30 November 2014

pacing Lucca at the Seattle Marathon

What. A. Day.

You can't buy a smile that big.

29 November 2014

Cougar 14

My first snow run of the season! Not a ton of coverage but it's always beautiful.

26 November 2014

Expresso Exercise Bike | Hot Pilates | walk

Excellent day at the 'office' today. On the way to said office I saw this marvel of modern machinery.

What you can't tell so well from this angle is that it also had steel cranks... and you get the picture now I suspect. I wonder why some manufacturer opted for twist shifters 1) on a road bike and 2) they must have thought it made this thing look high-tech?

25 November 2014

Howe Street Stairs | lots of walking | Fleet Feet run

I love bicycles. Even especially when they look like this.

Ironically I saw this as I was approaching FootWorks PT to see Neal Goldberg. Perhaps this person could have benefitted from a bike fit?

24 November 2014

core | walk

Look what showed up at our door today.


Have I mentioned that I love savory? Oh yes.

22 November 2014

Squak Mt + Wilderness loop

After running some errands today I stopped by Flying Lion Brewing. I was in luck as they had a big batch of grain which needed milling so I volunteered.

I also installed a cyclometer on the milling bicycle. Because you have to have stats. :) Milling is awesome after a run as there is very little resistance. Active recovery!

21 November 2014

Howe Street stairs | Breathe Hot Yoga

I'm still scared to go for a flat run! :( Son instead I headed back to the Howe Street stairs. Thanks goodness these don't bother me.

Going in I hoped I could do one hour but I bailed after 40 minutes. Unlike Tuesday, today I felt pretty un-fresh. All the crappy (for your body - not crappy tasting) food and drink from last night didn't help either.

After work I subjected myself to another session of Hot Pilates at Breathe Hot Yoga. The first two times I took this class the routine was the same but today the instructor mixed it up. Nice. The instructor keeps saying, "Squeeze your glutes!" so today I did. My butt was practically cramping at the end of class...

20 November 2014


I slept like garbage so skipped the AM session. Then at work I was pretty busy all day which culminated in our annual Research Fair that I assisted with. This is always fun but leads to me drinking too much. Why change a winning formula this year.

19 November 2014

Expresso Exercise Bike | Breathe Hot Yoga

On the bus to work today there was this (10 year old?) kid sorting his Magic cards and putting them all into sleeves he had just purchased. He was the cutest kid! He kept chatting up this couple of women across the isle and suddenly I noticed he was wearing some Brooks Cascadia 9 shoes. Probably because they matched his pants. Super cool.

18 November 2014

Howe Street stairs | Breathe Hot Yoga | walk

Saw this on the way to work today. So small, so niche, so cute.

Those are 24" wheels and it's a single speed.

17 November 2014

core | walk

Made it to the gym this morning, had a good core routine and then strolled home from the bus.

I'm SO glad my hip tolerated two runs last weekend. It's really got me excited about getting out there, need to be careful I don't do too much too soon.

16 November 2014

up Mt Teneriffe, down Mt Si

This is why I get up early in the morning. Boom!

Other than my over-reaction to yesterday's freezing temperatures in terms of the clothing choice for this run today was perfect.

15 November 2014

Cougar 10

Good times!

It felt fantastic to hit the trails again. I can still feel my hip but it held up great and no pain during or after this run.

Got out with Bill Huggins and Bryan Estes who blabbed on about baseball all morning long. Still, great to get out with both of these guys again.

It was freezing cold, but on the up side the trails were perfect. Totally dry and covered in a blanket of colored leaves.

14 November 2014


This morning I missed the bus that stops close by my house so I had to walk to the bus stop for a change. Thankfully the weather was brilliant. Cold, crisp, leaves on the ground, mostly blue sky, Mt Rainier in the distance. Hard to complain.

Like the self-quantifier that I am, I started my GPS watch when I saw the bus pull away but then I forgot to stop it until I got to work... Oops.

13 November 2014


I woke up this morning and my motivation to get outside lasted about as long as it took to roll over in bed.

At work my job got in the way of sneaking out at lunch.

After work I had a Seattle Running Club board meeting.

Oh well, rest is good.

12 November 2014

treadmill run | Breathe Hot Pilates | walk

Hit the treadmill at lunch to test my hip/sartorius and it passed but I am far from being healed up. What a lousy, nagging injury!

After work I dropped by Breathe Hot Yoga and took a class I never have before - Hot Pilates. It was killer! This was a true workout, plain and simple. Great core and hip work. I need to try this again.

11 November 2014

Howe Street stairs | Breathe Hot Yoga

Nice! My friend Bradlaugh Robinson recently moved back to Seattle from CA and today we connected on Howe Street no less.

After work I dropped by Breathe Hot Yoga for another class and once again it hit the spot.

10 November 2014

core | Expresso Exercise Bike | walk

Man, I really got after it today on the Expresso exercise bike, not sure what got in to me. Just another case of Martin is well rested.

09 November 2014

Alderbrook Station loop

Today is Shelley and my seventh wedding anniversary. To celebrate in comfort we drove down to Alderbrook Station in Astoria, OR and spent the night in one of the coolest houses I know.

We slept in the Boat House (on the right), the Netshed where artists can rent space and where events are held is on the left.

07 November 2014

Howe Street stairs | walk

Extra credit baby! That's what today was.

I knew this weekend would not include much physical activity so rallied for an extended stair session today. I resolved to try for a full hour and I made it. Whew. The last couple of flights were slightly wobbly.

On the way to work I stopped off at FootWorks PT to see Neal Goldberg. This was a follow-up visit after my initial diagnosis to see how my sartorius is holding up. Turns out I am doing okay and from here it's a matter of listening to my body and not overdoing the activity as I ramp back up.

Neal's office is in Pioneer Square and this time of year it's beautiful.

06 November 2014

Breathe Hot Yoga | walk

Not sure what happened this morning... I kind of ran out of gas or spent too much time in front of the computer. Then it was time to go to work. :(

But I went to Breathe Hot Yoga again after work and I am loving it! It does a body good as they used to say.

05 November 2014

core | walk

One day after doing a ton of exercise I do almost nothing. This is also typical of what I do. :)

Got to the gym in the AM and then walked through downtown Seattle doing some errands on foot. Good enough.

My walk today was to see Mike Folden. My hope is to have him make a video of me like he did for a friend of mine.

My goal is most just to capture the moment (that moment being me being able to run) for posterity but also to use this as a promotion tool and maybe convince some sponsors to partner with me. It will be a fun project.

04 November 2014

Howe Street stairs | Expresso Exercise Bike | Breathe Hot Yoga | walk

Quite the day of fitness. I seem to do this every time I'm forced to take some time off due to injury or just when I'm really well rested... And today was the first day back at the Howe Street stairs. Good times start now.

03 November 2014


Work got busy, I got hungry and before I knew it I was eating my lunch and had to bag the workout.

It kept threatening to dump today but I managed to avoid the worst showers when I was out and about. Small favors.

02 November 2014

south end of Lake WA on a single speed

What a frustrating afternoon. :(

I got a new drivetrain and tires for my town bike and the chain skips like mad on the rear cog. I spent two hours trying to figure it out and could not so eventually I took a different bike for a ride.

By then it was getting pretty cloudy and by the time I was half way into my ride it started to sprinkle.

Oh well. This is the first wet ride I have had in quite some time. I just really wanted to ride a different bike today.

01 November 2014

core | Breathe Hot Yoga

Made it to the gym this morning for an abbreviated core session. But I did try so new movements which has to be a good thing. I think I do the same routine much too often.

After the gym I went to Breathe Hot Yoga for a proper 90-minute session of Breathe Hot Yoga. Good stuff.