Sunday, August 26, 2012

Looking Ahead

The Week Ahead...


A-12 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1
3 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M Run 3 M Run Rest 6 M Run

Week 3 of training listed above.  Tonight was supposed to be a Cross Training night, but I did my long, slow run that I was supposed to do yesterday.  :)  It was warm tonight, but it was the humidity that really got to me.  So regardless of what run it was going to be, it was going to be a long slow run anyways!

A little product review: Tifosi Tyrant - Gloss Black
I ordered some printer supplies from Newegg and for each item I recieved a $5 gift "card".  It was actually just a discount code they sent to me via e-mail, but it still came in handy.  I was originally looking at the Race Red or Race Orange versions of these, but the Gloss Black model I've nabbed a picture of above were 33% cheaper than the other colors.  Then I knocked more off with the discount codes.

I've run with them for almost a week now, and boy is it nice not having to worry about the cheap sunglasses I was using bouncing and sliding around any more.  These are much more sung to the face that I'm used to, but by the time I had been running for 10 minutes, I didn't notice them at all.

It came with 3 pairs of lenses; clear, Smoke Red and All Condition Red.  The smoke red are the mirrored version that are in the picture above.  The All Condition red are sort of a rose tinted lens.  Finally the clear are just that, clear.

With it getting darker now during my run in the evening, I'll be switching to the AC Red this week and have to get my butt out of bed on Saturday mornings for my LSR (Long Slow Run) so I can run during the daylight hours.

The BLOGGER online editor...

It appears that they've finally "fixed" the online editor so tables aren't totally whacked out by it.  So I should be a bit more calm and start posting a bit more regularly.  :)


Thanks for Reading!  Regards,
~Kipp

Lighter, Stronger & Faster for 2013!
Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
January 7, 2012-  FINISHED 3:48:49

Registered for the 2013 5K & 1/2!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BLOGGER's online editor has turned to trash.

****BEGIN RANT****

Whatever changes they've made recently to the backend of the online editor for blogger has made it into a total trash heap of an editor.

Not that the online editor was in anyway, shape or form a decent editor to begin with, but I pretty much had it doing exactly what I wanted it to do.

I can no longer paste my Excel table into the editor and even have it remotely come out looking right.  When I examine the source HTML in the online editor, I can see where it is modifying in the table structure and it's just trashing it, placing the end tag for the table in the wrong spot.  

So then my post looks like trash when I try to edit it and make it look how I've been doing it for months.

I just tried an offline editor, Microsoft Live Writer, and when I post from the offline editor, the back end of BLOGGER does the same thing, it trashes the table.


****END RANT****

So, just for now, I've delayed posting this weeks contest results... as I'm just too fed up jerking around with this online editor to finish the post tonight.

Thanks for Reading!  Regards,
~Kipp


Lighter, Stronger & Faster for 2013!
Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
January 7, 2012-  FINISHED 3:48:49
Registered for the 2013 5K & 1/2!

Week 9 Results are in!

Not as bad as it could have been.

Date       Kipp     Weight     Change                        Dad   Weight       Change  
8/7/201224400.00%2.01%228-1-0.44%0.87%

Dad gained and I somehow maintained.  I was at a family reunion last Saturday and managed to maintain is wonder for me.  Normally I feel like I gain five pounds during a family reunion outing!  Dad will be traveling beginning Friday and will be out of town all next week, so his thoughts are that he’ll gain again.

If this post looks strange…

I’m absolutely furious with the online Blogger editor, as it is now not wanting to accept pasted tables very well any more.  It’ keeps re-formatting them into pretty much gibberish when you switch from the WYSISWYG editor and the HTML editor.  So, my pasted table from Excel above probably looks like trash, but that's the best I can get it now because of whatever changes they've made recently to the Blogger online editor...

It’s Official!

I’ve booked flights for the trip down and back for Marathon Weekend.  I’m flying out Wednesday before and heading back Monday evening after the weekend.  This will be my first trip that I have “split” my ticket.  I’m going down on Southwest and coming back on Airtran.  I know that they’re now the same company, but Southwest has no bag fees, but Airtran does… go figure.  Southwest hasn’t expanded their flights in and out of Indianapolis by much as of yet, but I figure it’ll just be a matter of time before that changes eventually.







Thanks for Reading!  Regards,
~Kipp


Lighter, Stronger & Faster for 2013!
Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
January 7, 2012-  FINISHED 3:48:49
 

Registered for the 2013 5K & 1/2!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I ONLY went 3.5 miles...

A little perspective.


"I ONLY went 3.5 miles tonight."


Yes, that actually went through my mind as I got back home tonight after my run.


Taking a look back at my blog from this time a year ago, I was just managing to get up into the 2 mile range while finishing out the month by getting up to 3.5 miles.  And those runs were struggles each and every time.


I look back at those pace times and I now realize that I can easily WALK that pace now.  My overall running pace might not be much faster, but it's also been in the high 90's regularly around here, forcing the need to keep it to a slower pace.


I look back at Saturday's run where I put in almost 6.75 miles and chalk it up to the fact that I "Just went further than I had intended to".  Amazing.


I am upset that I've not been able to shed the pounds that I'd like to recently, but as far as fitness goes, I think I'm doing very well!


Work has been rough the past month or so, so just sitting back to this realization tonight just makes me kinda laugh a little.


I just needed a little bit of perspective. 





Thanks for Reading!  Regards,
~Kipp



Lighter, Stronger & Faster for 2013!
Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
January 7, 2012-  FINISHED 3:48:49
Registered for the 2013 5K & 1/2!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blog Post 100-A look at my upcoming training plans!

ALREADY!

August is here!!  My full fledged 1/2 Marathon training will start in a couple of weeks!  This will be lengthy, but here is my proposed training plan.  It's based off of Hal Higdon's Novice 2 plan.  I've modified it due to the 2 Half Marathons that I'm going to be training for.  Some of these distances are actually shorter than what I'm doing regularly now, but the important part is that I'm going to be training for a faster finish time.  The important runs are going to be the Runs marked PACE.  This year will also be different due to the fact that as the temperature drops outside, I'll still be training outside for the most part.  The Monumental Half is here in Indy at the beginning of November!  BRRR!

Week Sun Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat
A-12 8/12 8/13 8/14 8/15 8/16 8/17 8/18
1 Cross Rest 3 M Run 3 M Run 3 M Run Rest 4 M Run
A-12 8/19 8/20 8/21 8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25
2 Cross Rest 3 M Run 3 M Pace 3 M Run Rest 5 M Run
A-12 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1
3 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M Run 3 M Run Rest 6 M Run
S-12 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8
4 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 7 M Run
S-12 9/9 9/10 9/11 9/12 9/13 9/14 9/15
5 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M Run 3 M Run Rest 8 M Run
S-12 9/16 9/17 9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22
6 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 5-K Race
S-12 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27 9/28 9/29
7 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M Run 3 M Run Rest 9 M Run
S-12 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5 10/6
8 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 10 M Run
O-12 10/7 10/8 10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13
9 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M Run 3 M Run Rest 10-K Race
O-12 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20
10 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 11 M Run
O-12 10/21 10/22 10/23 10/24 10/25 10/26 10/27
11 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M Run 3 M Run Rest 12 M Run
O-12 10/28 10/29 10/30 10/31 11/1 11/2 11/3
12 Rest 3 M Run 2 M PACE 2 M Run 2 M Run Rest Half
Marathon!
N-12 11/4 11/5 11/6 11/7 11/8 11/9 11/10
12              
               
N-12 11/11 11/12 11/13 11/14 11/15 11/16 11/17
4 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 7 M Run
N-12 11/18 11/19 11/20 11/21 11/22 11/23 11/24
5 Cross Rest 3 M Run 4 M Run 3 M Run Rest 8 M Run
N-12 11/25 11/26 11/27 11/28 11/29 11/30 12/1
6 Cross
(Space Coast Half?)
Rest 3 M Run 4 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 5-K Race
D-12 12/2 12/3 12/4 12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8
7 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M Run 3 M Run Rest 9 M Run
D-12 12/9 12/10 12/11 12/12 12/13 12/14 12/15
8 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 10 M Run
D-12 12/16 12/17 12/18 12/19 12/20 12/21 12/22
9 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M Run 3 M Run Rest 10-K Race
D-12 12/23 12/24 12/25 12/26 12/27 12/28 12/29
10 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M PACE 3 M Run Rest 11 M Run
D-12 12/30 12/31 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5
11 Cross Rest 3 M Run 5 M Run 3 M Run Rest 12 M Run
J-13 1/6 1/7 1/8 1/9 1/10 1/11 1/12
12 Rest 3 M Run 2 M PACE 2 M Run 2 M Run Rest Half
Marathon!


After the Monumental, I imagine that more and more of my training will once again return to the Treadmill-o-doom, depending on what kind of winter we wind up with here in Indy.

Yes, there is a possible 3rd 1/2 Marathon in that training schedule, the Space Coast 1/2 Marathon.  I'm seriously thinking about attempting this, but I also don't want to possibly injure myself going into the Walt Disney World 1/2.  I think if I do enter it, I won't go into it looking for any type of good timing.  I'd just want to do it to do it.  With today's walk, I now know that I can keep a good walking pace that would keep me ahead of the sweepers.  IF I decide to do this race, I'll of course have to make a few tweaks to this plan.

Once I put this together, I then realized that this is almost a half a years worth of training!  Twenty-two weeks from beginning till the end at WDW 1/2 in January!


Thanks for Reading!  Regards,
~Kipp



Lighter, Stronger & Faster for 2013!
Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
January 7, 2012-  FINISHED 3:48:49
Registered for the 2013 5K & 1/2!