the magnificent Mr. Carlos

I am a runner. I run in rain or shine, light or darkness. I run until I cry, collapse, or until I feel like I cannot go on. And then, I run another mile. Because I am a runner. I am unstoppable, unbeatable, untouchable.
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A pretty good month overall but came up a little short in the mileage because of the cold at the end of the month. I should have had an additional 15 or so miles. Still, I had more miles than last month and my average run distance went up from 3.4 miles per run in July. (Probably because I only had 1 track workout this month).

For September I expect the next couple weeks to remain pretty high in mileage before I start tapering for the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon the first weekend in October. Hopefully no more colds or setbacks so that I go into the race 100% healthy. Looking to take 3 minutes off my PR for the half and get down into the low 1:20’s or even sub 1:20 if possible. Starting tomorrow I also need to be actively trying to get down to my coach’s goal race weight for me. I’m 169 now, he’d like me to be at least 160 or less. This month might suck a bit. 

Bullet Point Monday
Waking up with Starbucks in San Diego this morning.
I think I ate about 3 pounds of Mexican food last night. Totally worth it. (But also the reason I was at my highest weight when I lived here for 3 years) 
I’m supposed to do a recovery run today but I’m not sure how that’s going to happen as I can barely walk at the moment because my quads are so thrashed from running all the hills in Arizona. 
I have to drive home later today which means another 6-8 hours (depending on LA traffic) in the car. No matter how long it takes to get home we’ll have spent more than 24 hours driving in the last 96 hours.
I’m going to need a vacation from this vacation.

Bullet Point Monday

  • Waking up with Starbucks in San Diego this morning.
  • I think I ate about 3 pounds of Mexican food last night. Totally worth it. (But also the reason I was at my highest weight when I lived here for 3 years)
  • I’m supposed to do a recovery run today but I’m not sure how that’s going to happen as I can barely walk at the moment because my quads are so thrashed from running all the hills in Arizona.
  • I have to drive home later today which means another 6-8 hours (depending on LA traffic) in the car. No matter how long it takes to get home we’ll have spent more than 24 hours driving in the last 96 hours.
  • I’m going to need a vacation from this vacation.

This 4.5 mile race was almost entirely uphill, hence the name. I had no expectations going into this race because there were so many factors that were not in my favor. The biggest of which was my quads were thrashed after yesterday’s grueling 16 mile run. I decided to just play it by feel after all this was just a training run for me. When we lined up for the start the race director announced that there were to aid stations at 1.5 and 3 miles. I knew walking was going to be inevitable but I thought that if I could make it to each aid station and only walk then I’d be happy and still have a decent race. Somehow I managed to do just that.

Splits
1: 8:31
2: 10:03
3: 9:19
4: 9:17
Finish: 40:22:50
Avg pace: 9:07

Overall I feel pretty happy with this race. I never have the opportunity to run hills so it was a nice change of pace and somewhat humbling to have my ass handed to me by a hill.

There are few things as enjoyable as sitting around a camp fire with great friends, family, interesting conversation and of course S’mores.

Playing around with the new Instagram time lapse app while driving to Prescott for the long weekend.

Out here in Arizona camping and running and spending time with my
family. I’ve also met and hung out with some of my coach’s other clients. They’re all really cool. Today we all went for a run that was nearly 16 miles. We started at camp (7600 ft elevation), ran half way down the mountain we’re camping on (5000 ft elevation) then slowly climbed up as we ran across the side of the mountain. The down hill was fun and slightly scary. The trail was littered with rocks but I only almost died once. From 5 miles on we were directly exposed to the sun and that really added an extra element of suck to the run. The last 2 miles were almost all climbing. I think we gained most of the 2000 ft of elevation in those final miles. It definitely sucked. I walked a lot. BUT, I survived.

Mile splits
1: 9:38
2: 10:58
3: 10:28
4: 9:33
5: 9:08
6: 8:30
7: 8:50
8: 12:26
9: 7:50
10: 8:32
11: 9:08
12: 8:50
13: 10:08
14: 21:50
15: 16:19
15.70: 19:11

I was so dead at the end of the run. I drank all my water in my pack. Thankfully I finished my water right as I finished the run. After a some major hydrating, refueling and a nap I felt better. We have the 4.5 mile hill climb race that’s actually 11 miles of running tomorrow morning. I really have no clue how I’ll do after today’s run but it should be fun.

Actually feeling a little worse. I’ve decided to make today a full rest day and hopefully do a short run tomorrow once I get to the campsite. This cold can suck it.

Yesterday was such a great exercise day. I worked out hard and I really felt like I exerted all my energy by the end of the day. Unfortunately that seems to have taken it’s toll on me today. I was already fighting off a cold this week and after yesterday, I think I opened up my body to an attack. I was really feeling the symptoms throughout the day, runny nose, coughing and sneezing plus I had no energy all day. After resting at home for a few hours after work I started to feel a little better so I got ready and headed out for what was supposed to be an 8 mile run. 2.5 miles in I knew it wasn’t going to happen. 

Right after I hit the 3rd mile I started hearing a weird noise. I was in a fairly dark part of the neighborhood and thought maybe I was hearing some random animal but when I really listened I realized the noise was coming from me. I was involuntarily wheezing during my exhale. I probably should have just went straight home at that point which was a mile away. I decided to take the long way home which added the 5th mile to the run. I almost took an even longer route home which would have added an additional 1.5 miles but decided against it because I have such a big weekend planned that I really need to focus on getting over this cold. To that end I came home and overloaded on a vitamin C heavy smoothie and two glasses of Simply Orange & Mango juice. 

I talked to my coach and told him how this run went. He’s very concerned and wants me ready for this weekend (probably because he doesn’t want me to get his infant son sick). We decided that instead of doing the full 10 miles he had planned for me tomorrow, I’ll get plenty of rest tonight and run an easy 3-7 miles basing the distance on how I feel. Hopefully the next couple days get better because the last thing I need this weekend is breathing problems at 4500 feet in elevation. 

First there was the hour of PT this morning for the Navy where we did the Spiderman workout from Neila Rey which included a mile run. Then after a very long day at work I had a softball game in the hot sun for an hour and a half. Then came the hard work. Today’s run. 

Today was Tuesday track day. On the schedule for this track run was 8x400m repeats with a 200m jogging rest in between laps. However that was preceded by a 3 mile warm up run. 

Even though I started my run this evening about an hour earlier than I normally do, the sun has been going down a lot sooner which means it’s been cooling off earlier too. The weather was perfect for this speed workout which is good because I haven’t done a track run in a while. 

I was really happy with the consistency of the splits. I would have liked to have been a little closer to or even under 75 seconds per lap but after the long day and running 10 miles last night I’m happy with this. 

Finally I ended my day’s workouts by running a 3 mile cool down.

I’m so exhausted now and ready for bed. I’m going to sleep so good tonight. 

I think I said yesterday that all of last week I ran just under 17 miles. Tonight I ran more than half that. I’m so happy that last week is over and it’s back to my normal training schedule! First run of this week was a scheduled 10 miles. 

I felt good through 3.5 miles and then I started to feel that old familiar GI pains and pressure so I took a quick detour back home and handled my business. After that things felt great for the rest of the run. I think I’m starting to catch a little bit of an end of summer cold so my sinuses are a little blocked but running helped clear them out. I’m hoping to knock out this cold by the end of the week because I’m heading to the forests of Prescott, Arizona for a mini “running camp” with my Bro-coach and a few of his other clients. There will lots of running and I want to be at 100% healthy for the trip. 

My last day of this down week (THANKFULLY!) was a 1 hour run. A nice, easy 1 hour run. 

It was a nice little run to end the weekend. I was a little stiff at the start because I had two days off but it only took me about a mile to shake off that rust. 

Because this was a down/rest week I only ran 16.3 miles from Monday to Sunday. I have not enjoyed this. I’m ready to get back to my 50+ mile weeks starting tomorrow. I just have to keep telling myself that coach knows best. 

Thanks to the hommie megorun for tagging me in this. Here we go…

Rule1: Always post the rules.

Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 9 new ones.

Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post

Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them.

Here are the questions:

1) Favorite supporting actor in a movie of all time
Harrison Ford - Star Wars Episodes IV-VI

2) What is your favorite pop song you don’t want anybody too know you like?
We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus. The beat and the hook on this song are really catchy. I don’t listen to Miley, her music isn’t really what I’m into but whenever I hear this song I can’t help but rock my head to the beat.

3) what is your most regrettable fashion choice of all time
It wasn’t exactly my choice but…


4) Do you think Obama is worst president of all time yes or no answer only.
No

5) What is the aesthetic you would change about yourself if you could
I guess I wish I was a little bit taller


6) Would you rather be able to run a sub 4 minute mile, or a 2:05 marathon
2:05 marathon for sure

7) What is your bucket list race that you haven’t crossed off yet
Boston (soon), London and New York

8) Greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan, LeBron, Kobe?
Of these 3, Jordan

9) Are you a marijuana virgin
Yup…I was definitely a square growin’ up. A total…

For my 11 people, I’m tagging these folks.
malloryrunsthis, katebikerun, seechrisrun, breatherunlive, runningwithpump, desert-child, littlerunnergurl, liftheavybeawesome, ultrarunnersean, danagoesthedistance and gioruns

Here are your questions

1) Do you think we’re alone in the universe?

2) You have an all expenses paid round trip ticket to anyplace on the earth, where do you go?

3) Manet, Monet, Van Gogh or Dali?

4) If you could quit your job to pursue a singular passion what would you do?

5) Sky Diving or Diving with Sharks?

6) Have you ever stolen anything?

7) What is the one dish that must be served at your holiday meals?

8) Do you believe in magic?

9) Fold it or crumple it, how do handle your TP when your finished in the bathroom? 

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reticentverbiage:

1. Go running.
2. Feel like a majestic gazelle.
3. Return home, eat everything.

Alternatively,

1. Go running.
2. Everything is awful and your lungs/muscles refuse to suck it up and work better.
3. Return home, eat everything.

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fragmentednotes reblogged your post and added:
Well said.

Thank you!

kateruns131 replied to your post “My Daughter is 5 years old…”

There are a lot of meat-free versions of kid-friendly food, like veggie dogs and “chikn” nuggets that are usually made w/ soy or pea protein and easy to prepare. And grown ups can eat them too ;)

I am aware of the soy and veggie burgers, the “chikn” nuggets is news to me so thank you for that. I’ll definitely look into this and try out some different things to see what she enjoys and maybe she’ll love those too and giving up actual chicken nuggets won’t be such a big deal to her.

breatherunlive replied to your post “My Daughter is 5 years old…”

Seriously, you’re an awesome dad. She’s a lucky little girl!

Haha! Thanks! I try! I want her to feel like she can make her own choices. I also want to make her aware that she will meet people in her life that will have different opinions than her and she needs to learn to be accepting of those opinions. She may not like their opinions and she may cry that she can’t change those opinions (Like she did last night when I told her a lot of people eat animals) but that doesn’t make their opinions less valid than her own. That might be a huge concept for her to grasp at only 5 but hopefully I’m setting that foundation for when she grows up.

danagoesthedistance replied to your post “My Daughter is 5 years old…”

Aw what an awesome dad! Reminds me of when my 4 1/2 year old daughter recently asked how the taxidermy animals at cabellas got there and why they aren’t alive!

Thank you! First, I didn’t know you had a kid! Clearly I need to get to know some of y’all on a more personal level! Secondly, I can only imagine what your daughter thought of those taxidermy animals! If she’s anything like my daughter she probably wanted to make sure they weren’t going to come alive in the middle of dinner! Lol!

desert-child replied to your post “My Daughter is 5 years old…”

i love this. this is how my father raised me. never pushed his beliefs on us, always super understanding, and always willing to educate himself and us.

This was the way I was raised. My parents always let me choose my own path and explore different ideas and beliefs. The one exception was playing a sport in high school. My dad didn’t care what it was but he told me that I HAD to play a sport. Of course I chose cross country and track and I loved it. I want my daughter to feel like she has those same freedoms and choices for her beliefs.

seestephyrun replied to your post “My Daughter is 5 years old…”

This is adorable. You are awesome.

Thanks! It was definitely an unexpected experience for me last night. Hopefully she feels supported in her decision. She still seems a little hesitant about it but if still wants to become a vegetarian I’ll help her as much as I can.

aspiretocadence reblogged your post and added:
Make sure she gets enough iron. I tried being vegetarian at college, but I developed anemia and had to stop because I wasn’t eating right. Try and feed her a variety of things, such as vegetables, healthy grains, and nuts. Also thank you for being so understanding of her, you’re a great dad :)

See…THIS is what I need to know! Thank you for this feedback and I’ll definitely keep this in mind if/when we move forward. Also, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate that!

littlerunnergurl replied to your post “My Daughter is 5 years old…”

my colleague became a vegetarian when she was 4… just in the same manner as your daughter.. pretty much word for word… she’s 36 and still a vegetarian. It’s perfectly healthy.

Very good to know. Like I’ve been saying I want to make sure that she gets all her nutrients to keep her as healthy as possible. She may not become a 100% vegetarian over night, but I can help her start on that path.