Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Mixins: *Insert Witty Title Here*

Giggity Giggity RUNNING!
Never one to jump on TOO many bandwagons at once (anyone want to buy a used pet rock?) I haven’t fully embraced the three things Thursday post.  However, when I’ve got topics, you get bullets. Enjoy!


Garmin 910
With my Garmin 305 tucking itself nighty night in a warm state of hibernation - prepping to shit the bed (buttons working 3/4 of the time, dropping satellite) I knew that it was time to get something new.  So, like I teased a few days ago, this morning I finally bought a new Garmin.  Since I don’t buy a lot of things for myself that you can’t drink, this is a big deal.  Review to come shortly.

Going long makes me feel gooood
I’m finally getting back into the swing of a good rhythm with my running.  Yesterday during a easy recovery 6, I realized – I feel a LOT better mentally when I run near the peak of my training cycle. For me, that is somewhere near 70 miles per week.  I take great satisfaction in knowing that I’m extending myself to the near limits of what I can withstand day in and day out.  Now, to be clear, I’m not one of those mileage snobs that rants and raves about how "ohhh, I'm on day 57 of no showers, garmin free runs, and 20+ milers per day".  A year ago my max mileage was 45 miles per week and it nearly killed me.  Running distance, just like speed and how pregnant you are, “Well, I’m sort of pregnant” is completely relative. If you're running 20 miles per week and that makes you feel right as rain? Giggity Giggity.


10% Rule? That’s for smart runners
Now, just because I feel better mentally when I run higher mileage, that doesn’t mean that my body is all that much of a fan. Running is sort of like being on meth that way. Good for the mind, hell on the teeth body.  Unfortunately, due to my “lack” of time before my next big race (Eugene marathon) I’m ignoring the traditional 10% increase in miles per week and bumping it up anywhere between 20-25% per week.  In the last month, I’ve ran 24 (Knee injury), 43, 53, and this week will be 63. I’m doing fine, but my body is SORE making the adjustment.  My right shin, hamstring, and glute are usually pretty sore midrun until my body figures out that we are indeed not stopping and should just go with the flow.

Lent – Can’t I just give up my new year’s resolutions?
There are few topics that I don’t speak of on the blog.  With the 28 hour per day news cycle, I figure that politics and religion are pretty well covered. That said, this time of year people generally give up something for Lent and I’m at a loss for what to give up.  Of course, when I mentioned this to my wife, she was all too quick to mention more than a handful of things that I could quit doing.  I told her to stay out of my wheelhouse thanked her ever so much for her valuable feedback but comforted her that I had this one under control.  Truth be told, I don’t – but I can’t admit that to her.  What should I give up?

Pee Dot
Like I said, the reason why me actually buying the new Garmin is such a big deal is because I don’t buy a lot of running gear for myself.  Running shorts are the worst offender.  In fact, I still wear “running” shorts (read: basketball shorts, random whatever shorts) that I’ve had since high school – THIRTEEN YEARS AGO.  Anyway, this morning I came to the conclusion that if I were to buy running shorts I can no longer buy ANY gray ones.  You see, this morning during my 11 mile run, I was about a mile from home and I had obviously done a great job of hydrating. I had to go. Holding it for the few minutes seemed to be the best option until the urge became just a bit too overwhelming.  One thing lead to another and two drops of liquid created a perfectly visible damp circle on my shorts. Lovely.

I ran the last mile of that run at a 6:45 pace.  Time to get HOME.

16 comments:

gene @boutdrz said...

hahahah....just wait until you get older. sometimes when you thing you're 'done' and you aren't....and then you run....
and...
well...
yea.

Suz and Allan said...

That picture is awful but funny!

Katie said...

910?! SO JEALOUS!!

Laura is Undeterrable said...

Yay Eugene! Boo pee dot!

pensive pumpkin said...

I love you for owning that. Hysterical.

Also, there's a great photo of Fergie with a similar problem. I'm starting to think my Hubby's photographic memory is contagious. How do I remember this?

Char said...

I'm surprised that the elastic in your high school shorts are still holding up. They just don't make things like they used to.

Yo Momma Runs said...

Peeing your pants is so underrated. You're going to wash them anyway. Might as well put your detergent to good use.

Alma said...

The 10% rule is for pansies.

RunningfromScorpions said...

Haha, I also wear the same shorts that I have had since high school. Most of them are colors that make me look like I peed myself...always awesome to get those sorts of looks from tourists in the Inner Harbor.

Hope you like the 910. Can't wait for the review.

Jamoosh said...

I have given up Lent for Lent.

The Sean said...

Black Shorts.

BrianFlash said...

I with you on not buying new clothes. As part of my recent home move, I trimmed down my tee shirt inventory. I still had a multitude of t shirts from college (22-27 years old)! My running tops are pretty much all from former races - get them free and I can't seem to wear them out.

Pam said...

I think you should give up alcohol for lent.

BAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAAHAHA Yeah, okay, I couldn't even type that with a straight face.

The Triathlon Rx said...

Also have concluded that strictly black shorts will be purchased from here on out. Especially since I've been only biking... sweat seems to accumulate at the point of contact ie the saddle, and any shorts that are not black gives you the 'I just couldn't hold it!' look of shame.

Adrian {Happy Girl} said...

Woo hoo I just got my garmin 910x yesterday! I cheated and had the hubby do most of the set up for me, but I still have to learn how to use it, as it's my first big kid gps watch ;-)

I never wear gray when I workout because I hate visible sweat marks. As for the pee dot, yeah that's worse. Stick with navy or black and no one will know when you let a few drops of pee out!

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