Day 139: I Enjoy Sleep… Especially After Long Runs

Recently I’ve been sleeping longer each night, especially since my 26-miler last month. I have happily indulged this need (and desire) for sleep. And I’m not just talking about getting a few hours extra sleep the following night or three after the run. I have noticed an ongoing, night-after-night pattern of getting extra sleep for several weeks afterward. And since I have done two marathon-distance runs in the past month, sleeping longer has pretty much become a regular thing. When looking at my sleep data on Fitbit, I definitely notice…

Day 117: Sort of Funny…

So I was sitting here a few hours ago, trying to write a blog post and in no state to do one. In fact, I was pretty misaligned. I realized that I needed to get up and take a break. I shouted as much to my wife in the other room, and then tried to reassure her that I wasn’t upset at her, but just needed to get up from my desk. “I’m going to watch a movie!” I said. “Fine, you do that,” she replied. It was about 5pm.…

Day 113: Why Make Everything a Chore?

okay shit, man, it’s 8pm and I haven’t done this blog yet. And frankly, I’m tired, maybe a little head achy? Chris, we are always here to discuss anything you like! We love talking to you! Well thanks, I love talking to you. So here I am sitting here about to write a blog. It’s after 8pm and I sorta kinda “just want to get this done.” I was hoping you could, you know, help 🙂 Sure! Because you want us to do your thinking for you? We are laughing.…

Day 112: Follow the Joy!

Today I spent half the day volunteering for the Iron Man triathlon in Sacramento. I was at the aid station for runners at about mile 21 of the marathon portion (the third part of the swim/bike/run event). The folks I hung with are all runners, so I had a nice time talking “shop” with them. Our table served a choice of Coke or Red Bull to Ironman participants. Coke was far and away the favored drink. I didn’t know I would enjoy myself so much. I usually think I prefer…

Day 100: The Power of Scheduling

I have been writing recently about balancing marathon training with the rest of life (my last update was here). This has been going well. However, today I realized I needed to get serious about organizing my life over the next few months so I can handle my priorities. In particular, I have three looong runs coming up: a 26-miler this weekend, a 29-miler three weeks after that, and the “Big One”* three weeks after that. In addition, I have a play I’m helping out with, some family related events, and…

Day 87: Well-Being Returns

There is a cozy autumn feel this morning, and I am most appreciative for a sense of well-being. I just enjoyed a nice breakfast, after eking out a 5-mile run. The run was effort because I was still tired after Saturday’s 23-miler, but nonetheless, it felt good to accomplish. Meanwhile, I enjoyed the morning cool and the chilly autumn breeze. I am wearing a light, hooded sweatshirt. After months of hot weather, it is nice to have reason to wear a sweatshirt again. I originally bought this sweatshirt for the…

Day 86: Four Hours of Running, Two Days of Eating!

Saturday’s 23 miler went well due to proper mental physical and mental preparation.  Perhaps the biggest surprise for me is how much I ate, especially following the run for the rest of the weekend! My appetite resembled how it felt after my first solo marathon. I just kept eating (and drinking… with plenty of electrolyte-enhanced drinks). Witness: Chris’s Weekend Eating 9/24 and 9/25: Saturday Before run (5am): oatmeal (1/2 cup) 1 banana (frozen, chopped) pea protein (1 tsp) water (1/4 cup) During run (6am-10am): waffles (2) gels (2) chews (1…

Day 78: My Life is Expanding and I am Loving It

Today my wife and I took what was perhaps the most relaxed trip out of town in the last 2 1/2 years. It was a simple trip to my brother’s house to visit with his family of three: he, his wife, and their daughter (our niece). Our niece is a three-year-old loving spirit completely connected to Source, following her Inner Guidance and shining radiant Individuality in every moment. Naturally we loved being around her. Besides that, the weather was idyllic. Also, as this is in a town I grew up…

Day 76: Personal Happiness and The 80/20 Rule

A long time ago I learned about the 80/20 rule. Also called “Pareto Principle,” it is the idea that 20% of one’s efforts in any given endeavor are responsible for 80% of the results. This is often applied in the workplace and in productivity circles. The idea suggests that we look for that “sweet spot” that produces the most impactful results in our lives. Inherent in this is the idea that there are a lot of things that don’t produce much benefit. To go back to “The Seven Habits of…