Talking with my date last night, I mentioned that I’d like to get more upper-body exercise, but I’m only interested in activities where you move somewhere and get to see something. I joked about getting a bike that you crank with your arms, and she sensibly pointed out that some sort of paddling activity* wouldContinue reading “Kayaking?”
Since I’m racing on Wednesday, I cut the scheduled long run in half and did six miles this morning, very slowly. I ran from the house and made it out to Multnomah Village and back, mostly on Garden Home Road there and Capitol Highway back. It was a nice run, on a beautiful crisp morning,Continue reading “Tapered run”
I took the day off yesterday to spend time with my old friend A, who was flying into Portland on her way to visit her father down south, west of Corvallis. Her plane was late, but we still spent a great afternoon in NW Portland, first deciding to grab a yummy lunch at the always-busyContinue reading “And I go out on a date”
I had to run 40 minutes and make Buffalo wings yesterday, all before 6:30, so I took the afternoon off. I did my running up on Terwilliger, parking near the north end and running to the intersection with Capitol Highway and back. That’s mostly uphill on the way out, and downhill back. The idea wasContinue reading “If I were in fifth grade, I would find both “fartleks” and “Butte to Butte” hilarious”
I didn’t have time to make it to my usual Monday-night running group, so I ran my 40 minutes on the streets near my house. Are they getting hillier? Pant, pant, pant. I did 4.2 miles. After that, a 10-person MiPL dinner at the Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant. It was really good, andContinue reading “Curses, tired again”
This weekend was one long, complicated, confusing blur, with too much staying out late and too many naps breaking up the days into weird shaped chunks I was having trouble following. Friday night, M and I went to the MiPL Laser Tag event in Beaverton. It was not my thing. Maybe that was simply becauseContinue reading “My weekend, and welcome to it”
Here’s the data for the 11-mile run this morning. Now I’m sleepy… must nap! ZZZzzzzzz.
So Zee has “tagged” me to “complete” a “meme”. This is something the cool blogging kids do, right? — INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so: 1) Classy 2) Meaning of Loaf/Cherry Ride (IContinue reading “If you break the chain letter, you will get 17 weeks of bad luck and maybe an ingrown hair too”
The twinges in my right calf were telling me I should do only a slow run today, so I did. Three point one miles around the hilly neighborhood, in 35:50. I certainly didn’t get winded, but my legs do feel tired from it, and the heat wore me down a bit.
The Western States Endurance Run starts early this Saturday morning. It finishes one hundred miles later, sometime after sunrise on Sunday for most. Western States is one of the oldest, toughest, and most famous 100-milers in the world. Starting in Squaw Valley, the first four and a half miles consist of a 2,550-foot vertical climbContinue reading “The Western States 100”
After work last night I changed into running clothes, put some water mixed with a little grapefruit juice into my handheld bottle, and took my digital cable box to the Comcast office. Driving there, I picked my water bottle up of the car seat to have a sip and it felt… really light. Aaaah! IContinue reading “Tuesday Intervals”
Update: Rats. They removed the video. Hart’s Seafood Restaurant, in Conway, Arkansas, has it going on. (via)
I just did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, something that would have been unthinkable for the person I used to be: I downgraded my cable TV to the most basic package available. No digital box, no VH1, no Food Network, no nothing. I hardly watch TV at all lately, and thisContinue reading “Unbuyers’ Remorse”
So for some reason, the Portland Fit training schedule had us taking yesterday off. Maybe it’s because they are upping the interval times from 30 seconds to a minute today. Oh, well: I ran anyway. Six miles, with the Portland Running Company group. The pace varied from 8:36 to 9:40 or so.
I keep meaning to answer questions about how my wife died on this blog, and I’ve finally gotten around to it.
I was looking forward to having breakfast with fellow blogger Zee this morning, and wasn’t disappointed. Because it’s always a good time when people on antidepressants get together, right? They must work: even though we talked about a lot of not-so-much-fun stuff, it wasn’t depressing. And the food was yummy, with the possible exception ofContinue reading “Busy Day”
The Portland Fit group run this morning was eight miles, with a choice between a flat waterfront route and a hilly Macleay Trail route. I was feeling tired and sleepy and didn’t want to have to focus much (or stop and walk every 10 minutes to wait for the group to catch up, like coachContinue reading “Sleepy Run”
I ran tonight in Tryon Creek State Park, which I’d hiked in a bit long ago when I lived in Lake Oswego, but had never ran in before. I don’t know if it was the hills, the temperature (not that it was really all that warm), or me, but it was a tough half hour.Continue reading “Mediocre Run”
Ava Roasteria, in downtown Beaverton, continues to astound me. Not so much the coffee (meh) or the food (double meh) but the liveliness of its social space. Last night, a Wednesday, I left there around 10:20 at night and the place was still almost full, inside and out. Ours wasn’t even the only group playingContinue reading “More late-night coffee”
I am excited to see how rapid and painless my recovery from the half-marathon has been. I’m a new runner in the middle of his first marathon training program; I was supposed to treat the half as more of a training run than a race. Which I didn’t. They went so far as to specificallyContinue reading “Optimism”
My blog is currently the top Google hit for “Helvetia Half Marathon 2007 Results“. Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a very common search I’m sure, but compared to the usual traffic this blog gets, it’s quite a spike. Hi everyone! Hope you enjoyed the race as much as I did!
A 30-minute run was scheduled for today, and timing-wise, the morning was going to work best. Right after I woke up, I thought I was going to have to skip it, but some careful stretching loosened up the calves that had stiffened up overnight and I felt good to go. It was clear this wasContinue reading “The Hill”
Right in time for my Monday-night run, my calves loosened up a bit. I went running with the usual group, and my legs felt good! I ended up doing five miles — the first few pretty quickly — and my legs gave me less problems than my lungs. My cardio is definitely still in recoveryContinue reading “My body surprises me again”
Well, I’ve officially registered for the 2007 Portland marathon. $90 + a $6.85 anal rape processing fee. My bib number is 1873. Start rooting!
Official results can be looked up here; you can see mine here. Chip time: 1:58:10. (Chip time is the time from the start line to the finish line. It doesn’t include the time you spend getting up to the start line after the race starts. My gun time, which does include that time, was 1:59:14.)Continue reading “Helvetia Half Marathon Official Results”
I had everything all laid out and ready this morning and had gotten to sleep around 10 last night, so getting up early to get out to Hillsboro Stadium well before the 8:00 am start was no big deal. M was running it too, and we were going to carpool from my house if heContinue reading “Race Report: The Helvetia Half Marathon”
I survived my first half-marathon! Unofficial time: 1:58:12. That’s an average 9:01 mile, and, more importantly, shattered my goal time of 2:00:00. No injuries, though my left hip flexor is pretty sore. I’ll write more later.
A 30-minute run was scheduled today and I took it easy, perhaps easier than any other run since Portland Fit started up. I didn’t track my speed, but I’d guess 14-minute miles. I just wanted to stretch out my legs and remind my body that I haven’t stopped wanting to move. So where do IContinue reading “Lunchtime jog / two days until the half-marathon”
Last night I went to two MiPL events: Euchre for Dummies and Karaoke at the Buffalo Gap. When I walked out of the Alemeda Brewhouse, where the Euchre was played, I forgot to pay my check. I had walked almost back to my car when it hit me, and I rushed back, embarrassed. This wasn’tContinue reading “I am not smart”
Last night I did a fairly slow (9:45 miles or so) 3.2 mile run with my usual Monday-night running group. Actually, only two of us turned around at the 1.6 mile mark, and the other person who did had run a marathon just two days earlier, so she had a great excuse. I guess “I’mContinue reading “I am out of clever titles for these training reports”
I went to a MiPL Ultimate Frisbee game this evening. It was in the mid to high eighties, and it was humid, whew! This was the first time I’ve played Ultimate since college. I forgot how much running around it involved. Plus, back then, I could probably make it for about three plays before I’dContinue reading ““Ultimate Frisbee” is the worst name for a sport ever”
After this morning’s run, I went to get dim sum with MiPLers. We met at Jin Wah, a place by the Fred Meyer’s in Beaverton that I’ve always heard good things about. Um. It was really mediocre. Fong Chong in Chinatown has tastier dim sum by a factor of four. Almost every item disappointed meContinue reading “Dim Sum”
This was a recovery week on the Portland Fit schedule, in preparation for the Helvetia Half Marathon next week. So today’s long run was only eight miles. Ah, I can remember when that was my longest. Time flies. Portland Fit’s usual Saturday meeting was disrupted by Rose Festival preparations taking place in “our” parking lot.Continue reading “In which I host my own trail running event”