Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Training when there is no time to train

I'm out of town again this week for some company sponsored training and "networking" (organized socializing). With planned activities from morning until after dinner, it's hard to find time to train. I managed to find a little time today between class and the next required social event. I spent 20 minutes in the hotel gym doing some high intensity dumbbell work. Then I ventured outside for a short run around the hotel. It was not ideal ultramarathon training, but it was enough to make me feel better about the calorie heavy "networking" happy hour and dinner that would follow.

Even when it seems there is no time to train, there really is. You just have to look for it, and make it happen. If you make training a priority, you will find a way to get it done.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Good News for Ultrarunners!

Eating dark chocolate reduces inflammation.

Race Directors take note: We demand only the best dark chocolate at aid stations. And while you are at it, a little red wine would be nice.

Run happy out there.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Crossfit Endurance -- Carl Borg finishes AC 100

34 year old Carl Borg finished the Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run (AC 100) this past weekend in a time of 29 hours, 31 minutes. He finished 52nd out of 98 finishers (135 starters). Carl subscribes to the Crossfit Endurance methodology that emphasizes functional training over long slow sport specific training. From what I've read, Carl's longest run before the AC 100 was 13 miles.

See an older post or two for more on this somewhat controversial subject.

I'm looking for more information about Carl and his training, and would love to even get a chance to talk to him to learn more about his training and get an idea for how he feels as he recovers from that tough run.

Congrats Carl on a great finish! If you read this, please drop me a comment.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I'm out of town for the week in training (computer, not running). Still healing. My goal this week is 15-20 easy miles. I ran about 3 at lunchtime yesterday, and felt pretty good. Baby steps. I did get in a very high intensity weight workout first.

Thanks to all who have contacted me regarding my injury, blog, and book. I love hearing people tell me that they find Running Through the Wall motivating. We all need motivation sometimes. Hearing that others have found the book motivating motivates me. I thank you for that.

If you get a chance, go to Amazon.com and leave a review (you'll need to login first). Perhaps your review will help motivate others.

Happy and healthy running everyone...


Friday, September 5, 2008

Peroneal Tendonitis

What does it feel like? For me, it feels kind of like Plantar Fasciitis. A dull ache in the arch of the foot. The pain is mostly on the outside of the arch, halfway between the toe and the heel. The peroneal tendon comes down around the ankle and attaches to the bottom of the foot in that area.

Google it for more info.

I can run fine for several miles. Then it gets angry. If I'm running on uneven terrain, it gets worse.

NSAIDs are very effective. But at what cost? I did get a prescription for a Ketoprofen cream (basically an NSAID that you rub on the affected area). It works too. But my insurance doesn't cover it, and it is about $40 per ounce. That should last me a couple weeks, and with the allowable refills, I will definitely have some magic cream in my next 100 miler drop bag.

Rest is working for me. I'm hitting the weights and relaxing. It's nice to end the summer knowing that I don't have to run 100 miles anytime soon.

But then again, MMTR is just around the corner.