Sunday, May 23, 2010

How To Run Across Water

I thought this was a joke at first, but I guess this is an actual sport -- liquid mountaineering. Basically, running on top of water.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kansas Runners Dominate the 1500-Meter Run

A month ago, we went to Kansas City for a quick weekend getaway. While there, we went to the Legends Village West shopping area. This is one of our favorite places to go in Kansas City. It is an outdoor retail and entertainment area. Every time we go back, there is something new and fun, and it is a wonderful place to go with your family.

Throughout the shopping area, there are statues and sculptures of various things--a cowboy, a fly fisherman, etc. There was a new one this time I'd never seen, and it was running related. It was a series of statues of runners as a tribute to the great 1500-meter runners we've had in Kansas over the years. I thought it was very cool Here are some pics:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

First Place in the Class Race

My son is in the first grade. His school had their end of the year “field day” last week. There are about 20 events, with things like soccer dribble, football throw, spoon relay, etc. But only one of the events has a clear winner – the class race.

In the class race, the students are put into groups of 5 or 6 for a 50 yard race, and then the winners all race each other to find out which kid is the fastest in the class.

Last year, my son made it to the finals where he was up against 5 other girls. He had a huge lead but then ¾ of the way into the race he tripped and fell, and he came in last. He was embarrassed and cried a little bit.

So this year was his chance at redemption. And not only did he win the qualifying race going away, he destroyed his competition in the finals.

Oh, I forgot to mention, my son is fast. He definitely didn’t get his speed from me, but I am very proud of him.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

This video is a commercial for John Lewis, but it really is poetry and creativity in 90 seconds, and perfect for celebrating Mother's Day.

I would not be half the man I am without my mother and my wife. Happy Mother's Day to everyone.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Running Again?

Okay, so there is a question mark at the end of Running Again? because although I did have my first run two nights ago in about 2 weeks, I still feel like I'm riding that line where I could get re-injured at any moment. So, I'm trying to be smart and careful. So I can run and stay running.

The Stick has been great, I am going to try to use it twice a day, either before and after a run, or once in the morning and once at night. I had hopes to run the River Run 10K this next weekend, which I hear is the biggest race in the state of Kansas, but I know that I am not in shape for it. I could probably get through it, but it would be ugly. And, I could risk an injury flare up. See, I'm trying to be smart.

So I've been thinking about two things.
1. Getting a bike so I can cross train
2. Trying out the Galloway method.

Has anyone done the Galloway method? I was listening to the Extra Mile podcast yesterday and he had Jeff Galloway on the show. If you don't know, the Galloway method is all about run-walking, and Jeff said a lot of that is to aid in injury prevention. He said he's been injury free for like 30+ years now. Pretty amazing, and it got my attention. So, I may give it a shot. Still debating.

As for the bike, I had a buddy stop by the other day with a nice triathlon bike he bought on Craiglist at a bargain of a price. I don't know about doing a triathlon (the swimming part would kill me), but it definitely got me to considering getting a bike. There would be less pounding on my injured foot, for sure.

Hope everyone is doing well and getting their runs in. I'm feeling disconnected to the blogosphere currently. May is a busy month.