I Can’t Be The Only One Who…

I don’t think I have OCD, but there are a few things that I do on a regular basis that may be a bit borderline. And there are also a many other things that I often wonder about on a regular basis. So you tell me, am I the only one who…

…has a certain order that things are done in the shower. Shampoo the hair first. Condition the hair second. Wash the body third. Wash the face last. Finally, rinse out the conditioner while rinsing the face. Shower done. Repeat tomorrow (or after next workout)

…is a “best for last” eater. I almost always eat the food in the order in which I like it. That way I finish the meal with my favorite food

…thinks to myself “I’ll make a massive amount of food, so that I will have a few meals over the next couple of days of this same dish.” Then I sit down to eat the “first serving” and eat the entirty of of the proposed 3 meal concoction

…has to go pee as soon as they brush their teeth? I swear its the perfect example of Conditioned Response. For years, as a little kid, my mom would always say “brush your teeth and go to the bathroom” before going to bed. Now whenever I brush my teeth, I HAVE to go to the bathroom (even if I just went)

…thinks the world would be a better place without people like Rush Limbaugh, Paris Hilton, and the entire cast of Jersey Shore

…feels like a little kid whenever I eat mac & cheese

…cuts off all the tags on my t shirts. Those things drive me nuts! They always seem to make t shirt tags out of recycled sandpaper, fiberglass, and starch. I’m convinced that the ink is infused with poison ivy as well

…likes to eat hot dogs cold

…wants to know who put the bop in the bop shoo bop bop? Who put the ram in the ram-a-lama ding dong?

…who is constantly surprised by so many things is the world (good, bad, and everything in between)?



Cool Timex Contest

My title sponsor, Timex, is always looking for ways to connect with the athletic community and give something to it, and there current promotion is a pretty cool on. They are running a sweepstakes on Facebook, called the Time to Train Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/gpRZD4. If you enter, you can win a $1,000 race training package, which includes:

  • Timex will reimburse your 2011 race fees up to $620
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  • Headsweats® Race Hat (value $20)

They’ve also got 35 prizes for runner up’s, including five BRAND NEW Timex Ironman Race Trainer Pro heart rate monitor and 30 Headsweats® Race hats! Please enter the contest and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same! Enter here: http://bit.ly/gpRZD4 Free stuff is always good!



Thoughts On The Frees & The Next Shoe

As I mentioned in a previous blog (Just for Kicks), I’m searching for new shoes. The quest is a journey for the right shoe that will allow me to run “naturally,” yet still provide some protection from sharp, ouchy, bad things (like pointy rocks, glass, and the occasional porcupine). The first pair of shoes that I tried was the Nike Free.

I was rather excited to hit the trails in a shoe that was touted to offer the extraordinary feel and natural foot movement associated with barefoot training without sacrificing underfoot protection or multi-surface traction. But once I hit those trails, I was somewhat disappointed. This shoe has some very positive positives, but some typical negatives.

The upper was the first thing I noticed. It is incredibly thin and almost sock like. It fit my foot perfectly, not creating any “hot spots.” If felt very comfortable, allowed good movement and created almost no constriction. Now some might say this is a bad thing. “You’ll roll your ankle”, “It doesn’t support you when your ankle twists sideways”, etc. But I feel that by allowing my foot to move freely, I am LESS likely to turn an ankle. With this freedom of movement, your foot becomes more aware of the surface beneath it and can “go with the flow” so to speak. The upper on this shoe truly gives you the ability to feel the ground under you and react accordingly.

As much as that was a big positive, the rest of the shoe was rather negatives. The heal to toe drop was far to great, the weight was to much, and construction of the out sole was flawed, and overall the shoe felt like a big squishy moon boot.

With the large heal to toe drop, it was hard to land fore foot without stomping my heal down simultaneously. With the large pumped up heel the overall weight of the shoe was noticeable. It was also noticeable that most of the weight was in the back half of the shoe. And finally, though it allowed for somewhat unrestricted movement, the “sliced” outter sole got filled with rocks, sticks, dirt, and other debris as I ran. The foam for the sole is so soft that large debris stick in the cracks and won’t fall out when the shoe goes through normal flexsion. You have to stop and pick things out all the time.

So even though I truly enjoyed the feel of the upper of the Nike Free, I returned the shoe and moved onto my next suggestion from the wonderful staff at Fleet Feet Boulder. The New Balance 101.

I have only done a couple of runs in this shoe, so I still need to do a few more before the jury gives their verdict, but I’ve got a few comments of it so far. I dislike the “rock plate” in the mid/forefoot part of the shoe (its the silver you can see through the tread on the front of the shoe). It is rather stiff and takes away the feel of the ground. Though it is not that “running on a 2×4” feel of most trail shoes, it is still rather stiff.

As much as I was a fan of the minimal, sock like feel of the Nike Free upper, I am only somewhat excited about the upper on this shoe. It is rather lightweight and as you can see from the picture, there isn’t much there. However, it is rather stiff and not that pliable. I guess that’s what you get with a more durable material, but again, I feel that it takes away from the feel of the surface beneath me.

I don’t think this will be the shoe for me (especially with the release of the New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail), but I’m going to give a couple more chances before I return them.  



How to catch a LOT of zzz’s

In attempts to thwart jet lag, Shelby and I have been taking Ambien or Tylenol PM the last few nights. You would think that I would notice the size, shape, and color of the pills that I’ve been popping the previous evenings, but no.

Last night, I walked into the bathroom, grabbed the bottle of Tylenol PM, and shook out a couple of pills. As I made my way to the bedroom I stuck one in my mouth and handed the other to Shelby. Before she could say anything, I swallowed it. She looked at the pill, looked up at me and busted out laughing. “Do you know what you just took?” she struggled to say while laughing hysterically. My eyes got wide, “What did I just take?!?” Between huge belly laughs, she told me that I just took a Vicodin. If you think that was a dumb move, just keep reading.

“Well that isn’t going to help me sleep” I said to myself. I went back to the bathroom, put the other Vicodin back in the bottle, got two tiny blue pills and double checked with Shelby that they were Tylenol PM. As I handed her one of the pills to get confirmation that it was indeed Tylenol PM, I popped the other in my mouth. Instantly that sent Shelby into even more hysterical laughter! “You didn’t just take that one as well did you?!? You didn’t need to take both!” She doubled over in laughter as I crawled into bed with my tail tucked between my legs. This would make for an interesting nights sleep…

The next morning the affects of the two drugs together was rather apparent when the alarm went off at 7:30am. I could barely talk, move, or open my eyes I was so zonked! Shelby got out of bed, showered and went to work. I passed back out didn’t wake up until nearly 11:30! Head groggy, eyes heavy, I now sit sipping coffee trying to get ready to head to the pool. I certainly learned my lesson with that one!