Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Take It Out on the Street

You've heard the term, "Take it to the curb" or "Take it to the street."

It's referring to either trash (like... you're trash and get outta here) or you want to fight and someone tells you to take it outside to the street so you don't bust up a joint.

Sometimes you have a bad day at work and you gotta get it out of your system. Go for a run instead of taking it out on your spouse or friend, kids, parents, co-workers, fellow commuter.

Take It Out on the Street. Make the street pay for every bit of anxiety you have pent up inside of you. Every stride, every footstrike. Take It Out on the Street.

Take It Out on your Legs. Stride out a little more. Open it up. Kick back and make your hamstrings know about your day.

Take It Out on your Lungs. Increase your turnover. Pump your arms. Hit that anaerobic threshold and go till it burns and your legs start to feel like lead.

Take It Out on the Street. And when you go to work tomorrow and you still feel that run in your legs and your feet, you'll think about how you kicked the street's ass the day before instead the report that's due at 4.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blisters It Is

I haven't had any blisters in awhile. It was definitely time to end that.

Why did I get blisters if I have the same sneakers, I didn't run very hard, and my socks were dry?

I couldn't figure it out right away, but after some thought, I realise that I was holding my arms a little out from my side and higher than normal. If I did that, I may have altered my turnover and strike.

Did I mention that I put 10 pounds on during the holidays and I still haven't lost it? Yeah. That sucks still.

Well, I ran about 5 miles. I cut it short by about a quarter mile, though, because my feet were just killing me. I tried at different points to use a heel strike while lowering my center of gravity and raising my thighs on beginning of my stride. That helped while I could, but that was really hard to keep up.

That was Monday PM. Great to get out. This is such a great time in Orlando. It must have been around 70 degrees.

Tonight, the blisters won before I got out the gate. I went to the gym and logged 15 minutes on a bike. Added 3 sets each on the biceps, pecs, and abs and jumped back on the FlyScooter and headed home.

My abs are going to hurt tomorrow. Can't wait.

Oh yeah, my gym - Metro 24/7 Fitness in downtown Orlando is starting a runners group. They will be every Tuesday at 6AM starting February 3rd. I signed up. I don't know about the AM part, but I'll give it a shot.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Starting a New Year of Running

I haven't been out running since I ventured into the cold around Thanksgiving in North Carolina. I have put on 10 pounds since then and I surely can feel it and I want all 10 of them to go away.

There's one easy way to resolve this. Get out and run!!!

So I did.

I went out on Saturday afternoon and ran my 2.5 mile loop around Lake Ivanhoe. I had a little chest tightness towards the end and had to slow down a little, but I made it. I probably averaged around 12 min/miles.

I ran again yesterday after work and did the same 2.5 mile loop. This time I had no pain; my legs felt good and probably averaged around 10 min/miles. The last half mile I sped up and got down around 8 min pace, but that made me cramp in my middle back. That wasn't fun, but I pushed through it since I only had a little way to go.

Definitely paid the price for the speed (not really fast, but I was pushing myself). I woke up sore and took a Bayer aspirin first thing in the morning. I've been told to take Aleve due to its anti-inflammatory properties, but my father passed out after taking one and broke his grill a few years back. Having the same genes, it makes me worry if I will wake up with no front teeth after taking one. So.... Bayer it is. It may not help me heal faster, but it definitely cuts the pain down.

I hope to keep up the momentum and continue running and subsequently keep on blogging.

Happy New Year to anyone out there reading and Have a Great Run Today!!!