Rest is Helping!

>> Monday, December 10, 2018

Quick update: my wife and youngest (Charlie) are out of town helping my mother-in-law after hip surgery. (Rest up Monica!) Henry and I have had the place to ourselves since yesterday! We went to Blue Sun Soda Shop and played some pinball, and then did housework last night. It's been a weird 2 days not having to worry about getting Charlie down for naps! So much freedom!!

Because of our "different" schedule right now, I didn't have a post ready for this morning. In my weekend post, I noted some knee and calf pain that showed up. It's getting better QUICK because I'm being smart: I skipped my bike yesterday and I skipped my swim today. I just got in a good stretch, and my knee shows NO sign of any issues (I know it's far from 100% yet, but it FEELS good), and my calf feels about 90% - just maybe a bit tight yet. YAY for rest! (It's hard for me... ESPECIALLY when half the family is out of town and I'd have the chance to do WHATEVER sort of workout I'd want!)

Tomorrow, I'll skip my run as well. So after having a swim, bike, or run every day for the last 6 weeks, I'll have at least 3 days off in a row. Then on Wednesday, I'll just try a easy spin to get the blood flowing and then stretch well afterwards. Then hopefully a short (4-5 mile) run on Thursday. (So that's 3 days of total rest with an easy day before and an easy day after.) Then go from there!

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Knee Pain After Some Bigger Weeks

>> Saturday, December 08, 2018

Well, it finally happened.

I've been thinking over the last few weeks that I'm in a good stretch and at a REAL good place with my running. I feel like I'm TRULY "running" when I can log 70-80 miles/month. If I get close to 100 miles/month, that is GREAT. Well 8 out of 11 months so far this year have had more than 70 miles, and I even (just barely) cracked 100 miles last month. (March and April were low because I was figuring out a foot injury, and August was low because I raced twice and had some knee issues.)

Ten out of the last 14 weeks had 20+ miles of running, which is a GREAT "streak" for me!

But randomly, during a "normal" swim full of 200s yesterday, I pushed off the wall and my right knee had some sharp pain. It felt better during the swim, and then slowly got worse all day. My left calf tightened up and got quite sore later in the day, and my right side sacrum did as well. (I'm 100% sure this is all connected.) The good news is that I woke up and my knee seemed to be FINE. So I figured I'd test it on a short run, and use that "warm up" to get in a good stretch. So I just did an easy 4 miles this morning. The last time I had a day of running when I went less than that was during "One Last Tri" triathlon nearly 3 months ago! Here's my last <4 mile run in my training log through today:



That's a damn fine stretch of running. All of those weeks also have 3 runs except for 2: the week right after that triathlon (the 2nd week from the top), and the week right after the TC 10 Mile (5th week from the top). Since that first weekend in October, I've only raced once (the Minneapolis Halloween Half 10K at the end of October), but the weeks around that race had 3 runs each. Otherwise, it's been a lot of race-free training where I've been getting in decent runs.

I'm writing this a few hours post-run, and everything still feels OK! I'm still going to use that pain yesterday as a reason to back off for a bit. If I'm smart, I'll skip a run next week. And instead of a harder Spinerval trainer ride, maybe I'll just "spin" once this week as well. I need to give up any sort of "streak" and take it easy because my body is telling me to do that!

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Friday Funny 1532: Weird Texts

>> Friday, December 07, 2018




Lots more funny things posted all day long on SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com. HAPPY WEEKEND!!

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Friday Funny 1531: Immature Adults













Dad came over to visit, but went straight to playing video games.








Note to self: this.


They got a LITTLE snow. Dad made a LITTLE snowman.






















As a brother, I can confirm that I would do this.

Lots more funny things posted all week long on SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com.

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Friday Funny 1530: Tumblr Removes Porn

It was announced earlier this week that Tumblr will no longer allow nudity and porn starting in mid-December. They will flag posts that could break this rule, and after the next few weeks, only the blog owner will be able to see those posts. Because I run a clean (well, immature humor, but faaaaar from porn) Tumblr page, my page hasn't seen any posts that have been flagged.

Here are some funny (and many times RELEVANT) reactions to the news (from RuinMyWeek):
















Seriously, I get messaged by a porn bot often.









Lots more funnies (on my NON-DELETED non-pornographic) tumblr page: SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com. (But still, screw you Tumblr for not fixing the real problem.)

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Friday Funny 1529: Funny Christmas Cards

One of my goals for the weekend is to get our Christmas card finalized. I'm drawing inspiration from these:


























Dear God.


That... seems a bit morbid...










YES!!!





Lots more funny things posted all week long on SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com.

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