An Update from the Road Warrior

Hi everyone, Travis here. It’s been awhile since we did a post about what I’ve been up to so I thought it was time to update everyone. If you’ve read our recent posts then you know I’ve been traveling and away from home and I am currently in south Texas as I write this. It’s been a challenging time to leave home – winter storms, sick kids, marathon training and the like. 

I began training for my “A” race on January 25 which coincided as my first day away during this three week stretch. While it’s been nice to escape the snow, it hasn’t always been easy to find a safe place to run. I’ve managed with a mix of trails and treadmills and so far I have yet to miss a scheduled run.

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Training is off to a good start, although I am suffering from sore shins and calves. I recently ordered two new pairs of running shoes and already began rotating one new pair into my current 3 pair rotation. However, due to luggage restrictions only the newest pair made the cut to fly (overweight bag fees are nuts). I had been doing more strength training leading into the start of my training plan but all the travel has prevented me from continuing lately. I look forward to returning to a normal schedule and workout routine and incorporating that back in.

I haven’t talked much, if at all, about my schedule, goals, or training for 2016. My first two races are the same as the other half – Syracuse Half Marathon on April 3rd and then my goal race, the Buffalo Marathon during Memorial Weekend. I haven’t officially decided on my goal time, but am leaning toward a sub 3:15, preferably around 3:10. Buffalo is a flat, fast course and a great time is manageable given the right training and race day conditions.

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I’m exhausted from work and training and worn down from the flights, layovers, delays and time changes. I arrived at my hotel at 10 c.s.t. Monday night and quickly changed into my running clothes after traveling for 16 hours and headed to the hamster wheel for a 6 mile jaunt. I got to bed around 11:30 and woke up at 5 a.m. for the first of two scheduled runs on Tuesday. By dinner time I had run 3 separate times in 17 hours totaling 16.5 miles. My distance might not be impressive but my dedication is!

The hardest part of traveling isn’t the flights, delays or hotels in my eyes. It’s the time I miss with my family. The two short days I had at home last weekend reminded me that, no matter how tough it gets, I’ll always have smiling faces to come home to.

Friday Five 1/22: 5 Things We Love About Our Treadmill

Good Morning! How’s your week been? We’ve been keeping busy as usual. Travis is getting ready to leave for 3 weeks for work training, so I’ll be holding down the fort while he’s gone. At least he’s headed to warmer weather! It looks like we’re going to miss out on Winter Storm Jonas that is nailing most of the east coast though, so I’m thankful for that!

Since it’s Friday, we’re linking up with Cynthia, Courtney and Mar for the Friday Five. We’ve been talking a lot about our treadmill (that was FINALLY delivered Tuesday afternoon) so we’re sharing some of our favorite features.

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Ideally, we’d much prefer to run outside. With Travis’ weird work schedule and hours having a treadmill is absolutely necessary for us or I’d hardly get to run. Travis is able to fit in 3 hours worth of workouts at work each week but for me it’s a lot more difficult. Up until earlier this month we had been using a treadmill that my in-laws had given us a couple years back. It was perfect- I could just head down in the basement and get my runs in…until it died a few weeks back. Here are some of our favorite features (we went with a Proform Premier 900):

  1. It’s quiet: When we ordered the new treadmill it was highly suggested that it not go in any damp environment, so having it in our basement was out of the question. This led to us rearranging our bedroom furniture in order to fit the treadmill in a corner of the room. Having to put it upstairs, it being quiet was a really important feature for us. Our kids bedrooms are right next to ours and they don’t sleep very heavily. When we’re running on the treadmill you can barely hear it. If I’m sitting in our living room I can’t hear it at all!  
  2. Built in workouts: There are 30 different workout options to choose from if you feel like mixing it up. Travis did one of the programmed speed workouts the other day and said it was a good workout! There are speed intervals, incline intervals and several different courses to choose from that take you through a simulated trip through a national park.    
  3. Media features: There’s a stand to hold our iPad and a port that you can connect to so that the sound comes through the speakers. Lets be honest, it takes some distraction when you’re running on a treadmill- ours faces a wall, so I definitely need something else to look at! The treadmill also has Wi-Fi, so if you really want you can scroll Facebook or watch YouTube videos right from the treadmills screen. The only gripe we have is the angle of the screen makes it a little hard to see, especially for someone short like me. If it were angled up a little it would be perfect. You can also e-mail your workouts right from the treadmill or share to Facebook through iFit as well.
  4. The fan: This is an awesome addition. I used to get really warm when I was running in the basement, but having it upstairs takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Having the fan option is a nice touch.
  5. Different screen views: This is a nice feature to have when doing speed work. There are several different screens that you can scroll through that show you different information. There’s a general screen that shows time, speed, calories etc. and if you swipe over you can see a track view that keeps track of lap time for 400meters and how many laps you’ve done. Perfect for some Yasso 800s!    

What’s your favorite way to entertain yourself on a treadmill?

 

Welcome to 2016!

We would like to take a moment and say thank you to our readers for their support in 2015. We started Tale of 2 Halfs as a fun outlet – a place for us to ramble, vent, debate and enlighten. We are grateful for our engaging readers and glad you come back week after week.

Our family ended the year with a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The drive home never gets shorter and often gets tougher on us as the parents. We’re not able to stay awake as long as we used to! Both children did very well traveling given the circumstances with only the youngest giving us any grieve when she was hungry.

We made it home a little after 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve and got very little sleep as the kids were up early. Over the next few days we split our time between families to ensure everyone got to see us over the holidays. The kids loved getting to open presents all day long on Christmas and had to have each item removed from the packaging as soon as possible.

While we were home we celebrated each child’s birthday with family, friends, presents and of course cake.
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We didn’t get any workouts in until after Christmas, nor did we workout as much as we would have liked given the holiday and birthday goodies. We used many excuses, some actually valid, to justify missing our workouts. Here is what we managed to do:

Travis

12/26 – 3.90 miles @ 7:42 pace

12/28 – 5.00 miles @ 7:16 pace

12/30 – 3.60 miles @ 8:16 pace

Yearly Mileage Total: 1,303.35

01/02 – 6.20 miles @ 8:00 pace

Jen

12/26 – 2 miles & 21-Day Fix Dirty Thirty

12/28 – 3 miles

12/29 – 3.50 miles

12/30 – 3 miles with 21-Day Fix Plyo & Abs

Yearly Mileage Total: 324.95

01/03 – 2 miles

As you can see, not much in terms of hard or difficult workouts. It was a shocker to both Jen and I when we totaled our yearly mileage the vast difference between us. It definitely shows just how much she compromised last year and why she’s going for a big goal this year.

We have begun our #RuntheYear challenge and although we are off to a slow start, we will be back on pace soon. To make things easier on us both this year, we are anxiously awaiting our new Proform Premier 900 treadmill. This should alleviate issues with the winter weather and shorter days and allow us to both get our runs in, if only on the hamster wheel!
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What is a specific fitness challenge you have for 2016?

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