Monday, December 12, 2011


Somehow when I ran the Detroit marathon, something bad happened.  My best guess is that while I was in pretty decent cardio shape, my leg muscles were way more trained for the painfully slow pace of ultras, and I simply went out faster than my legs wanted; the result, a hamstring problem.

It happened at about mile 6; didn't knock me out, but I did spend the rest of my sad event jogging and walking, and the back of my left leg, especially down toward the back of my knee really hurt!  In fact, the problem seems to be back.  I'm still getting out, but very bad runs, no more than 7 miles, including a GREAT deal of walking, and average paces approaching 10 minutes.  I'll admit though, the constant walking breaks really have made the runs enjoyable!  I've enjoyed the outside air, and in general it has been reminding me why I like to get out.  I am still however pushing it; the TS's event is lurking just around the corner, and I plan to be ready...

But as embarrassing as this has been, I'm more concerned not that someone has seen me, but rather they have heard the song I've been listening too on the I-Pod  - allot!  So I know what you're thinking, and I'll just say it; this song is NOT country!  Seriously, I hate Country music, so this cannot be country!  So if you happen to pass me and hear the song I've put on constant replay, I assure you this is not Country, but rather simply a nice tune, with a good singer.  After all, the song is happy, and never complains about anything, unlike country, and further there is an actual Melody too it, unlike most twangy, pig-kissing country music.  Seriously, I don't think it's POSSIBLE not to like this song!

No, it's not country, THAT would be EMBARRASSING!

Monday, December 5, 2011

So You're Tellin' Me There's a Chance!

For me the Blog is a funny thing; one minute I'm interested, the next I'm not.  Actually, the last 4 months have been incredibly busy for me, mostly working around procuring, and starting a new job.  So I started to peel off things that were not really "needed" demands of my time, and the Blog went.  But I admit I missed it a bit...

I saw a shirt at a recent event on the back of a runner; it said "I run so I can Blog about it"!  Sometimes I wonder really the purpose of blogging at all; is it for "attention"?  To practice your writing?  Well, for me its a bit of a "release", so that's why the entries don't necessarily stay on one topic, any more than in my head I stay on one topic, but the long and short is I think its time to start writing a bit again.  Ok, so runs?  The quick "Run Down".

Actually 2011 ended a bit better then 2010 did, with no long term injury (as I had in 2010 that cost me an entire winter of running, leaving me in sorry shape for the Spring of 2011).  But not this time; all is good.

1) 2011 Local 100 was plagued with rain, and for some unknown reason I quit at 100K.  Actually the 100K and 100 Mile people started together, and the pretense was that you could drop to the 100K and not DNF - even pick up a metal.  So I did that in the pouring rain.  No excuse really, I could have kept going, but just lacked motivation (note title of my Blog; I told you!)

2) Local 50 Mile - Actually ran pretty well really, a very even pace.  Not a PR, but a good day.

3) Detroit Marathon.  Came out hard (7:45 or so) and at 6 miles in had a hamstring pull.  I thought I was out of it, but limped, jogged, walked the remaining 20 for a rather sad finish of 4 hours, but still pulled it off.  Hamstring is still there a bit, not sure what's up with that.

4) Detroit Turkey Trot 10K - Allot of fun!  Total log jam, lined up way too far back, and had a horrible time, but a great time!

So I'm signed up for the Trail Slammers Mid-Slam-Grand-Something-Something-Run-Walk-Race-Something Thing.  Actually this I'm hoping to be a motivator; I plan to race a lot in 2012 to train; that works well for me.  Already signed up for a few marathons as training runs, but the short of it is I think I'm doomed....

1) Kettle Moraine - ran this before and dropped at 50 miles or so.  Had been a blistering hot day, and then became a torrential downpour.  I believe only 4 people finished the full 100 that year.  My chance of finishing, 1:20.

2) Mohican's - it will be way hot, I'll shrivel up.  1:40

3) Burning River - Even hotter.  1:60

4) Hallucination - That one is pretty easy, usually cool out.  1:20

So, my overall chance of finishing this is about 1 in 4,000 I think, which really are better odds then usual!

So Jim just asked Mary "What the chances are of 'a girl like him ending up with a guy like her...'".

"So your telling me there's a chance!"