Another good run … save one thing

I enjoyed an easy run this afternoon. The roads were slushy and slick, so I stuck to the sidewalks, where the snow was powdery and undisturbed.

Dr. Jordan Metzl's "Running Strong: The Sports Doctor's Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life."

Dr. Metzl’s Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life.

With the sun shining brigthly and temperatures hovering around 28, it was the perfect winter afternoon to hit the road.

Save one thing.

Having not run as regularly in recent months as I once did, I noticed soreness in my shins from the holiday’s previous outings. So I took it slow and easy and, as a result, have decided to mix things up tomorrow and work out indoors.

Dr. Jordan's Metzl's Iron Strength Workout for Runners.

Dr. Metzl’s Iron Strength Workout for Runners.

As I mentioned in a recent post, I several months ago purchased Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life. I devoured the book but am yet to try Iron Strength Workout for Runners, a two-DVD set that came with it.

So tomorrow, instead of hitting the road, I’ll give my legs a rest and do my first Iron Strength Workout. I’m really looking forward to it.

Have any of you done Dr. Metzl’s workout? If so, share your thoughts by replying to this post.

Happy Running!

Kansas City Runner

Posted in All posts, December 2015 | Leave a comment

A winter wonderland

As a wintry mix fell steadily this morning in Kansas City, I concluded it was the perfect time to don an extra layer and hit the road. There were few motorists on the streets as I set out around 10 a.m., and the snow-sleet combination offered plenty of traction.

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A water-resistant shell and extra layer of wicking outdoor wear kept me warm and dry.

If you’ve run in snow, you know what a delight it is. It adds an extra layer of insulation that softens foot falls and quiets the din of passing motorists. The result is a perfect recipe for the quiet reflection runners crave.

It wasn’t my fastest or flashiest four miles, but it was a run for the memory book. I plan to lace up my shoes and hit the road again tomorrow.

It’s just after 5 p.m. in Kansas City as I write, and the snow is still falling outside.  Bundle up and hit the road — you won’t regret it!

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

Posted in All posts, December 2015 | 2 Comments

A great running holiday … so far

The holiday weather in the Midwest has been perfect for running.

With temperatures hovering around 50 Fahrenheit the last few days in Independence, Mo., shorts and long sleeves have been the road attire du jour. Kate and I really enjoyed logging easy 3- and 3.5-mile runs on Christmas Eve and December 26.

Kate doing a pre-run stretch before our nice December 26 run. Notice the cool socks, which Santa left under the tree...

Kate doing a pre-run stretch before our December 26 run. Notice the cool socks Santa left under the tree…

But change is afoot. As I write after midnight on December 27, the temperature has dropped to 33 Fahrenheit. It’s raining now, and snow is forecast for Monday.

I say bring it on.

Have you ever run in the snow? I highly recommend it. The quiet and solitude of snow-covered streets greatly enhances the thought and introspection that come from our great pasttime.

I realize it’s been nearly 19 months since my last blog. It’s odd how we keep those things we most want to do at the forefront of our thoughts — even as life’s events get in the way — as though we’ll return to them any day.

That’s how it’s been with this blog. And in the time since my last post, I have been running — though not as much as I’d like.

Over the holiday, I hope to run every day. I’m also looking forward to beginning Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Iron Strength Workout, which I purchased last month. Beyond those, I’ll choose my next road race and training plan.

So stay tuned. There will be additional posts in the coming days.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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A great Northwest Arkansas route

I logged seven miles this evening on a scenic Northwest Arkansas trail. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Trail System, which you can learn about at http://www.nwatrails.org, currently boasts more than 200 miles of running, cycling and walking paths.

And there’s more to come.

I ran a stretch of the trail system in Bentonville, AR, home to retailing giant Wal-Mart. You can check it out at: http://www.bentonvilleusa.org/upload/file/Bentonville_Trail%20Map_080411.pdf. I ran from number 5 to number 2 and back.

If you’re ever in Northwest Arkansas, be sure to take in a trail. In addition to the Bentonville stretch, I’ve run a six-mile circuit on trails in Rogers, AR and the Fayetteville Lake Trail in Fayetteville.

I hope your Spring running is taking you where you want to go.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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My next race

I blogged last Sunday that I’d commit to an upcoming race within a week.

Kate, the kids and I have decided to run the Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk. The free event, sponsored by Independence Parks and Recreation, begins at 8 a.m. on May 3 at Waterfall Park in Independence.

Independence Park Trot “aims to promote increased use and access to the city’s parks and trails,” its web site says. “We hope families will enjoy the event and want to spend more time visiting the many parks and trails Independence has to offer!”

I’m looking forward to the race. Kate and the kids have run it in previous years, but this will be my first jaunt.

As you may recall, I considered running June’s Hospital Hill Half Marathon but decided against it this year. I wouldn’t have had enough time to train for the hilly race, and it’s the morning after Jazzoo 2014 at the Kansas City Zoo.

I will commit to a longer race — possibly a half marathon trio — in the near future. Look for more information on it and a great running route recently minted by Independence Parks and Recreation Director Eric Urfer in my next post.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

Posted in All posts, April 2014 | Leave a comment