The side stitch that just refuses to go away

May 30, 2010

I’m in a hate hate relationship with my body lately. Keep getting pain in the right side of my body, the location seems to change at times but this started 2 weeks before the Boston marathon and has been lingering. One of the common reasons people get side stitches is dehydration, that hasn’t been the reason for mine I think. One of the interesting things has been harder effort doesn’t always result in it acting up, to the contrary running downhill seems to bring it on and running uphill seems to alleviate it. That tends to make me think it’s something with my running form and I’ve gotten a few points of confirmation of late on this theory:

  • In my last sports massage Lisa said she thought the left side of my back along the spine was more developed than the right.
  • When I run uphill I tend to run much more upright
  • Running downhill if I focus on running upright and keeping my shoulders down things tend to be better
  • My left shoulder seems to ride a little higher when I’m running

So all this means there is likely some twist in my body and some core issues to work through, so that’s what’s on tap to address for now. The goal is pain-free running in a month … well from this pain anyway 😉


Another shoe to try out is on the list, the Saucony Kinvara

May 16, 2010

After talking with John at Rogue Equipment I’ve decided to give another show a try, and from a totally new brand. It’s the Saucony Kinvara. I haven’t tried them on since they aren’t available yet but John got a pair to try out and described them to me and I think I’ll have to give them a go. He hasn’t done me wrong on show advice yet so I’ll have to give it a go.

Saucony Kinvara

Some of the highlights from John on the Kinvara compared to the Brooks Launch that have been my trainer of choice for over a year:

  • The Kinvara is lighter maybe 1.5 oz lighter than the Launch.
  • It’s a little firmer than the launch. The softness of the Launch has been one challenge with them for me from a responsiveness standpoint so the comparison will be interesting.
  • The upper is made of three layers, which may or may not be something each person likes.
  • It’s relatively flat. In John’s words “A standard training shoe runs 24mm under the heel, 12 mm under the forefoot.  The Launch is lower, 22/11.  The Kinvara is 18/14.  18 is low, for sure, but 14 is really unusual.  So it serves to bring the foot to a natural position.  Or closer to it, anyway.”. Note to self: be careful with the flatness and ease into wearing the shoes to avoid any issues with my my calf and Achilles.

So pretty soon my running shoes will consist of this colorful bunch.

Brooks Launch

Saucony Kinvara

Brooks Green Silence

Nike Lunarracer+ 2


Vortex, funnel, imm, cache miss

May 11, 2010

These are just some of the fun terms heard today during our morning run. Guess that’s what you get having an engineer, statistician, MBA and psychology major running together


Apple … why do you make it so hard to like you

May 11, 2010

This is totally unrelated to running but has nothing to do with my work/employment so this is the best place I have to make my observations. The recent move by Apple to restrict how people can develop for the iphone or other Apple products seemed hokey to me, it reeks of a closed platform. Now there are advantages to it but the beginnings of anit-trust investigations are an interesting indication of concerns people have. Yes I read Steve’s letter on Flash, I agree to disagree.

With everybody and their teenager writing iphone apps I thought hey, I have a mac let’s try it. Now I register and pay for the developer program. Then, wait I download the iphone SDK and tools. Then I try to install and get an error, I have to upgrade my Mac OSX to be able to install the new version of the SDK. I just don’t get it, when did SDKs that you compile against require an OS upgrade. It just doesn’t make sense to me, well it does in that Apple gets another 30 bucks from me when I upgrade but it’s very annoying and doesn’t make sense to me from my limited undersanding of the relationship between OS’s, SDK’s, compilers and development tools.


We’re going to Sacrameto to race, join us

May 8, 2010

Team Rogue is going back to Sacramento to race CIM (California International Marathon) as a team in December. CIM in 2008 was the first race we ran as part of Team Rogue and it was a great race, lots of Boston Qualifiers and I finally managed to crack the 3 hour barrier. It never entered my mind two years ago that this would happen but this year 8 to 10 of us will be training together with a 2:45 marathon goal.  A couple of people looking at sub 2:40 races and a handful for women that will be trying to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials will also be part of the Team.

The team isn’t all sub 3 hour people, the team will have people in the 4:15 to 2:35 range so everybody is welcome. Many of us have had a great time and built lasting friendships over the last two years and seen some great results. If you’d like to learn more and hopefully decide to train for and race CIM with the team, join us for a run and info session on Saturday May 22nd.


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