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June is Roadwork Month
Let's just get this out there:
I hate running. When I say I hate running I use the term "hate" in a way that would cause me to be put on a "no-entry" list in the U.K by their Home Secretary.
I'd rather do three rounds of sparring with a heavyweight who's girlfriend is visibly flirting with me in between rounds. I'd rather do a 15k row on a water treatment facility. I'd rather do the Tour De France on a rusty bike with no seat.
Running can just kiss my...
...well you get the point. But you know what? That's too bad because roadwork is absolutely essential if you want to be in any kind of fighting shape. Yeah, you can substitute one or more things on occasion, but you'll never get the exact same benefits as you would if you strapped some decent shoes on your feet and hit the pavement.
A good run works your body in a plethora of ways you can't if you're spending your time lined up with the housewives on the elliptical machines. Every step is a new challenge, a different bit of ground for your feet to connect with, and Planet Earth isn't a linear, even surface.
I spent over 7 years in the Army and we ran damn near every weekday. My knees have less cartilage in them than a donut has protein. I pop like a bowl of goddamn puffed rice cereal, and not the good kind with the three little jerks on the box. There was a period of time when I was young, dumb, and hooah like a good soldier should be, that I'd get off work and go running the hills of Panama in boots, with anywhere from 35-65 lbs strapped to my back, for fun.
So needless to say that in my early 30's now I've got as good of a cause to hate running as a senior citizen in Dresden, Germany hates fire.
But so effing what? This month is dedicated to getting out of the gym, getting off your ass, and hitting the road. I'm no expert, so feel free to chime in on the best shoes, tips, tricks, etc.
Let's see who can log the most miles this month.