Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"What is hip?" Week Ending 4/24

time to get going, Summer! stop fucking around!

a paltry 51 miles this week. my hips feel kinda wracked. one week 'till trail marathon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Is there a, um, doctor in the house? I think this patient's a goner.

Your moment of zen...

Any time my groove feels particularly harsh and bummerifically un-mellow: I scan the comments on any random post over on this blog.

I like the guy who's trying to call out Krupicka on his shoes "Is a 4mm heel-to-toe drop on the Road Minimus' a commercial compromise on your part, then?" Or some shit. They love shoes on that blog more than Korean "hip-hoppers" arguing over $600 Air Jordans.

Anyway, keep your karma stokin' and your third-eye awoken.

Feed your head. Tune-in, turn-on, drop out (the heel of your shoe).

Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Killing Floor" Week Ending 4/17

It can't all be lollipops and cupcakes over hee-yuh. Ain't that way. That said: Please enjoy this week's Running Recap Soundtrack...a fairly brutal, sliced up bit of noise and the word "blood" from perhaps one of the greatest bands in the business, Liars.

Along that theme, this week killed. I mean, heads on stakes killed. Dolphins in nets killed. Bolt-gun to a cow's head killed. Yeesh...sometimes my metaphors get away from me.

In short, it was a good week of running:
MON- 17 miles of wildly mixed paces as I did some of this with trainee Jill. I also felt shitty for part of it. I literally ran straight to the gym to begin a 1:00:00 strength class. I was a wreck afterwards. I hadn't eaten anything since 11am and I put in about a 4 hour workout starting at 2:30pm. Awesome.

TUES- 5 miles rec. although i did a couple laps around the state fair ground with some 1200's at sub-6:00/mile.

WED- 11 miles at Wild Wood park. This was medium/hard effort, again attempting to gauge my trail marathon fitness for the race at the end of this month.

THURS- early morning core/weights. PM- 13 miles at Wild Wood, lots of hill repeats (6 on green loop, 3 on blue). i enjoyed an hour or so of cycling with Gabbo, which aside from working on my tan, I also did a bit of bike tune-up/cleaning. always nice. I rounded out the day with 3 more miles with Dad and the dog.

FRI- masturbated. vigorously.

SAT- 3 sets of (1200 @ 6:20, 2 min rec, then 800 @ 5:50, 3 min rec) about 1 mile w/u and about 1 mile for c/d. i don't do structured interval workouts enough, sadly. this one had me doing the final two sets directly into a strong NE wind, which left me pretty ragged at the end. all in all, i felt really fine though. i need to drop the pace on these sets, this was probably a little too easy...but i'm still figuring this shit out.

SUN- AM - Glass City Half-Marathon with Gabbo. She ran almost the exact time she ran last fall (like 2:02:00 or something?) but it was a nice indicator that even though she spent the majority of the winter nursing her knee back to health, she has managed to rebound well. It was really nice to run for a while with her because A) she lets me make fun of people around us and B) i like her a lot.
PM- I bought a new pair of shoes that I will not reveal until I have the rest of the uniform to go with them (yes, I said that and yes, I'm serious about it). Suffice to say, I had to take them out for a test ride and after 12 miles, I'll simply say "that'll do pig."

82 miles this week.

The biggest news this week is that I have managed to stay completely off of alcohol for the week. I am considering allowing myself one or two beers at Slow's BBQ tonight because it's my favorite restaurant, I was a good boy all week and I ran 25 miles today. It isn't that I ultimately want to quit alcohol, nor am I necessarily trying to prove anything to myself (ok fine a little bit I am) but the biggest thing is: I need to get some kind of consistent handle on my drinking. I don't want to ever quit drinking beer, but I do need to find a balance with it in my life, so...one or two beers at dinner tonight might be a nice segue back into drinking. Then I'll go back to ZERO alcohol again next week and reevaluate from there. Still gotta cut weight, after all.

Or maybe I just talked myself into nose-diving straight off the wagon into skid-row. Who knows? Who cares?

I hope everyone's week was really solid. Good health. Good vibes. Spring treating everyone as well as Spring is able to treat us.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RW goodness

This may be the best thing I've read on Runner's World...which isn't saying much, but still it's pretty great:

Dr. Daily, what do you think about this new iPhone app, which calculates the calories in food you're about to eat based on a photo you take, then lets you share the info on Twitter and Foursquare and also acts as a visual food diary? – Jessica, Natick, Mass.

Dr. Daily thinks that sometimes he finds technology highly annoying.

So you don't think this app would help me lose weight? – Wes A., Austin, Texas


Well, how can I lose weight, then? – Sharon F., Concord, N.H.

Eat less. Exercise more. And spend less time staring at your iPhone.

Monday, April 11, 2011

"Back in the Saddle" Week ending 4/10/11

Mon 4/4- 2 miles w/ trainee Jill (who has now tackled both her first 5K and 10K, looking towards half-marathon on May 1st. killin')
4.5 around the park. 1 hour of strength class at gym.

Tues- 6 miles at wild wood park. lil' hills, lil' thrills.

Wed- 6 miles from work to park and back. 4 miles t-mill. 1 hour strength class.

Thurs- 7 miles at lunch. 6.5 around tuna beach.

Fri- 11 miles

Sat- AM 3 miles, core workout after. PM 8 miles at wild wood park (some with Gabbo)

Sun- AM 8 miles in Pinckney with Gabbo. 2 hours of trail maintenance volunteering. Second run was 5 miles on the trail, but I ran it as hard as I could. My climbing fitness is poor, but rather than dial back my expectations for the May 1st trail marathon, I've decided to both A) step up my training and B) quit drinking alcohol until after the marathon.

total: 71 miles

The decision to jump on the wagon was not an easy one. It's not something I do well and after the past year of dealing with various vices and addictions, I sort of felt like dealing with booze was low on my list of priorities, frankly. However, I've thankfully gotten to a point in my health and lifestyle where I can once again take some time away from the bottle. Part of this decision is due to reading Running with Buffaloes, part of it is Lucho and part of it is being tired of feeling like my fitness does not accurately reflect my training. 'Nuff said. High and dry.

I FINALLY got my drop bags back from Virginia, which includes my video camera. So, while this is very very very belated I still want to include a clip of Torrey ridge. Bitch got rocks.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"Feeling a little flat"

Ok, so first the OST for this week-in-running and then:

Homage posts are my new drunken rambling posts.

(Joke that ties in title of post with photo and rough week of running.)

Took sunday, monday and tuesday completely off from running. Yeesh. You'd think with that kind of babying i must of ran harder than i did...BUT NOT SO!

My quads are so sad from last weekend. They are the saddest of sad. They are fully not feeling that shit, as the kids on my lawn might say. Epicly Later'd. Totes. Fuck.

I performed a late night biopsy on one of my quadriceps...with the above result. My god.

It's beautiful.

Yes, so it was not the most pleasant week I've ever had in running, but it was full of lessons, time for reflection and blahblahblah let's just get back to running. You blobby beerful douche bag of goop, you. Fuckin' goop! Go back and fix yr grammaticos!

Man, this song is so good!