This is what I am training for

Not really, but if I was 20 again I might think about it.  I cant imagine how much stress you could get rid of after a day of soccer/football/MMA fighting.  If you could go back in time to  younger age with the knowledge and experience you have now, what wold you do differently?  I know I have made so many mistakes personally, professionally, and otherwise that I would love to change.  But if I did, what would the end result be now? Would I have my awesome wife and kids?  Probably not. Would I have the peace of mind and semi-contentness that I currently have?  Who knows.  I guess you could debate these things all day long and never get anywhere.  Oh the video link…here it is.

What else do I have to discuss today?  It is my second furlough day so while I get to kick it at home and get caught up on my PS3 gameplay on the new 55 inch LED/LCD tv, I don’t get paid.  I would rather be getting paid while playing video games.

I have had a few new good beers recently.  Drum roll please…

On the running front, I have been doing a lot of though regarding going to run the Denver marathon.  At this point I don’t think that the marathon is in my grasp, I just have not been able to get into the training like I should.  I know that I could go there and finish the race, but one thing I know is that you must respect the marathon and its challenge or it will bite you in the ass.  Never underestimate the marathon.  I know there are people out there who are able to run one a month, or even one a day as they cross the Country but I am not one of those freaks of nature. A back up might be the Grand Canyon marathon or half with eyes on the Sedona marathon.

Part of the resin I have not been able to hit my training is because of my SI joint flaring up once the miles started to increase along with an increase in intensity.  Due to this I was not able to do all of the races I told Jamba Juice I would do,however I have been going out and talking to people in various settings which I think would benefit the brand more than if I just ran a few races said hello and went home.  I notified the JJ people and their response was my contract calls for races to be run and I need to do what I can to achieve the # of specified races.  I get that, but they made no mention of the other efforts I have made to get the word out about their products and distribution of the coupons.  I feel like they need to step back and take a look at the bigger picture, but they wont.  In the long run that is their loss.  I will still hit a few small local races and get the info out, but I doubt it will be with the vigor I would have had.

I still love the Sof Sole socks they hooked me up with along with the insoles, quality products.  Check them out if you are in the market for some great multi-sport socks or insoles.


I have been neglectful

It dawned on me today that I have not been writing on here like I should be.  Part of that is probably due to the changes at home since the wifey got a new job complete with varying hours and I have been a bit sidetracked from my running and blog writing (or maybe the high alcohol content beer I have been trying lately).  I still plan on doing the full marathon in Denver, but I will need to go into full-on ass busting mode to get it done.   That means cutting out most beer and getting all of my runs in no matter what.  If I am 1 hour late to work, oh well.  Priorities! At least they finally said what the route course will be, I am thrilled with the start and finish being so close, more races need to do this. I do wish that it was closer to Invesco or Coors field, but it will be a great scenic race, one where I will post pictures live from the race with my Moto Droid.  Or the Wife’s Droid X if she gives it to me.

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One of my goals for this year was to get the tattoo on my leg which I finally did.  I went to Club Tattoo and 3.5 hours later walked out with my ink.  I really like it, but I don’t like the intense swelling and pain in my leg.  I was getting some slow developing SI joint pain which was causing me to slow up some, and this really pushed me to slow down.  I hope to return to regularly scheduled running later this week.  Here is a picture of the work.

I wanted it to go a little lower to the sock line, but it was PAINFUL down there.

Do you know who Fran Drozdz is?  Neither did I until the other day.  She is a local lady who has run 50 marathons in all 50 states and is thinking about lapping back again.  Maybe someday I will be able to get out enough to do the 50/50.  Plus her running has encouraged her husband to start running half-marathons, which is great for anyone to start doing.  And by the way she is 66 years old and has done 72 marathons.  Awesome!  Plus when running gets into the news even in a small publication like this one, it is great for the sport.   For the entire article click…..uum….HERE!

I recently got a new toy-a 27 inch iMac.  This computer is the most bad ass computing device I have ever laid fingers on.  And I still don’t know how to do half of what it offers.  Wait until I become proficient with iPhoto and iMovie.  Heck, You Tube better get prepared.

Ahh, what else?

Oh yeah, that great interview with Peter Snell. I stumbles across an article in which Peter Snell was interviewed regarding Lydiard and other training questions, it is full of training info that any runner can benefit from no matter what training program you use.  Who is Peter Snell?  Well, he is a 3 time Olympic Gold medalist in the 800 and 1600.  To learn a thing or two click…oh man…HERE! Honestly this is a great interview and is full of fantastic training information for runners who go from the mile to marathon.  I was very fortunate to come across this interview.

In Arizona news, world renown running coach Dr. Jack Daniels has left Flagstaff to coach XC and track at Brevard College.  He has always done awesome work with runners at the lower tier colleges and I wish him the best of luck.  I have met him a time or two in Flag and he is a great guy.  Glad to hear that his plans are to return to Flagstaff in the off season and when he retires from coaching. Here is an article about his leaving.

What else is missing?  A fabulous You Tube video perhaps.  Well here ya go, enjoy-its kind of running related.

Anyway, I hope to get up to Northern Arizona for some altitude running in the next few months and perhaps bring you some pictures and video of the Sedona/Flagstaff area so you get a feel for the area I love so much.  Here is a preview from when I was there last winter.  Yeah, aliens selling crystals imported from China marketed as local rule.

How to follow that up?  Peace out!

Team Jamba Juice!

I found out this week that I was accepted to be sponsored and run for team Jamba Juice this year.  I am pretty excited about it and glad to be one of their ambassadors.  It has given me a new focus and desire to train hard which I think I needed.  Cant wait to get the gear and start wearing it while I train and race.

I was really tired and sore today, the last thing I wanted to do was run but I got in a really good tempo run on the treadmill.  I felt so much better after I was done, a lot more tired physically but mentally better.  Josh Cox once said something like you don’t regret the workouts you get done, you only regret the workouts you don’t fit into your schedule (He was more eloquent, but I don’t have time to look it up right now).  That’s how I felt today.

I want this shirt ——-v

If you are going to run the Denver Marathon and have not registered yet, the price goes up May 31st.

I got a pair of Saucony Type A2’s this week.  Haven’t run in them enough to review.  Pretty darn minimalist shoe, very lightweight and flexible.

That’s about it for now.  Keep throwing down the miles people!

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