Friday, September 10, 2010

Don't read if you are easily offended

For anyone thinking of running or taking up the sport I feel like I have to do my civic duty and report the good, the bad, and the ugly. (My wife is really cringing right now).

This has been a long week at work and in training. Nathan had a football game last night and I was able to see his game and get my run in, however, I wasn't able to get into bed until late last night making me tired today. As my friend Bart says, all choices have consequences, make wise choices. The consequence of yesterday was tired and drained today but it is what it is. This week has really been a good one coming off of rest last week. I feel like I am adapting to the training and am beginning to feel the difference. Granted, I think a lot of it has to do with the cool weather which makes a huge difference.

Now my public service announcement: When you go on 2 hour runs, wear socks!

Now most of you are thinking duh, of course wear socks, it keeps you from getting blisters. Believe it or not, there are many shoe companies that make shoes that you can wear, blister free, without socks. Zoot is one of them and that is what I primarily race in and they are made to be worn sockless. Anyway, that is not why I am recommending them. I run mostly out in the country with many runs on Moreland road (by Bethalto). The highway has really nice, wide shoulders, traffic but not a ton of it along with some nice rolling hills to get the heart rate up. Last night was no different. well, sort of different. Every great once in awhile running causes (or makes worse) gastro intestinal distress and when you are out in the middle of no where with no place to go you have to figure something out quick. Last night was one of those nights..... Now, connect the dots and now you know why socks don't just prevent blisters but have many uses. I typically don't litter clothes along the highway but last night was an exception.

So for those new to distance running, ALWAYS WEAR SOCKS! One day you will thank me for it and I expect to hear from you!

Now today I have a 45 minute swim and a 1.5 bike ride that I will be doing tonight after the kids go to bed. Rene is doing the Trail of Tears Tri in Cape tomorrow morning and i have NBB's football game. They are only calling for a 70% of rain and with a name like Trail of Tears it has to be fun right!?!?!?!?!? We are truly silly people.

All for now and have a great weekend!



  1. That's too funny, but very true. I have many stories too, but all I have to say is I've run home shirtless one time! Good luck to NBB and Rene for entering a Tri with that name! Keep up the great training!

  2. Thanks Mike, everyone has those days, I am just the only one that would write about it. Let's catch up this weekend, I am curious as to how you are doing and JM with is football!

  3. I don't even know what to say...but I did laugh!