He Says: She says a lot

Its hard to keep up with HER at writing these blogs. By the time I get one done, she’s got 4 ready to go.

Well, that’s not my topic for this post. I’m actually curious to hear what other people think about two-a-day workouts. I’m on week 6 of P90X and am having a lot of fun with it. I like the structure of the different workouts through the week. I’ve been mixing in morning runs 3-4 times a week but have quickly realized that by the end of the week I’m dead and my legs are fried.

Does anyone have any good ideas for recovery methods besides just sitting and letting the old dogs rest?

On a side note, I’m bummed I won’t be able to root for HER during the Ragnar Relay this weekend. It sounds like a ton of fun and I’m sure seeing all the people running would make me want to go run along. . . well, at least for a mile or two.

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She Says: Ouch!

Day two is the worst, right?

Wakeboarding on Saturday shredded my back and shoulders. I can barely raise my arms high enough to wash my hair . . .ouch! I felt it on Sunday, but Oh Baby, today was rough!

It’s mostly my upper body that’s hurting – the legs are doing okay. So after work today, I took my legs to the gym for an interval workout on the treadmill. I did a mile warm up, 4 miles of quarter mile intervals, and then a slow 1 mile cool down jog – a total of 6 miles in just under 60 minutes.

(I’m not really sure that’s how your suppose to do it, but that’s how I did it and I was good and sweaty when it was all over.)

THEN . . . after wiping down the treadmill I bent down, with my right arm extended, to pick up up my gym bag and GOT STUCK! My crippled upper body couldn’t handle the weight (maybe 7lbs) of my gym bag from the bent position. I used my left hand and the arm of the treadmill to return myself, and my bag, to a standing position.

I’m sure I looked helpless enough to be the “before” in the infomercial for one of those senior citizen reach tools.

 

 

 

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He Says: Frolf – a workout for the even the laziest.

Since I left Seattle, some of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside. Extra running, lifting, and P90X has become my primary substitution for the activities I left behind. Despite my satisfaction with the results, working out can cause burn out.

Imagine my excitement when I found a Frolf course in Tennessee!

What is Frolf?

I’m sure at some point, you’ve seen this:

A Frolf Basket

Frisbee golf is a fun, mildly athletic way to spend a couple hours in a park. The game itself is pretty simple. It is played just like golf but with disc golf discs instead of balls, and baskets instead of holes. The object is to get the lowest score possible.

I’ve been playing for about 7 years and I love it!  It’s a great way to relax and take a little hike. People of all ages and skill levels can play, and most courses are public (ie: free) so all you have to buy is a $10 disc. They come in all styles from putters to drivers.

Its an addicting sport and I love to play on my rest days or even on my workout days if I can find the time.

If you haven’t tried it, check out pdga.com and find a course in your hood.


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She Says: A much needed Monday

Usually, the start of the work week is no cause for celebration, but after a weekend like last, the structure of Monday is a welcome change.  This is especially true in the final days leading up to Ragnar’s Great River Relay in Minnesota. I still have a lot to get done!

I fly out of Seattle early Thursday morning, so I have less than three days to work my way down a growing list of to-dos.

One of the most important line items on my to-do list is “PACK.” Having never participated in a race like this before, I’m in search of tips and suggestions.

Like . . . .

1. pack clothes for each leg in a separate Ziplock bags and label which leg they are for. (This should help assure I have everything and make changing clothes in the back of the Van easier)

Other key items on my list:

2. Flip Flops – so my toes can breath while I’m not running

3. Sunscreen and a Visor – the midwest heat is one of my major concerns.

4. Chargers – Especially for my camera. I must document this ridiculous day!

5. Safety Gear – Ragnar requires every van to bring reflective vests, butt lights, and headlamps. We need it all to pass our safety inspection before the race begins.

Is there anything else (besides the usual travel necessities) that you experienced runners would recommend for a relay race like this?

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She Says: I’m feelin’ the heating

It’s just a little over 73 degrees this morning in Seattle, but the big “news” story around here is the HEAT FORECAST. Temperatures are predicted to break weather records with highs in the mid-90’s. Ooooo baby . . . . bring it!

I love the hot weather, but I’m happy that today is a “rest day.” No running for me . . . Today I’m off to the lake for some wake-boarding!  Wake-boarding isn’t really rest, I know my whole body will be worked tomorrow, but it’s soo worth it.

Swimsuit . . . check!

Sunscreen  . . . check!

Beer . . . check!

old picture

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She Says: Done, Done, & Done!

Doggone Tired!

After three runs in 24 hrs, I damn near passed out panting on the floor too!

Here’s the recap: 8.2mi/81min  5.8mi/61min  3.6mi/40min

To spice up my third run I invited Soldier, the more athletic of my parents’ two Australian Shepherds (left.) I felt bad leaving Wrigley (right) home, but he was limping pretty bad last week and is finally starting to heal up. (Plus he runs a little cockeyed even when he’s not limping.)

They're twins. Really, they are!

The run was okay, a little slower than I anticipated because 1) I was tired when I started, and 2) Soldier doesn’t always do the leash-thing well, but we worked it out in the first mile or so.

After this I made a beeline for the lake, took a refreshing dive, and logged some recovery hours with my Runner’s Magazine.

And . . . . DINNER! I think these Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos might be added to the regular dinner rotation. I like sweet potatoes and these were really good. Plus, sweet potato and beans are sooo good for you!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos

Ingredients:

Tortilla

1 small Sweet Potato

1 cup Black Beans

Garlic or garlic power

¼ of an Onion chopped

2 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese

Seasoning (I used a little chili power, salt, pepper)

Directions:  Bake the sweet potato at 400 for about 45 min. Brown onion and garlic in a skillet. Add beans and seasoning and simmer for another 5 min. Add Laughing Cow Cheese and mash beans and cheese together until creamy. Warm a tortilla and mash the sweet potato across the tortilla. Add black bean mixture, roll, devour.

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He says: Friday are sweet

My favorite part of Friday: is the anticipation of two days in a row that I don’t have to do anything. This means weekend fun, and plenty of time to workout.

The problem with Fridays: is it’s a work day AND a “fun”day – I usually push myself hard and get tired by the the fun part.

This morning, I woke up early and ran 5.5 miles and then geared up for eight hours of boat building. This stage of manufacturing is physically demanding, and by the end of the day my legs were dead and I was exhausted! By closing time, the only thing going through my mind, on this 98 degree day, was grabbing a beer out of the fridge and deciding on dinner.
This was the old shop in Seattle
Dinner tonight had a North Shore Hawaiian flare. SHE and I have been to Oahu twice.  Both times we live on the cheap by seeking out local spots. One of our favorite meals was eggs, rice and Portuguese Brand sausage.

Old favorite Hawaiian breakfast

Tonight I fixed the healthier version of this favorite and substituted chicken for the sausage and added a little avocado. This cheap and easy meal hit the spot perfectly!

Now, here’s the “fun”day part . . . .

Off to see some live music at The Downtown Tavern. I love live music and its a great way to unwind and kick start the weekend.

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