Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I wanted to post NWA's '100 miles and runnin'" but that's pretty much NSF-anywhere so we'll go with NWA's only radio friendly track 'Express Yourself' from the classic album 'Straight outta Compton' where you can hear a very young, pre-'Chronic' Dr. Dre proclaim that drug use causes brain damage. That Snoop Dog is a bad influence.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'm a person who mentally works out how to carry my dishes from the dishwasher to the cupboards in the fewest number of trips so that I can get back to watching 'Flight of the Conchords' in the least amount of time possible.
I'm a runner who loves having a coach who tells me exactly what to do and when to do it.
I'm a person who DOES NOT LIKE AT ALL going to a new restaurant and deciding what to order. Seriously, it stresses me out.
I'm a guy who eats the same thing for breakfast, snack, and lunch every week day for a year. I added some Trader Joe's yogurt to the lunch menu and it took me about 5 minutes to decide to spend the $3 to add it to my shopping cart.
Anyways, it's these last two items that lead to this request.
I'm looking for suggestions for what I should add to my lunchtime salad.
OK, reading this post, the title of this blog is maybe a little overly dramatic, but whatever.
The salad is usually:
mixed greens or spinach
tuna packed in olive oil
It's delicious, quick, easy, and nutritious but it's lacking something and I don't know what that 'something' is. Some crunch maybe? A little goat cheese? A huge glass of beer to accompany it? Who knows...
Thats whay I'm coming to you, fellow bloggers, foodies and all around beautiful and fit people, to help me with suggestions of what I could toss into my salad to jazz it up a little.
Monday, November 17, 2008
and this guy:
started a heavy metal band inspired by superheroes, fantasy role playing games, and of course, Battlestar Galactica. Jump on the treadmill, put on your headphones, and buckle up your chinstrap. This one goes to '11' !
Sunday, November 16, 2008
After getting a breather from Tim last week it was on like Donkey Kong this week with intensity and distance in full force.
Two key workouts last week were an interval run and a progression run.
The interval was 4x200m on 50' with 200m easy jog recovery followed by 5x1mile on 1'walk recovery and an easy jog into the next interval. The instructions were to not look at the watch during the mile but to run them at an intensity that felt the same as the 200's. The loose goal was around 6:40-6:45/mile. Crazy ass brain training.
Um, so I guess that works. I swear these felt like they were the same effort as the 200's but turned out they were a little faster. Nice!
Got a couple days to chill before the next big effort so me and Violet went down to check out the Mud Bay wildlife habitat . Gunner and I do our long runs down here. It's a sweet hard packed lightly graveled trail that runs about 15 miles along the coastline through a wildlife protection area. We've seen coyotes, tons of great blue herons and the biggest freaking bald and golden eagles ever! It's crazy to be so close to an animal that incredible. So intimidating. Yeah, I'm as big as you but I have a beak, sharp talons, and did I mention I can fly?
Today, Brian and I saw a bald eagle pull a fish out of the ocean, fly to shore and eat it at a distance of about 20 feet. RAD! Not so cool when one of these giants takes off from a telephone pole and circles around 10 feet above your head. Hmmmm, that's weird. My pace has dropped and yet my HR has spiked through the roof !
Anyways, Violet and I went down there to check it out but not before making sure that we were fully hydrated.
The trail is along the right side (obviously) and goes to the horizon and beyond. Just a fantastic spot to run.
It was very windy and before long Violet wanted me to get her out of there and away from the wind. Well, the wind and all the toddler stealing bald eagles! You can see the grass all bent over and the trees over her shoulder swaying in the wind. The look on her face is classic.
The other effort of the week was a progression run: short W/U, 3 miles@7:10 (race pace), 1 mile at 7:00 and 2 miles@6:45.
I felt good about this effort on a day I woke up feeling a little heavy legged.
Cap that all off with a solid "old school LSD" 24 miles today and I'm ready to sleep in, hit the sauna and start it all over again tomorrow.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Similar, hey? The top picture is my daughter, Violet. She's the one on the blog header trying to escape from my hoodie. The bottom picture is my wife Jamie at the same age, er, um, a few years back.
I think I have an idea what Violet may look like when she grows up!
Not a training post AT ALL but two cute baby pictures is a good cop out until I can get something put together.
I've included some more music as a special added bit o filler. This track is a song called 'Highway Patrolman' from Bruce Springsteen's watershed album 'Nebraska' released in 1982. It seemed a fitting choice considering the 'family' theme we've got going here. Between 'Nebraska' and 'Born in the USA' you can see pretty quickly why they call him The Boss. It's slow and haunting and I'm not ashamed to say the first time I heard this album I cried. Enjoy.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
At least that's what I was thinking this morning amidst the hallucinations after 20 minutes in the dry sauna.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Southern neighbours: Tomorrow is a big day. Rock the Vote.