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So begins week two.

Last night I did about 30 minutes of pretty intense hatha yoga. From the way I felt afterward it is a wonder how I ever did that before. I used to be able to do a lot of this with no problem, however by about 20 minutes in I was transitioning from one posture to the next rather easily. It was much needed, there was a lot of tension in my neck and back. Last night I slept really well.

This morning I woke up at 7am and went for my morning run. It was colder than I had hoped, but that is really just an inspiration to run all that much harder and get the distance behind me so I can go shower. Tonight I started moving some more, I never realized how much stuff we had but aside from the TV I am fairly sure all the heavy stuff is done.

Tomorrow I have to move more stuff but I hope to be able to hit up the gym briefly. Until then, check out my teamraising site and donate to help animals.

So this weekend I got quite a bit of exercise… most of it was stairs. Rachelle and I started to move into our new place. This meant no Saturday run, but instead I ran up and down the stairs and tried to turn moving into a workout. Since it is in the same building but in another section, we had to take our stuff from the 3rd floor apartment we were in down to the bottom, out the front door of our section, in the front door of the new section and back up to the third floor. I am not even sure how many trips we took, but we still need to move some stuff. For the most part though, we have the big stuff moved and it is just little things that need to come.

Today was a rest day. I didn’t do much, I moved a few things back and forth but nothing heavy. It was pouring rain all day so I couldn’t have moved some of our stuff even had I wanted to (which of course I did). I will do some light yoga later tonight and run a mile in the morning. One week is over, week two is upon me. Fifteen weeks to go until race day.

In the time that I was resting I did a lot of research on nutrition and vegan endurance athletes. It really seems as though vegan endurance athletes are becoming more popular. Did you know that Scott Jurek, a vegan ultra marathon runner, won the Western States 100 mile ultra marathon 7 times consecutively, every year from 1999 to 2005? He’s not the only one though, I found a site that helps other vegan endurance athletes as well, Organic Athlete.

I have my eye on the prize. Come March my goal is to finish this half-marathon. A year from now I would like to run a full marathon. In 2 years I would like to run a marathon and place. In 3 years I would like to compete in the Ironman triathlon.  Finally, in 5 years I would like to compete in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100 mile run.

You can help me achieve my goals and inspire me to train harder by donating a few dollars to my teamraising site.

Today was my cross training day. After work I walked with Rachelle the 1 mile toward the gym. She went to get tattooed while I worked out. I haven’t been to the gym in quite some time but tonight I got my monthly fee’s worth.

I started out on a cycling machine to warm up, I did 1.5 miles and grabbed some water. After that I went upstairs, I hit up the lower body section of my workout. Starting with the sitting leg press I did three reps of 10 at 120lbs. I then went over to the sitting leg lifts and did another 3 sets of 10 at 50lbs. My plan is to increase each of these by 5-10lbs a week until 2 weeks before the marathon, at which point I will back off a bit and ease into something a bit lower to allow recovery.

Once I was finished with that I switched to upper body workouts. I did another 3 sets of 10 of bicep curls at 25lbs and 3 sets of 10 on the chest press at 50lbs. My goal with this isn’t to increase weight as much as reps. I will probably keep the same weight but try to add 1 rep to each set a week. I want endurance in my upper body not bulk.

With that behind me I went to the core training area. I did my most loathed machine (even more than the lateral arm lifts, Cody!) the ab rocker. I did 3 sets of 10 at a measly 15lbs before I went to the long arm crunch. This is something I am much better at, I did 3 sets of 20 at 25lbs. Finally to finish off the weights I did the oblique twists, I didn’t enjoy this much at all and I think I will try a different oblique work out next time, regardless another 3 sets of 10 at 15lbs.

To finish off the whole thing I went back down to the cardio area and did 7 miles of cycling before walking the mile back to the house. All in all I would call it a good day. I stopped at the market on the way home and picked up some bananas and cherries for a smoothie in the morning. Tomorrow is a rest day so yoga only!

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See you on Saturday!

So today was supposed to be my first day of cross-training. I woke up this morning to pump up the tires of our bike and found that there was a huge hole in the back tire. Hoping it was just the tire and not the tube I tried to pump it up any way, alas it was to no avail. No bike, I will see about getting a new tire tomorrow or Thursday.

Regardless my activity for today could definitely be considered cross training. Rachelle and I got the green light from our landlord to move some of our smaller stuff into the new apartment. It is the same building but in a different section. We made several trips back and forth, all in all I climbed and descended 24 flights of stairs.

My legs are sore from all the stairs and I have a run scheduled in the morning so I am going to stretch a bit and go read before bed. In the mean time you can always check out the reason I am running this marathon and donate to help out.

See you tomorrow.

I can’t wait, I have about 103 days to get ready for the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. I am running as part of the PETA Pack, to help raise money for PETA’s Investigations and Rescue Fund. This fund helps finance everything from undercover investigations to their free doghouse program to their mobile low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

I have worked out a training schedule that is based on the one provided by the professional coach that is coaching our team. Since the provided once provided starts on January 4th my schedule allows me an additional month. Fifteen weeks isn’t much to get ready for a half-marathon, but I am fairly confident in myself and my abilities.

This is a 13.1 mile (21.1 km) endurance run. I don’t plan on placing, so all of my training is about LSD (long, slow, distance) and getting to the finish line.

Mon
Dec 7
Tue
Dec 8
Wed
Dec 9
Thurs
Dec 10
Fri
Dec 11
Sat
Dec 12
Sun
Dec 13
Run/Walk
1 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
1 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest Run/Walk
1 miles
Yoga
Mon
Dec 14
Tue
Dec 15
Wed
Dec 16
Thurs
Dec 17
Fri
Dec 18
Sat
Dec 19
Sun
Dec 20
Run/Walk
1 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
1 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest Run/Walk
1 miles
Yoga
Mon
Dec 21
Tue
Dec 22
Wed
Dec 23
Thurs
Dec 24
Fri
Dec 25
Sat
Dec 26
Sun
Dec 27
Run/Walk
2 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
2 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest Run/Walk
3 miles
Yoga
Mon
Dec 28
Tue
Dec 29
Wed
Dec 30
Thurs
Dec 31
Fri
Jan 1
Sat
Jan 2
Sun
Jan 3
Run/Walk
2 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
2 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest Run/Walk
3 miles
Yoga
Mon
Jan 4
Tue
Jan 5
Wed
Jan 6
Thurs
Jan 7
Fri
Jan 8
Sat
Jan 9
Sun
Jan 10
Run/Walk
2 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
2 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest Run/Walk
3 miles
Yoga
Mon
Jan 11
Tue
Jan 12
Wed
Jan 13
Thurs
Jan 14
Fri
Jan 15
Sat
Jan 16
Sun
Jan 17
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
35 min
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
35 min
Rest Run/Walk
5 miles
Yoga
Mon
Jan 18
Tue
Jan 19
Wed
Jan 20
Thurs
Jan 21
Fri
Jan 22
Sat
Jan 23
Sun
Jan 24
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
40 min
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
40 min
Rest Run/Walk
4 miles
Yoga
Mon
Jan 25
Tue
Jan 26
Wed
Jan 27
Thurs
Jan 28
Fri
Jan 29
Sat
Jan 30
Sun
Jan 31
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
40 min
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
40 min
Rest Run/Walk
7 miles
Rest or Yoga
Mon
Feb 1
Tue
Feb 2
Wed
Feb 3
Thurs
Feb 4
Fri
Feb 5
Sat
Feb 6
Sun
Feb 7
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
40 min
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
40 min
Rest Run/Walk
8 miles
Yoga
Mon
Feb 8
Tue
Feb 9
Wed
Feb 10
Thurs
Feb 11
Fri
Feb 12
Sat
Feb 13
Sun
Feb 14
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
40 min
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
40 min
Rest Run/Walk
9 miles
Yoga
Mon
Feb 15
Tue
Feb 16
Wed
Feb 17
Thurs
Feb 18
Fri
Feb 19
Sat
Feb 20
Sun
Feb 21
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
45 min
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
45 min
Rest Run/Walk
5 miles
Yoga
Mon
Feb 22
Tue
Feb 23
Wed
Feb 24
Thurs
Feb 25
Fri
Feb 26
Sat
Feb 27
Sun
Feb 28
Run/Walk
5 miles
X-Train
50 min
Run/Walk
5 miles
X-Train
50 min
Rest Run/Walk
10 miles
Yoga
Mon
Mar 1
Tue
Mar 2
Wed
Mar 3
Thurs
Mar 4
Fri
Mar 5
Sat
Mar 6
Sun
Mar 7
Run/Walk
5 miles
X-Train
50 min
Run/Walk
5 miles
X-Train
50 min
Rest Run/Walk
11 miles
Yoga
Mon
Mar 8
Tue
Mar 9
Wed
Mar 10
Thurs
Mar 11
Fri
Mar 12
Sat
Mar 13
Sun
Mar 14
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
4 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest Run/Walk
4 miles
Yoga
Mon
Mar 15
Tue
Mar 16
Wed
Mar 17
Thurs
Mar 18
Fri
Mar 19
Sat
Mar 20
Sun
Mar 21
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
30 min
Run/Walk
3 miles
X-Train
30 min
Rest 10 min Jog/walk Stretch RACE DAY
13.1 miles

Please visit my teamraising site and help with a donation if you can. For more information of other vegan endurance athletes check out Brendan Brazier’s website and Rich Roll’s New Veg Testimonial

I did it. I broke down and got a blog. Hopefully I will start posting interesting things that are relevant to the world and not just ramble on and on about how my cats fight at 2am every night or how I was annoyed to find out that I ran out of toothpaste.