Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Conversation with My Quads

I had planned on doing some speed work, but I was craving a trail run, so I called an audible and hit the trail for 5 miles. During the run, I had an interesting conversation with my quads. The transcript is below.

Me: Uhhh....hey quads we've been running for about a mile now and I don't feel like you are putting very much effort in.

Quads: Hey, buddy relax it's hot out here!

Me: No seriously, you feel like a bunch of jelly. I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt in the first mile, figuring you hadn't done this in a while and just needed a warm up, but now I am expecting a bit more.

Quads: Hey, lay off. I'm the biggest muscle you have, don't piss me off!

Me: Well, there is a hill coming up. Do you think you can give me more?!?

Quads: If I feel like it, but don't hold your breath.

Me: I won't, in fact I've checked in with the rest of the body and they are all doing fine. Heart rate,150ish, good; calves, no problem here; even the shins aren't complaining (and we all know that they are ALWAYS complaining about something.)

Quads: Yeah, well the shins got almost two weeks off while you punished me on the infernal bike.

Me: I thought you liked the burn?

Quads: Whatever. You like to see me burn.

(A faster runner goes by.)

Me: Hey quads....look at the quads on that runner. They seem to be getting along just fine. How about you step it up just a bit.

Quads: No.

Me: I'll give you a quarter.

Quads: What the heck am I going to do with a quarter?!?

Knee: (chimes in) You can call someone who cares.

(Various body parts laugh)

Quads: Whatever.

Well, you get the gist. This went on for most of the run. My quads weren't sore, just felt dead.

Mileage: 5.00
Time/Pace: 53:40/10:44
Avg Heart Rate: 151

Temp: 79
Weather: Sunny, Humid


  1. that's hilarious. i'm constantly negotiating with my body during workouts.

  2. FGR,

    I had to laugh at your post today. I've had the exact same conversation, but with my calf muscles, over the last 48 hours.

    Give it another day or so, and you should feel better. BTW, are you running the Ronald McDonald House 5K tomorrow night? If, so, good luck!

  3. EC, I'll be there tonight. Hoping for a good rain too! I love running in the rain. BTW, I'm pretty sure I was standing right behind you in the Lancaster 10K on the 4th. Lost site of you shortly after the gun (you are a bit faster than me.)