Nasty Habits

30 12 2008




Ahh, the running continues. I’m currently sitting at 13 runs in 15 days, which considering my lack of “running fitness” prior to starting this endeavor, I’m fairly pleased with. The calves are feeling MUCH better after taking those two days off…I’m still considering compression socks, though.  I’m trying hard to justify the cash those things require.  Shit, if they allow me to continue running my ass off without the calf pain I don’t see how I could afford not to get a pair.  Anyone know of any on-line deals??

The other day I took my dog Kloe out for a change.  Now she’s a nine year old, about 100 pound, American Bulldog.  We used to hike together quite often but over the years she’s slowed down.  Well the run probably did her some good but she kept me going at what felt like a 12 min/mi pace.  Then she slept for two days! I may have to self-sacrifice and commit to taking her out once a week; the running exhausts her but I can tell she loves it. And isn’t that the point??


Off-center look at the crazy runner hair.

Off-center look at the crazy runner hair.



Last night the girl and I ordered a pizza and watched Sweeney Todd.  Weird.  Kinda gruesome (in a fakish way) but we both really enjoyed it, though the music was somewhat laking…for a musical. I’ve re-fired-up the old Netflix account and today we’ll be getting Vantage Point.  The nice part about not having any TV service at home is that you are forced to entertain yourself in other, usually more productive, fashions.  BUT if you still just want to sit and zone out for an hour or so, there’s Netflix.

With our video tonight I’m thinking Indian food. There are a couple of potato samosas in the freezer, I’ve got a good recipe for vegan dahl saag, and  there’s a little curry pasta & edamame salad recipe I’ve got up my sleeve. YUM!


the holidays…

26 12 2008

Well the big one is over with.  Hope it was great for you, here, it was just fine.  I went on a bike ride, gave some gifts, gave a couple crappy ones, same was returned upon me, and tried to limit my food and booze intake..quite successfully, actually!


looking ahead

looking ahead

So the running is going fairly well, except for the fact that I think I’m experiencing some overuse strain in my calves.  That is, serious, fucking, pain immediately following my runs and general pain/discomfort the rest of the time. I’m not really cramping up or anything like that, it just feels like I’ve got pulled calf muscles.  Is this something compression socks would help with?  I’m considering getting a pair but they’re so damn expensive.

So I’ve taken a couple of days off. I figure that it’s better to accrue a few make-up runs now in the beginning than seriously injure myself and take a forced (and probably much longer) break when something fails. As it stands I’m on nine runs in eleven days.  I’m back into it tomorrow.

What is tomorrow?  My birthday.  More on that later.


lookin' back

lookin' back

Hot Action Cop

23 12 2008

The rain continues to come and go here.  Yesterday it poured…today it’s beautiful with a high in the mid 50’s.  Last night I accompanied the girl to her Christmas party the bar was having (her second job).  Neither of us really had the desire to go, but who can pass up free booze?  We ended up sandbagging all the games by winning the two we participated in (out of three) and also taking home the door prize, a neck massager. Wow.

Game 1: Pint glasses are placed on the floor on one end of the bar. Contestants must walk, while holding a quarter in the crotch, to their glass and drop the quarter in.  I was the sole winner in accuracy and then, for the tie-breaker, speed.  What can I say? Skills! I got a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar, which I promptly gave away.

Game 2: While one partner holds a banana in their mouth, the other has to peel and eat said banana using only their mouth. We kicked everyone’s asses.  I peeled and the ate the banana.  Presume what you will.  We won a bath pillow, head wrap, and eye cover, which we promptly gave away.

This morning I woke up fairly early and headed out for the daily run.  It was butt-cold and foggy so I was sporting my pants, bright orange top, and green buff.  Wanting some new(ish) scenery I took off towards downtown Tempe for a some construction dodging and puddle hopping, which can be at times be even more enjoyable than trail running.  At some point I decided to cut through the university stadium complex and crossed the road…which includes the new, but not officially running, lightrail system tracks.  Lightrail being Phoenix’s 20-year-late attempt at forming some resemblance of a public transit system. So there I was running along the tracks waiting for a break in car traffic when all of the sudden I’m pointed at and light up by a motorcycle cop. We had a nice (read: tense) discussion about how I could be killed or even worse cited and arrested.  I thanked (read: acknowledged) the officer for his warning and headed on my way, slightly miffed but also somewhat proud of the fact that my morning run involved policing.

Gotta say, that’s the first time I’ve been pulled over while running.  For adventure’s sake, let’s hope it’s not the last.

Twisted Blister

22 12 2008

Friday I made the not so wise decision to do my run w/o socks.  Things were fine until about the 25 minute mark when the hotspots turned into blisters on both feet.  I tried to run through the issue(s) on Saturday but quickly called off the attempt.  Yesterday, with a day of “rest” and a different pair of runners (my old Montrails) turned out to be a successful nearly 45 min jaunt.  Lesson learned.

I’m currently sitting inside Whole Foods leaching their internet connection and looking at the kooky weather that’s a-brewin’ up outside.  I’m no meteorologist but I’m going to give the metropolitan Phoenix area (from hear on  referred to as the basin) a forecast of rain.  Ninety percent probability I would say, in my quite un-professional opinion.

That means I gotsta go run the few errands I have real quick-like and get home so I can get in my thirty minutes of speedy feet w/o fighting big ‘ol fat rain, as Forrest Gump would say.

With that…have a good one and enjoy knowing that you’ll only have to deal with the “Spirit of Christmas” for less than four more days.  Ah the joy…I can almost smell it.

Liquid Sky

18 12 2008

It’s been raining steadily here in the Phx area…which is rather unusual, as you can imagine, for a desert.  Most Basinonians freak out when there’s water falling from the sky; the streets become filled with utter chaos as people don’t know how to drive in the rain.  So the perfect anecdote is to hit the trails for a run, which is what I would be doing anyhow.


uphill battle


trying hard to look badass


looking towards Tempe

It’s finally starting to lighten up..which is probably a good thing.  As as true trail runner can relate, there’s nothing quite as much fun as splashing through puddles and muddying up your shoes, but it’s also nice to have a clear sky to help clear your mind.

Kickin’ it off with hard nipples and blue hands.

15 12 2008


relentless forward motion

relentless forward motion

Day one of the big 100 runs in 100 days was a chilly 48 degrees and raining.  The bare minimum time of 33 minutes was accomplished but that’s just fine as this was my first run since the great flu/cold hit me last week.  As soon as I got home I hit the shower and crawled into the heated bed, scrolled to some random podcast and let the napping begin.  Not because it was a long run by any means but I think the cold weather makes me sleepy.

Today was also the first day of moving some stuff into the girls’ house…we started nice and easy with the essentials: the water cooler, lay-z-boy chairs, and bikes.  I’ve got my priorities.  Tomorrow is a little more of the same with some work mixed in.


over the washes and through the creosote...

over the washes and through the creosote...

One Day Away From 100 Runs / 100 Days

14 12 2008

It begins tomorrow.  The “official” start of my (base) training season.  A run is defined as any distance (within reason), at any effort, at a time > 30 minutes.  I can do two a day in order to bank runs but each must be a separate run.  This is going to roll through the holiday season all the way to March 24.

I’m most likely going to incorporate some benchmark test every two weeks just to see how the progression curve looks.  Immediate documentation will be very scientifically recorded using what any decent coach utilizes…Twitter.  The tag will be #100runs if you’re interested in following.

In other news, there really is no other news.  I’m about to trot off to work which will be followed up with yet another round of “flip this house.”   Hence my excitement over the running tomorrow.