Last week was horrible. I messed up my neck even more and I had to miss some of my runs. I thought I was feeling better at the beginning of the week, so I decided to go to yoga. That was a really bad idea. The pain in my neck intensified. I couldn’t sleep and I was cranky for about two days straight. I ended up pretty much resting for a couple of days so that I didn’t end up missing my 13 mile long run on the weekend. Of course I couldn’t do anymore yoga or strength training.
The eating has gotten a lot better. I’m eating a lot healthier although I do indulge in some junk food here and there. My appetite has definitely increased now that I’m running more. I’m starting to practice fueling before my long runs, trying to see what food pre-workout foods are best for me. For this long run I had a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter. I felt really good throughout the run, lots of energy. I also carried some water with me and that really helped.
Right now I just hope my neck heals so I can get back to yoga and start strength training. Both of those things are important specially now that the miles are increasing.
Things are picking up! I didn’t miss any of my runs this week and I started doing speed workouts. This is when you incorporate short speed bursts of around :20 - :30 into your steady pace. I forgot to mention that I chose to go with a different training plan for this race. In the past I have always used the Runner’s World Smartcoach tool to develop a traning plan for me. But this time I went with the Runkeeper training program for a sub 03:45 marathon. I just needed something new and different. So far I like this plan because it changes things up more than the other one. Runkeeper has more interval traning so you really work on developing speed.
The week was not perfect though. I slept in an awkward position on Wednesday night and woke up the next morning with really bad pain on the left side of my neck/shoulder. I couldn’t turn my head. The pain started going away after two days, but I still have stiffness in that area. Good thing is I signed up for yoga so I need to go ASAP to start working on my alignment. Can’t stress enough how important yoga is to running.
No stregth training yet, gonna start that this week.
Diet is going well, I’ve been cooking more and eating out less. But I feel I could eat even healthier. Baby steps!
I think this is when the fun starts now. Mileage is picking up, I’ll be doing 13 miles this Saturday and it only goes up from there. Ouch!
Week 03 stats:
Running - 29.12 miles (Long run 12 miles)
Strength - none
Yoga - none
Had this as a snack today:
- Bunch of kale
- Some pieces of carrot and cucumber
- 1 banana
- 1 cup berry mix (rasberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- Magical Mexican Warrior powder
- About an inch of ginger
You could also throw some chia seeds on there…or raw nuts.
I love the NutriBullet. Easy to use, easy to clean.
What do you put in yours?
This is the music video I just finished for Michael & Marie “Love is Happening.”
I went home to San Diego for the 4th of July weekend and Michael asked me if I wanted to shoot a video for one of his latest songs. I told him I was up for it, but that I didn’t have much time…maybe a couple of hours on a Wednesday. While I was still in NYC, Mike and I talked over the phone and he said he wanted to shoot at the beach. We came up with a simple concept and that was about the only planning we did. Marie drove down from LA the following week and we shot for about 2 hours in Imperial Beach, CA. It was a pretty simple shoot, but the lightning conditions were changing every 5 minutes, so that became a pain. I was a little worried when we wrapped up because I felt like I wasn’t going to have enough material to work with. My worries were gone after knocking back a few pints at Hamilton’s after the shoot.
I started transcoding footage in San Diego so that I could start editing on the plane on my way back to NYC. I only synced the performances on the plane. Once I was in the East Coast it took me a couple of days to finish it. I had a hard time with this project mainly because I couldn’t find the right rhythm. I didn’t want it to be cheesy either. After going back and forth with it, I settled on something I liked. This is why more and more I get addicted to editing. You have all these pieces to build something, but you don’t know exactly what. Then you start putting them together, moving things around, and you come up with something you like.
This was shot on a Canon 7D and cut on Avid Media Composer 7.