Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Course: Middlebear (K)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Temp: 44 degrees
Time: 48:57
Gear: CFLST, SST('Stars),shorts, APA3

Notes: I felt good the entire run. Wonder if carbing up on Oreos the night before did it?? Caught a zombie at the second bridge at Freedom Park. Then hit a rabbit going up L1. Felt a little warm in the CFLST, so maybe a plain LST next time for this kind of weather.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Course: Middlebear(K)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Temp: 54 degrees
Time: 48:05
Gear: SST(MGM),shorts, APA3

Notes: Weather nice. Ran into an old friend while just starting out on the course. Rest of the course, battled with nothing in my legs. Hurdled three recycling bins. Picked up bogey at bottom of L2 but continued through L3 crest intact.


Course: Middlebear (K)
Time: 4:20 p.m.
Temp: 38 degrees
Time: 49:40

Notes: Wore the Thermafit gloves that I usually wear driving but they lasted about a half-mile before they ended on my belt the rest of the time. Bogey at base of L1, totally dropped on the hill.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Running in A/C

Can't wait to get out and running in the next few minutes. Hope it gets a little warmer, though. Yesterday it was like being immersed in A/C. Cold, but pleasant. I tried to remember the sensation for when it's 100+ degrees out and I'm dripping in sweat.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


Course: Manuel's
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Temp: 34 degrees
Time: 46:34
Gear: Nike Climafit LST; SST(UNLV),Nike Stormfit windbreaker; APA3.

Notes: Went out uparmored with windbreaker and socks over hands; but by the turnaround took off the windbreaker. The Climafit stuff really works, being all but sufficient against the wind. Everything about the run was good.

Shoes in the air

One moment I was fine, just coming off of hill Mpx on my Middlebear course, the next I was on the ground, both shoes totally in the air.

It doesn't happen that often, but I totally tripped over a piece of raised concrete yesterday and fell on the ground.

I had just crossed Clifton and was thinking of how I shouldn't have had lunch an hour before the run. Next thing I knew, I was totally on the ground. Scraped up part of my right arm and my right leg.

I should have known better, as the day before, I nearly tripped while trying to crest L2 approaching the rabbit from the other side of the street. My left shoe got underneath a raised part of the hexagon sidewalk and actually raised the hexagon up, the only reason why I didn't fall.

I could feel the scrape on my leg while I was running back up L2, the wind hitting it, but neither one was bleeding. Luckily Empire's girlfriend had some peroxide for it after the run. Neither scrape was as bad as the cuts I've incurred from sliding in kickball. LOL

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Course: Middlebear (K)
Time: 3:50 p.m.
Weather: 59 degrees
Time: 48:07
Gear: SST(FTP),shorts, APA3

Notes: One rabbit (Mpx+), one spectacular fall (Mpx -), felt good pretty much all around.

From brisk to beautiful

A crowd of runners pass by, in small groups, as I walk past CNN this morning. It's about 35 degrees, so everyone's mainly wearing hats, gloves and water-wicking gear. One lady is in shorts and her legs are beet red as she passes through the intersection.

As nice as this brisk morning is, however, I'd rather wait a while. It's going to be about 60 degrees later today, another of many gifts we've received in the middle of winter. Running in 50-degree-ish weather is my favorite because it's warm enough to run in shorts and I don't overheat as I climb the L1 and L3 hills. And it's nice to be running on a warm day when lots of people are out -- the runners, the dog walkers, the cyclists.

Plus, it's going to be plenty cold the next week or so. I'll savor that warmer afternoon, knowing that I'll have plenty of chilly running outings.

One thing I'm constantly worried about is the hard surface of my routes. Concrete is pretty inescapable in the city. I feel occasional pings and pangs in my legs but there's really nothing I can do about it for right now. My shoes are still pretty new (about 150 miles).

Friday, January 26, 2007


Course: Middlebear
Time: 4:20 p.m.
Temp: 50 degrees
Time: 50:38
Gear: Short-sleeve T-shirt (Portland 5-miler, 1998), shorts, APA3.

Notes: Maybe I should stretch before I run. Felt like it took me a while for my calf muscles to "unlock" -- about 2 miles until I went through the Viper tube. One rabbit, down L1 and to L2 before passing. Had difficulty with the hexagon sidewalks in the last mile, legs fairly tired at that point.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Course: Middlebear (Kennedy)
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Temp: 48 degrees (windy)
Time: 50 minutes
Gear: LST (Shamrock, 2000), shorts, APA3

Notes: More runners out than I'd expected, including spectacular women with long legs and short shorts(!). Brief gusts of wind unpleasant but my pace felt good. At the Little Five Points intersection I was wishing for my Maui Jims.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Time: 10 a.m.
Temp: 39 degrees
Time: 51 minutes
Course: Middlebear
Gear: Kevin's Cup long-sleeve T, Umbro shorts, Nike Air Pegasus (2006) shoes

Notes: I got up early and wanted to make sure I got in a run so I'd have enough time to catch a matinee of Letters from Iwo Jima sometime after noon.

A day ago, I wore a fleece vest while running and felt way too hot on my back at the end of the run, so I decided to just go with the long-sleeve T. This T-shirt is really not long enough to comfortably cover my hands.

I feel I ran OK, much better than the previous day when I was just crawling it in near Fritti and the PATH. My knees looked a little red from the cold at the end of it all.

One addiction ... for another

In the beginning, I was a runner, and an occasional gambler, whenever I would meet my Hawaii relatives in paradise's vacation spot -- Las Vegas . After Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003, I soon became an occasional poker player and runner.

I'm not one of those puma cats, just a cat who likes to run, more like the Millennium Falcon than an X-wing. Fast enough to make Group I-A of the Peachtree, the city's premier road race. But not fast enough to win any races. I liked it that way.

Sometimes I would run through Piedmont Park after winning (or bouncing out) of a sit-n'-go on Pacific Poker. It wasn't too long before I found plenty of excuses not to run and became just a poker player and a non-runner. I gained weight. I really thought my running days were over. Yet, I'd been there before. Little Rock. Stockton, Calif. But like a cat (with plenty of lives), I've always come back. My goal is being a cat that stays.

But in October, I came back. I devised new routes that would help develop my training (the Manuel's and Middlebear runs) and left old ones, such as at the park, that granted me too many shortcuts and not enough road.

I finally found a happy medium between poker play and running. I run 5-7 miles every day. I've dropped 16 pounds in that time period, can fit into all my old pants again and pretty much eat whatever I want. I run during a certain time everyday and find I have plenty of time for poker playing. Or whatever else I want.

I have Poker Cats, a poker blog, but I've been thinking for a while of writing this one. I always think of things while I'm running that really isn't useful to poker players -- what I like to wear when it's 39 degrees outside, why I always close my eyes when I'm running by the renovated Fellini's in Candler.

So hello from a running cat. Just as poker blogging has opened up new doors for me personally (and financially), I hope to make other running friends in the process.