Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today's Workout

I got today's workout from a large list of bodyweight workouts I downloaded from Crossfit.  Here is the prescription:

Do as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

5 Pullups
10 Pushups
15 squats
10 double unders

I got through six rounds.  After resting a couple minutes I did 20 more double unders becasue I am trying to get better at them.  I also did 4 sets of 3 dips because I am working on those as well.  I also held a tucked back lever for 5 seconds x 3. 

After this I ran home.  On the way home I experimented with running whilst jump roping.  I have seen this used as a pose running drill but had never used it before.  It takes a lot of timing but really does help you learn to pull your foot up once it hits the ground which is essential to maintaining great running form.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm all Bi-Phasic n' shit

So I have been lagging on keeping you updated on my sleep patterns but I will summarize that I am really diggin this nap thing.  I feel more energized and have a more positive attitude.  Two days I skipped a nap and the following day I was bitter and tired.  Yesterday I took a 20 minute nap and slept 7 hours and I feel great!  The only problem is that it does not fit in with my exercise schedule all that well.  I get home from work at 5:00, take a nap then head out the door for a run/workout.  It feels weird to get home from work and go to sleep and I am always a bit leery of losing motivation to work out but so far it hasn't slowed me down.  As the days get longer I think it will be easier as I will have more daylight to run and play after my naps.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Today's Workout

Perhaps y'all are interested in what I do to stay in shape so I have decided to post some of my workouts here occasionally. I am not sure where this blog it going. It is part running advice and part running log I guess.  Enough with the introspection on to what I did today.  Most of my workouts I get from Crossfit Endurance and today's was just that.  It consisted of:

12 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible, no rest)
10 Pistols (one legged squats)
10 Kettlebell swings
Rest 5 minutes
6 minutes running clock of:
1 minute knees to elbows
1 minute hollow rocks

I modified this workout since I am not strong enough to do a full pistol.  I did the pistols from a 20" bench and did the KB swings starting with 30 lbs dumbell first round then switching to 20 pounds because I felt a pinch in my shoulder (which means I was swinging the dumbell wrong, using my shoulders instead of explosively driving with my hips)
For the hollow rocks I managed what I could...oooh it burns
I didn't feel like going to the pull up bars to I did the knees to elbows lying on the floor, it was certainly easier but I still felt a deep burn.  I laid down with my arms outstretched over my head and using my abs curled my body up so my feet touched my hands avoinding momentum or swinging motions.

Short workout but damn my glutes are burning!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My First Shoe Review The Puma Street Kosmos

Hello friends and welcome to my first shoe review.  This is the shoe I have been running in for the past 5 months or so.  I have logged at least 300 miles on them and they have held up nicely.  They weigh in at 8 oz which is a very light shoe and have a slipper feel to them.  These shoes are very flexible which makes them a good minimalist shoe.  I removed the insert from them to get a better ground feel myself but they are ok if left in.  I tried wearing these sans socks for a while and they really tore up my feet so I do not recommend that.  These are wonderful shoes for running POSE.  The materials they are made of last.  I ran a half marathon in them in the rain and they take on a lot of water and had no traction going downhill so I do not recommend them for running in wet hilly conditions.  I have heard some with wide feet say the toebox could be roomier but I have narrow feet and they fit me great.  The drop on this shoe (difference between height of heel and height of forefoot) is very small, perhaps 1mm and at $65 they are well worth it.  Summary: These shoes are lightweight, flexible with a 1mm drop and a comfy slipper like feel.  They can be tight in the toebox for those with wider feet (as are most Pumas) have limited traction (especially going down hill when wet) and take on water like a sponge and are not recommended for sockless running..  I recommend them for everyday running/racing on the roads (though i do wear mine on the dry trails) for a minimalist/POSE runner.

Siesta Weekend

This weekend I was unable to take a nap on Saturday but did notice being very sleepy on Saturday around 5pm.  It seems like my body is in the groove of napping at that time and I am enjoying it.  I stayed up til 1am and woke at 8am today feeling well so it seems I am on a 20 minute nap 7 hour sleep cycle.  Per the 4 hour body book it says you can nap 20 and sleep six but so far I have not been able to do that without being fatigued.  It may be due to me just needing more sleep in general as an active person.  Today I ran for an hour through Tilden and napped for 20 minutes at 5pm and plan on getting seven hours tonight  I will continue it this week and let you know how I feel.  What I have noticed is a feeling of being "on" sort of more focused through out the day at certain times.  Hopefully it will keep up.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My Workout Today

I have been doing Crossfit Endurance off and on for a while now and feel that it is a great program!  It has inspired me to think about fitness differently and question what a fitness regimen should look like.  I just recently moved close to one of those workout stations.  You know the type with pull up bars and parallel bars and designed a nice workout for today.  Here it is:

8 rounds of:
5 Pullups
25 Meter strides reaching max speed at end (walk back to parallel bars)
3 Dips
10 Double Unders
10 20" Box Jumps
no rest between rounds

I skipped the sprint on the 7th round because I pussed out for a second but found this to be a great little workout.  The sprint after the pullups really taxed my system and made me feel a bit pukey which I enjoyed.  Try it out!

Siesta Day 3 and 4

So I guess it would be better to call this Biphasic sleep since there are just two phases.  I felt really tired on day three and hit the hay a bit early.  I was trying to nap for 20 minutes and sleep for 6 hours previously but my body needed more.  I napped twenty and slept seven on day 3 and day 4 and feel much better now.  I have trouble getting up from the nap still and get groggy around 4pm on my BART ride home but I am digging it thus far and will continue it next week.  I am not sure what the weekend holds but I will try to maintain the naps.  I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Siesta Day 2

My 2nd day doing the siesta style polyphasic sleep mentioned in 4 hour body went well but I definitely felt a bit sluggish.  I woke up well rested and actually woke up 3 times in the night thinking I had already slept enough and was glad to see I had more time to sleep.  The morning went well but I got real sleepy around 3pm.  Once off work I took a 20 minute nap at 5:30.  I set my alarm to go off in 30 minutes assuming it would take a few minutes for me to sleep.  I am not sure how long I slept but I definitely was awoken by the alarm.  I worked out ate dinner then watched some TV.  I felt pretty sleepy at 10pm but stated up til 11 since I should only need 6 hrs and I wake up at 5am.  Day 2 = A bit sluggish in the afternoon and late evening.

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Mid January already?

Wow!!  So then the holidays happened eh?  Man, it has been I while since i have been on here but I will be making more posts from here on out.  I just picked up a copy of Tim Ferriss' "4 Hour Body" and there is a lot of great stuff in it.  I suggest you go grab a copy if you are into efficient body maintenance/transformation. A lot of the content I had heard of before but never seen in such detail or all in one place.  One thing I had not heard about is polyphasic sleeping.  Poly what? Yeah polyphasic.  It is basically breaking your sleep down into smaller naps throughout the day instead of sleeping one large chunk at night.  It is a way into tricking your brain into REM sleep (allegedly the only kind that matters)more quickly.  This really caught my eye and I am giving it a try this week.  I am starting small and doing what the book calls the siesta.  It consists of a 20 minute nap during the day and 6 hours of sleep at night rather than 8.  An extra hour and 40 minutes?  If it works I''ll take it.  Normally I would be asleep at this hour as I wake at 5am but I am staying up to 11 to give it a try.  I will be posting my results daily.  Stay tuned!

Oh yeah and we all have resolutions right.  I am being more conscious of my diet and eating ZONE.  I'll keep you posted on that too.  Anyone else have resolutions?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Got You Stressed? Oil up my friend!!

Knock knock.  Who's there?  Nemo. Nemo who?  I NEMO FISH OIL FOOL!! Yeah I made that up.  Don't be jello.  But for real though.  The holidays are upon us so you know what that means.  Shopping. Which means lines which means waiting which means being late which means craziness which means stress which means a too few many eggnogs which means a headache .....the list goes on.  I know we all tend to get a little stressed around the holidays and I have just the thing for you to prevent you from stroking out.  FISH OIL!! Yes that's right.  People that eat a lot of fish oil are healthier and live longer and have less cardiovasvular disease.  Look it up. Think Inuit.  Be Inuit.  Be the eskimo.  If yo don't take fish oil go buy some and start taking it.  Everybody in America should do it. Everyone. (yes, that means you)  Nutritional experts say that the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 should be as close to a ratio of 1:1 and certainly no more than 4:1.  Most of us Americans are way over the 4:1.  Just think, when was the last time you had a nice slab of salmon?  How about the last time you had some walnuts?  I thought so.  Hey no one is perfect but we can all benefit from taking this stuff.  Your brain loves it, improves memory.  Your heart loves it, prevents Cardiovascular Disease and the stiffening of the arteries.  Your kid that can't pay attention to jack loves it, some studies have show it helps those with ADHD focus.  And your muscles love it, it's an anti-imflammatory.  Next time you run a 50 miler, or do a slamming workout on the track take some fish oil and call me in the morning.  I am not a doctor.  That being said don't blame me if any of the advice I give you on this site doesn't make you a superstar or has adverse effects.  Different strokes for different folks my running renegades.  But those strokes will be few and far between if you take your fish oil (see what I did there?).  Peace and good things!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Runaway the right way like Kanye

OK first things first.  Go listen to the new Kanye West album.  Great stuff!!  Something about his music gets me pumped.  Watch the full length runaway video too.  It's pretty good.  He runs a bit in the video and it looks like he has some decent speed.  Go Kanye!!  That being said his form could use a lot of work.  Sitting at the switchboard has definitely left him with some tight hips and probably really tight hammies too.  You can tell just from watching him run...but I digress, let's keep it positive shall we? 
The pic above is from the Crossfit Endurance Certification I attended last weekend in Santa Cruz.  I am the guy in blue ( I didn't get the memo about wearing black apparently).  I learned so many great things about running technique and would like to share some things with you.  I have been running POSE method for a few months and have transitioned from a heel striker to a forefoot striker and feel great about it. My knees feel great about it too!  The main thing I took away from the Cert is this.  NO ONE TAUGHT ME HOW TO RUN.  Most assume running comes naturally and does not need to be taught but if you observe different people running you will notice a vast difference in their styles.  However if you look at different baseball players fielding a ground ball you will see they all do it almost identically.  Did the coach give them a glove and just let them play?  No way!  They did thousands of drills going over the proper mechanics of fielding a ground ball and setting up those neural pathways.  As runners we need to change the way we train.  The old paradigm of building Volume (more miles) then Intensity (intervals) then  Technique (form) is gone and has been flipped upside down.  We should be training  Technique first then  Intensity and Volume.  So let's get down to it.  How should you run?  First thing you probably should get new shoes.  Avoid a shoe with a large heel.  That large heel is just going to encourage you to heel strike and we want to be forefoot strikers.  Were you born with shoes on?  Those big heels are unnatural.  Get something with a low heel.  Landing on the forefoot allows you to use your arch to absorb a lot of the impact and distribute it rather than sending that shock up your leg like when you heel strike.  Many books have been written on how to run so I can't explain everything in detail here but here are the basics:

1.  Posture: Ears above shoulders above hips above ankles.  All in a straight line
2.  Lean:  Lean ever so slightly from your ankles.  We are using gravity here people
3.  Pull:  Think of pulling your foot off the ground rather than pushing off.  You should pull the foot up directly underneath your center of mass using your hamstrings.
4.  Land: Land on a softly bent knee and do not reach for the ground.  This is perhaps the hardest part of running injury free.  You must relax your ankle and wait for gravity to pull your foot towards the ground.  Your foot will strike just ahead of your center of mass on the ball of the foot with the heel just kissing the ground.  At the moment it hits the ground pull the foot up again and the process repeats itself.

It's a lot to think about but if you practice approaching running as a skill your body will thank you.  I highly recommend running barefoot occasionally to help as well.  Here is an absolutely great video I found on youtube that will help set those neural pathways. 

Run on friends!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

RICE Rockets

Hey Running Renegades, I know what you are thinking and I am sorry but this in not my Aunt Barbara's recipe for Rice Pudding.  What this is is an acronym my know like NASA? 

Get it? Ok so you have a sore knee.  Rest a bit throw some ice on it with an ice compress and put your feet up while you watch some TV. DO IT!!

Sometimes it is Halloween.  Sometimes you dress up like a Cowboy.  Sometimes you have to sprint wearing cowboy boots to evade a marauding Zombie.  It happens.  In such a scenario I rolled my ankle and ended up with a sore ankle or "sankle" as I called it the following day.  Did I go running? NO I rested.  I iced it and put it up and read a good book.  These are the basics!! It works wonders. Most would rather pop a few advil and than spend time icing their shit.  Most would rather complain about their injury.  If you are not attempting to fix the problem stop complaining.  Next time you are sore Ice it for 15 min on 15 min off a few times and see the difference.  You will recover more quickly guaranteed! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Want a H.I.T.? How about some L.S.D? vomit inducing workout follows

I have spent the majority of my running career running long distance.  When I decided to go for a marathon I knew I needed to run longer.  It just makes sense right?  If I am going to run 26.2 miles I need to practice running 26.2 miles.   So I set up a training routine and started in with the LSD (long slow day). I maxed out on a long run of 23 miles.  I had read that after running only 15 miles your body will prepare itself for 26.2 but also read that running over twenty would have beneficial mental strength gains.  Up until now my training has typically consisted of 2 or 3 types of training.  Long Slow Days, Tempo Runs and Interval Training.  I ran a 2:56 PR in the San Diego Rock N Roll marathon using this strategy and thousands of other runners prescribe to giving priority to the long run with a sprinkling of speed work.  It has its merits.

However, I am currently under an experiment of my own using Crossfit Endurance.  It is a combination of weight training and anaerobic High Intensity interval Training that is in one word BRUTAL.  I am only running three times a week and lifting 4 days a week.  I am following the WOD on their website and it is working.  I feel stronger and have definitely gained speed and quickness running. Research has show, that for trained athletes, HIT (High Intensity Training) is the best way to increase endurance. "It seems that, for athletes who are already trained, improvements in endurance performance can be achieved only through high-intensity interval training (HIT). " ( That is what Crossfit Endurance prescribes.  Train hard and intense.  This means that I spend less time training which gives me more free time.  It also means I train harder which kicks my ass. Gone are the leisurely 2.5 hour runs and it seems here to stay are the vomit inducing Tabatas.  I will be running a Half Mary next month and will let you know how it goes.  I will also be running a marathon in the near future using these methods and will keep you informed. 

So your asking what are Tabatas? Well they are evil and they are righteous.  Painful and powerful but very simple so here it is.  Izumi Tabata came up with it and says it is the best supra-aerobic (anaerobic) cardio workout.  Here's what you do:
  • 5 minutes of warm-up
  • 8 intervals of 20 seconds running all-out followed by 10 seconds of rest
  • 2 minutes cool-down
This is an intense workout and you should only try it if you are in great shape.  If not I suggest you ease into this and start by doing just 2-4 intervals and see how you feel the rest of the day/next day.  This will get your heart rate through the roof and may induce some dry heaving/nausea (it did for me at least).  Make sure to fuel back up after this workout with some carbs and protein (milk) so you're not wiped for the rest of the day.  Be safe Kids and Run Hard!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Road Less Traveled

I have decided to write about my race experiences along with training advice in this blog and what follows is one such story.  Last Saturday I ran The Redwood Park trail run put on by PC Trail Runs.  They are a great outfit that puts on races frequently here in the bay area.  I ran the 10K.  I have been running POSE for a few months now so I was excited to see how my form held up in a race.  With a little over 1,000 feet of elevation there were some brutal hills involved.  I was wearing my Asics Hyperspeed II which provided little traction and made me more than a bit weary on a couple downhills.  It was a crisp morning, perfect for running.  Mist in the air and the scent of redwoods made the smell fresh and feel rejuvinating.  One siren from a bullhorn later and about 50 of us darted off and I quickly settled into 4th place.  Somehow the trail was double booked and bout 2 miles in we had some traffic. . . HORSES.  About 8 horses were galavanting down the trail opposite us and we had to step to the side to make room.  My head was a bit flustered after this and I was following a bald man.  We came to a split in the trail.  We could go left or straight.  To go straight was to cross a thick white chalk line, to go left was to avoid said line.  We took a left and bolted down the hill.  After 3 or 4 minutes I felt alone.  no longer did I hear the trampling footsteps behind me or hear the labored breaths of my running commrades.  There were 4 of us spread out and I bolted up to the 2 men ahead of me and asked "Are we lost?" "There was a big chalk line, didn't you see it?" the bald man said in an answer of sorts.  Followig this man we bolted back up the hill following the alleged course.  Looking at my watch the time read 38 minutes.  "We're almost done" I though to myself and thought about picking up the pace.  2 minutes later and I see the asphalt leading back to the finish line.  I drop it down a gear and kick home for a strong finish.  Along the last 800 meters a I pass my pals and the finish line comes into site.  It is a ghost town, unadulterated, untouched and no one is in the chute.  Elated, girlfriend screaming, I cross the finish line and dry heave for a few seconds, head between my knees, Kali congratulating me on my first place finish.  The race director comes by and gives me my medal.  I smile and take Kali aside.  "I think we cut the course" I say der my breath not knowing if I am a low life cheater or not.  I converse with the bald man who is posistive we ran the right way.  One minute later a man that passed me earlier in the race finishes with a lack luster response.  I think to myself, "Hey wait, how did he pass and I still get 1st place?" Turns out he ran the course the day before and new exactly where he was going.  The chalk line was actually for the horse riders, not the racers, and we accidentally cut the course.  Bald man led us astray.  Luckily only four of us were lemmings and the others figured out the right course.  So that is how I was disqualified for getting first place.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Urine Trouble Mr.!!

OK.  Cute pics and double entendres aside here is the deal: Drink water until your pee is clear.  JUST DO IT!  A lot of people have trouble with this.  Maybe you have a cup a joe in the morning and next thing you know it's lunch and you haven't had anything else to drink yet.  You go to the restroom and notice your pee is bright yellow and maybe even smells like coffee.  That's ALL BAD!!  Water is important and I know I don't have to explain why but click here to see some things water does for your body.  No water makes Jimmy a  thirsty, brittle boned, squeaky jointed, low blood volume/high blood pressure, stoke prone boy.  How much you ask?  ENOUGH TO MAKE YOUR PEE CLEAR AND ENOUGH SO YOU ARE NOT THIRSTY.How easy is that? No math no statistics just simple observation.  You want some math? OK.  Next time you go out for a run weigh yourself (nekkid) before you go out. Don't drink water during the workout and weigh yourself when you get home (nekkid).  How much weight did you lose?  Divide that number by however many minutes you ran and shazaam! That is your sweat rate.  That is the amount of water you should be taking in during exercise.  If you are trying to stay hydrated you should never be thirsty and your pee should be clear.  What else can I say? Don't be like these guys. Chill off the kool-aid and just drink the water my friends.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Running Cadence

Left right left right left right.....Ok I am gonna make a short post on cadence. How many steps should you take? How long should your stride be? We come in all different sizes and shapes but everyone agrees the most efficient runners in the world take between 170 and 180 strides per minute. What does that mean for you? COUNT YOUR STEPS! Sound boring? It is. Daunting? Perhaps but bear down and do it my friend. It may help that knee pain you have from overstriding. So here’s what you do: Get a watch and go running. Once you are running at a comfortable pace start counting each time your right foot hits the ground. Count for a minute. Multiply that number by two (you do have two feet don’t you?) There it is! That’s your stride per minute. So if you count your right foot hitting the ground 70 times in that minute your cadence is 140 strides per minute. This would mean you should be taking more strides per minute so shorten that stride and see that knee pain vanish! If you come up with a number greater than 180 you may be able to lengthen your stride a bit but don’t overdo it. If this is you, I recommend stretching those hip flexors regularly (click here for a killer stretch) and try to stay relaxed whilst running.  Have a great weekend kids!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

REST to be your BEST

OK I agree.  That is a lame ass title but let's move on.  This dog is chilling; perhaps even chillaxing and so should you.  I recently read a post where a man was looking for bodybuilding advice.  He said he had been working out everyday yet had not seen the gains he was expecting.  His question was, "What can I do to see some real gains?"  Of course the answer was unanimous. REST!!  You've gotta rest to be your best.  OK I apologize. I just had to say it one more time :). But seriously, you may run hard and you may run long but it is all for not if you don't take some days off.  I ran a 10 mile tempo run yesterday and what did I do today?  Not a damn thing, son! Today I woke up a little sleepier than usual and decided to take the day off since the run took a little more out of me than I expected.  Always remember that it is during days off, NOT during the workouts, that we get stronger.  On days off our muscles rebuild themselves and recover from tearing them down.  Ever put in an extra 10 miler even though you are dog tired just so you can get to you goal of an 80 mile week?  "I'll take it easy" you say to yourself.  "Once I get out the door I won't be so tired."  Then what happens?  The next week you start getting knee pain or catch a cold or something else happens that puts you out of commission.  Rest is of the utmost important whether you are a weekend warrior or you are placing in the Boston Marathon.  So how often should you rest? Great question!  As often as you need.  We are all different.  I recommend a 4 day cycle of 3 days on 1 day off.  Some like a hard day followed by an easy day during the week and taking the weekdays off.  Some monitor their heart rate to see how fatigued they are from the day prior.  Listen to your body folks!  It is  SO important.  Take inventory on how you feel.  Was it hard to wake up this morning?  Are you feeling irritable and short tempered.  Are you starting to feel that twinge you get when you overdo it?  Then you are probably overtraining.  Take a day off or two and get back in the game fresh and injury free.  Because it's like my Momma used to always say.  You've gotta REST to be your BEST (3rd times a charm).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Burden of Blisters

Today I went out on a jovial 10 mile jaunt excited to go out and run fast.  I ran a 50 miler (PCTR Headlands 50) last month and have been keeping my mileage low and pretty easy since.  Anyway, I decide I am going to give it a pretty good go and slap my racing flats on my feet sans socks.  Why no socks you ask?  Great question!  For the past year or so I have been consciously working on my running form as way to prevent injury and increase my running efficiency and speed.  I have read the Pose Method and think everyone who wants to run without injury should pick up a copy.  Part of the pose method is about wearing minimalist shoes that let you get a good ground feel so you can focus on how and when your foot is hitting the ground.  So my logic goes something like this.  If I wear my racing flats (which have less than  half an inch of cushioning without socks it will increase my foot feel more than if I wear socks.  So out the door I go sock free and ready to go!  It is a beautiful day in San Francisco and I am going along my usual 10 mile route out to Fort Point and back.  The sun in shining, the seagulls are squawking and all is right with the world.  All except for the 15 mph winds I am fighting.  It's OK I think; just lean into it and pump those arms.  I get to fort point paying not much attention to my feet up til now and turn around for the home stretch.  5 miles to go.  I get to the Marina Green and I start to feel something.  Hey is that an itch on my left big toe?  No.  That is an incessant rubbing of shoe on skin. I get to Van Ness.  Hmmm...still there and my rub a dub friction friend has cloned on the other foot except this foot, the right, is getting rubbed the wrong way near the heel.  With a little over a mile left I consider hobbling to avoid more friction but grind my teeth and continue since I am trying to keep my pace.  Finally I arrive home run upstairs and take of my shoes, toes a burning and heel ablaze.  I have a small blister on my big toe and a small blister on my heel.  Luckily they are not big enough to cause much of a ruckus so I let them be for now.  If needed they will get a visit from mister sterile safety pin but we'll play it by ear.  My message dear friends is this: Don't go on a 10 mile run without socks.  Socks protect your feet and limit friction.  If you are looking into going sans socks test it out on a short run and see how your feet like it.  Will I run without socks again. Certainly I will give it another try and see how it goes.  But 98% of the time I am on those trails or roads I will be socked up my friend!

Talking about blisters makes me think about shoes and shoe fit.  It is very important to have shoes that fit you right.  I highly recommend you go to a running specialty store like Fleet Feet Sports and have them watch you run and give you suggestions.  They are trained to notice whether you pronate or suppinate and recommend shoes accordingly.  You can always shop yourself but I highly recommend you at least to the wet foot test to see your arch type before getting shoes.  In my opinion running shoes should feel comfortable the first time you put them on.  If there is any thing that rubs you the wrong way put them back on the shelf and try another. We put our feet through enough stress running miles upon miles each week.  We should at least let them enjoy the ride.  Run on my friends...or else.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Running Dirty

Running should be fun, running should be smooth, running should be easy.  I enjoy getting out on the trail and getting my feet dirty just as much as the next guy so I enjoy running dirty.  When it comes to your form and technique however, those are things that should be clean.  In this blog I will expand on how to become a better, more efficient runner using techniques I have learned through various mediums (coaching, education, observation, trial and error) over the course of almost 20 years of running experience.

This picture of my feet was taken after the Dick Collins' Firetrails 50 last October.  It was a brutal course with close to 8,000 ft of elevation and plenty of dirt.  Running for 10 plus hours allows your mind to do all sorts of things. was during one of these episodes where I decided to create a running blog.  Little did I know it would take close to a year to act on the idea but here we are.  In the posts that follow I will address common running issues with answers to questions and solutions to everyday problems whether they be side aches, mental fatigue, plantar fasciitis or any of the vast quantity of running hindrances I have seen in my life.  There will also be details of my personal everyday running life as well. I look forward to answer many running related questions and sharing my experiences giving you all the ability to Run for your Life.