Cook and Run

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

Crunch crunch

2.7 miles on firm snow at Lake Elmo. Went to take picture of epic icelashes when the phone died. Merp. Less than six weeks until the Zumbro 17, so I had better get my legs back, no matter how cold it is.

Yesterday was Insanity recovery workout, which still makes my legs feel like goo.

Got my application in to the U. Should get in; I’m transferring with a 4.0 and as an alum. The EE program is supposed to be very, very difficult. Whee!

Kortelopet at the Birkie. What a fun time! I won’t go into detail, but I took my time, took some spills and enjoyed the company and hospitality of friends. It was cold and beautiful and all the new snow made it interesting and slow. I did classic and finished about 2/3 back. I thought of pushing it a few times, but decided that I just didn’t care enough about my time. It’s my first year skiing and I did a hilly 23k race with 11k other crazy mo-fo’s… that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

The main bummer was my wife was sick and stayed home with the kids. I think she would have hated the logistics of it and the crowds and waiting in the -15F or so wind chill. We’ll pick some local races next year. We both love the small races.

I looked up the time from a Tumblr fella I follow. He (that’s you, Ben) did the full Birkie in the time it took me to do the half! Awesome!

Updates have been few — too busy juggling everything. Can’t wait to start running the trails again. Looking at the forecast… it’ll be a while! Did 22k ski at Lake Elmo with my wife a week before the Lopet, but otherwise I’ve been fairly “lazy”. With the Zumbro 17 coming up, I had better get some miles in, and plenty of hills o.O

Kortelopet at the Birkie. What a fun time! I won’t go into detail, but I took my time, took some spills and enjoyed the company and hospitality of friends. It was cold and beautiful and all the new snow made it interesting and slow. I did classic and finished about 2/3 back. I thought of pushing it a few times, but decided that I just didn’t care enough about my time. It’s my first year skiing and I did a hilly 23k race with 11k other crazy mo-fo’s… that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

The main bummer was my wife was sick and stayed home with the kids. I think she would have hated the logistics of it and the crowds and waiting in the -15F or so wind chill. We’ll pick some local races next year. We both love the small races.

I looked up the time from a Tumblr fella I follow. He (that’s you, Ben) did the full Birkie in the time it took me to do the half! Awesome!

Updates have been few — too busy juggling everything. Can’t wait to start running the trails again. Looking at the forecast… it’ll be a while! Did 22k ski at Lake Elmo with my wife a week before the Lopet, but otherwise I’ve been fairly “lazy”. With the Zumbro 17 coming up, I had better get some miles in, and plenty of hills o.O

How do people do quotes on this Tumblr thingie? :)

"So you’re telling me kids don’t always get easier?"

Hee hee. They do and they don’t, but I’m sure you’ve no shortage of baby advice in your life!

So, yeah, I’m dead. I feel like it, at least. Skiing, running, burpee 30 day challenge, building many modular synth modules, circuits and communications classes (and circuits is HARD!), being the nominally at-home guy… can’t wait for the end of the semester. The clincher is that my son is five, and is going through that fun I-have-nightmare-anxiety-so-just-won’t-sleep phase. Braiiiins! I am a zombie.

Pics in whatever order:
My wife at the now nicely-groomed 1.2 mile loop at Sibley SHS. Bad light, sorry.
Modules modules modules. Bleep bloop.
My son putting the sticks in GF DF corn dogs. Recipe soon; they taste 90% like State Fair.
Roasted veggie frittata, or how to avoid eating Clif bars every morning for a week.

Birkenbeiner in 9 days. We’re doing the Korteloppet (23km) and just doing it for fun, so this should be nice. Staying with friends at their family cabin… nice. I am curious and afraid of what a 10,000-person race looks like.
I’m not afraid of hills anymore. My wipeouts have decreased exponentially, and hey, snow is soft anyway (most of the time).

After that it’s getting miles in. Zumbro 17 in April, and my ankle is already being a turd. I really want to do some ultras this year, but I’m increasingly afraid I might be relegated to road runs. They don’t hurt. We’ll see what the pain level gets to, and if I can afford PT to find out what I really should do instead of dumb self-diagnosis.

4.25 miles at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, groomed bliss. Only ate snow once!

Today, 3.5 mile ski, hill repeats with my lovely wife. 3 weeks to the Birkie! Sibley SHS. The trails are shit, but it’s close, free, and sometimes it’s good to train in the shit :)

Yesterday, 4 mile run including deep snow (not on purpose). Thompson Park.

Yesterday, 4 mile run including deep snow (not on purpose). Thompson Park.

Yukon Days Race Report!

White Bear Lake MN, January 11, 2014.
Frontrunner event.
Races (all on the lake): 1 mile, 3 mile, 3 mile snowshoe, 1/2 mile kids’ run
Swag: Nice warm hoodie, medal for the kids
Cost: $35, $10 for second event

My second Frontrunner event, and I’m impressed again. Low key, not a huge crowd, well-run and fun! The snow on the lake was a mix of bumpy tire tracks and untouched snow. Temp was in the teens, I think. Plenty warm.

The 1 mile run was a good time. It was harder than I thought it would be, but that makes it fun. There was some whining going on around me — road runners probably :p
I ran this one with my stepdaughter, who is in cross country but thinks she can take nine months off. Not so! She said it was the hardest run of her life, but she’s thirteen, the age where All Is Epic. I think she secretly had fun. I placed smack dab in the middle.

The 3 mile snowshoe was interesting. I was the only one with old, big, heavy Ojibway-style snowshoes. And do you change things on race day? No, you do not. What happens if you, for example, switch out your usual heavy boots for your running shoes? Well, then you get bruised and bloody ankles, that’s what happens. Still, half a mile in I settled into a groove and just enjoyed the morning on the lake, chatted with a few people, and placed smack dab in the middle. My snowshoes got a lot of comments. I passed a couple guys my age. They said, “You’re getting your workout!” That felt good, to hear that as I passed them with an extra 5-10 pounds on my feet!

As I plodded in, Bub was there, having just finished his half-mile. “Did I beat you? Did I finish before you?” Very cute. The 3 mile run was just about to start. Maybe next year I’ll sign up for all three!

There was a little goof-up in registration. I think I paid the full price for both of my races, as I had two timing chips and two sweatshirts. I swapped one out so Bub could get one. They’re really very nice hoodies. I think the goof-up was mine — some box I’m sure I forgot to check or something. Anyway, not any kind of big deal. Overall, fun for the whole family!

I’m the Islander

Sorry, no updates for a while. I haven’t been too lazy, but somewhat. I blame lack of sleep. I have two courses this semester — one is Circuits II, and it’s fast and intense. I also forgot quite a bit of Circuits I in my year off, so what should be difficult is… more than difficult. I’m having to work more at night to catch up on assembly orders, and Bub has not been sleeping very well, so I’m way low on sleep.

We did do the Yukon Days races. I’ll get a race report on it soon. Snowshoes!

Gotta post the homemade veggie corn dogs recipe. More to do? Way to be stressful, Tumblr!

It’s good to see everyone else out there training and racing. It keeps me inspired (signed up for the Zumbro 17 today.)
I feel like a slumbering bear. I’ll wake up in the dead of spring, more capable of anything.

Homemade corn dogs, gluten-, dairy- and meat-free, and delicious! Going to tweak them before posting a recipe, but my son was AMPED when he saw them, and ate two. I used a cast iron skillet and turned them over. No more gear!

My friend and I went to the gym the other night — bike, weights and a short dreadmill session. It was fun, and probably maybe better than running in -50F windchill. I’ve never run with a friend before! Weirdo, right?
Also swimming, much chopping of wood, insanity, running, skiing, yadda yadda yadda.

Homemade corn dogs, gluten-, dairy- and meat-free, and delicious! Going to tweak them before posting a recipe, but my son was AMPED when he saw them, and ate two. I used a cast iron skillet and turned them over. No more gear!

My friend and I went to the gym the other night — bike, weights and a short dreadmill session. It was fun, and probably maybe better than running in -50F windchill. I’ve never run with a friend before! Weirdo, right?
Also swimming, much chopping of wood, insanity, running, skiing, yadda yadda yadda.