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Running on Hot Concrete - Ouch!
I posted on my status yesterday that I was burning alive because the temperature was 75 degrees. Some of my SparkFriends from warmer climates were amused at my heat wimpiness. I live at 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. The temperature shoul... Read more
Trail Running, Bikes and Squirrels
As most of you know, I live in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Last Saturday I wanted to go to Mount Evans and run the Chicago Lakes trail. I can see Mount Evans (14,260 feet) from my house. There were serious storm clouds on the peak. Not goo... Read more
I fell off my Bike - So what else is new?
I am pretty banged-up. My wife told me that if I were a horse I would have to put down! My latest adventure was about a week ago. I fell off my bike. I have a Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike I call "Stumpy". This is a pretty fast bike,... Read more
Skinny Colorado and Bicycles
Part 1: We Are Getting Fatter
I recently read that Colorado has the lowest obesity rate all the states at 19.8%. Mississippi has the highest obesity rate at 34.4%. The study defined "obesity" as a BMI over 30. The bad news is that Colo... Read more
C25K Rehab - W3D1 - A bit of Speed
I want to RUN! I want to really turn loose and a fly. I want to have miles melt behind me and feel free! I want the exhilaration of taking on high mountain trails where angels fear to tread!
But I can't. I am hurt.
I am working ... Read more
C25K - W2D1 - What??
In March I signed up to run The Mount Evans Ascent, which is one of the meanest and nastiest road races in the world. This race starts at 10,600 feet of elevation and ends at 14,260 feet. The race is 14.5 miles and is all uphill.
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How is the knee?
Since I ran the Lake George 5K I have not taken a single running step, nada not a one! I have been trying to heal my left ACL. My knee was unstable during the race and hurt really badly.
I think I can start slowly working the knee. I am... Read more
Oh that hurt - Flatlander 5K Race Report
At 7:00AM I open the door where my oldest son is sleeping. In a hearty Foghorn Leghorn voice I shout, " Boy, I say boy!" My 30 year-old son, Ben, responds, "Dad, must you do that?" My sons universally hate my traditional wake-up method. O... Read more
SparkQuiz: You Are Almost Ready to Run! Huh?
Just for fun, and to earn a few spark points, I took a SparkPeople quiz, "Are You Ready to Start Running?" Here are the results:
"You Are Almost Ready to Run
You have the ambition and drive, but you still need a little more time t... Read more
Against doctor's orders - Long Scraggy Race report
Ok, I have never had an abundance of common sense. On Saturday, April 16th I step in hole on running down Webster pass. My left knee exploded in pain. I got an MRI. The orthopedic surgeon told me my left ACL was partially torn. She told me n... Read more
Wallowing in self pity - part deux
Recap: On April 17th I went for a run up Webster pass in Colorado. On the way back down the hill I stepped in a big hole with my left leg. My knee immediately started to hurt and didn't work well.
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Wallowing in self pity
I decided to go to the doctor about my left knee I injured while running on Webster pass on Sunday. Big mistake! I pretty much thought the knee was getting better. The swelling had gone down. The knee wasn't as a purple and I could bend it. ... Read more
Just call me gimpy
I need to do some high-altitude training. I decided to run up Webster Pass. I decided I would run up the road until I ran into impassable snow drifts. This road is good training for the Mount Evans race. Webster Pass is relentlessly uphill. ... Read more
Cheap Fitness Equipment and Bicycles
I generally blog about running. I need to start hitting the weights. So this is a blog is about weight training. Or rather, how my wife, Annette, got started lifting weights. My wife is frugal to say the least. When I go to the grocery stor... Read more
The Killer Hill
I did a training run on North Table Mountain. This mountain is an extinct volcano that was active when dinosaurs ruled the earth, or as my wife says, when I was a junior in high school!
I like to run in new and interesting places. I like ... Read more