Recovering, 5ks, and costumes

I was reading Runblogger this morning and came across these videos. Ever since my achilles problem after the Asheville Half Marathon in September, I’ve been reading a lot about injury prevention and recovery, and so I found this to be really interesting.

By |November 30th, 2010|Running, Work|2 Comments

Sometimes it hurts

Sometimes a run can turn into the opposite of what had been planned. Thursday’s run turned into exactly that.

I generally plan for a run well in advance, but Thanksgiving (and my plans to see my family up in Balsam Grove, NC) threw last week for a loop. Add the facts that I was dealing with a touch of peroneal tendonitis, and that I had a 15 mile run planned, and I came up with a mess of a schedule.

So after some thought, we decided that instead of a rest weekend after the half marathon, I would run 15 miles instead of the 10 that we scheduled. That way, I thought, I would just push my 10 mile rest run back one week and have the added benefit of not being too tired on Thanksgiving day.

Black Balsam area.

Well that didn’t exactly work out. I had chosen a trail out at Black Balsam, as it would have been decently level. It’s a fun trail to hike and leads out to a designated wilderness area. It’s really pretty out there. Once I got to the parking lot, however, I realized the trail was soaked and there were sections with inches of standing water. I decided we’d try to climb up to the Art Loeb trail and run up there.

But, of course, that wasn’t going to work out as the wind was blowing like crazy. The only other people out there were bear hunters (who sit in their warm trucks while their dogs run around looking for bears to chase) and for good reason. It was freezing and windy. Eventually I decided to just head out to the Blue Ridge Parkway and run on the road. This was turning out to be a mess.

It was cold, windy, and foggy but we decided to get our 10 miles in anyhow. I was coming off of a week of not running due to my tendonitis, and we noticed the toll that was being taken. It was possibly the worst run I had been on in 2010.  But I stuck through it and actually enjoyed a few miles of it (mainly the downhill portions).

It was a tough run, and I learned a few things. I was reminded of the importance of sticking to a schedule or really allowing it to change.

Still, I had some fun and now know what’s needed in the future. On to this week of running.

By |November 29th, 2010|Family, Photo, Running, Travel|0 Comments


Just messing around with my camera.

By |November 23rd, 2010|Photo, Photography|0 Comments

15 miles

Sara and I ran 15 miles on Saturday. We were really only supposed to run 10, but since we’ll be in Balsam Grove next weekend, we switched the runs. We were pretty tired since we kinda needed a rest (well, a 10 mile rest) after the Soldier Half Marathon. We’ll just do 10 on Thanksgiving morning instead of 15. It’s going to be fun to run on a new trail. I always loved trail runs in Brevard.

Last night I made some great fried noodle cake, shrimp, and bok choy dish for dinner. I tried to make it last week but it was only ok. I got it right yesterday.

I suppose it would be a good idea to link to the recipe. Mark Bittman’s Crisp Noodle Cake with Stir-Fried Greens and Shrimp. Also, I don’t add any extra water, as we use probably twice the recommended amount of bok choy and it has a good bit of water in it. And I cook the shrimp in a separate pan with a tiny bit of soy sauce and some pepper, otherwise they get rubbery.

By |November 22nd, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

Data, Specifically Mine

It’s interesting to think how much of my life is documented. Through Facebook, Gmail, my Garmin GPS watch, and an iPhone alarm app I use, and photos I take, there’s not much left out. I’m not sure how I feel about that really. Privacy, blah blah, blah. Anyhow, take a look at some of it!

My run yesterday morning:

Data from me sleeping last night:

Went to bed: 11:53 Woke up: 5:48.
Total time: 5h 54m

Actually I’m at a loss as to what else to post. Oh, a photo.

I walked over this. Data!

By |November 19th, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

25 Years Ago Today

I was 3 years old and Calvin and Hobbes’ first comic was published.

By |November 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Talking About the Weather

Apparently it’s already come to talking about the weather. I lead a boring life. It was cold and raining yesterday morning, which led to some really pretty clouds in the afternoon.

By |November 17th, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

The Beaver Returns

I took a bunch of photos of this little guy at work, so I figured I’d show you how friendly he was.

By |November 16th, 2010|Photo, Work|1 Comment

Farmers Marketing

A small portion of the desserts available.

I drove down to the Dekalb Farmers Market yesterday.

By |November 15th, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

Running and Data

This never gets old.

Unless something has gone terribly wrong, I should currently be running the Soldier Half Marathon in Columbus, Georgia. I figure this is as good a time as any to talk about how I keep track of my running. Or something like that.

By |November 13th, 2010|Running|0 Comments