Monday, April 22, 2013 5 comments

Monday Again?????????

Damn, did those two days go by quick! It appears that our weather is trying to make a correction and get on track to late April temps. Seems like we've been in a grey wind tunnel for the past month.

Is it just me or have more runners turned to Crossfit to build strength and improve their running? I've been doing some of the Crossfit exercises on my own and even programed my own workouts. Have any of you sipped the Crossfit kool-ade?

I'm actually running on a consistent basis but nothing longer than 4 miles. If I feel any type of twinge or funny feeling in my knee I just stop! Not like in the middle of the street stop but stop and walk the remainder. So, I keeping my fingers crossed for a truely running summer.

I tried to purchase a Boston Strong Tee from the website and they were sold-out in no time! Damn charitable runners................. HA

We had a local marathon in Lansing and there was definitely a larger police presence, even to the point of checking bags.

My spring TNT team is headed to their events in the next two weeks, so I'll be training without them. That damn empty nest syndrome is starting to creep in.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 5 comments


1) Second week of receiving supartz injections for my knee. I think they're helping but I'm also trying to run more. Duh!!!!!!

2) Is the Mitten state the only area where the sun refuses to show? I am so tired of wind and clouds....... I'm thinking of getting a sun lamp to run with.......

3) Is it just me or have any of you noticed that beside the media, the only other people really talking about the terrorist attack are runners? It's almost like it didn't happen or the fact that it was a running event it doesn't effect the majority of people.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3 comments

Rally for Boston

I've MIA from blogging for a very good reason. I'm lazy.............

I am running, albeit slow but I'm running.

Here is a clip from my Tuesday evening running group as a tribute to the victims of the Boston marathon explosions.

Monday, February 4, 2013 6 comments

Monday Moaning......

Once again, why isn't the Monday after the Super Bowl a holiday?????

Especially this year with a thirty minute delay due to a power outage! Oh my aching head........

This weekend was the Kick-Off for the 2013 Summer season. We had a combine team group training session. I am still amazed at the number of people that have never really run outside! Fortunately we had snow, wind and cold temps, so it was a great way to get them started.... HA

I also went to a new Crossfit on Sunday afternoon, which was really late in the day for a workout on Superbowl Sunday......

It was an interesting accumulation of people at the box(Crossfit lingo) and I was the oldest by a large margin. Of course that meant that I had to prove myself.

We did Tabata of Squats, push-ups, rowing, butterfly sit-ups and toes-to-bar.

It kicked my ASS!

I was so close to saying hello to Pukey on the drive home........

It got me to thinking about the last time I was so close to puking in the finish chute of a 10 mile race.

Have you ever puked at a race????

Friday, February 1, 2013 4 comments


Thursday, January 31, 2013 3 comments

Three Things Thursday....

1) No January recap for this dude, I'm running without any real discomfort which is enough of a recap for me. Bring on February....

2) I won a one month membership to a local Crossfit box, so I expect to be in some real pain going into the next month. I love Crossfit and try to do a lot of my workouts along the same principle. One thin I would like to improve on are my Olympic lifts and mobility.

3) I hate wind!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1 comments

Wednesday's Why????

We had an issue with the household washer and I began investigating on the interweb about it. There is a ton of information out there regarding probably everything. I was about to find reviews, comments and YouTube videos about the problem I was having.

So my question is why do people put videos of fixing their washer or other appliance?

Why are there so many videos on running drills, from elite athletes to Joe Blow?

Why is it fifty degrees in January in the Mitten state and I'm inside at my desk?

Do you run longer when you have unseasonably warm weather?

Friday, January 25, 2013 5 comments


Why does the water at the gym taste so damn good but everywhere else it taste like water?

I'm sure all of you are aware of the importance of looking at your urine. Well, I have been walking around total dehydrated according to my urine color!

I was amazed the other morning when I saw dark yellow urine, WTF????

I rationalized that other than my normal cup of coffee at home, I don't take in any other fluids until I get to the gym. There isn't a lot of fluid in bagels or jelly beans.....

So it's time to 'Grease the Groove' with the water fountain.

Every time I pass the water fountain, I have to take a few sips.

I have several water bottles at the house and even one on my desk at work, but the stuff still taste like water.

Maybe I can get some of that good tasting water from the gym?


Thursday, January 24, 2013 3 comments

Three Thingy Thursday....

They have been kicking my ASS at work, so blogging has suffered!

1) We've encountered what I think is normal winter weather, although the media treats it like we're in Florida??? Here are a couple of ex-coworkers that were caught by the newspaper in the single digit temps.
Note that these guys aren't youngsters, so this is dangerous to me.

2) I may have turned a corner in this knee rehabilitation thang! I'm not feeling as many twinges and I'm taking the stairs in leau of the elevator at work. Yay me..............

3) I can honestly see how and why our country is suffering from the obesity dilemma. I have been chained to my desk at work and only able to get in minimum exercise due to the weather or time constraints. I can see how a pound here and a pound there creeps on and the next thing you know, BAM! So stay active my friends.......


Thursday, January 17, 2013 3 comments

Three Thang Thursday...

1) I am actually taking the steps at work without grimacing. I'm still waiting on the day that I can bounce up and down them like a kid. I can almost always tell the age of a person based on how fast they go down stairs. Young people love going down steps fast, as opposed to us more mature people.

2) Since I'm starting to see some progress in my rehab, how long before I over do it? I am so ready to get out and run faster than I've been running, but I know that that means landing a lot harder. Am I the only one preoccupied with time?

3) Am I the only one that thinks the Biggest Loser is rigged?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3 comments

Wednesday's Why????

Why can't I stop eating like it's still the holidays???

Why do keep talking about Lance Armstrong's confession?

Why is Lance Armstrong confessing now, does he really want to compete at the age of 50?

Ran a mile with little or no twinges in my knee! I was sooooooooooooo tempted to go further but thought better of it.

Why is it when we feel good, we do something to change it?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts.........

I've actually had two good days in the gym. I mean the kind where I'm gasping for air and sweating all over the floor. Knock on wood, my knee even cooperated!

This got me to thinking about goals that I want to accomplish in the gym, other than not hurting myself.

In running we have quantitative goals that we set, such as running a certain distance within a specific time.

We have PRs that have been set and need to be broken.

In the gym it's a little different. Of course I want to be able to bench press my weight for five reps! But is that a true goal for my gym workouts?

In Crossfit certain WODs are timed, giving individuals their chance to PR a certain workout, so they have quantitative results.

So I guess what I leading up to is, do we have the same desire in our gym workouts as we do with our running?

Do you put in the same effort in the gym as on the road?

Just asking.........
Sunday, January 13, 2013 5 comments

Sunday Sadness....

Well the Packers were eliminated for the NFL Playoffs last night in what looked like a game they didn't come to play. It was fun while it lasted and we'll see what happens next year.

We're part of the country that was enjoying almost record high temperatures yesterday and the team enjoyed every mile of it. I was actually in shorts in the month of January! I love running in shorts!!!!

I think I've mentioned the size of our Spring team, we're small but mighty!

That lucky guy with all the women is a survivor, so he's blessed in many ways.....

I ran today but the knee isn't cooperating as well as I wish it would, but I's too stupid to stop!
Friday, January 11, 2013 1 comments


I am knocking on wood that we've only had the cold virus come through our house so far this season. I've had the sniffles but nothing that knocked me on my ass, although Sandy is having more symptoms than usual.

Being a child of the sixties, I always tend to think conspiracy when I hear stories of hospitals being inundated with people suffering from the flu. Do you think the drug companies are behind this? Just saying....

I was looking at some nutritional information for the team and was slapped int he face with a reality that I'm not a 'very active' person when you think about nutritional needs. These past few weeks have turned me into a real coach potato. I go to work and sit for hours, if I miss my lunchtime workout I'm at my desk. I get home and may try to get in a few miles on the trainer. So, I'm active for less than an hour! WTF???????????

Thursday, January 10, 2013 2 comments


1) The Biggest Loser is back and I always try visualize how the contestants will morph into half the person that they are at the beginning. I love that Jillian is back and how the producers are making her the toughest trainer in the world!

2) I'm getting a little frustrated that none of my team is attending some of the group trainings! I realize that we all have busy lives but this is the most important day for their training. Not sure where we're going with this but I truly hope things get better.

3) My running SUCKS ASS!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 4 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts......

I can honestly say that I have fallen off the workout wagon in 2013!

I came back to work after a well deserved vacation and was bombarded with crap... Why take off time if this is what you have to look forward too when you return.....

The scale has been lying to me on a regular basis and my dry-cleaner is even somehow in on this plot to ruin me.

I have no specific plans for 2013 other enjoy every day.