Hey – You’re doing that wrong!

elliptical failI got out of my normal Sunday routine today, mainly due to oversleeping.  I had intended to get out to the gym before running my daughter to CCD at the local military base.  I hit the gym there, instead of my normal one.  It’s a smaller gym, but the intent today was just to get some intense cardio in, so it’d do.

The gym wasn’t particularly crowded, and I was able to get on a treadmill for a quick warmup before jumping on the elliptical for a hard 45 minutes.  I really wish I could just run, but…Achilles.  😦

Things went just fine – a little stiffness from the outset, which subsided after about 10 minutes.  About five minutes later, a guy got on the machine to my left and just started flailing away.  He was going hands-free, which is all well and good, but his arms were everywhere.  He put that thing on max incline, and commenced to bouncing wildly.  It was really something to see. Continue reading “Hey – You’re doing that wrong!”

Does music really help distance runners?

runnin-benMany  runners won’t hit the road without their headphones on, with a specially-chosen playlist for running.  For them, it’s an essential part of their gear.  That said, others dismiss running music as a “crutch” that shouldn’t be used.  “Enjoy the scenery,” they say.  “Be part of the community” instead of isolating yourself behind noise-cancelling earbuds. Continue reading “Does music really help distance runners?”

What to do with unwanted down time?

So I can’t run right now.  Since it’s early in the year, I feel like I should be developing my annual plan, but I have no idea when I’ll be back on the road.  I don’t think the last treatment on the Achilles (PRP injection) went well enough to be optimistic, so I suspect more is in store on that front.  More treatments, more down time.

So, now what? Continue reading “What to do with unwanted down time?”

Why do I run?


It’s hard for me to explain to my non-running friends why I like running.  I don’t always love it.  In fact, there are times I hate it.  I’m not always as successful as I’d like to be, but I keep at it anyway.

And they don’t get it when I say that even though I have been injured a lot over the last few years, that it’s part of who I am.  It always has been, and probably always will be.

I remember watching Bruce Jenner finish the 1500m, as the last event of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon.  For some unknown reason, that really captured the attention of my six-year-old mind.  Continue reading “Why do I run?”