Monday, March 31, 2008


You know what I really liked about last weekend? There weren't snowflakes the size of frisbees falling. Check this out:

Yes, there's a 100% chance of precipitation today. Nothing like a sure thing.

Friday, March 28, 2008

you guys wanna get high...

...cause I got some primo stuff. Mizuno Wave Rider 10s!

Serioulsy, this article in the NY Times focuses on the research of some neurologists who were able to measure a running induced endorphin rush for the first time ever. They used PET scans and bio-whatsmathingy...magic. Let's just say it was magic.

Dude, my best runners high was at this one Phish show in college. Wait, that was just high...on life. Yeah, life.

My best runners high was in 2004 during miles 14-22 of the Ironman Wisconsin marathon. Easily the most effortless running I've ever done.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

hot group action

Astute blog reader Carly asked, in the comments section of a previous post, "since you have this listed MDRA (the organization) and not you (an actual person), this would be better set up in facebook as a Group (then people could become Members of the group) OR as a Page (then people could become Fans of the page)... Let me know what you think."

Well Carly, I think that's a damn fine idea. There is now an MDRA Facebook group. I'm glad there are readers out there who have a better handle on the Facebook-o-sphere than I do.

Join our group, be our friend, join us on a group run, friend.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

face time

We're now on Facebook in addition to MySpace. Be our friend, won't you?

i'll just apologize in advance...

My deepest apology goes out to the Lake Nokomis area. You see, the temp today will be in the mid 40s. After work I'll be out running around the lake, wearing shorts.

And my legs are so pasty white you'll scarcely believe it.

I'm sorry for the horrible glare that will be shining off my bottom half. My only hope is that it isn't so bright as to distract pilots landing at MSP.

I apologize profusely to the other runners and walkers. Please consider bringing sunglasses along on your run. I really hope my pasty sheen doesn't cause permanent damage to your retinas.

I just don't have the genetic makeup to maintain any sort of color over the long Minnesota winter. My ancestry is 50% Polish, 25% Swedish & 25% Irish. None of those people are renowned for their swarthy, bronze glow.

So I apologize for the temporary blindness I will inflict upon the Lake Nokomis area tonight. I wish I could go tanning instead, but it's going to be too damn nice to not go for a run.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

mmmmmm... recovery food

The French have got this food thing down. Tonight I had pizza with créme fràiché (spelling almost certainly incorrect) scallops, salmon and basil.

Oh. Hell. Yeah.

Lots of Nantes runners were out and about today. The prefered running attire for 50 degrees and windy was tights and a T-shirt. They may kick our butts when it comes to food, but we've got these cats beat when it comes to running fashion sense.

In other news, you can make your own parking space here:

My brother-in-law parked his Renault on the sidewalk when he couldn't find a spot. He tells me that you can park on the sidewalk overnight and not get a ticket. The police don't issue parking tickets after 10:00PM or so.

We're years behind.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

if Fed Ex met "Honey I shrunk the Kids"...

If you need a package delivered and your alley is only 4 feet wide, who you gonna call?


Delivering stuff via matchbox car since 2000.

I wish I had one one of these Smart cars when I lived in Uptown. Parking would have never been a problem!

Friday, March 14, 2008

run France

The run blog is across the pond this week. My sister gets married tomorrow, so I get to run around Nantes for a few days.

Nantes is about the same latitude as Minneapolis, and it looks like this:

That's green grass and palm trees I'm running by. Groove on that.

The flowers are in bloom too.

Far. Freakin'. Out.

Some local dudes were out for a run too. Here they are flashing the international symbol for "I'm having a good run". Thumbs-up is universal.

And here's the view from my sister's street. The road features parking on one side, 2-way traffic, and a bike lane in each direction. City planners, eat your hearts out.

The speed limit on that monster is 30kph (18mph). Being a runner has made me really good at calculating metric distances. Every time I look at a map, I'm thinking "OK, that distance is four 10Ks plus an 8K minus a 5K..."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

drop whatever you're doing and go for a run!

Its 46 degrees! Forty-flippin'-six! It may rain tomorrow, so drop what you're doing & run. I don't care if you're in the middle of a meeting, or if you're a doctor in the middle of surgery. Tell the smartest intern to cover for you and get out there!

Monday, March 10, 2008

train(ing) tracks

News from the Spring Marathon Training Class; There are several class members planning on running the Fargo Marathon. Most of the rest are running Grandma's, a few are doing other spring marathons.

Why does any of this matter? Because no matter which marathon you're running, you'll always have someone to run with! The Fargo crew is running different distances than the Grandma's group, so we've got you covered.

In other news, we just got a new MDRA member from New Jersey! Hell yeah!

Friday, March 7, 2008

2 things

First, if you read the comments from yesterday's post, you'll notice that our guy Nathan was planning on doing a 2 hour treadmill workout. I'm concerned. Anyone looking forward to 2 hours on a treadmill clearly has a screw loose. Hang in there man.

Second, a 101 year old British guy is going to attempt a marathon. He'll celebrate at the finish line with a beer & a cigarette. Bona fide badass.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I'll quit whining now

OK, the weather really isn't that bad. I had a great 6 mile run over lunch today.

Apparently there's a business women's conference of some sort going on my my building today. As I stretched in the lobby, I caught the attention of several cougars waiting for an elevator. Yeah, I've still got it goin' on.

Nice to know I can turn heads of women of a certain age.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I'm officially sick of winter

I hate to keep blogging about crappy weather...but I'm doing it anyway. We hit 37 over the weekend, and now it looks like we'll be below zero in the metro by tomorrow.

The only good thing I've found about running in below zero temps is this; I know exactly how to dress. When the temp is in the mid 20s I'm always too hot or too cold by the end of a run. But I can totally nail it at minus 5. Weird.

The MDRA MySpace thing is gaining momentum. We're up to 4 friends now! We could have more, but I'm denying all the friend requests from webcam chicks. Sure, they're cute. But we're really more about running than, you know...porno.

Gotta keep that G rating alive.