Archive for ‘Health and wellness’

March 16, 2008

A Windy 19

Frank and I headed out for a 19.2 miler this morning armed with high-tech gear (fancy technical clothes, a belt to carry water, no cramping pills, and more) and hit the hill down to Fremont at 9:00 Am sharp.

It was a tougher run than last week – and I’m not sure why. Last week – I felt like it could have been race day -was chipper and springy, even on the hill. Maybe it was because Puja came along on her bike, and carried water and stuff so we didn’t have to. Or maybe it was warmer. Or maybe the steady climb each week from a long run of 10 miles all the way up to 19 has taken a toll.

In any case – neither Frank nor I felt great – but that didn’t stop us from finishing at an 8 minute pace (including the 2.6 miles from Gasworks back up to the condo) and it sure didn’t stop me from my 4th ice bath of the season.

That’s right – finish running, drink some chocolate milk, sit in a tub of ice. It’s a bit brutal – but it significantly eases the damage on your muscles. Follow it up with some Pho from the Thanh Brothers in Ballard (where every meal starts with a cream puff) and you’ve got yourself a pretty good day!

March 2, 2008

17 and Ice

Just back from a 17.2 mile run. Given that I live on top of a ridge – that means that the first 2.5 miles are easy, and the 2nd 2.5 miles – not so much!

I was nervous before heading out – I’ve been running with my brother Frank – but he’s been away – so for the last 3 weeks – each of us has had to go it alone – Frank running here in Seattle while I ran the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and then Frank running in Munich while I ran the Burke Gilman trail, and then (get this!) Frank running the treadmill at Heathrow while I ran – you guessed it – the Burke Gilman Trail!

In any case – it was a pretty good run. I took it easy on the way out, and this time (unlike last weekend) carried a bottle of with me. I have to say – so far – I recommend it highly. I don’t recommend having to carry the water bottle, mind you, but having the liquid and the energy was great.

I managed just about an 8 minute pace on the way out, and turned it up a bit on the way back – I needed to make up a bit of time to get ready for the hill on the way home. It was a tad windy, too – and both ways. I know that sounds impossible -but – really, it’s true.

The BGT winds and wends its way around – and so – sometimes (as Mark Knopfler would say) you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.

So – i was the bug for a few miles each way. But when I hit the hill on the way home – I felt surprisingly good, and managed to get home in just 90 seconds more than on the way DOWN the hill. So – all good.

So good in fact, that I stopped at the 7-11 and bought two 7 pound bags of ice, stepped into the tub with them and cooooled down a bit. All the way down to 96 degrees, as a matter of fact. And before you laugh and the visual, I’ll have you know that that really is the only way to ice your butt, quad, calf and hamstrings muscles!

Oh. And chocolate milk makes a great recovery drink. And meatloaf and mashed potatoes a great post run dinner!

Next week – 18!

October 31, 2007

Half Marathon Ahoy!

Frank and I are set (or getting set!) to run the Seattle Half Marathon. Challenges include:

  • Weather – it’s freaking November!
  • Training – I’m getting fat – Frank will wax me on the run
  • T-day – we both bake. Will I have to forego the apple pie?
March 18, 2007

Practice Makes – well – Improvement

My brother and I clocked 10 miles today at a 7:40 pace or so – not bad – particularly when you consider that we’ve been running about that speed for 15 years. It’s not quite as easy as it used to be, but it isn’t really that hard, either. Take a couple of guys who enjoy fitness, add in a long history of running, mix with a lot of determination, and some great conversation – and a 10 mile run passes pretty quickly. Like an hour and 15 minutes or so.
So – we might not be breaking any records these days – and we didn’t back in the day, either. But we’re headed in the right direction – we’re pursuing fitness and good company, just like we always have. Don’t wait – my brother and I can run 10 miles on any given Sunday because it is a part of our story. Maybe your story is cycling, or climbing, or weight lifting or volleyball, or – you name it. Go after it.