Archive for July, 2007

How to drive the people at the track nutty…

Monday, July 30th, 2007

So I finally got another long run in.  It has been over a month since my last because I have really been feeling the affects of my anemia.  This past Saturday I made my way to the track with the intention of doing 8 miles, but no less than 7  I took my fuel belt and set up a little water stop for myself on the side of the track.  I had 4 10 oz bottles of water and my sports beans all ready to go.  I started out with a quick lap to warm-up then did my stretches.  After that I ran a mile before making my first water stop where I grabbed a bottle and carried it with me.  Then every 2 miles I stopped for some sports beans and to get another bottle of water. 

So what about that bothered the other people at the track?  Well every mile I changed which direction I was running in.  Running long distances on a track can actually cause repetitive use injuries, so it was my intention to not aggrevate the one I already have in my ankle.  I don’t think people liked seeing me coming back at them.  I did at least stay in the same lane my whole run and I chose one of the outside lanes, 6, so that I wasn’t in anyone else’s way. 

In the end I had a great run and I have been icing my ankle ever since to try to keep the tendinitis at bay.  I was planning on running 5 this morning, but it was really humid so I decided it was better to rest my ankle one more day.  Tomorrow I will do 5, then 4 or 5 on Thursday and this weekend I will tackle 10. 

Some Days

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Some days you think are going really really well and then you discover that you have been sitting on a chocolate chip.  Ewe!

My First Specialty Running Store Experience

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

June 2005 I took up running by starting the Couch to 5 K program from  In the past I had gone out for a jog once or twice, but never took is seriously, never was consistent, and never ran a mile straight through.  So when I started C25K I did what I always did.  Took off in the same pair of shoes I wear everyday.  Of course I quickly learned that was a no-no.  Some of you have probably head the story below, but it is part of what I am calling the “Lost Chronicles of K80K” so I am going to tell it again.  🙂

When I decided on my first 5K I went ahead and headed out to my first specialty running store to get fitted for my “perfect” running shoe.  When I walked in the guy had me hand him my current running shoes and then had me walk around the room and roll around on my feet so he could determine if I pronated.  I sat down and he looked at my shoes and looked at me.  He asked what made me decide to buy the shoes I had been wearing so far.  I innocently proclaimed that I picked them because they were purple.  This prompted a nice eye roll from the salesman.

So we go through the process of fitting me for my perfect running shoe and they end up being pink.  Me in pink shoes…blech!  Since they I have had blue, green, blue-green.  Never purple.  Well guess what!  The new Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7, my perfect running shoe, is FINALLY purple.  Yay!  Not to mention they are the most comfortable Alchemy I have had on my feet yet.  I am going to have to buy several pairs when they get down to the right price.  ;) 

More Inappropriate Directed Advertising

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I have a screan capture at home of this one and to me it is even worse than the last one.  I am on the SI website reading an article about Chris Benoit and up pops an advertisement for the Bowflex.  For those not in the know Benoit hung himself from a piece of home workout equipment.

How to Comment…

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Pat pointed out that it can be very tricky to figure out how to post comments on my new blog software.  This was partially on purpose because it makes it very hard if not impossible for SPAMMERS to target me.  However in my attempts to lock things down I am still alienating some of my regular commentors from before. 

First you have to register.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the right-hand menu bar there is a Register link.  Go there and do your thing.  The list of registered users is only visible to me and I promise I will only sell your info if I get a REALLY good offer.  😉

After that feel free to comment away.  It will ask you to login to comment, but it is worth it to keep viagra ads out of our threads is it not?  You may not see your posts at first because I need to approve your app, but I am pretty good at doing that really quick and after that you can post to your heart’s content and things will show up right away.