Monthly Archives: November 2009

Tried Running

This week was a little disappointing as far as the foot goes.  It had felt really good for a few days and then started hurting again.  I had hoped to run on it at least once this weekend and start back up.  I kept putting it off since it had started hurting.  I have been wearing my strassburg sock still at night.

We had a great Thanksgiving with friends and my sister.  I didn’t eat tooo much.  We also pulled out our Wii and starting using it again, including playing with the Wii Fit Plus.  Which adds some more games and fun with a “calorie burning edge” to it!

On Sunday I had some downtime because Christy was called into work again so I decided to stop putting it off and hit the gym.

I thought if I could get the first time out of the way I might be able to get into the habit of it.  We shall see.  I brought my swim suit, but did some weights – using every machine available so a fairly well  rounded workout. A lot of shoulder and upper body and then legs and hips.  I did a warm-up jog around the YWCA’s 1/6 mile indoor track.  I did 2 laps at an easy pace and it wasn’t pain free. I didn’t have lingering pain but very frustrating.   After lifting I did the elliptical machine for 15 minutes.  I’m not a huge fan of the elliptical but I knew that it wouldn’t have any impact on my foot.

So it looks like I’ll be cross-training for a few more weeks, bummer. It has been really frustrating though since the weather has been perfect for running and the group runs have been on my favorite trails.

Past Highlights include a look back at the inventor of Gatorade and honoring his passing. Also a guest review of the Harpeth Hills Flying Marathon and the Drumstick Dash in Indianapolis.  Next was a look at the 2nd training cycle from 2007 – for the Bears of the Blue River 10k.  Last year I wrote about spirituality and runningFoto Friday was of snow covered leaves.

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Run Barefoot Across USA?

That is what Tellman Knudson, 32, is currently doing.  His journey began in New York in September and he is currently in Ohio somewhere.

According to his website, Run Tellman Run:

Two hundred or so runners have successfully run across the continental United States. Most ran for a cause, others for just the challenge. Tellman Knudson has taken on a $100 million dollar mission to help homeless and at-risk youth. He is dedicated to reaching this goal, like he has been in reaching goals his entire life.

I think you must be a little crazy to run across the country.  Let alone barefoot.

His journey will take him on a southern arc through the country with stops along the way at homeless shelters for youth.  He has a lot of information about why this is an important issue for all of us to care about.

From the donate page:

His goal is to raise $100,000,000 to donate to the shelters, organizations and on-the-ground volunteers across the country that help homeless teens get food, get shelter, and rebuild their lives.

Tellman will run 3,200 miles barefoot… but he needs your help.

Your contribution will help us meet our fundraising goal to give every homeless teenager in America hope and help in 2010.

That would $31,250 per mile that Tellman needs to raise.

I can’t seem to find out how the money will be distributed.  Will Tellman create a foundation and give out grants?  Or will the money go to whomever he feels like?  Will it be split up among the shelters he stops at?  There also isn’t information about how he is being supported as a runner. Nor can I find how much has already been donated.

I love the idea and the effort he is taking to raise awareness of this oft forgotten segment of the youth population.

HT: Outside Mag

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Another Week

Without working out.  But another week being sick.  I actually started feeling worse this week, developing a cough mid-week that still has me down.  After a few late nights and stressful days at work my body was run down and  enjoyed taking a sick day on Friday.  Hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon.  It has been really frustrating because the weather has been so nice and perfect for running but I’ve been stuck inside healing up my foot and my sinus/cough issues.

On the foot front, things are feeling pretty good.  I bought a pair of neutral shoes to test out my experiment of switching running shoes.  So far, in the walking around category, my foot has enjoyed a more neutral approach.  We’ll see.  Maybe I’ll go to a store and do a treadmill test before I start running again.

Past Highlights

In my ongoing look at other blogs I talked about Steve Runner’s blog. It is almost all just show notes.  In 2007, I ran the DINO Series – Fort Harrison race.  I miss running the DINO races and their excellent race director Brian.  I also did an in-depth review of the three training cylces from 2007, the first talks about my slow comeback from injury.

Last year I did an in-depth review of Running – the Sacred Art reviewing the book chapter by chapter.  The first in the eight part series was Foundations of a Spiritual Runner.  You will probably want to skip this Foto Friday picture of Nathan without his shirt on, eating a hot dog.  By the way, Nathan moved, got married, and forgot how to update his blog, or something like that! But then maybe a 2:51 marathoner has other things to worry about.

Give to the Max

For 24 hours, starting at 8:00 am on November 17th, every donation made through www.GiveMN.org will be eligible to receive a portion of the $500,000 match. These funds were contributed by the Minneapolis Foundation, St. Paul Foundation and Bush Foundation. Also, generous funders are defraying donation processing fees on this site, so 100% of your gift goes straight to the organization!

In addition to the matching funds, the three nonprofits that receive the most individual donations will receive cash prizes: $5,000 for first prize, $2,500 for second, and $1,000 for third.

Over 36,000 organizations have a profile on the site. Thirty-two show up when I type “running” into the search engine though most of them aren’t running related or are too specific for my purposes. So I helped narrow it down for you.

Running Related

  • Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) is my running family in Minneapolis.  It is one of the largest clubs in MN and does some great work.
  • Twin Cities Running Club (TC Running) they are a “rival” USATF team but it is all fun and games.
  • Team USA – MN is a post-collegiate training center and group for runners to be coached and supported while they strive to fulfill their athletic goals.
  • Bolder Options is a great youth mentoring program that connects youth and mentors through running (and biking) activities.  I would highly recommend volunteering as a mentor with Bolder Options.
  • MN Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contains 13 member colleges that support student athletes.
  • YWCA provides a variety of services to pretty much every population. They focus primarily on racial justice and empowering women and girls. In Minneapolis they also operate 3 fitness facilities. We are a member of the YWCA.
  • YMCA also provides a variety of services and operates a lot of fitness facilities around Minneapolis and the West Metro. Some of our friends work for the YMCA, though none of their facilities are conveniently located for us.

Below are 7 organizations that I have given to or would give to if I had more money! (in no particular order)

  • Longfellow United for Youth and Family have played a huge role on my work here in MN. LUYF is a coalition of community members and churches that provide a free tutoring program and strongly support the work of the Sanford Job Corps – one of my primary responsibilites at Sanford.
  • Elpis Enterprises has been another great partner for my work in MN. Elpis or Hope provides teenagers the opportunity to gain work-related skills and leadership through screen printing and other businesses. My first encouter with Elpis was with their bird feeder program. We bought kits and Paul brought out one of his employees and they helped my kids build 20 bird feeders in 1 hour!
  • Achieve Minneapolis is more or less a foundation that supports programs within the Minneapolis Public Schools. They provide grants for classrooms, teacher professional development, field trips, host career fairs, and much much more.
  • CommonBond Communities provides affordable housing and supportive services in the Twin Cities. I put CommonBond under youth development because I volunteered with them during the summer of my Americorps*VISTA service. I served as a program assistant in a summer program that combined fun and learning during the afternoons for children residents of the Seward Towers. They provide many more services to their residents.
  • World Relief helps refugees adjust to life in Minnesota and America. This is the umbrella organization for the English literacy site that Christy and I co-coordinate. They also provide job training, initial welcoming services, housing assistance and much more to refugees as they walk off the plane and into the sometimes harsh tundra of MN.
  • Minnesota Public Radio is a great news source for both local and national issues. They also have a rocking music station that plays a lot of local bands.
  • Second Harvest of the Heartland is a large food bank that is helping to end hunger in MN. It is affiliated with the national Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest Network) and does some great work here in the Twin Cities.
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Lack of Running

Still haven’t run or worked out.  This week’s excuse is a sinus cold that actually knocked me out from work for one day.  I still lack the motivation – even though the sun is rising as I awake to make it to the gym.  My foot is feeling better, but I’m noticing that when I wear my old running shoes (that have less than 200 miles on them) that by the end of the day my foot hurts.  But on Saturday I worked and walked around the house mostly barefoot and occasionally in my Crocs and didn’t have any pain.

I’m thinking my physical therapy regime might have fixed my pronation. Not sure if that is possible or not, but all through college I wore pretty much whatever shoe I wanted and we never had treadmill analysis of our strides.  The first time anyone said anything to me about pronating was while getting fitted for some shoes awhile after injuring my knee.  So who knows what that means.  Hopefully I’ll be on the road soon.

Until then here’s a look back at last year:

A review of USATF-MN’s 10k championship cross-country race.  Thoughts about the “off-season” and what that means for you and me.   Foto Friday was a video made by Brooks.  They were donating 5 cents per page view to Breast Cancer Research. This campaign raised $1000 for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, earmarked for breast cancer research. And their fundraising continues.

Happy Trails.

Another Update

I still haven’t run since the marathon, now over a month away.  I still have plantar fasciitis, though it hurts a little less every now and then and sometimes I can go a few hours without any pain.  Ugh.  I did bike to work the other day and ended up putting in 12 miles, though I still can’t tell if that makes my foot worse or not.  The literature and my PT says it is ok to bike, but…

Life has been extremely busy so in some ways it is ok not to be running, but it would also be nice to have that stress relief available.  I really need to start cross-training (swimming) but can’t find the motivation to actually go to the YWCA.

Our house is slowly coming together. Only a few more rooms to get painted and then pretty much all the major stuff will be done. No one room is at 100% yet!

What is the impact of wearing headphones (ear buds) so much? Read this.

Past Race Reviews:

2007 Indianapolis Half Marathon

2007 Mid-South Half Marathon

2008 Rocky’s Run 8k

Past Foto Fridays:

Fall on the beach

Apples

More Fall leaves!

After looking at all of those fall pictures, here are a few fall running tips.

Hope you’ve had a good fall and that you are recovering well!!