Sunday, January 18, 2009

its a beautiful day!

First off I can't seem to post photos; for some reason the icons are disabled. I have some great photos to post and I will as soon as the icons work.

My workouts have been fairly boring lately and its because they have all been indoors. Yuck! I don't like spinning on my trainer because I tend to watch the clock too much. I do at least entertain myself by playing video games, watching tv, reading or surfing the internet. Yeah I manage to surf the internet while biking! But I would much rather just listen to my ipod and pedal down the road for hours.

I have been swimming in a pool of course because the ice on the lakes makes swimming difficult. But I did manage to hurt myself the last time I was in the pool. Not too big a deal but on my first lap I went to stand up to adjust my goggles and I managed to kick the bottom of the pool and tore a chunk of skin off my big toe. It throbbed for most of my workout and still hurts a bit every time I take a step. So when I run I'm aware of my toe. Its not horrible but its an annoyance.

Running inside during the winter is both good and bad. It is nice to be able to run without losing traction on snow and ice which slows you down. And wearing shorts and a tshirt is way more comfortable than bundling up. But today I was determined to get outside since the temp is finally above zero! I was supposed to meet with friends for a run this morning but I didn't set my alarm correctly and overslept! Whoops! So instead I ran by myself. Nothing real amazing just 10k but it was my longest run since the begining of october when I ran the twin cities marathon. The weather was a perfect winter day. 20 degrees and snowing with no wind. The snow accumulating on the ground definitely slowed my pace but it felt great.

Now I'm watching the cardinals massacre the eagles in the nfc chanpionship game.

A snowy run and watching footall is definitely a great way to spend the day!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

runnin in the dome

Last night I headed to the metrodome for some warm indoor running with my friend mike. I got there before he did and found a spot to stash my jacket and change into my running shoes. as I did that pharmie ran by so I decided to do a few easy laps with her. Mike showed up after a bit and joined us and somehow the few easy laps turned into a few miles! Pharmie finished her run then mike and I picked up the pace for 2 more miles when I decided too try and get in a quick stair workout. The only problem was that all the entrances to the stadium area were closed with large garbage cans blocking the doors. I somehow managed to find one that someone moved so that the door could be easily opened. (it wasnt me no one saw me do it and you can't prove anything!) I did several laps up and down the bleachers but had to dodge a lot garbage left behind from the vikings game on sunday. After the stairs I did a couple cool down laps with mike and headed home. Overall it was an easy laid back 5 miles filled with conversation.

Carly and baby are doing much better now! Check back soon to see a pic of the baby!

Monday, January 5, 2009

im back!

So the new year is here and one of my resolutions is to keep up with this freaking blog through the entire year. Can I do it? Time will tell! I have very ambitious plans for this year. My first race of the year will be the securian half marathon on the 24th. I just registered for it today. I really need to get running and I'm planning on running 3-4 days a week for the year and I am supposed to go out for a short 5 mile run in 5 hours but I'm currently sitting in the hospital with carly who has an iv in her arm. She is very ill and dehydrated. Did I mention she is also 21 weeks pregnant!? Its obviously going to be a fantastic year and I'm looking forward to having a new family member to cheer me on for my second ironman this september! Four month old babies care about ironman races don't they? Either way it looks like I'm going to have to get creative with my workout schedule. So happy new year from a very tired irondad! And please check back for regular updates! I will do them from my cellphone if I have to which is what I'm doing now.