• 2010 Race Calendar

    01.17 - Samson Stomp 5K
    04.24 - Deer Run 10K
    05.01 - Door County Half Marathon
    07.11 - Pewaukee Triathlon
    08.01 - Bradford Beach Tri
    09.11 - TosaFest 5K

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A Great Run But Knee Issues Return

My second attempt at the 5 mile run was a complete success this afternoon with one small caveat.  Knee problems have officially returned.  And not in the knee that gave me issues before.  The other one.

Let’s start with the good news first.  My run today I would consider wildly successful.  I think the main reason was because I focused on something that I really haven’t before – controlling my breathing.  My typical pattern in the past was to start breathing properly – in through the nose and out through the mouth – for about the first five minutes and then it sort of becomes a free for all.  When it reaches that point, I almost start breathing just to survive the run.  I didn’t realize what a huge difference it makes until I tried to control my breathing throughout the run.

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Didn’t Quite Make It

Well, you know what they say about good intentions.

I had every intention of making it 5 miles during my noontime run yesterday.  It turns out that I only made in 3.5.  I just didn’t have it in me to make it the full 5 yesterday.  I think there are a few different contributing factors.

First could be all the stairs and the lower body workout from Monday.  My legs didn’t feel entirely that bad so I don’t know if that was the big reason.  Second was the lingering cold.  I felt much better yesterday overall but I still had some stuffiness up in the head.  In particular, my nose was blocked and that prevented me from breathing normally so I was huffing and puffing much earlier in the run than I had anticipated.

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