Friday, November 30, 2007


I've been at work the last two nights and it always wipes me out so I haven't run in two days. Things are supposed to be shifting at work and hopefully after the first of the year I will be moving to days as the EC Clinical Educator. It would be much better hours than I am on right now. I love teaching and I've been working ER for a long time so hopefully I will be a good candidate for the position. One thing that stokes me about it all is being able to get off of nights. I just don't really feel like a human when I work nights. I feel fatigued even after a good night's sleep and it wreaks havoc with my training. If I move to the Educator position I figure I can get up a little earlier and run the 7.5 miles to work and then just shower when I get there. That would be an amazingly simple way to get my weekly miles in. Kelli could just drive me home after work (or I could run).
My plans for this weekend are to run an 8 or 10 miler tomorrow and another 8 or so on Sunday so that will be nice. Happy trails!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I went out for an easy 4 miler yesterday in a new area. Out at the Canyon Lakes area, here in Lubbock, there are a bunch of nice singletrack mountain bike trails. It was really a nice change of venue. Aubrey, my running buddy, and I took it pretty easy for the first time on the trails. We headed east on the trails and I think that, in hindsight, we should have gone west. The trails to the west are a little longer and more continuous which would have made for a little longer run. It's been nice getting back out into the running world the last week and a half. I was out for a about 6 weeks with my son and myself being sick. I've been pretty happy with how my body has responded to being back in the saddle after such a time off. I'm taking today off in order to let my body recover a little and then I will probably put in 5 or 6 miles tomorrow after I get up. I really need to be putting in the miles to get ready for Rocky in February.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Well, since this is my first post on this site.........allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mark and I am a runner. I got the nickname the The Naked Runner due to the fact that I have run a couple of nude races in Texas and loved it. The nickname is not very original, I know, however it was better than some of the other things people were saying. ha If you have never experienced the freedom of running au naturel, then you are missing out. It is very freeing. If I wouldn't get in trouble I would run that way all of the time. Oh, well. I prefer running without music or other distractions simply because I like to hear my footfalls and my breathing. I run for my health and for the "Zen" of it all. It keeps me sane. Some people would disagree with the "sane" part of it because most people can't believe that a human would want to run 26.2 miles or further when they have a perfectly good car. I talk about training for my first 50 miler coming up in February and they believe me to be perfectly "in-sane." This blog will be just a few of my rantings and ravings about the pastime that I love. I'll do my best to also give race reports and discuss mileage and other training issues. If you have any questions, just holler, and I'll see what kind of an answer I can give you. Take care and keep running.