3 stiff miles along the flooded Provo River Trail

Location: Provo River Trail, west, to first gate
Miles: 3
Time: 30:16 minutes
Pace: 0:10:00
Temp:  50º
Air quality: PM 2.5, 0.4 µg/m3
Weather: Sunny, cool
People I saw: Dan! He said he’s just “getting back into it” after this winter.
Pain/injuries: Left hamstring, abates after a mile. Super stiff from Saturday
Weight: 188.5 lbs

As soon as I started running from my driveway, I could feel how stiff my legs and back were from Saturday. Fortunately, within a mile or so I loosened up and started to feel a little more like myself.

The water level is up pretty high on the Provo River, due to the water they’re letting out of Deer Creek. Just like on Saturday, I spent way too much time photographing interesting water levels. 🙂

Long run, inhale bug

Yesterday began my first long run in a six month program which will hopefully lead up to my finishing the Pony Express 100. Up to this point, I’d only had a 10 mile run in the last two months, as far as long runs go, so I knew I was sort of pushing things, 10% Rule be damned.

The weather could not have been better for Spring (67 degrees), so I started off in a pretty chirpy mood, up the Provo River trail. I wanted to sort of scout it out, because for the first time in seven years we have flooding on the trail. Deer Creek is at 97% and we have quite the snowpack that needs to have a place to go.

The first few miles went well, as I kept a 0:9:30 pace for most of it. At the halfway point (8 mi.), I felt a little tired but not horrible. I had managed to keep finding water (the drinking fountains are all open again, after a long winter), but I also took a pit stop at the Riverwoods public bathroom.

Getting going again, I kept telling myself that the stopping and starting in training might do me well in simulating the stops and starts that are sure to come at Pony 100.

At mile 13, I inhaled a bug of some sort into my lungs and immediately started coughing. It took me about a mile to feel that the bug had “passed”, but I never really recovered after that. Miles 13-16 were uncomfortable (The last time I ran 16 miles was in October, during St George Marathon.)

This was a decent run.

No real pain. Some hip discomfort, which reminds me I need to be doing leg lifts at night. The usual left-hamstring pain, which abates after a few miles. The heat. It was only 67 degrees but it was hot to me. Need to keep drinking.

I had only eaten .75 of a bagel, so I know I could have eaten more. A banana wouldn’t have killed me.

My good friend, Patrick Phillips is coaching me for this season, for Pony Express, so these posts are also going to be for him, so that he can help me stay on track, goal-wise, as well as notice consistent problems that fall through the cracks for me.

Thanks, Pat!

Nathan’s daily fitness: Back pain returns to 50%, stretching and core take it down to 20%, meeting with Patrick for Pony Express 100

Weigh in: 190:5 lbs

No morning run.

This morning I woke up on the couch (2:30 am) I should not be on that couch at all. It’s not helping the pain in my lower-left back. Went to bed and slept well. Woke up feeling pretty good.

Walked with Kaye a bit around OC Tanner and felt some strain in my back (was wearing a backpack for almost a mile of this.)

Breakfast: Had a bowl of oatmeal, Crystal Light, and an English Muffin

Went down to gym and stretched.
1 minute standard plank
45 seconds side planks

After this, felt MUCH better.

Now I’m concentrating on sitting straight at work, not slumping in chair.

Lunch: Fidler’s Elbow French Dip sandwich, water


Sharks season comes to an end

I had to work, tonight, so Wendy, Roxie and Reagan and me texted through the game. I watched it over the internet and the girls watched on our TV.

We had hope for the Sharks, but ultimately the Oilers were just too much for them, this year. McDavid was an amazing player and even though the Sharks have playoff experience, we just didn’t have the youth and necessary skill to win this series.

I’m proud of my girls for cheering for the Sharks when I’m not home to encourage them.

Game ended 3-1 and the series 4-2. Good season, Sharks. Hopefully we keep Thornton and Marleau another season.

Problems with the Fireboard:
– How do I change WiFi networks? I am set up for home, but now I want to connect to my work network.
(Ok, I see that I can remove my network, which is non-intuitive, but where can I see a list of networks to connect to?)

Sharks vs. Oilers: Game 1 (Sharks win, 3-2)

Armed with a brand new 55″ 4k tv, I settled in to watch the Sharks take on the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of their playoff series. Roxie, Reagan and Lucy joined me for last period, but before that, Reagan was at the doctor to have her ankle examined. She has injured it somehow – maybe in some of her tumbling and gymnastics.

It was a very hard game to watch for a while. The Sharks looked sluggish and defeated as the Oilers ran them around for the first period, gaining a 2-0 lead on a Thorton-less San Jose team.

Couture also didn’t seem himself, almost as if he was protecting his full-masked face from a puck off of Brent Burns stick a couple of weeks ago. So we didn’t look good.

But something happened in the 2nd and 3rd period. The Sharks found their legs, skated faster and seemed to have more confidence. Hertyl was amazing and tough.

The game was pushed to overtime, even as Wendy was reminding me that the girls have early-morning school choir in the morning. I made the girls promise that they’d be happy and productive in the morning, which the agreed to. So we finished the game together, cheering at 11 pm in the living room.

Great game.

Dr Pepper Prohibition, Day 1

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about my wildly unhealthy consumption of Dr Pepper. For over a week, I knew I was going to have to quit again. I had a crazy idea that somehow I’d be ok and able to moderate my intake. Last night, though, I counted about 10 Dr Peppers that I’d drank through the day.

A long time ago I quit Dr Pepper. I staved off that delicious drink for three years, almost.

I’ve added my new “Since last Dr Pepper” countup in the sidebar of this site.

It’s 4 pm, now and I’m dealing with a dull headache. Not for sure that this is a Dr Pepper absence thing, but it’s suspect. I need to eat something.

Ended up doing well in the not-drinking department, but horrible in the eating dept. Ate tons. Enough to put on a pound.

Last dp

Had my last drink at about 11:30 pm, Tuesday night.

Dumped out 4 DPs into the sink so that I wouldn’t be tempted today.