Friday, January 28, 2011

That Warm Sun

It's been one of those weeks. I'm sure everyone has had a week where they feel it's you against the world. Where everywhere you turn you have to "fight" your way through it. I honestly don't think it's a reflection of anyone but me. The only way to control this kind of week from happening is control who you hang with. More on that below.

So I was having this week of mine. I was maybe a bit pissed off this morning until I felt the warmth of the morning Sun. It was my daily run with the dog, Scout. Generally that run is 10 - 20 minutes. Today it was 10 and it was at sunrise. The sun came up in those 10 minutes and by the time we were back on our street it was blazing in my face. The short stint shed everything off my back and gave me a fresh perspective. That perspective: I have a great life, in this unreal setting and I get to repeat this experience daily.

Back to control who you hang with. In the last three weeks I've had two people I've decided to fire from my life. Because of circumstances I can't fully fire them so I'm going to leave it up to them. I'm fairly confident they will come forward when they don't hear from me for a long time. When they ask I'll tell them I fired them from my life because they were bringing me down.  I've done this a number of times and most often it's a temporary firing.

It's a good life....

Thursday, January 27, 2011

7:30am is Just too Late for a Run

Yep, that's the email reply I got for giving someone a hard time about skipping the weekly run. 7:30 is too late! So I proceeded to give him my schedule. I hope you enjoy:

4:00am - Wake Up
4:00 - 5:00 - Dave time        Read Good Stuff, Currently that's a daily reading from One on One with Coach Wooden and then I read a chapter from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.
5:00 - 5:30 - Clear work email and push work thoughts out through email. That's right, my work inbox is empty. In fact I empty it at 5:00am, 10:00am and 4:00pm. Other than that I don't look at it.
5:30 - 6:00 - eat and stretch, hug my wife
6:00 - 6:30 - Get Marco up and going. Make is breakfast or talk to him while he makes it.
6:30 - 6:40 - Take Scout for a run.
6:40 - 7:00 - Play the Guitar and help Marco when he needs it.
7:00 - 7: 20 - Get ready to run.
7:30 - Run

Work gets done, family gets done, dog gets done and then Dave gets done. It's not time management it's kicking off the day. If this goes flawless the day goes flawless. It's that simple.

So don't tell me 7:30am is too late. I think it's a good break in the day.

It's a good life...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hot and Spicy

Today for dinner I made a chicken and Andouille Sausage stew. 

At the dinner table the comment came up that I make the same thing (stew) in different varieties. I guess that's a suggestion to change it up. But you have to admit sometimes the slow cooker is the way to go in this fast paced world. Spend 20 - 25 minutes of prep in the morning, come home at night to dinner. 

If you try this recipe at home, be warned that it is spicy. You many not need all the ingredients. That said, both Marco and I enjoyed it. 

2 Organic Chicken Breasts
4 Organic Andouille Sausage links 
1 Red Onion Organic
2 cloves garlic
3 celery stocks chopped
2 carrots chopped
Green and Yellow beans lots
1/2 quart of broth orgainic
2 cups of water
Salt, Pepper, Chili Pepper (you may skip this), Thyme 
Cook on low 7-8 hours. 

The house was quite fragrant when we got home and the dinner hit the spot. 

It's a good life....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Unofficial 1st running shoe count 2011

Date January 23, 2011
Place: Carlsbad, CA
Event: Carlsbad Marathon and 1/2 Marathon

1. Asics
2. Brooks
3. Nike
4. Saucony

What was out there:
Asics - Everything you expect to see from them. Gel Kayano, GT 2160 etc.

Brooks - Adrenaline and Green Silence

Nike - Lunar and Structure

Saucony - A bit of everything

Some notes on the" LOUD trend" of low profile or bare foot footwear.
To be honest I was wildly surprised by the lack of this new Category. Yes, there were probably a few more traditional racing flats further back in the mix of runners but there was no strong trend. Although we saw lots of Zoot on the course most of what we saw were the new running shoes that are not in that category of low profile. Most notably of the 8-9,000 runners we spotted only one runner in 5 fingers.

My take away from this first view of 2011.
1. The running scene is alive and well.
2. Women are still driving the trend.
3. There seems to be a trend of the go fast low profile shoes at retail, it's not showing up in the people friendly event like Carlsbad.
4. There simply is not a better place on earth in January than San Diego County California

It's a good life....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Read Between the Lines

The other night I was giving our son Marco a hard time about the friendship bracelet he was wearing. He said he found it on his desk, I asked who the girl was. In the midst of the discussion he turned to me and showed be the back side of three fingers. The middle one being the important finger. In other words my little boy had just flipped me off. I thought later, how lucky the two of us are. I would have never dreamed of flipping my father off. Mostly out of fear. But the bond between Marco and I is built on respect. It is in this bond that he felt comfortable that I would react the way I did. I pulled him close to me, gave him a big hug and praised him for his effort. I deserved the gesture and felt comfortable enough to go with it.

I was reminded last night that I once wrote that I want to grow up one day to be just like Marco. I still hold to that thought. He is so well put together that I hope one day to reach his poise.

It's a good life....

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Primal Stew

In 2011 I'm making a good effort at becoming a much better cook. I'm also trying to take some of the huge burden off my gracious wife Mary.
Tonight was Beef Stew.
In the Picture
2lbs Beef
3 Sweet Potatoes
6 stalks of Celery
3-4 chopped carrots
2 chopped onions
3 cloves of Garlic
Broccoli - not pictured.
On the meat: Chili Pepper, Salt, Pepper, Mustard

20 minutes of Prep. 1 hour to cook. Marco went back for seconds.

It's a good life...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Go to Failure

I learn something every time I talk to my son. I think that's one of the greatest things about being a Dad. When I teach him something I learn something myself. His drum teacher told him to open up and express himself next time. He relayed that idea to me and I proceeded to apply that to his running. I said "You don't know how fast you are yet, until you run to complete collapse (failure) you haven't gone as fast as you can".

I honestly thing that's true in every day life. If you can't push to failure then maybe you're not learning anything.

It's a good life...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Knees Hurt?

The other night at a birthday party I was asked how I can run so much without my knees aching. He wasn't referring to personal experience just that of so many runners he knows were forced to stop running because of bad knees. I relayed this to him.

I'm currently in a January Mileage Freaks run challenge. I am in no way going to even come close to winning it. It's simply a challenge to me. But the runners are going after it. They are running 8 or more hours a week. I'm personally training more than they are but my running is only 4 to 4.5 hours a week. Add those weeks up over years, decades and you can see where I'm going. My knees simply do not take the pounding that theirs do.
Now this is comparing me to others as fit as me. For the average runner, 8 hours is what they get in a month. So why do their knees give out too?

There are probably a few reasons:
1. excessive weight
2. Poor Running mechanics
3. A body that is overall, weak.
4. Lack of good instruction.

But here's the secret to why Triathlete knees are just going to last longer:
1. An aerobic engine built on three sports rather than one
2. General leg strength built on the bike.
3. Overall fewer miles.
4. Triathletes regularly spend time in the gym getting strong.
5. Solid core strength that holds the body upright and takes some of the compression away from the lower body.

If you are a runner and not a triathlete I think there is plenty to learn from the triathletes. The 5 things listed above just may be the answer to a long life of running.

It's a good life...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Looking Down

Last Night I wrote about Lunacy. This morning I pick up my daily reading. Coach Wooden - One on One.

The topic and I kid you not: Looking Down.

"Too often it seems that when an individual receives unusual praise or acclaim, it has an affect on them." Later on Coach Wooden talks about what he taught his players. "I said that their individual strength of character would shape how they reacted to both praise and criticism. If they let either one affect them, it would affect them adversely" He finishes this thought with this one sentence." I hope I haven't changed, I don't ever want to look down on anyone"

A few months back I dedicated 2011 to What Would Papi Do. Papi is my father who passed away just over a year ago. He gave me this book on March 2, 2005. I didn't pick it up until I made my decision to dedicate this year to WWPD. I'm not 100% sure how this happens. How I go from writing about a Lunatic to reading about how to not become a lunatic but I am darn sure Papi had something to do with it.

It's a good life...

Don't let the Lunatic Phase You.

Does anything phase you?
This question came to me last night. It was regarding the lunatic in my Meeting on Monday. It started with "everyone has had to have a lunatic meeting and now all of you have been affected by the lunatic". I said to the group, awe, that was nothing. I've worked for and with Lunatics and I rate that performance well below true lunacy. It's not true lunacy when you can predict it all. When you know what's coming and it does that's not a good lunatic. A really good lunatic knows what's expected of him plays all nice. lulls you into a sense of security and then when you least expect it lowers his lunacy. I've worked with those kind of Lunatics and man did they get to me. I lost lot's of sleep with those kind of Lunatics. But today in my wise age I think I've figured out the lunatics. My first thought is to feel sorry for them. Sorry that to them lunacy is normal. And sorry that they feel they have to live that way. Can you imagine, living like you know everything there is to know and that none of you are worth what I'm worth. Isn't that what true lunacy is anyway, thinking you are better than everyone else. So long ago I found out that you can stand and fight the Lunatics or you can let them dance on your face, brush it off and move on. Like you I'd prefer to not have them dance on my or your face. But I've learned that deep down if you are good with who you are and what you stand for (Read Be Different) the Lunatics can't phase you.

It's a good life....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monster Iron

A bit more on Running around the World. Yesterday I ran 1 hour on a tread mill overlooking the must see Hong Kong harbor and Kowloon. Today I ran with the Zoot Tribe on the hilly spectacular trails of Rancho Santa Fe. Not a bad back to back if you ask me.

Today after the run I was back to the gym to continue the big steel challenge. I say this again. Being down in weight is a disadvantage here. I feel like I need to just get fat the rest of this month so that my weight totals look better.

Weight 144
The Workout

Squats                                     Leg Press
12 x 45lb                                12 X 90lb
12 x 115lb                              12 X 110lb
12 x 125lb                              12 x 120lb
10 x 135lb                              Total: 3810
Total 4,770lbs

Leg Extention                        Dips
4 x 12 x 30lb                          8
2 x 8 x 50lb                           Total 1152lb
Total: 2240

Pull Ups                                Calf Raises
8                                            4 X 12                
4                                            Total 686lbs
Total 1872lbs

Seated Row                        Push Ups
55lb X 12                           2 min drill
2 X 12 X 70lb                    41
Total: 1340lb                     1771

Grand Total: 17,371lbs

It's a good life...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bad Primal Week

Dang, staying primal while in the throws of factory visits in China was rough. In fact if it weren't for breakfast I might not have been primal at all. At to that I lost more than 4 lbs on this trip and it was a tough one. For Instance:

Monday was spent like this:
- Early morning run 4:30am
-Shower and cab to the train station.
-Chicken Cesar salad for breakfast.
- 90 minute train ride, 40 minute car ride to the factory.
- For lunch I opted for rice and kale. I just could not stomach Pig Knuckles. Although that would fit primal eating it sure wouldn't fit my gut.
- then it was rough afternoon meetings until 6:00pm
- we got to the train station at 7:00pm and there is was a small bag of Almonds.
- the 90 minute train ride put us back in HK at 9:45pm
- Made it to the Hotel at 10:30 and then I broke down and ordered a Cheesburger from room service.
- Dinner at 11:00pm with some attempt at winding down from the day.

No wonder I lost so much weight so fast. Not a suggestion for anyone.

It's a good life....

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Teacher

A teacher somewhere in your neighborhood tonight is preparing lessons to teach your children while you are watching television. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are sacrificing their own time and more often than not, investing their own money for ...your child's literacy, prosperity,...... and future. Re-post if you are a teacher, like a teacher, or appreciate a teacher

In my opinion the statement above is just too humble. I'm married to one of those teachers. A teacher who busts her ass every single day for your students. I like to think she is unique and Mary is in many ways but like so many others she signed up to be a teacher out of passion. It wasn't for the money, it wasn't for recognition it was for the passion of people and kids. I'm going to be very blunt here. For many kids out there and hopefully yours are not included, a teacher is all they have. For others of you out there, you put all the pressure of your kids success on the teachers. You do not take the responsibility you need to take. 

Late at night while many of you are sleeping cell phones all over the world are ringing. Those phone calls are students calling their teachers for help with homework and sometimes help with a life situation. 

The next time you see a teacher at school, at the grocery store or in the gym, say thanks. It will go a long way! 

It's a good life...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A World View

This week on a private forum there was a discussion about Coach gordo's blog on attitude.  In one of my posts I waxed poetic about how unbelievably fortunate I am to have been able to run in the many places I've run. Fortunate for the places and really fortunate for the opportunity to actually run. Today was one of those special days running. I woke up with no agenda. I headed out at 9:00am with my camera and no planned route. How could I plan when it was my first run ever on the Hong Kong City side. I've run in Kowloon before but never Hong Kong proper. My first thought was that this was going to be a challenging run due to the many stop lights. What I found though was a run with huge variety. I ran on boardwalks along one of the must see great harbors of the world. I ran through the Hong Kong financial district where coach gordo used to work. I ran up through and down the other side of multiple busy street cross walks. I think I invented a new running routine by running through 2 malls. Yep that's right I was mall running. An hour twenty felt like nothing. And yes, I stopped and took quite a few pictures. A perfect run if you ask me and I'm really lucky to have done it.

It's a good life....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dare You to Move

The other day I was running along the Pearl River in Guangzhou China. My legs were heavy and my mind was full. I put the Ipod on to clear my mind but back to back 15 minutes songs did not do the job. I like the songs but played back to back on a dead flat super hard surface to run was difficult. I turned down the finishing street with 5 minutes to run and the song Dare You to Move by Switchfoot came on. My mood/attitude went from drudgery to uplifting energy. It's a beautiful song with some powerful song writing. Enjoy it.

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Everybody's watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next?
What happens next?

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself, to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

Monday, January 3, 2011

Five Toes

Over the last two weeks I've seen the same scenario play out often. It goes like this: I'm out running or riding or driving and see a runner. I see lots of runners. Yes, there are lots of runners in Cardiff and Encinitas but I think it's a bit different for me. Usually I can see the runner and tell you everything they are wearing and give you a market share figure to each of those items. But recently I've seen something totally weird. Each time I've seen the shoes, I've seen this happen. Or I should say it the other way I see this happen and then I see the shoes. I see a runner in the distance lumbering along and then for some reason they stop and do one of two things, stretch or wince. This is not a wishful dream of mine it's pure honesty. In the last week I've seen it at least 5 times. The only common trait with each of the runners is on their feet. Now before you think I'm knocking a type or brand of shoe I'm not. In fact I've been the biggest supporter. Any time there is a buzz in running it's good. And so this brand and this type of running footwear spurred on by a Book is all very good for running. But the "trend" I see is troubling. These people are not enjoying what they are doing. It's clear from the wince or the stretch that "running" is not fun at that point. I'm a realist and know that running isn't fun for everyone like it is for me but this is not good. I'm afraid it's what I thought everyone would do. People, product won't make you a runner. There isn't a running product in the world that can take you from couch to runner without work. My guess is these people thought those shoes were the answer to running without the work part of it. It's the one down side of any buzz about the sport. People get out, do too much, too soon, too fast and then for the rest of their life they'll say "I used to run, but my knees started to bother me".

Word to the wise: Believe in the product. heck those shoes have helped a San Diego sock company thrive. Anyway believe in the product but learn to run while you are doing it. Ease your way into anything new in running. If you go in too much, too fast, too soon, your body will not like you.

It's a good life....

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Game On - Big Steel Challenge

Finish the year with less stuff; give away 2 for every 1 new thing. - Jordan Rapp

For those of you who don't know me quite yet, let me do some explaining. I spent 12 years working a dream job. I grew up loving running shoes and dreamed of working in shoes. For 12 years I worked for the monster retailer that is Road Runner Sports and my responsibility was soup to nuts running shoes. I was afforded unreal opportunitiy in that role. I worked with every running shoe manufacturer (some more than others) from inception to launch. I was given a title and role of Super Dave where it was free game for customers to ask me anything about running and running shoes. I basically had free reign on anything and everything running shoes. After that we moved to Germany so I could spend 2.5year working (running shoes)for one of the coolest companies in sport, adidas. Virtually everything done in sport with sport products started at adidas.  It was at adidas where I was introduced to the world of running. When I say worlk I mean we covered the world and all that is running in it.  From there we moved back to San Diego so I could pursue something totally new. I've been a triathlete since almost the begining of the sport. So it was an opportunity that just seemed right to come home and work for a small yet quickly growing company Zoot. Through all of this I've met and worked with the best athletes in the world. I've worked with the best designers, best developers and have gotten to know the inner workings of the best comapanies in running.

All of this is driven and supported by the greatest family a guy could ask for. I have a beautiful wife of 17 years who puts up with my stuff. I have a son who drives me to be the best father. When I grow up I want to be just like our son.

So anything and everything above is game on this blog. I have kept every question I ever got as Super Dave. I'll share some of the best. I'll share stories of the greats I've gotten to work with. Most of all I'll share how I'm getting through this life. I hope you enjoy it and above all nothing happens without feedback. Bring it on!

I start today with the Big Steel Challenge - My short term goal is to build unreal strength this year. I'm old and I am still hungry to compete and go fast. My body doesn't work like it used to so I have to be smart. My coach, Grodo has set up the Big Steel Challenge. Lift as much weight as you can in the month of January. I started today. I'm not sure I'll win the challenge but I guarantee I'm going to get stronger than I have ever been. Here's the workout from the day
Weight 145.2
Warm Up
Squats 25 x 45lbs + 2 x 20 x 95Lbs 5875lbs
Push Ups 4 x 15 @ 30% of my weight 2613.6lbs
Leg Press 15 x 70 x 3 3150lbs
Shoulder Press 10 x 30 x 2 600lbs
Standing Cleans 10 x 30 x 2 600lbs
Leg Extentions 15 x 10 x 4 + 5 x 30 x 4 1200lbs
Chin Ups 6/6/4 2323.2 lbs
Pull Ups 6 871.2lbs
Single leg calf raises 4 x 12 at 10% 696.96lbs
Single Leg bridges 10/10/8/8/4/4/ 958.32
Seated Row 20 x 50 + 20 x 70 2400lbs

Total Weight Lifted: 21,288.2 lbs

If I compare myself to the coach I'm way behind. If I compare against myself I think it's fairly decent. I'll update the progress and try to give a running total for the month.

It's a good life.....