Saturday, May 28, 2011

Train to improve your downhill attack.


Many runners don't give downhill running much thought. It's pretty easy to run fast downhill compared to running uphill, so it's just not generally a training focus. Plus, there is the allure of conquering the hill through brute force that appeals to the human spirit. Regardless, there are some real benefits to focused downhill running, however. After all, many race courses are hilly loops with as much downhill running as uphill, or one-way net downhills, and a great strategy for running these courses is to conserve energy while going up, and attack on the downhill.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review: Pearl Izumi Streak II

Pearl Izumi Streak II Running shoe
I had the opportunity recently to test drive a pair of Pearl Izumi Streak II shoes. This was no easy task and took longer than expected, because I've been hampered by some lower leg injuries, but I managed to get out and take a few shorter runs in them, ranging from 2 miles to 10K.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Out on a Limb

You read the title correctly. I have decided to go out on a limb. It's a small limb, but it's an effort to come out of the injury doldrums, and pique my enthusiasm for running. The limb I'm talking about is a race, actually. It's the Houska Houska 5K, a local race that benefits the Poudre Valley Health Bone Marrow Donor Program and the the Poudre Valley Cancer Center.

The event is run on the same day as the much larger Memorial Day 10K race with the initials BB, and like the larger event, many participants wear costumes at the Houska Houska. The event is family friendly, and includes live entertainment, good, games and activities (for kids), and a contest for adults, children, and dogs for the best costume based on this year's theme "Saturday Night Alive."

Initially, I was planning to register for the BB race, but with so little running recently I've decided not to push my luck with a 10K race. I'll be missing out on meetups with friends from out of town and a handful of others I know from dailymile, but I'm sure I'll know a few people at the Houska Houska as well. In fact, I'm really looking forward to it. I'll have to make some other arrangements to meet up with my out of town friends.

So, if you're in Fort Collins, and planning to run the Houska Houska on May 30, 2011 drop me a line or leave a comment. There's a good chance we'll see each other at the event.  The Houska Houska is a great race serving a worthy cause.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A different kind of balance

At the beginning of February, I strained my tibialis posterior muscle, and developed a chronic tendinitis in the associated tendon. Since then, my running has dropped to barely tolerable levels, and the cycling I thought I could do to maintain condition has turned out to be too much for my tendinitis as well. As I was healing, I started a new job, and because I expected my tendinitis to subside, I assumed my biggest challenge would be the work/life balance thing. I was wrong.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Colorado Marathon 2011: Final Chapter

Well, the Colorado Marathon has come and gone, and in the end I wasn't even able to participate due to a nagging case of posterior shin splints. I don't have any grand insights from the long term training gap this issue has caused me, and I won't be writing a big article the chronicle my disappointment in not being able to run on race day. Instead, I'll simply plan to reload and look for my next opportunity, and as I am able to get back to running regularly, I'll plan to refocus again on some of my goals for short race distances (5K to Half Marathon).

Maybe I can finally get that sub-20 minute 5K goal taken care of? Now that would be something else to wright about.

Cheers all.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A short reflection on the experience of running

The experience of running is integral to our existence. It’s not some painful, injurious pathology of our youth that makes us less vital or worn out in old age, as some would have us believe. On the contrary, it’s one of the experiences that makes us all more vital in body and mind at any age. The direct experience of running puts us in touch with what is real, right now, in this moment--if we let it. If we go through the motions, we can still gain from running, but we sell ourselves short. Through experience comes wisdom, but experience doesn’t come from going through the motions while our minds are elsewhere or willfully distracted from our senses. It comes from being fully engaged with our senses. So, pay attention and run. Learn from the experience every time you do it.

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