Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Runner's diet

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Mostly a reminder to myself this time but as I write and you read, you can pick up the reminder too.

Running regularly means you need to get proper fuel to power the body. Yes, your diet, what you eat is important.

There are many diets, some fads, but also some basics. One the of the most basic facts comes down to a little math. If you eat more than you burn (with exercise) you wil gain weight.

Hence, when you stop running to rest your knee, you also need to start cutting back on your food intake (right,Steve) so you won't put on any weight.

This was part of the discussion amongst the Pacers who gathered for the Cole's tavern run last Thursday. I went for the company and stayed for a drink or two but did not run.

At the Dodge Poetry Festival, I'll need to get some walking in and been mindful of the food intake.

Can't wait to be back running. Less worry about food then.

Do you watch what you eat?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Wil - Just wasn't her day

From Wil writing at Through th3 Wall about her DNF at the Wisconsin Ironman. As I read of her progress and preparations, she was ready for everything but the extreme weather conditions that occured on the day of the event. And so after all that, it just wasn't her day.
Moving on, I think what’s next must come with age and experience, which is also ironic because you’d think the older and wiser you got, the braver and more fearless you’d be. But you know, I think it’s the opposite. I think if you manage to find yourself on the right track somehow, sans a slew of overcompensation... the more you know, the more you have to question and even fear, and the more you need people to steady you from time to time. I suppose this is where I found myself when my invincible youth started maturing.
Be sure to read her recap in order starting here
It will take a while to read her recap but it is worth it.
One DNF does not make her anything less than the quite accomplished woman, mother, teacher, tri-athlete she is. You can do it, Wil!
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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Biking today

Continuing my knee resting program, I joined a couple of Pacers for the 'brick' portion of the workout today taking the ride for about 10 miles from the Big Apple around Franklin and Wrentham. The knee felt normal during the ride. I was able to maintain contact or at least view the others for the flat and incline sections. They took off on me during the declines. Something about speed and fear of falling at my age held me back. Now, I was going pretty fast but they were going faster. One clocked 29.5 MPH on the long down hill section along Summer St.
As they were joined by some others for the short run (3.5 miles), I did another short bike ride exploring some of the side roads off Vine Street. Then camera in hand, I walked out the course to meet them coming in. These candid shots are not rotating on our Flickr photo block on the Pacer web page.
I uploaded a bunch of others to Flickr that I'll post from as the week progresses.
May the roads/trails be kind to you!
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Big Apple Short Route Scenery

Tabblo: Big Apple Short Route Scenery

The Norfolk County Pacers use the Big Apple in Wrentham as their starting point for their Sunday runs in the Fall. The scenery is classic New England and the roads can be challenging. This is a nice combination for running a good workout. ... See my Tabblo;

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Big Apple

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The new starting point for the Norfolk County Pacers Sunday morning runs. The Big Apple is located on Arnold St in Wrentham, just over the Franklin line.

This location provides some challenging routes and gorgeous New England scenery.

Come and run with us.

Check out the schedule at Norfolk County Pacers' home page!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Resting medicine

I met the Norfolk County Pacers as they gathered for the tempo run tonight.
I did not run with them, electing instead to ride my bike over. The first thing a doctor would say is rest, so I will give my knee problem a rest. Well, from running at least. It was fine walking. I take the stairs to the 8th floor at work each day. The ride over to the starting point (4 miles round trip) was easy. So at least I feel I am doing something while taking a break from running for now.
May the roads/trails be kind to you!
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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Kneeded a rest

Yes, there is a little pun in the title today. No, I am not staying away from running tonight to prepare some bread dough. As mentioned previously, my knee is acting funny and I think rest would be best.
I ran Tuesday evening. We did not use the track as there was a high school soccer game in progress and it would have been distracting to attempt a workout, never mind not too safe (with the possibility of a ball interrupting our strides).
My Pacer buddies and I opted to start easy through the neighborhood then pick it up for some half mile sections of the road where it was wide and well lighted. Yes, darkness is being a pain. Oh well, we will get used to it.
I was fine until closing out the second pick up, when the knee 'slipped'. I managed to finish without further incident but when walking around now the knee is not normal. I can feel it. Not good. Hence the rest for now. Possible doctor's visits ahead. There goes the remainder of my season. Crackerbarrell (9/16/06) and the Mayor's Cup (10/23/06) may be in jeopardy.
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Complete Running Network - Highlights

As mentioned previously, the Complete Running Network is now up and fully functioning posting good articles on a regular basis.
Here are a few that have caught my eye as worthy of paying some attention to:
And this is only a sample, add the site to your RSS Reader of choice and enjoy the running wisdom being shared.
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Running well

I guess I did not get around to updating after Tuesday's track workout. It went well. A couple of Pacer buddies joined me for some 400's under the lights. Yes, it is getting dark earlier now. The Franklin High football team was on the field doing their thing so the lights came on as it got dark. That helped us.
We did 6 x 400 with a lap half walk, half jog recovery between repetitions hitting the finish line consistently at 1:39/1:40.
Tonight we did our tempo run. Three buddies joined me as we did our normal loop through the neighborhood. Two split off to do an additional loop and the other two of us maintained contact as we came in the last mile, practice running just off the other's shoulder to concentrate on our own running and let the other worry about the pace. Makes running a little easier if you can do that for stretches. Works well with a larger group as you have more options to play off each other and share the load on leading the pace. This is one of the keys to a successful cross country team. If they can maintain contact and work with each other, they actually will cover more ground and quicker than if they each went solo. Need to put aside a little bit of ego to run on someone else's shoulder but if you can do that, it does bring great benefits.
The best thing about Tue and tonight was I felt nothing funky with the knee (as opposed to what happened last Sunday). So I am very pleased. The Crackerbarrel 5K is rapidly approaching and I don't won't to have anything interfere with a good performance.
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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Rainy day, funky knee

Rain today. The remains of Ernesto are spreading throughout New England. The rain is more of a steady drizzle than a heavy down pour. We did catch a good heavy shower as we started our three mile loop this morning. One Pacer buddy joined me early for this loop. We got thoroughly drenched and then it was just running in the rain.
I went alone for the next loop deciding to reverse our normal 7 mile route for a change of scenery. The first four miles were good. I varied the pace, working some of the up hill stretches, taking it easier on the down slopes. The drizzle was persistent but the temp was comfortable (about 60 F) so I was fine. Cruising along. Mind wandering here and there. Started down a shaky train of thought with a sexual fantasy and end up getting a quick stop as my knee did something funky. See nothing good comes from those kinds of thoughts.
Not sure what the knee did. It felt like something slipped. Something around the knee cap slipped and I stopped. Walking was fine. Apparently whatever the slip was, it slipped back into place. No pain, no problem. Just walked for a bit and then started jogging again. Made it another half mile or so and it returned. Not good. Another mile and half to get back to the start but fortunately walking is good and the rain is still a drizzle.
I checked out the neighborhood while moving more slowly through it than I would have by running. Eventually made it back to the start with some walks alternated with some good stretches of running easy.
May the roads/trails be kind to you!
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