Thursday, October 7, 2010

A must read

Sorry all for my extended absence from writing, and hope that all of you that read (albeit a small group) are well. I found this via my wife's Facebook page and felt obligated to post it to those of you that have children or just as a message to all of us. Be well, and as my wonderful wife would say - Just Be Nice ~ Sank

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Friday, September 17, 2010

One Step forward....

Hey all,

Sorry for the prolonged absence. If you have been reading this much over the past year, you know that I have run the gambit of injuries and migraines. Luckily, when I had the 2 cervical discs removed back in March, it eliminated a good amount of the numbness (not mental the physical) and the 2 to 3 migraines I was experiencing a week. Unfortunately it did not eliminate them completely, but I have only had about 4 since March. The 4 however have been real doseys though. Pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and nausea. Sunday, as we were celebrating Catie (my step-daughter's) and my birthday, a day late due to our hectic family schedules, we were just sitting down to eat, and low and behold the migraine aura showed up and within 5 minutes, I lose my eye sight. Puts me in bed early, and keeps me in bed with the exception of about 2 hours all through Monday into Tuesday morning.

Well here it is Friday, and although my eyesight THANKFULLY comes back generally within an hour or so, I am still to a lesser degree experiencing some of the migraine leftovers.

And (I apologize for the unnecessary length of this story) it has kept me off the trails, after I had a nice little roll going there over the past couple weeks. So regardless of everything else, I am finding the time to hit Gilbert with Belle this weekend.

Until then, Be Well ~ Sank

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sore but happy

Well for the first time a while, I was actually able to hit the trails for two days in a row AND able to get 2 plus 3 milers in.  Now I know that that amount is pretty light almost non-existant for Ultra guys.  But after dealing with my March surgery and the hamstring issues, I am PSYCHED. 

In fact yesterday I jumped out of the car, turned on the GPS on the Garmin and realized I left my 2 hamstring compression wraps at home.  It was getting late in the day, and figured I would go out and see how it felt.  Worse case I could walk it in, with the side benefit of hearing my owl friend again.  Left the lot, went in thru the gated area, and went out the first part of the heart trail.  And I by a half mile in, I forgot all about them. 
It was a really nice run all in all.  Today I have found that my quads are a little sore, but that good type of sore that means that we are making some positive steps.

I am very happy with the slow but steady progression.  Tomorrow I hit the big 48, only two more years til I hit a new age group; but I will definately spoil myself to a run, in between shingling the house - again. 
Just a short post today. 

Be well - Sank

Blog note:  I have created 2 new boxes this week.  One is to make note of giveaways that I have found on other blogs that I am going to share with the few of you that read mine.  And the second is a link to the Eastern New England Trail Series of Trail Races.  Hope you find one there that you can run.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Late Dusk Friend

Well the cooler weather is coming (insert happy face here) but unfortunately along with the cooler late summer nights, come the shorter days.  I got out of work yesterday and rushed home (after picking up some dinner staples and the dry cleaning), borrowed Catie's car and hit Gilbert (with an hour timeline as Cate had to work last night). 
Not having my usual passenger seat coverage for Belle's dog hair residue, I decided to leave her at home and just get out there and have a nice quiet run for myself.  Leaving the parking and lot and up the side path hill, it was somewhat more shaded than usual, but enough light to navigate.  However that would change quickly as I got off of some of the wider and more used trails and into some of the more challenging and definately more tree covered pathways. 
Things were going relatively normal, when out of the dusk I heard (Click for youtube video of the sound) .  Now I had originally thought that it must be the Barred Owl that I seen almost a year ago .  I definately knew that it was an owl as it made it's call about 4 times over the course of a 2 to 3 minute span.  But it was high up in the trees and with the daylight failing there was no way I was going to be able to see it, so I just kept going.
Today I decided to try to find a website that had the calls of different owl, and low and behold it wasnt a Barred Owl at all but a Great Horned Owl.  Damn, I wish I had taken the time and had the light to have been able to see it.  Once I crossed over toward the Megley Trail I either fell out of ear shot or the owl simply went quiet. 
I have to say it was very cool.  Greatly preferred over the screeching Blue Jays that yell at me while I am working on the house.  Oh well, just thought I would share the story with you.
Take care and Be well ~ Sank

Post Edit:  Isnt that picture awesome?!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Well just kind of going to rant here for a minute.  That brings me to a thought, what exactly is a rant? 

Thank you for Google; anyway although I am not going to change the blog name, I guess what I want to do (replacing rant since it isn't really being angry or violent) is to put some thoughts to virtual paper.

Like most people I can go off on rants, but try not to, as the long and short term results are generally not worth the ramifications.  But I digress. 

The physical benefits of laceing back on the running shoes generally are summed up by; feeling better as I am able to get back into some sort of shape, the comradery of being on the trails with Belle, but most importantly the mental aspect. 

I can tend to get into these overwhelmed mental standpoints where the work vs. tasks vs. home life vs. husband vs. father vs. son vs. boss vs (insert more here) become so heavy in my mind that it is hard to put them in the correct places; both in priority and importance.  For those of you that have ever been in a Spencer's Gifts (are those stores even still around?) anyway it is like when you went into that store and saw that oversized lightbulb contraption with the lightning bouncing off the sides.  If you put your finger to the glass the lightning would concentrate to your fingertip.  Really cool; and as a kid you always had to try it. 
Again thank you Google (I guess it is called a Nitrogen bulb).  Anyway for me the running is a way to simply shut off the lightning and to put all the roles I play into there proper place.  Not that I am able or should put the responsibilities of life away, just be able to put them where they belong.

Honestly this is not what I thought the blog was going to go today, as I had thought that I would talk about getting back into Gilbert State Forest on a beautiful post Hurricane Earl sunny Saturday.  Not running as far as I wanted but more than happy with how it went.  Nancy is off in Wyoming (I'm kicking myself for not having her sign on out there as it is one of a few states that hasn't visit the blog).  She's out visiting her brother Eddie and family.  The kids are all at home, relunctantly getting ready for school on Wednesday.  And I am here doing jobs 'bout the house, trying to hit the trails a few times over this long weekend, and RANTing to the few that read this.

I hope that you are where you need to be in mind and body, that you can keep things in there proper place, and most importantly,
Be well ~ Sank

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A great running timeline - please read - Thanks JD

For those that may not read or click on my blogs I read list, take a few minutes to read this one from JD.  A very enjoyable and fun read.
Click here to read
Be well - Sank

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September already?

Well came home last night to another 90 degree day, but decided that I was going to get in to Gilbert again; albeit without my chocolate friend; who is still nursing her sore paw.  She isn't limping on it anymore but figured with the heat and all it would be best to leave her home.  I have been fairly tired lately but went out anyway.  Went out on a new route this time, and figured I would take the Acorn trail out and then head down the Megley and back up my favorite path.  Now let me just preface this by saying that the Acorn is a real bitch of a trail and if you can run it without stopping you are a better "man" than I.  As I had said I have been fairly tired lately (not from too much training thats for damn sure) but about halfway through fighting the Acorn, it actually seemed like my legs were responding and I felt pretty damn good the rest of the run.  Definately not reading too much into it, but I am going to take it as a positive sign and leave it at that.

Not sure that the weekend will bring with hurricane Earl heading up the coast but I am planning on hitting Gilbert regardless.  That trail I like is actually really cool in the rain.  Lots of run-offs and water running over large rock faces; a very fun run no matter how long it takes. 
Take care all,
Be well ~ Sank

Friday, August 27, 2010

Well the thought was there....

So I decide that last night I was going to hit the Gilbert State Forest with Belle for a 3 or 4 mile trail run. Were doing ok, ran into a few other dog owners walking.
Oh yeah check this out: So Belle and I are running, and this lady comes from the other way (neither dog was leashed). I stop to put the lead on Belle and she sits down right next to me and the other dog (who was a bit bigger than Belle at 70 lbs.) comes running up to Belle. I put the lead on, Belle puts her head down and starts to go around the dog owner and the other dog; and the lady says "what's wrong with your dog, is she shy or scared or something" all condescending like. Felt like saying, “no like her owner she just wants to run and be left alone, however like your dog's owner, he can’t seem to mind their own business”. But I digress.

So Belle and I are about 2 1/2 miles in (guessing based on history in the forest as I forgot my Garmin) and I look down and she's limping. I check her out, she isn't whimpering or anything, so we take a side trail to cut it short and start to walk back. About 50 yards in and I look down and she's going the one front legged hop. Knowing we have about a mile left to go, I bend down put her across my shoulders with the back of my neck to her stomach, and we head back. This morning thankfully she seemed none the worse for wear, but looks like I will keep her home for a few weeks so she can heal up. Not quite the same on the trails without her.

Be well - Sank

Thursday, August 26, 2010

One on One off...

Hey if may be the shortest of my run courses, but I have now made it 2 out of the last 3 days on it. 
The tendon along my hamstring / running down the back to just behind my right knee is still sore (not sure if it is from being hit by the softball or from pulling the hamstring - same night), but I will continue to stretch it and put on the compression wrap for now.  The good part is that I am out there, and not sitting home. 
Be well all - Sank

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rogue Valley Beer Mile--2010

Just how awesome is this. Stolen from Reinventing the Run blog
How do I get this going in good old Mansfield, MA ? Stay thirsty my friends...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Congrats and inspiration

Congrats Congrats Congrats to my wife Nancy for finishing the Timberman Triathlon in New Hampshire.  It has been on her bucket list since we met to do a tri and I am so happy to see her finish it.  It was the first and only time that I actually went to a triathlon that I wasn't participating in and it was very humbling and inspirational to see the 1300+ athletes go for it.  I am so proud of her!
It has also given me the kick in the butt to get out there.  The right hamstring is still bugging me a little from a few weeks ago when I felt it go playing softball, followed by getting hit there while standing on 3rd, but no pain go gain.  Actually got out today and just ran cautiously but the key part being that I RAN.
Well enough for now, I will definately be posting more now, and the runningahead page will be updating my activity.  The rain, fouled up the Garmin so I had to do a manual entry, but whatever.....
Happy 17th Birthday to my son Kevin
Be well - Sank

Friday, August 13, 2010

Enough already....

Been an extremely interesting year so far.  Injuries, surgery, refereeing, work shit, RL stuff, what have you.  But the one thing that you dont see is running; be it road or trail.  And I am sorely missing that this year.  Some of it post surgery, some due to a consistently tweaked hamstring, some in trying to juggle the refereeing schedule; but it simply just hasn't happened. 
And I can feel it's absense in my body and more importantly in my mind.  And to get myself back on track I need to start there.  I can ice and wrap and ointment (yeah I know ointment "aint no" verb but dont stop me I'm on a roll) my hamstrings, but I have to lace up the running shoes again.
Not having done much I have lost the few readers I had and I dont blame them.  Hopefully they come back soon.  I wish you safe and long trails.
Be well - Sank

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One more time.....

You would think by the picture that I am talking about running in my back yard avoiding the dog poop (having 2 big chocolate labs will do that to you), but I couldn't find another picture so I went with this one.
Well I am FINALLY going to try one more time to get back on track.  The neck has actually felt pretty damn good recently; even with starting to ref again.  But on my first day back I had tweaked the left hammy again ARGHHHHHHH, but I found some nice stretchs to do; coupled with my compression strap and I am ready to give her another go.
I am going to start playing a little softball for the hotel's management company's team tomorrow night so after I hit the batting cages I am going to try to go 2 or 3 miles on the roads to see how I feel. 
Wish me luck, be well - Sank

Friday, June 4, 2010


Well when I wrote on Wednesday that I had hoped to break 18.50 (albeit for just 2 miles) by this weekend, I would have never guessed that not only did I drop 10 seconds off my post-surgery best, but 25 seconds.  Yup 18.35, with the first mile out at 9.03.  Tried not to have to walk at all, but was able to finish with two quick breaks, I was able to do the last mile in 9.32 even with the 2 "walks".  Very happy and encouraged. 
Will take tonight off and hit Gilbert State Forest on Saturday. 
Be well ~ Sank

Local New England Brewery revives under new ownership

Narragansett revives under new ownership - The Boston Globe
When I was a kid my father used to sneak me sips of Narragansett. Nice to see an old New England standard still battling against the big boys and the micros.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

16 days and 7 runs

I know it's not much to brag about but for the most part I have been trying to get out every other day.  Actually hit the trails on Monday.  Was pretty fun, except the part of falling twice, but none the worse for wear.  Tuesday I was supposed to go back to work, but the old ticker and the A-Fib were hinting of a return but doubling up on the pills took care of it.  Which is a good thing, figuring I have no desire to get cardioverted again; 40+ times is more than enough, so thankfully the pills worked.
Well that wasn't the goal of this post, just to keep myself on the goal which is getting back to running.  My goal by the end of the week is to break 18:50 on the roads.  Shouldn't be a big deal if I can get rid of those 3 quick little walks.  Just gotta do it!
Be well - Sank

Monday, May 24, 2010

7 days so far

Well it's been a week and really no worse for wear.   Trying to be smart and I am just running one of my regular loop courses but only running 2 miles.  Sunday the shins were a bit tight so came home and googled stretches for it.  Today while at PT, I mentioned it to Dan and Ian, who actually taped my shins.  Tonight although having to work myself back in shape the shins were fine.  Not that I am going to tape them all the time, but will have to look for some arch supports or maybe look into some orthotics.
But the neck feels good, really haven't noticed it at all after runs, more than the post-surgery soreness, but even that is going way down.
Well that's it for now.  Planning on taking Tuesday off and heading back out on Wednesday.
Be Well - Sank

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Well after weeks on the shelf, and 45 days since my last posting (didn't really want to bore those of you that actually read this with nothing but the same old day to day stuff) at 10:45 this morning I got the all clear sign.
I have to admit that part of me wants to run right out and do 5 miles, but my head tells me to go off slowly.  I am SOOOO out of shape, but excited about hitting the roads again. 
My Physical therapist says to start on the roads as the trails, being uneven surfaces, may be easier to start off on.  Either way I am going to lace them up tonight.  No Garmin (dont want to get to depressed right off the bat) and just take it as it goes.
As always, Be well - Sank

~ Sank

Very Cool (stolen from Derrick Stafford's blog)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Good News and Bad News

First the Bad News - I was originally hoping that I would be able to run starting May 1st, but the doctor told me yesterday that date has been pushed back to May 14th.
Now the Good News - the Collar came OFF yesterday!  And although my running date was pushed back, I can get in the pool. 
All and all I have to say that I am really happy with the progress and that I decided to have the surgery.  I haven't had a headache now in 3 weeks, the pain in my elbow and upper arm is greatly reduced, and it seems like I have almost all of the feeling back in my ring and pinky finger in my left hand.
Dr. Weller said that there was narrowing of the nerve-ways and that there was substantial bone spurs, but that what he wasn't able to take care of in the surgery (bone spurs), should continue to get better over the next few months.
Here are the X-rays (or pictures I took of them from my cellphone) of the surgery.  Simply amazes me that just 3 weeks ago, I had the surgery; where I am now, and my new "bionic" neck.

Be well, run an extra mile for me - Sank

Sunday, March 28, 2010

16 days later

Well it's been 16 days since the surgery and figured I would check in to anyone that actually wanted to kill some time and read.
After 6 days of absolute torture with muscle spasms, I think I am headed in the right direction.  At some point right under my left shoulder a muscle spasm developed that would actually bring me to tears.  Nancy at one point, and this particular spasm was a beauty, asked me if I was laughing or crying and I couldn't tell her which it was.  Well the doc gave me a perscription for muscle relaxers, coupledwith the Percocet, and the great massages from Nancy and here I am today actually optimistic about my future neck (and running again) health.
Went to work on Friday for a few hours, mostly to connect back with my Midtown Family and get some of the papers off of my desk.  Will be doing half days this week, as I see Dr. Weller on Friday.  Hopefully I will get off this baby.  Which I have become quite friendly with since I have to wear it 24/7 (yup even in the shower).

If I can do it I am going to try to get a copy of the X-rays with the plate and will post. 

But enough for now.  Be well - Sank

Thursday, March 18, 2010

7 days down...

At this time last week I was crawling into bed for the night getting ready for the surgery first thing Friday 7:30am.  Now a week later, I'm still fairly sore but besides being a horrible patient (including having a very short fuse and incredibly moody) I feel like I am getting better.
The left arm is still a bothering me a bit, but Dr. Weller says that "should" go away in a few months.  But only time will tell but keeping my fingers crossed.  I slept funny the other night so the back of my neck have been tender but if I lay back down or prop up my neck while on the couch I seem to be ok.
Big Big Big thing - - - stay on track with the pain meds.  Having a kick at the end of the race is one thing, but chasing down pain to go down SUCKS.   So staying on my 4 hours and adjusting the amount of pills, but not the clock.
Oh well, thanks for reading and checking in.
Be well - Sank

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well the surgery is over and the next day I am at home.
Nancy was kind enough LOL to take this picture last night just as I was wheeled into the hospital room.
Sure looked like crap, but better today.  Thanks to the benefits of modern medicine.
April 1st when I can lace up the Nikes is getting closer everyday.
Be well - Sank

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Well tick tick tick....

Obviously not that I have anything to do except lie there and not die, the thought of this Friday’s surgery is REALLY starting to stick in my head.

I am off the Advil (or whatever painkillers I can find) along with the aspirin since last Thursday, based on Doctor's orders. Aspirin I take after all of my heart stuff in 2006, but need to be off of both because of the blood thinning qualities. I also take Lisnopril, which I have to take to keep my heart strength up (again from bad things that happened in 2006), mostly because between the Lisnopril and my other meds  and athlete (well not much since November/December); I have to go off of it starting tomorrow as the combination lowers my blood pressure and the anesthesiologist wants to keep that higher. My blood pressure normally runs around 90 over 60, which is borderline low I guess.  They tell me they want the first number over 100.  So no meds and I have to drink lots of water - yuck!!

I went to my pre-Op last Friday and realized VERY QUICKLY that there is a lot of info out there that I really don’t need to know all of the details about. I mean did you know that when you were under, that some of the stuff the anesthesiologist gives you is actually a paralytic. That when given actually stops you from breathing and hence the breathing tube so you…well don’t die. I never did and I have had my fair share of that crap over my 47 years.  Ignorance is bliss, or it was anyway.

So it's now Tuesday afternoon; work tomorrow and Thursday. Then Nancy and I are going to stay here in Boston at the Doubletree Hotel on Washington Street across from Tufts New England Medical Center. And yes I am the General Manager of the Midtown Hotel in downtown Boston and could stay here; but the GM, Stephen Pole, over at the Doubletree was able to give me a great rate so we went for it. THANK YOU BIG TIME STEPHEN, a huge help during a stressful time.  Mostly doing it so that after I go in at 6am on Friday, Nancy can just go back to the hotel and relax for the 2 1/2 ~ 3 hours while they are doing the surgery.   And then can come over afterwards and not have to worry about driving, parking, etc...

Once the surgery is over and I leave the holding room (or whatever they call the room you come out of "sleepy land") then; up to a room for the night. They tell me that I will be going home the next day, and I hope they are right. 3 weeks in a hard collar, and no driving. I am going to take 2 weeks off of work and go back half days on the 25th and 26th and take it as it goes.

Going back to my old running and triathlon days, I have a tendency to not wait till I am fully recovered. But I learned (or hopefully so) NOT to do that anymore since 2006, when I had all the complications from the heart procedures. Tough to teach an old dog new tricks, but I'll just have to be smarter than when I was younger and "bullet-proof".

They say 6 weeks until resuming normal activities, so that will keep me on a May 1st deadline. Not sure if that will give me enough time to do the Timberman with Nancy, but I will at least be able to train with her and cheer her on in August.

I will be posting, probably more to relieve the boredom of sitting at home and for the therapeutic benefits a lot of the next few days going into and weeks as I sit at home. So if you’re bored, feel free to come along for the ride. Although I am very nervous I am very hopeful that it will be a huge success.

Be well - Sank

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time to mark the calendar

Well the surgery has been set; and it looks like I will be on the operating table on Friday March 12th.

I have to arrive at 6am and will be operated on at 7:30.  One night in the hospital followed by 2 weeks out of work and 3 weeks without driving.  Still hoping for 6 weeks (May 1st) until  I hit the roads/trails again.

And on a side note:  I got a hit from ALASKA to the blog.  Only 14 states to go!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


No not a New Year's Resolution, cause God knows that by February 23rd that would have been long broken for most of us.  But hopefully a resolution about my neck.

Went to the NeuroSurgeon today (Dr Simcha Weller) and it looks like we (we - yeah like someone else is going with me) under the knife in a few weeks.  Woke up early this morning to get into Boston for a 7:30am MRI at New England Medical Center.  Then across the street to Dr Weller's office for him to look at it and to discuss the options.  It's been well over 8 years of the varying levels of discomfort and 4 years of seeing Dr. Weller. 

Today's MRI showed the same two disc issues (C5-C6 & C6-C7) coupled with bone spurs around them.
~ Option 2 - the fusion surgery.(not posting the surgery link again)

Now I am in no way excited about going under the knife for any reason, but I can't deal with this crap anymore.  The migraines, the vertigo, the numbness in the left arm, left ring and pinky fingers, the lack of movement in my neck and shoulder..... should I continue?
I am supposed to hear from the doctor's office anytime between now and Thursday with some dates, but it is looking like 2 or 3 weeks out.  He then said post-surgery that I can resume "normal" activities in 6 or 7 weeks.  That means I could potentially be on the trails sometime around May 10th.  That would be sweet!

As usual: Be Well - and please DONT take things for granted.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pain in the neck....literally

Well not a lot has happened on the roads or trails lately that's for sure.  Yeah the weather has hindered it a bit, daylight savings, blah blah blah, excuse, excuse, excuse.  But the one thing that isn't going away is the pain and hinderance being caused by my neck.  The two herniations (C5-C6 and C6-C7) are really hindering most things.  The arms go numb or tingle or fall asleep, the migraines, the lack of movement, the pain sitting, the pain in driving, etc...  I have been dealing with this for about 7 years or so.  And for the most part it comes and goes in severity but never completely.
I was living with it for the most part, but I fell (click for blog entry) back on December 7th, and it has been killing me ever since.
Tried a bunch of stuff and just last week, Dr Higgins threw me on my second steriod treatment (I guess I wont be going into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Mark McGuire anytime soon).  But with the exception of a slight amount of extended movement for a day or so, they really dont do anything.
So back to the NeuroSurgeon I go on February 23rd to discuss the fusion surgury. 
I watched a video, an actual video of the surgery, on YouTube.   Now with all the stuff I have had done, including the 3 heart procedures and having to give myself blood thinner shots in my stomach, I just cant watch medical stuff.  God bless Nancy, who works in the dental field, she tries to tell me what she does some days and I am such a wimp and cant deal with it.  Anyway, I tried to watch this surgery video - not the best idea.  Click here if YOU want to watch it cause I aint  :)  LOL
But I have to do something.
Be well - dont take what you have for granted.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Beating myself up.

You know sometimes you just have to sit back and realize when you are, for lack of a different term, being lazy.  Now I'm not saying that I have done nothing and just propped up in front of the TV; but I have NOT been out on the roads, except for once this year.

Now I have been refereeing a ton for the past several months, including 9 games this weekend.  That coupled with Hannie's basketball team in full swing, at least I have been somewhat mobile.  But the cold, snow, rain, tough trail conditions, daylight savings, early nights; have made it just to easy to jump in front of the computer and goof around on either Facebook or Warcraft.  Yeah I'm a gamer, though after my 8 month hiatis I am not spending near the time I did before.

But that all has to change.  I felt so much better getting out there and running.  The legs and knee are feeling pretty damn good after refereeing and refereeing usually brings out the worst in the them.  Nancy has asked me to do the Timberman Triathlon with her in the summer, and I have to start hitting the pool and roads to get my endurance up.   I did my last one 10 ('gulp' is it really ten) years ago, and although I did it ok for the limited training, I swore to myself that I would never do another one without an adequate base.

Hopefully posting this (and staying with posting) will keep me on track.  Feel free to send me grief or support or congratulations or whatever you think is appropriate at the time.

Be well - Sank

Monday, January 4, 2010

3 days and counting....

Well after hitting the roads on the 1st, this weekend found me hammering out my miles refereeing, doing a total of 6 games over the 2nd and 3rd.  Have to admit that I am a bit sore after taking 30 days off from running, with the exception of a few games refereeing, but nothing of any note.

The snow finally stopped so that's a good thing after seeing the white stuff off and on for 3 days, but I am going to try to get out to do 3 tonight when I get home.  Slow but steady is my mantra for January. 

Be well - Sank

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year all.  Well it has been a month since I had my last official run.  Been a crazy month, with the holidays, putting our St. Bernard down last week and on the exercise front; I have done all I can to put the hamstring back in order, and the IT hasn't bothered me in a while.

I hit the roads this morning, and besides an occassional reminder of the hamstring and to back off, I felt pretty good.  I am going to try to stay with the shorter strides and hopefully (weather permitting) hit the trails when I can. 

My wife has started a blog (click here) as she has been wanting to do a triathlon so check it out to see her progress.  We are debating on if I should do it with her, but not sure with wave starts how we could pull that off and actually be side by side with her (after the swim portion).

Wishing you the best of New Year's, Peace and Love to all, Be Well - Sank