Last couple of years I had trouble understanding the summer-training-people. The ones that huddle on the buses and in their cars during winter only to get panicked when spring is upon them and they throw themselves out of the door in order to hit “beach 2013″. I never really understood. Continue reading
Is this mike on? It is?! Oh goodie! You see, not only is it on, it is on a completely new host. How wonderful! Here, have a ridiculous kitty!
The eagle-eyed visitor have noticed there have been no “this week on the run” for a while. This is quite simply because I haven’t been on the run very much. And if you think that’s because of my hurting calf, you’d be right. Here’s where it’s at.
The week after Gibraltar I was in Paris on a small tour with St Jacobs Chamber Choir. I did manage to sneak in two small runs. But since I started from the hotel both times I had to content with traffic which made it kind of stop-and-go efforts. Also, my stomach crashed the second time and I barely got back to the hotel room in time. Calf was so-so.
Back in Sweden I met up with my new naprapath, Joseph Beg, who promptly got me to buy a foam roller and started showing me how to treat it. And also… forbade my to run until I’ve healed up. I’m certain he’s right, but… damn it is hard!
Also, he analyzed my gait and voila! There it is! The left foot has a distinctly larger pronation than the right, a longer ground contact, the Achilles directly above the heel is markedly bent when loaded, and the left knee collapsed.
Any questions on that?
Anyhow, it is a relief finding out exactly what have caused the problems. And if any runner is reading this and thinks that core, hip and knee stability will be key here: you’re absolutely right. Core, hip and knee stability training it is. And for now I’m cobbled at a measly 5K per week in actual running.
I. Must. Trust. The. Expert.
But hey! Next week I’ll get back into the mountains!
These roundups are getting longer and longer, you really should be on Twitter if you find the at all interesting. But nevertheless, here’s some twitterroos, for your amusement:
- Medical Daily: Skin Cancer Drug Rapidly Reverses Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20120210/9085/alzheimer%E2%80%99s-drug-bexarotene-mice-dementia-apolipoprotein.htm
- The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde: It’s Evolution, Stupid | Threat Level |http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/02/peter-sunde/
- (SE) Anna Troberg: Bitschslappad av verkligheten | http://bit.ly/A3PqfI
- “We, the Web kids” by Piotr Czerski: http://pastebin.com/0xXV8k7k
- Go sit by a lake. http://xkcd.com/1024/
- Neil deGrasse Tyson. We are starstuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU
- Natural Running, from Dr Mark. Good stuff! http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2012/03/06/video-the-principles-natural-running/
- “E-mails ‘hurt IQ more than pot’” http://cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/22/text.iq/index.html
- ANALYSIS: When a Congressman Becomes a Lobbyist, He Gets a 1,452% Raise (on Average) http://shar.es/p5HJx
- Sveriges knarkpolitik sämst, inte bäst http://www.metro.se/kolumner/sveriges-knarkpolitik-samst-inte-bast/EVHlcu!MLBbFvbH4TPKk/
@ScottJurek remembers his friend Micah True (Born to Run’s Caballo Blanco): http://ow.ly/a3MnD
- Searching for Caballo Blanco: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/running/trail-running/On-The-Trail-Of-The-White-Horse.html
- To grasp a billion stars http://shar.es/r19JP
- Badasses in the History of Science: Archimedes: http://youtu.be/UzzaSWyIhHM
- Climate Change with Bill Maher.avi: http://youtu.be/2f6Z0_HMLo8
- (SE) Skogen vi ärvde i DN http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/sveriges-nya-miljonprogram
- Mysterious barrier blocks access to delicious human child – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2012/05/03/mysterious-barrier-blocks-acce.html
- Those Revolting Europeans http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/opinion/krugman-those-revolting-europeans.html?smid=tw-share
A somewhat extensive collections of twats. For your amusement:
- Vibram Fivefingers, Barefoot Running, Shoes, Heel Strikes, Loading Rates, and Injury Risk: http://www.runblogger.com/2011/09/vibram-fivefingers-barefoot-running.html via @Oblinkin
- Percussive high-speed garlic-peeling made simple – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2011/09/29/percussive-high-speed-garlic-peeling-made-simple.html via @BoingBoing
- Daily Kos: A Voice From the 1% http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/21/1028500/-A-Voice-From-the-1 via @dailykos
- Clarke and Dave: Eurean Dept Crisis. Utter brilliancy: http://ow.ly/7k9LD#fucked_eur
- LOL – Congress: pizza is a vegetable when it is fed to children – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2011/11/18/congress-pizza-is-a-vegetable.html via @BoingBoing
- Extremely interesting. XKCD on money: http://t.co/Q2SsJd9P
- Nassim Taleb, simple, true and safe: End Bonuses for Bankers: http://nyti.ms/vo4w6p
- Abrahams “Private Letter from Genre to Mainstream”: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/12/guest-post-daniel-abrahams-private-letter-from-genre-to-literature/#sf
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The Perimeter of Ignorance”: http://t.co/XlWlJGB0
- O.M.G… Should The New York Times tell you when politicians are lying? (Updated) – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2012/01/12/should-the-new-york-times.html via @BoingBoing
- Falkvinge: Nobody Asked For A Refrigerator Fee: http://t.co/86OZcN0P
Pew! But a lot of good stuff in there. You should follow my bird streak to get it fresh!
December was kind of full. Not only was work piling up, but I’m also involved in a chamber choir and various vocal ensembles. So with 12 concerts booked, including a short tour in Holland, I had to fight to keep the running in the calendar.
Random bird song, because autumn is here.
- Why Anton Krupicka Runs Barefoot: http://ow.ly/6lyyp
- The great bank robbery – Global Public Square – CNN.com Blogs http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/02/the-great-bank-robbery/
- Immune System, Loaded With Remade T-cells, Vanquishes Cancer: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/health/13gene.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all?src=tp
- Nice little Daniel C Dennett interview: http://ow.ly/6we0w
- Proposing a 10 euro per gb data roaming cap: http://t.co/NloErZLJ
- Insane tabloid headline about little person porn star killed by animal – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2011/09/19/insane-tabloid-headline-about-little-person-porn-star-killed-by-animal.html
- Expose the think tanks! Stephen Law nails it: http://ow.ly/6Bw1l
As I was at my mother’s cottage in the deep woods of Sweden and not, as it were, in NYC, I had limited spectators on my run. But hey! The sheep looked interested (and interesting, I was getting a bit peckish) and the birds fled as I flew, so I’m not complaining. It was a brilliant mid-autumn afternoon, with the sun hanging low in the sky and all leafs just barely starting to change colours…
Random birdsong, disturbing your morning sleep:
- Very good piece about how we treat ourselves. Self-help of the month! “You Are Unique, Not Special”: http://t.co/7Uc6NPy
- From Jason Robbilard: “Barefoot and Natural Running Form: How Do I Know If I’m Doing It Right?”: http://t.co/t00aFhH
- An old classic: “Hell’s Angel: Mother Theresa”, by Christopher Hitchens: http://ow.ly/5RxAl
- Brilliant! “Debunking Kalams Cosmological Argument”: http://ow.ly/5QccN
- From Lifehacker.com: “Think before you speak”: http://ow.ly/5DVoV
- Robbilard again: “Run for Fun: A Running Plan for the Rest of Us”: http://t.co/S6GBtTZ
- More self-help: “Embrace change”: http://ow.ly/5qzx5
Random birdsong, collect for your amusement:
- “Don’t base your decisions on the advice of people who don’t have to deal with the results.” @MoreedMurrar
- Self-help must-read of the day, “15 Style of Distorted Thinking”: http://ow.ly/5kZYU
- As the man says, easier said than done. Still good. Via @boingboing: http://ow.ly/5kZOw #stoicism
- “Where not all in it together: That bankers still gets bonuses is like Bin Laden getting air bonuses after 9/11.” – Greg Russel
- Stephen Law on Pseudo-profundity: http://ow.ly/5j2fQ
- Independent testing on minimal running shoes? Hell yes: http://j.mp/kC2IOV