Friday, December 28, 2012

My First 5k

I am running my first official 5k tomorrow.  The Hot Chocolate Run in Eagle, ID.  I have run in several races before but it was with my kids or a friend at the Race for the Cure several years back.  The fastest of the those was the Girls on the Run race with Zach back in October.

Anyway, it will be fun to push myself and see how I do.  Oh, and I signed up for two other races today.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Middle Aged

I went to the doctor for a consultation a few months back was recently denied insurance coverage for the consultation.  I was forwarded the letter the doctor wrote when it was submitted to the insurance company which read in part...

Name: Ryan

A middle aged male who........

I had to laugh when I saw that.  Maybe it's my beautiful chrome dome that led them to that conclusion, but seriously, I am only 38!  Oh well, I feel better than when I was 20.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The gods conceal from men......

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life. ~Lucan, 1st century Roman poet

4th Annual Ryan Anderson Invitational Marathon

Before leaving the house BRRR?!?!
A little back story here. After I lost all my weight my sister challenged me to run a marathon and I told her in these exact words...YOU'RE CRAZY!! Somehow I came around to it and started running in September of 2009. On December 6th, 2009 I ran a marathon on the greenbelt here in town at the end of a 3 month training plan.

When I told people I ran a marathon they would always ask,"Which one?" It was a valid question but then I would say it wasn't a 'real' marathon.  It was just me running 26.2 miles with my wife Michelle following on the bike just to see if I could do it. When I put it that way it made it feel like less of an accomplishment and in my mind 26.2 miles is 26.2 miles whether or not you paid 80 bucks and got a crappy t-shirt. So after that I told people I ran the Ryan Anderson Invitational Marathon and there was only 1 invitation!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Western States Lottery

The Western States 100 lottery was held yesterday and I didn't make it again.  The odds were like 15% for me since my name was in the hat twice.  Once for not getting drawn last year and another for this year. 

Now I have to pick another qualifier for the next year.  I would like to do Cascade Crest 100 but it is also a lottery.  I'll get there someday and until then I'll just have to keep running qualifier and have fun!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

No Splenda?

I had a great training week last week.  All of this mileage was running except the 10 miles on Saturday which was a bike ride from my house to Shu's Running Company for a Team Pearl iZumi meeting.  I have been trying to build lots of base miles at a pace that challenges me but doesn't leave me feeling flat and fatigued the next day. So far so good I guess.

Last week I was reading somewhere about all the toxic junk that builds up in your system that interferes with the natural processes of the liver and kidneys (among other things).  I have been trying to lose about 5 to 7 pounds forever and I am fairly confident I get enough exercise.  So that leaves my diet.  Which I would say is better than most but I definitely have room to improve.
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