Finally getting back into the groove?

I’ve been lazier when it comes to blogging than than running.

I’ve taken the last two days off, but I had a pretty good weekend of running. Friday morning I went for a 2.88 mile run and then followed it up Saturday with a 5.76 mile jaunt. Sunday was Easter, so I gorged myself on ham and twice-baked potatoes, but then Monday night I did another 2.88 miles. I’m 19% of the way to my 500 mile goal and now I need to average 10.61 miles per week to achieve it.

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Take advantage of the good days

Last Saturday was disappointing because of the slushy snow. So I had to run on the treadmill, which I hate. Sunday however was gorgeous, so I took advantage and ran 6.3 miles. It was a lazy run (10min miles), but it was a 6.3 mile run nonetheless. Monday was snowy in the morning, so I’m glad I got out and took advantage.

When I finished my run, RunKeeper told me that my goal to run 500 miles this year was 17% complete. Considering that we’re 25% through the year, this isn’t particularly great news. I’ll need to average 10.56 miles per week for the rest of the year to make it.

The warmer weather is getting here, so I know I’ll run a lot more once it comes. Otherwise I’ll probably need to run 50 miles the last week in December! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Happy Running!

~ Lucas

Stop Snowing! 30 minutes on the treadmill

I was doing really well in the beginning of the year. Even though it was 18 degrees out, at least the sun was shinning. Maybe I was more motivated (definitely a factor), maybe I was less busy (that sounds like an excuse), or maybe the weather just seemed more cooperative? Whatever the reason, I’ve been seriously lacking in the mileage department the last few weeks.

This week was no exception. I was busy. It rained a few days. I kept making excuses. Then this morning came, and I thought, today is the day I redeem myself. I’m going to get up and run 7+ miles and feel great about myself. Too bad I forgot to check the weather last night. :-(

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Short runs still add miles

Another busy week, another lazy running schedule.

As usual, I overcommitted myself and found very little time to motivate myself to run. I keep telling myself that I need to take better care of myself, carve out the necessary time, but the morning comes and it’s cold and dark and windy. I find myself working late into the night to meet commitments that I stupidly said “yes” to. I’ve also been trying to commit to more sleep, which means I need to cut time either on the front-end (morning) or the backend (night).

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I was super lazy this week

I was really busy this week. That was my excuse. This week in particular I had to head down to NYC for a day, it was my daughter’s birthday, plus I had a night out with friends planned. In fact, I had to attend an event for my niece and chaperone a Saturday birthday party with a gaggle of screaming 7-year-olds. So, like I mentioned, I was really busy.

Now, with all that being said, sure, it may have thrown me off for a few days. But, it was also cold in the mornings, and I’ve been working late into the night on some projects. So it became very easy for me to blow off my runs. Well now here we are on Sunday and I hadn’t done any running all week. I took a few walks during lunch (one at a brisk 14:45/mi pace), but that pales in comparison to a good solid half hour run. I couldn’t possible let the entire week go by and not at least get a few miles in.

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Weight Training for the Lazy Runner

Exercises

Running is an excellent way to exercise. It helps with cardiovascular fitness as well as endurance training. For the lazy runner, however, running can easily lead to injury if you do too much, too fast. This is where a proper weight training regime can really help, not just to prevent injuries, but also to increase your endurance and make you a better runner.

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HOW TO: Recover like a Lazy Runner

Whether you’re just starting to run, or you have been an running for awhile, it’s important to properly recover from a run. For the lazy runner, it’s also important to not push yourself too hard and too fast. If you’re just starting out, don’t run every day of the week. Start off with just a few short runs a week. Proper recovery is important because this is where improvement will happen. Proper recovery will ensure that your body gets the right amount of rest it needs for the next work out session and for every day life activities.

Once you have finished a run, the recovery process is starting to take effect. The fibers in your muscles that have suffered micro-tearing and been robbed of energy are in the process of recovery. Also, your bones that took a toll during your run are starting their own recovery process. It’s important to follow a well-balanced recovery regimen to keep you on track and to stay healthy.

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An interesting take on exercise and weight loss

I came across this interesting article on Medium the other day that challenges the link between exercise and weight loss. As someone who has struggled a bit with fluctuating weight and has mixed in combinations of diet and exercise, I think I might have to agree.

A few years back I did the Insanity workout with Shaun T. I did it religiously, every day for 63 days. The net result? I only lost about 4 pounds. There are a few caveats here, though. I did NOT follow the diet. I didn’t eat terribly, but I wasn’t watching calories either. I also think I gained muscle and lost fat. I certainly looked better, but my weight didn’t change much.

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Lazy Routes for the Lazy Runner

I have a a few loops around the streets of the little town where I live. Even though I live on top of a hill (which can make my runs more challenging), there are plenty of permutations to stretch or shorten my routes. Most of the time I lazy, but sometimes I’m not.

Having a few routes in your repertoire is never a bad thing. In fact, for the Lazy Runner, this gives you plenty of chances to be lazy, but still get a good run in. I also find that knowing exactly how much time and effort each route will take, helps to overcome your laziness.

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