Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In the past year, I have suffered from a stress reaction in my right leg (a precursor to a fully blown stress fracture) and runner's knee (also know as patellofemoral pain syndrome). There have been visits to the sports doctor (Dr.Klion on the UES), an MRI, physical therapy and many hours of ice packs and gym work.
Click on the link to take you to Dr Pribut's Sports Pages - a fascinating read on the types of injuries you too can get from running. Have I turned you off running? Fear not, in fact, there are many runners (including many in Team Joe) that go a lifetime of running without injury. Just make sure you take the necessary precautions - get a good pair of running shoes, stretch before and after......etc etc.
So mates, keep on running. See you out there at Team Joe.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
It looks like spring is finally upon us, which means one thing: hordes of runners. Ah, such a life affirming time of year with the beautiful colors, warm long days, and temperate nights. Life is grand. I (heart) NY.
Then it happens. Just like last year and the one before that (sigh). It is inevitable.
En masse runners in horrendous garb. Try as I may I can’t find an excuse for the deplorable attire that I am seeing out there. Let’s get this straight guys: it is not cool to wear black socks with your tennies and shorts. And ladies it’s not cute to sport those clam diggers with your boyfriend’s oversized t-shirt. Other atrocities that I have observed: sweats (never ok- not for running, not anywhere, not anytime- got it?), swishy pants (seriously?), wife beaters for men, mid-riffs (either sex), silky shorts that periodically expose it all to the world (there are definitely better options to avoid overheating), and finally the spandex grippy things you see some guys wearing to make them more “aerodynamic”.
These are the major infractions but I assure you they are not the only ones.
So what is one to do? I would like to preface this by saying it’s not necessary to spend an absurd amount on your workout wardrobe. A few key pieces can make a big difference.
Let’s start with the ladies. For the summer, try a pair of lycra capris paired with a form fitted wicking t-shirt or a tank top. Less conventional but totally acceptable are the butt shorts but only if they are humorous or motivating to fellow runners. Something like ‘bye-hater’ is hilarious, therefore acceptable. Avoid the logo variety as they are way passe.
For guys, stick with medium length shorts and a fitted t-shirt to show off those nice pecs you have worked so hard on.
For both sexes American Apparel has made in the usa shorts that are great for the summer. They also have the 70’s style tube socks and terrycloth headbands & arm bands, all of which I find exceptionally rad. Also, graphic t-shirts completely unrelated to sports are always a favorite. Runners tend to wear athletic brands. Boring. Be more expressive. Wear shirts that are funny, entertaining, or interesting. I like super hero shirts in particular. Why? It makes me run faster.
As far as running shoes go, unfortunately they are hopelessly hideous. If I could redesign them I certainly would. In the meantime I’ll be on standby for that call from Asics.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our group that went up together parted ways immediately, each to wallow/run alone and as quickly as s/he could.
Check our times in the link above. Go to Latest Results and look under JTC. Fast running! Kurt? You ran fast! I don't even know if we've met! I don't believe you regularly come to our Saturday runs, but I thank you from the bottom of my still-soggy Sauconys for running a 7 minute mile for Team Joe! Anthony, 8:24! That's fast, mate!
Next Sunday is the Run As One 4 Miler. Registration is open and it's a Qualifier. See you there.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This was a 10 mile race. Everyone had great times!
Kryssie: 1:11:01, 7:07 pace
Kristine: 1:14:49, 7:29 pace
Ani: 1:16:25, 7:39 pace
Anthony: 1:26:22, 8:39 pace
Jen "Jenkins" 1:29:35, 8:58 pace
Gabrielle 1:29:35, 8:58 pace
From the 5K, Lysa ran a 33:34, 10:48 pace.
Gorgeous day here in DC! Cherry Blossoms everywhere. Race started at the foot of the Washington Monument.
I highly recommend doing this race, as there are many things to spend a weekend seeing, mostly free, and some great food!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
For those of you unfamiliar with the nipple bleed, it can occur because of the constant rubbing of the running shirt over your nipples when you run. Women don't really have this problem as they generally wear a sports bra which effectively protects them against nipple chafing. Usually on short runs there is no problem at all. However, over longer distances, the constant rubbing can result in your nipples bleeding. Runners use bandaids, vaseline, bodyglide, nipguards to help prevent nipple bleeding.
Why am I putting myself through all this? Just to eat?