Saturday, October 06, 2007

Warning Sports Nuts!

Originally uploaded by pederson_erik
Sometimes I think this guy might have a point.

Ran my last long run last night before the half marathon next weekend. I know you aren't supposed to run training runs longer than your actual event but that is what I did last night. Turned out to be not so bright a move as I hadn't run since last Friday and my body wasn't ready for it. Oh well, I guess I'll be a little soar two Saturdays in a row.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Weight In

cool running weight chart
Originally uploaded by gene_poole
Long time, no blogging... but target weight has been achieved, held more or less steady, and training continues.

There have been a lot of miles put on the running shoes since I last visited blog land. I’m glad to learn that everybody is still running strong. Pam and Jon continue to trade barbs and funny status titles on gmail. Jeff is rocking fatherhood. DREW isn’t hitting all the goals he sets for himself but he is still setting them. I don’t have to go anywhere near the Internet to know that a strong group of women are on track for the annual Turtledash Half. Like Scrubs but in real life, Danny is working a lot and still finding time to run like a gazelle, turning is sub-eight splits. Josh has a marathon in a couple of months and it sounds like he is currently leading an interesting life.

As for me; I dropped off the Hood to Coast team I was on for several reasons. Since then, though, I’ve actually been running and training more that before. Probably Pints to Pasta in Portland will be the next organized race I participate in. For now I’m just running for me and generally enjoying myself.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Originally uploaded by gene_poole
Checking in with the blog I never post to anymore....

My running life is actually pretty good right now. I'm not following a plan or obsessing about miles or anything like that but I'm getting out there pretty regularly. I usually don't decide how many to do until my feet are actually in contact with the pavement. A long run these days is a nine. I hardly ever do less that five. This is exactly where I want to be - running reasonably strong but not obsessing about a plan.

Of course at the end of next month I'll be saying, "WHY WASN'T I ON A PLAN!" I have a feeling that the third run of the Hood 2 Coast is going to suck this much as it did last - suckage in that eery I haven't slept or eaten much in the past 36 hours and now I'm running up a hill in the 80 degree heat which is unpleasant at the time but makes for pretty good memories.

The graph associated with this post is good news I think. At my heaviest this past year, I got up to 220. The top end of optimal for me BMI-wise is 205. I've worked my way down to that and now, on the advice of my mother at dinner last night, have decided to try working down another five pounds. Like she says, its good to have a little in the bank, so to speak. This coming from a woman who has pretty much stopped adult onset diabetes with diet and lifestyle to the point where she is off medication.

Anyway, I hope where-ever you are, you're running healthy.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Still Ticking

It has been a long while since I posted but my running life has actually been pretty good lately. I'm running home from work a few times a week and have gotten to do my favorite lake run pretty regularly too. There are those things that drive you to get out there and then there is that first step. There is that old proverb that "A journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step" which is why the thought crept into my mind tonight at 4:57 as I was standing in my running garb in the reception area with two coworkers; "I could just ask one of them for a ride home..."

Bad whiny voice, bad! Don't you have voices? I do. Anyway, once I got ten or so steps under me, I started to get all happy, running happy. I felt like Steve Martin in LA Story when he comes out of the house after finally breaking up with his bitchy girlfriend (yes, sometimes work is my bitchy girlfriend).

Anyway, the things currently driving me are probably three-fold. First, I have more time as I'm currently between semesters for my night classes (masters program how I curse thee). Hood to Coast is fast approaching. For me this is The Event of the year in which I will simultaneously want to prove myself to strangers who are also my team members and whom I won't want to let down 'cause we're a team. Lastly, I decided recently to lose some weight. Two years ago I ran Vegas at 207 and recently topped the scales at 220. I'm not super fat but when I realized recently that I've been walking around with a gut ache rather than losing a notch on the belt that De Nile is not only a river in Egypt but something I needed to do something about. Now it is the first thing I think about when I wake up and head to the scale. This morning; 213.

So, still here, feeling like a stranger to my own blog. I hope you are well and that as Steve Runner says, may you run long and taper.


Friday, February 16, 2007


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Checking In...

I'm getting to the gym regularly and to the trails semi-regularly. In general I'm feeling pretty good and enjoying myself. Today I did 45 minutes on the elliptical and ran the lake after work.

Hump day report:
Running: 3.6 miles
Time: 33m 00s
Avg. Pace: 9:10/mile
Gym - Cardio:
Time: 1h 30m 00s

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The calories go in.....

The other morning at work a coworker who is on a diet but still loves to cook brought in a Tupperware container of chocolate chip cookies for the office. Nobody tell my mom, but his may be the best chocolate chip cookies ever. There must be double the lard or unholy deals with Satan or something involved. I briefly thought about not have one (a cookie at 8 AM??), thinking to myself, “What’s the use? I could skip my run tonight and not eat this cookie and be in about the same place.” These are the weird thoughts you have early in the morning when you aren’t quite all there yet, like one is a positive and the other a negative that cancel each other out. It is only after you have done the run at the end of a long stressful day that you remember to good brain juices and general pleasure at being in shape.

I had a great run tonight and then came home and enjoyed my wife’s totally yummy baked pasta and cougar cheese – life is good.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Running with a Goal Again

Now that I'm officially in training for an actual event (Hood to Coast '07) it seems easier to get out on the trail regularly. I find myself mentally fitting running goals in around the few murky mileposts I can see up ahead in the coming months. I'll probably do a few fun runs between now and then but the main goal has been identified. I hope to get the same legs as last year. Not only were they some of the least brutal but I would like to try competing with myself against last year's times. I know I can do a lot better this year.

Check out this cool site that DREW posted about - great for those of us who like something beside music to run to and are getting tired of an all podcast diet.

Where's LJ?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Target Acquired

I am stoked. Check out this quote from an email sent by a classmate today;

"So, I did not realize that you are a runner... Are you in training for something or just trying to get out there. What are you doing the last weekend in August 2007? Interested in spending 36 hours with some people you don't know who smell and taking cold showers in nasty high school gym class gang showers? It is a lot of fun. Let me know if you want to join our hood to coast team. We already have a name "10 is enough" - don't ask - but the team has a bunch of MPA students, past, current and future and it is a lot of fun."

Now I have raison de running (or something like that).

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Originally uploaded by gene_poole.
Yesterday we took the boys and went for a run on the dikes. Brisk, invigorating and all that healthy crap.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Scott Ran...

10 minutes on the paddle stepper today, followed by 30 on the eliptical, and then five more on the paddle steppers. Yeah for me. According to the machines I burned enough calories to equal a Whopper with cheese, or 10 shots of vodka, or probably about two of the huge steins I have for my home brew. Currently feeling the comfortable glow...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Not So Much

Hello Diary,

OK, the week is half over and not running yet... to battle stations! I made it to the gym at lunch time today and yesterday. Although I am enjoying the comfortable rush of good brain juices currently after a session with the stairstepper, I need to do the running.... this weekend..

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Non-runners may not get this but then they probably won't come here anyway.

Today was the day the students all come back from winter break so it was hectic at work - manageably so this time but busy none the less. At about 4:30 I started to think about my exit strategy to go do my run. At 5:30 I had to literally sidestep someone in the door to my office and say that the work day was over, it will wait until tomorrow, etc. I got to the lake at 5:34. My usual circuit is 3.7 miles. I promised I'd be home tonight before 6 so my wife could go meet her friend for a little shopping (much deserved respite). So by the time I got to the lake, I figured I only had time for one section, which turned out to be the .57 mile section between a foot bridge and the Louisiana Street Bridge. It was darking, raining, and starting to get cold. I stretched out for 20 minutes at lunch today so I was still feeling pretty limber as I got out of the car. As I started out, I decided pacing myself was unnecessary as the distance would be so short. As I started around, I picked up speed and by halfway through the short run I was at full speed. It felt really good. There is no way I could maintain that pace for any distance but knowing I only had minutes left in the run allowed me to power through my oxygen and enjoy going faster and faster. I arrived home with time to spare and feeling quite refreshed.

Still on track

Didn't run last night, but worked out today at lunch and plan to run tonight. I feel good today. I want to stop people in the hall and say, "My arms and abs are tired right now because I worked out today. Yeah, I'm a good person..."

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

Well, the New Year is upon us. So far I have been really good and have run every day this year! I took a hiatus from blogging in 2006 and ended up stopping most forms of exercise as well. I ran once every week or two and hit the gym about as often. All this hard work left it’s mark in that I gained about five pounds. Nice!

So, New Year’s resolutions time:

  • I will run three times a week throughout 2007
  • I will make it into the gym at least twice a week this year.
  • By the end of January I will have identified my next race and begun a training program
  • I will be nice to pets, small children, old people and tulips