Half a Month There on Foot

You will find me at the corner of Speed and Power

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Handbook, eh? I'm not good on multiple choice... OR Crisis of Infinite Knee Handbook of the Running Guy Universe

Today was the first day of the rest of my knee.

Forgetting that my Aikido instructor and most of my classmates were out of the state today, I biked down to the dojo, saw no one, promptly biked back home. And there I broke out "The Knee Crisis Handbook."

The book arrived yesterday. On a cursory glance, it's pretty much what I expected: how your knee works, how to keep your knee working, here's what to do when your knee doesn't work and you kinda liked it the way it was before thank-you-very-much.

But the big thing I'm looking for is a whole new stretching/exercise routine, designed for flexibility and strength training. And so far 'Knee Crisis Handbook' meets the criteria.

Two steps back: the problem with my knee seems to be the typical "Runner's Knee." Inflamation behind the knee cap. I start to run, get some dull pain, and my knee cap feels "tight" like it needs to "pop." I can run about a quarter mile before any discomfort. So I'd like the knee to work with the running and the marathoning.

And I'm enjoying the process of getting back up to speed, oddly enough. The stretches added a lot to differnt muscles, the exercises put emphasis on even more muscles. The idea is to take care of strengthening all the leg and upper body muscles since they're all interconnected. And I dig that.

Today was the first day, and just the basics took me about an hour and a half. Well worth it; the trick now is making it a daily/every other day kinda deal.

Here we go.

(the following post was not spell checked or grammer check. C'mon, it was an hour and half of exercise for my knee; I got races to shoot, comedians to upstage).

Thursday, June 23, 2005

I'll be there in an hour

Last night my friend Matt told me he didn't understand the appeal of running, having tried it once and found it did nothing for him. Then, like now, I didn't have time to go into the long version of what running does for me, but here's the USA Today: centers, pushes, and inspires.

It's you against you.

And in the end, that's what it's all about. Or should be.

And that's one to grow on. And half the battle. Which, as you know, is in the knowing.

I won't stain yer blood... is it love?

Alright, brass tacks (and sales tax). To show my wallet how serious I am about not getting more injuries and taking care of the ones I have, I bought 'The Runners' Repair Manual' and ordered 'The Knee Injury Handout.'

Due to some unforseen circumstances last night *coughneighboorhoodprowlercough* I did not get up this morning when I planned. This morning was to be the first going by the book run. I have to say, so far, in print, 'The Runner's Repair Manual' seems pretty on. The author is a doctor. The text is very straightforward, and the illutstrations are really basic. The book was written in 1980, so you're talking 25 years of change, but the basics are the same: good shoes, stretch the right way, use your brain.

Some day I'll have a post about running.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Na na na na na na na na na na na na LAME ASS!

Saw 'Batman Begins.' Loved it. Really.

Running? Well, no. Didn't really. Lots going on, but did make some Aikido, gardening, and saw mom. So that's good.

Oh! I *did* run. To 7-Eleven. For mayo. But there was sorta running.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Running today? Well, no...

So my goal was to post at least every two days. Right now, well, I'm still on schedule. For running, however, not so much.

Maybe tomorrow. For sure Saturday, but maybe tomorrow. But look, here's a post about posting, right?

*sigh* "What kind of ham radio you got?"

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Who's a runner? Not this guy...

It's a whole lot of not running for this guy. Knee's still all goofy, so there you go. I'm doing a little bit of "trying to run and only getting 20 paces in" right now, which is working pretty dang well. Or not.

So in other news:

- think I'm going to see the new Batman tomorrow instead of working.
- got about two-three podcasts I want to figure out some time for producing.
- pilot we worked on had the first offer today. Two year exclusive, five year deal. My first emotion was pure excitement, followed quickly by dread. Which prompted me to write.