Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If finding a running partner was like using a dating website

In a complete change of pace for this blog, I thought I'd make a pretty off color joke post! ( I know, I make a dirty joke or 100?)
Just remember:

After stumbling upon a post on from an app maker to find running partners in your area (I can't find the link now, woops!) , I began to think of what the profiles that aren't super competitive might look like:

Early morning runner looking for someone to watch more than the Sun rise

Looking for someone to help me reach the climax of my runners high!
Looking for someone that needs help going deep into a long run
I want to help you finish faster and PR every time
Looking for someone to help me build a good sweat even in the winter.
I have trouble getting in a good stretch after I run, can you help me?
I never spill a drop of gatorade at water stations in a race
I never waste any of my Gu / I love Gu on all my runs

Anyone else when they run? They always get all over my face and in my mouth, a small source of protein..gnats
I promise that more than your shoes will be zero drop after you run with me.

I could go on and on, but I don't want you browser to freeze from so many gifs! If this post if popular, maybe I'll make this a regular weekly or biweekly post!

What do you think?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Facing the running hubris that was me

I've been running for a few weeks now without having to walk (even though my lack of endurance kind of misses it) and every step I take reminds me how difficult the journey is to be a better runner. How easily you could settle where you are, rather than pushing yourself to where you want to be.


How much wretch and desperation is involved in the process of getting faster and running distance more easily.
I completed my first double digit mile run, 10 miles, on Sunday and it was a world of nope. 
I did a lot of things wrong, from timing my pre run snack to running in the middle of the summer heat. My pace crashed hard, I was just happy to make it home and put ice all over my neck and head.

The thing that keeps me going through all these runs is not the saddening amount of weight I gained while not running, or my actually run times that I refuse to log right now. What inspires me is what I was capable of doing just a few months ago. Just a few months ago I was making great strides in all my run types, I believed I could be better, I wanted to be better. 

Now I look back to my previous excitement and clamoring about my run times and simply think...the hubris I committed. My motivation is also my frustration. I hope that I can carry lessons learned from this lengthy rehab period to push me even harder when my body is ready to start pushing my running limits again.

I'm still hoping by October I'll have my legs back. I'm waiting for that one run where I will find my inner running demon and join my running justice league friends again.

Okay, what else is going on Declan? Well I'm still in Physical Therapy, they added treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome to my treatment (pain down my arms and thumb, pinched nerves mostly!). 

I got a few sunrise runs in!

I got a new pair of running shoes! Saucony Kinvara 5.

The children are good!

And I found the perfect post run drink:

Sorry for the long time between posts! Time is short! I've been fiddling with the idea of just doing a podcast or Vlog.

So what's up with anyone left reading my blog? One of these days I'll get back to my blog feed!