to elite runners would seem to be yes. The coaches say so, the runners do so and I would imagine in typical fashion most average runners at least attempt, to follow suit. "Well shit, if that runner is doing it and winning races, that must be the thing to do." Right?

Uhhh, No! I will go out on a limb here and say that for most of us, make that nearly all of us there is no way putting in 100 plus or even 150 plus miles per week is "the right thing to do" or even realistic.  So what is the right thing to do? As I always say, you need to determine what works for you. I think taking the recommendations of others and breaking them down by trial and error to determine your optimum level of training is the way to go. I define optimum as more than just performance on race day, but also performance everyday. A few questions to ask yourself may be:
  1. How do you feel physically?  Are you sore and tired or do you feel ready to go?
  2. Are you mentally ready? Excited / nervous to race or could you care less?
  3. Are you looking forward to training most days or are you dreading the thought of it?
  4. Is it adversely affecting your home life or work production?
Push the limits in all directions, both too little and too much. That is how you find your sweet spot. After 5 years of trying to find my sweet spot, I think I may be close. The reason I feel this way?

Relatively injury free
Excited to train
Excited to race
My family and friends are supportive
I am driven to improve, yet satisfied with what I have accomplished
I am happy

By the way, I have only run more than 80 miles in a training week once, and 70 miles a few times. The majority of my training this past year was in the 55 to 65 mile per week range at peak. I ran about 20% fewer miles in 2012 than in 2010 and 2011 while running my fastest 50 miler by 20 minutes, missing a marathon pr by under 1 minute (I did not even train specifically for that) and completed Badwater. I say less mileage with focus.

I hope everyone finds their sweet spot!

Peace

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week 3 - The Challenge II Tani vs Eric

Thankfully the 3rd week is now complete. I say that because it means there is only one week left and I can't wait to go about my daily routine without this routine.  Don't get me wrong, the competition aspect of this with Tani is a blast. It's always cool doing something together and the banter around the house is always comical. Mostly we accuse each other of trying to sabotage the other's efforts through suggestion or down right cheating. I also find it interesting to see how we each react to changes in our diet. Do we feel better, worse, happier, more irritable and so on.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Tani is a rock when it comes to this and I am a grumpy bastard. Hmm...I wonder if she just has a better game face than me.

Below are our charts for the week. Hope everyone has a great week and we are excited to crown a champion seven days from now. Tani has still not decided what she is playing for but as a reminder I am playing for "King of the World".

DAY 13
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
4 mile run
So much for feeling good. Sick now. Today was a rest day anyway.
Breakfast

Asparagus Omelet
1 slice Ezekial Bread
4 Strawberries
Raman noodle soup
Snack #1

2 oz Ham
1/2 Pepper
none
Lunch

3 oz Chicken
1 cup Sweet Potato Cauliflower Puree
1 cup sauteed Spinach
Raman noodle soup
Snack #2

2 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins
1/2 Pepper
1/4 red pepper
Dinner

Spoon Restaurant
Avocado Salad
1/4 cup Edamame
2 pcs Yellowtail Sashimi
1 Live Scallop Sashimi
Salmon Skin Hand Roll (Brown Rice)
1/2 cup sauteed String Beans
Spoon Restaurant
12 piece sushi
1/2 roll
edamame
2 saketinis to kill the cold:)
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
2 cups Tea
70 oz Water
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
2 cups coffee
1 cup tea
60 oz water
Comments

Struggled a bit with my speed workout this morning.  My legs are still pretty tired.  Otherwise, I’m feeling pretty good, healthy and strong.  I’m never hungry, but I am starting to crave sweets and pizza!!  Is it February yet?
Bummed to be sick as I was hitting my stride. Hopefully will feel better tomorrow.

DAY 14
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
Extreme Endurance Class
(High intensity cardio bursts, strengthening and core exercises)
No workout still sick
Breakfast

2 Eggs
1 cup sauteed Broccoli and Peppers
1 slice Ezekial Bread
2 eggs
1 cup sauteed broccoli and peppers
1 slice Ezekial Bread
Snack #1

2 HB Eggs
7 Carrots
1 oz Raw Almonds
7 Carrots
1 Pear
Lunch

1 1/2 cups Brown Rice Pasta with Short Rib Sauce
Green Salad with chicken
1 small chicken noodle soup
Snack #2

2 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins
1 Green Apple
1 oz raw almonds
6 baby carrots
Dinner

1 cup Vegetable Stir fry
3 oz Grilled Turkey
1/2 cup Brown Rice
1 cup Vegetable Stir fry
3 oz Grilled Turkey and 3 oz Shrimp
1 cup Brown Rice
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
1 cup Tea
70 oz Water
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
60 oz Water
3 Cups Coffee
1 tropical punch Vita Coco
3 beers
Comments

I hurt my foot yesterday while stepping into the garage.  It was so stupid and it hurts like hell!  To top it off, I gained half a pound.  I am really frustrated and disappointed.  I guess the one positive is that I was able to finish out today’s workout.  I thought for sure I was going to have to walk out (that’s how much it hurts).  Kickboxing Boot Camp tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to punching the hell out of the heavy bag!
Still have a bit of a cold/flu or whatever this is. Going to push myself tomorrow to run even if I am not 100%.

DAY 15
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
10 min Spin Bike
TRX
5 miles w hill repeats
Breakfast

1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1/2 Tomato
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/2 cup Blueberries
1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1/2 Tomato
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1 banana
Snack #1

2 HB Eggs
1 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffin
2 oz ham
Lunch

3 oz Chicken
1/2 Avocado
1 cup Brown Rice w/ Salsa
green salad with chicken, cucumber, avocado, tomato, oil and red vinegar.
Snack #2

2 oz Turkey
7 Carrots
1 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffin
1 oz Almonds (at Movie Theater)
7 baby carrots
1 oz almonds
Dinner

8 oz Salmon Burger
2 cups Sweet Potato Fries
popcorn during movie date with Tani
wedge salad w blue cheese
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
60 oz Water
1 glass Pinot Noir
3 cups coffee
80 oz water
1 tropical punch Vita Coco
3 beers
Comments

Snow day for the kids, boot camp cancelled :(  Tried TRX for the 2nd time today.  It was okay.  Date night.  I brought almonds to the movie theater so I could splurge and enjoy a glass of wine at dinner.  It was probably close to 10 by the time we ate dinner and I ate a lot!  :(
Crazy day, eating was all over the place. So glad to be feeling better. Good run this morning, great date with Tani tonight.

DAY 16
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
Vinyasa Yoga
5 miles
Breakfast

2 scrambled Eggs
1 cup Asparagus and Red Pepper
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/2 cup Blueberries
2 scrambled Eggs
1 cup Asparagus and Red Pepper
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/2 cup Blueberries
Snack #1

1/2 cup of Mixed Fruit (Berries, pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe)
1 HB Egg
6 baby carrots
1 oz raw almonds
Lunch

3 oz Chicken
1/2 Avocado
1 cup Brown Rice w/ Salsa
green salad with shrimp and chicken
Snack #2

3 mini Quinoa Muffins
1/2 Red Pepper
10 baby carrots
1 oz raw almonds
Dinner

1 cup Chicken and Butter Beans
1/2 cup Brown Rice
2 cups Chicken and Butter Beans
1 cup brown rice
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
60 oz Water
3 cups coffee
100 oz water
1 tropical fruit Vita Coco
1 vodka, 1 beer
Comments

Gained a pound.  I figured I would after last night’s dinner.  Tried my best to stay on course today, primarily focusing on my portions.  I had a great practice today despite my very sore legs.  Tomorrow’s run is going to be tough.  
Up late last night on date night so did not work out until the evening. Overall feeling good.

DAY 17
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
5 mile run
30 min spin 30 min boot camp
Breakfast

AGF Chicken Sausage
1 cup Asparagus
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1 cup asparagus
1 slice Munster Cheese
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1 banana
Snack #1

1 oz Almonds
2 oz turkey
6 baby carrots
1/2 green apple
Lunch

3 oz Turkey
1 cup Spinach
Green salad, chicken, cucs, tomato, celery, avocado, oil and red vinegar.
Snack #2

2 oz Ham
6 Carrots
1 Pear
6 baby carrots
1 oz raw almonds
Dinner

Salad
4 oz Filet
1 small Sweet Potato
1/2 cup Broccoli
1 small piece of Banana Quinoa Bread
8 oz steak
1 sweet potato
1/2 cup broccoli
green salad w avocado
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
2 cups Tea
80 oz Water
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
80 oz Water
3 Cups Coffee
4 Beers (its Friday:)
Comments

Gained another pound!  WTF?  Having a hard time staying on track and motivated.  I know it’s just a number, but I’m really frustrated.
Feeling great today. Decent night’s sleep. Awesome workout this morning! Looking forward to a great run tomorrow but for the near single digit temps.

DAY 18
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
Rest Day
14.75 mile run
2 gels
Breakfast

1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1 cup Broccoli
1 slice Ezekial Bread
3 Strawberries
2 fried eggs
1 cup spinach
1 slice Munster cheese
1 slice Ezekial bread
Snack #1

1 oz Almonds
5 Carrots
a few carrots and raw almonds
Lunch

1/2 Burger
1 cup Asparagus
1 cup Sweet Potato Fries
1/2 Burger
1 cup Asparagus
1 cup Sweet Potato Fries
Snack #2

2 oz Turkey
1/2 cup Veggie Chili
nothing, took a nap
Dinner

Salad
1 cup Brown Rice Pasta
1 cup Marinara w/ Turkey
1/2 cup sauteed Spinach
Salad
1 cup Brown Rice Pasta
1 cup Marinara w/ Turkey
1/2 cup sauteed Spinach
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
1 cup Tea
1 glass Sauvignon Blanc
60 oz Water
2 cups coffee
100 oz water
1 Cafe Coco Coconut Water
many beers, we went bowling and everyone knows bowling requires drinking.
Comments

Decided to rest today and do my “long run” tomorrow.  
I still feel a little uneasy or anxious because I am with holding from many of the cravings I am having. I don’t eat a lot of sweets but when I do want them I usually have them. Been craving ice cream. Next week it will be mine.


DAY 19
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
6 mile run
13.75 mile run (treadmill)
2 gels 1 serving HEED
Breakfast

1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/4 cup Blueberries
2 eggs w/ cup veggie chili
1 slice Ezekial bread
Snack #1

2 oz Turkey
2 Carrots
1 red apple

Lunch

Turkey, kale and brown rice soup
Turkey, kale and brown rice soup
Snack #2

2 oz Ham
1 Pear
nothing
Dinner

4 oz grilled Chicken and Shrimp
2 cups sauteed Vegetables
1 cup Brown Rice
4 oz grilled Chicken and Shrimp
2 cups sauteed Vegetables
1 cup Brown Rice
Fluids

80 oz Water
2 Cups Coffee
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
1/2 Tropical Punch Vita Coco
1 glass of Red Wine

2 cups coffee
100 oz water
1 large Tropical Punch Vita Coco
4 beers
Comments

Happy with my training so far.  My hip was bothering me and I considered stopping at 4, but I pushed through.  Feel good for getting it done. Trying not to obsess so much about the number on the scale, but it’s hard for me.  
Despite being sick at the beginning of the week I feel rebounded well and feel great. Some solid runs this weekend and looking forward now to ramping up for the spring season. Mostly looking forward to being crowned champion next Sunday:)
 
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