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Wordless Wednesday Tuesday's Take

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Let's Revisit This Pee Thing

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I was rather surprised at the universal acceptance of using someone's private portable toilet planted in their front yard if you really have to pee . I am apparently the only one that disagrees. No, I didn't use it and instead shuffled home, seeking shortcuts to keep my mind off my bulging bladder. I also admit that if it were 5 a.m. and desolate instead of prime time for commuters, I might have reconsidered. There was just too much traffic. I also was remembering a time several years ago when my friend Terri and I were running in Carlsbad. We both had to go and found a portable toilet in front of homes under construction. Terri went first and took awhile. As soon as I was locked in, I was almost truly locked in. Terri yelled that someone from the construction crew was coming and for me to hurry. The contractor apparently was carrying a lock and let us both know we were tresspassing on private property. He was more than mildly mad. So, maybe now you can see why I couldn'

Doing the Legwork

Enough about Kate, who wants everyone to know she also was weighed down by her Garmin watch. It’s time to steer the conversation back to my favorite subject: me. After my third consecutive night of fitful sleep, I’ve had an internal debate the past hour over whether to run, row, ride or at least make my Saturday morning yoga class. I have a small window before the day starts to accelerate with activities, and I've decided to forgo structured exercise for the second day in a row. I hurt my heel/ankle walking too long in the wrong work shoes. I’ve been icing and resting it since Thursday—to some relief. I could take the foot for a quick spin, but that test could also set me back, and for what? This, I think, is one of the biggest differences between those who train for speed and those who train for distance. If I were training for a half or full or ultra marathon, I’d feel compelled to get more mileage in, even if the run was slow and painful, just to avoid too many goose eggs. But

I'm Making an Example of You, Kate

Yesterday's Worldess Wednesday was a setup for today's lecture post on basic runner safety, especially if you are a young woman who moved to San Diego from Chicago and was bumming rides a few days ago, one from a total stranger and one from me. On Sunday morning, young Kate decided to drive some 15 miles from her home in Hillcrest to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve in Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos for a 12-mile solo trail run. She took with her a car key, a water bottle and her iPod. At some point, she dropped her key but didn't hear it fall because she was listening to music. She couldn't call anyone for help because she'd locked her cell phone in the car. There is no public transportation in the area, and Kate wasn't carrying any money on her anyway, so she accepted a ride with a guy who said he also lived in Hillcrest. Don't worry, this story has a happy ending. Kate made it home unharmed and proceeded to contact co-workers via Facebook and email to see

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What Would You Do If This No. 1 Issue Happened to You?

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You are doing a mid-week long run and suddenly have the strong urge to pee. It's all that tea and water you consumed earlier now hitting the bladder with a vengeance. You are in a heavily traveled residential area, running along the main drag now building with commuters, most in cars and a few on foot. You realize it is going to be a very painful five miles to home, where the nearest restroom is located. Suddenly you see a blue beacon on your left. It's a portable toilet in someone's yard. The homeowners most likely are having plumbing replaced or a bathroom remodeled and that's why it's on the front lawn -- and facing the home's front door and not the street. Here's my question: Do you tresspass on someone's property and use their loo, hoping to get in and out without being noticed? Or do you pass up the opportunity and just slow to a walk if necessary till you can get home? (The third choice to go au natural is not an option here. It's just rows

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Yoga Poses for Runners

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On Thursday, I did a 5k DailyMile.com challenge as my second speed workout for the week. Granted, there were no crowds on my course, but there also was no support. I ended up averaging 8:54 minutes per mile, which is a substantial improvement since I returned to running about three months ago. Of course, with a newfound focus on speed and an unusually hectic work schedule, there's little time for an important element in any runner's regime: stretching. I was reminded of this during today's yoga class. It's a small enough group now that we sit in a circle, workshop style. The entire session was devoted to stretching the hamstrings, IT band and inner thighs and improving balance. No one would dispute I was the worse in the class. Nothing stayed straight and, in balance exercises, nothing stayed still - except my grimace when the teacher wasn't looking. So, in honor of my morning, I share with you The 10 Best Yoga Poses for Runners, courtesy of iYogaLife.com: iYogaL

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Tuesday's Pep Talk

While I try to decide what to think of these increasingly strong earthquakes we're currently experiencing here in San Diego, I thought I'd share a great talk by Chris Guillebeau at a TEDx conference. I'm a fan of Chris and his blog , and this talk is one reason why. It's about Fear and Permission. A bonus: Chris is a runner. If this embedded link doesn't show well (as appears to be the case on my screen), here is the direct link .

Product Review: Certain-Dri Anti-Perspirant

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About a month ago I received a couple of products to review, including one of interest to a lot of runners and cyclists as the summer heats up. Initially, I thought this was just an ordinary antiperspirant, but it turns out Certain Dri is different. For starters, it’s applied at night and contains aluminum chloride—the same ingredient prescribed by doctors for hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration. While you sleep, it shrinks pores to help stop perspiration the next day and even up to three days. It continues working after you shower and even if you apply a deodorant. I decided to challenge the three-day rule over Memorial Day weekend, applying the solid on Friday night—sparingly, as instructed. I then went for a run Saturday morning and admit my underarms were relatively dry and odor-free. I then showered but did not apply my usual Dove deodorant. That evening we had company for dinner and went for a one-hour, rigorous walk afterward. Still feeling fresh. Sunday morning I did an

The Race Factor

Tuesday night I fulfilled my main running goal: returning to my club's track workouts. A small victory, maybe, but a very significant one for me. I'd last run with the group in July 2007. I was still suffering from serious sunburn behind my knees where sunscreen had worn off on Sunday. It ached every time I bent my legs. I was hoping I'd forget the soreness once we started and I did. Amazing what going anaerobic within a minute does to pain priorities. Since it was the first post-marathon workout for some folks, we had it "easy." We were assigned eight 400m repeats w/ 30 sec. recovery between followed by ten 100-meter strides, then we finished up with crunches. My group took longer recovery breaks, so we managed only 7 repeats before we were told to fall in line for the 8 remaining strides. My 400 splits were 2:10 to 2:12 - consistent if not quite fast. I did the first 50 crunches, but only managed half the rowing rotations and just two minutes of planks. I have

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That's Just How We Roll

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Where to start? The woman who fell on her face and mumbled “I gotta finish!” even has blood poured from her mouth? The woman who puked right in front of us, or the one that obviously barfed just before and hadn’t bothered to wipe her chin? Or how about the gal who cramped up and just collapsed in the street, screaming in pain? The countless men with blood-soaked shirts? Or, the talk of our table: this one runner on course for a 3:45 finish who was literally foaming at the mouth?! Actually, there were several mouth foamers, but this woman’s was like none I’d ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot in my 35 years of running. Such were the observations from the Mile 25.4 Aid Station during today’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego. The San Diego Track Club was in charge of seeing all runners were properly hydrated for the last .8 miles to the finish at Sea World. At the very end, we even offered our leftover turkey rolls, which all went to some very hungry stragglers. Yes, we got everyon

Blurred Vision

Last night I had a couple of friends over and we worked on vision boards. These are poster-sized boards of images that represent where we see ourselves going and growing in nine different areas, from wealth and prosperity to health and wellbeing. Once created, we are to display them in a promiment place to remind ourselves of our goals in life. I can see how this could be a powerful introspective exercise and excellent tactical tool. What I can't see with real clarity is what to put on my board. In thinking about each category and then culling images and words from a wide variety of magazines, I came to the stark realization that I've accomplished every goal I set for myself when I was younger. I'm still happily married after almost 25 years; I raised my children; I've had an interesting and fulfilling career; and I'm still able to run after 30+ years, even if a lot slower than earlier. When I fantasize about having lots of money, I daydream about how I'd give

Wordless Wednesday

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