Friday, May 30, 2014

Nose to the Grindstone

Out the door at 5:30 AM today. Yeah, it’s just a boring wog around the neighborhood, but I’ll take it.


Distance: 0

Calories: 62 deficit


Distance: 0

Calories: 263 deficit


Distance: 2.66 miles @ 15:04 pace

Calories: 113 deficit

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 3

So – it was my intent to get out early this morning to start week 3. But, I just couldn’t get out from under the covers. So – it’s 10:15PM and I just got in…


Distance: 2.66 mis @ 14:59 pace

Calories: 410 deficit

Oh – some of the wildlife seen on tonight’s run:


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week 2 Weigh in

But before that, I took advantage of a *spectacular* Southern California spring day and headed into the hills.

If you haven’t lived in Southern California, we have this weather pattern that starts in May and continues through June. It’s known as May grey and June gloom. What happens is every morning, low clouds and fog blow in from the ocean to keep our mornings cool and dreary. Most days, this all blows away by midday. This morning was no exception:


By the time I made my turnaround point 2 1/2 miles later, the sun was making a valiant attempt to break through:


And by the time I got back to the car, the marine layer had burned off and exposed a perfect spring day:



Distance: 5.3 miles @ 15:47 pace

Calories: ???  (sorry – took the parents out to dinner).

Weekend Weigh in: Down a pound and a half this week; 2.5 total.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Plugging Along

This accountability experiment is apparently working. I’m still around as we get close to the end of week 2.


Distance: 0

Calories: 215 too many


Distance: 0

Calories: 332 too many


Distance: 2.66 miles @ 15:15 pace

Calories: 292 deficit

I was going head out this morning, but I decided against it. A few weeks ago I was pushing a bit much and ended up with a mean shin splint that took two weeks to resolve. Despite the current low mileage, my knees and legs were feeling “off” this morning. Now that I have a little head of steam going, last thing I want to do is to have a setback. I guess the older I get the wiser I’m becoming.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be revisiting the hills.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Let Week 2 Begin

There’s something about getting an early start in the morning. I live about a mile from the ocean, so the air is cool and heavy with moisture. There is a palpable quiet.

Who am I kidding?!?!  It is freaking early in the morning!?!?! Who in their right mind would be up at 5AM, choke down a cup of coffee and be off for a wog before their bowels have had a chance to realize that it’s morning?


Distance: 0 miles

Calories: 107 deficit


Distance: 2.66 miles @ 15:16 pace

Calories: 228 deficit

Tomorrow is sleep in until 5:45. Yea!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekend Weigh-In

Wrapped up the week with four miles on Sunday. Visited an old friend:


I guess this wasn’t a trail after all, which is a bit of a shame because the views from the top were spectacular:


Turnaround point looking down into Emerald Canyon. One of these days I’ll get back down here. The problem is the climb out:


Stats for the rest of the week:


Distance: 0 miles

Calories: 103 deficit


Distance: 0 miles

Calories: 35 too many


Distance: 4.16 miles @ 15:56 per mile

Calories: 425 deficit

Weekend Weigh in: Down one pound for the week. It’s a journey – not a race.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Damn it. Why are you keeping me honest?


No mileage.

Calories: 127 deficit


Distance: 2.65 mis

Pace: 16:00

Calories: 328 deficit

Three days down. So far so good, but that's because weigh in isn't until Sunday....

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Journey Begins

Day 1 in the books. Just for grins I’ll post some details:

Distance: 2.65 mis

Pace: 15:55/mi

Just a boring trek around the neighborhood:

Walking 5-13-2014

But there is a hill or two:

Walking 5-13-2014, Elevation

Calories: 412 deficit

And so the journey begins.

Monday, May 12, 2014

I’m Humbled…

All I did was float a post that I'm going to start posting again and some of my old regular readers came out of the woodwork to give their encouragement. Wow. I’m humbled.

So, let’s talk. For the last year I’ve been working (same job when I last blogged). And eating. And working. And eating. And playing poker. And eating. Do you see a pattern here? Do you see what I’m missing? Bottom line is I’m back to where I was before I started rowing, which was a couple years before I started running - which was a long time ago. Fitness? Zilch. Endurance? Zilch. Girth? El gordo.

In fact, my weight has me concerned. So, a few weeks back, I decided to start an exercise program. The program consists of walks around the neighborhood. That program was successful. For a week. Then came the excuses. “Man, I’m tired.” “Can’t go tonight, I have some work left to do.” Can you see a pattern?

I’m going to dust off the ol’ blog so that I can be accountable. I *think* that as long as someone is reading, I *might* be motivated. So – phooey on you guys who commented. If it wasn’t for you, I’d have a reason to put things off. Smile

I’ll be updating on a regular basis. Right now, I will be doing a boring walk around the neighborhood (2.6 miles, two days a week) and one longer walk in the hills on the weekend. Keep in mind – “longer” these days means 4 – 5 miles. I’m also tracking my calories. Believe me. I have more than 50 lbs to drop in the coming months. Yikes!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I Hope These are Just Cobwebs

It's been almost a year since the last post here. I'm going to dust off the cobwebs and start posting again. I'm hoping that I'll help with my accountability problem. It seems it's always easier to veg out in front of my computer in the evening than it is to head out the door.

I've got a long way to go to get back into shape. Hopefully posting back in here will help. Stay tuned for more.