Sunday, October 31, 2010

Peglegs & Pirates

I realized there was only one sensible thing to do for this Halloween - make a peg leg.  I got some serious double takes at a local carnival, even had a kid ask me "are you holding your leg up?"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

1 mile - its all about the speed

So I finally ran 1 continuous mile, no stopping, no walking, no crashing.  I had to take a knee, thank my God, shed a tear ( seriously ) and catch my breath.  :-)

Some of the recent changes to the running foot have made it possible for me to go considerably slower.  Running at a slower cadence, and shorter stride keeps me from becoming anerobic so quickly.  So ultimated its a combination of training, prosthetic changes, and running slower that has allowed me to push the distance up fairly quickly.

More on the news front, I'm scheduled in early December to go help with a research project at RIC.  They are building and studying the best way to control a powered prosthetic leg controlled using the targeted reinnervation's that were done when my leg was amputated.

Monday, October 25, 2010


When I arrived at the track Rainier's C team was warming up for a game - decided to run anyways.  There were some very serious looking clouds quickly heading into town.  On the third lap it started to rain and wow was it cold.  I forgot how much that cold air burns the lungs when you are breathing hard.

I was pretty destroyed after the 1200, while walking back to the car I was pondering if on my next trip to the track I would shoot for the mile.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2 x 800

I was foiled yet again by the Rainier football team - they had a JV game that was not on their posted schedule.  So after a diversion to Yelm HS track I was able to run 2 x 800m.  Slow but steady improvement.

I've got my eye on the mile mark now.