Love Me Two Times

I went and bought a patellar tendon strap at the Springfield Running Center yesturday.  I was praying this would solve my knee problem.  I tried it out on the treadmill for a 3 mile lunch workout.  It felt pretty good.  I increased and  decrease the elevation to test it out on a hill. Towards the end of the workout my knee felt a little funny, but good. After work I tried to over do it, by … [Read more...]

On the Road Again

I am not sure if Willie Nelson is a runner, but I will take a guess and say "no."  I made it out for a 4.5 mile run today, trying to nurse my knee back into the swing of things.  Once again there was no pain for the first mile and a half.  Then came a hill, and another.  The pain below my knee cap came back.  I did a run walk on the way home.  The pain wasn't bad, but I did not want to make it … [Read more...]

It Sucks Running With You

This was a quote from my training partner and friend, Dan, about 4 miles into our run on Saturday.  You can tell how close we are and the love he shares.  The actual quote was "It sucks running with you because I don't get to listen to my podcasts".  Well, the quote started bad but didn't end so bad.  I can't say the same for our run.  It started out bad and ended even worse.  What was supposed to … [Read more...]

Back to Back

After some time off my knee felt pretty good.  So I thought I would make up for my poor attempt at key workout #1.  I headed out late afternoon with a surpising bounce in my stride.  But after a mile or so, some hint of knee pain set in.  I ran through it, and it seem to have disappeared?  I kept a solid pace of 7:30 for my first 4 mile tempo.  It was a tail wind to the park so I knew I would be … [Read more...]

Time Management

I have the day off today.  So I took the kids to daycare this morning already dressed in my running gear.  After dropping them off I drove to the park to start my running workout.  Today I wanted to do 2 sets of 4 mile intervals.  I chose to just do 4 laps in the park.  I ran counter-clockwise so I would have to run up the big hill 4 times total. Right away I knew today wasn't going to be … [Read more...]


Sunny and 34 degrees with a NE wind at 15 mph.  That is what greeted Dan and I as we began today's run at 10:00.  I don't like running out in the country but Dan wanted to do a loop out of town then a loop in town.  Against my better judgment we headed west.  In retrospect this was probably a good idea since this route incorporated more hills than an easterly route.  The St. Louis Marathon is very … [Read more...]

Remember When?

Keeping on the music theme I thought about the song "Remember When?" by Alan Jackson.  Not to downplay (no pun intended) the theme of the song but I began to add my owns words to the song.  "Remember when 9 miles seemed like a long run".  Now it is a mid-week run for me.  I was amazed at how quickly I returned to my house. What a beautiful day.  It was 61 degrees, sunny, and a 15 mph SE wind.  … [Read more...]

Back in the Swing of Things

I made it back home this Saturday from a week long conference. I was getting tired of the StayFit@Hyatt workout room. The nighly beer drinking was also getting old. What put this all over the top was the evening I returned home, I had to attend a parish auction. This was another night of drinking. I did try to limit my intake though. Sunday was the day... 22 miles, and the longest run of our … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Running on a Treadmill

I'm in Dallas for a wound care course.  Since I did workout #2 of week 9 on Wednesday this weekend will be workout #1 which is 3, 3 mile intervals at marathon pace.  The weather here is not that nice and my hotel is pretty isolated so I opted for the treadmill.  The course got out at 18:00 and I was on the treadmill by 18:30.  If I didn't rush to get started I would have never gone.  Seeing it is … [Read more...]

The Day After

Ouch!  The day after my long run was really tough.  I was actually limping at work for a while.  After a couple of Ibuprofens, some stretching, and elevation of my legs I was ready to crawl onto my trainer. Since I would be traveling tomorrow I HAD to exercise today.   I know my limits and knew I wouldn't want to do anything after a long day of traveling with the kids.  So I rode the trainer … [Read more...]