Monthly Archives: January 2013

Garmin Connect, I Will Revisit You, Some Day. Maybe.

Screen shot 2013-01-31 at 5.02.17 AMBut I’m so tired of this error. Before I even connect my watch. Note the date of last run. Lots of dead data. Shame on you, Garmin. Your shabby customer service that reroutes me to a Mac specialist who tells me there’s “something weird with your computer”, etc. etc. When I get the error on multiple computers and not all of them are Macs, etc. etc. Don’t even get me started, Garmin.

 

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Runner’s Log

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From my Runner’s Log app, which I’m quite enjoying. Look at that calendar!

I’m fiddling with other logging devices. Unfortunately, WordPress does not play nice with the Daily Mile widget. Witness some design changes to get a Twitter feed in the sidebar.

El Capitan

Just had what Runner’s World calls a “rave run”, on the Bill Wallace Trail. Six deer (2 pair antlers), hawk, legion bunnies. The trail was so green and leafy you could have eaten it for lunch. Clear on the way up, completely shrouded in fog on the descent, and also a fair amount of mud on the way down, which made for some technical slippery stuff but no falls. Highest elevation about 790 feet. Four miles, 47 minutes of fantastico.

Kyphotic

We don’t want to train the wrong muscles

So this morning I found myself on my hands and knees and coach is holding my foot in his hands, asking me to push my knee down down as hard as I can.

“Where do you feel the tension? Athletes need to understand which parts of their bodies are working.”

I don’t feel it in the front of my thigh. I feel it in the lower back.

“Why would his lower back be firing and not his thigh?”

“We’ll, he’s a little kyphotic” — I must pause here to note it’s not every day I learn a new word — “his lower back might be compensating for tension in his upper back.”

“Yeah, I don’t think we’re going to get a decent workout from him until we loosen up his back.”

Now I find myself lying on the prone in the pine needles, arms at my side, while one of the other runners, a physical therapist, steps deliberately up and down my back. Afterwards, at least the first time, I run a nice sprint up the hill, with less of the crazy form problems than usual.

It seems, my form problem has more to do with my carriage and arms than my stride, but as coach said, “we’re still digesting this.”

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A Long Run

Had to go to the archives to find my last long run, i.e. 10 miles or longer. Had quite a few medium length, 7 mile, runs lately, naturally flowing out of the 7 miles in Central Park. Last 10 miler was back when I got the Hokas, on December 5th, “Hoka Time”.

Tried to run it slow, given the proximity to yesterday and tomorrow’s workouts.

1:32     10.00 miles     9:13 min/mile

10:07   9:43   9:45   9:28   9:21   9:08   8:39   8:31   8:15   9:10