Bad Knees Be Damned

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Saturday, December 24th, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  No Comments »


15th Annual Christmas Eve Run

Of the 15 years I’ve been doing the Christmas Eve run, this year’s run hands down had the best weather. While it’s a little sad that there isn’t a few inches of the white stuff on the ground for Christmas, I wasn’t slipping and slidding around like previous years. Temp was right about 30 degrees with light winds from the northwest at about 5 mph.

My course for this year was a portion of one of the routes I used to run in high school. I forced myself to start slowly so that I would be good the last half. I still went a bit quicker than I should have. By the time I was a mile and a quarter in, I wasn’t going into the wind anymore and I over heated quickly. Eventhough I wasn’t wearing a lot of gear, I still managed it.

The hat and gloves came off very quickly. The sleeves were pulled up and the quarter length zipper was yanked down. I ran the last mile and a quarter basically in short sleeves. I got some funny looks from the mail man and a couple of old ladies for that. Well, I decided that it was the sleeves, not the fact that I was out running on Chirstmas Eve.

Even with all the health issues I’ve had lately, I’d say that this run was a success. Can’t wait till next year!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 12/24/2011
  • Time: 10:15:00
  • Total Time: 00:24:03.21
  • Calories: 396
  • Distance: 2.55 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:26.04/mile

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 6:00 pm  |  No Comments »


Bring on the Mill

Yesterday was my first experience with full on running after the whole pnuemonia thing. After the near fatal (at least that’s how it felt) basketball incident, I decided some light jogging would be good.

I hopped on the treadmill with the thought of a 15 minute total workout, including 2 minutes of walking at the beginning and end. The first bit of walking warmed me up nicely, so I started jogging a nice steady pace at about 6.2 mph. I kept that rolling nice and steady right up to the time I was supposed to walk again (after 11 minutes of running). Well, I decided that since I felt great, I’d go another couple of minutes. Eventually, that ended up being another 9 minutes of running for a run time of 20 minutes, plus the walking!

I felt pretty dang good after my first solid cardio workout. I did about 10 minutes of stretching, and I felt great all night. I had just the tiniest bit of calf tightness this morning, but that stretched right out. WooHoo!!!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 12/06/2011
  • Time: 18:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:25:00.00
  • Calories: 411
  • Distance: 2.6 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:36.92/mile
  • Ascent: 114 ft

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Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 7:54 pm  |  No Comments »


Ow, Basketball, Why Must You Hurt So Much?

Well, my first real test of the lungs came on Wednesday. We had a work day at school, and a bunch of us usually play a few games of basketball to pass the time away. We played for about 45 minutes in the morning before our meetings, and I thought I was going to die. Taking somebody’s hip to my ribs didn’t help anything either. At least we had an extra person so I could come out.

In the afternoon we played for 2 hours. We started off with a “nice” game of 21. Not as much running, but MUCH more physical. Then we played 3 games of full court. Why? Don’t know, but it still hurt quite a bit to breathe. Unfortunately, there were no extra people for subs. I was all in for all 3 games. I knew my lungs were burning, but I had no ida how my body would take it.

Now that it’s Friday, I can saw that my body hates me. My back is in knots, my calves are almost cramped up, and I had a huge bruise and a knot on my arm. Sure was a good time though. Now, to try this whole jogging thing. Hmmm.

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Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 7:52 pm  |  2 Comments »


Respiratory Speed Bump V. 11.1


I write this as I’m recovering from yet another bout with bronchitis (my 11th in 7 1/2 years). I also had a second fun run with pneumonia (2nd time since March) and my 7th sinus infection. As of my doc visit earlier this past week, the bronchitis and pneumonia are gone, but the sinus infection came back. After a Z-pak, I’m not sure it’s gone yet. We’ll see in a couple of days if I get more sinus migraines.

I’m at the point where I think I can start working out again. It’s been a month since I’ve been able to do anything more than minimal movement. The cold air that’s decided to hang around is making things a tad difficult.

Here’s to getting better and running more!

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Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 8:30 am  |  2 Comments »


2011 Tornado Alley Run- Algona, IA

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I have been running. Cross country season is almost over, and I got in my annual fall road race. The trip back home to Algona and the Tornado Alley Run. As I have for the last couple of years, I got there super early to get in some walking to warm up and loosen the muscles before the run. That started at 6:30 this year. It was a bit chilly at 38 degrees, so I kept moving and have a few sips of hot coffee to get me awake.

My goal going in was to beat 27 minutes. I didn’t really care by how much. I knew the course like the back of my hand, so I just repeated to my self to go easy. The first mile was very smooth. Just shy of 3/4 mile in I ran past my parent’s house and my son was there yelling at me. That was awesome. I then settled in and felt great. I hit the first mile in 8:22.09. Right in the middle of my “want” zone of 8:15-8:30 per mile.

The second mile came nice and smooth as well at 8:27.95. I wasn’t too concerned, as it had the only section that was into the wind.

The last mile and a tenth had the only real hill in the run (and you can’t really call it a hill) and then it was flat. I noticed a guy that I had been in contact with the whole run starting to fall back a bit. I got along side of him and said “Good job” as I had to nearly everyone that either passed me, or that I had passed. Yeah, I’m THAT annoying guy. Anyway, he said that this was his first race of the year and that he’d just started running. I told him that he as doing pretty good for just starting. He said he’d try to keep up with me until the end. And we ran together until about the last 3 tenths of a mile. I said that I was going to pick it up now, and he should too. He stuck with me for a while, but I think that’s where my experience took over. I got my breathing under control and took off. I finished that last mile and a tenth in 8:16.09. I love a negative split! Especially with the extra tenth on there.

The guy I was with ended up kicking it in and finished only 6 seconds behind me.

Total results, I was 49th out of 108 in the 5k. Age group, I was 5th of 8 runners. Not too bad considering the 4 that beat me were either running high school cross country now or had just graduated.

Overall, I’d say it was a pretty successful run. Only 1 week left of Cross Country, and then I get a needed break. My knees are starting to bark as loud as the dog next door!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 10/01/2011
  • Time: 08:30:00
  • Total Time: 00:25:06.13
  • Calories: 475
  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Average Pace: 8:05.83/mile

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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 3:00 pm  |  No Comments »


It’s About Time

After all the crazy of the last couple months of knee, back, and hip pain, and the whole pneumonia thing, Thursday was finally the first time that I felt almost normal again. It was a cold and wet day at track practice (48 degrees and a nasty stingy rain), but we soldiered on. I had to keep reminding my runners that this was still within legal competition weather, so we’d be practicing in it.

I ended up with the sprinters for a while (not my normal group. Too moody). They had been kind of messing around for most of the week, so I told them that if they weren’t going to do their sprint workout, then they would do the distance workout. Of course, grumbling and nagging ensued. But, a few minutes in, about 6 or 7 kids decided that they weren’t going to run. So, I told them to get going, or everyone had a mile. They were stubborn and just stood there, so everybody went running. I gave them a minute lead, and told them that I shouldn’t catch them. Thinking fully that I wouldn’t be able to anyway. Well, I did. I ended up catching all but the first 3 of 35 kids.

The rain felt great, and reminded me of some of my favorite runs in the past that involved outrunning storms and just going out in a downpour because it looked fun. Eventually, all of the kids finished their mile. Most were dead tired, but a few wanted more. I just chuckled and gave those guys a huge high five.

When my distance kids came out, I had them do a mile with a bit of speed work mixed in. Again, I was right there with them. I didn’t know what was going on, but I was going to keep running until something popped or I was completely exhausted. Even the kids noticed how well I was running compared to normal and commented on it. Of course, I knew the awesomeness wouldn’t last. On Friday, I could hardly jog a 400, let alone run another 2 miles. But, I knew I could do it. Now, the focus is on strength, stretching, and getting in some cardio any way I can.


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 04/07/2011
  • Time: 15:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:00:00.00
  • Distance: 2.5 miles

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 8:08 pm  |  No Comments »


Feel the Burn

Now that I have officially gotten x-ray proof that my pneumonia is gone, it’s time to start working out again. I tried a bit of running on Monday during track practice. All told, I got a mile in. All but 400m of it was pretty easy. The breathing on this first day was good. The legs were shot after the first 400, but I soldiered on anyway.

We didn’t have practice Tuesday due to weather (way to cold for unprepared middle schoolers to be outside). Yesterday was crazy with first day of hurdles (my other focus besides distance) and jumps, so I didn’t get any running in other than to check on a kid that bit it going over the hurdles.

Today I jumped in a couple of times with my runners for a bit of repeat 800s. I did two of them. I had lots of rest in between, but I did two. I then went on the 800m cool down jog as well. So, a mile and a half today. Not too shabby for low 40s and nasty cold rain.

The future’s looking bright now. Just have to get after it.

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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 2:42 pm  |  2 Comments »


Good News

I went back to the doctor yesterday for my pneumonia check up. Good news is that the infection seems to be gone. Just a bit of enflamed lung tissue now. So for the next 2 weeks I get to pretend I’m an asthmatic. He gave me an inhaler to help with the yucky lung stuff. And, I should be able to start working out by the end of the week providing my breathing improves. Yaaaahooooooo!

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 6:19 am  |  2 Comments »


Extra Birthday Surprise

My last post was icky, but this one’s worse. I went in to the doctor last week for my regular bronchitis appointment (isn’t it bad to have regular bronchitis appointments?). Turns out, I actually have pneumonia! Not much I can do other than finish out my super powerful antibiotics and rest. The doc ordered two weeks of low activity. Just what I needed. I’ll go back in about a week and a half to get more chest x-rays. Since I only have 3 days of antibiotics left, I hope the gurgles in my chest go away soon. The track is calling.

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Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 10:09 am  |  2 Comments »


Happy Birthday! You’re getting bronchitis.

That’s how today started. Mu sinuses drained yesterday, and the flood of crud went straight into my chest and stomach. I woke up this morning to rattling chest coughs, poor breathing, and a stomach ache. Woopee!

Track starts in a week, hopefully it’s cleared up by then so I can breathe when I run.

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