It was quite the flight to get to Pennsylvania this year, what with taking Southwest through Houston to Newark rather than our normal non-stop on United, but ultimately it was a great trip. We spent a lot of time with my family, visiting as many people as we could be not as many as we had hoped for. We ate a ton of food, which is no surprise as everyone in my family loves to cook and the table is where most of us sit and talk.
Additionally, Samantha got to experience snow for the first time! Sure, it had snowed when we were visiting in 2010 but she was only six months old and wasn’t nearly ready to handle the cold white flakes from the sky just yet. But, now that she is a walking, talking, energetic two-and-a-half year old, she was all over it! We made the tiniest little snow man and she and Lauren even made snow angels as best they could. All in all, she wasn’t outside very long but she had an absolute blast the whole time!
Thanks to my family for all the extra travel, shopping, cooking and cleaning they did to make sure that the three visitors from Austin had a great time! We miss you all already and we can’t wait to see you again – hopefully when you come to visit us in June!
Just a quick update from the morning of day 3. I can’t lie, I really am pretty happy that this is going to be over in just 14 hours. I was definitely hungrier last night than I’ve been in a long time. I put off drinking my final juice as long as I could, which was until 8:30PM, but I still felt hunger pangs hit me in the middle of the night. So, between those and my dog digging at her blanket to make a more comfortable sleeping place (the 4″ cushion isn’t enough apparently), I was up bright and early today.
A quick weigh in this morning revealed a bit more of a weight loss, again, totally expected given the diet. I suspect that there will be another 1 to 1.5 lbs lost by tomorrow.
- Current weight: 181 (-4.5 lbs)
- Current BFP: 24% (-2%)
One last post on this lovely topic tomorrow and then I’ll be back to running and trying to add in some gym time as well.
Work up this morning feeling slightly hungry but overall pretty good. A quick shot on the scale showed:
- Current weight: 182.5 (-3 lbs)
- Current BFP: 24% (-2%)
I’m not putting too much stock in these numbers and, as I said in my previous post, I fully expected to see a weight drop after. We’ll see if it continues.
I did a quick tally on the nutritional value of what I’m consuming and here’s how it breaks down along with the percentage of daily value an adult is supposed to take in in a day:
- Calories: 1,180 (59%)
- Protein (g): 28 (56%)
- Carbs (g): 944 (79%)
- Fat (g): 198 (34%)
- Sat Fat (g) : 4.2 (21%)
- Fiber (g): 43 (172%)
- Sodium (mg): 940 (39%)
So clearly it’s a low-cal, high-fiber diet but that’s what I expected so I’m OK with that, but I was surprised to see just how much fiber it actually contains – good lord!
As of now, I’m drinking juice #3 for today and not hating life at all. I feel pretty energized, albeit a bit hungrier than I’d like. I really can’t imagine doing this for more than 3 days though. I guess it’s just something you build up to!
This past Thanksgiving I spent the weekend with my brother doing a ton of landscaping around my house in Austin. And, we might have spent some time eating our way through the entire town. It’s been over a week since that weekend, but I’m pretty sure I still have a half-rack of County Line’s ribs along with 1/4-pound of Rudy’s brisket lodged somewhere below my diaphragm. It made me feel like a bit of a change was in order.
So, with that in mind, I undertook a 3-day juice cleanse from Snap Kitchen. It’s basically 1,180 calories spread across 6 separate juices, taken in the following order:
- Super Greens
- Energy Boost
- Antioxidant Juice
- Carrot Ginger Elixir
- Spicy Basil Lemonade
- Cashew Protein Shake
You can see the full menu at http://www.snapkitchen.com/index.php/menu/full_menu/
So far it’s been pretty decent – at least at the end of day 1. I started at 8:30AM this morning with the first juice, which was arguably the worst tasting one – maybe that’s why they set it up that way! I finished at 9PM with the Cashew Protein Shake. It was pretty delicious and I’m only slightly hungry.
It’s not a ton of calories, so I’m expecting to lose some pounds both from the cleanse and from the decrease in consumption. I’ll give another update at the end of Wednesday.
Oh, and I’ll provide an update on weight and body fat percentage (BFP), at least as taken by my Tanita bathroom scale.
Current weight: 185.5
Current BFP: 26%
It had been almost 3 weeks since I had gone for a run and I was definitely feeling guilty. So after all the holiday shenanigans were over, I decided to see if I could pick up where I’d left off with my training and, if I could hang in there, then I would still run the Austin Marathon in February. I felt pretty good as I started this morning’s run but about two miles into it, I stepped off the curb at South Congress and Lightsey Ave and my right ankle folded underneath me. I was pretty positive I heard a pop and so took a few minutes to assess the situation. I decided that while it didn’t hurt too badly, I was already two miles from home and maybe I should just be safe and make my way back.
By the time I got home, I thought that the ankle might be OK but later that day it was clear that this was something that could not be run on for a while. So as of now, I’m bowing out of any upcoming runs or races and trying to nurse my ankle back to full strength as quickly as possible. I guess that’s why they say “There’s always next year!”. Crap.
We had traveled to Dallas this weekend for an event on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium that was chaired by my mother-in-law. So I got the chance to run on some very flat land and remind my legs that they don’t always have to be struggling to get up a big ol’ Austin hill. That flat land, coupled with all the new scenery, made the run fly by and took almost a full minute off of my pace. So 7 miles were completed with an average pace of 8′ 54″/mile. Of course, I had forgotten my heart rate monitor so for all I know I was killing myself the whole way but it felt good!
I was initially concerned about how cold it was outside this morning (a balmy 34 degrees) and so dressed in a few layers as well as my hat and gloves to make sure I didn’t freeze. The run started out really great. I was cool but not cold and clocked my second mile almost a full one minute faster than my first one and did so while going up a fairly long incline. As I hit the 2.5 mile mark at the top of the long hill on South 1st street, just before reaching Rt. 71, I realized that I was probably too warm. First thing to go was the gloves. A half-mile later, I took off the hat and opened my running jacket to vent a bit. I kept going like that for the rest of the run and managed to get negative splits in for the last two miles.
All in all I was happy with the run but I definitely need to learn how to dress more appropriately during these cold weather runs. Live and learn I guess.
The weather for this week’s long run of 8 miles was nothing short of spectacular. Mid-50s, good breeze off the lake, really splendid. Of course, that was all countered by the massive hills that plagued this particular route. Elevation varied by more than 150 feet throughout the run and the hills were either long and steady or they were short and steep. I’ve decided that I prefer long and steady.
Overall though the run was good. Average moving pace was 9:35/mile and my average heart rate managed to stay at 168 bpm, which is 89% of max – despite the hills.
I can sum up this morning’s run in one word: cold.
I wound up having to wear so many layers plus gloves and a hat so it really hampered my ability to keep tabs on my progress with my Garmin. Of course, this was slightly liberating too as it allowed me focus more on each step and breath. It’s easy to forget how important good posture, a mid-foot strike, and an even gait is when the distances get long so reinforcing that on the shorter runs is crucial. And, as it turns out, my pace was almost exactly what it’s been on runs when I can check my stats more frequently – 9:39/mile.
This posting comes from guest writer Mike Konyak who has a clear opinion about the head-to-head tie breaker rule in college football. Mike and I have many debates on a seemingly daily basis about the various inequities within the college football system and I thought I would give him the floor to talk about a topic that was top of mind as we move into bowl week and the fates of various teams across multiple conferences are decided by this rule.
I hate the head-to-head (“HTH”) tie breaker rule. It gives the impression of selecting the superior, more deserving team when statistics show it does no such thing. And sports fans in general, and college football fans in particular will cite it as unequivocal evidence that their team is superior. And FBS conferences use it like it is an all-knowing Magus to select the superior team and their championship representative. I am here to preach that it is a biased rule, it is no more accurate than flipping a coin and it has no place in selecting among co-champions. When teams are tied, it is very difficult to determine the more deserving team. An objective selection, such as eliminating the most recent representative, seems much more appropriate to me. I would even prefer a flat use of BCS rank to select the representative. The illusion that HTH selects the superior team simply irks me.
UPDATE: Mike was good enough to provide some math to back up his claim. See below for the details.