From the monthly archives:

December 2009

Icing is Getting Old

December 16, 2009

But I have to do it.  What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday I was riding high on great news from a few different sources and today, I’m sitting at home, icing my knee and depressed about the fact that the knee is acting up again.
I say “knee” as a general term but the specific [...]

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The Anatomy of Injury Denial, Part V

December 15, 2009

This is the fifth article in a series describing my first ever running injury in 20 years, how I’ve dealt with it heretofore, and my path to recovery.
Let me start out by saying the past two days have been days of good news.  My knee is feeling as good as it has in a while, [...]

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What’s It Like to Run 50 Miles?

December 13, 2009

Well, honestly, I don’t know yet.  But Edie over at the Trail Run Times has a great recap of last week’s 50-mile race during the North Face Endurance Challenge, which I wrote about earlier last week.
She has her date wrong (hey, if you had just run 50 miles you’d get your weeks mixed up as [...]

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When You Can’t Run, Write

December 12, 2009

If you’ve been following Running Buddy over the past few weeks you know that I’ve battled a knee injury since April and have been pursuing a recovery that has kept me out of commission entirely since the beginning of November.  This has been hard on me because I’m usually at my best as a person [...]

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Some Thoughts on Tiger Woods, and Other Idols

December 10, 2009

For many obvious reasons, Tiger Woods is all over the news right now.  What is unfortunate, I think, is that the salacious nature of the unfolding story is masking a broader lesson here that few people are bothering to consider.
One of the dangers of putting all of your hopes and dreams into the hands of [...]

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The Anatomy of Injury Denial, Part IV

December 9, 2009

This is the fourth article in a series describing my first ever running injury in 20 years, how I’ve dealt with it heretofore, and my path to recovery.
In my last injury post I detailed what happened to my knee, why it happened, and my physical therapist’s prescription for recovery.  Now I’ll share the beginning of [...]

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Next Year I’ll Win the $10,000, I Promise

December 8, 2009

Trail Heads, the trail running blog over at Runner’s World, has a post today about the North Face Endurance Challenge Championships, held this past Saturday in the Headlands.
This past weekend saw over 1,000 trail runners pushing their limits in championship races, and a small handful of those runners winning large paychecks for their efforts.
The North [...]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside! 6 Tips for Cold Weather Running

December 7, 2009

A request from Running Buddy reader KN came in this week:
“You need to talk about running when it is cold out.  Once the warm days are done I have a problem going outside and running.  I don’t like not being able to sweat and getting all itchy…..”
On the occasion of the coldest day this winter [...]

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What I’m Missing

December 6, 2009

In a handful of my posts thus far I’ve alluded to the Marin Headlands, the amazingly beautiful stretch of hills and mountains jutting out at the southern tip of Marin County separating San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.  If you’ve seen any of the gazillions of photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, the jagged [...]

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The Anatomy of Injury Denial, Part III

December 5, 2009

This is the third article in a series describing my first ever running injury in 20 years, how I’ve dealt with it heretofore, and my path to recovery.
My first few trips to see my physical therapist Nicole were a treat for my inquiring mind.  The human body is an amazing machine.  In fact, it is [...]

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