That is one hell of a photo.

This was just as I was finishing the Elf Trot 5k (in 20:22, 9 seconds off of my PR, damnit). Possibly the worst photo taken of me. It was freezing and raining, as you can see, and I just wanted to be finished. All excuses aside, that’s just bad. Plus it looks like I’m almost heel striking there. Lazy.

Not surprisingly, Sara loves this.

In other news, be sure to check out Running and Rambling’s giveaway today if you happen to be looking for running tights.

Also, I might have to ‘work’ another 5k this Saturday, so we’ll see what photos come out of that.

By |December 9th, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

Winter Running Motivation (or lack thereof)

Flying south for the winter.

It’s been damn cold lately, especially at 6 a.m. Couple that with the fact that I’m finally starting to feel better and trying to get back to my regularly scheduled training plan, and you might be able to see why my motivation has been slipping a little. It’s still there somewhere, but sometimes it really helps to find some external motivation as well.

By |December 8th, 2010|Running|3 Comments

My Favorite Trail

I love running out at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The trails are some of the best I’ve seen around Atlanta, and there are plenty of miles of them.

By |December 6th, 2010|Photo, Running|3 Comments

Birthday weekend, 9 second 5k

I ran the Elf Trot 5k.

At 4 I headed over to the Elf Trot 5k. I was planning on running it in a squirrel costume from work to promote the 10k race we have in February, but it was raining and I didn’t want to ruin it. Instead, since my peroneal tendonitis felt like it’d cleared up, and it was raining and 50 degrees, I decided to just go out and really run the race.

I was a little upset I hadn’t brought my Garmin 205, but I did at least have my regular digital watch, so I tried to check that at the mile markers. However, they had numerous markers and at seemingly random points in the run, so it didn’t really help.

I ended up running a 20:22. I’m really happy about it because I’ve been injured lately and also I haven’t been doing any speed work. It’s good to know the miles I’m putting in are getting me in pretty good shape anyway.

They gave out a ton of trophies at the race (top finishers and top three age group finishers) and I won my age group, so I got a trophy. This thing is pretty funny since its a bobblehead, but actually really annoying because it’s fallen over twice, broken its neck once, and broken its arm another time.

It’s really tough to glue a bobblehead back on to its body, by the way.

By |December 5th, 2010|Family, Photo, Running|0 Comments

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. http://www.summitpost.org/black-balsam-knob/153843

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

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

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

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