30 December 2014

Howe Street stairs | Fleet Feet run

Boom! 'Time to train' and all those tired clich├ęs.

Take it from me, after 10 days  of almost total inactivity these stairs are HARD. Not only was I gasping for breath, my legs were freaking wobbly after just the first runner. Ouch.

Shelley needed the car this evening so for the first time ever I ran to Fleet Feet Sports Seattle for the Tuesday night run and then ran home after. In retrospect this might have been a tad ambitious as my hip did not feel stellar on the way home.

At least it felt fantastic on the way there and just fine during the actual run. Thanks to Evan Williams for giving me some company on the way home. Man was I dragging.

more 2015 Partners - Hammer Nutrition

What a nice belated Christmas present.

A couple of days ago I heard that my sponsorship application to Hammer Nutrition was accepted and I'm excited to announce that for 2015 I will be a Hammer Nutrition Athlete Ambassador.

These nutrition and hydration products have been my favorites for years now so it's exciting to partner with something I wholeheartedly endorse already. As a bonus, I am able to give out a referral discount. You're welcome. :)

Hammer Nutrition Referral Discount

I'd write more but I need to go for a run! 2015 is shaping up nicely.

27 December 2014

Finland snow hike | snowshoe

Nice!

After our daily (almost literally!) nap I took off for a twilight/sunset walk. It was magic out. MAGIC.

26 December 2014

XC ski in Finland

When I think of cross country skiing (classic or skating) I visualize people gliding effortlessly across the snow in sexy outfits much like what a cyclist wears. We didn't so much ski as we waddled around bundled up like so many Michelin Men.

Our skis had bindings that were able to accept our Sorels! My feet were so wide they would drag on the sides of the groomed tracks so I opted to glide on the center of the groomed trails that is actually for skate skiing.

That said, being out in the dark was a blast.

23 December 2014

snowshoe in Finland

Wow... It's freaking beautiful here. And cold.

20 December 2014

walk around Heathrow Airport

On our way to Finland Shelley and I had a long layover in Heathrow Airport.

I was wearing my Garmin Fenix 2 so...

19 December 2014

training basics and the benefits of zone 2

I've been talking to a friend about training recently and after he came to the conclusion he needed to do more zone 2 (read: endurance pace) work I had a bit of an epiphany and realized I do too. The sources of information are these.

When I was cycling a lot I had a huge aerobic base. Now that I'm running - and because my body can't tolerate running seven days/week and because of some injuries - that base has eroded significantly.

18 December 2014

Expresso Exercise Bike | Breathe Hot Yoga

The alarm went off. I woke up. I went downstairs. I did not go to the gym. Oh well.

At lunch I did head down to the IMA for a spin on the Expresso exercise bike and it never disappoints.

After work I headed over to Breathe Hot Yoga for a great session. I've been taking all these Hot Pilates classes and it felt great to finally take a Vinyasa class again. Less of a pure work out but more balance stuff and more stretching.

17 December 2014

weights

Just the gym today thankyouverymuch.

But then in the afternoon I got totally crazy and took off from work early to see The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies...!

It was awesome! If you are a Tolkien nerd that is. Which I am.

Not to mention the fact that the Cinerama is the best movie theatre in Seattle. New, bigger (leather!) seats, reserved seating, reasonably priced concessions, BEER, colossal Dolby Atmos sound system and zero bullshit advertisements before the show. Done and done.

2015 Partners - The Balanced Athlete and Brooks

Exciting!

2015 is looking (way!) up. Here are two reasons why.

The Balanced Athlete
The Balanced Athlete has been a supporter of and partner store with the Seattle Running Club for years but for 2015 they approached me and offered to give me some additional support.

I'm psyched to work with a store that promotes so many different kinds of healthy activities; and is completely immersed in the local running scene and community involvement. Among other things The Balanced Athlete hosts multiple group runs from the store, they support the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series, they staff an aid station at the Cascade Crest 100 and the list goes on.

No to mention they are instrumental in organizing one of my favorite events ever, the Fat Glass 50k.

I'm thrilled to promote a company that shares my love of an active lifestyle and lifelong fitness.

Brooks
Brooks has been sponsoring a subset of SRC members for quite some time (thanks Brooks!). I submitted my application a month ago and just heard back that it was accepted. I'm super happy to once again be part of the SRC-Brooks Competitive Team and to represent the best club and some awesome product.

I have been running in Brooks shoes and clothing for two years now and I'm looking forward to a third. The PureGrit (2 and 3) has been one of my favorite trail shoes ever since it was available and their EZ T material (which our team shirts used to be made from) has got to be the most comfortable tech shirt material I have ever worn.

Partners are good to have and I am very grateful to have these two. Bring on 2015.

16 December 2014

Howe Street stairs | Fleet Feet run | walk

Whew... solid stair day! Jim Kodjababian and I are up to 10 flights now, five more to go.

Every year when we hit 10 we mix it up and throw in a few "up downs" where we run up two sets, come back down one and repeat to the top. I like this variety and it might actually be easier as those couple of seconds rest you get between efforts really help me out.

At the Fleet Feet Sports Seattle Tuesday night run I challenged myself to finally take it easy. A friend and I have been talking training techniques and I suspect I need to do more zone 2 work and really go easy when it's an easy day. Seems I am not immune to making the classic rookie mistakes.

Of course the winter route heads up the Howe Street stairs so for a couple of minutes I was not going very easy at all. :)

15 December 2014

weights | walk

Good gym session this morning.

It's funny, I have not really lifted weights in ages but every winter I kind of get the urge and as long as I don't get too agro it's pretty fun.

14 December 2014

Cottage Cheese Ass Tiger Mt trail run

Finally! A trail run.

I connected with Bryan Estes and Justin Angle and the conditions were SO good. It was crazy dry for this time of year and the trails were a blast.

13 December 2014

weights

Had a good gym session today. I wanted to tack on some cardio but I got home and started watching YouTube you know how that goes... :)

12 December 2014

walk

Work really sucked up the day today and I didn't have the energy to do anything before or after. That's how it goes sometimes.

11 December 2014

walk

Work got in the way of exercising today but I was not regretting it, I was beat from the last two days.

Shelley and I went to see Maria Bamford tonight and it was an incredible show. I had heard her a couple of times previously but never seen her. Her presentation absolutely adds something.

Finally saw a bike that was secured properly today, glad someone knows what they are doing.

10 December 2014

weights | treadmill run | Hot Pilates | walk

Everything went well except I really did not have the motivation on the treadmill. And seeing as how I need to have fun, when it stopped being fun I quit. :)

At Breathe Hot Yoga during the Hot Pilates class I felt a bit wobbly and tired. I guess stairs yesterday and weights today will do that.

09 December 2014

Howe Street stairs | sauna | walk

Super morning on the stairs today! The weather really cooperated. It was absolutely dumping rain when I woke up and then it stopped for the duration of the workout. Nice. It took me a few flights to get warmed up but then I felt pretty good.

After work I had intended to go for a run but because of a long dentist appointment [Martin's first root canal!] I went for another sauna instead. I lasted a long time and it felt awesome.

After all this I met a friend and we went to see Ueli Steck speak. The guy has some natural comedic talent for sure. And who can forget stuff like this? Breathless.

08 December 2014

sauna | walk

This is what you would call a rest day. After a solid weekend of activities I needed it.

Went to the sauna at the IMA during lunch and boy did that feel nice. On the way back to the office I saw this.

Although I could tell someone had blown the leaves into a pile it was fun to imagine they had all fallen that way.

07 December 2014

weights | showing Wheeler where to run

Day three of leg weights! And today felt a little better for sure.

After the gym I met Jennifer Wheeler for a run. She does not get out much so I felt like a tour guide while I took her on some of my favorite little streets, stair climbs and dirt trials in local parks. Our pace was mellow so we could talk, good to catch up.

06 December 2014

Cottage Cheese Ass Tiger Mt loop

Nice!

This is one of my favorite trail runs without a doubt. It has a substantial climb, some super fun, technical, classic NW trails and a screaming descent. Throw in good company in the form of Bryan Estes and it's hard to go wrong.

I was a little slow on the climb due to fitness and on the descent due to my hip but I did have a great time. And on the bright side, my hip is not hurting so much as it's just really inconvenient.

05 December 2014

Expresso Exercise Bike | Hot Pilates | walk

Too tired to get to the gym this AM but I did manage to sneak out for a quick trainer session at lunch. It felt pretty good and for a change, I didn't race a former ghost/PR of myself. It felt great to ride at a moderate tempo for a change.

After work it was off to Breathe Hot Yoga for anther Hot Pilates class. THIS IS A GREAT CLASS! You can challenge yourself as much or as little as you want and it is kicking my butt. In a good way. As a bonus, the instructor incorporate ALL of the suggestions I gave her Wednesday. How cool is that? And she said they all made sense. :)

04 December 2014

weights | walk

Day one of leg weights! I did this for a few months last fall and winter and am convinced it helps in the general wellness category. Cross training (read: doing a variety of 'stuff') has got to be the best thing to build all around strength and health. Only specialize if you want to excel in some particular activity.

On the bus to work this little kid had on some classic sneakers. Very cool.

03 December 2014

Hot Pilates | walk

Hot Pilates at Breathe Hot Yoga after work baby. I swear, if not for training partners or group exercise classes I would not do nearly as much.

After class today I made a couple of suggestions to the instructor about how to change up the routine, they seemed to make sense to me, we'll see how that goes. :)

02 December 2014

Howe Street stairs | Fleet Feet run | walk

Solid day.

Met Jim Kodjababian for another stair session and then joined the Fleet Feet Sports Seattle Tuesday night run and pushed the pace a bit more than I have been lately.

As a 'bonus', we went up the Howe Street stairs once during the run. :| I learned that in spite of being slow on the flats and in spite of having already done several flights this morning, I was doing just fine on these stairs compared to the other runners that went up. :)

01 December 2014

Hot Pilates | walk

Core work baby! I need it! And this Hot Pilates class at Breathe Hot Yoga has it.

The instructor switched up the routine again, very nice.