I knew I had a scheduled run … something Runkeeper calls a 4-mile plus strides so it’s always a good idea to check what California weather I’d be blessed with before going to bed. Why? Well, if you’ve been caught in 100 degrees and sneakers, you know why. Let’s just say they don’t make a dri-fit to repel that much sweat that fast.
But back to the weather … forecasted at 102 degrees so an early morning run is looking better and better. That was the plan and that’s what I did. 7:20am 4-mile plus strides run. Not sure what the strides portion of the run was, but it ultimately is just a slow to fast to end the run after the first steady 4-miles. It is designed to prepare the body for distance.
Life lesson #71 – Focus on today while looking ahead to tomorrow. Don’t get caught running in heat when you can run in the cold.
Something To Keep An Eye On
Woke up this morning at 6:45 and was barely even able to stand up. My left knee had its own plan and didn’t want to extend at all. There wasn’t any unusual or noticeable swelling, but to the touch, it felt very similar to a bone bruise. If you’ve ever had a knee-to-knee collision while playing a “friendly” game of hoops, you know the feeling. But why? Turns out my wife saw me sleeping in a very awkward position — it was so hot last night, we made an executive decision to sleep downstairs on the couch and my left leg apparently was off the couch in a position that would require a UFC tapout.
Slowly extended my left leg and literally walked it off — the entire time I had in the back of my mind an article I read a few days ago debunking the “no pain no gain” theories of yesteryear. I didn’t see any significant swelling and since the mystery of the unextendable knee was solved in my mind, I hit the road with a prayer and with little to no discomfort.
Knee Pain Watch (Scale of 1 – 10, 10 being very high)
- Wake up 6:45am – 10
- Post run 8:15am – 3
- 3pm – 7
- 7pm – 7
- 9:30pm – 10 (unable to stand up after sitting in the movie theatre seat)
- Pain level at 10 until bed. Slept on the floor with 3 pillows underneath my left knee to keep it in a flexed position. Also, took 2 ibuprofens as a precaution.
Morning weight 171. Post run weight 168.5
First two meals of the day, directly from a pouch!
- 7:20am – Pre run nutrition
- Herbalife24 Prepare
- 1/2 banana
- 8:15am – Jamba Juice Green Fusion, Fruit and Veggie Pouch. Herbalife Protein Powder (2 scoops) and Formula 1 French Vanilla (1 scoop). 8 oz of Healthy Balance Apple Juice. 1/2 cup of spinach. 1/3 cup of kale. 1/2 banana. Herbalife supplements:
- 11:20am – Tasty Bites Madras Lentils packet and 1/2 roll of artisan bread. Herbalife Supplements:
- Tri Sheild
- Cell Activator
- Garden 7
- Total Control
- Ultimate Prostate Formula
- Male Factor
- Joint Support
- Mega Garlic Plus
- Nature’s Made B12
- 3pm – Filipino Suman. Skippy Chunk Peanut Butter (2 tbsp), 1/2 cup of Nestle Rich Chocolate, .25 scoops of Herbalife Protein Powder. Also ate 3 celery sticks.
- 5:30pm – Hot Dog on a Stick veggie dog (2) and 1/2 order of fries. Brought my cup for a discounted refill of their famous lemonade.
- 7:45pm – Regal theatre complimentary small popcorn with butter
- First run of the second week of marathon training. 4 mile plus strides. After 4 miles, the trainer flip flops from a fast, 95% stride for 20 seconds, then 2-minutes slow, then repeat until it ends with a 20 second fast stride.
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones press screening. I hear this is based on a series of 5 books — I guess I won’t be seeing the next four movies. Disclaimer alert! Disclaimer alert! Talk about a Star Wars, Luke/Leia rip-off and the cheesiest “Obi-wan” character dueling with an over-the-top, Ewan McGregor wannabe, as “Darth”