Monday, January 31, 2011

But, it's warm inside...

If it's cold enough to cancel school tomorrow, I figured it was cold enough to run indoors. the treadmill!

Time: 58 minutes
Distance: 7.25 miles
Effort: Easy
Body: Good
Weather: Inside

Set the machine (my nemesis) at 1.5 percent grade and warmed up with two miles at 8:27, then did four at 7:30 and a final mile at 8:27 (although I did the last quarter mile at 5:27 pace...I was just so ready to be done). Walked for another quarter mile to cool down.

I have not been able to lose myself in treadmill runs, at least in busy gyms with TVs blaring. I tend to have better luck keeping my head in the treadmill game when I do intervals (i.e. mile repeats)...when I have a specific workout plan.  Gotta get on that. May have to give it a whirl tomorrow, if I can convince the kids to hit the pool (and assuming it's not too cold to have the rec center open!).

Spent another 20 minutes doing squats, curls and some shoulder work while standing on the Bosu ball. I reckon not many people use the Bosu. I get a lot of stares when I use it. I like it because the balance work works all the little stabilizing muscles while your pushing weight with the major muscles.

On another front, I've been following the whole Contador doping case. I'm pretty burned out on believing these guys' protestations of innocence (yeah, I believed Floyd Landis for far too long). Setting aside whether or not Contador is innocent, this whole incident should make us all think about what the hell we are putting into our bodies. The fact that any meat has clenbuterol, or any other unnatural substance (calling Taco Bell!), in it once again brings into question our entire food system.

Makes Michael Pollan's overly-simplistic, but appreciatively-memorable, montra even more relevant: "eat food, not too much, mostly plants (and burritos)."

I may have taken a liberty or two with that quote.


  1. The last line are words I will live by for the rest of my life, especially burritos!

  2. Couldn't agree more with your analysis of food products, and maybe products in general. I was listening to a podcast the other day and learned that the soap I use tests positive for THC because it has hemp oil in it (yeah, I live in Boulder). But when it comes to sports nutrition it's hard to tell what's in there or if there are substances that are banned: However, I love hearing about cyclist and the doping scandals. I used to be completely sick of it. But I accepted the fact that they're probably all doping and now it's become something like a soap opera.

  3. Sounds like you have your own (hemp) soap opera going! Anything w/ THC in it gives a whole new meaning to the term "doper." Imagine if we all just could get all the "supplements" we need from whole foods, rather than pills produced in nondescript warehouses on the outskirts of Chinese and U.S. megacities. Wishing I had the food discipline of Jurek.