Thursday, September 23, 2010

Traveling Woes and Running

Bullet point style today.  Lots of updates, less time to update:

I've been traveling for work pretty much non stopped since I started (going on 8 years). You'd think that I'd be pretty good at the whole travel thing, right?  Well this week seemed to buck the trend.  Examples included:
  • When I called to book a taxi on Sunday night at 8pm, I didn't have a flight booked (I had been drinking, but no NyQuil so I am not sure why I forgot). So, I immediately scrambled to get one of those squared away.
  • No later than 10 hours after I booked my flight, on the way to the airport my cab blew out a tire on the Interstate.  I'm not talking "oppsies kind sir, it looks like I might have to pull this motorized carriage over"....I'm instead talking "oh shit!! **sound of blown out tire scraping the car fenders**".  Luckily my driver was able to call a different cab and I made it on my flight on time.  No word on if the cab driver was able to push his car to a mechanic.
  • When I went to put on my running clothes Monday night, I realized that I forgot t-shirts to run in. So this week I am using dirty undershits.  As much as I hate wearing a shirt while running, I refuse to be 'that guy' on the treadmill, chest hair flapping with every stride.  Besides, I have no chest hair anyway
  • And finally, the piece de resistance (triple word score!). For the first time ever, I brought two pairs of shoes to run in this week: my normal stability long run shoes and my lightweight trainers. Unfortunately, the pair of stability shoes is a "pair" of TWO LEFT SHOES. It seems that my pack-rat nature with old shoes has caught up to me.

Not me, but exactly what I look like:
Old shoe / new shoe - both left
In spite of myself, I have been able to get quite a few runs in this week.  Overall they were just OK.  I'm still battling with busy work schedules but I seem to be able to find somewhat of a groove.
  • Monday was a 5 mile recovery run with some coworkers at 8:40 pace.  It was at a relatively leisurely pace, but it was nice to dodge the skunks knock the rust off.
  • Tuesday I took an unplanned rest day partly due to crazy work schedules and partly due to feeling under the weather.  Obviously I need to take more vitamin C (that based on her blog comment, my sister thinks is likely compressed wood chips).
  • Wednesday: I was finally able to do something that resembled speed work.  7.5 miles overall at 7:08 pace with 6 miles at tempo pace of 6:50.
  • Thursday was an 8 mile marathon pace run @ 7:34 pace.  The miles seemed to slug along, mostly because I felt like I was running behind schedule.  Turns out, I was!  I rolled into work a pretty solid 20 minutes after I wanted to today.

Tomorrow is scheduled to be a track day.  My knee and quad are still a bit sore, but I'm hoping that they'll just figure shit out on their own.  Good strategy, right?

22 comments:

Jamoosh said...

It appears this week can only be described with a "DOH!"

Andrew Opala said...

"undershits"? hmmm I don't seem to have that in my wardrobe ... maybe an AZ thing.

I need to call your bosses ... they need to be told that we have a champion in the making and they are cramping his style!

Jess said...

Once, in college, I was drunk and put my shoes on the wrong feet, and my friends and I were at a party and I apparently kept telling everyone that "my feet were on backwards."

I lived with that phrasing for a few years.

Chad said...

I run in yesterday's undershirts all the time. How dare you dedicate a bullet point to that? Don't judge me!!

Runners Fuel said...

Good job getting things done while away!

AZ said...

What's worse, no shirt or an undershit?

Stacie said...

Sorry for all the excitement but it made for a great post :) Can I use the same treatment for my knee as you are attempting with yours? I truly hope that it works for both of us.

BTW~Check out my Three Things Thursday post.

RunningLaur said...

When it rains it pours. Especially in the desert.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Hey in Born to Run McDougall writes about the researcher who showed there is no benefit to putting your shoes on the correct feet. You're just ahead of/behind the new trend (not sure which).

C2Iowa said...

You never have a dull moment. Makes for an interesting read.

Ewa said...

I guess I can only wish you keep on having and interesting life or I'll have to find other blogs to read. :)
Two left shoes is certainly a message to you to start barefoot running.

Emz said...

love the "facepalm".

awesome!!

Adrienne said...

Traveling is EXHAUSTING. I don't know how people do it every week. Fun times opening your suitcase and discovering what you left out, and almost forgetting to book the flight. Once my husband was on the plane to Chicago and opened his planner to see that the meeting was in Denver. DOH!

aron said...

omg that just sounds like a hell of a week. hopefully the next one is better! i cant imagine traveling all the time, i would go nuts!

Chris K said...

As long as you don't forget those sweet compression socks, everything else is a just a minor bump in the road. You actually had a solid training week. No comment on how things went "internally" - you must be tired.

Matty B. said...

You know what you need, some Avett Brothers (you may like them) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abQRt6p8T7g (I hope you do).

Luke said...

Sounds like a lot of good workouts even if you had to run them in two left shoes.

kilax said...

You running schedule amazes me each week! I wonder if I will be able to run back to back like that again someday. I miss that!

Hope track went well. And you had appropriate shoes on. ;)

Colin Hayes said...

Man, I don't envy your constant travel schedule. Yuck. Things are bound to go wrong.

And you're right - your body parts will figure out things themselves. Like my right foot, which has figured out how to give me the finger.

Nice tempo run, btw, speedy!

Greg said...

Adam, do yo have any advice about running and jet lag/long a$$ car rides to hick states? I don't travel for work, but my wife's famliy is in Japan and I am a refugee from WV (I live in NC now), so when we want to see family it means either a long car ride or a trip around the world! I am just wonder how do you deal with the jeg lag and train? I just got back from the Bay Area, and I have been a mess all week, which turned this morning's run into something a kin to a punishment from God! Just thought I would pick you brain (not your nose!)

--Greg--

Spike said...

I once made almost that exact shoe mistake. But I grabbed a left Asics 2130 and a right Asics 2140. So the damage wasn't all that bad.

Megan said...

Yikes. Two lefties. How embarrassing?