Down but not out…

  

I was in Knoxville for work this week.  My knee is still on the outs, but I couldn’t pass up the Smokies. 

I happened to be out near Garlinburg on Tuesday afternoon.  I had my trail shoes and my water bottles.  After a quick stop at Walmart and I had shorts and shirt.  

It was a great night and the hike up to Rainbow Falls was exactly what I needed.  The only thing missing was my wife and daughter…

   
   

Working it out…

  
It was a perfect day in central Illinois.  The kind that make you want to run all day…unless you’re injured.  It’s been pretty quiet on this blog, and it has a lot to do with me not running.  

My wife and I ran the Christmas in July 6-hour race back in the middle of July.  Everything felt pretty good at the time, and I gave myself a few weeks off to let my legs refresh.  Two weeks ago I went out for an 8 mile run and came back hobbling.  My right knee is on the outs.  

I gave it another two weeks before heading out for a two mile easy run today.  I didn’t make it a full mile before being reduced to a walk.  Not good.  

I’m on the road next week, having work in Knoxville….and I’m not going to be able to hit the trails.  

I have been using this time to work on some much needed cross training, but I’m dying to get out running again.  

Happy running! 

 

A summer reprieve…

  
Nana is in town!  We took advantage of the sudden lack of humidity and took a family hike today.  Nana enjoyed the prairie hike and the limited amount of elevation change.  A stark contrast from the hikes in East Tennessee. 

  
  

Growth…

  
It’s amazing how fast the corn grows. Last week they were barely sprouting.  Now there are sections that are already knee high.

I was listening to a podcast while running and the speaker posed the question, “would you rather get your drinking water from a stagnant swamp, or a swiftly flowing mountain stream?”

We can think about people that way, too.  Who are you spending your time with, “stagnant swamps” or “swiftly flowing mountain streams”?   More importantly, which one are you?

We are all capable of greatness.  Go be a stream….and grow like the corn.

Defying the laws of physics…

  
It’s amazing to me how I can run directly into the wind in 3 out of 4 directions.  Somehow Illinois is able to accomplish this on a regular basis.  And I’m not talking a nice, keep-you-cool-throughout-your-run “breeze”.  I’m talking gale force, dehydrate your body and crush your soul wind.  

I earned a frozen “Gorky Park Mule”.  It’s the best post workout recovery drink I’ve had this week.

  
Hope you’re kickin’ ass this weekend…