Friday, February 29, 2008

A Day of Rest

I moved my strength training day to Thursday this week, which means that today is a rest day. Woot!

Josh and I had a few of the last $2 pints at the KBC after work

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rock it out

On Tuesday, I was convinced that my shin splints had returned. I had all the symptoms that I've had the previous four years I've battled the stupid things. But, after stretching the hell out of them Tuesday night and Monday afternoon, and switching back to my road shoes, I was able to run my scheduled 3.5-miler yesterday and I totally rocked it out. The report doesn't show pace, but I ran almost a mile-and-a-half in the 10:00-10:40 minute/mile range. Okay, it was downhill for a good portion of that stretch, but still. That's the fastest I've run for a distance longer than just sprinting across the street ever. This is pretty significant for me. Here's the report.

The only downside is that I'm now running in my road shoes. I didn't anticipate using them for another month, which means they're probably going to need to be replaced before the HM. These shoes have been discontinued and are rather difficult to find. I might have to consider moving to the newer model.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Suck, suck, suck!

What made today's run bad:

- the blister from yesterday
- socks that wouldn't stay up
- running later than usual due to an after-work haircut
- slight stomach ache
- dead battery on the 205

I'm back to the slant board, Ibuprofen, ice, elevation routine which TOTALLY SUCKS.

This may mean I have to hit the gym tomorrow after work for some cross training on the elliptical machine in replace of my scheduled 3.5 mile run.


Monday, February 25, 2008

Week Three

Nice day, decent run. My YakTrax gave me a blister on my left foot. I'm going to have to start taping my foot until it heals up.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Final Run, Good Run


My final run of the week was I had a nice one through Laurium this afternoon. I overdressed for the 26-degree weather so I was peeling layers off by the end of the first mile. I like running in Laurium. There are lots of huge, old houses to look at to take my mind off whatever part of my legs are aching. Everybody's yard is full of snow now, but it'll be interesting to see what's under all the snow come spring. Which, indicentally, can't come soon enough. I am so over winter and snow and cold.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

More reports

Two workouts to report. I had snow to do on Tuesday so I replaced scheduled two mile run with 70 minutes of snow removal. Today when I left work, it was nasty cold so I finally got that gym membership. Three miles on the dreadmill with a 10-minute walk on either end followed by 30 minutes of strength training and 10 minutes of stretching.

Tomorrow is my day off. Yay!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Slow, yukky, cold run

So, I probably should consider getting a punch-card at the gym. My run today was cold, windy, snowy and generally unpleasant. My legs were killing me from the squats & lunges I did yesterday and it was hard to keep them moving. I gutted out my scheduled three miles and caught a ride back home with Josh.

Here's the report

This was also my first run in my new Mizuno Wave Ascend 2 trail shoes. Smooth ride, but they'll need some breaking in.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Week one, done

I skipped cross-training yesterday in favor of some after-work beers with Josh and James at the KBC. Added a set of sit-ups and push-ups after my run today to make up for it. My new shoes should arrive on Monday, yay!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Day Three

Day Three report

Ran in my old Mizunos. My feet stayed reasonably warm, but not dry. Need to get those new trail shoes......

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New toys are fun

The new phone arrived yesterday. It's a Treo 680. One of these days I hope to have the thing figured out.

Day Two, I need new shoes

I need new trail shoes. Preferrably something with GoreTex weatherproofing to keep my feet warm. I've been running in my ages old Montrail trail shoes and, while they keep my feet nice and warm, they've had it in the cushion & support department. Bummer, because they (were) comfortable, the tread is awesome and when combined with my Yak Trax, I feel like I could run up a wall.

Here's Day Two.

Monday, February 11, 2008

And so it begins

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What to do, what to do....


Journeys HM
Eagle River, WI
May 10th

Grandma's HM
Duluth, MN
June 21st