I haven’t been feeling my normal self this week. The news of the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others, sent a shockwave around the world.
Reflecting on what this tragedy means to me, it’s not that Kobe was a sporting superstar. It’s that he was just being a dad, taking his kid to play basketball. Kobe was my age. His daughter was my son’s age. We both love basketball. And some of my best memories are the two of us practicing together. Or coaching his games from the sidelines. Everything else put aside, and just focusing on our shared moment.
And the same is true with my wife and daughter. Our best memories are those time we spent together. Two of us, three of us, or all four of us. Just being present with each other, and letting nothing else in.
We can all do with more of those moments in our lives.
“Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smiles and just keep on rolling.”Kobe Bryant
Some reading from last week:
- I was experiencing some general soreness after a week of training. Legs, feet, hips, back. Just sore. I came across this article of top running recovery tips. It’s got the usual advice – rehydrating, eating, stretching, napping, leg drains… Leg drains!?! Never heard of them. So I did some more Googling. Lots of stuff out there saying they work, they don’t work, they sometimes work… in the little time I wanted to give it, I didn’t find a definitive answer. So I just gave it a shot myself. 8 minutes of lying on my back with my legs up against the wall. It was harder than I thought it would be. Did I feel better after? Maybe a little. I’ve decided to try it daily for two weeks, and see what my sample size of one reveals.
- What’s the perfect pre-race breakfast? The answer is, whatever you’ve learned works best for you. But good advice and ideas to give you a starting point. For me? Short-ish races and training longer than an hour, a bagel with peanut butter and strawberry jam, water, and coffee. For ultras and long training missions, white bread toast with jam.
- Calves are probably my number one problem area when training. If I slack off on calf warmups, strength work, and stretching, problem start to creep in. This article on calf strength is more of a “why” than a “how”, but interesting nonetheless.
A final note, I have an upcoming race. I’ve registered to run Up the Buff again this year, sticking to the 16K course as with previous years. If you’re not familiar with this race, check out my Up the Buff race review from 2019.