Sunday, January 4, 2009

CHEF J.T.

Yes, I know I am a triathlete. Yes I know I can swim-bike-run for long distances. But I have to admit, I am loving this trail running and the thought of being in the elements and running for long distances...

Maybe I am built for it. My resting pulse is 45. My maximum heart rate is supposed to be 165. On Saturday am I ran just under 8 miles on the trails that are part of the Buckeye 50K. According to Mr. Garmin, my Forerunner 305. I climbed about 2,000 feet of elevation. My heart rate was mostly in the 140's. It was a blast getting familiar with the terrain. I count it a victory I fell only once. Haha!!

There was a huge group of runners that were out there that morning. Many are racing the Winter 50K. With the 8 miles , I reached 25 for the week. I know its not alot by many folks standards, but I am feeling confident, I can maintain a certain level of effort for a long period of time. Props to my buddies, Aimee, Eric ( AKA. Media Whore) and Dale for having the patience to teach me some of the nuances of the trails. Brandywine Falls is spectacular!!!

I mentioned in previous posts that the folks at Yaktrax sent me some stuff to test. I already have used their socks. The product is called SOFSOLE..made in part with some kind of bamboo. They are super light and very supportive. I have not used the Yaktrax as the trails have been very uneven with tons of ruts.(which caused my fall). But I will check them out. They also sent me a pair of their Sofsole Adapt Performance Footbed.



Which is why I am in this silly chefs get-up. (Hat: courtesy Benihana)
You may have seen my buddy Rainmaker or Steve in a Speedo or others do this same thing. However, the product works best if you bake the sole for just 2 minutes in 255 degrees. So I did.

The soles came out slightly warm... I slipped them into the shoe and then put my feet in to mold them to the SOFSOLE. So far , so good. I will head out in next few days to see how the footbeds do. I will update you as best as possible..


Allow me to show just one quick shot of The Bride as she worked on the 750 piece puzzle we got for Christmas. Got me thinking. Life is a dog-gone puzzle. So many shapes of people we run into..shapes of tasks that need to be done. Our schedules fill up fast, but do we put the right pieces into the puzzles that make up our daily lives. Of the resolutions we set for ourselves this time of the year, are the tasks compatible with the puzzle??? Its worth stopping to think before we rush into something we might not want to do.
Hope your training is going well....Life's a Blast!!!

18 comments:

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO JT!! You're so darn cute as a cook! I hope you didn't start any fires with that adapt insole HAHA

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Hahahah I love the photo of you cooking your sofsoles!

The picture of the bride with the puzzle made me smile. We just glued together a puzzle that my daughter did this year, framed it, and hung it on the wall in the office. Kind of a reminder not to take life too seriously...

Trishie said...

I totally giggled when I saw the photo of you in the chef's hat, aprol, and insoles. you are too much! have you thought about hte JFK50?

Kelly said...

I love the chef outfit!

And I also really enjoy puzzles. My boyfriend and I are self-proclaimed nerds because all we do is play board games and put together puzzles.

Kim said...

Also ran BT this Saturday, but the straight trail, so missed you!

Think seriously about screwed shoes or Yaxtrax. It will really help with footing on the trail.

The Lazy Triathlete said...

Always have to get dressed to cook your soles. LOL. Let me know how long it takes to get the puzzle done.

Missy said...

The hat is gooood! Ah, the smell of fresh soles in the morning, warms the heart...and the feet apparently. Can't wait to hear about them.

Shannon said...

Great words of wisdom for not adding too much to my plate. Nice Hat!

untpawgal02 said...

Nice hat JT!

Yay for getting 25 miles in for the week! That is alot more than I've been getting lately :)

Brian said...

Even I got on the trail on sat. I did your pine lane part. The yaxtrax are good, but I hear screw shoes are better. Look it up. It's legit.

Wes said...

Good stuff, JT! I put mine in my bike shoes to stabilize my knees. Worked like a charm, I guess :-)

Lily on the Road said...

Well, now I'll have to try those, just a question...does the chef's hat come with them??? Just kidding....

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Your shoes probably taste better than a lot of food out there!

jameson said...

please post about how the sofsoles work for you. I have been thinking about picking up a pair.

Rainmaker said...

Nice posing for the pic! Hoping thier working out as well for you as for me!

Kevin said...

Freebies are always cool. That HR is pretty impressive with all that climbing

Rachel said...

Were the orthotics yummy? Yea for trail running!

Sarah said...

LOVE the chef picture. I will have to take one like that when I get mine - Yaktrax is hopefully sending me some!

I should get a puzzle out. I LOVE doing puzzles. It's been a long time but they're so much fun.