Monday, January 19, 2015

So, That was a Nice Vacation

It’s the 19th of January. My last post here prior to the end of 2014. To say that I’m not motivated is an understatement.

So, it’s back to Motivation 101. For me, motivation is driven by goals. So, without goals, guess what? Pretty much 2014.

When I go back and look at what was the years where I had the most success (208, 2009, 2010), I had an ulterior motive. Once that goal was achieved, it was like there was no reason to run any more. Add some knee tendonitis, and it became very easy to sit around. Unfortunately, that “sit around” turned into about 4 years.

Total distance

So, I think its time to come up with some goals that will keep me motivated in 2015. One thing for sure – running for the sake of running isn’t motivation for me. I’m going to need to come up with something that is a target I can shoot for. I’m thinking this might be it:

There are some constraints this time around:

  1. Work: I’m no longer working for myself (and that’s not bad). The issue is that available time is an issue. I had three nights this week where I wrapped things up at 10PM. Makes it tough to have a formal training plan.
  2. My “other” hobby: At least one day a weekend I end up at a poker table. Once again, makes it tough to tackle those long runs that take up the entire day.

So, here’s where I go from here:

  1. By next Saturday, I’ll make up my mind whether tacking Southern California peaks is motivation enough for 2015 (obviously not all of them in one summer).
  2. Lay out a plan for 2015.

Talk to you in a week!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Annual Wrap Up–almost

Well, with a couple of weeks left to go, I decided to look at how I’m doing this year. Hmm. I guess there’s a reason you haven’t heard from me since Thanksgiving.

Total distance

The good news is that I think I can make 200 miles this year. A little off my 1500 mile year in 2009, but hey, who’s counting?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Now that *that’s* over..

Thanksgiving is always a festive time at the Jones household. This old man gets to dust off the apron and put together a feast for the family that gathers at the abode. The morning starts out with a relaxing cup of coffee. It doesn’t hurt that it was forecast to be a sunny 80 degrees.

The fun and festivities start about 10 in the morning with some hickory chips soaking in water. I use these to smoke the turkey.

Yes. Smoked turkey. On the charcoal BBQ. One of the perks of living in Southern California:

The real fun starts around 2, when I get working on the standard fare and then throw in one or two new dishes for variety:

Prime rib:

Green bean casserole:


Candied squash (I prefer squash to yams):

For variety this year, I threw in an asparagus, tomato and feta salad. Steam some tender asparagus so that it is tender, but firm. Heat about a tablespoon of EVO in a large skillet, toss together the asparagus with some halved grape tomatoes until heated through, and then sprinkle some feta cheese on your concoction:

The second new dish this year was soyccotash. Just like it sounds. Succotash with edamame instead of lima beans. Delish!

Just about time the all the fixin’s are done, it was time to take the turkey off the BBQ:

Mmmm mmmm if I say so myself! Dinner at 5!

Oh. And I made it out for a stroll around the neighborhood too:


Mileage: 2.66 @ 16:24


Mileage: 2.66 @ 16:20.

Now that the “big day” is over – time to start tracking the calories again. I sure hope the damage from the past couple days is salvageable!