No, my hip flexor doesn’t hurt (as long as I’m taking ibuprofen)
I pride myself on being injury free AND never stretching. Other than breaking my ankle in 2012 I’m pretty durable - no pulled muscles; rarely even a blister.
But I think all the Hanson’s mileage has caught up with me and now my hip flexor hurts. It hurts when I walk, run or sleep. Fortunately the ibuprofen is taking the edge off and I was still able to do last night’s 10 mile strength run.
Tonight I’ll run 6 or so recovery miles followed by a few stretches. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get worked on by a chiro friend after a 10 mile LSD in the morning.
Something’s missing from flat Mike
I postponed last night’s 10 mile strength run because I was tired and figured it would be something interesting to do in the hotel in Chicago. Unfortunately I forgot to pack shorts - doh! I’m bummed because the Hyatt has a new workout center and I was looking forward to trying it out.
Fire dept rescues idiot runner frozen to toilet seat
No, it didn’t actually happen but that unfortunate headline flashed through my mind as I used a trail side porta-potty during this morning’s frigid run. Strange things happen when it’s this cold - everything freezes solid in the porta-potty and the toilet seat is so cold it actually burns. If it was made of metal instead of plastic I’m sure I’d still be there.
It’s odd to think that the second day of meteorological spring was the coldest, farthest I’ve ever run. 16 miles on the LRT in -28 wind chill. (That’s why I’m making the serious face in the car; I was seriously considering heading home to the treadmill.)
The first half mile really sucked but after that I was warm with just a gator, hat, mittens and the usual layering (no facemask). I purposely ran 8 miles out before turning around; I didn’t want to be tempted by passing my car before I finished the full 16. The only problem with that strategy is that you’re committed to the full distance. When it’s this cold you can’t afford to stop or walk and my iPhone usually freezes and turns off within a few minutes. It’s a good strategy but it definitely requires confidence.
Running at home on the treadmill is supposed to be easy, right?
Is it just me or are the Netflix streaming movies just a collection of straight-to-DVD movies, stand up comedy specials, TV re-runs and approx 3 interesting new releases? Netflix tries to make the selection appear more substantial by arranging them in different genres (Action Adventure isn’t really different than Adventure Action), but they can’t fool me.
Last night I watched Glengarry Glen Ross - a great movie with an amazing cast. You can see why it was such a successful play; it really held my attention during a tough 10 mile tempo run.
Lots of projects on tap this weekend, including an 8 mile run today and 16 tomorrow.
Self appointed neighborhood safety monitor
I was never chosen to be the class safety monitor in grade school, so maybe that’s why I’ve nominated myself to that honorary post in my neighborhood.
One of my self-appointed tasks is excavating the fire hydrant across the street from our house. It’s actually a pretty good workout by the time I dig through the roadside snow berm created by the plow.
When we moved here in the summer of 2004 we noticed the antennas attached to the fire hydrants. We speculated on the role of antennas, never really accepting the possibility that the snow would get so deep that the markers would be necessary. We were so naive it’s almost cute.
I’ve used your treadmills in hotel gyms all over the US and I’ve noticed that every single one of them is installed with a 1 degree incline. Yes, it’s noticeable, it’s irritating and I’ve consistently confirmed it’s true with the level app of my iPhone.
Other treadmill manufacturers don’t do this because they know I’m smart enough to use the incline feature if I want it. And perhaps the other manufacturers have read the research confirming that adding 1 degree of incline isn’t necessary to equate treadmill running the outdoors. This study confirms that the incline isn’t necessary unless the runner’s pace is less than 7:09/mile. I’ve seen hundreds of people use your hotel treadmills and can’t recall any that even approached this pace.
So please, cut it out.
Living the dream (no, seriously)
A work colleague recently asked me where I’d live if money wasn’t a concern. I didn’t have to think before answering. I’m living exactly where I want. I know people find it irritating, but I love the snow and the cold. I’m just as happy during spring and summer, but I’m not in a hurry.
Saturday we ran our 10 miles at the Lakes because although every other trail was likely to still be covered by Friday’s giant snowfall, we were sure that the Lakes would be clear. Unfortunately that wasn’t entirely true and we ran through a mile of deep snow until we were stopped by the oncoming park service snowblower.
I’ll admit that I’m a little jealous when i read the biking/swimming posts from those of you in warmer climates (like livelifemakewaves, mrcarlosbc, jesus-portillo and cayohuesojet), but I’ll be joining you in just a few more months. Until then, I love the challenge of the snow.
Minneapolis to Calgary to Seattle to Toronto, back to Minneapolis
Last week’s travels took me to Canada again (twice) and included a rare flight on a turbo-prop. Some people refuse to fly turbo-props; I’m not bothered by them and actually enjoy watching the landing gear deploy.
I managed to stay on the Hanson’s plan, including a 10 mile tempo run on Thursday night after a two hour client dinner.
The only hiccup during the trip was that I forgot my bluetooth headset at home. Because I’m on so many conference calls while in-transit it’s not really an option to just use the handset. I have to have my hands free to carry my luggage etc. so I splurged on a pair of Bose noise cancelling earphones (you can see them dangling from my hand in the selfie). They’re amazing.
By the way, you can tell that you’re in a Canadian hotel gym by the Wayne Gretzky pictures on the wall. (And he definitely isn’t wearing his LA King’s jersey!).
Happy to be home!
Telltale signs that endurance athletes live here
I’ll bet most of you have a part of your kitchen that looks like this. Beth prefers lime GU while I like vanilla Vi Energy. We both use Nuun when we want electrolytes but no sugar (ex. summer runs < 90 minutes) but for longer summer runs I need the extra salt of The Right Stuff packets. And I save the 5 Hour Energy for rides/races > 3 hours.
I prefer to train with lemon lime Gatorade, even though it’s usually not what they serve during races. I won’t show you the rest of my pantry lest you see the Little Debbie brownies, Pringles and other assorted crap.
Today’s 8 mile recovery run was completed in 1:15 on the treadmill; no nutrition necessary (except for the Blue Diamond smokehouse almonds and diet Mt. Dew when I finished).
15 miles before the snow started
Although Minneapolis has an extensive trail system, few trails are cleared of snow and ice during the winter, so we end up running the same routes over and over. This morning Beth and I did our 15 mile run at Medicine Lake again.
By this time of year the lake has turned into a mini city with lots of fishing shacks and even little roads and intersections on the ice. Today the lake was especially crowded due to a Boy Scouts ice fishing contest.
I ran the first 7.5 miles with some running club friends and had the last 7.5 miles all to myself. I ended up running faster than the assigned pace, but I think that was mostly because it was cold (-8 windchill) and I just wanted to finish.
The snow started coming down hard on the drive home; with any luck I’ll get to use the snowblower later today.