Out of the doldrums...

So, I've not been updating lately.  Well, I guess I really haven't been updating regularly for a few months now.  Life happens and I got distracted.

So, what have I been up to lately?

April -- Ran the Disney Dark Side of the Force Challenge (10K + half-marathon) -- was awesome. Check it out for next year.  The registration will open sometime next year.  Head over the RunDisney website to join their mailing list and get notified.

May & June -- Running doldrums.  Hard.  I didn't stop running, but I did find more excuses NOT to run.  My mileage dropped, which was probably a good thing.  I knew what was coming -- San Antonio summer.  Running here in the summer just isn't nearly as nice as, say, any other time of year.  It's hot.  Like 78 degrees at 5am and 90% humidity hot.

However, it wasn't just the weather.  I'd finished a marathon, did a half and was struggling with ideas on what to aim for next.  Another marathon?  Which one?  I have a colleague who tried to convince me that an Ironman was a good idea.  Not sure I have time for that unless I quit my job.  As my running dropped, my diet drifted. A couple weeks ago I stepped on the scale and had added 10 pounds. 

So, after chatting with my coach, I've decided to make a few changes:

1. Gotta get a clean diet. I do great during the day, but the wheels fall off in the evening.  This is especially problematic when I get off of work some nights after midnight.  I'm exhausted and I just go carb-salt crazy (read: tortilla chips and salsa).  What to do?  I stopped buying the chips.  If they aren't in the house, I won't eat them.  My coach suggested apples or zucchini slices with guacamole if I'm jonesing for something spicy.  It would probably work with salsa too. 

2. Gotta run.  Period. My weekly mileage is WAY down from November.  It'll start to climb again, but I'm doing more speed work -- however I still struggle. It isn't about "having time" it's about making it a priority.  Time to bump running up the list.

3.  Gotta do races.  I've only run one organized run since my marathon.  I probably need to do one every month or two. Plus my wife likes to run with me.  Maybe do some speed work during those runs.  We'll see.

4.  Set new goal.  Done that.  I'm running the Disney Marathon on January 8th. My goal this time? Make it suck less. My first marathon was done on a bit of a shoestring.  I didn't really know what I was doing.  This time, I'm going to have a better nutrition plan, more base miles and better experience.  It's interesting: my first half-marathon was pretty tough.  Since then, I've run at least a dozen in training and the like.  13 miles is nothing.  I'd love to make 26 feel the same way.

5.  Post to this blog.  I really do like writing about my running discoveries. I've got a few posts stored in my noggin so I need to put fingers to keyboard and knock them out.  This is where you can help:  read my stuff, share it, ask questions, make requests.

So stay tuned and let me know what you want to see.