Running, scheming and eating.


Run Streak Day 1550

Today’s Run – “Off Day” 1 Mile

Total 2017 Miles – 399

The weekend was quite good.  I put in 37 miles of running (22 on Saturday and 15 on
Sunday) and things went extremely well. I was happy to run past one of my favorite signs.  I love its honesty, “almost anything,” but also this used to be where my amazing wife would refuel me back in my early days of running.  Now I have a fancy CamelBak which means I can just keep going.


The interesting part was that the calf issue I have been having for weeks seems to have vanished.  In all honesty, it’s now the other calf that is bugging me, but I know that is because I twisted my ankle around mile 10 of my run on Saturday.  Isn’t that always the case? 😛

lifs3182Regardless, for the first time in half a month, I feel somewhat confident that I will be able to pull off my silly plans.  My goal to run 1,000 miles before May is still a bust, but don’t think I haven’t been toying with the idea of making up the nearly 40 miles I would need to make it a reality again.  An extra mile a day for the next 6 weeks sounds totally doable.  But….something in the back of my head tells me that it isn’t smart.  Granted, whoever knows me will tell you that I am not driven by the smartest decision.  Unless it is really entertaining.

I may consider adjusting the 1,000 mile mark to align with my May race, the Marine Corps Historic Half.  This is the Historic Half’s 10th anniversary and I am one of 127 people who has run every one of the races since its inauguration.  We are now members of the newly minted “Iron Mile Company.” Not only will I be running the Half Marathon that day, I will also be completing the 5 mile race directly beforehand.  They are calling it the Devil Dog Double.  There is a mandate to finish the 5 miler at sub 9 minute mile pace.  This will be interesting, since I will have completed my 50 mile trail race three weeks prior.  Doubt any speed work will be in my program between the two events.

Since the issue with my calf, I have been taking recovery more seriously.  I have been juicing fruits and vegetables to help my body get all the vitamins and minerals it needs to repair the daily damage I’ve been causing.  Also, I’ve upped my calorie intake.  Between running and the cross training, I burn over 4,000 calories a day.  Over the weekend, I netted over 10,000 calories burned between the two days.  (This is all based off of my fancy FitBit. So it’s totally scientifically accuracy 🙂 ).  I still haven’t mastered the refueling part of my training, but come on, there are only so many fruit bars and bowls of cheerios one man can eat.

Besides feeding my inner fat kid, I also took my first venture into the voodoo that is cryotherapy.  I will say that standing in a small tube that reaches -220 degrees F is a religious experience and even if it doesn’t benefit the body, it is definitely a test of the soul.

More about that in my next post.  The Adventures of a Human Popsicle.


Until next time…keep pushing the limits my friends.

About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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