Friday, July 30, 2010 3 comments


Well I guess it is true that you can't go back home....

I missed out on my after work nap so I could travel to run with a running store group that I hadn't run with in years. I recall huge crowds of runners of varied paces taking off from the store engulfing the residential streets.

I was looking forward to maybe seeing some old faces and maybe even some new ones.

Well, that didn't happen! The crowd was barely twenty people and the organization was lacking in terms of when we started. Several of the runners didn't even know what the course was, so they were just following other runners and hoping they didn't get lost!

It's funny how much of the route I remembered from the past and certain points brought back times of running with different individuals.

I've gone through quite a few training partners over the years, what about you?

I took those F#%king blister starting Mizunos back and replaced them with my comfortable reliable Brooks, so I'm back on the right side of the fence once again.....

I have friends doing the Chicago 1/2 and the Burning River 100 Miler. Good luck to all.......

Goodbye July, it was hot and sweaty but we had a good time.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 4 comments

3 Thang Thursday

1) Why do parents of the kids practicing football need to stand in lane #1 of the track when they see a group of runners trying to use said track? One guy even commented that the runners could go around him???? WTF!

2) Is it just me or when running through a sub-division, why do the only two cars on the road always converge on each other when they get to me running???

3) I have been slacking in my training effort and distance. So I'm giving myself a kick in the arse. I'm going to try and get with the Thursday group run I used to run with years ago at Hanson's running store. These people were animals and I hoping some of that will rub off on me.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5 comments

Wednesday's Why???????

This is a pretty simple question today. Why, do you do it?

I work in the IT industry but I'm not what I would consider a geek. My answer to any computer problem is, 'turn it off and turn it back on'.

But most of the guys I work with are the types that go home and reconfigure their hard-drive or switch out the Motherboard in the PC that they built from scratch!!!!

So I'm always questioning why they do what they do, but so many times I forget that they're probably wondering why I go out and run intervals on the track in 80º evenings or wake up at the butt-crack of dawn to get in a long run on the weekends.

Are you running from Father Time???

Do you want to be able to eat that Twinkie??

Are you looking a the 2012 Summer Olympics????

Monday, July 26, 2010 3 comments


WTF???? Those f%#king Mizunos didn't even make it 4 miles before I had to walk to save my feet!

Four miles................ and I'm feeling the pain in both feet where the shoe is rubbing against socks and skin...

I was tempted to walk barefoot in the middle of the road.

I can't think of the last time that I encountered a blister on my foot.

On a better note, I was able to volunteer for a race and was captain of a water station. That's right promoted to captain because of my vast knowledge of running and racing.

In actuality, I was the only adult. The of volunteers were from a high school football team and had never manned a water station before.

These kids stood in the rain and handed out water without a peep.

I on the other hand kept yelling for the runners to run faster so I could get out of the rain. Needless to say none of them adhered to my plea.

We also attended the Tiger's game on Sunday and cheered them to a victory.

Friday, July 23, 2010 5 comments

Jumping to the Other Side

This should probably be announced on ESPN but I'm going to let you guys know first.

After several years running in Brooks Adrenalin, I'm jumping ship and going to run in Mizuno Wave Inspire....

This isn't about money or any other sponsorship perks but just time to make a change.

My agent came to me with the idea the last time shoes were purchased and I didn't feel the timing was right, but now I do.

I spent a lot of agonizing days and nights coming to this conclusion.

I wanted to do what was best for me and my family and I think I've made the right choice.

Unlike LeBron, I will not be taking any questions regarding my decision.

Thank You..................
Thursday, July 22, 2010 5 comments

I Survived......................barely

Eight guys running approximately 270 miles across the state of Michigan, for no apparent reason.

  • Lots of running and drinking of BEvErages
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Consuming tons of junk foods
  • Trails that consisted of sand, rocks and tree roots
Wasn't that a partay!

Here I am making sure no on takes my BEvERage, notice the knee brace? Well that knee was shot on Day one. I took a shit load of Ibuprofen for the weekend.

Did I mention that we camped out too????????

It was definitely time for a red cup also...

My team finished in 36th place out of 44 teams. We had a lot of fun and I saw a few friends that I haven't seen in quite a while.

The race finish on the beach of Lake Michigan...

I forgot to mention that we traveled through a lot of wooded areas and one of our vehicles had a run in with a deer......

Fortunately the car was drivable but the damage was done......... and no we didn't get to keep the deer.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 2 comments

Scheduled MIA...

I won't have access to the web while I run across the great state of Mee-chigan doing the Great Lakes Relay.

I hope to have tons of stories and photos.

Remember, it's not how fast you run but how good you look doing it......
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3 comments

Wednesday's Why????

Why are drivers so rude and obnoxious to pedestrians??????

I went for a two block walk to the Post office and was almost hit twice at the pedestrian crossing!!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 5 comments

Lips That Touch Liqour......

Should not put on running shoes...........

Oh my God, the 'Lost' drinkend and hot humid weather made for some craptastic attempts at running.

My iPod even died on me!

Can you imagine how hard it is to run listening to some old guy breathing like he's dying????

It did however remind me that I was too reliant on having music to run.... From now on, I'm carrying a DVD player...........

I think I sweated out most of the devil's juice from the weekend and am back on the road to a healthy lifestyle(until next weekend at the relay).

Okay let me catch up on the 734 blog post I missed from this drinkend...........
Thursday, July 8, 2010 7 comments

Three Thing Thursday

1) I actually had people show up for our weekly track workout yesterday!!!! The temps were in the 90's and the humidity wasn't too bad. The schedule called for pyramiding up to 1000m but that would have killed them. We decided that short and fast with a long recovery would work better. We ran 200s until the last person said 'uncle'! The ice in the cooler had completely melted when we were finished.....

2) We have our annual Post-Fourth of July Block Party on Saturday, so this will be my 'Lost' drinkend..... We start on Friday tapping the kegs and finish them off on Sunday. You can't take back a half keg! I'll have pictures....

3) I'll be spending the following weekend running from one side of Michigan to the other with a few of my co-workers. We have a team in the Great Lakes Relay and I haven't done this race since 2005. Nothing like camping out and running multiple legs in the heat. Once again, never agree to anything when you've consumed a few BEvERages..........
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 5 comments

Wednesday's Why????

Why would anyone attempt to do interval work on a hot and humid day like today?

Why do we attempt stupid stuff like this when they're calling it a heat advisory day?

We think that we above those warnings, since we're 'in shape'....

Be safe out there everyone.
Monday, July 5, 2010 4 comments


We just got hit with a heatwave and high humidity.

Now I'm not one to complain about weather, especially after Katrina so the running has been early morning jogging.

Where did I put that issue of Runner's World telling me how to survive the heat?

I'm suffering from a bad sunburn from sealing the patio shirtless. I know, I should know better but I had to show off all my hard work in the gym! HA........

I hope everyone had a fun-filled and safe holiday......
Friday, July 2, 2010 5 comments

N Sync

So much for my streak of good runs!

This morning I ran like nothing was in sync, I was probably not even going left, right, left..............

It was like I didn't have an idea of what I wanted to accomplish with the run. Did I want to have an easy long run, or maybe a short tempo run or even throw in a fartlek!

My playlist was even against me. Who the hell put these songs on my playlist?

Oh well, the good news is my IT band didn't give me any problems. So now I can go out this weekend and really hurt it.......... ha

Okay, now I have to go through the 121 post that I've neglected the last week.........
Thursday, July 1, 2010 3 comments

Three Things Thursday

1) Our Wednesday track group is getting a little competitive! People are starting to almost race to the finish of each interval. Some of them are really showing some vast improvement.

2) Stupid ITB is cutting into my mileage big time! I'm doing my stretching and icing and going to purchase a Cho-pat to get back on the road.

3) Happy Canada Day to all of those bloggers in the Great North, eh!