Tuesday, December 19, 2006


I felt much better during this morning’s 11 mile run. My calves are still sore, but at least they loosened up. I was hoping to make it another mile, but my hands were freezing. It wasn’t like they were cold for the last 10 minutes – it was more like the last 4 miles. And I’m not really sure why. It was a nice morning with temps in the mid-20s and little-to-no wind. So the lesson is; always carry another pair of thin gloves with me.

With each passing day, the weather is becoming more-and-more of the story around here. It’s December 19th and we don’t have a single flake of snow on the ground. I should say; non-manmade snow. While I love snow, I also love the fact that I haven’t had to worry about footing when I run. As an added bonus, the temps have been very mild lately. Best of all, the days start getting longer at the end of this week.

I have two random things on my mind that I keep forgetting to post.

First, in my perfect world, caffeine would promote hydration. While I’m at it, coffee would make your breath fresh and turn your teeth white.

Second, is there anyone else that doesn’t like to wear the shirts they get from their "big" races? For example, I rarely wear my marathon shirts. I don’t know why. It’s not like I care if they get worn out or something. I just tend not to wear those shirts.

Finally, I’m not much of a music critic, but I figure if a CDs been in my stereo (sorry, I don't have an MP3 player, iPOD, or whatever else is hip) for 2 months straight (not really, but you get the idea), it’s worth mentioning. If you like groups like Wilco, Son Volt, Jayhawks – sort of that alt-country music – check out Uncle Tupelo. Before there was Wilco and Son Volt, there was Uncle Tupelo. They may be hard to find in stores, so you may need to shop online. I’ve been listening to 89/93: An Anthology, which contains 21 songs that I can’t stop listening to.

Quote of the day;

“From that experience, I learned that hard training isn't always fun, but competing should always be fun or you may want to consider doing something else.” - Michael Reneau, on wrestling in college


MB said...

someone call your family and get you an MP3 player for XMAS!

Don said...

Absolutely true about the "big" race shirts. I actually have mine in a separate pile, for special occasions. But those occasions are rare.

Trisaratops said...

Big fan of the Jayhawks--will have to check that out!

massoman said...

that's funny about the shirts.
i have a couple of favorites that i wear to the gym all the time, other than that i don't wear race shirts. the cool wind shirt with pockets that came with the half in november is grat though.

just think, with a 20, 40, or 60 gig ipod every song of every cd you own would be there.

Bart said...

The only Christmas that I spent in Michigan (1984), there was no snow the week before Christmas. The locals were all upset that they wouldn't have a white Christmas. Being from San Diego, I was rooting against the snow. Unfortunately, it snowed something like 10" on Christmas Eve.

It's funny you should mention t-shirts. Today I was thinking that as often as I do laundry, there's no reason I should have more than a five t-shirts at the most. I rarely wear any of them except when I'm hanging around the house. I suspect more then a few of them will be gone soon.

getwell said...

I always ask for the smallest shirts they have, then ask for any free extras they could spare, and then give them all to my kids as presents. Totally worth the smiles on their faces. They end up using them as pajamas. Plus, whom better to inspire than them youngins.

Chad said...

Mark, they've offered and I've declined.

Getwell, I've had thoughts of getting small shirts too, but my girls are still too little. Pretty soon I'll do that.