Running With RealDeal


It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.

- Sara Teasdale (via quotes-shape-us)

Yoga is hard, m’kay?

Yoga is hard, m’kay?

Yoga is hard for some of us, okay? 😬




Self-Protection on a Cycle – How you may Best Defend Yourself when Attacked by Modern Highwaymen, Showing how you should Act when Menaced by Footpads, when Chased by another Cyclist, and when Attacked under various other Circumstances; showing, also, how the Cycle may be used as a Weapon

by Marcus Tindal

in: Pearson’s Magazine, v.5 no.4, April 1901

Another reason to love bikes…

The flying jump attack off the bike is fantastic.

Cuz I think Doug would love this.

I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. If we don’t vibrate on the same frequency there’s just no reason for us to waste our time. I’d rather have no one and wait for substance than to not feel someone and fake the funk.

- Joquesse Eugenia (via thatkindofwoman)

Truer words have never been spoken.

(via ironphenix)

Amen! Introverts everywhere can resonate with this.

(Source: wnderlst)

The Only Running App You Need

Fun article about my favorite running app I’ve used for years. :)


After hundreds of dollars and a few months of physical therapy/chiropractor/acupuncture/etc. I have not progressed much, if at all.

I park 3 blocks away from work, and that walk (2x a day) is sometimes pretty painful and I have to take a few minutes to rest & stretch before I can breathe normally and get on with my day.

It’s frustrating that I’m 2 blocks away from Jack Quinn’s - where there’s a run club every Tuesday night ranging from 500-1000 participants each week that I used to be a part of. A couple people in the office are talking about doing it and I want to so badly, but how can I when I can barely walk 3 blocks?

I’ve mainly avoided posting here because I’ve not had anything positive to share, and I don’t want to just rant and complain. I’m tempted to go with “damn the torpedoes” again, but am worried and almost certain that I’ll end up making things worse.

So since I can’t afford the therapy any more, I’ll just keep stretching and hope for the best….

Dec 2

I Want It Back

The endorphins, the not-out-of-breath feeling, the ability to wear clothes that fit. Etc.

About 9 months ago, the perfect storm stopped me from running or doing any other kind of exercise:

  1. Laid off from work - and was unemployed for over 7 months.
  2. Developed some odd pain in my hip/glute/lower back on the left side that I’m still fighting through today.
  3. General apathy and laziness

I’ve faced the apathy monster plenty of times, but had usually overcome it with steel-willed discipline, some great motivation, or just letting the “phase” pass after a week or two.

But I allowed the loss of job, money, regular routines, etc. to be an excuse to not try to figure out the rest. Didn’t feel like I could see a  doctor/chiropractor with no money or benefits, so I’ve just lived with the pain - pretty much every day for the last 8-9 months.

Last night I decided I was done waiting and making excuses. I adopted a “damn the torpedoes” attitude in regard to the pain factor, and woke up the extra 45 minutes early to at least get a 20 minute jaunt around the block.

Even if I had to walk most or all of it, I’m going out.

So I did.

Much to my surprise (and chagrin for waiting so long) it was nowhere near as bad as I feared. In fact, 80% of it actually felt GOOD. And I was able to jog for some of it too.

Definitely getting back into this routine.


Meet Cliff Young, a 61-year-old potato farmer from Victoria, Australia, who won the Inaugural Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon, a distance of 875 kilometres (544 miles) in 1983. Young finished the race in five days, 15 hours and four minutes, which essentially means he ran 3 full marathons (42 kilometres each) every day. He ran at a slow loping pace and trailed the leaders for most of the first day, but by running while the others slept, he took the lead the first night and maintained it for the remainder of the race, eventually winning by ten hours.

Before running the race, he told the press that he had previously run for two to three days straight rounding up sheep in gumboots. He claimed afterwards that during the race, he imagined that he was running after sheep and trying to outrun a storm. His time was almost two days faster than the previous record for any run between Sydney and Melbourne. All six competitors who finished the race broke the previous record, but were unable to match Young’s relentlessness and lack of rest. When he got the check for ten thousand dollars, he told the organizers he wasn’t actually aware there was a prize for winning. Then he said he felt bad that he should get the prize money when everyone else worked just as hard as him, so he divided the ten grand equally among all the participants in the race.

Young continued running, setting six outdoor world endurance records despite the notable handicap of being basically old as hell. At the age of 63 he ran 150 miles in a 24 hour period. In 1997 he tried to circumnavigate Australia to raise money for disadvantaged homeless orphans, but the 76 year-old had to drop out after just 6250 kilometers (3,800 miles, or roughly the distance from Key West, FL to Whistler, BC) when his only crew member (a trainer who, by the way, was making this trip in a car) passed out from illness. In 2000, at age 79, he became the oldest man to finish a six-day Ultramarathon, and he did it while he was dying of cancer. He passed away in November 2003, at the age of 81, still running his family farm. He had run over 20,000 kilometers during his racing career. It is said that never kept any of his prize money, instead donating it to charities or giving it to friends as gifts.

If that’s not inspiring I don’t know what is.

At first Landsharks practice of the year with Cosette. She’s actually kinda excited and is wearing her Landsharks shirt from last year. We’ll find out today which shark group she’ll be running with this year.