Cook and Run

Vegetarian and GF cooking, trail running and fitness, beer and food. Saint Paul MN, training for trail marathons, ultras and triathlons.

The battle against nipple chafing just got serious.

The battle against nipple chafing just got serious.

Found a new park of singletrack in Inver Grove Heights that I can run to and around in the space of an oil change! Nice trails, but the math on the mileage looks a little off…

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if they’re about to fall apart, get a backup pair! The old Zoom Kigers have around 1k miles on them, so yeah, it’s time. They feel so natural now, though, that I’ll keep using them on long runs until the new pair are broken in. Who needs tread anyway?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if they’re about to fall apart, get a backup pair! The old Zoom Kigers have around 1k miles on them, so yeah, it’s time. They feel so natural now, though, that I’ll keep using them on long runs until the new pair are broken in. Who needs tread anyway?

Ten at “Pounders”, below the Sibley House in Mendota. Flat, muddy, sandy, slippery. Tons of downed trees. That wooden bridge just ends in nothing. All in all, a slog. Tomorrow is definitely a day off! I only saw one other person, a biker, so I took to talking to myself and the dog. Uh oh.

Big group at Afton yesterday, 5:30 for bonus miles, 6:30 for the rest. I look forward to this all week, meeting new ultrarunners each week and learning a ton. Everyone is do low-key, open and supportive. My peeps.

Big group at Afton yesterday, 5:30 for bonus miles, 6:30 for the rest. I look forward to this all week, meeting new ultrarunners each week and learning a ton. Everyone is do low-key, open and supportive. My peeps.

C’mon, FuelBand, three of those miles were bluff repeats, you stingy jerk!

Minimalist Challenge Days 7-12

Day 7:
Caulk
Dryer ring
Fireworks
Baby spoon
Hoarded Popsicle sticks
Stamp
AbMat

Day 8:
3 dog harnesses
2 paint rollers
Hinge set
Dog bowl
Power outlet housings (set of 6)

Day 9:
9 books

Day 10:
6 kitchen tools
2 books
DVD
Coffee maker

Day 11 (today):
Space heater
2 Ikea wine racks
8 board books

Day 12:
5 mugs
3 cans soup (and miscellany to food shelf)
Salad dressing we’ll never use (unopened; unfortunately, we’ve ruled that cleaning out the fridge and pantry don’t count unless they go to food shelf)
Lamp
Round leftover containers (~12)
Syrup container

This challenge is awesome. Everything is getting cleaned, scrubbed, organized or gotten rid of. People are getting things (baby stuff, etc.) and we’ve made a little money. Sweet!

Lots happ’nin’.
Won a Seal Line back back from Alaskan Brewing.
I have finally convinced the boy, at age FIVE, to ride a bike. Jee. Suss.
Scones. I haven’t baked any since we had the bakery, ~8 years ago! Yum.
The boy working on the tattoo. It is since finished. It’s all scabby now, but once it heals I’ll take a good pic.
18 miles at Afton with new friends.

Minimalist Challenge days five, six

Day five:

Old tax paperwork
Wagon ($10!)
Water bottle
Guitar pedalboard
Toddler ‘swimmers’

Day six:

Push mower ($20!)
Water table
2 syrup bottles
Keyboard box
5 rolls chicken wire ($50, counted as one item)

Easy peasy so far. I think my wife’s already out, unless she’s keeping record in secret. It’s nice to see stuff go, organizing all along, cleaning and decluttering.

Well, it _was_ humid and misty yesterday at Battle Creek for 8.5 miles of hills, but my phone camera was also steamy inside after I… put it in my coffee! These early runs are hard, mm-kay? 

Later did the MS Muckfest (5k mud run, 15 obstacles) with my wife and my niece. It was way out of my niece’s comfort zone, so we were very proud. Compared to the Tough Mudder, it was easy as pie. It would be a nice intro to obstacle/ mud runs, though, if one was intimidated by the big runs. The MS Society is a great charity to boot. A fraction of the people, too, which was nice. Waiting at obstacles at the TM sucked!

Well, it _was_ humid and misty yesterday at Battle Creek for 8.5 miles of hills, but my phone camera was also steamy inside after I… put it in my coffee! These early runs are hard, mm-kay?

Later did the MS Muckfest (5k mud run, 15 obstacles) with my wife and my niece. It was way out of my niece’s comfort zone, so we were very proud. Compared to the Tough Mudder, it was easy as pie. It would be a nice intro to obstacle/ mud runs, though, if one was intimidated by the big runs. The MS Society is a great charity to boot. A fraction of the people, too, which was nice. Waiting at obstacles at the TM sucked!