Thursday, July 28, 2011 4 comments


1) I was awaken to the most severe leg cramp that I've had in years! I'm talking about a Charley horse that caused me to scream out profanities in the middle of the night. This baby was intense and not going away any time soon. I massaged and tried to walk it out but it was stubborn and was taking it's own good time to go away. Why does a leg cramp make me think of a heart attack?

2) We had another great turnout for the track workout and now people are starting to come up to me and ask what the heck are we training for? I joke and tell them the 2012 Olympics.

3) We were pleasantly surprised to be joined on the track with about 20 women of varied age and sizes. I noticed that they were stretching and talking and then they started a group prayer. Turns out these women are part of a group called 'Run For God'. What a great way to get people off the couch and into an activity. I just scanned their website and it appears you can start a chapter in your church too.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4 comments

Test Drive

I had the opportunity to take out theses for a test drive with my Tuesday evening running/drinking club.

The local New Balance store and rep brought out a few of their minimalist shoes and racing flats for our group to try.

This was a great idea since I wouldn't purchase a pair to try out and possibly not like!

Well I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have any issues with the MT10. I did keep the run to just two miles and I was definitely pounding the pavement. I did feel like my right knee was taking a little more than normal pounding but nothing to stop the run. I finished and was able to walk, which sometimes isn't the case.

So I may be following the flock over to the minimalistic craze.....

Monday, July 25, 2011 3 comments

The No Exercise Weekend............

I did absolutely so exercise over the weekend.

I handed out water at a fluid station Saturday morning at a local 10k. It was nice to see a bunch of friends running and I didn't even have an urge to be out there with them!

I left the race and actually ran some errands, like a normal person on Saturday morning...

I can't remember the last weekend that I didn't run....

When was the last weekend you didn't run and you weren't injured????
Friday, July 22, 2011 4 comments


No, I'm not talking about my running speed or lack there of.....

I'm talking about having blood work done and not being able to eat. Is it just me or is this the time when I could eat a 57 Chevy?

In just the 10 hours require to fast (seven of which I'm sleep), I have cravings for any and everything.

Needless to say being the trooper I am, I got up and ran this morning to once again beat the heat. Of course all I could think about while running was food!

It's amazing how 70º temps feel once again.

Is the heat the headline story for your newscast?

Once again I pulled out my 2002 Runner's World to learn how to run in the summer heat!

Some things never change...................

Thursday, July 21, 2011 5 comments


1) Stupid alarm clock! It went off this morning but I was no mood to get out and run in the early morning darkness. I actually laid in bed and talked myself out of it until I fell back to sleep. Mmmmmmmmmmmm sleep.

2) Track workout in HELL. People actually showed up for the weekly track workout. I had to improvise because of the heat and we mostly just did 400s. I did have my one kid do the normal workout because he's a kid. It was hovering around 94º while they were running. We have tons of fluids and of course no shade.

3) We've had two Team in Training coaches resign in the last month! I know it's a huge committment and one of the coaches is getting married but it got me to thinking, how much is too much? I enjoy what I'm doing and I know coaches get burned out but WTF! Ha, imagine being able to sleep in on the weekends, Nah I'll do that when I die!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts

I pose this question to a few of my team members recently and got some puzzled looks.

Why don't you run faster???

Do you think about your running when you're running?

Do you try to slow down when you're running into a headwind?

Do you increase your stride length when the wind is to your back?

Do you run the tangents when you're racing?

Do you wear underwear? Just checking to see if you were still reading.....................

Okay, time to jet out of here and get my sweat on..................

Monday, July 18, 2011 5 comments

Monday Moanin'

Another weekend has sped by and the work weeks begins.

We experienced temps in the 80s this morning at 6:00 AM! WTF, this is Michigan!!!!

Luckily this is a rest day for me, so I didn't have to get out in it and leave a trail of sweat.

Had some running friends participate in the Vermont 100 mile race this past weekend. These guys are truly nuts and a few of them had to drop for various reasons. Talk about a DNF, do I stop at mile 40 or mile 76????? That's just crazy..

The really bad part is one of them is attempting the Grand Slam of 100 miles races. He finished Western States last month and then the Vermont race. He's committed to running and finishing, no if and or buts.

My run yesterday was a 'shade run'. No particular route in mind just looking for shade. It made for an interesting route.

Okay time to get back to work............

Saturday, July 16, 2011 4 comments

The Heat is ON..............

OMG! It was hot at 7:30 AM and I was out with the team at Stony Creek...

I decided to get off my ass and run with the group because I have been a slacker for too long.

I knew if I stayed home and ran alone, I would either go slow or go short....

I need the peer pressure of other runners...

I should have carried water because the temps really went up fast and of course the humidity was there too.

We're expected to get temps in the nineties all of next week, so I'll be setting the clock to get out in the AM.

Oh why do we do this?????

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8 comments


1) I SUCK big time! I have not entered or participated in a race this year! It really hit me when I was taking with another runner and we were discussing upcoming races(that I will probably not participate in). The really bad part about it is I don't feel terribly bad about it.......

2) Track time is getting to be fun and the number of runners is growing. We had a really varied group yesterday. Even had a kid that has to run sub 13:00 for two miles for soccer......

3) I've asked in a prior post but I'm old and forgetful. Who takes a multi-vitamin and does it really help? I'm thinking of taking one to supplement my crappy summer diet. Maybe this will give my some pep in the evenings.
Friday, July 8, 2011 4 comments


Okay I've been writing about the heat, well this morning I decided to do something about it!

I'm typically an evening runner except for the weekends when I can properly get my body ready in the early morning hours....

My body is a regular machine when it comes to my morning routine. I have my cup of coffee and then get ready to read an article or two from either Runner's World or Running Times. If you don't know by now, I keep all of my running material in the Master bathroom, doesn't that sound nice?

So I went out the door thinking that my body was cleansed and ready to put in the miles. Well, was I wrong......................

I didn't get too far when my stomach started signaling me that we needed to stop running, right NOW!

So I gave it the old college try but alas I had to get back home and ready for work.

So as you can tell from this post, I'm a morning pooper and shouldn't deviate from my routine......

How does that crazy Canadian do it??????

Thursday, July 7, 2011 5 comments


1) TNT Track workouts are awesome! I love seeing those folks run in circles with the sweat pouring down. I also like the fact that other people see them and are just as impressed with their efforts.

2) I know that I'm preaching to the choir because we all love running(some days). So, why is running used as punuishment in some other sports? Wouldn't it be funny if the track or cross country coach made the slow runners shoot free throws or take batting practice? We see a lot of this at the track with the football coaches for the little kids.

3) Even with the heat wave that we've just encountered, I cannot get my ass out of bed in the morning to run. I see where the Crazy Canadian has gotten in her run and I'm still drinking coffee. I luv my sleep........

Friday, July 1, 2011 4 comments

Damn U Bloggers.................

End of June and halfway through another year!!!!!

I wouldn't know this except all of you are blogging about this crap......

I guess I should get the Xmas decorations out, since 2011 is over......................

Okay, let me take my meds and calm down.

I think I logged more mile in January than June............. WTF????

I think I'm allergic to my job and the ride home..... I feel great until I get into the car to drive home and deal with the crappy traffic.

As you can tell, I'm having my end of summer meltdown. The days are getting shorter and I might as well prime the snow blower............ WTF????

Happy Canada Day to all the folks to the south of Detroit....