I started trying make footprints in every lane and then proceeded to try and make a rut in one lane with my feet. The games we play with ourselves to get in some miles.....
I can see that the next couple of months are going to be interesting when it comes to getting in longer miles with the roads being covered in white stuff.
No resolutions for 2010 yet but I still have the Michigan vs Arizona 1000 mile challenge....
I did receive a couple of Green Bay Packer related items that I'll don on game day!
We had a rainy Christmas day which made for a horrible run, nothing like a cold wet run.
I'm gearing up for our 2010 challenge against the warm weather runners in Arizona. We're still ironing out details and rules. Any suggestions are appreciated.
We have our annual New Year's Eve race and today we'll be assembling race packets any one wanting to volunteer in the Metropolitan Detroit area feel free to contact me.
I hope Santa was good to everyone in Blogland.....
Boy, what a workout! No, it wasn't bad since most people are either done shopping or were still asleep.
I am officially done with my shopping.
Do you think that I can get away with not wrapping gifts by using the 'green' better for the environment argument? You know who needs to wrap something with paper that will fill our landfills for years to come?
Wow, that does sound kind of convincing........
Now it's time to go for a short run in preparation for '1000 in 2010'...
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday..
Peace, I'm out!
We all know how that turned out when you match speed, good looks, brains, and a great sense of humor against the likes of brute force.
Well, the High-Five state of Michigan has taken the challenge using it's speed, brains, good looks and fantastic sense of humor against the state of Arizona!
That's right, five people on a team running miles in 2010 to see who will be victorious. Each member is shooting for running 1000 miles but the skies the limit.
No rules or prizes have been set yet but it's another way to motivate each other. If other states would like to partake, get five runners(no ringers please) and get in the conversation.
Wow, what have I got myself into this time??????????
I still love the reactions that I'm getting from them, not only running in snow but in 20 degree temps. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't get in any good hill work because of the snow but we have plenty of time.
We had our 'Bad Santa' hash and there were plenty of BEvERages had. It was also brought out that I've been negligent in attending the weekly hash. My name is on the backslider's list!
Only three working days for me this week and then it's the holiday season for sure!
I think I'm taking part in a running challenge for 2010, forming teams in Michigan to compete against Pat's team in Arizona for runnign the most miles. It should prove to be interesting since our weather is so similar!!!
The office was really different today, since most people will be on vacation until the new year. There were smiles and handshakes and hugs. Wow, that was kind of cool for the workplace.
I am still logging miles without any discomfort or pain and it's great to feel good after a run! I had forgotten how that felt for a long time.
With only a few more shopping days until Christmas, I'm getting my list ready. This is a procrastinators favorite time of hte year. I've actually been in the store on Christmas Eve when it was closing. The crap you pickup then is amazing.
One of my participants from the Spring team has started blogging. Lisa's mom was diagnosed with leukemia and she joined the team, so go out and give Lisa a warm blogging welcome. She even has a cool name for it:
I have been swamped at work and when I get home the last thing I want to see is another PC!!!!!
I've been missing my boot-camp style workouts during the day and getting in my running in the evenings, which is totally different during the colder days. My energy level is so low and I attribute it to missing a good breakfast. Remember, the most important meal of the day.
Still trying to recover from the holiday spirits! Boy am I glad December only comes around once a year. We have been partying during the week and on the weekends. I'm too old for this..........
Okay, time to drag my sorry arse out to the gym.
I hope my membership is still active.
We are getting ready to get dumped on with some of the white stuff, which makes finding clear streets a little difficult. I've been scouting out some of the sub-divisions near my office just for the occasion of some snow running. Nothing like running in endless circles and dead-end signs.
The Christmas tree is up and waiting to be decorated and the Packers are taking on the Ravens on MNF. We need this victory for a legitimate playoff run.
Running is going well but I won't be competing in the Olympics any time soon.
Have a great evening out there and Go Packers!
It still amazes me that so many people think they can't run in the Winter elements but it is soooo doable.
I still need to work on a few of them and their apparel but overall the team Rocked!
This is also the start of December Saturdays, which means holiday parties.......
This evening I get to party with my immediate and extended family, so tomorrow might be a really bad run, lets hope for the best.
Have a great weekend..
It's humorous that Houston is suppose to get dumped on with several inches of snow. I wonder if Coach Liz will bust out the snow shoes?
The Spring team will get their first exposure to training in the elements, poor kids! It does seem a little cruel to have newbies running in below freezing temps and tell them to head into the wind!!!
I have been getting in some cautious miles but I do want to go faster!
I hope everyone stays warm and enjoy these last few weekends before Christmas.
Did I mention that I have to shop???????????
Here are my questions for today:
Tiger Woods cheating on his wife????? WHY?
I know even Haley Berry's husband cheated.............
A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has died from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. WHY??????
Okay, this is a running blog. I noticed this while volunteering for our local Turkey Trot. I'm not trying to be a running snob, but why do so many middle of the pack and slower runners love to get high fives??????
Does it make them run faster?????
We about to get hit with some serious Winter weather here, so running outside is going to be FUN!!!!
Why would someone buy two (2) 40-pack of condoms?????
So you may not have as good a holiday as this gentleman but have a great Thanksgiving.
I need to get on track and start eating like an athlete.
I know that planning is one of the biggest problems that I have and it's probably something that doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out. I still can't understand how Adam ate that apple in the Garden of Eden, when he had cows and chickens running around?????
Another thing that I need to get my butt in gear is a rival! You know someone that is close to me in talent and pushes me to perform better. My last rival actually became one of my best training partners years ago. Oh the good ole days........
I wonder of I can put an ad on Craig's List, 'Wanted, one Running Rival'?????
DO any of you have any local rivals that you always see at a race and just can't seem to beat?
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a local boy that wanted one last Christmas.
Sadly, Noah lost his battle with cancer and died Monday morning at his home. Noah Biorkman's family received more than one-million Christmas cards over the past couple months after friends started a campaign to make sure Noah had one last Christmas, November 6th.
Thanks for your many acts of kindness.
We had a gorgeous morning for the inaugural training run. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to running in sub-zero temperatures and knee high snow drifts!
I love the variety of people that comes together for a great cause. Each beginning always makes me look back at the people that have entered my life an the tremendous effect they have had on me.
This is when I can say, '..I love you man'.
I have several alumni on the team, which makes my job that much easier since they can help in so many ways. These same alumni want to get faster, they know that they'll cross the finish line.
Can somebody say 'speed-work'?????????
I was able to get in some decent runs and now I'm off to the gym.
Boy, I'm glad to have my mojo back!
Okay, it's not my Mojo but I found this mojo just lying around and decided to take it.
I know it doesn't look the best but it will do for now.
This mojo along with going to the TNT Kickoff last night just seemed to energize me! I hoping this carries over for a few more days or even weeks, we'll see.
It was amazing to see the excited faces and individuals getting ready to change their lives for the better.
I love the beginning of the season..
I've seemed to have misplaced my exercise Mojo lately and I'm blaming it on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
This is the time of year when I drive to work in the dark and leave work in the dark. I need sunlight!
Does that make me an Anti-vampire????
I also think my new exercise environment at the local community center isn't motivating me as much. Being surrounded by a group of mature individuals doesn't get the spark in me going.
How do people do this on their own???????????
I'm sending you this note to inform you that I have received complaints from the respiratory and cardiovascular systems about your recent activities.
We understand the enjoyment that you are encountering, since you can run without any discomfort. We would like you to remember that during your time away from running, the other systems were not performing at their peak. In fact, the respiratory system took a vacation.
We are also aware of your ability to run on consecutive days again. This is of some concern to the cardiovascular system, since it was only performing on a minimal basis during your injury.
If you continue to show no regard for the other areas of the body, we will be forced to send pain signals to your area.
Here's a pretty simple one that could put a smile ont he face of many.
A 5yr old boy named Noah Biorkman, is in the last stages of a 2 1/2yr battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer.The family is celebrating Christmas next week and Noah's request is to get lots of Christmas cards..Lets get him some. Please send cards to: Noah Biorkman 1141 Fountian Viewcircle, South Lyon, Mi 48178 Lets see How many cards we can Get to this Little guy, Thank You!Here's the link to Snopes, which verifies that it's true: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/biorkman.asp
I started my TNT Informational meetings and I'm loving seeing all those fresh new faces....
So today question is,... at what age do we stop caring about what or how our under garments look like?????? One again, it's a community center!!!!!!
Granted, I'm not a Calvin Klein model but I still care how I look underneath my clothing.......
On a good note, I'm feeling better and I'm actually jogging in the neighborhood. I still refuse to wear running attire until I start running, so I'm wearing my sweatpants and hoodie. I probably look more like someone committing a crime than someone exercising....
But I didn't need to have germs bestowed upon me by my loving co-workers.........
Why couldn't they bring in a German Chocolate cake to share????
So I spent Friday afternoon and evening in bed. It's amazing what 12 hours of sleep can do.
I think I'll pas on the Halloween festivites and just get well. Maybe I can throw candy to the trick or treaters from the garage?
I'll also be getting ready for the showdown in Lambeau field this Sunday. Mr. Farve will making his return to the frozen tundra.
Hopefully all of you out there are enjoying your additional hour and have a great weekend.
cough, cough........... sorry.
Some of the supposed good ones were assassinated in office.
I wonder if I'll ever be able to run with the same enjoyment that I once had years ago???
I wonder what the next BIG thing in running will be? Who could have envisioned a GPS unit that fits on your wrist and collect data from a satellite hundred of miles away.
I wonder what I'm going to look like when I turn 85 years old? I find myself looking in the mirror more and seeing someone else. It's not bad but it is different.
I wonder when we'll have those flying cars that they promised us for the year 2000?
I wonder if I'll be able to train for another marathon???
I wonder why we can't pick up a piece of liter, even if we didn't drop it???
I wonder what am I going to post tomorrow??????????
Later, got to go for a jog.........
Why are drivers more courteous in large parking lots when you have a shopping cart but not when you're just walking??? I guess hitting a pedestrian won't dent the car?
Kmart is bringing back Lay-Away. I think I'll buy something just for old times sake! How many of you got your Christmas gifts that way when you were kids????
What makes the Blue Man Group different from Smurfs????
Do you look at the driver that has a running related item on their car?
Why is my stress reliever causing me stress????
Yankees or Phillies???????
That's right, I'm a turbl(Charles Barkley) blogger.
Isn't it the duty of the host blogger to meet and greet any visiting blogger in their city?
Aren't I responsible for photos galore and arranging multiple meet-ups????
Shouldn't I be the one to tell my visiting bloggers where to go, as well as where not to go????
Well, I am turbl...... I did none of the above and as my punishment will not blog for the next sixteen years!!!!!
Sorry for being such a turbl host, but I have an excuse! I was kidnapped as a child and raised by a pack of wolves...
Okay, work is getting crazy and the days are getting shorted and the furnace is being turned on!!!! All of the things that I don't really care for.
I am rehabbing my entire body and planning the 2010 running season. When you're injured, this is the only thing that gives you hope that one day you'll be able to run without pain coming along for the ride.
Did I mention T.G.I.F.?????
Good times to everyone that is racing this weekend and happy resting for everyone that raced last weekend.
It was a gorgeous morning to run in downtown Detroit and it's neighbor to the south Windsor, Ontario. Our annual event was marred with the deaths of three(3), that's right three male runners.
Prayers and thought go out to the family's of there individuals.
I'm not sure of why but an autopsy of each will be performed. I've already heard people that about doping of fluids and food! Who knows?????????
It was great to see bloggers out on the course or at the expo and I'm sorry I didn't have time to be a better host!
Kim, you looked great out there and Doug must have been flying!
All of the TNT folks did great and this old body is a little sore and achy(is that a word) but I had a great time.
Now I have to look forward to my upcoming season and the chance to get some newbies across that finish line.....
I went to the expo on Friday and was able to visit with DiscomBobulated Runner as she handed out 'Woman's Running' magazines. I hope to catch up with her again before the weekend is over. I also hoping to see Kim and Doug running through the streets of Detroit.
There will also be tons of other TNT folks to cheer for, so it's going to be a fun day in the Motor City.
I scheduled to lead the TNT folks on a 5K run and then jump into the 1/2 and full marathon for support. Even though I'm an unofficial coach, I'm so looking forward to being a part of it. Let's just hope that my STUPID left hamstring doesn't flare up. Stupid hamstring.......
Okay, more stuff to come....
This was a time when job seemed plentiful and I was younger and running like a gazelle. Okay, at least in my mind!
The one thing that really jumped out at me was the apparent vacancy in a large portion of the business buildings int he area. I'm talking about parking lots that could hold hundreds of cars that were empty!
Where did all of these jobs/people go? I know the answer but it still amazes me what has transpired. We still have the same number of NFL, NBA, NHL teams. We have fewer newspapers, auto dealers, retail stores just as an example.
I sometimes get truly afraid of where this great country of ours is going. What will my kids and even I have to go through in the next twenty years?
Okay, enough of that! Just a few more days until the streets of Detroit are teaming with the pitter pat of big feet. I have my TNT assignment and I am ready to yell at folks.
I'm still deciding on which obnoxious hat to don for the event but I will be noticeable....
We're getting closer to the Detroit Free Press marathon and people are freaking out! What should I wear, will it rain, do I really need a passport?????
And these are just the spectators!
I'm volunteering my coaching skillz for Team in Training, so I can yell at another group of participants, YAY!
I had blood drawn today and didn't even feel the needle! This nurse was fantastic, I don't know how she did it but I was amazed.....
Is there something wrong when the doctors are a little obese????? Well at least they weren't smoking!
With my new office arrangements, maybe I should get that flu shot! When is the contagious stage anyway?
Jess, stop complaining about the heat while posing for pictures in the pool. Did the furnace just start up again?
I wouldn't mind going to the Paris Marathon.
I refuse to watch 'Flash Forward or Fringe', you can't sucker me into that stuff again. What happened to 'My Name is Earl'?
I need some motivation to go into the basement and get on my bike, maybe I can get to Paris another way?
I spent too much time checking out the Hawaii Ironman on Saturday and the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. The afternoon football doesn't count on either day.
Being a self-imposed prisoner, I was able to swap out my summer stuff for my winter crap! This is the process that I really don't enjoy.
My son completed his first half-marathon in 1:51:24, now I have to get off my arse and start training harder. I'm sure we'll meet on some course in the next year.
Oh, now the Lions are starting to act like a professional football team, gotta go..........
I just found out that my son is participating in his first 1/2 marathon in Long Beach tomorrow morning, so I'm excited for him. Now I really need to get back on he road, he'll probably be beating me in the next few years.
Sandy is in Chicago with her TNT team, so I had all day to watch the Kona Iroman on the web. Ha, that to-do list is gathering dust!
Can you imagine missing the swim cut-off time by 8 seconds? Well, Kyle Garlett was eight seconds too many! The really amazing thing is Kyle is a cancer survivor, as well as a heart transplant recipient. It was truly inspiring to hear hm speak about missing the cut-off and his positive attitude on life.
I give my heart willingly and fully, only to have it stepped on like a cigarette butt!
You would think that after the first disappointment that I would learn, but NOOOOOOOOO. I am as naive and stupid as a teenager.
I guess the old saying that time heals all wounds is true, because I'm sure that I'll be in the same situation this time next year. I will have forgotten about what transpired in 2009 and blindly succumb to their charm and allure once again.
If any of you are reading this blog in the Spring of 2010 and I mention how giddy I am about the upcoming baseball season, please drop me a note and remind me of how I feel today.
There is no joy in Mudville today, the mighty Casey has struck out!!!!
My Detroit Tigers will be battling for the Central Division title (which they should have won before they choked) against teh Minnesota Twins.
There is no way that I can go O-fer in that damn Dome!
I'll be hoisting a few BEvERages with my Tuesday night running group and watching the game.
Who's your Tiger???????????
Being the Packer fan that I am, I'll be staying up late watching my Pack crush the Vikings.
I 've finally been introduced to eom (end of message)......
So now I'm getting email messages with just a subject line with eom after the subject.
Don't these people know that I still open the email????
So if you want to mess with some of your friends or co-workers, send them a message with eom.....
How can you stay in a room of eleven people and not get some sort of contaminate?????
Oh, my new idol Jeff completed his 100 mile act of stupidity in just over 27 hours! I wonder if his employer realizes how stupid this guy really is??????
Did I mention that I battling a cold and I never get sick? No, I'm kidding about the never getting sick part but I'm sure we all know someone that wears that like a badge of honor????
Back to Jeff, it was awesome/eerie/stupid/awesome to see these individual traverse through the trails for a belt buckle. That's right, a belt buckle....
Not the entire belt, just the buckle. You have to supply your own belt.
Back to my cold, since it is my blog about running! Why do I need three forms of identification to purchase over-the-counter cold medications????
I know why but it still bothers me.
Lastly, I go away from my PC for as weekend and you guys have a Blog-athon! So now I'll be reading and commenting on your post under the influence of my OTC drug score......
The only reason that I'm doing it is there is suppose to be drugs, sex and Rock n Roll.....
Okay one out of three and that will probably be Ibuprofen.......
I never done this, so I'm assuming that I'm there for my good looks and charm. Hey, after 50 plus miles, everyone has to look good....
Of course rain is predicted for the entire weekend, which should make for some really fast times (sliding down the mud paths).
But this got me to thinking, what would you do for a Klondike Bar?????????
Have a great weekend peeps and if you're doing a 20 miler, think about my friend Jeff who ahas 80 more after that!
My whole routine has been thrown for a loop and I'm not handling it to well at times. Okay, no one wants to see a nude senior citizen and I had forgotten about things like that.
But now, I'm getting peeved about several small things:
- Why can't the guys I work with hit the urinal that is stationary on the wall? This thing isn't moving(although that would be a cool game), so why am I squatting like a Sumo wrestler to avoid standing in their waste?
- Why does an Office Manager have to send out an email about courtesy flushes???? Ewwwwwwww
- Stop eating everything out of the vending machine, just because it's free.
- Where's the damn heat in this building???
- H1N1, here I come (thanks next desk neighbor)
Because I was wearing a pair of running shoes, which are made for running! I surprised everyone and actually joined in on the dancing fun of the class. I was sweating after only three songs....
It was a combination of several dance styles that required non-skid footwear. I had to ice my knee afterward from all of the sudden stopping movements.
It did feel good to get my Fred Astaire on though.
I've noticed a pattern in Blogland lately. All of the people that are running really good and having no problems with their training, post about it on a regular basis. Stuff like interval splits and lunchtime runs or swims. They even post what they eat before a great run or what their recovery eating habits are.
Then there are the others that are injured and can't participate in the sport that the love. So we blog about any and everything under the sun, other than our running.
Hence, my post about Zumba class and the fact that I'll be leaving my exercise nirvana in two more days.
Who said change was good???????????
Who, in their right minds have 16 obese individuals run a competitive one mile race?
The producers are raising the bar each season but this was like watching a car wreck!
Don't get me wrong, I love the show and will continue to watch it but this made me squirm.
Even when we have our first group training run for TNT, we monitor each individual for physical signs that they may be in trouble.
Okay, I got that off my chest and now who will win this season????
There's the commercial where a random act of kindness is carried forward from person to person and it eventually makes it way back to the originator.
I think that healthiness is contagious also. Each of us has probably inspired or motivated someone to lead a healthier life. At least I hope we have.
In three more days, I'll be leaving my Wellness family that I've run, spun and lifted with over the past six years. I'm sure that everyone will continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle going forward but it's going to be different for me as well as the group that I leave behind.
I made it a point to be extra obnoxious today in spinning class, yelling how tired I was even during the warm-up.
I'm going to make a point of attending classes that I would never be seen in these next days. I just hope I don't hurt myself in Zumba class on Thursday!
Should I bring anything extra to a Pilates class?
I'm sure that with Facebook and local races that I'll see some of my former co-workers down the road and we'll share a conatgious smile or maybe even a BEvERage.............
Give someone your smile today! :-)
I have been icing my hamstring and the discomfort almost got me to turn around and call it quits!
After 256 days, I was so close to saying 'the hell with it'........
But I didn't, I just found my marathon shuffle and tried to run not using my legs. I know it sounds funny but I would try anything to get me through that damn mile!
I'm sure that people that saw me made comments about that old guy jogging................OUCH!
So my next approach will be to load up on Ibuprofen, who needs a liver anyway????????
Sunday was a Lions, Tigers and Bears oh my.........day.
We took in a Tiger game and brought them good luck to end a five-game losing streak. This was followed by listening to the Lions barely lose to New Orleans Saints, so it wasn't a nail-biter.
Not having enough football this weekend, I got a chance to see my Green Bay Packers defect the Chicago Bears. I paid for that when the alarm went off this morning.......
So football is in the air which also means Fall marathons. Everyone should be geared up for some 20 milers in the upcoming weeks. I just want to run.........
Okay, time to pop another pill.............
The weather has been absolutely perfect for running long miles, which is why I want it to rain. If I can't run why waste this great weather on everyone else???
Yeah, I was the kid that took his ball with him when I lost...............
If it rained with a strong wind, I wouldn't feel so bad about not running.......
Sandy is off running 'Dances with Dirt', a 100K relay in Hell, Michigan. I used to be on the team but must have not go tthe memo about this year.....
A co-worker is in Chicago running the half-marathon this weekend and still other friends are doing the 1/2 Ironman in Wisconsin.
I'm not jealous or anything, I hope they break a leg. Oh wait, that's for show business.....
Did I mention that I was able to get a lot of stuff done around the house, boy does that grass look good now that it's cut!!!!!
Okay, let me go finish sorting those socks.........
I was at LifeTime Fitness finishing my workout and heading into the office when I first heard about the first plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers.
I can still remember the days that followed and seeing no planes in the sky, which was really freaking.
So where were you when you first heard the news????
He said that I appeared to be much more loose in my hips and not as tight?
He proceeded to stretch out my hamstrings and I was a brave little soldier and didn't scream when he took my leg to places it should not have gone............. OUCH
I wanted to test out his skills, so I purposedly scheduled my run for lunchtime and I did feel loose before I started running. I also noticed that my hips were feeling funny from the adjustments.
Needless to say, my left hamstring started bothering me about a mile into the run(damn quack)! Okay, I went in with an issue with my piriformis and now I'm having problems with my hamstring?
Anyway, a funny side note to the run. It was a little warm out today and I like to take off as much as I can get away with. If you got it flaunt it.......
So as I'm crossing a street after waiting on a red light, a woman tells me she can see where my six-pack used to be! Can you believe that? I didn't even know this woman.
Fortunately, I know that she was kidding, really she was.............
So now I wondering, how many people have been injured by their chiropractor?????????
I visited my friendly neighborhood chiropractor yesterday to see if he had the magic bullet for what ails me.
He stretched, pushed, pulled and prodded for about fifteen minutes and I didn't hear one bone crack. We both came to the conclusion that I am extremely tight on my left side (duh)!
I know that some of you have had success with using chiropractors, so I'm not giving up on him yet.
I have another appointment with him on Thursday.
Day 252 was a lot easier, so onward to 365!
As I laid on the couch watching 'Running the Sahara' and enjoying my own pity party, I decided to attempt to get in one mile.
How do you justify limping to the car to drive to the track and run?
This stupid streak had all of a sudden consumed my running life. How was I ever going to recover from any injury if I continued to run?
Everyone knows that your body needs time to heal!
So why was I going to attempt it?
It just seemed like the right thing to do a the time, so call me stupid.
When I got to the track I told myself if it took longer than three minutes to run 400 I would stop or if the pain was so bad I couldn't run.
I shortened my stride to the point of almost running in place and must have looked like a real 'runner'! I even intentionally wore a cotton T-shirt and cargo shorts, in case someone might mistaken me for a runner.
There was some slight discomfort and I almost stopped a couple of times but I finished the first lap in 2:54! I could continue under the conditions that I promised myself and once I got to the 1/2 mile point, I knew I could get in one mile.
One mile in 10:42 , it wasn't pretty but it was one mile.
I followed that with another one mile on the track on Labor Day and my knee is actually getting better. I think it was a muscle strain that ice and ibuprofen help with the pain.
So when people ask me if I limping, I just say 'no' this is my cool walk!!!!
I stopped and tried to bend/stretch it out, but that wasn't working. I decided to head back home and was only able to hobble back because of the pain.
I began ice treatment along with ibuprofen in an effort to catch whatever this was.
I spent the entire day limping around the house.
The funny thing is this is my 'good' knee, not the one that has been scoped!
Last night was a series of waking up to pain every time I tried to shift my leg while sleeping. I must have awakened at least ten times.
Needless to say, I wasn't able to run this morning because of the stiffness and pain. I'm still using ice and heat on the area, hoping that I will at least be able to walk without a limp!
To top it off, the weather is absolutely gorgeous and I can't do anything!
So, the streak is in jeopardy of coming to an end, unless things get better fast or I can sneak out of the house without Sandy knowing and do four laps around the track.....
I've seen my monthly mileage drop considerably, which isn't a concern but I'm getting antsy.
One of my running co-workers suggested going to a chiropractor for an adjustment and to possibly to loosen the hamstring area.
So my question to you, have you gone to a chiropractor for running ailments?
Have you taken the deep tissue massage route? What about a witch doctor?
Okay folks have a great weekend.......
My department will be relocating in a couple of weeks, so I need to find a new gym. I have been spoiled having facilities right in the building, so I never had an excuse about getting in some exercise.
So my choices are the mega gym(Lifetime Fitness), the old franchise(Ballys), the strip mall contender (24 hour fitness) or the city community center....
I've been a member of Lifetime and Ballys, so I know what they're about and how much it will cost. So my plan is to get guest passes for each and take them for a test drive when we move. If I can get a week at each place, that should handle the first month for free.
My running shouldn't be affected, since there are sidewalks and residential areas to run in.
One funny thing about moving is now everyone and their mother is beginning to run at lunchtime. I'll lose some running friends in the process also.
Remember when we said it was a time for change back in November? Well I wasn't talking about this kind..
Oh well, I just cry in my BEvERage.....
- How can a radio station that plays Gospel music all day Sunday have commercials that advertise liquor?
- Is it just me or does the start of the US open of tennis mean summer is over?
- How did they get Dick from Richard?
- TNT is going to Paris and New Orleans for the Spring season. Which would you choose to coach?
- Fantasy football draft and my team sucks already.
- How many wins will the Detroit Pussycats win this season?
We all know about that mind and body connection thing, when everything is in sync and life is good.
Well, my mind and body are in need of an intervention!
Here's how today's run went:
Mind: It's gorgeous outside, let's go until you(body) start feeling it.
Body: My left hamstring is sending pain signals to you, aren't you getting them?
Mind: We just started running!
Body: and your point is?
Mind: Okay, let's go a different direction. Maybe we just need to see some new scenery?
Body: Okay, but I'm warning you....
Mind: Hey, there's a sub-division we can run through. Turn right here.
Body: Why are the lungs having issues? We must have gone at least three miles?
Mind: Let me check the Garmin, 0.33 miles.
Body: Have you gotten those hamstring pain signals yet? Oh, the back is queuing up some pain signals to go out next.
Mind: Hey, there's another runner, let's catch him?
Body: Are you crazy? I'm ready to shut down this operation, you'd better get back home.
Mind: Let me check the Garmin again. We gone 0.73 miles and you ready to call it a day?
Body: Don't make me send you knee pain.
Mind: Okay, tuen around and go back home. You big baby!
Body: Hey, can we walk back home?
Mind: No way! Just go a little slower and we'll be home in no time.
Body: The legs aren't listening to you. I think they're rebelling about listening in the beginning.
Mind: Okay, I stopping the Garmin. That means the run is officially over!
Body: Thank God, now can I have some ice and fluids?
Mind: We still have to get home, remember?
So that's how it went today for me. Maybe I'll do some Crossfit stuff to make it seem like I worked out today.
I purposely went out and ran with a group from work that was slower than me and only going a few miles. I wanted to enjoy the company and the slower pace. It was a blast.
I think with the many injuries and watching other runners get in their long runs and talk about their really fast times at races, I was getting ready for another pity party for Ken.
Well not this time, because I am SMRT smart!
I've also added yoga to my training routine. I do about 4 -5 minutes a day! At this rate, I should be a yogi in a few weeks.
Everyone have a great weekend and remember, only you can prevent forest fires.
I may actually be on the mend with this pain in the Arse!
I was able to get in a 2 mile run with little or no discomfort.
Can I get a Hallelujah???????
I'll continue to ice and stretch and ice and stretch, because I am SMRT smart..........
The weather in the high-five state is actually getting cooler, so we may be donning the long-sleeved shirts for our morning runs.
I didn't get fired from being a course marshal the other evening at our club's 8k race. I did however encounter the strangest thing to happen to me in a race. Here's the Reader's digest version:
I was positioned at the 4 mile mark of the race and runners began telling me about a runners that had collapsed on the course. When I got to the gentleman, he appeared to be suffering from dehydration as well as being somewhat delusional. He refused to take any fluids, saying that we were trying to poison him!!!!! My lucky day........
We contacted EMS and upon their arrival I walked to the finish line, since the last runner/walker had passed and my job was done.
Upon arriving at the finish area, I was shocked to see my new found friend was creating a scene shouting about how we were trying to kill him, like Micheal Jackson! Having saved his life on the course, I was able to calm him down enough until a friend of his took him to his car.
So was all this a side effect of being dehydrated or was he just a little unstable?
Do we need to add another checkbox on the race application about mental stability?
I'll still train but I'm already looking forward to 2010 and some early season races. I miss racing!
It's so rewarding to push your body to the limit, to challenge yourself when everything in you wants to stop.
I envy all of you guys that have taken part in so many events this year and still have a full schedule of races for the remainder of 2009.
So I'll have to take out my frustrations on those poor TNT souls to make them better runners.
We have our running club 8k race this evening and I get to be a course marshal. I was fired as a split timer for giving out erroneous split times. So I hope that I can give directions better than splits.
This race is normally held on a hot and humid day in August, so to have have temps in the sixties was unheard of. This was suppose to be my goal race for the year but the pain in my Arse insured that wouldn't happen.
I still started the race knowing I would drop out after two miles, which is funny when other runners just see you stop for no apparent reason.
So I was able to make my way to the finish line and watch the elite runners finish in unreal times. This is a hilly course and still these cheaters finish in less than 47 minutes. They have to be cheating.....
It was really great to see a bunch of friends and TNT alumni participate in this event. I don't know about you but it always amazes me how many runners I know by name....
The WTF part is putting on long pants to go to dinner. It's summer time, I'm suppose to be in shorts.
I also have to start thinking about my fantasy football draft picks.
Can you say Adrian Peterson........
Michael Vick gets 23 months for dog fighting, which a lot of people think was too harsh and others thought he should have served more time.
Donte Stallworth pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter for killing a human being and serves a 30-day jail sentences.
Plaxico Burress accidentally shoots himself in the leg and is sentenced to two years in prison.
What kind of penalty would you receive if you were driving over the legal limit and accidentally crashed into a dog-fighting ring and killed a dog and one of the spectators?
See, that's why I confused..................
I'm trying to get Sandy's son to tryout for his high school Cross Country team in his freshman year and getting the normal teen aged response, " I don't like........................"
I'm not even sure if we had a Cross Country team when I was in high school. I do remember there was a track because we skipped classes behind it!
How can I convince him of the social and physical benefits of joining a team?
Oh to be young again..........
I find myself using mind games to get through some of the tough times. Over the years, I've come things like:
- If I see a person smoking, I tell myself how clear my lungs are.
- I visualize one mile that I could run forever.
- I love running in the street facing traffic, so I have to smile and have great form.
- Every time I encounter another runner, I have great form.
- I speak to every transient person that I encounter.
- I tell myself how my age-group competitors are training.
I love the hot weather and sunshine but not on my morning run!
We were hit with a heatwave and I chose to sleep in each morning of the weekend. Didn't Runner's World magazine say we needed more sleep?
So I guess it was fortunate for me because it kept my mileage down to a reasonable few miles. I am actually actively treating my piriformis. It is getting better and I'm increasing my miles very conservatively. Wow, a three mile long run is on the schedule pretty soon!
I got on the bike to make it seem like I was a weekend warrior and encountered a few drivers that didn't appreciate me getting in my cardiovascular workout on 'their' road! I was tempted to follow one driver that thought I was number one, with his finger gesture.
I went through four(4) 20 oz. fluid bottles in two hours. I can't even do that with my favorite BEvERage!
I have to make a decision about traveling to Flint for the Crim 10 mile race on Saturday, knowing that I can't race it but I am registered. That's a long way to go to pick up a T-shirt.....
Okay, time to do my hundred pushups............ just kidding, it's 'Miller time'.
Have fun out there.
I am icing and stretching and not over-striding when I run.
It only takes me 34 days to catch on to the obvious.
Just for grin and giggles, I looked up day 300, and it's October 27th. Why does that seem so far away?
My job is moving to another location in the next month and I need to find another gym. It's crazy that I'm more concerned about the gym situation than the travel time, carpooling, lunch accommodations, etc.
Tonight is our second Tuesday evening Running club picnic and since I won't be running with the group, I'll be guarding the BEvERages. Somebody has to do it.
I normally will not complain about the weather. As I tell my co-workers, as long as you don't have to rescue me off of my roof, I can handle Michigan weather.
Saturday's run began in the rain! Now who in their right mind starts a training run in the rain?
Remember, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer...........
My hamstring is getting better and I'm running with compression shorts.
Boy, it would be nice to run and nor feel any discomfort from the very start! I know R.I.C.E.............
It's that damn streak that Pat made me start back in January and I just read where he's starting to run again. Go Pat!
Sunday was hot and humid and those are the two words we really hate to hear, except for 'no beer'....
So it wasn't a fun weekend in the high-five state.......
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
How many of you can participate in a race and not race?
Why can't there be such a thing as a fun run?
Okay, one of our local running clubs puts on a 5k trail race, conveniently on a Thursday evening. My intentions were to support the club and get in three miles.
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
I purposely started in the back of the pack, so I wouldn't be tempted.
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
The trails were a combination of small moguls and soft sand, both of which are great for my knees and hamstring (NOT)!
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
Why can't I just let people pass me and not take it personally? Oh, that's right........
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
Fast forward to the last mile and my hamstring is yelling at me, but I can't just stop!
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
I finish and immediately dash to the car to get home and ICE all the usual suspects. Boy, didn't we have a good time...................
Hi, my name is Ken and I'm STUPID.
I realize that you've been able to run with little or no discomfort for the past few days and I hope that this continues.
This however does not give you permission to go to the track and attempt to run intervals!
I thought that we had an agreement that you would take it easy on this body and not be concerned with speed? I was certain that just being able to run was at the top of our agenda.
So since you have reneged on your part of the agreement, I have no alternative but to give you some pain in your piriformis. It will be just mild pain but I want this to serve as a reminder of our agreement.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact my boss(The Arse).
Your Pain in the Arse
Can you imagine everything that you do to make yourself a better and fit person and someone decides in their sick mind that you don't deserve to live?????
Be safe out there...................
Well it happened due to my pain in the ARSE! I was only getting in my minimal mile on several of the days of July.
Knock on wood, I think that I'm on the road to recovery but I won't be pushing it in the near future. I'm shortening my stride length and not even thinking about running fast.
This past Saturday was really strange, since I ran my one mile minimum and then proceeded to be a regular person.
I was able to mow the lawn, wash the car and pick beans from the garden. All before 11:00 AM, can you believe that. I didn't have a double digit training run, which takes time and energy. I could get accustom to this......
Nah, then I'd be that old guy yelling, '..hey you kids, get off my lawn'.......
My massage therapist did their job afterward and found a spot that almost made me scream with joy and cry.
It's funny how we enjoy the pain and pleasure of something like that. Are we sick or what?
The WOD for today was five rounds of the following:
Wall Ball - 20 lbs. 20 reps
Close grip Push-ups - 20
Ball Slam - 20 lbs. 20 reps
Squat Curls - 20 lbs. 20 reps
I hope everyone has a great weekend and get out there and run, ride or whatever floats your boat.
It's amazing the pain that you can inflict on yourself with a tennis ball!
Of course it was the 'good' pain that we look forward to in a sick way.
Hopefully our relationship will be short-lived and I can send him on his merry way to play with his companions on the court.
After a few motions/stretches, she determined that it might not be my hamstring but my piriformis or back!
When did I grow a piriformis and how did I hurt it?
Of course the logical thing to do is rest, ice, compression, etc..................... BUT I HAVE A STREAK!
I have a few stretches that target the area to see if that gives me any relief but I'm impatient. I want some instant relief.
But it is funny how this episode got me to thinking about how I've strayed away from a workout plan. I've need to get back to a formatted plan to ensure another area on my body doesn't feel neglected.
So what do I do? Oh da pain......................
- Completed the Make-A-Wish 300 mile bike (three centuries in three days)!
- Continuing to run at least one mile a day(208 days)!
- Left hamstring is still bothering me when running(22 days)!
- Still waiting on summer-like weather in the high-five state!
Note to self, next year train for three consecutive century rides! Oh the pain!
I know that resting my body would be great for my hamstring but aren't we all a little off when it comes to exercise? I've been icing, stretching and even using my Traumeel on a regular basis. I think I did more damage a few weeks back when I attempted to do speedwork. I know, just call me 'Stupid'.................
Okay, thats it for now. Now where did I put my ice bag????????????
As Forrest Gump would say, '...stupid is, as stupid does'.........
That's right I went to a session that our local running store puts on and I made it through the 1.5 mile warm-up and 1/2 mile of the first 3/4 mile workout.
It's amazing how the testosterone kicks in and you have a brief instance of feeling good.
Fortunately, I came to my senses and bailed before I did more damage to my hamstring.
So now I'm going to religiously stretch every muscle in my body(until I start feeling better) on a daily basis. Who knows I'll probably regain all of the flexibility of my youth!
Now this normally isn't a problem that slowing down can't get me through but my left hamstring started yelling at me five minutes into the run.....
I always use the analogy of an old car when referring to my body.
If you've ever owned a clunker, you can relate. Once you fix one part, another part starts to fall apart.
My knees are actually feeling great, so now the hamstring wants some of my attention........
Oh to have one of those sleek 2009 bodies that they show off on the cover of Runner's World or Running Times.
Wouldn't it be great to see a mature looking runner with salt stains on their face and that deer in the headlights look in their eyes after a tough race on the cover one day????
Everyone have a great weekend and the first BEvERage is on me!
Why do doughnuts taste better than carrots?
Why did I begin this running streak???
Why do teenagers look at you strange when you're running?
Why do smokers crack the car windows when they smoke?
Why do I have two pairs of running shoes in my cubicle?
Why did I sign-up to ride 300 miles and not train???
These are just some of the questions that keep me up at night.........
My legs are really tired with no rest in sight. I may have to resort to an ice bath.
After spending the last week in Anchorage, where the temps never got above 64º. We return to 90º temps in Detroit, WTF????
So we have 4 hours to acclimate to the heat?
I went out for a sleep deprived run and almost died!
Boy, do I feel sorry for the guys that come out to teh track tonight.
I'm still drafting my Alaska Marathon report........
We had a great time and so the 2009 season ends for me.
Now I get to spend a few days in Alaska and let Sandy drag me around looking for moose!
More from the 50th state later.....
Remember in the beginning, everyone said how cheap running was. How you didn't need any special equipment and you could do it anywhere?
Just step out your door and run, it was that simple.
Now I can train like a Kenyan or eat the same diet as an Olympic marathoner.
You ever wanted to know what is feels like to run on the sun? What about running on a glacier? Well, there are books on both.
I can read about what makes a person run 100 miles within a 24 hour period. What goes through the mind of a person running 50 marathons in 50 states.
Lastly, I can even learn the meaning of life through running.
Why do I feel like Andy Rooney????????
But that's not why I sad. This was the last group training run for my 2009 season. All of my participants are now finished.
No more waking at 6:14 AM on Saturday morning regardless of the weather to make it to a group run.
No more making the PowerAde and picking up bagels.
No more searching for running routes to challenge each participant.
No more emails to answer questions and dispense words of wisdom.
Hey at least the Tigers won! Okay, time to go and enjoy the weekend.
Go Red Wings! Game seven is tonight and the city is abuzz. It's great that it falls on casual Friday, so a lot of folks can wear their Red Wing attire.
I ran around the arena this morning in hopes of making a cameo shot on some early sports show but nobody was broadcasting.
This is the last TNT weekend training for the Summer team before we head out to Alaska, so it will be a small group.
Have any of you ever ordered something online and used a Visa/MC gift card and have it rejected? I've been waiting on running shoes since May and found out they canceled my order because of the credit card(gift card)........
Okay, everyone have a fantastic 48 hours away from work.
We're beginning to take over the track from the walkers!
We're not elite runners by any means but it would be nice to have the inside lanes for running.
Do you think signs should be posted for track etiquette?
Today was another running workout with some of the women from my EXTREME class. Since it was raining and no one likes to start their run in the rain, we moved to the parking structure for some hill repeats.
These guys are truly on a mission to get in shape and lose some weight. As it turned out with the amount of perspiration generated, we could have run outside!
Okay, time to settle in for some NBA action tonight and the Red Wings tomorrow.
an you believe it, a game seven! GO WINGS.........
Why can't my easy runs remain 'easy'?
Why does it go from 50º to 80º in a week?
We had a great time at our Tuesday Running club's picnic yesterday. It's always a good time when you get a bunch of runners together with a few BEvERages!!!
I had a chance to speak to one runner that had a streak of over 600 days of consecutive running days. She mentioned something that I'm finding out. If I get my run out of the way in the morning it takes the pressure off and makes for a more enjoyable run. I'm finding my evening runs are getting tough because of a lack of motivation/energy.
Okay, time to get out and run............
I always try to have those words of encouragement but after 18 miles of running, most participants don't want to hear a perky pep talk. They just want to see the finish!
Two more weeks and we'll be basking in the sunshine of Anchorage.......
It's also the beginning weeks of the Fall TNT team and it is so nice to see the expressions on their faces when they complete the longest run of their lives.....
Can you believe it's June? Will someone slow down the time machine and let me catch my breath. Time to bump up the weekly mileage and get in some serious training. Please let this old body hold up.....
Have a great weekend out there in Blogland.
There was a Birf-Day and it was first full week of employment with Micro Focus.
So if any of you Bloggers have mainframe computers in your basement, just in case of Armageddon, go out and purchase some of our stuff. Just kidding, wait for a few weeks....
The track workouts are getting bigger with more people coming to 'learn' how to run. It's great to see people run an entire laps of the track when they say they can't!
I'm beginning to really hate the phrase "I can't".
I also had a few co-workers approach me and ask about having a weekly group run at work to improve their running skills! Is this stuff contagious or what?
I guess it really is possible to pay it forward in so many ways...
Okay, lastly I was embarrassed at work about my duties as a citizen of this earth. I have a co-worker that recycles all of her stuff at work and takes it home on a weekly basis! Who knew you were suppose to recycle at work????
Do you know that you can wash those plastic utensils and use them another time????
Is this a great country or what?
So now I 'll be lugging home trash from work to recycle.........
Just kidding Recycle Queen......
Yay for the weekend, we have a twenty miler to do( not me but the team)......
The company I worked for sold off some assets and I happened to be one of them!
My last day was Friday and I'll be working for a new company on Monday.
I guess the key word is that I'll be working but we all know how difficult 'CHANGE' can be.
Okay enough about that work stuff, let's talk running.
I've had some beautiful early morning runs and some terrible lunchtime runs. Can someone explain that to me???? I made it to 150 consecutive days of running and it is getting a little easier especially with the warmer weather. I recommend everyone start a running streak. Misery does truly love company.......
I have a couple of runners in San Diego doing the Rock N Roll events, good luck guys.
After Alaska, I'll have a siesta from Team in Training....... so sad.
Sandy and I drove up for the start of the marathon and I started with my participants to help them get rid of those nervous butterflies.
The way the course is set up the 1/2 marathon starts at the halfway point of the marathon so I was able to see and run with my 1/2 participants as they got to mile eight.
There were quite a few surprised but joyous runners and everyone did great.
Sue Cummings – 2:07:45
Julie Adamson – 1:55:24
Louise Ross – 2:08:07
Cara Felosak – 2:46:08
Jason Felosak – 2:24:03
Pam Kaoma – 2:54:39
Catherine Ludwig – 2:54:28
Emily Norman – 2:13:28
Megan Riemer – 2:46:54
Michelle Verkerke – 2:05:27
Tim Coyne – 2:01:08
Veronica Alatorre – 1:39:12
Sue Warner – 1:58:52 (alumni)
Julie Volger – 1:49:21 (alumni)
Jennifer Billings – 2:21:57 (alumni)
Gloria Tovar – 2:37:11 (alumni)
Michelle Hachigian – 2:23:17 (alumni)
Angela Lipinski – 3:27:06 (Boston Qualifier)
Mario Granata – 3:08:46 (Boston Qualifier)
Katie Johnsen – 5:00:43
Roby Sabo – 5:00:43
Gary Lawson – 3:38:05
Kami Ross – 4:03:15
Kay Norris 4:13:06
Kevin Machuga – 5:11:20
Mary Puls – 4:46:24
Lew Schlanbusch – 4:46:25
Todd Hachigian – 3:39:14 (alumni’s husband)
They're kicking my arse at work so it's back to the grind!!!!!!