Monthly Archives: November 2011

I Was Barefoot, When Barefoot Wasn’t Cool

Here is the video I mentioned in an earlier post.  My son and his friends wrote some new lyrics to the song “I Was Country, When Country Wasn’t Cool” in tribute to their cross country coach.  Then they had the audience sing it along with them.  You kind of have to be hip to the barefoot trend in the running world these days to get it, but if you are it’s good stuff!

2011 Training Log – Week 46

Party’s over! This week wraps up my “off” season.  It has been 7 weeks since the Slickrock 100 and I have been keeping the training pretty low key in that time.  Unlike previous years, I have continued running consistently during the downtime, just at a reduced volume – averaging 38 miles per week (two weeks in the 60s, two in the 40s, two in the 20s, and a dinky little two miler the week after Slickrock).  Hopefully that little bit of maintenance will set me up well for 2012.

I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.  Put on a few pounds.  Did some fun running with family and friends.  Now it’s time to get serious about next year.


Run – 7.1 miles
Saucony Kinvara

I treated this run as an experiment. I certainly would have felt justified in taking the day off to let my calves recover. They are very sore and tight from Saturday’s 20 miler in the Trail Gloves. I felt like getting out for a few slow miles today, as uncomfortable as it was, would set me up for feeling better later on in the week. Rather than dragging it out. We’ll see how that pans out… The run was slow and uncomfortable, I even had to walk up a couple of small hills because my calves were so blown. Everything else felt great, and I was jogging along nicely by the end.

Run – 7.2 miles
Merrell Trail Glove

Another slow day. Jogged around the boneyard. Had to stop 4x to let the calves settle down.

Run – 13.4 miles
Merrell Trail Glove

Calves still very tight, but I was back to running today instead of jogging along. Sort of a medium tempo with 150 average heart rate.

Run – 3.1 miles

Turkey Trot in Castle Rock. Jogged and walked with my daughter as she zipped along in her wheelchair.

Run – 10.1 miles
Merrell Trail Glove

Solid run at the boneyard. Ran steady (147 avg), not too hard, but not easy. Stopped one time to let the calves relax. They are doing much better.



Painting and working around the house from sunup until late at night.



Ditto Saturday

Total: 41 miles / 6:48 / 402 TSS

Pic of the week – Artist’s rendering, since I didn’t actually take a picture:

While we were painting, I put this on the wall.  Stumped the kids – they needed a hint to figure it out.

Race Report: 2011 Turkey Rock Trot

We kept the tradition alive for another year, participating in the Turkey Trot 5k in Castle Rock for the 4th time in a row.

The kids and the crowds were all a bit bigger than they were previously.

The Rock Trot makes for a fun outing and we are happy to help support the Douglas County Food Bank.

The girls were cute as always.

Jessica was in charge of our turkey mascot.

I’m not quite sure what look Malcolm was going for.

We huffed and puffed up some hills, and got our appetites all warmed up for later.

Katie put on the brakes thinking it was time to stop when we passed the kids waiting for us before the finish.  She was promptly directed to continue…

We did it!  Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!