Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Some activity in the parking lot lead me to believe that the track was occupied, but this turned out not to be the case. I settled in and did two miles between 1:57 and 2:17 per lap. Seemed comfortable. When those two miles fell, I picked up the pace for a mile, trying to keep it under 2 minutes per lap.
That mile fell in:
Stopped for a drink of NUUN, and then did two more miles, trying to keep a fairly easy pace of right around 2 minute laps.
By the time I was finishing up a group of youngsters, probably aged 9-12, were gathering at the track. a coach-like figure kept telling them to "run two laps". It was GREAT to see those kids out there on the track.
All things gathered up, then off to LC for the ride home. Tonight our oldest is taking his mother to the movies for the opening of "eclipse". I hope that they have as much fun at the movie as I had at the track. Can't wait for tomorrow!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I have family followers, and then there are some members of my family that don't 'follow' so much as they have my postings land in their mailboxes. (hint: please open the actual blog and leave comments. i love comments!)
i have considered not blogging any more, and got some feedback on that, too. as you can probably tell, i have decided to continue blogging. (yay, me!)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I mean like the WHOLE BAG of chips, with DIP. Washed down with COKE-A-COLA and chased with a giant BURGER. Add to that a banana split.
Or is it just me?
Not for another 4 days. You see, on Friday 11JUN10, I rolled a VERY large rock (seen here) onto my ankle and inverted it. so much so, in fact, that my knee hit the ground. Or not. sure felt like it, though. As a result, I developed a divot on the OUTSIDE of my lower leg, about 7cm up from my ankle bone. Took 3 days for it to swell. Never turned colors, just swelled.
So I waited a week before getting it checked out. X-rays later, no bone damage, just soft tissue. The NP who examined me told me to lay off of it for at least another week. I told her that the only thing I could promise is that I wouldn’t RUN on it, but that work and yard work had to continue. She wasn’t happy, but was willing to accept it.
At least one of us did.
So I thought I’d be a smarty-pants and jog up our driveway. BAD IDEA. Ouch, ouch, ouch. Since then, I have been a dutiful servant to the pain and have wrapped it, elevated it, iced it, and worn combat boots for support while working in the yard.
Juneathon continues to be mostly core and upper body work in the form of earth moving. I am planning on producing a slideshow to showcase the work that has been done. Stay tuned for that within the next week!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
thank you, jog-blog, for hosting. I'll keep following and watching the rest of the group. very inspirational and fun to do. keep up the great work!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
As we know, I didn't train much for this race. blah blah blah, i just didn't. i should have. i didn't.
In the few days leading up to the race, I didn't taper my 'other' activities. I just kept on working in the back yard, trying to get as much done before the real work started as I could. blah blah blah. I shoveled, relocated the sandbox.......wait. this is s'posed to be a RACE review, not a MAY-JUNE review. sorry.
ffwd to race day. When i woke up at 0600, i was bummin'. why? POURING rain outside. but then i thought that this might not be a bad thing. Running in the rain helps keep me cool. Anyone else feel that way?
Race instructions said that shuttles would take us from the finish area to the start, beginning at 0800 and ending at 0845 sharp. Growing up in a household where if you were 'on time' for something you were actually 'late' for said thing, I was at the parking area at 745. I think I was literally the 7th car there. This meant i was corralled waaaaaaaay faaaaar away from the entrance/exit to the field. well organized parking, i must say, but seemingly only one way out. seemingly (foreshadowing....). my friend Suzan showed up around 8, and we decided to go ahead and get on the shuttle (school bus) and head over. why not, right? probably 20 minute ride, race starts at 1015, who knows how big the lines at registration were going to be....
WELL......we get on the bus, and BAM! who is the first person I see????? The flipping Chief of Medicine at the hospital that employs me (VA Medical Center). He's a retired Bird Colonel from the Army. Yea. NO PRESSURE to finish ahead of him. None. Suddenly, all of the lack of preparation came pounding down on me. All of the missed miles, the multiple taps of the snooze button. All of it. Crap crap Crap. Conversation went like this:
me: Hey, Good Morning, Sir!
him: Hi Gene! I didn't know you were running this.
me: Yes, Sir, I am. Thank God you aren't in my age group.
him: No, and I am probably a bit slower, too.
me: I'm not so sure, Sir. (now being pushed along by the crowd) Have a great race!
him: You, too.
so.....not so bad. feeble attempts at flattery and humor over with, we rode the bus. Suzan sat behind me and talked non-stop. I had to turn around to hear her, which meant that around 5 minutes into the ride i was nauseated........
we get to the start venue (Suicide Six ski area), and the rain is still relentless. Luckily there were large tents set up for registration/bib retrieval, so we didn't get wet getting our bibs. BUT.......the tables were a bit too close to the front of the tent...lotsa dead, dry space behind the folks....lotsa wet runners waiting in line outside....
Not shown in the picture is another line of blue houses as long as this one, perpendicular to the last one seen. The road we started on is behind that blue line.
The course is great. Mostly downhill, actually. This photo was taken just after the first covered bridge, in downtown Woodstock, VT. Katie and another friend, Christina (whose hubs finished FOURTH overall) were there with cowbells and signs. very cool, esp given the torrential downpour. at around mile 6, the course runs on a dirt road. this is typically fine. i have no problem with dirt roads. grew up on one, actually, about 2.5 miles off the blacktop. race day, however, had turned that section into grey grease with scattered puddles. the backs of our legs were covered in splatter, which i typically don't mind, and don't even pay attention to. BUT....when we got back on blacktop (pavement), the dirt all washed down into myshoes.....which changed my nice socks into sandpaper......luckily there were plenty of deep puddles to hit and the shoes drained well.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
for those of you checking in to read my regular madcap adventures, i apologize for the juneathon reports, but i am also involved in Juneathon 2010, in which several people have committed to try to do some form of exercise everyday in June and then either blog about it (even briefly) or post to FB or Twitter. Winner of the contest is the person who does it the most frequently. What does the winner get? Vibram 5 Finger Classics. for more information, click here.
I still owe the blog a race report. Waaaay overdue. If today's rain keeps up, i will get to it this afternoon. Promise. In the mean time, have a great Thursday.
here are 3 things....
1) Salsa. both the music and the dip.
2) kisses from my little boy
3) Burn Notice. ok, fine, it doesn't really fit with the other 2, or with most things in my life, but i just like the show.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
After another hard day of working in the yard (will this project EVER end???) i looked at my training calendar and it called for 50 minutes of running. so at 2045, off i went. turned into an hour run, during which i ran just over 7 miles. good run, scary at times (had to cross a bridge in the dark, over some swiftly moving deep water). but made it!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
anyway, the course looks great. i've driven it many times in the past, and i am really looking forward to running tomorrow. big shout out to Suzan and Dr. Goodney for getting me into the race after it was closed. i should have trained
1) have fun, enjoy the scenery, finish in under 1:50
2) have fun, try not to trip while enjoying the scenery, finish under 1:54:16 (previous half time)
3) have fun, finish under 2:10
last night it POURED here. when i looked at our back yard, all i could think of was this:
i really hope that tomorrow's weather is better. right now, the sun is trying to shine through. race starts at 1015, so there is hope.
i will be back online sunday or monday for a race review. come on back for pictures of the bridges, etc.
right now, i'm off to have some coffee, clean up the debris in the yard, and try to figure out how to get some work done back there. have a great day!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
1) I am thankful for my upcoming vacation. TLW and I have taken the week off to try to get our yard back in order. She has been staring at a very much unfinished back yard every day for over a year, and she deserves to have it finished. My goal for the week is to make that happen for her. SO....if any of you are in the area this week and don't mind getting dirty......stop on by!
2) I am thankful that I learned to appreciate simple things. Well, not ALL simple things (let's not get TOO carried away here....), but simple things like I can take regular oatmeal (not the instant kind...bleck!), stick 'some' in my coffee mug, add 'some' water, and nuke it for about as much of a minute as I can stand to wait, and PRESTO!!! snack time. Sometimes it is pasty, sometimes it is watery.
3) I am thankful that I found my .mp3 player. I thought that I may have left it in the hotel in Lake Placid, and that would have been a very baaaad thing for my Half Marathon this Sunday. Lo, though, I found it!
Juneathon is underway. I've got some good stuff planned out for the 3rd and 4th (yea, right), so tune back in later to find out what exercise I did for each day. Unless, of course, you have a root canal or dance lessons or something fun like that to do. which i am certain that you do.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Double posting here for 1 and 2 JUNE…….sorry, yesterday’s access was a bit sketchy.
June 1st saw me moving dirt again, instead of running. I must give credit where due, of course. When I let my wife know about my plans to move dirt after work, she asked, via text message, “When r u running?” to which I replied, “Hadn’t even considered it.” I really like the fact that she is always on the lookout for me. Honestly. I don’t know what I would do without her.
So I didn’t run yesterday, but I did manage to lift weights, in the form of dirt. Who was it that said “Give me a lever long enough, and I can lift the world?” Well, I only had a simple garden shovel…..
Today, though, is National Running Day (www.runningday.org), and even though I didn’t remember that tidbit until AFTER I ran, I got outta bed this morning and ran two miles. It is a simple out and back from our post office to the nearest intersection with a traffic light. Slight uphill in the beginning, for about 200 meters, but smooth, flat sailing after that. I left my music player at home, but had audiofuel singing in my head just the same. I must say that I really enjoy putting my “feet to the beat”!
This morning’s run helped me to reaffirm that running is a good thing for me to be doing. Since this post seems to be full of quotations, here’s another for your enjoyment:
“Running won’t solve your problems, but you’ll both feel a little lighter when you get back.”