Saturday, July 30, 2011

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. ~Edward Steichen

My day in photo's...31 miles on the bike after a big storm rolled thru here last night (stuff wrecked, trees downed, boats capsized) and then 3 miles running this aft...a pic was definitely taken for Adam at "The Boring Runner" and Beth at "Shut Up and Run"...I think you will figure out which one......

I kinda feel like Barefoot Neil??? with all the pics.(I think he needs some love these days!!!!). Go ask him some questions...go!!!...right now like!!!!

So, if a picture is worth a 1000 words, this blog is now 43,000+ words.

To answer before asked - yes those are buffalo or bison.

Picture 21 with the riders...if you look at the bottom of the picture, you see indents in the road. If you are driving a car, when you hit them with your tires, they rumble and vibrate to tell you you are near the ditch (if your kinda napping). When you hit them on a road bike at 25 miles/hour, you get scrambled eggs...cha ching!!!!

Inverarden is back in the bush so you can't see much off it! Too bad, a ton of history around here along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.

And Williamstown is where I will hopefully make my triumphant return by running the 11 km "Great Raison River Run".


And to ask a question....what would you do for your significant other? Does "Cariboo Cameron" trump us all? And what exactly happened to all that extra booze? 

..enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What a maroon, what an ignoramus.....Bugs Bunny

Ahhhhhh, the joys of self diagnosis.

What a maroon I are, what an ignoramus I is!!!!

I always learn in the end but sometimes I am as short sighted as the next person (you know who you are).

Note to SELF: When doing self diagnosis, look at the big picture.

ITB Self Diagnosis/Cure Myself Checklist:

Knee Pain, check
Painful going Up and Downstairs, check
Tight ITB requiring Massage X 2, check
Lotsa ICE, Foam Rolling and R&R, check
Checking Running Shoes for Wear, check (4 pairs in rotation)
Staying off Cambered (uneven) Surfaces, check

Not thinking about wearing SANDALS with no support and being a heel well as my CASUAL SHOES that I wear to work that have worn out heels.....and being far too stupid to figure out that that is what is killing my ITB by putting undue exterior stress on it as I walk around the building during coffee breaks doing an average of 2.5 miles a day, MAJOR FAIL.

Once again, what a maroon I is, what an ignoramus I are.


2 pairs of casual shoes in the garbage, 2 new pairs of Sketchers and within 2 days, I am walking pain free.

Ran/walked 2 miles on Monday, stopping in between miles for a stretch.

Ran/Walked 3.65 miles last night with a stop for a stretch. No sharp stabbing pain......just the cathartic pain of knowing I was a dumbass and using a muscle that has been self abused for 6 that a crime?

Note to myself and anybody else out there that this might help......if you do self diagnosis, make sure you look at the big picture and include every piece of footwear you own. I have kept the sandals for the beach but that's it. The rest of the summer will be in lightly used running shoes that give a bit better support.

I actually slept through the entire night last night.....thank-you Sketchers, thank-you.

And on that happy note,

I am now back on a training plan to drop 5-15 unwanted friends off my frame (curse you Swedish Fish, curse you!!!) and getting ready for an August Duathlon.....I won't be doing this anytime soon....mind you, I may sneak in an 11 km road race in a couple of weeks from now.....and that makes me happy, happy, happy....but still a maroon!!!

Have a great humpday everyone (and don't forget to check your shoes!!!!!).

Monday, July 18, 2011

The best answers I could come up with!!

I got tagged with this last week.....and in an attempt to answer those burning questions, I have kept it short and sweet...and quick.

Here goes......

From Kate: long have you been running?  A little more than a year and a half.

What made you start? I got sick of puffing like an old locomotive up the stairs and the double chin that was starting to make itself known.

What sports did you play in high school? I used to play hockey till the cigarettes ruined my wind...dumb, dumb, dumb.  I ended up doing work more than sports in school...mind you, I like to think I am pretty fair at whatever sport I choose to try.

Who would be your free pass person (you know, the person you could hook up with with no repercussions from your spouse...not that you would, of course)? My "BOSS" would laugh cause she know's.....I am a big Jane Seymour of the original Bond girls before she got medicine in her blood.

BTW, love your header pic! Thank-you...I do too!!!

From Char:

What's your most embarrassing running moment?  Can honestly say I don't have one yet.....and I do know it will happen.

From Jamoosh:

If your hobby could be your job - would you do it? or making beer (when I find the time to get back at it.....)

From Jim:

How many days to you take as recovery after a race? used to just be a couple and then I would go back to a 3 mile run, then 4, then 5 etc. However, I now seem to have an IT issue and have not run for better than a month. I did however get 30 miles on the bike this weekend with just a wee twinge now and again. I hope to get back running in the next 2 weeks.

From Caroline:

do you speak any French? No, but after living in a bilingual community for 11 years, I understand some French.....and some cuss words

who is yout favorite hockey team?

who would you like to meet? Stephen of some of my favorite novels including "The Stand" and "IT" (no, that's not the IT Band IT)

From Chris K:

1) Why do you live in Canada where it is so damn cold? Born here, love it, weaned on icicles, ex hockey player.
2) Where was the pic taken in your header? New Smyrna beach in Florida, one of my best running days ever....8 miles on the beach was awesome.

3) How did you become a Raiders fan? I used to cheer for Denver but then went to the dark side with Bo. You know Bo...right?
4) Since you are a Raiders fan are you also a gang member? Nope, pretty much a loner...lotsa aquantances, a few good friends.
5) Did you learn about the Raiders when you were in prison or something? No prison, but I was a surface plant (Mill, Smelter and Refinery) and underground Miner (Nickle Mine) for 6 years....been down 4150 feet...pretty dark....

From Coy:

What's your dream race??  I was thinking New York till I seen the price tag...Manitoba Marathon was pretty special for me for a few reasons, had 15 family members between the 1/2, 10 walk/run participate on Fathers Day this year, so it became a family reunion of sorts and pretty exciting all the way around. I learned quite a bit during that run about myself and life in general.

So there are my answers. I had dreaded this to a certain extent always wonder what people will ask.

I hope to get back to running either this week or next. I can at least get on the bike and do a bit but I don't know what kind of shape I will be in for my Duathlon in August.....and that will set everything else up for the fall. I think I will be getting another massage soon if the IT does not loosen up soon.

Have a great week all and thanx for the questions. If you have more, let em rip or let it rest .....

Friday, July 15, 2011

There's a first time for everything......Q & A with Shawn

I have been tagged with the Q & A deal currently sweeping the blog world by Jenn...and how could I say no to her? Well I could but I'll play till I get the heebie jeebie's as I am somewhat of a hermit when it comes to personal stuff....

I don't quite know what I have to offer the running/blog world but I am willing to throw out a few nuggets of info if anybody is that interested. The only thing that is off limits (the pic lies I tell you, lies!!!)  is personal family info...most everything else about me is pretty much fair game.

Please note though, I am growley....I have not run in almost a month due to IT issues (self diag of course) but I did get in 10 miles on the bike yesterday that made me half way nice to be around to day...I pity my poor family.

I also will tag these 3 fine folks

Jamoosh who loves beer and more beer and is always a refreshing pleasure to read
Krystyna  (I think she is an old traveling soul with a new blog ...just send her a few questions and see what happens ...oh to be young again ...and she may not know she has been tagged so go easy please)
Kate who always has witty comments on my ramblings and likes my header pic

So there ya at will.....keep it above the belt...unlike Q today...but hey buddy, been there, done that!!!

btw...I now owe you Jenn!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deep Massage, Golf Balls, and Rolling Pins or should I call it “Me, Myself and Irene, Part II?

If you have never seen “Me, Myself and Irene”, do yourself a favour and rent it.  No matter how down things get sometimes, this movie always make me laugh.

I have not run for 3 ½ weeks. This sucks!!!!!
Ahhhh..but there may be hope yet.....

To recap: My last Marathon was the ½ in Winnipeg, June 19th.  I got 6 ½ miles in and the IT Band went kersnap...or should I say twang. I spent the next 2 weeks internally screaming when I walked up and down stairs, and pretty much any other time I was on my feet.

Being the Manly Man I am, but not the real Manly Man, I did my own research on what to do. Hello GOOGLE.

There are more articles on IT Bands and IT Band rehab than you can shake a stick at. I picked a few out and of course diagnosed myself with an IT Band problem. I then proceeded to be a cheap Manly Man and bought a rolling pin (about the same time The “BOSS” was rolling her eyes) to ”ease” my sore IT Band. This did somewhat work...but not real great.

The next step was the massage. I finally broke down and agreed that perhaps all those massage Fantasy’s stories I had heard through the grapevine were all lies and maybe it really would help.  I had someone recommended to me through work. She did a great job and did agree it was an IT Band issue and that it appeared not to be chronic.....IE: no IT Band syndrome, just a really tight IT. She also lied to me instead of calling me a moron told me the rolling pin had helped starting to loosen the IT. So when the massage started, I near cried only ½ as much as I should have....yeeeooowwwwww, the rolling pin certainly did not hurt like that. That was last week. The massage really did help as it identified exactly where the Band is tight. I have been almost religious with ice and alternating heat to loosen things up.

Yesterday after work, I parked myself by the poola and once again did a self diagnosis and remedy. I snagged a golf ball and did a deep massage right dead centre of the hurt zone. I rolled that golf ball on the sweet spot more than Tiger ever did...cha-ching!!!  Needless to say, I has a big red mark and a sore thigh...but success!!! Eureka even!!!!!!  This is the first morning I have gotten out of bed without cringing and limping. My thigh hurts like hell but my knee is pain free. Hmmmm...thigh pain or knee pain???  I think I’ll take door number 1 Monty!!

So maybe this is the beginning of the end....hopefully by the end of the day I will still feel zero pain on the knee. I will then start to plot my comeback to rule the running world, to wow everyone with my golf ball/rolling pin therapy. I may even make millions and open a charity clinic for old tired runners.....the options are endless if this works.....hmmmm....go to the Cloud Shawn, go to the Cloud...

Ahhh back to reality...I will just be happy to be pain free by the end of the week. Sorry if this sounds sugary, but man I finally feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. I never figured on how much I would miss running till I couldn’t do it. Who knew?

On a side note, have you ever shaken your keyboard out??  Yuck and gross.....makes me want to type with gloves on....and on that cheery thought, have a great day all! The next big adventure is just around the corner!!