Monthly Archives: February 2013

Next stop NHL

Did a little snowshoeing this weekend but the storm kept me busy cleaning up snow for a few days.  Trails are no good to run at this point so not much to report on that front.

Been working on my food intake and it’s amazing how insidious sugar really is.  I had some this weekend and the cravings and moodiness that followed on Monday were eye opening.

Had crossfit last night

Did ok, still working on form and not letting the clock dictate how I workout. (You can see me doing the barbell sumo elbow is lower than the other..grrrr)  If I get 3 good reps in then so be it.  Sat around with the group and tried a few new beers, There were samplings of an Imperial IPA, Imperial Stout and a few selections of Magic Hat’s newest series.  Had a rather large dinner of Cod, asparagus and Sweet potato’s….looked at the clock and realized I had to be on the ice in 10 min.  I was convinced I was going to hurl and suffer serious heartburn.  I had managed to keep my food intake to nothing but veggies and protein all day.  No refined carbs.  I know in the past I would never be able to eat as much as I did then go play hockey without being a burping sloppy mess.

I ended up scoring a goal, had an assist and probably playing the best game I have played in a long time.  Not a single stomach issue and I skated hard every shift.  I felt more alert, more in-tuned with what was going on and just being one step ahead of my usual self.    Maybe there is something to this Paleo thing.

Going to explore the trails tonight. I think they are going to be too soft to run but worth exploring anyways.

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Great Running quotes

Sort of inspired by Heathers post on the word obsession.  Found this on Reddit

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life”. A collection of inspirational quotes by George Sheehan.

I stumbled across this quote by George Sheehan earlier and I think it captures why I run rather beautifully, so I decided to look him up and I found loads more amazing quotes so I thought I’d share!

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”

“The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.”

“There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.”

“The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.”

“For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.”

“Have you ever felt worse after a run?”

“Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one.”

“Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon.”

“Like most runners, I always want to do better. I am constantly after myself for eating too much and training too little. I know if I weighed a few pounds less and trained a few hours more, my times would improve. But I find the rewards not quite worth the effort…I am forced, therefore to do the best with what I’ve got. I must get my speed and distance from the most efficient use of my body.”

“To know you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner.”

“To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain–not only accept it, but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it.”

“Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.”

“Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.”

“Fitness is a stage you pass through on the way to becoming a racer.”

“Success rests in having the courage and endurance, and above all, the will to become the person you are.”

“We who run (marathons) are different from those who merely study us. We are out there experiencing what they are trying to put into words. We know what they are merely trying to know. They are seeking belief, while we already believe. Our difficulty is in expressing the whole truth of that experience, that knowledge, that belief.”

“The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one’s own person, utterly and completely.”

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My Cat is licking my head

She thinks I’m filthy..again.

My running partner is broken.  Could be two weeks , could be two months.  What is somewhat amusing is that she hurt herself doing jump squats and not running.   I suggested that once she is back at it that she should back off on the Plyo stuff and maybe just stick with the lifting and running.  Not that she should listen to me since this is probably my fault.  I feel like I should have been slowing her down.

Lesson learned.  Not going to let her run until the hamstring is 100%.

Went running on Sunday.  The trails are a bit tough right now.  Mix of crusty snow and ice.  I should wear spikes but it’s only about 5% of the trail that needs it…but when it’s needed…

I ran sketchy guy  and set my second best time while keeping my heart rate at 142 and lower.  Starting to see some slight improvements. I really won’t know for sure until I can get some consistent trail conditions.  It’s called sketchy guy because the trail runs along the property line of some asshat who likes to intimidate people who use the road that leads to his house and the trail. It’s a town road and the trail is not on his property but he think’s he’s mayor of that part of town.

Decided not to run tonight because of the wind and cold.  It’s getting old…I can deal with the cold but the wind takes everything out of me.

So instead I’ll share some sites I’ve been heavily reading.

Trail runner nation – A lot of great podcasts.

Natural Running Center – I feel like I’m about halfway there of figuring out this running form.  I need to work on it still.  He has some great drills I want to incorporate.

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I need me a sheep

I noticed my writing lately has been pretty poor.  Trying to be verbose with very little time to write gets messy fast.  I shall try to do bettah.  (I kid)  PottyMouth had a birthday today.  She celebrated by dropping the f-bomb a few times.  Best quote of the day  “Hahaha that’s fucking ironic and disgusting all at once!”

I took delivery of a new running shirt.  Base layer I got from LLBean.  (xmas giftcert)  It was made of Merino wool, first piece of clothing besides socks that I have tried.  It felt really cold old out so I layered up.  Didn’t realize how warm the wool was. I was overheating pretty much from the start.  I ran sketchy again. I was struggling with getting my run apps working.  It wasn’t until about one mile in that I noticed that I had not turned the volume on the phone up.  (I like to have it reporting my heart rate every 30 seconds so I can stay at 140ish)  So – it was a mess.

I had been in a pretty shitty mood and it took a lot of will power to get out the door.  I’m glad I did, once I started running I felt great and was just happy to be out in the dark and in the woods.  Once again should have brought the yaks.

It was over pretty fast..could have run all night but it’s been several days again so I gave it a rest for the night.  I’ll run some more tomorrow and maybe put in a long run on Sunday.  Going to be cold all week again.

Been somewhat Paleo for the past couple of days.  I won’t lie..still having beer.  Other than that I have been 100% sugar and grain free.  I told Lise that instead of the ups and downs I usually have I have just been down and a miserable ass the past few days.  That’s why I stole her beer.

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