Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's the BF's Turn To Race!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential and the Men's Health Urbanathlon. I received no other compensation other then a free race entry. 

For the past week I have had a mildly cranky BF.

Hissing at me and everything just like that. I told him I was going to sign him up for races and we were going to cross the finish line of some race holding hands.

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I sorta got this reaction...

Well, no smacking or scratching but there was some grumbling, and hissing and a mention of how its dumb.

WELL... I told him it's gonna happen. I did get word last week that thanks to my connections at FitFluential, he gets to run in the Men's Health Urbanathlon. Although we won't be holding hands, it's the start of our future of running races together!

We have not got to go on a vacation this year and I thought this would be perfect! Going to San Fran in November!


In 2014, Men’s Health is returning with our 9th annual URBANATHLON series, celebrating the Men’s Health work hard, play hard mentality. The URBANATHLON challenges competitors—or more accurately, flat-out dares them—to set new personal standards for what it means to be fit.
Whether you are taking on the classic distance or all NEW sprint distance course, the URBANATHLON is the ultimate test of endurance, strength, mobility and pure toughness. Post race, the excitement continues at the Men’s Health URBANATHLON Festival, with DJ sets, food and drink, and tons of stuff from our sponsors to demo, sample, and take home.


10.18 – Soldier Field, Chicago
10.25  – Citi Field, New York
11.23 – AT&T Park, San Francisco


Classic Distance: 10 – 12 miles, 14 obstacles
Sprint Distance: 3 – 5 miles, 7 obstacles
*Courses vary per market. Course distance and obstacles subject to change.


Single Registration Rates
Classic Distance Sprint Distance Rates available in Chicago from: Rates available in New York from: Rates available in San Francisco from:
$95 $65 3/14-3/28 3/14-3/28 3/14-3/28
$108 $78 3/29-6/30 3/29-6/30 3/29-6/30
$125 $85 7/1-10/15 7/1-10/22 7/1-11/20
$138$9410/16-10/18 10/23-10/2511/21-11/23

I know he is more fit, physically stronger then I am and he has a little bit more of a mental toughness then I do. So we are starting the run training portion a little slower this week. He fell in the attic and might of bruised a rib so I am forcing him to run easy. We signed him up for the Sprint distance since this is his very first race - although he ran the mile in Cross Country in High School - that was a long time ago! The Sprint Distance seems doable for a beginner.

San Fran course
The Classic at 11 miles and 15 obstacles appears more challenging! 

It has been nice having him run with me instead of biking next to me. He is faster and wants me to get faster so I can place in races.

Since he wants me to place in a race, I signed him up for a Halloween themed race in a couple of weeks. So far, there are only 4 runners signed up, so our chances of placing are good!

Will I see you at the Men's Health Urbanathlon in San Fran? If you are interested in signing up your significant other or yourself, you can use code FIT for 20% off. You can register here.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cranky Knees

I owe you an race update for the Twin Falls Rim to Rim race. I had a great time at the race and it felt good to be in a race after what felt like forever after not being in a race.

Post Race
But since it was uphill and then flat and then 10% grade downhill, then flat, then slightly up, then down, then flat, I think maybe the downhill was what made my knee cranky.

It hasn't been bothering me but I also didn't stretch post race. I have been making sure I have been stretching post run.

But during the recovery of this race, my knee went back to crabby. A little swollen, but no pain. My knee braces and sleeves are in storage and this week I have to rummage around in the boxes to get them.

I have been icing and feel the need for foam rolling. No foam roller around so I am using a softball bat. Talk about hurt so good!

Today the BF found an old tub of DMSO gel. WTF is that?

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First search - ebay and all the tubs are selling. Next search, Dr. Google.

I found this Daily Mile post a little easier to read and more relevant to us athletes then WebMD.
First off, unlike aspirin or Ibuprofen, DMSO is a topical ointment. It’s applied to the skin over the injured area, and has the remarkable property of being able to absorb through the skin almost instantly. It’s clear and colorless, and has been around for well over 100 years. Strictly speaking, it is an industrial solvent, but it’s medicinal properties have been studied since the 1960s. It has also found use in the veterinary community as a liniment for race horses, but has never been FDA approved for human use as a general analgesic.
Some of how it works is well understood, while some things about it remain a bit mysterious. First and foremost, DMSO has the ability to quickly combine with water. In an injury with pervasive inflammation, this can be key. Inflamed tissues are filled with water, and this inflammation can lead to more inflammation and further injury. DMSO can draw the water out of inflamed tissues and reduce swelling very quickly. This property also allows it to quickly absorb through the skin, and sometimes people will add other medications to it (such as aspirin) which will then “ride on the back” of the DMSO through the skin.
I scooped some out and put it on my right knee. You can see how swollen it is compared to the left.

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My knees

I don't see much difference a half hour later in my knee. BUT I had some DOMS in my HANDS (I need more cross training!) from using an axe chopping trees on FRIDAY and that actually went away about 90% from what it was before. So I guess I will have to slather myself in it after races to prevent DOMS.

Have you tried this DMSO stuff?