March 6, 2012

Odds and Ends

Some random odds and ends...

Here's the elite athlete press release for the 15K race in Arizona (race results here)that I'm running this weekend. Its a stacked field. I'm excited to get after it on Sunday morning!

I did a Q&A for the Hungry Runner Girl where I talk about running, ice cream, and... well pretty much just running and ice cream. You can read the whole interview by clicking here.

Andrea is heading to Brazil soon (next Friday!) for about 3 weeks (work trip). She'll be in Rio de Janeiro, Juiz de Fora, and Sao Paulo... so expect some cool blogs from her travels. I'm currently trying to translate Portuguese websites and find places for her to (safely) run. :-)

We are already planning our summer - finding the balance between racing and vacations! It looks like we're going to head up to Portland in June to run in the Portland Track Festival. It will be a great chance to run a fast 5K/10K (and maybe mile) at sea level, and the timing couldn't be more perfect, as the meet falls a week before the USA 1/2 Marathon Championships in Duluth. June will be a busy month of traveling for races! For July we're trying to plan a pair of 4-5 day trips - we have so many places we want to go that its hard to decide.

And finally, I want to share this documentary since its flying under the radar, but Andrea and I both really enjoyed watching it - Man on a Mission. Its a 55 minute film about Brother Colm O'Connell and St. Patrick's High School in Kenya. If you are really into running, you'll LOVE this. If you are even moderately interested in other cultures, you'll find this absolutely captivating.


  1. Read your interview with HR and loved it! You're on my Reader feed now, and I look forward to hearing more from y'all. Good luck in your upcoming races!

  2. So glad you posted about the documentary again. I totally forgot but really do want to watch it. I am very intruiged by how the Kenyans train. I read your Q&A on HRG and it was great.

    I hope you can survive without Andrea for 3 weeks.....I am worried! :-)

  3. I am going to be living like a monk! :-)

  4. Hi Natalie! Thanks so much for your kind words! :-)

    I've had my share of injuries in the past - and its really hard to stay motivated when you're struggling. Luckily over the past 1-2 years I've been fortunate to not have any significant injury problems. Andrea has had to deal w/ some setbacks recently, and she is awesome about staying focused, cross training, and keeping a positive attitude. The last one (attitude) is the hardest, but most important.

    I had a slight runner's knee issue this winter. The keys for me were to try to massage all around my knee with my thumbs and break up any inflammation / tissue / fluid buildup. Additionally, I worked hard on my quads and hamstring w/ a rolling "stick" to get the adhesions out of those muscles - that takes the pressure off the knee.