Thursday, January 17, 2008


Lots of talk about trying to improve, doing something different, setting goals, finding your limits, etc. lately. But what I’d really like is to be able to turn “it” off – at least once in awhile. “It” being constantly thinking about running. It seems to be the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night. Driving the car…thinking about running. Sitting in meetings…thinking about running. Getting “lucky”…okay, even I’m not lame enough to be thinking about running at that point, but you get the idea. There should be some type of mechanism where I can still train, without the thought of running consuming every waking moment.

Maybe I need another hobby, like skiing...

That's what I did this morning for 45 minutes. It seems like I’m getting a better hang of the technique, however, two different guys flew by me. I think they were literally going twice as fast as me – and they make it look so freaking easy. When do I get to that point? The times where I felt like I had good technique, I got going so fast that I was scared. On the negative side of things, my right knee seems to hurt after each ski workout.

Tonight I’m pretty sure that I’ll be able to run on the treadmill. Having the Gophers/Hoosiers basketball game on TV will help make that happen.

Quote of the day;

“The fewer the voices on the side of truth, the more distinct and strong must be your own.” – William Ellery Channing


Andrew said...

Turn it off and it becomes something you used to do. I'm not sure you're ready for that.

To ski faster requires training and practice. Sort of like learning to run faster. Hmmmmm.

Ha! Chad, thinking about running all the time is ok! Get out there and run! This is what you're excellent at!

Adam said...

Skiing fast usually requires pretty decent form. There are a few videos of good technique out there. here's a few. Click on the links to master skiier articles. If it makes you feel any better, those guys were probably slogging away on roller skiis this summer while you were enjoying the trails.

This is definitely the winter to do some skiing!

Chad said...

Good points, Andrew. I just want to temporarily turn it off.

Adam, thanks for the link. I've already checked it out some.