Standard Leg Day Workout

Besides all of the running I’ve been doing for my marathon training, I’m also attempting to maintain any muscle I might have. I really enjoy weightlifting, and while it’s playing second fiddle right now, I’m still trying to fit it in whenever possible, without negatively affecting my runs. So here is a leg day workout that I struggled through this week. Continue reading

Keto, Triathlons, and Some Science

Keto, short for ketogenic diet, is a type of eating that limits carbs and lets fats run with abandon. Carbs are generally kept below 50g total, but true keto-ers keep it around 20g net carbs per day. Protein is kept at a moderate level, depending on your fitness goals. In order to maintain as much muscle as possible, about 1g of protein per pound of body weight should be consumed. And fat, well, you can basically go to town on fat. Avocados, cheese, heavy cream, fatty cuts of meat, fat is what will keep you full, functioning, and sane when you cut those carbs. Continue reading

7 Week Marathon Training Plan: Week 1

Now that the Nation’s Triathlon is over (race report in the works), I can focus on training for the Marine Corps Marathon which I recently signed up for. I only have 7 weeks left until the marathon, and I already know it’s going to be rough to get myself in marathon shape in that time. But, I’ve written a decent marathon training plan for myself, and I thought I’d share it here, week by week, as I progress through the plan. Continue reading

Things No One Told Me Before I Started Triathlons

Looking back on my first year doing triathlons, I’ve realized that I’ve completely changed as a person. My entire life has changed, my mindset has changed, and my athleticism has changed. I have experienced countless learning mistakes with triathlon, although I have yet to start the run with my helmet still on! So, in honor of my one year triathlon-aversary, and all the growing pains that come with it, I thought a list of things no one told me was appropriate. Continue reading

Episode #256 of “I Can’t Believe I Just Signed Up For That”

In typical triathlete style, I tend to (well, try to) plan everything. Now, do I always follow that plan? Absolutely not. Life gets in the way, stuff happens. Plans get derailed. One of my goals I’m working towards is running a full Ironman in 2017. I’m shooting for IM Maryland, because it’s so close to me, and frankly, because the course is pancake flat. As part of my IM prep, I plan on running at least one marathon leading up to the race. I had originally planned to run a marathon in April/May of 2017, but last night I threw the plan out the window for once and registered for the Marine Corps Marathon. …Which is happening in less than 60 days. Crap. What was I thinking??

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Does anyone have any good marathon training tips?? Any tips for prepping in a hurry?! It’s two months away! 

 

PSA – Stretching

One of the things I’ve come to neglect in training is…drum roll please…stretching. I have never been flexible. Ever. In school, for the President’s Physical Fitness Test, the stupid straight leg stretch would consistently pull my score down. My toes and I aren’t super familiar, and my hamstrings are tighter than Guantanamo Bay.  Continue reading

Squat Day!

Yesterday was a glorious Monday and I finally got in a solid leg workout again! My triathlon season is winding down, and I’m focusing on some more strength-building for the Spartan Race I plan to do in a month. A Spartan Race is a completely different beast from triathlons, and requires different, but complementary, fitness.  Continue reading

Keto: Daily Meal Plan

I’ve been on a Ketogenic diet for about a month now, and I’ve been loving it. I’m obsessed with cheese (as I mentioned in my previous post) and Keto is super cheese-friendly. No carbs, high in fats and protein, cheese makes my world go round. Thinking of making cheese my next #ManCrushMonday. It’s getting serious. Continue reading