31 October 2012

Cougar 10 trail run

What a nice weather surprise!

This morning I met Bryan Estes for the usual loop on Cougar Mountain and in spite of it looking horrid out the temperature was strangely warm and by the time we started running the rain had also let up some. Nice.

It was so warm Bryan started in just a short sleeve shirt with no gloves, etc. I wish I had too.

Running in the dark (and wet on slippery roots and leaves) is still something that I am not super comfortable with so we were not exactly racing along. That was okay though, we talked a TON. About all kinds of stuff from Lance Armstrong/doping to running long distances to family to how our wives feel when we do ridiculous stuff like this to you name it. Good times.

Half way in I was steaming up so with about three miles to go I stopped to take off my outer shirt and gloves.

So what does Martin do as soon as he removes his hand protection? He hits the deck.

I mean c'mon... I have fallen how many times while running? TOO MANY in my humble opinion. This time I scraped the knuckles on my left hand, my left knee, my right knee and my right elbow. Nice. Not.

I managed to recover and after a minute of walking was jogging again and then was able to run it in. Whew. Not a fast time in the end but whatever. I'm glad it was so balmy out! And that I didn't seriously hurt myself. The culprit this time was a big rock in the trail. Bryan jumped over it and I never saw it. Maybe I was gabbing too much.

30 October 2012

treadmill run

In theory having a treadmill in your house makes it so easy and convenient to use! Plus you get more sleep. In practice it will take some fine tuning...

Today was my first indoor run at our new house. I'm realizing the treadmill is the equivalent of the indoor trainer for a cyclist and you can do all kinds of things like intervals, hills, active recovery, you name it. I got the thing into position, got my towel and water bottle, my iPod, shut the (solid!) room door so as not to wake Shelley, GO.

Man do you get hot running in a small room! Within about 10 minutes I knew I was not going to last so hopped off to open a window.

ALARM.

Shit. Did I mention we have alarm sensors on our windows? Oh yes. We do.

In a word the alarm is piercing. Intensely so. I leapt away from the window, jumped over the still running treadmill, threw open the room door and ran down the hall to the alarm keypad to turn it off. So much for not waking up Shelley. :(

With the window finally wide open I got back on and resumed my run. Turns out one measly window is not enough and next time I'll need to open both and/or crank up a fan! By the end I felt like I was running in a sauna. Note to self: this might be good heat training. Except I was dripping sweat all over the house for what felt like ages after I stopped.

On the up side Shelley said she could barely hear me running.

28 October 2012

SCOTT Cougar Mountain 20 Mile trail run

No official results yet but I had to get this down on 'paper'.

Excellent weather, awesome trail conditions, a much faster field than last year for the SCOTT Cougar Mountain 20 Mile and I prepared by partying last night. Oops...

Cougar Mountain is right in my back yard and it has some of the most incredible trails. The Seattle Running Club (which I recently joined) puts on a trail run series in conjunction with Northwest Trail Runs out here and because cycling has always been my main focus I have only ever done the last/longest one. Today you had the option of running 50 km or 20 miles. I judiciously opted for the shorter distance. And by 'judicious' I mean strategic. And by 'strategic' I mean I was hoping to repeat my victory from last year. Plus racing 50 km just sounds HARD right now.

My good friend Todd Morse Tucker showed up today for his first 20 mile race. Nice.

Last night Shelley and I went to the BUMP! (photos coming soon) and it was a blast but it also meant I didn't hit the sheets until 1:00 AM. Luckily I at least limited myself to three beers all night. Still, when that alarm went off at 6... ouch. I ended up doing okay, here are the spoils of victory.

This is what you win at running races. #timetogetfat

26 October 2012

bike commute

Flat city. If your city has a population of two that is.

No sooner had I fixed one slow leak that I had milked home the last time I rode to work then I got another flat. As I was inspecting my tire it was pretty damn obvious that I need a new one what with two duct tape boots and numerous other slices here and there.

Did I replace it? Of course not.

RIDE IT DOWN TO THE THREADS I always say. And if you didn't know that I always say that now you do.

25 October 2012

core | Howe Street stairs

My new mantra: stop thinking about it and go do it

Lately I have felt like it's a monumental effort to go to the gym in the AM, get my shit sorted so I can run in the AM, you name it. And the funny thing is, I have way more energy in the morning than I do in the evening. Once I actually start whatever it is I have been putting off I feel fantastic. So what's my problem? I don't know.

Core was not easy today but like I said, it was good to do it and I felt great after. Need to remember that feeling...

Later in the afternoon I connected with an old friend for some stairy goodness. And what gooder place to go than Howe Street. None. But I forgot my Garmin...! Oh no, crisis! I didn't even have a regular watch on so I have no idea exactly how long I went and I didn't even count the flights. Taking a vacation from technology I guess. :)

I tried a new pair of shoes today, damn are they light. Not sure if I would ever go running in them? We'll see.

24 October 2012

run commute

I got a text late last night from my faithful Cougar Mt buddy and he said he was bagging out on our usual Wednesday morning trail loop. Rats. So not wanting to tackle that trail in the dark all alone I opted for the run commute. It's about the same distance.

In the morning I felt pretty darn good! And when I got to the IMA I plunked my pack down on the scale and it said I had been carrying 14 lb.! I gave myself a little pat on the back for that effort.

The run home was slower, much slower. About half way there some guy popped out onto the sidewalk about 50' in front of me and so I figured I would try and close the gap. No dice. He just pulled away from me and all I could muster was a 7:30 pace. I was done.

Home. Shower. Dinner. Beer. Chocolate.

Open Letter to Pat McQuaid from Greg LeMond

This letter was posted on Greg LeMond's Facebook page earlier today. He asked for help in spreading the word. I'm happy to oblige him. Do I think that Greg was clean? Who knows. For sure I want to believe he was clean but I also wanted to believe Tyler and Floyd and even Lance. I do agree the UCI is messed up. BIG time. And knowing how hard it is for people to change (just look at all the professional cyclists that lied for all these years) I agree with Greg that the UCI leadership should go away. Far away. One thing though, I don't think you should forgo buying a USAC license, not entering local races isn't going to fix this problem. Still, as far as rants go, this is a pretty good one. Enjoy.

Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own "rage" out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to f##k off and resign. I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling's history- resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.

Pat McQuaid, you know dam well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.

I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.

Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.

Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life- allow cycling to grow and flourish- please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.

As a reminder I just want to point out that you recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA's investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the "cause"? Why shoot the messenger every time?

Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer, no, no , no!

The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.

You can read all about Webster's definition of corruption. If you want I can re-post my attorney's response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hien that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence of corruption.

I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.

I donated money for Paul's defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen- if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!

People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling- change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage's defense, ( Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI's bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).

If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.

Don't buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.

Please make a difference.

23 October 2012

treadmill run

Lame day...

I procrastinated away the gym in the AM and then kind of fell apart on my little run at lunch. Oh well.

I got on the treadmill thinking I would try for some speed but as I ramped up the pace it got harder and harder to breath and with about three minutes to go I had to back it down. I just didn't feel like pushing (and it was hard to get a lung full of air).

22 October 2012

core | bike commute

Man... today was my first wet ride in I don't know how long. Glad to get that shock to the system out of the way. :|

I almost didn't make it to the gym this morning. I found myself dorking around on the computer and talking myself into just five more minutes several times. Finally I RAN to the car and drove (too quickly) to the gym. Whew. Glad I made it.

For some reason all my core exercises were brutally hard today. Okay, that' just a slight exaggeration but man was I weak. And just 16 push-up?! I. Am. Not. Strong.

I am also not sleeping enough! By the time I get home I am just beat and so I hit the sack early but then I wake up at the completely stupid hour of 3:30 or something. Repeat. Kinda frustrating.

Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle

What is Rainbow Bingo? It's FUN; that's what. Shelley and I got invited to this a few days ago and I will be back.

The evening was a fund raiser for the Senior Center of West Seattle. Turns out it's a pretty popular night and the West Seattle Blog had some details. Plus, we had the most entertaining caller ever and Jell-O shots(!), what's not to like? Nothing, that was rhetorical. Good times.

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20 October 2012

Tiger Mt Cottage Cheese Ass loop trail run

What. A. Great. Day.

Todd Morse Tucker and I connected for a lap around Tiger Mountain and the fall colors were BLAZING. Not only was it a visual treat, the trail surface was freaking ideal! It had rained the night before and the some the day before but not this day so everything was spongy, grippy but not slick.

The only hiccough was I said let's start at 7 and boy was it still really, really dark at 7... so we sat in the car until 7:15 and then took off.

18 October 2012

core | run commute home + Howe Street stairs

Okay, I got the core out of the way and then spent all day thinking about those darn Howe Street stairs!

I vividly recall one day about two years ago when I met some cycling teammates at the stairs. One of them was Justin Angle (who was just getting back into running after an injury) and he had run down to the stairs from his house. We then proceeded to complete 10 flights, half of them running, and then he ran home! At the time that seemed to me to be the epitome of studliness and it also seemed totally unfathomable.

Now I am starting to fathom it...!

For sure I did not run nearly as far each way as Justin did that day (5 miles each way) and I only did half the number of flights and I walked all of them today but it's coming. Slowly.

Walking the stairs actually felt better the more I did but I also realized that I was getting tired so quit after five. I had to walk two blocks after reaching the top of the last flight before I was able to ease back into a jog but once I got back down to 19th Ave. my pace started picking up. I realized after a bit that it was because this is ever so slightly downhill but it still felt good.

As I was running across the I-90 lid this guy fell in behind me. We passed an older Asian woman going for a walk in the other direction with her cane and she flashed us this big smile and took the time to give us TWO thumbs up. That was pretty cool.

Did I mention I had my The North Face Angstrom 30 pack on while running? That's starting to feel a little better too.

17 October 2012

Cougar 10 | bike commute

Todd Morse Tucker and I met up at the Red Town Trail for our usual Wednesday morning 10-mile loop. Only problem is neither of us knows the route very well yet. Plus it was pitch black.

At least it wasn't foggy or raining too because we made more than one wrong turn.

The biggest detour was really only a few hundred meters but in the dark it felt much longer. The other detours were very short or just consisted of us standing at an intersection thinking about which way to go for a few seconds.

In the end it was a super fun run! The leaves are falling en masse and the ground is getting covered with all different colors. This week and next week should be the peak of this and it makes me want to get our here during the day as it's incredibly beautiful right now.

We got to the half way point about five minutes behind schedule and we reached '20-minute tree' about seven minutes behind schedule. But I managed to pick up the pace some from there and Todd didn't complain so we scooted home those last two miles. Nice.

My ride to work was - predictably - slow. :)

I think I have a new favorite route home, I head up Lake WA Blvd instead of staying down on Lakeshore and this way I get to avoid more cars. That's a plus in my book.

16 October 2012

treadmill run | bike commute

Still a little congested and my eyes have been itching like crazy! Colds sure manifest themselves in interesting ways.

The goal today was to run twice and both of them fast but I sorta ran out of energy around noon and that plan was shelved big time. Oh well.

I started out on the treadmill feeling confident and the intent was to keep ramping up the speed all the way to the end but 20 minutes in I was sucking wind and the second five minutes at 6:00 were a real chore so with five left I backed it down and caught my breath. Sheesh. Hope I can do better next time.

15 October 2012

core | treadmill run

Got to the gym for the first time in several days and actually did the plank for the first time in MONTHS. And you know what? My leg lifts on the ball that I had to do because of all my scrapes and bruises are an excellent substitute. I won't say the plank was easy but it was not that difficult. Nice. I might just switch to the ball leg lifts for good.

At lunch I went down to the IMA and got on the treadmill for 30 minutes and I felt okay considering I was sick all weekend with a cold and did squat. I did forget my iPod though so had to stare at everyone else on the cardio machines to distract myself. Luckily it worked.

Today was also my first time taking the bus to and from work since moving to our new house and let me tell you, it takes significantly longer that it used to... Rats. First of all I have to take two buses/transfer and secondly the first bus only runs like every 20 or 30 minutes.

Oh well, I'm already getting up earlier, what's a few less minutes of sleep.

14 October 2012

2013 race schedule

Disclaimer: this is tentative...!

But what the heck, right? It's fun to put stuff out there because it serves as a motivator. So, with all the fanfare that is appropriate for a random nobody aspiring ultra runner like myself, here is Martin's 2013 list of races.

4 February - Orcas Island 50k
This is supposed to be a NW classic! I have hiked on trails around Mt Constitution/Moran State Park and it was beautiful. It's a pretty sloppy time of year but this is in the 'rain shadow' and February is usually nicer than January and March so you just get mentally ready for wet and go anyway.

16? March - Chuckanut 50k
The old web site for this event is down and knowing how busy Krissy Moehl is who knows when there will be a new site... or if I even get in. Last year was a special occasion for this event and they opened it up to many more people than usual. Normally it's a lottery and sells out pronto. I did this race last year for the first time on relatively short notice and had a stellar day. Here's hoping I can improve just a little.

20? April - Yakima Skyline Rim 50k
Lucca ran here this year and it looks like no other course out there. Words like 'stark' and 'exposed' only begin to describe it. It's also all up and down with pretty much zero flat. Not easy but it should be cool to do at least once in my life? And it is on the east side of the Cascades so probably dry and hopefully even warm.

15 June - Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic 50 Mile
Never heard of it, haven't been to MT since I was in my teens but this looks awesome. Justin Angle recommended it to me and it happens to be at a better spot on the calendar than the White River 50 Mile race which I really wanted to do but might have to postpone until the following year. The Bighorn runs sounds remote, super scenic and has lots of trail (meaning not much dirt or paved road). My only concern (other than the distance!) is that it's at elevation and I don't do so hot up in the clouds. One word: adventure!

24-25? August - Cascade Crest 100 Mile
Martin's big goal for 2013! I chose this event because it's 1) close to home meaning I can sleep in my own bed the night before and 2) it's a really honest 100 meaning it's NOT easy so it will help me prep for my ultimate goal. I hate that some of these events are such a crap shoot... this one also appears to be a lottery and you now have to qualify for it. Luckily qualifying just means completing a 50 mile or 100 mile event prior to starting so if I can finish the Bighorn race I'll be good to go. And you don't need to have the qualifying finish in hand to enter the lottery; whew. If I don't get into this I'm honestly not sure what I'll substitute.

13 October 2012

Thanks to Amazon, I am rich.

I just got an email from Amazon today.

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Dear Kindle Customer,

We have good news. You are entitled to a credit for some of your past e-book purchases as a result of legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states and territories, including yours. You do not need to do anything to receive this credit. We will contact you when the credit is applied to your Amazon.com account if the Court approves the settlements in February 2013.

Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled an antitrust lawsuit about e-book prices. Under the proposed settlements, the publishers will provide funds for a credit that will be applied directly to your Amazon.com account. If the Court approves the settlements, the account credit will appear automatically and can be used to purchase Kindle books or print books. While we will not know the amount of your credit until the Court approves the settlements, the Attorneys General estimate that it will range from $0.30 to $1.32 for every eligible Kindle book that you purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Alternatively, you may request a check in the amount of your credit by following the instructions included in the formal notice of the settlements, set forth below. You can learn more about the settlements here: www.amazon.com/help/agencyebooksettlements

In addition to the account credit, the settlements impose limitations on the publishers’ ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future.

Thank you for being a Kindle customer.

The Amazon Kindle Team
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You're welcome Amazon.

Looking back at my Kindle purchase history I have purchased exactly 20 items since I got my Kindle back in March of 2011 so that means I could potentially reap TWENTY SIX DOLLARS AND FORTY CENTS.

Most importantly, where oh where will I sock away all that cash?

Of only fleeting importance, what's the backstory about all the publishers that had to cough up this dough? Here is one hypothesis.

Publisher #1: "OMG, how do you spell cash cow? E-BOOK my brother. We better jack up the price so that people equate their value with a printed book."
Publisher #2: "Sounds good to me!"
Queue Mo Money Mo Problems.

Attorney General: "Not so fast guys..."

11 October 2012

run commute via Howe Street stairs

When I woke up I thought I'd try a slightly longer run home today and heck, why not throw in a few flights up the Howe Street stairs while I'm at it. Let's go!

Originally the plan was to do at least five flights, maybe even 10 (how quick we forget the pain) so I caught a ride in to work from Shelley. But, as the day wore on I started to get sick... You know the feeling, when the tickle in your throat turns into a real sore throat and by lunch time I was already sneezing and hating life with a headache on the horizon. What to do?

Knowing the weather this weekend was going to suck I gave it a shot anyway. I had that vaguely lightheaded feeling as I ran south but other than blowing my nose a lot and going a little slower than I wanted I did not feel as terrible as I thought I would. Until I got to the stairs that is. That's when I realized I was pretty empty.

Oh well, my intention had been to walk them anyway so I adjusted my goals to three flights and got busy. And who should I meet at the top of flight number one but an old friend Scott Gaudette. Scott was out getting in a quick run before the VP debate and was also doing three flights so we finished up together. Nice.

At the top I jogged south a bit with Scott and we chatted until he turned west and I turned east to go home. I tried to increase the pace a bit for these last couple of miles but I really was not able to. The only time I was when I was going downhill. :)

I wore my pack with a water bladder and it was fun to be able to drink but water weighs a lot! This is a route I'd like to try more often for sure.

10 October 2012

bike commute | treadmill run

Today was more of Martin trying to remember how to (learn how to?) run fast.

At lunch I hit the IMA for another go at the treadmill and was surprised that going a little faster than yesterday was manageable. I gave myself a little pat on the back for that.

Of course translating this 1) to road and 2) to longer runs will be a challenge but one baby step at a time thankyouverymuch.

My ride home was slow... funny how even a 30 minute run can take it out of you.

Red Bull has so much money

We all know about Red Bull. They're the company that turned a somewhat oily, vaguely grapefruit-flavored drink with caffeine into a gazillion dollar enterprise.

Turns out the margin on flavored sugar water is pretty healthy and these guys have truckloads of cash to spend on whatever the hell they want. Like sponsoring pretty much every extreme activity under the sun. What's that you say? 'Every' is a bit of a stretch? In support of my claim I give you the Red Bull 400.

"If I fall down, I go 100 m backside."

This is a 400 m 'run' (or crawl depending on your fitness), up slopes that hit 45 degrees! Use of the handrail is encouraged lest you fall backwards.

Of course they sponsor motocross, mountain biking, BMX, etc., etc. but did you know they also sponsored Felix Baumgartner in his attempt to break the record for longest free fall of all time?

What's left to sponsor? Extreme eating?

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All caught up!

On 27 September, after about six weeks of inactivity I figured I would try to fill in the gaps. I just finished. Hooray for me.

Who cares? No one else. :)

09 October 2012

bike commute | treadmill run

First time on the treadmill in quite a while. The things you do to improve.

My goal here is to gain some speed without pounding myself into the ground. I hope it works. Interestingly, when I tried to run this fast on the road the other day I was absolutely hating it. Then again, now that I think about it, I was trying to run even faster that day.

08 October 2012

bike commute

My legs felt surprisingly good after yesterday's run, gotta be happy about that.

Looking back I guess I was not able to go that hard yesterday hence my relative freshness today.

On the way home I dropped off my donation to FareStart for their annual gala auction. This is one cool charity.

07 October 2012

Icicle Ridge trail run

Nice! Martin finally gets out to the Leavenworth/Icicle Creek area for a run as the Larches change colors.

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Was it beautiful? Yes.
Was it a nice day? Yes.
Was it an easy run? Absolutely not.
Did I get any sleep last night? Nope.

06 October 2012

Lake WA Blvd run

My Brother in law was in town and lucky for me he loves to run!

We headed south on Lake WA Blvd via Mt Baker Park and then on the way home cut up through the woods for added variety. It was just another fabulous day out and we talked about all kinds of stuff.

My legs were feeling fine (finally!) but the pace was also sedate so who knows how they will feel tomorrow when I have something longer and harder on the agenda. Anyway, good times; thanks for the run Mike!

05 October 2012

bike commute

My legs are starting to feel better after the drubbing they got last Tuesday and Wednesday. Whew.

And it was warm out...! I wanted to take a nap in the sun. A long nap.

On the way home I stopped at Trader Joe's for some much needed dark Belgian chocolate and they were out. OUT. I almost cried. Don't you hate it when you have a craving and go to get just the thing you need and it's not available? Makes you feel like a junkie for crying out loud.

We can only dream that our kids will be like this...

The video and Malcolm's words say it better than I ever could.

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04 October 2012

bike commute

And NOTHING else...!

I'm still reeling from how bad I felt yesterday so I tried to ride super slow. On purpose. :)

It kinda worked but I'm learning that single speed bikes are NOT the best thing to be on when you want some active recovery. Unless you live in a very flat neighborhood. I don't.

03 October 2012

Cougar 10 | bike commute

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Yesterday (or a combination of yesterday and the previous weekend) has destroyed my legs. I thought I could bounce back today with a moderate run but the answer to that question was an emphatic NO.

I was at Cougar with Todd Morse Tucker and Daniel Paquette and Dan didn't exactly go fast up the first hill but in his words, "I wanted to get it over with." I was off the back within 200 m.

Things didn't change much for the next eight miles. Twice I had to walk for a few seconds, once I had to ask these guys to simply wait up. Lucky for me they did. With about one mile to go Dan scoots by and says something like, "Okay Martin..." Todd was right on his heels and they disappeared down the trail until they were literally out of sight.

I was so shell shocked I had to walk again. After pulling myself together I decided to see if I could increase the pace knowing I was very close to the car. I managed to up the tempo for perhaps half a mile when I saw them again! They must have slowed down because I caught them and managed to hang on until the bridge. Oh man was that hard. My legs are wasted. To top it off I felt like I was bonking those last two miles. Totally. Empty. Yes, I had a big dinner last night. Whatever.

What's hilarious is we ran this loop in almost the exact same time as we always do, it just felt 10 times as hard. What's also (sort of) hilarious is it was kinda cold out on the trails today! There were sections that were noticeably cooler than the parking lot and this meant my circulation-impaired hands got really stiff and I lost coordination. Apparently so much so that I did not turn my GPS off properly at the end of the run. Damn. On the upside I am getter better at editing my GPS files to fix these problems. I guess it's time for gloves when you start running at 5:45.

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02 October 2012

bike commute | Lake Union lunch run

I got my ass handed to me on the proverbial silver platter today.

At lunch I went running with Edgardo Balansay who I'm going to call 'the natural'. I originally met Edgardo cycling a few years ago and back then he could drop most people on any incline. According to him he just started running about two months ago and all I have to say is look out.

The guy is about 5' 7", 140 lb. and he wears these wafer thin, minimalist shoes with no socks that make a slap slap slap sound as he runs. His stride is the epitome of efficiency, he doesn't bounce around or swing his arms much or anything, he just scoots forward.

Did I mention that I'm 6' 2" and 180 lb.?

Today he peeled away any fa├žade/pretense I had of being a 'runner'.

01 October 2012

core

Oh man, I have been lax (as in 'lackadaisical', I hear that's how the kids say it these days) when it comes to working my core. Must. Not. Let. This. Slip.

It was kinda tough, but that's to be expected when you don't go regularly.