Thursday, July 7, 2011

Brooks Ghost 4 Review



Good shoes are hard to find. I'm lucky to have found the Brooks Ghost 4's. They make a huge difference.

I guess I have weird feet because it is really tough to find a pair of shoes that fit me right. Especially for running.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to go down to Runners Roost in Lone Tree Colorado and actually get fitted for some good running shoes. I got my mileage up to close to 40 miles per week and I dropped close to 30 lbs so I thought this would be a good time to get some good shoes.

I looked at Asics, Nike, and Mizunos. This is where getting fitted for the proper shoes makes a big difference. I was going to go with a pair of Mizuno Wave Runner shoes because I though they looked the coolest. I found out they were not right for my running style. I needed a medium stability shoe and the Brooks Ghost 4 were the correct pair. Running on the treadmill at Runners Roost proved that.

What are some of the shoes you guys suggest? I'd love to hear your opinions here.

Good luck and Happy Running!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Haven't posted in a long time. Latest update




Just wanted to add a post here in case anybody is still following my blog. It's been two years since my last post.

Just wanted to let everyone know that my weight is finally starting to come off. I'm running and walking about 5 to 7 miles a day right now.

The main thing I want to do is tell you is "Don't give up!" when you are trying to get your weight off. I've weighed as much as 258 lbs and now I'm down to the 220's or low 230's. Still want to get down to about 185 which is good for me.

The one thing I did that really helped me this past month is limit the amount of food I was eating. I'm at about 1,000 calories per day of very healthy and vitamin rich food. Also, no processed food and very light on dairy and meat.

I gave up my once or twice daily Starbucks iced vanilla latte. After a week it wasn't hard, plus I have more money now. $10 per day on Starbucks in stupid. I make my own coffee now.

Also, I keep a food journal every day to track what I eat and I just keep track of the calories. No need to do something stupid like weight watchers points or join some stupid weight loss center for $500.

If you are having trouble losing weight I'd love to help you. I spent 10 years as a pretty large man. It feels much much better to be healthy and not fat.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Day and New Shoe - Under Armour


Just finished my first week of training by doing 3 miles yesterday.
Picked up some new Under Armour running shoes.

I picked up the men's Revenant running shoes. They are awesome!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 3 Marathon is 263 days away - "Be Like Brett"


The Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon seems a log ways away right now. Only 263 days. This is my longest run of the week. I need to do 3 miles on the treadmill at the rec center. That will take me about 45 minutes to an hour.

I'm looking for something motivating today but I'm stuck right now. The best I can do is Brett Favre. The Vikings, my favorite team of any sport, signed Brett Favre who turned 40 years old this season. Most people thought he could not make it through an entire NFL season at 40. He proved the critics wrong by leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game and missed the Super Bowl by one play. The Vikings lost in overtime 31 - 28 to the Saints.

I know the older we get the easier it is to give up on things we used to love to do, like running. But when you give up on the stuff you love a part of you dies. Keep the faith and keep running, playing golf, playing softball, or do whatever you love to do. Life is to short to quit.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 2 Running Schedule - Marathon Month's Away


Nice day in Colorado. About 30 degrees at the end of January in Colorado. I have 1.5 miles scheduled at the rec center tonight at 4:40 p.m. Should take me about a half hour.

I know that's extremely slow but I'm still a pretty big guy. Hopefully 6 months from now I'll be able to crank it out in less than 20 minutes.

Steve Prefontaine is still a popular U.S. running figure. I saw a movie about him a few years ago and it was great. I know he ran at Oregon in the early 70's and Nike still sells stuff with his name on it. Here's his rock or maybe it's his headstone.

According to Wikipedia he was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon, Prefontaine was primarily a long-distance runner who once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2000 meters to the 10,000 meters.[1] Prefontaine died at the age of 24 in a car accident. In the prime of his life.

The Eugene Register-Guard called his death "the end of an era". By the time of his death, Prefontaine was a popular athlete who, along with Frank Shorter and Bill Bowerman, was credited with sparking the running boom of the 1970s. His life story has been detailed in two films, 1997's Prefontaine and 1998's Without Limits, as well as the documentary "Fire on the Track". An annual track event, the Pre Classic, has been held in his honor since 1975.

Over his career, he won 120 of the 153 races he ran (78 percent). Prefontaine liked to say, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."

Pre's Rock is a memorial at the site of the roadside boulder where Prefontaine died. Many runners inspired by Prefontaine leave behind memorabilia to honor his memory and continued influence, such as race numbers, medals, and running shoes. Pre's Rock was dedicated in December 1997 and is maintained by Eugene Parks and Recreation as Prefontaine Memorial Park.[4] The rock is just across the Willamette River from the east end of Pre's Trail. The memorial features a plaque with a picture of Prefontaine that reads:

“ For your dedication and loyalty
To your principles and beliefs...
For your love, warmth, and friendship
For your family and friends...
You are missed by so many
And you will never be forgotten... ”

The Prefontaine Memorial, featuring a relief of his face, records, and date of birth, is located at the Coos Bay Visitor Center in Coos Bay. In 2008, ten memorial plaques were laid along the Prefontaine Memorial Race route, the former training grounds of Prefontaine. The plaques bear an image of Prefontaine from his high school year book and various quotes and records from his time in Coos Bay. The plaques were part of a grant from the Oregon Tourism Commission, the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, and the Prefontaine Memorial Committee.

Each year on the third Saturday of September in Coos Bay, over 1000 runners engage in the Prefontaine Memorial Run, a 10k run honoring his accomplishments.[5]

Monday, January 25, 2010

Week Training for October 2010 Marathon


We're starting this week on January 25th, 2010 as week one. I started the week at 263. This is my running schedule for the week. I'll let you know how it goes.

Week 1
Rest - Monday - January 25th - Cross Train at Rec Center at 9 pm or treadmill at home.
1.5 m run - Tuesday
3.0m run - Wednesday
1.5 m run - Thursday
Rest - Friday
3 m run - Saturday
30 min walk - Sunday

30 Week Marathon Training Schedule



I found a great thirty week training program that I'm going to use. This is by Hal Higdon. This is the program I'm going to use. I'd love to hear your comments.

Following is your Novice Supreme Marathon Training schedule.

--Hal Higdon
Author: Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide

Novice Supreme Training
Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun

1
Rest
1.5 m run
3.0m run
1.5 m run
Rest
3 m run
30 min walk

2
Rest
1.5 m run
3.0m run
1.5 m run
Rest
3.5 m run
35 min walk

3
Rest
1.5m run
3 m run
1.5 m run
Rest
3 m run
40 min walk

4
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
1.5 m run
Rest
4 m run
30 min walk

5
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
2 m run
Rest
3 m run
45 min walk

6
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
2 m run
Rest
4.5m run
30 min walk

7
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
2 m run
Rest
3 m run
50 min walk

8
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
2 m run
Rest
5 m run
30 min walk

9
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
2.5 m run
Rest
3 m run
55 min walk

10
Rest
2 m run
3 m run
2.5 m run
Rest
5.5m run
30 min walk

11
Rest
3 m run
3 m run
3 m run
Rest
3 m run
60 min walk

12
Rest
3 m run
3 m run
3 m run
Rest
6 m run
30 min walk

13
Rest
3 m run
3 m run
3 m run
Rest
6 m run
Cross
14
Rest
3 m run
3 m run
3 m run
Rest
7 m run
Cross
15
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
3 m run
Rest
5 m run
Cross
16
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
3 m run
Rest
9 m run
Cross
17
Rest
3 m run
5 m run
3 m run
Rest
10 m run
Cross
18
Rest
3 m run
5 m run
3 m run
Rest
7 m run
Cross
19
Rest
3 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
12 m run
Cross
20
Rest
3 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
13 m run
Cross
21
Rest
3 m run
7 m run
4 m run
Rest
10 m run
Cross
22
Rest
3 m run
7 m run
4 m run
Rest
15 m run
Cross
23
Rest
4 m run
8 m run
4 m run
Rest
16 m run
Cross
24
Rest
4 m run
8 m run
5 m run
Rest
12 m run
Cross
25
Rest
4 m run
9 m run
5 m run
Rest
18 m run
Cross
26
Rest
5 m run
9 m run
5 m run
Rest
14 m run
Cross
27
Rest
5 m run
10 m run
5 m run
Rest
20 m run
Cross
28
Rest
5 m run
8 m run
4 m run
Rest
12 m run
Cross
29
Rest
4 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
8 m run
Cross
30
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
2 m run
Rest
Rest Marathon

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