Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Maybe it was the playlist:
1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
Love and Memories by O.A.R
Shadow of the Day by Linkin Park
The Comeback by Shout Out Louds
Lazy Eye by Silversun Pick-ups
Don't Go (Tee's Freeze Mix) by Yaz
Breathe by Prodigy
Kissing Families by Silversun Pick-ups
Vagabonds by New Model Army
Best of You by The Foo Fighters

Maybe it is because I am no longer PMSing. I'll spare you the details of that.

Or maybe it was that the Orthopedist called me yesterday. My xrays, vascular study and blood tests were all normal. Well, normal for me. As I suspected my muscle enzyme was elevated and since every physical I have had for the past fifteen years has shown an elevated muscle enzyme I am not too concerned. What this means is that obviously I was/am a bit over trained. So you were right. And backing it off last week was the right thing to do.

But maybe it was the over the calf compression socks (thanks Dani for reminding me about them) that I wore. They came yesterday. I put them on and Ryan's comment was that it is unfortunate that I have let my love of running get in the way of my sense of good taste. But I long ago reconciled that to have the legs to look good in short skirts and heels and to avoid the "your ass after 40 syndrome" some time spent in uglier than sin running shoes and apparel is necessary. The running aesthetic is blind. You gotta look the ugly to get the pretty is how I see it. And in regards to the compression sock dorkiness I will for once concede to comfort over fashion.

So I don't know what it was but I had a great treadmill run. 10k in 45:06. Average 7:15 pace. Range was 6:30 to 8:30. Certainly not my fastest ever but it is my regular range. And today, hopefully a bike and a brick with Steph.



  1. Yay, glad to hear you're feeling better!

  2. I'm sure Ryan appreciate the aesthetic sacrifices you are making for him :-) Let us know who them sox work out K? I get cramps in my calves on my really long runs, and I'd like to know if they might help.

  3. Glad to hear your starting to feel a bit better Nat. My doctor results were not as positive- my injury has finally been confirmed as a femoral neck stress fracture, but the doc seemed pretty mellow about it (no crutches, even said I could swim). I have to wait until the MRI today or tomorrow to get more details on how bad it is- but I am not nearly as upset as expected!

  4. Well, as Carmella reminded us "FOX AND SOX"! Lala (however at two she pronounced in quite interestingly as she shouted it at the top of her lungs running through Barnes and Noble en route to the kid's secton)

  5. I sometimes wonder if those compression socks would help me run faster...like Radcliffe...but would they especially look dorky on a guy?

    My wife gets disgusted at older male runners wearing tights without shorts, I wonder what she would say if I wore long compression socks!

  6. Wes, the socks worked fine.

    Other runners commented that Natalie looked like Wonder Woman during our run today, so I think they are actually cute.

  7. I saw her in them and to me she looked like a private school girl who forgot to put on her uniform skirt! (Lala) cute though

  8. Thanks all!

    Sarah I hope you get some good news at your MRI.

    Wes and Bruce you should get them. They also make just the sleeve. Zeensha or something sells those. I got my socks at Revel sports online. I'll have to let you know how they work for a long run.

  9. Being a rural boy from Wisconsin (dairy town of 800 TOTAL people) who now lives in the "big scary" city of Chicago, I had to say the deer head made me laugh a little. It's been a while since I've seen one of those.

  10. Cool Socks! The long socks are indeed coming back into style. Now if I could only run like
    Meb in his Oxysox