Random Musings

I had a whole list of things I wanted to blog about, but since last Monday, I haven't felt very motivated to write long posts. But I do have some random thoughts I want to share...

+ The Bay Area is having really warm temperatures this week, as in the 80's (which is equivalent to 100's everywhere else). This makes afternoon workouts no longer an option (unless I want to punish myself). So I'm back to getting up at 5 am (or at least trying to) so I can get out the door 6 am. This used to be second nature for me, but seems so difficult these days.

+ I did make it to the track at 6:30 am this morning to do some speed work. It went really well (i.e., I didn't feel like I was going to die). I've come to the realization that these are currently my favorite type of workouts.

+ After Saturday's run, I discovered that I need to do more hill work and asked my Coach such workouts. I don't even know who I am anymore.

+ I've used my Newton shoes on three long runs. During the runs they felt great and I loved them. But afterward the runs my calves were so, so tight. I feel like I'm somewhat back in a shoe conundrum again. Damn you Brooks for changing the Pure Cadence shoe.

+ Speaking of tight muscles, I had the most amazing sports massage yesterday. The therapist that I see is a competitive athlete and very experienced in soft-tissue work. Without me saying anything she traced a line from my ankle all the way up to my hamstrings that was very, very tight. I had not made the correlation of how all of those muscles were interconnected. The human body is a fascinating thing.

+ I've been using Yoga Tune-Up balls to roll out a lot of my tight muscles. I've found them to work better than a tennis ball, baseball or even lacrosse ball. I use all three sizes that they come in.

+ In the Chi Running classes that I recently took, the instructor told us that children have perfect running form. Ever since then I've been watching how kids run. In fact, whenever I see my 7 year old nice, I try to make her run so I can see her form. It's gotten to the point where she yelled at me and told me that I make her hate running...point taken. I have a point to this...

During this past Sunday's SF Giants game it was Little League Day. A Little Leaguer met each position player at their respective places on the field for an autograph. In the video below this little girl received CF Angel Pagan's autograph, then ran - with perfect running form - across the field back to home plate. Everyone was in awe of her, including me.

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She's running in Tom's shoes...I can't even *walk* in them...