Wednesday, September 22, 2010

defecating ecstasy

The first week of the 10 week base build up is behind me and I couldn’t be happier. Finally starting to feel like a runner again, even slogging along listening to the Ipod by myself. Did a couple of dumb things this week, that I hope don’t come back to bite me in the ass. Also, did a few smart things, hopefully to offset some of the dumb moves.

Doing dumb things usually always leads to an injury. One quick way is to increase mileage to quickly. The old rule about not increasing your mileage by 10%, is pretty sound advice that I always seem to ignore. This time I went from a long run of 9 miles to 14 miles. I hadn’t run 14 miles in 3 months. But, the boys were running that far, I needed a long run and it felt good. I did ice my legs afterwards, not really ice so much as cold water in the shower, but same end result. Legs felt great.

On the smart side of training, I am doing my own workouts. Yes, I’m training with the guys 2-3 times a week, but we all are pretty much doing our own paces for most of the workouts. I’ve resisted the urge to try and run their paces or distances. Maybe, in a couple of weeks, not yet though. (Except the 14 miles) Actually running by myself a couple of days per week is beneficial because I don’t get sucked into someone else’s workout.

Still putting music on my latest Ipod (third generation Nano). This will be the third Ipod I’ve owned in the last 3-4 years. I wore out the first generation shuffle, and inherited Dylans second generation shuffle. It’s still working, but I couldn’t pass up an 8 gig Nano display model that was on sale. I’ve been pretty lucky with my Ipod’s, The first one lasted close to 3 years, before the battery would no longer hold a charge. Speedy has destroyed a number of different MP3 players, because electronics and water don’t do so well together. I just put mine in a plastic baggie. He must sweat more than me. I know he runs a lot faster. All of the newer generations of Ipods don’t appear to be very runner friendly, especially with the touch screen.

Heard the Bowie lyric this morning on my slog. Forgotten how much I enjoy listening to the MP3 player when I run by myself. Listened to the new Tom Petty CD/album, Mojo, this morning while I was surfing the net with my morning cup of coffee. Really like the bluesy guitar, evident in almost every song. Need to pick up a couple of Mark Knopfler CD’s, more great guitar work.

This Bud's for you, for free. Ha, no thanks. I'll take a craft beer any day.

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