Monthly Archives: April 2011

More Injury Woes…I need to work on my titles…

I’ve been promising and procrastinating posting some “real” content on here as of late for several reasons.  Some of which are legitimate; my work and personal life have been extremely busy as of late which means the amount of time I have to write is limited, and some reasons are pretty lame; I’ve hurt myself again and I don’t have a tonne of material to post right now (although I do have a handful of draft posts hanging around waiting to be put up…and please disregard my last attempt, if you were unfortunate enough to have tried to read it I sincerely apologize).  Regardless, I’m posting now and in my typical obsessive personality driven manner it’s going to cover a LOT of things so buckle up…or something…whatever…sigh..

First off, Record Store Day was a resounding success in my books.  The rain, while a major deterrent for some, didn’t hamper this camper, my slightly broken umbrella and I weathered the wet and I managed to score some great discs….yes discs, I still use CDs.  Even though RSD is mainly aimed at the vinyl hoarding Urban Hipster crowd, I managed to pick up some good stuff.  Sure, I didn’t get to indulge in some of the RSD special releases, but really don’t have the desire to change music formats AGAIN.  I’m already maintaining a decent CD collection which I can use in my cars, and a digital collection for portable uses, there’s not a lot of pluses to me adding vinyl into the mix.  Despite the derisive sideways glances from a gaggle of douchebags, my odd collection of new music and I came home contented.

In other news my marathon training has been coming along nicely, with last week’s speedwork session being a major plus for me.  Danni and I cracked out 7km of intervals at excessively speedy paces, and beat out the impending rain, so to say I was feeling good about things was an understatement.  Unfortunately, and fairly typically, something was looming around the corner waiting for me to drop my guard.  On my next couple runs I noticed a familiar pain first in one shin, then the other…it reeked of shin splints.  Last year at this time (while I was prepping for the same marathon ironically), I had a significant bought of shin splints in both shins and regardless of my attempts to fix them, time off seemed to be the only thing that really helped.  Rehashing this nugget from my memories I decided to take a few days off and chill out over the Easter weekend (which was a huge bummer because Saturday was PERFECT for a long run).  Sticking to the plan I decided to take my son for a bike ride Easter Monday, “no impact on my legs and I still get a workout in this should be perfect”… a perfect way to injure myself again totally unrelated to running.  About halfway through the ride I felt a sharp piercing pain in the head of my right quad. Awesome.  As a result I took this entire week off and told myself unconvincingly “this will help the shins, so it’s a good thing”.  I played my last hockey game of the season last night and the knee felt great, although there is still some pain doing non-linear exercise so I’m going to get my long run in tomorrow while we have a short respite from the rain.  I’ve designed a loop that should allow me a few “escape hatches” should the knee act up, but according to the plan tomorrow is supposed to be my first 30+km (20miler) of the season, so we’ll see how things go.

On that note, after using the McMillan Running Calculator recently it occurred to me that I’ve been running my long weekend runs too fast and it may be hampering my performance.  Since I’m usually in a rush to get back to the house to do one of the million things I have been putting off too long, I have been pushing the pace with the reasoning that by doing these runs at marathon pace I’ll be better prepared for race day.  In reality it may be the explanation for my shin and nagging knee pain…I’m SMRT like that.  With that in mind, this weekend’s run will be a good test to see if I can keep the pace at a reasonable level…which is totally counter to my excessive/self-destructive nature.  If I didn’t hurt myself repeatedly WHAT would I write about?

Gotta run kids, there’s work to be done….there’s ALWAYS work to be done….sigh

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Yet Another Shoe Giveaway – For Me not From Me

Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Review and Giveaway

Running & Rambling is having yet another shoe giveaway; Merrell is supplying a pair of Barefoot Trail Glove trail shoes

Here’s the full link:  http://www.runningandrambling.com/2011/04/merrell-barefoot-trail-glove-review-and.html

After reading R&R’s and other blogger’s review(s) on them (and finding them at a great sale price) I bought a pair of MT101’s for my (newly decided upon & upcoming) season of trail running.  The Barefoot Trail Glove is more of a minimalist shoe than the MT101 and would make a great option for strengthening my feet/ankles while allowing me to still put down some good mileage.  With that in mind, I’m posting this as an entry to R&R’s giveaway post, hopefully I can snag some free kicks!

Thanks for enduring my selfish indulgences, stay tuned for more of the usual.
Have a good one kids!

It’s That Time of Year Again…it’s Record Store Day!

April 16th is one of my favourite days of the year, that’s right it’s Record Store Day!  Where the idea is to get out and support your LOCAL…INDEPENDENT…RECORD STORE.  Forget Best Buy and the other big box chain stores, get down and thumb through through the collection at you local music vault.  Support your community, pick up something new and fresh, naybe venture a little outside your musical comfort zone?  Regardless, give it a whirl, you just may have some fun while you’re at it!

“The record store. Where true fandom begins. It’s the soul of discovery, and the place where you can always return for that mighty buzz. The posters. The imports. The magazines. The discerning clerks, paid in vinyl, professors of the groove. Long live that first step inside, when the music envelopes you and you can’t help it. You walk up to the counter and ask the question that begins the journey — “what is that you’re playing?” Long live the record store, and the guys and girls who turn the key, and unlock those dreams, every day.”

– Cameron Crowe (one time Associate Editor of Rolling Stone, Screenwriter for films like “Fast Times At Ridgemont High,” and Director of films such as “Say Anything…,” “Jerry McGuire,” “Almost Famous,” “Vanilla Sky” and “Elizabeth Town.”) – Stolen from the Record Day website

In conclusion, I leave you with this:  The Saints – Know Your Product (1978)

Marathon Thoughts Video

I had to laugh out loud when I spotted this video on dailymile and RunnerDude’s Blog

Have a laugh, and good luck to all you Boston runners this weekend.  Enjoy the experience!

Get Back to Work Maggot!

I need to be very careful at this time of year. April through June are very busy months in our house, each one busier than the last, which makes following a training plan very difficult. It’s bad enough that I miss about 25% of my workouts due to life commitments, and that my marathon is smack dab in the middle of that busy time, but this year I’m not following a written/defined/set-in-stone training program so blowing off workouts for “other” reasons gets easier and easier.

In addition to these road blocks, I don’t want to fall into the same pitfall as last year when I was prepping for my first marathon (ironically the same one I’m doing this year). In 2010 I decided to run a spring marathon and Ottawa fit the bill nicely. I ran the Around the Bay 30km in March (as I did this year), and was putting in as many of my workouts as possible. Unfortunately (I say that I lot on ITBhere don’t I?), after a few injury setbacks I had to sit out some of my runs but I made SURE to get in my long runs. The pain of shin splints and (unbeknownst to me) ITB flaring up prevented me from my weekday runs in, but the fear of the race pushed me to go long. In essence I was putting in 30+km (20 milers) with little other activity…..a recipe for disaster. In fact that’s why I’m doing the Ottawa Marathon again this year, it’s a redemption run. I need to be able to do this run in a decent time, without bonking horribly and having my IT band lock up at the 36km mark.

So far since the Bay run 2 ½ weeks ago, my training has been pretty good. My long runs are coming along nicely, I’ve been continuing with the speedwork I was doing pre-injury, but I’m starting to miss those mid week runs (small recovery runs, mid distance, etc.) and visions of last years collapse are flashing through my head. Last week was especially bad, as our schedules were so packed that my wife was quadruple booked on Monday night, add in poor weather and a few “other” issues and maintaining a decent amount of mileage becomes difficult.

On that note, I’m doing speed work again tonight and trying to break in some newer shoes (which I have a post coming shortly on). Hopefully it’ll be a productive night.

Have a good one kids!

“It’s better to burn out, than to fade away”

In case you can’t tell, I’ve been procrastinating. Procrastination is a funny thing, it’s usually done to avoid doing something boring, painful, awkward, or a combination of all three. In my case this past week, I’ve been procrastinating writing this post which in turn has motivated me to complete a number of normally productive and equally boring things, keeping my boss happy and getting a few items off my “To Do” list. Unfortunately, all “good” things must come to an end, so here I sit trying to find the words to write this post. Since I can’t think of a witty intro to this post I’m just going to delve right in, hold on this might be a bumpy one.

This past week I received a call from a good friend of mine, and immediately I knew something was wrong. After some bumbling, he finally spit it out; a mutual acquaintance of ours had committed suicide over the weekend. I sighed in relief, and instantly felt a wash of guilt hit me. I certainly wasn’t happy this guy was gone, but when you know something bad has happened your mind immediately goes to those closest to you. My friend on the phone had to “go for a walk” upon hearing the news, and here I am worried about those closest to me? Talk about getting a glimpse of your darker side.

To be honest the news didn’t surprise me, this guy had his fair share of demons. Despite my best effort over the past few years I was always kept at casually polite distance, I respected that and we fell into a comfortable back-and-forth cadence that maintained his privacy and my need to be cordial. Being in the same circle of friends however, you pick up pieces of information about people bit by bit and the puzzle picture starts to get clearer. After my initial guilty reaction, I probed for more information but there wasn’t much available. It wasn’t accidental, and very much premeditated.

After some consolatory phone calls, and putting the kids in bed, I had some time to digest the news. It was starting to really hit home. I was saddened at the loss, then angry at the selfishness of it and how it brought my own selfish thought to light….which made me embarrassed and more angry, then depressed, then concerned for those around me….etc. etc. Since that time I’ve come to a quiet acceptance about the whole thing, but I was definitely sent for a loop this past week.

Saturday is the wake, and things are getting back to normal, slowly but surely.

mmmm hmmmm…

I feel like this a lot

Beatles X Dead Kennedys?

I’m not a big fan of musical mash-ups.  I do enjoy the fact people are pushing musical boundaries, and being creative, but more often than not I’m left with the feeling the spirit of the original tunes have been betrayed.  Why rehash old material?  Can’t come up with your own music?  However  this mash-up is a little different in it’s approach, and to be honest I couldn’t help grinning as I watched it.

Check it out:  Ezawa

Ezawa’s animation combines footage of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show with the Dead Kennedys’ song “California Über Alles.”

Beatles on Sullivan Dead Kennedys

Rock and Roll kids!

The Top 10 Outside Magazine Photos Ever*

*Okay, maybe not EVER. Let’s just say in the last decade…and make that 13 photos..ten was impossible

Outside PhotosYes, I’m cheating.  I’m linking a post from Outside Magazine, which (as the title indicates) lists some of their best portrait photography.  I know it’s lazy blogging, but in reality who doesn’t enjoy learning at pretty people now and again?  Just so this post doesn’t come across as ENTIRELY shallow and soulless, the list includes fantastic athletes that have made strides in sports from tennis to cycling, rock climbing to surfing, triathlon to mountaineering so there should be something for everyone; guys, girls, and even us photography fans.

There is a more significant post coming, I just need to process some emotional information that’s been recently unearthed.

Have fun kids.