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Too Far - Too Fast - Too Soon
Wednesday, June 02, 2010      6 comments

I took my running clothes and shoes to work yesterday. Near my office is an open-space area that contains many miles of nicely maintained trails. Except for one big hill, the area is relatively flat. The elevation is a piddling 5,700 feet. I... Read more
My New Bike
Monday, May 31, 2010      10 comments

I have had to cut way back on my running. My IT band is still in the process of healing. Here is the rub - the weather here is magnificent. The trees have leaves. The sun is warm and inviting. Birds are singing. Wild flowers are bloomi... Read more
Just Do IT
Sunday, May 23, 2010      8 comments

I have been bad. On May 10th, during a 4 mile training run my left iliotibial band (IT band) decided it had had enough abuse and rebelled. My darn IT band exploded in pain. I was running really well when my IT band gave up the ghost. ... Read more
IT Band Rehab - One More Time
Sunday, May 16, 2010      11 comments

Almost every runner I know has nagging recurring injuries. Some have trouble with feet. My daughter battles plantar fasciitis. Knees give a lot of runners problems. My wife has knees that tend to pop and swell. A guy at my work is a triathl... Read more
Race Report - Lake George 5K
Saturday, May 08, 2010      14 comments

I am really starting to like quirky little mountain trial races. These races are not listed on any web site. Advertisement is largely by word of mouth. The organization is informal and somewhat amateurish. There are no race packs or electron... Read more
Proposed venue for 6 month run-off challenge with ELYMWX
Tuesday, May 04, 2010      8 comments

My good friend ELYMWX and I have embarked on a running challenge. Both of us will train hard for 6 months. In the first week in October we will race to determine who is faster. My fellow athlete is determined to run so fast that he will m... Read more
Next Race - Lake George 5K on May 8th
Tuesday, May 04, 2010      3 comments

I am drawn to high-altitude trail races. I live in the Colorado Rockies on purpose. I have been known to gripe about the lack of oxygen at extreme altitudes. Some of you have heard me curse the wind, cold and snow. I really don't mind winter... Read more
Long Scraggy 4-Mile Race Report
Sunday, May 02, 2010      7 comments

Yesterday was race day. I dragged myself out of bed at 6:00am. I looked outside. Icy snow covered the ground and wind howled through the trees. The temperature was 14 degrees F. I thought, "Time to go back to bed!" I had gotten in late fro... Read more
Delusions of Grandeur
Thursday, April 29, 2010      7 comments

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 5:00pm, it was time. Time to attempt a 5K PR. I am visiting Newport Beach, California. My 5K PR is 23:12 set in Phoenix in February 2010. I was shooting for a sub-22 5K. ... Read more
Run faster! RUN!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010      7 comments

As I write this blog I am in Newport Beach, California, on business. I arrived Monday, April 26th. I have yet to go running. But I am looking forward to a nice run in the warm weather and being able to breathe. As most of you know, I live at ... Read more
Oh, you make it look so easy!
Monday, April 26, 2010      5 comments

I missed a race on Saturday due to the weather. The roads were very icy. The race, Sierra's Run against Meningitis, was over 90 miles from my house. I was loath to miss the race. Unfortunately, there was no practical way to get there. I... Read more
That which does not kill you...
Sunday, April 18, 2010      7 comments

I was reading in Runner's World magazine about the virtues of hill workouts. The magazine says to find a hill that is 40 to 50 paces long. The magazine tells the reader to run up the hill. Walk down the hill to recover. Then run back up the h... Read more
Six month challenge with a SparkFriend
Sunday, April 11, 2010      7 comments

My SparkFriend, ELYMWX, and I have a 6 month running challenge. We have yet to work out the details. I personally want this challenge to be base entirely on speed. I think the winner should be determined by official 5K race times. Sinc... Read more
Worried runner running slowly
Monday, April 05, 2010      13 comments

On my last several training runs I found myself plodding along at a 9:30 min/mile pace. I started to get worried. I used have speed. I had been working on running at a steady slower pace. My efforts were rewarded – I was slow. Where did my sp... Read more
Oh, that really hurt!
Monday, March 29, 2010      7 comments

The temperature got up to 41 °F today, which is 9°F above freezing. Any temperature above freezing is a veritable heat wave. The ice and snow had melted off the roads. The roads were muddy but not slippery. With all this blazing heat, I could... Read more

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